Lil' SIPA | Rivertown Brewery & Barrel House

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Rivertown Brewery & Barrel House
Ohio, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Sometimes in life, we don’t want to sacrifice flavor for responsibility. That is why we created Lil’ Sipa, our Session IPA. Think of this beer as the one you drink when you want the kick in your face punch of a Double IPA, but not so much the knock you down blow that the higher alcohol of a Double IPA serves up. We found that the combination of Citra, Galaxy, Columbus and Cascade hops partnered up with some good ol’ American 2-row Barley makes the perfect crisp, bright, all day drinkable IPA that doesn’t end up being JUST what you need, but also, just what you want.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 22 | Ratings: 133
Photo of metter98
3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that gradually died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of citrus hops are present in the nose along with some hints of passionfruit.
T: The taste follows the smell, having flavors of citrus and passionfruit hops along with a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels shy of being medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer isn't overly flavorful or bitter, but it it is definitely easy to drink and can be considered sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.49/5  rDev +29%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lil' SIPA brewed by Rivertown Brewing Co, with an ABV of 4.50% This brew pours out deep golden amber color, with a nice small white head. There is a slight cloudyness to this brew. The smell of Lil' SIPA , is rich with hops at first. Then you pick up on grains and malts. There is also a nice grapefruit smell to this brew. The taste of this IPA is bold with flavors. You pick up on hops and grain and malts. Lil' SIPA has the look, smell and taste of most IPA's on the market. Not saying that is a bad thing. There is nothing overpowering about Lil' SIPA. This IPA has a nice balance to it This is one of the more smoother IPA's on the market. I really like how smooth this brew is , this brew is a nice drinkable brew. The mouthfeel of Lil' SIPA , is rich , bold, clean, and smooth. Overall I'm giving Lil' SIPA a 4.5 out of 5. I would buy buy this brew again. Rivertown Brewing Co., did a nice job with this one. Thank You Rivertown Brewing Co.

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Photo of Swettenham_Shire
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid little beer from Rivertown. Lots of carbonation and lacing visible throughout glass. Juicy hop flavor and scent. Finish is crisp, dry. Recommended.

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Photo of barczar
3.61/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No idea of age on this one.

Citrusy notes of grapefruit and orange are accompanied by floral hops and biscuity malt in the aroma.

Flavor is fairly bitter throughout. There's a bit of caramel malt that shows up late. Grapefruit is muted. Becomes very earthy and minerally in the finish. More bitter than I prefer. I actually prefer the after aftertaste of this beer. Citrus comes back stronger.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

LOOK: Pours a light hazed golden color with a white head. The bottle gushed upon opening, more over full, less of any type of infection. Perhaps slightly overcarbonated.

SMELL: The aroma is nice and hoppy with a bright citrus note. Perfume like hop citrus carries a good nose on this one.

TASTE: Citrus and fair bitterness in the flavor. Unripe lime sounds about right, but clementine orange would be near this as well. Faint dusty malt presence. Agreeable and well rounded.

FEEL: Crisp, light bodied, well carbonated and drinkable. Would not recommend drinking this straight from the can or bottle, it needs to be poured to let some of that aggressive carbonation out.

OVERALL: A nice little session IPA or Pale Ale as I like to call them. Its an above par pale ale. Would love to have this on the golf course.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed from the can in a pint glass. Ale pours a lightly hazy yellow with firm white head and later thin pooling foam. Nose of bitter and citrus hops, light caramel malts, and a hint of lemon grass. Flavors are bittering hops up front, light caramel malts to the sides, and citrus hops to the rear that leaves a bitter aftertaste. Very crisp and wet on the mouth feel. Bittering hops linger on and on. Good session IPA. Rivertown is a newer brewer in Cincinnati that has some solid brews, and for a session IPA this of is solid.

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Photo of Brenden
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

This "little sipper" is an extremely muddled medium-dark yellow with a frothy pure white head that keeps up a full finger's height for a while before condensing to a thick foam that manages good patching.
Hops are a bit cheddary to the nose, then come in with a musky, dank sort of smell that makes me wonder if any Simcoe was used. Some citrus comes in underneath, with maybe a touch of dry malt to even and finish it out.
While I appreciate the hop-forward nature of the flavor, just a little more malt is necessary to achieve the balance it could have against the strong pith and chalky dry bitterness. That is eased by some juicy grapefruit, then a woody and resinous element pulls in. It's more lemony as it goes, and some herb runs in, too.
I didn't find the body to be terribly thin, but it runs that way at the end of each sip when the biting crispness beginning it dies off. It's a dry beer for sure, not so strong as to scrape the tongue, but close. It finishes with a grainy sort of texture before more dryness lingers.

