Alpha Session - Drake's Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Fatehunter:
3.71/5 rDev -5.8%
Poured a nice looking finger and half of head on a hazy straw colored body with lot of bubbles.
The aroma is grain with some lemon and mandarin.
The taste is moderately bitter with a good malt to it without the sweetness.
It has a softer crisp texture with moderate carbonation.
06-05-2013 03:17:55 | More by Fatehunter
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4.38/5 rDev +11.2%
On tap at Toronado (SF) 8/4/11. Served in a standard pint glass.
Light golden in color with a full finger of bright white head...thin lacing.
Citrus aroma in the nose....very impressed with the fruity bouquet here.
Awesome flavor for such a low abv brew. Grapefruit citrus with a mild biscuit malt backbone. Blown away by how tasty this "session" offering can be.
Super clean in the finish, dry with the hops being well pronounced for a low gravity offering. Carbonation is perfect.
If I had access to this one year-round, I would never grow tired of it....just an incredible, highly quaff-able beer.
08-07-2011 16:44:39 | More by warriorsoul
4.5/5 rDev +14.2%
I sure do love the time a year when Alpha Session is available. As somebody who appreciates a low ABV beer, this hoppy monster is one of my favorites.
Appearance- Yellowish Gold
Aroma- Pine and some tropical fruits
Taste- Piney, but not overwhelmingly. Subtle carbonation.
Drinkability- I can slam it or sip it, either way I love it.
06-06-2014 19:11:51 | More by PorterPotty
4.08/5 rDev +3.6%
Thanks for opening this with me, baybassboy!
Clear light amber and copper in color with a moderately sized light khaki colored head that eventually leaves irregular dots and spots of lacing down the glass. Very pretty and appropriate.
A full and complete aroma, especially for a pale ale of this (lack of) magnitude. There's good amounts of grapefruit and citrus zest present, some bread, and a hint of caramel. Very nice.
The flavor too is quite nice, and as the name suggests, this is incredibly drinkable. A nice balance of citrus, earth, pine, and sweetness combine for a remarkably easy drinking low-ABV pale ale.
Medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation. Crisp and disappearing.
06-21-2012 15:40:43 | More by ehammond1
4.7/5 rDev +19.3%
Pours a very faint dark yellow at Father's Office, thin wispy head. Aroma was amazing, high, fresh hops, comes off even better given the bmc esque appearance from this one. Equal parts citrus and pine to it. Maybe a little more pine.
So much taste up in this beer, I'm really loving all of these uber hoppy yet relatively light beers. All the rage hops, citra, simcoe and amarillo probably. Talk about a hot weather hophead beer. Slightest amount of crystal/pale malt to this one
Between the Bruery's hoppy sessions, Jupiter, Stone and this one, there's a handful of phenomenal low abv hoppy beers out there now. Only thing lacking is when someone is going to actually bottle these to where they can become a little more accessible and mainstream every day type beers rather than the special occasion/once in a great while beers.
04-13-2011 17:01:48 | More by Beerandraiderfan
4.8/5 rDev +21.8%
I'm rating this beer to the ABV (3.8%) and Style.
Ultimate session beer with big hop flavor, served at Gormet Haus in Redwood City, CA.
A - Golden orange, and vibrant. Slim to no head to speak of, but what a beauty to look at.
S&T - Dank hop smell, lemon citrus, orange and breadiness. Taste follows nose, big hop taste with lemons and oranges upfront, followed by a breadiness and firm, but not over the top bitterness in the finish.
M - Light, crisp, clean and brewed packed full of hop flavor that you could drink from morning to night. Had 4 of these in a sitting with a minor buzz. WOW. No real malt going on here but expected with the style and ABV.
O - Best hoppy session beer or beer PERIOD for that matter under 4% ABV.
