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Johnny’s American Session IPA - Moab Brewery

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Johnny’s American Session IPAJohnny’s American Session IPA

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35 Ratings
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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 14.08%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Moab Brewery visit their website
Utah, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
An American style IPA, golden in color with light malt hues and strong hop characteristics. Its vibrant citrus aromas and bitterness are created by four bold American hops. Our dry hopping gives this beer that distinctive and aggressive hop finish.

(Beer added by: TwelveOunces on 01-05-2012)
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Ratings: 35 | Reviews: 15 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by kagent777:
Photo of kagent777
3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pint can given to me by Pastor Brad, thanks! Poured into the Perfect Pint. There seems to be a batch code, but no brewed on date.

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden light amber with a one finger head and nice lacing.

Smell: Plenty of hops on the nose. Grapefruit and pine, but no malt backbone that I can pick up.

Taste: In addition to the pine and grapefruit there is a general herbal quality to the hops. No real malts to stand up to the hops. After the hops up front, the taste just kind of falls off. No lingering finish.

Mouthfeel: Here is the problem with this beer. Moab brewery needs to be able to sell this beer in the grocery stores in Utah, and to be able to do that, they need it to be at 4.0 ABV or less. I don't think I have seen an IPA at 4 ABV before. The body is just not present, it feels really watered down. The carbonation is OK.

Overall: The hop flavor is OK, except for the lack of malt backbone. Unbalanced and weak. Because of the low ABV limit, the whole beer really suffers. I would love to try a full strength version of this one day, at about 6.5 ABV. Maybe this appeals to newer beer drinkers.

kagent777, Sep 08, 2012
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look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer is 7% ABV in the can I got (in Idaho). Its a decent beer. That is best I can say about it. Its a bit wangy at the end of the taste which makes it less than very good. The packaging is cool. I wouldnt go too far out of my way to drink this beer again. But its not bad.

RowJimmy, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of Zorro
3.23/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sunday in SLC and this is what I could buy.

The 4% version of the real ale was on sale for $5 for the 4 pack of tall boys.

Clear mildly chill hazed orange colored ale with no head formation.

Smells lightly hoppy and fruity with a pleasant pipe tobacco tobacco smell. Little bit of orange scent.

Starts out dry and a little woody. Mild sweetness and a medium level of bitterness. Toasted grain flavor. Tastes pretty OK for what it is.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall an OK beer, I need to try its full strength version.

Zorro, Jan 12, 2014
Photo of donkeyrunner
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Spiral Mugatu hypnotizes Zoolander can design. Looks beery - pale gold with some foam. Bonus points for a tall boy can.

Cantaloupe, tangerine and Midori aroma. Tastes continues the melon theme with tangerine, melon and some much appreciated tongue sticking resin to bring a little character to an otherwise watery body. Run on sentence. Just enough bitterness to pass as an IPA but no really malt character.

Since I’ve been backpacking through Utah I’ve been wondering why Utah brewers don’t make more of the constraints they’re forced to brew in. Hops don’t add any ABV but I’ve only seen a few IPAs. How about some berliners or sour beers? How about a phenomenal Irish dry stout? Rather than select styles that can still be fully articulated at 4% they seem content to keep throwing up water pale ales, ambers and American wheats. Point of my rant being that bravo for Moab for making the most of 4% beer. Most standout brew of my entire trip. I’d rate it higher on a Utah only scale.

donkeyrunner, Sep 22, 2014
Photo of cbutova
3.46/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Utah beer laws are confusing. Utah beer listings are just as confusing. The can says 4% but does not mention anything about Session etc. Just gonna leave this here.

A- Pale golden body poured from the 16oz can to a goblet. A white cap crowns the beer with a frothy consistency. Head retention is decent as the head falls down to a thin ring. Plenty of spotty lacing at the top of the glass with some drizzle below.

S- Even considering the 4% ABV, the hops are not all that pungent in the aroma compared to other low ABV IPAs. A mix of citrus and fruity hops makes up most of the smell with some light grains and bread behind that.

T- Hops are the showcase and it follows the aroma pretty closely. A bit more cereal grain/fresh cracked base malt comes out but it doesn't detract from the hoppy notes of tangerine, orange, grapefruit, pine and floral character. Hops are not juicy or pungent but light-medium in strength.

MF- Very light bodied overall feel with a fairly frothy texture. The carbonation is moderately high and helps push what hop flavors there are onto the taste buds. Light bitter finish.

Certainly hop forward but not a hop bomb compared to beers like Go To, All Day and other modern low ABV IPAs. I actually like the raw grainy base malt flavor that comes out and I think it matches the hop profile well.

cbutova, Jul 31, 2014
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3/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

DerwinWentworth, Mar 25, 2012
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3.31/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Finger and a half of head on the pour but quickly settled in. Sticky, light random lacing left behind. Slightly foggy with a crisp golden color.

