Trailhead ISA (India Session Ale) | Two Beers Brewing Co.

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Trailhead ISA (India Session Ale)Trailhead ISA (India Session Ale)

Brewed by:
Two Beers Brewing Co.
Washington, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by barleywinefiend on 05-30-2011

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Reviews: 29 | Ratings: 80
Reviews by dragonWhale:
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1.94/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beverage was spoken of highly by a dear friend and olde comrade, who put it in a box several months after purchasing. I believe in the fine folks at Two Beers, as well, but everything went all wrong.. The can gushes open, a slow pour into a duvel tulip yields an overflow and a solid 6 inches of thin airy foam. As mentioned in the previous review, a bandaid aroma, definite infection smothering the hops out and whatever of a malt characteristic there was. Terrible. The flavor is slightly better, a little hop character, but still dominated by that bandaid infection. Extremely high carbonation means that it doesn't stay in my mouth too long. Time to dump this out, drink some Flower Power and eat some bay scallops.
Would like to try this again in the future, and I imagine I will. I know this beer is much better than this.

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Photo of Lazaro
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Mora2000
3.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to 5000 for sending this can my way.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma has a lot of biscuit malt in it, as well as some grass and a hint of orange citrus. The flavor is more pronounced. I get some bitter orange and grass notes, as well as a good bit of sweet biscuit malt. The hops and malt are well balanced and the beer is easy to drink. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of bpfrush
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HoppySeb
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked a few of these up when I was in Yakima for the barleywine cabin fest. Drank while playing disc golf. Pretty faint yellow, but laundry soap white head that was just chillin for a substantial amount of time. Aroma was moderately hoppy, there's plenty of bigger aromas in the sessiony hoppy paley department (drake's, bruery, jupiter), but this one is ok.

Good taste, plenty light on its feet, but the hops come out in the mouthfeel a little more than in the nose. A really nice beer for before noon, but really at any time. Probably pilsner malt and c hops. If you're into the outdoors, keeping your edge and having a flavorful beer with straight up old school hops, this is a good fit.

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Photo of chinchill
3.84/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Undated 12 oz can poured into a Belgian snifter.

A: Pleasing apricot color; hazy with some suspended particles. Decent foamy white head soon settles to a durable top coat. Good lacing.

Nose: moderately strong, fruity hop presence with a nice apricot-peach-citrus palatte.

T: Solid malt base leaves this mildly bitter and, as intended, quite sessionable. Hop presence (level) of a typical APA. Again, nicely fruity. Excellent sweet/bitter balance. Fine dry hoppy finish.

M: medium-light body; dry finish.

O: excellent session beer for hop heads and APA lovers. Readily recommended.

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Photo of richkrull
3.84/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mdaschaf
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of distantmantra
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Now referred to as the Trailhead ISA.

On-tap at the Two Beers Brewery in Seattle, WA. August 4th, 2011.

A: The beer poured a golden yellow color with a nice white head of foam and medium lacing that did not dissipate.

S: Trailhead has an aroma of light citrus hops and a bit of bready malt.

T: The beer tastes like a caramel-y bread with some light citrus and pine notes. Slight hint of black pepper floating around in there as well.

M: Light body with good carbonation and a crisp mouth feel.

O: This was a pretty average beer, but perfect for going on a hike on a hot day, hence the new name. Not my favorite of the local ISAs (that would be Johnny Utah), but I'd definitely drink it again.

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Photo of jmccraney
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of FalconA
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of beerophilia
3.22/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Copper gold with a white head that lasts several minutes. Aromas of pineapple, orange rind, honey, and cereal grains. Flavor is grainy & nutty, with light hops flavors. Medium-light body, light bitterness, very drinkable. Long-lasting lemony bitterness with a light aftertaste of lemongrass.

Reading over my review, I think it sounds better than it is.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.49/5  rDev -2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can into a pint glass.

This initially pours a clear golden copper but one I get the whole can in, it dumps a lot of suspended solids into the glass. On top of that, the pour is also very foamy, with several fingers of fluffy bright-white head. This finally peters down into a frothy ½ finger, which just drenches the sides of the glass with a rich latticework of sticky lace. The aroma is piney and grassy, with some mineral (maybe even metallic notes) to it. Underlying notes of lemon zest and some softer fruit meld with the sweetness of the grains, while a leafy bitter fruit character lies a bit more in the back of the nose.

The taste has a leafy citric flavor up front, which spreads out a grassy bitterness that finishes this very dry with some lingering notes of spice and resins. There are some sweet balancing grains present, that appear to hold more of a sweeter fruit character within it (I’m getting a lot of orange coming out as this warms). As mentioned before, resins and spice really finish this strong. Unfortunately there does appear to be some of that same off-character from the nose present here. It’s got more of a medicinal plastic or “band-aid” flavor going on with it but it thankfully isn’t as noticeable as it is in the nose. The mouthfeeel is lighter to medium bodied, with a soft and overall mellow feeling crispness to the carbonation. There is enough of a light sharpness present though that prickles the tongue and gives this a little extra presence in the mouth.

I do like this beer in theory, as it does come off like an extra-hopped version of Pale Mild Ale. This just unfortunately had some issue with off-notes that were hard to ignore. I think that this new brewery has only started canning in the last couple of months, so hopefully they will get the kinks worked out with this one. I would probably check this beer out again sometime down the line, especially on draft.

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Photo of DOCRW
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of Superheatnsubcool
4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AdamSkylar
4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of evilkorova
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


"This should NOT be in the IPA category... good hoppy pale ale for sure... American brewers are blurring boundaries.... many of the below reviews are stuck in the dark ages."

12 oz can picked up tonight at Brewforia West for a hefty $2.60ish... but ehh... new to me. Poured into my HotD goblet.

Great foamy white head.. pillowwy.. tons of lacing.. the brew is slightly hazed pale golden...

Nose shows nice snappy hop presence ... good citrus zest and a pleasant pale malt catcher.

Flavor has a bigger bitterness up front... but I would expect that from an "India Session Ale"... the palate is very nice lite/medium is great with citrus hops that are carried by a lite but everpresent pale malt component... not a lot going on other than the above, but is meshes and finds the right gears from front to back.... very well done... loving the dry hoppy finish.

Too many geeks are going to slam this one because the name... more geeks are going to miss the point of a "drinkable" beer... I am really... REALLY... digging the promise of something that provides damn near everything I like in a "PNW IPA" that I can get in a great session brew while watering the lawn.


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Photo of BlueSpader
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tommy5
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of CBlack85
3.57/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Beertunes for this one.

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a DFH shaped pint glass.

Beer pours a golden straw color with a big frothy white head that quickly recedes leaving lots of sticky lacing behind.

You get the big citrusy aroma as soon as you open the can. Very clean and fresh, with lots of citrusy hops with hints of pine and just a touch of grains in the background.

The flavor is bright and citrusy, and like the nose, has hints of pine and bready malts. Very nice and fresh tasting. The beer is fairly light bodied and finishes dry. Moderately carbonated. Really a refreshing easy to drink beer.

Really a nice beer, not sure I would classify it as an IPA, maybe a hoppy pale, but overall a really nice beer.

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ColdOneKev
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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