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Photo of Beejay
3.23/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Huge thanks to Alanna and Richard for getting me this brew!

A: Pale yellow pear in color, a low amount of white head on top.

S: Hoptacular! Grapefruit, orange peel and pine.

T: Lightly hoppy, with notes of grapefruit, and orange peel, the finish turns a little towards the resinous side. I wish there was a little more malt presence. While this is a nice light session beer, it comes off a little watery.

M: Light, and refreshing with high carbonation. There is a little linger in the finish from the hops.

O: I like the hop profile, just wish there was more malt. The balance is a little off, and it comes off as watery.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Not quite "session" and not quite "pale", but no mistake about it- its all about hops! Lighter in body than both American IPA and pale ale, but with a hoppy tilt to suggest both, thanks to the Rivertown brewers we now get a taste of IPA but with the sensibility of session ale.

Its hazy and pale gold color offers little suggestion of the bite within, but one whiff explodes with grapefruit, sassafras, leaf and fresh-cut grass. And that first sip simply zings off the tongue with the hoppy bite of sod, grapefruit, gooseberry and chive. Its aspirating bubbles refresh the palate immediately.

Quickly drying across the middle, light carbonic acids bring life to the hops and tear apart the terse caramel, bread and grain maltiness with ease. With just enough residual starch to prop up the hops, the taste citrusy, grassy and acute, its malt contributions are both dry and modestly creamy.

Effortless in finish, the sweetness has far dissolved and its hop bitterness stands prompt. Citrus peels of grapefruit, orange and lemon carry equal weight while fresh herbal presences make themselves knows- edging dangerously close to pine resin and cannabis. Absolute dryness ensues as the ale closes with crisp, clean and high refreshment; lingering only with a piquant bitterness.

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Photo of Omnium
3.47/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle > Mason Pint

A - Clear straw gold with half a finger of fizzy white head, medium lacing.
S - Vienna malt, very grassy, a little dank. Overall bland.
T - Light peppery spice, grassy earthy hops, cracker malt.
M - Light watery.
O - This is more of an extra pale ale than a session IPA. Hops are barely here.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
2.68/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

"Ew." That was literally what I said on my first sip. This beer is crap. On my first pour, it basically became all foam, and I wasn't even pouring that hard. Flavor is dirt, straw, hay, and nothing good, really. Ink seems to be in abundance too. Either this beer is off or it just sucks. Either way, it's becoming drainpour.

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Photo of raznug
4.26/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: This beer pours a light orange color and is topped with ¾” of white head that clings nicely to the pint glass.
Smell: The aroma of this beer is of a very tasty smelling IPA it has a great hop smell but it is not over powering by any way shape or form.
Taste: The taste of this session IPA is just right along those lines it is hoppy but still easy to drink very good beer.
Mouthfeel: This is a light bodied IPA which is what they say it is suppose to be. It drinks very easily and yet has good lasting flavor. Best beer for Rivertown.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.59/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I CAN't quite remember where this one came from, but I am going to guess Another6Pack, since he is a regular CANtributor to The CANQuest (TM), plus he lives in MichiCAN and this came from Ohio.

From the CAN: "Session India Pale Ale"; "Hand crafted in small batches Est 2009 Cincinnati, OH"; "A session IPA"; "A delicious India Pale Ale, with crisp body and bright hop flavor and aroma. This beer is our perfect end to a hard day's work."

Maybe I should have Cracked! this open right after I got home, but I wanted to watch some Game 7 playov hockey and so I took a nap instead. I had good results with my earlier gentle Glug, especially coming out of these tallboy CANs, so I decided to CANtinue the trend. I got a brief finger of thin, bone-white head that quickly reduced to wisps as a result. CAN't win 'em all, I suppose. Color was a beautiful golden-yellow (SRM = > 4, < 5) with NE-quality clarity and of course the unholy trio of Midas, Mammon and Croesus showed up to wrestle amongst themselves for a taste. I learned a long time ago to leave them to their own devices. Nose was a muted grapefruit-citrus, leading me to wonder if AIPAs are a good idea for session beers. I am unCANvinced as I like my hops big and in my face. Mouthfeel was slightly on the thin side, reinforcing my questioning of this version of the style. The taste was unbalanced, very hop-forward and quite grapefruit-citrusy, but I did not mind that at all. SIPA as a pun on "sipper"? Not hardly. I was drinking this one down like water. The finish was semi-dry and easily drinkable. I am not a huge fan of low ABV AIPAs, but this would do in a pinch, especially if you are in the market for a session beer. Me = usually not.

