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Alpha Session - Drake's Brewing Co.

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Alpha SessionAlpha Session

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BA SCORE
88
very good

186 Ratings
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Ratings: 186
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.96%
Wants: 16
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Drake's Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  3.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: largadeer on 11-30-2010

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Ratings: 186 | Reviews: 59
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4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottles into an imperial pint.

A: Pours a clear honey golden with a couple fingers of soft white head that faded into a lasting thin film and collar. Fine streaks of sticky lace were left down the glass.
S: Light notes of bready cracked grains, pale malts, and a good dose of leafy hops come through on the nose. I get hints of perfume and juicy hops as well.
T: A great balance of pale malt and citrus hops. Malts are really grainy and bready, and the hops are sweet, citrusy, with a touch of fruit nectar and bitter pine. The finish is full of cracked pale grains, and the aftertaste is leafy and lightly bitter. Occasionally I get a hint of passion fruit.
M: Medium-light body, tingly splashy carbonation, fuzzy, soft and clean mouthfeel.
O: As expected, extremely easy drinking. Grainy as heck. Juicy and fruity hops balance the grainy pale malt. Smooth and easy. Love it.

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5/5  rDev +27.2%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of jjh19
3.05/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Golden yellow and very clean looking. A good looking beer.

Smell: A nice whiff of mild, crisp hops.

Taste: Hmmm. Disappointing. Just hit flat and card-boardey on my first 2 or 3 tastes. And it didn’t get better from there. Everything was muted and stale tasting. Hopefully just not a great bottle.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied.

Drinkability: This one didn’t have it for me - I could not recommend. My tasting history with Drake’s is solid. I probably just didn’t have a great example of this beer. I’m sure my next Drake’s will be terrific.

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4.44/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of pallison123
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour: Into a standard English pint glass. 1/2 inch firm, white head. Stands up over course of the 'session'. Plenty of lacing as the pint worked its way down.

Color: Sunburst yellow. Bright. Bubbly

Flavor: Very dry, with a perfect balance of hops and refined, but shy maltiness. No sweetness to speak of - thankfully. This beer is unabashedly dry, keeping the hops present without overwhelming.

Session character: Alpha Session weighs in at a perfect 3.8% ABV Thank you Drakes for making a beer for all seasons, that pairs well with snacks and dinners and provides a nice beer to have several of while hanging out with friends and family.

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Alpha Session from Drake's Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 186 ratings.