It’s almost summertime, and that means time to dust off the grill, grab some meat, and crack a cold one.
One style that always hits the sweet spot is a Session IPA. A Session IPA is a style of India pale ale that is flavorful but easy to drink. Session IPAs tend to be lower in alcohol and less hoppy than your average IPA, making it possible to drink a few of them in a “session.”
These beers are also great for summertime grilling. They have the perfect amount of hops to depart from the winter brown beers you have been enjoying in hibernation. If you’re out of your slumber and looking for something different, give a session IPA a try.
Try cooking with one of these beers too. Don’t be afraid to grab one the night before as you are making your signature marinade and share a little bit of your beer with your marinade. You won’t be disappointed. The sugars in beer help caramelize the meat during grilling, and the carbonation provides an extra level of aroma to the recipe.
So grab your grilling tongs and a 6pk of a session IPA and get after after it!
Here are a couple of our favorite session IPAs:
Kicking back and relaxing with a session beer requires little more than a couch, some free time, and a few pals.
Slow Ride Session IPA is up for this easy-going challenge, starting with a pour of sheened gold and plenty of fluffy, white foam. A blend of eight hop varieties, led by exotic Mosaic and Nelson Sauvin. Tropical scents of melon, peach, lime and grapefruit — a vividly fruity aroma.
The flavor mirrors the aroma, while balancing a malty-sweet yet clean start and hoppy bitterness in the back. Light bodied and very drinkable, this sessionable India Pale Ale brings the finish line to you.
- ABV: 4.5%
- IBU: 40
No Problems “A Session IPA” is brewed in Michigan by Perrin Brewing Company.
This beer bursts open with aromatics of fresh citrus fruits, ripened melon and a distinctive floral bouquet.
Weaved carefully under the hop bitterness lies a light, semi-sweet malt body, that finishes in a crisp and clean fashion.
Available all year round in cans. First released in January 2016.