The Saucony Sessions - Saucony Creek Brewing Company

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41 Ratings
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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 17.56%
Wants: 2
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Saucony Creek Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: NeroFiddled on 11-13-2013

The Saucony Sessions is a hoppy pale ale brewed with Cascade and Centennial Hops. Post fermentation the ale is filtered over fresh grapefruit. The combination of hops and citrus flavors from the grapefruit makes for a brilliantly refreshing pale ale that is very sessionable at only 4% ABV. We package The Saucony Sessions in 12oz cans to make for easy beaching, boating, hiking, biking, camping, lawn mowing, trampolining, recycling…. anywhere you prefer not to have glass.
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Photo of dacrza1
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

DATE TASTED: May 29, 2015... GLASSWARE: Barley Creek pint... OCCASION: just returned from Relay for Life... APPEARANCE: thick, soupy pale yellow body that defies you to look through it; thick, rocky white heads sloughs off to rocky crags; lacing is fortified and attractive--this beer looks fresh... AROMA: lemon, melon and some dough balance the aroma, with a tinge of floral bouquet late....PALATE: medium-bodied, rather smooth and balanced, with little at the teeth and the same at the throat; average carbonation; reasonably bitter finish--pleasant and sessionable, as advertised...TASTE: mild lemon and melon at first; hoppier on the tongue as the beer drains; a nice, bitter draw at the finish rounds out the profile appealingly--though as the brewery confesses, this beer does not pack the punch of an IPA... OVERALL: as part of the breakpack leftovers I scored at Hope Liquors, I enjoyed this unfamiliar brew--safe to say I have never, nor would likely ever, run into this brewery unless it was handed to me; a pale ale that has some hints of complexity, but maintains its gift of accessibility and smoothness throughout the experience--at 4% ABV, how can this not be a winner in its unassuming presence?

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Saucony Creek Brewing Company "Sessions IPA"
On tap at Fountain Porter, Philadelphia on 11/08/2013, $3.50 during Happy Hour

Interesting beer. I don't think it can really be called an IPA at 4.5% abv, but it's also not the first "session IPA" that I've tasted so let's dispense with whatever style issues that might exist and just get on with it...

A friend of mine ordered a more expensive, standard IPA that was supposedly very hoppy - his beer did have a better aroma, but when tasted side-by-side the Saucony Creek Sessions IPA tasted every bit as hoppy; and was surprisingly just about equally balanced. Hmmm... ? What to say about that? It looked good, it smelled good, and it didn't really have any flaws to it. And let me get this out of the way as well, it had more malt character than some standard IPA's on the market. So I guess it just goes to show that it's how you put a beer together and the quality of the ingredients that really makes the difference. It was loaded with hop flavor, relying mainly on Cascade citrus, but also backed by a bit of citrusy-floral character and some very soft pine. The alcohol obviously didn't show, and it was really nicely balanced between malt and bitterness, although heavily topped with hop flavor.

Overall, you could drink a few of these before the hops dismantled your taste buds, and you'd probably still be fairly sober at that point - remember, Budweiser is 5.0% and this is just 4.5%. I was impressed, and if Saucony Creek can make all of their beers this well they should do just fine in the increasingly tough craft-brew market.

Photo of woodychandler
3.57/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up at The Friendly Greek Bottle Shop recently and since I am steering clear of big beers so far today and The CANQuest (tm) needs a bump, this seemed like a good place to start.

I Crack!ed the CAN open and CANmenced an inverted Glug that threatened to flow over the sides of the glass until I backed off. This produced three-plus fingers of foamy, rocky, bone-white head that quickly began to fall, leaving decent lacing in its wake. Color was a cloudy Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7). Once the head had fallen enough to make space, I CANpleted the pour. Nose had a grapefruit-citrus scent. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was generally grapefruit-citrus hoppy, but the problem (for me) with these session beers is that the taste generally does not live up to the nose. I understand aroma vs. bittering hops, but I always feel let down by these beers. This was no exception. I just CAN't get behind the CANcept of "session" APAs and AIPAs. Sorry. Finish was cool, semi-dry and pleasant, but without the Oooomph! that I really want and need as a hophead.

Photo of Antg8989
2.76/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

The aroma is enough to keep me away. Smell's like scraping fish into a sink. Everything else is below average.

Photo of TopherBreski
3.84/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Great hops for an IPA with no bitterness. However, the beer is good but not memorable. Love the can it came in.

Photo of rapayn01
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Tasted OK -- had this the Friday after Thanksgiving from a can at World of Beer in Arlington, VA. Like many session IPAs, it has a thin hop profile that is the price of low ABV. Nothing special about this really.

Photo of RandomExile
3.41/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: hazy translucent amber, slight beige head devolving to surface film, spotty and inconsistent lacing
S: sharp one-note pine, gradually introduces must as it warms
T: piercing pine
M: dry, moderately biting, light to medium bodied
O: Would pair particularly well with a rich but not too heavy meal, like many U.S. appetizers including wings, nachos, and loaded potato skins.

20oz / Pint Glass / Victoria Gastro Pub, Columbia, MD

Photo of StonewallSipper
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I like it, not as tasty as Hop Suplex. But the grapefruit aftertaste is good. A very drinkable beer. Good job.

Photo of Act25
3.93/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

One day I'd like to blind taste Stone, Carton, 21st Amendment, Founders, and this beer to see how people pick them because when it comes to the 4.5% IPA - they are a close pack.

I give this beer a 4 for being a flavorful, true session APA with plenty of bite, bitter, and complexity.

A: Pours a very hazy light amber with plenty of carbonation. It pours into a tulip with a finger of head and leaves lots of dotty, almost soapy lacing.
S: Plentiful aromas of grapefruit, which dominates, then... herbal hops and pine resin, stronger as the beer warms. Pleasantly hoppy.
T: Follows smell but the grapefruit rind kicks in stronger and longer. More complexity and a good finish of bitterness. A nice sweet malt underlayer, but citrus hops win.
M: It is light-bodied, moderate carbonation, clean. Good food beer. Great session beer.
O: Extremely flavorful. Great brewer.

The Saucony Sessions from Saucony Creek Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.