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Photo of Farewell_Transmission
2.27/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

This beer is bitter hops with no complexity.

Light in color with a light head, the color reminds me of budwiser.

The taste and smell are off putting.

While the taste on this is off putting, it is super piney, but not in a good way. I still finished the whole bottle.

Honestly, will never buy this again.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.69/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This brew is just as advertised - an easy drinking, sessionable AIPA. It comes out the usual yellow. A little pale with not much head - typical. The aroma is interesting - a slightly funked up hop thing. A bit nasty.

The taste is a dry bitter, just what a hop head loves. There's hardly a hint of malt, just bitter. Very nice when you consider it is a drinkable, interesting taste and you could drink a few without getting too blasted.

The taste sticks with you in a pleasant way. This is a good effort from Rivertown.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.81/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tall can from free beer week. Thanks bud! Pours clear light golden color with a very small white head. Bright bursting floral aroma, some pine, citrus peel, a bit of sweet malts in the background. Flavor is subdued with bright pine hops, a bitter grassy feel, and just a hint of sweet and floral citrus peels. Ever so light sweet malt but really not much there. Session IPA for sure, with a super light and crisp mouthfeel with medium to high carbonation. Good brew for the beach or on the lake.

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Photo of Beerfull
3.74/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer in a bottle poured into a glass at World of Beer. This is a good light IPA. It is slightly piney, but not like west coast IPA's. This beer is not bitter at all compared to other IPA's. Overall this is an enjoyable beer, but a little light for my taste. I prefer a little more Hops in my IPAs.

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Photo of msquared36
2.18/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Color is bud light yellow.

A hint of citrus in the scent.

This tastes like lemon water with a light hop aftertaste. Refreshing in a way but very weak.

This is as close to water as a beer can get. Very light carbonation and almost no substance.

I guess sometimes you just want to sit on the porch and pound some beers, and there are worse ways to go about doing that. But there are many more session IPAs out there that are better.

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Photo of lochef81
3.47/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bought this on a whim on my Ohio buying trip. It pours a very pale straw color with a frothy white head and little lacing. The nose is refreshing and hoppy with a slight malty undertone. It sips smooth and clean and very light. The flavor is hoppy but in an off taste kind of way. There is definite pine and citrus but a slightly ammonia-y flavor underneath. This is most certainly an ale you could drink a number of; just not sure you'd want to.

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Photo of patpbr
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Golden with a bit of haze and almost no lacing.
S - Citrus and malt
T - Mostly hoppy with a a bit of bitterness.
M - Light to medium body with a crisp finish.
O - Nothing special going on, Its a fine beer but I would pick up several other sessions first.

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Photo of ziggyzoggy
3.28/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This beer surprised me with the first sip. Very citrusy, but the grapefruit really wrecks the palate for an otherwise sessionable beer. Better stick with this one from the start of your session to the end. Once I got over the initial shock of the first sip, this beer is quite good. Slight head when poured into a glass, leaving very little lacing. Poured a dark amber. Once again, very citrusy nose, and above normal carbonation.

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Photo of BB1313
3.56/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a pale yellow with a fluffy white head that leaves great lacing and retention. The aromas have a nice amount of citrus. Some ripe grapefruit. Some tangerine as well. Even some strawberry. It's also slightly tropical with some pineapple and coconut. Some bread. Pine needles too. The flavors are very sharp and bitter. Very crisp. Lots of pine. Very dry. Very earthy. Lots of grass. More citrus. Although this is a light beer, it feels medium-bodied with fizzy active carbonation. Very smooth. This is obviously an easy drinker.

This is a nice "Session IPA". This one packs a punch for being such a small beer. Well crafted.

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Lil' SIPA from Rivertown Brewery & Barrel House
Beer rating: 3.48 out of 5 with 133 ratings