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Lil' SIPA | Rivertown Brewery & Barrel House

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Brewed by:
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.

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Ratings: 133 |  Reviews: 22
Reviews by lochef81:
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of scottspencer
3.54/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gratefuldad
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mooslerfitness
3.23/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of RandyBroyles
3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LewisJCorcoran
3.01/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BEER88
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GlennWB
3.49/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Good thirst quenched but nothing special. Mostly bitter.

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Photo of DigitGrowler
3.44/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.59/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dag1991
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 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 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 Mindsquall
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

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 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 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 freduardo
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of kotzbauerm
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of bcsbeer
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of jds16
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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

Photo of Brew33
3.62/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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