Johnny’s American Session IPA | Moab Brewery

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Johnny’s American Session IPAJohnny’s American Session IPA

Brewed by:
Moab Brewery
Utah, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
An American style IPA, golden in color with light malt hues and strong hop characteristics. Its vibrant citrus aromas and bitterness are created by four bold American hops. Our dry hopping gives this beer that distinctive and aggressive hop finish.

Added by TwelveOunces on 01-05-2012

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Reviews: 21 | Ratings: 56
Photo of MFMB
3.56/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had in Moab while visiting Arches National Park. Pours a deep straw yellow, somewhat clear with a creamy white head. Smells of crisp citrus, malty and a slight earthy smell. Taste: first thing is the malt. A bit more malty than one would expect but the crispness of the citrus and slight earthy pine are enough to push you along past this IPAs big malt backbone. Boarder line APA here but I get it, it's a "session IPA. A nice choice that you can easily pick up in the grocery store. Mouthfeel is medium and fairly dry. Overall a decent offering here.

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Photo of ColoradoPhil
3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I feel this session IPA is under rated. Good stuff. Not expensive, and quite refreshing. Not world class by any means. I would never turn this stuff down though. American style IPA that tastes like a crisp IPA with out a lot of alcohol.

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Photo of Jsteez
3.81/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Decent session IPA that came on draught. Poured a cloudy golden color with some white foam and sticky lace; smelled like citrus, hops, and light lemon; tasted like a hop bomb, but on the lighter side; smooth going in and some slight sticky pine in the middle; dry aftertaste and bitter. Mouthfeel was a little thin, yet had a little character to round out the whole experience. Overall, a decent session IPA that really drinks like a hopped up pale ale.

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Photo of jeswasgui
3.41/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dim golden color with a slight olive hue to it with a well retained head of about 1.5 fingers and good lace retention. The aroma from hops stood out well, but seemed a little strange. It didn't seem too citrusy maybe an orange type scent, but the more I took in the scent the more yeast I seemed to detect. It was very difficult to detect much in the flavor And had a watery feel to it ,but hey this a session IPA so what can you expect?

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Photo of BigGold
3.52/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Have had several times, most recently at Brighton Resort, Utah, poured from pint can into clear plastic PBR beer cup. As a well-balanced session IPA, Johnny's is an excellent choice for lunch on the mountain.

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Photo of ThePaleRider
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

In the land of 4% beers, this one actually has some flavor. Just as good as any other session IPA on the market, and a welcome brew when your grocery shopping in Utah.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3/5  rDev -15%

Spiral Mugatu hypnotizes Zoolander can design. Looks beery - pale gold with some foam. Bonus points for a tall boy can.

Cantaloupe, tangerine and Midori aroma. Tastes continues the melon theme with tangerine, melon and some much appreciated tongue sticking resin to bring a little character to an otherwise watery body. Run on sentence. Just enough bitterness to pass as an IPA but no really malt character.

Since I’ve been backpacking through Utah I’ve been wondering why Utah brewers don’t make more of the constraints they’re forced to brew in. Hops don’t add any ABV but I’ve only seen a few IPAs. How about some berliners or sour beers? How about a phenomenal Irish dry stout? Rather than select styles that can still be fully articulated at 4% they seem content to keep throwing up water pale ales, ambers and American wheats. Point of my rant being that bravo for Moab for making the most of 4% beer. Most standout brew of my entire trip. I’d rate it higher on a Utah only scale.

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Photo of cbutova
3.46/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Utah beer laws are confusing. Utah beer listings are just as confusing. The can says 4% but does not mention anything about Session etc. Just gonna leave this here.

A- Pale golden body poured from the 16oz can to a goblet. A white cap crowns the beer with a frothy consistency. Head retention is decent as the head falls down to a thin ring. Plenty of spotty lacing at the top of the glass with some drizzle below.

S- Even considering the 4% ABV, the hops are not all that pungent in the aroma compared to other low ABV IPAs. A mix of citrus and fruity hops makes up most of the smell with some light grains and bread behind that.

T- Hops are the showcase and it follows the aroma pretty closely. A bit more cereal grain/fresh cracked base malt comes out but it doesn't detract from the hoppy notes of tangerine, orange, grapefruit, pine and floral character. Hops are not juicy or pungent but light-medium in strength.