Only complaint...I have seen this beer in bottles and I refuse to pay $6.99 for a bomber with the likes of bigger IPAs and DIPAs out there at the same price. I understand not apples to apples with that comment, but I feel this should be 6-packed and sold near $9-$11. Afterall, what session beer only comes in bombers if it's meant to be sessioned???? Think about it...
06-24-2012 05:56:52 | More by RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.03/5 rDev +2.3%
Thanks to schwartzoid - 22oz bottle into a standard pint. No freshness info that I could see.
This session brew pours a good copper color with a thin white head that doesn't stay around very long. Some lacing on the glass but nothing to remarkable.
Nose is slightly malty with some good hop aroma in the background. Hops are mostly of the citrus variety with a hint of pine.
First taste is that of citrus hops with a nice amount of bitterness. Some bready malt undertones add a pleasant touch to the beer. Very tasty for a lower ABV brew. The mouthfeel is really nice as well. The carbonation is lively with a lighter body that makes it supremely drinkable.
This is how a session beer should be done. Low alcohol without sacrificing flavor. Really enjoyed this one.
07-20-2012 01:48:26 | More by BennyL1
3.79/5 rDev -3.8%
Appearance - Pours a semi-hazy, light golden color with an off-white, near 2 finger head. Fair retention, giving way to a thin but everpresent film of bubbles across the top. Small, spotty lacing with good stick.
Smell - Strong citrus aroma. Orange essence and grapefruit. Moderate pine. Light bready notes sit beneath.
Taste - Strong hop character from start to finish. Grapefruit and orange pith bitterness. Hints of pine follow shortly. Light, but noticeable bready malt presence. Finishes with an orange rind bitter quality.
Mouthfeel - Light in body with crisp, lively carbonation. Goes down smooth and easy before a semi-dry finish.
Overall - An aptly names brew, Alpha Session clocks in at 3.8% but kicks like your classic West Coast IPA hop bomb. Lots of strong citrus flavor presented in a light, refreshing body. Somewhat reminiscent of Deschutes Twilight and Widmer Citra Blonde. Good summer brew.
06-23-2013 01:11:17 | More by TheSixthRing
4.22/5 rDev +7.1%
On tap at Beachwood BBQ.
Pours a great clear golden color from the tap with a one finger white head.
Herbal and citrusy hop aroma along with a little bit of sweet pale malt.
The flavor is straight-up hop water for the most part...and I like it! Supposedly this is around 3% ABV, so it makes sense that it's not terribly malty. Just a touch of pale malt.
Rather light-bodied, making it really drinkable, and very crisp. A nice concept beer.
Not sure where to classify this, but I'd drink it again. Would be good on a hot day.
01-21-2011 19:12:48 | More by nickd717
4.38/5 rDev +11.2%
Bottled on 5/22/13
poured into the Sierra Nevada/Dogfish IPA glass
Pours a crystal clear blond with a sizable, 3 fingers tall off white head. The head has great retention and leaves a nice web of lacing behind as it slowly recedes.
Positively bursting with very bright and astringent tropical fruit; kiwi, peach, passion fruit, mango and of course, grapefruit. There is a moderate pine-y earthiness that adds some welcomed depth and contrast to the very tropical centric hop aroma. Underneath the juicy hops, there is a faint cracker-like malt presence.
Grapefruit and lemon peel immediately slap your palate with an accompanying note of earthy pine resin. The beer closes very dry with a kiss of a light cracker malt backbone before the long, lingering and very nuanced, bitter hop finish. Lively and very refreshing.
Crisp, light body with moderate to high carbonation.
A phenomenal, refreshing ale that packs in a ton of hop expression and flavor in a session-able ABV format. I do wish that the tropical notes that are found in the nose were carried over a bit more in the flavor profile, but over this is a Hop Head's dream of a session ale. Crisp, hoppy and refreshing, this is about as close to hop soda as one can get.
06-13-2013 05:28:30 | More by flayedandskinned
Alpha Session from Drake's Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 174 ratings.