Session IPA
Fourpure Brewing Co.

Session IPASession IPA
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American IPA
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3.68 | pDev: 12.77%
Fourpure Brewing Co.
England, United Kingdom
Session IPASession IPA
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Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 45
Photo of FLima
3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Slightly hazy amber golden color with a thick head with good retention and leaving a wall of laces.
Citrusy aroma with notes of fresh squeeze oranges, malt sweetness, some green resin and lychees.
Flavor with notes of natural oranges, floral and citrusy hops, pine, resin, honey, lychees, peaches and tea bags. Dry aftertaste with a good clean bitterness.
Light body with appropriate velvety carbonation.
Ultra-refreshing Session IPA with good hop complexity bringing citrusy, piney and fruity notes.

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Photo of zeff80
3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can. Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled of citrus, grapefruit and pine. Sweet toasted caramel taste with orange peel and pine.

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Photo of JonnoWillsteed
2.33/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

L - Mid golden with very slight haze. Pours with thin white head that will soon clear to lacing at this rate. some minor rising CO2.
S - Prominent. I can smell it from 20-30Cm away. I intentionally haven't read the lable yet, but the smell suggests it risks being a pungent 'hop-bomb', we shall see. Up close I get a blend of mandarin orange and lychee, which in my experience this past few weeks suggests the same. Hmmm... the smell alone is quite pleasant and that is what I'm rating, not 'anything else it suggests'...
T- OMG..., heavens it's bitter enough to make me wince! The fruit notes surprisingly do in part come through in the flavour.
F- Very dry indeed. Perhaps refreshing if it were 40C out rather than October.
O- I enjoy trying new beers but am invariably disappointed by these (to me) over-hopped modern brews.

Bought from major west London supermarket. Canned: 31/8/18, BBE: 28/5/19. 330ml can.
Can lable states it is brewed with Mosaic, Simcoe, Cascade and Centennial hops. Unfortunately to my palate this mega-hopping invariably leads something I find OTT/out-of-balance. I'm at risk of stereotyping beers I haven't heard of in fancy looking 330ml cans as a warning sign :)

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Photo of vinicole
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Can. Hazy thin straw. Frothy head.
Gentle aroma of citrus fruits and cereal.
Tastes the same. Grapefruit prevalent.
Highly carbonated.
Refreshing at best.

Update: A Flavourly version of this beer shows enhanced aroma and taste. More tangerine. Score is for original tasting.

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Sesion IPA!!!! I hate that. Tourettes out the way. Piney hops with that aenesthetising medicinal quality and a smidge of burned toast in the background. Very little malt at all. it's all lead guitar and no rythm. Refreshing rather than restorative. Not bad for a cheap weeknight tipple.

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Photo of saboliver
3.44/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy orange with a medium-small head that dwindles fairly quickly. Citrus smell with some sweetness; clementines and peach as well as tropical fruits. Good amount of aroma for the relatively low alcohol. Flavour quite different at first with plenty of hops and a touch of toasty bitterness ending with quite a clean, dry, crisp finish. The tarter, grapefruit flavours come through more later on.

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Photo of Vader444
3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

330ml can poured into tulip glass.

This is a pleasant surprise. Packs a really good amount of aroma and flavour for a low ABV IPA. As you might expect, the mouthfeel is a little watery but overall this is easily the best UK brewed US style session IPA that I've had. Will certainly be picking up some more of this. Cheers!

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Photo of Spike
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, amber with some carbonation and a two finger, lumpy, fluffy head that leaves thick lacing.

Smells of zingy, American, citrus and floral hops. Quite intense. Very inviting.

Tastes hoppy as well. Juicy, tropical flavours with a dry finish. Not bad.

Feel is light/medium body with a little metallic flatness. Mouthfeel is disappointingly thin.

Personally, I would choose either a regular AIPA or, if I want a lower ABV, then a regular APA. Not half bad but the taste and in particular the feel can't and don't live up to the nose.