MF- Very light bodied overall feel with a fairly frothy texture. The carbonation is moderately high and helps push what hop flavors there are onto the taste buds. Light bitter finish.

Certainly hop forward but not a hop bomb compared to beers like Go To, All Day and other modern low ABV IPAs. I actually like the raw grainy base malt flavor that comes out and I think it matches the hop profile well.

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Photo of KFBR392
3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Finger and a half of head on the pour but quickly settled in. Sticky, light random lacing left behind. Slightly foggy with a crisp golden color.

Smell: Sweet biscuity malt front. Saturated citrus and orange peel comes on the body. Earthy grains and earth make up the back end.

Taste: Those earthy grains hit right away. Tangerines, oranges, and heavy citrus shows up on the body. A touch of slight funk then yields to a kind of watery finish. For what it is though I can dig it.

Mouthfeel: Light, refreshing mouthfeel. Some lingering sourness left behind.

Overall: A decent little 4% IPA. For the cost I have no regrets popping on a 4pk of this. Give it a go.

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Photo of Goliveidaho
4.18/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I poured the 7% variety here in Idaho. This is the 8 four pack I have bought in the last year. It pours fully carbonated, head off white, lite brown sugar, feel quickly. Laceing nothing to marvel at. Great aroma, mild fruit, just not pineapple, but close. In the mouth, fresh, refreshing, clean finish. I could almost finish 12 ounces of this IPA in 2 swallows. Smooth floral and citrus, Carmel cream balance this out. What a great IPA with just the right balance of bitters upfront and fruits in for the whole trip. Cheers!

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Photo of Zorro
3.27/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sunday in SLC and this is what I could buy.

The 4% version of the real ale was on sale for $5 for the 4 pack of tall boys.

Clear mildly chill hazed orange colored ale with no head formation.

Smells lightly hoppy and fruity with a pleasant pipe tobacco tobacco smell. Little bit of orange scent.

Starts out dry and a little woody. Mild sweetness and a medium level of bitterness. Toasted grain flavor. Tastes pretty OK for what it is.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall an OK beer, I need to try its full strength version.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.03/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

easily the best 4% ipa ive had, maybe the best 4% beer overall. this one pours from the 16oz. can a nice orange glowing golden color with some haze and a foamy off white head rising well over the rim of the glass and sticking around awhile. you couldn't ask an ipa to look much better. the nose is bitter yet fruity somehow as well. some apricot notes amongst the bitter hops, as well as an English biscuit malt profile. the flavor is just about the hops, although balanced, the oily dankness of west coast C varieties dominates here, and the fruity component is relegated to a subtle spot in the finish, tempering out the bitterness. this is really sessionable with its lower abv, and the flavor is full and robust, complex and refreshing. yum. nice carbonation and a medium body left by some unfiltered yeast. you almost don't miss the rest of the alcohol, because everything else happening with this beer is just so spot on. I almost prefer its low abv, it lets me consume more of these tasty offerings. my first beer from moab will not be my last. this is impressive!

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Photo of mr88talent
2.24/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a 16 ounce glass produces a tall off-white froth that dissipates slowly. The smell is resin or solvent like. Strong, but not overly bitter hops taste and smell. If there is malt flavor, it is well overpowered by the hops. Mouthfeel is smooth and not overly carbonated. Hops aftertaste lingers for some time. So much hops I almost recoil at each sip. Maybe I could become accustomed to it, but I do not think I will bother. I'm just not accustomed to drinking beer with such a strong solvent-like flavor.

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Photo of RowJimmy
3.07/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer is 7% ABV in the can I got (in Idaho). Its a decent beer. That is best I can say about it. Its a bit wangy at the end of the taste which makes it less than very good. The packaging is cool. I wouldnt go too far out of my way to drink this beer again. But its not bad.

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Photo of alexgash
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz. can. No freshness date.

Clear, clean golden straw body. Fat finger of dense, creamy, light beige head. Good lacing. Mildly faint hop aromas of pine and citrus. Some fruity malt underneath. Nice, but a bit understated.

Toasted malts quickly give way to herbal, pine, and citrus hop bitterness. Light malt backbone, with sugar cookie notes. Some light fruitiness as well. Lots of citrus zest in the finish, with steady bitterness. Dry. Moderate body with a nice, lively feel. A very tasty session IPA.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer #10 in the great Utah Brew Hunt.

