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Lil' SIPA - Rivertown Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
80
good

60 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 12.68%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Rivertown Brewing Co. visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BB1313 on 01-16-2014)
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I CAN't quite remember where this one came from, but I am going to guess Another6Pack, since he is a regular CANtributor to The CANQuest (TM), plus he lives in MichiCAN and this came from Ohio.

From the CAN: "Session India Pale Ale"; "Hand crafted in small batches Est 2009 Cincinnati, OH"; "A session IPA"; "A delicious India Pale Ale, with crisp body and bright hop flavor and aroma. This beer is our perfect end to a hard day's work."

Maybe I should have Cracked! this open right after I got home, but I wanted to watch some Game 7 playov hockey and so I took a nap instead. I had good results with my earlier gentle Glug, especially coming out of these tallboy CANs, so I decided to CANtinue the trend. I got a brief finger of thin, bone-white head that quickly reduced to wisps as a result. CAN't win 'em all, I suppose. Color was a beautiful golden-yellow (SRM = > 4, < 5) with NE-quality clarity and of course the unholy trio of Midas, Mammon and Croesus showed up to wrestle amongst themselves for a taste. I learned a long time ago to leave them to their own devices. Nose was a muted grapefruit-citrus, leading me to wonder if AIPAs are a good idea for session beers. I am unCANvinced as I like my hops big and in my face. Mouthfeel was slightly on the thin side, reinforcing my questioning of this version of the style. The taste was unbalanced, very hop-forward and quite grapefruit-citrusy, but I did not mind that at all. SIPA as a pun on "sipper"? Not hardly. I was drinking this one down like water. The finish was semi-dry and easily drinkable. I am not a huge fan of low ABV AIPAs, but this would do in a pinch, especially if you are in the market for a session beer. Me = usually not.

Serving type: can

05-01-2014 01:09:10 | More by woodychandler
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Not quite "session" and not quite "pale", but no mistake about it- its all about hops! Lighter in body than both American IPA and pale ale, but with a hoppy tilt to suggest both, thanks to the Rivertown brewers we now get a taste of IPA but with the sensibility of session ale.

Its hazy and pale gold color offers little suggestion of the bite within, but one whiff explodes with grapefruit, sassafras, leaf and fresh-cut grass. And that first sip simply zings off the tongue with the hoppy bite of sod, grapefruit, gooseberry and chive. Its aspirating bubbles refresh the palate immediately.

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Effortless in finish, the sweetness has far dissolved and its hop bitterness stands prompt. Citrus peels of grapefruit, orange and lemon carry equal weight while fresh herbal presences make themselves knows- edging dangerously close to pine resin and cannabis. Absolute dryness ensues as the ale closes with crisp, clean and high refreshment; lingering only with a piquant bitterness.

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S - Vienna malt, very grassy, a little dank. Overall bland.
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Lil' SIPA from Rivertown Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.