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Photo of flyingpig
1.85/5  rDev -49.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

330ml Can from Marks & Spencer, Enniskillen (£1.90):
A terrible offering from Fourpure, where did it all go so wrong? There was no balance to this one, the pine and citrus hops were far too strong, & they managed to smother all but a tiny bit of sweetness right at the end; a really poor beer and not one I'll be going back to again.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A 330ml can with a BB of June 2015. Given to me recently by my brother (a belated Xmas present).

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip. Can-conditioned. A deep, hazy amber hue with plentiful fine sediment and light carbonation. Yields a decent head of white foam that lasts for a minute or two before reducing to a patchy surface layer. Some lacing.

S: Aroma of intense fruity hops with hints of grapefruit, orange peel, citrus, a touch of pine, mild tropical fruit, earthy yeast, subtle caramel malt and stewed hops. Smells delicious.

T: Tastes of seriously fruity aromatic hops with a robust bitter finish. Notes of grapefruit, orange peel, citrus, mild pine resin, subtle tropical fruit, earthy yeast, caramel malt and stewed hops. Slightly sweet, followed by a powerful hop-driven bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth and dry, with soft carbonation and a rather insubstantial body. Hop oils tantalise the palate. Somewhat astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of bitter aromatic hops, citrus, earthy yeast and faint caramel malt.

O: A nice effort but doesn't quite possess the punch of a full-strength IPA. Looks alright, while the aroma and flavour are fantastically hoppy and packed with fruit notes. Flavour perhaps a tad unbalanced by the lack of malt, resulting in an increased perception of bitterness. So-so body; a bit flat and thin. Increased carbonation would add texture. Otherwise this is pretty drinkable and goes down easily enough. Worth sampling if you come across it.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.96/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Canned and purchased as part of my Christmas beer hamper
Pours a golden body with big foaming white head
I really like this
plenty of flavour and easy drinking

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark honey amber with pocked ecru head that trails.
Straight fresh hop nose - resiny and green.
Sour peach then Seville orange, Cascade flowers and a touch of pine.
Vegetal end and bitter root linger.
Light, some chew, slight oil.

A bit thin, a bit dark, but pretty much hits the mark. Doesn't (and couldn't ever, really) live up to the nose. Hoppy enough to fit the style - not an APA or a Blonde, which is always a question with UK breweries doing US hops.

Curious about the IPA now.

New recipe (I think. New can + different hop bill, anyway):
Loose fading white over honey blonde. 3.75
Sugared grapefruit + pineapple. 4
Tablewater crackers, then melon, lemon, and herb with specks of papaya. 3.75
Tingly, snappy, light, slight oil. 3.75

Mosaic, Simcoe, Cascade, Centennial

Good nose which sadly doesn’t follow through; could use more Mosaic or Simcoe to build on the tropical hints. There’s a nice enough sorbet fizz to the carbonation, but it doesn’t hide a watery body + a lack of IBUs. Drinkable enough for a sessioner, but errs on the side of insubstantial. 4

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.37/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml brown bottle purchased from the brewery.

Pours a fairly hazy dirty golden colour. Head forms a frothy loose crest of off-white, that settles out to a very thin ring. Body has some heft to it.

Nose has some sweetness, with a fruity hop character that is certainly less than sharp. As a result it feels much more rounded and rich than it would be otherwise. It's good, but not necessarily right for an IPA, even a "session" IPA.

Taste has some gingerbread to it and golden syrup. Hops do come through giving a crispness but the lingering sweetness really does overwhelm the palate. It's very surprising: I was expecting it to be unbalanced in the way or hoppiness, or else to be fairly light across the board. Instead, the sweetness really provides the bulk of the flavour.

Feel is full as well: partially to do with the sweetness, no doubt.

Overall, it's solid stuff. Not great, but certainly not bad. There's persistence and weight to it, and a strange sort of balance—it's just perhaps not balanced in the way I expected it to be.

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Session IPA from Fourpure Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 45 ratings