Man, I wish that the flavor profile on this beer is as strong as the nose. There is an earthy thing going on with some spicy tones going on as well. Overall, it's a bit too earthy for the style, but it still is drinkable. And for what it is, it's consistent in its delivery of flavor.

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Photo of kagent777
3.4/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pint can given to me by Pastor Brad, thanks! Poured into the Perfect Pint. There seems to be a batch code, but no brewed on date.

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden light amber with a one finger head and nice lacing.

Smell: Plenty of hops on the nose. Grapefruit and pine, but no malt backbone that I can pick up.

Taste: In addition to the pine and grapefruit there is a general herbal quality to the hops. No real malts to stand up to the hops. After the hops up front, the taste just kind of falls off. No lingering finish.

Mouthfeel: Here is the problem with this beer. Moab brewery needs to be able to sell this beer in the grocery stores in Utah, and to be able to do that, they need it to be at 4.0 ABV or less. I don't think I have seen an IPA at 4 ABV before. The body is just not present, it feels really watered down. The carbonation is OK.

Overall: The hop flavor is OK, except for the lack of malt backbone. Unbalanced and weak. Because of the low ABV limit, the whole beer really suffers. I would love to try a full strength version of this one day, at about 6.5 ABV. Maybe this appeals to newer beer drinkers.

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Photo of mactrail
3.52/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pleasant golden amber in the tall glass. Plenty of carbonation. One nice thing about cans, you get a nice burst of aroma when you pop the top. This one has a robust nose of something like Cascades, but it gets your attention.

Some malty sweetness, but only a little. Quite sharp and on the acidic side. Thoroughly bitter, and pushing it a little with the ultra-light body. Very fragrant with every gulp. Lots of dry, piney flavor.

Happy to see another small brewery packaging in cans. From the 16 oz purchased at Dan's supermarket in Salt Lake.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.97/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Utah-beer session, 1/6.

Poured chilled in large water glass

A: cloudy, pale orange; 2-fing head, dissipating gently; pleasant lacing
S: beautiful whoof of pine and pineapple (!)
T: this would be a great IPA if it were a higher ABV. Very prominent hops profile, with a classic razz of pine, grass; not sweet; malts subdued; if anything, tastes a bit watery, probably to get at the 4% threshold. Why, you ask? Utah laws:

Not bad, if you're going to weather Utah's beer weather.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very nice cloudy golden yellow color, nice carbonation, HUGE three-finger creamy head, but disappates rather quickly, and leaves some nice sticky lacing. The nose is pretty good, hoppy, slightly malty. The taste is a bit disappointing, but I can understand that, it's pretty hard to make a decent IPA at 4% ABV, but still, kinda hoppy, with some malt notes. Medium body with a slightly dry/bitter finish. Not bad, but pretty lame IPA.

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Photo of TwelveOunces
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

-So im on vacation in Utah and saw these in the grocery and it caught my eye.
-First off, I was very surprised to see that this beer is not yet on beer advocate, especially since I found it in a grocery, so I looked it up.
-Apparently Moab brewery just got started canning their beers and this beer is brand new.
-I have read various stats for this beer, some say 5.5% and others say 4%, the can says 4%. I have also read that this beer is to be re-released at 7% alcohol which is more logical/believable for an IPA.
-Lastly, this beer is sold in 16Oz 4 packs of cans that I managed to find for a meager 6$.

A- Pours crystal clear orange with one finger of a sloppy white head.
S- Smells like hops and a good variety of them, pretty dry smell but fairly fresh, smells slightly dry hopped but it doesnt look the part.
T- Tastes like an IPA, its not going to throw you for a loop by any means but its a very solid IPA. Theres a good blend of hops in here that give this beer a nice taste that seems different with every sip. Hard to pick up on the malts but you dont care with that great hop taste in the way.
M- The first thing I noticed with this beer is that it seems a little too carbonated, It pops in your mouth and can feel like it turns to foam on the way down. Its a full bodied IPA which I expected but was surprised when I read 4% on the can. Not too hard to drink but prepare to burp.
O- This is a good IPA, im glad I decided to pick up this random cluster off the shelf. It has a great hop character, a fulfilling feel and a great price, assuming you can find them.

PS.This is my first added beer and am looking forward to reading future peoples input. Sadly though, this may be the first and last time I enjoy this beer. And drink from the can, it seems hoppier in the can.

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Johnny’s American Session IPA from Moab Brewery
3.53 out of 5 based on 56 ratings.
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