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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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 ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -15%

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 vfgccp
2.93/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Photo of MarkyMOD
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

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 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 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 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 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 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 EyePeeAyBryan
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of doremite
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of MNBeerGeek
3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of DRBiser
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of DerwinWentworth
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of elkinbrown
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of Vonerichs
3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of YalovaIA
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of benloho
3.19/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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 dcbeers
2.95/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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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Photo of azdback
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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