Smell: Sweet biscuity malt front. Saturated citrus and orange peel comes on the body. Earthy grains and earth make up the back end.

Taste: Those earthy grains hit right away. Tangerines, oranges, and heavy citrus shows up on the body. A touch of slight funk then yields to a kind of watery finish. For what it is though I can dig it.

Mouthfeel: Light, refreshing mouthfeel. Some lingering sourness left behind.

Overall: A decent little 4% IPA. For the cost I have no regrets popping on a 4pk of this. Give it a go.

KFBR392, Jun 14, 2014
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maxcoinage, May 14, 2013
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Michael00, May 23, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pleasant golden amber in the tall glass. Plenty of carbonation. One nice thing about cans, you get a nice burst of aroma when you pop the top. This one has a robust nose of something like Cascades, but it gets your attention.

Some malty sweetness, but only a little. Quite sharp and on the acidic side. Thoroughly bitter, and pushing it a little with the ultra-light body. Very fragrant with every gulp. Lots of dry, piney flavor.

Happy to see another small brewery packaging in cans. From the 16 oz purchased at Dan's supermarket in Salt Lake.

mactrail, Jul 11, 2012
Photo of TwelveOunces
3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

-So im on vacation in Utah and saw these in the grocery and it caught my eye.
-First off, I was very surprised to see that this beer is not yet on beer advocate, especially since I found it in a grocery, so I looked it up.
-Apparently Moab brewery just got started canning their beers and this beer is brand new.
-I have read various stats for this beer, some say 5.5% and others say 4%, the can says 4%. I have also read that this beer is to be re-released at 7% alcohol which is more logical/believable for an IPA.
-Lastly, this beer is sold in 16Oz 4 packs of cans that I managed to find for a meager 6$.

A- Pours crystal clear orange with one finger of a sloppy white head.
S- Smells like hops and a good variety of them, pretty dry smell but fairly fresh, smells slightly dry hopped but it doesnt look the part.
T- Tastes like an IPA, its not going to throw you for a loop by any means but its a very solid IPA. Theres a good blend of hops in here that give this beer a nice taste that seems different with every sip. Hard to pick up on the malts but you dont care with that great hop taste in the way.
M- The first thing I noticed with this beer is that it seems a little too carbonated, It pops in your mouth and can feel like it turns to foam on the way down. Its a full bodied IPA which I expected but was surprised when I read 4% on the can. Not too hard to drink but prepare to burp.
O- This is a good IPA, im glad I decided to pick up this random cluster off the shelf. It has a great hop character, a fulfilling feel and a great price, assuming you can find them.

PS.This is my first added beer and am looking forward to reading future peoples input. Sadly though, this may be the first and last time I enjoy this beer. And drink from the can, it seems hoppier in the can.

TwelveOunces, Jan 05, 2012
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3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very nice cloudy golden yellow color, nice carbonation, HUGE three-finger creamy head, but disappates rather quickly, and leaves some nice sticky lacing. The nose is pretty good, hoppy, slightly malty. The taste is a bit disappointing, but I can understand that, it's pretty hard to make a decent IPA at 4% ABV, but still, kinda hoppy, with some malt notes. Medium body with a slightly dry/bitter finish. Not bad, but pretty lame IPA.

Wasatch, Mar 02, 2012
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer #10 in the great Utah Brew Hunt.

Man, I wish that the flavor profile on this beer is as strong as the nose. There is an earthy thing going on with some spicy tones going on as well. Overall, it's a bit too earthy for the style, but it still is drinkable. And for what it is, it's consistent in its delivery of flavor.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I poured the 7% variety here in Idaho. This is the 8 four pack I have bought in the last year. It pours fully carbonated, head off white, lite brown sugar, feel quickly. Laceing nothing to marvel at. Great aroma, mild fruit, just not pineapple, but close. In the mouth, fresh, refreshing, clean finish. I could almost finish 12 ounces of this IPA in 2 swallows. Smooth floral and citrus, Carmel cream balance this out. What a great IPA with just the right balance of bitters upfront and fruits in for the whole trip. Cheers!

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4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

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2.23/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a 16 ounce glass produces a tall off-white froth that dissipates slowly. The smell is resin or solvent like. Strong, but not overly bitter hops taste and smell. If there is malt flavor, it is well overpowered by the hops. Mouthfeel is smooth and not overly carbonated. Hops aftertaste lingers for some time. So much hops I almost recoil at each sip. Maybe I could become accustomed to it, but I do not think I will bother. I'm just not accustomed to drinking beer with such a strong solvent-like flavor.

mr88talent, Nov 28, 2012
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Johnny’s American Session IPA from Moab Brewery
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