Hoppiest Sessionable Ale

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  1. Rizalini

    Rizalini Zealot (537) Jan 20, 2011 Nevada
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    Like many, I am a HUGE hophead, but high ABVs limits me to just 1 a night or so. I was wondering what is the hoppiest low ABV IPA out there.

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  2. adamcarlson28

    adamcarlson28 Aspirant (273) Oct 11, 2012 Wisconsin
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    Central Waters Hopsessional was pretty hoppy...
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  3. Northlax3

    Northlax3 Initiate (85) Aug 19, 2012 New Jersey
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    Headwaters pale ale
  4. ThisWangsChung

    ThisWangsChung Poo-Bah (2,723) Oct 15, 2011 Maryland
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    Lagunitas DayTime <3
  5. tectactoe

    tectactoe Initiate (0) Mar 20, 2012 Michigan

    Ale la Reverend by Shorts, but it's seasonal and not easy to find. All Day IPA has a nice hop bite and bitterness, and it's only about 4.7% ABV.
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  6. RblWthACoz

    RblWthACoz Initiate (0) Aug 19, 2006 Pennsylvania

    I also vote for DayTime. Was lucky to get this the first day it was available in San Francisco, so it was super fresh.

    I'm looking forward to trying All Day IPA.
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  7. NickyDee21

    NickyDee21 Devotee (467) Dec 23, 2011 Pennsylvania
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    Stone Levitation. Pretty hoppy and clocks in at 4.2% I believe
  8. RPH2327

    RPH2327 Disciple (319) Dec 5, 2010 Pennsylvania

    This one.

    HopHands. 4.8%. Tired Hands.
  9. GetMeAnIPA

    GetMeAnIPA Zealot (565) Mar 28, 2009 California
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    Torpedo is hoppy, damn tasty, easy to find and wallet friendly.

    It's my golfing beer. Even when it warms up the beer stays very drinkable.

    It's not a low ABV IPA but its not high. You could drink 4 no problem.
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  10. leedorham

    leedorham Crusader (701) Apr 27, 2006 Washington

    Fremont 77 select is pretty hoppy and I can knock those back at a pretty healthy click without doing too much damage.
  11. Icarus

    Icarus Initiate (175) Oct 6, 2012 Minnesota

    You mean Surly Abrasive isn't sessionable?
  12. tjensen3618

    tjensen3618 Initiate (0) Mar 23, 2008 California

    Drake's 1500
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  13. HokiesandBeer

    HokiesandBeer Initiate (0) Jan 10, 2013 Pennsylvania
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    I love Torpedo, it's a great beer, but coming in at 7.2% in no way would that be considered "sessionable."
  14. Kgrubb1224

    Kgrubb1224 Initiate (0) May 5, 2008 New Jersey

    21st Amendment Bitter American- may not be the hoppiest, but still damn good!
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  15. VelvetExtract

    VelvetExtract Poo-Bah (3,149) Jan 10, 2010 Massachusetts

    Haverhill Leatherlips
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  16. ja1022

    ja1022 Initiate (163) Sep 27, 2009 Indiana

    Founders All Day IPA was the first one that came to mind. I'd also add Lagunitas Day Time and 3F's Zombie Dust. I consider those three (especially All Day) my "light" beer.
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  17. CKozikowski

    CKozikowski Initiate (0) Jan 22, 2013 Vermont

    I've also heard All Day and Daytime. I've been liking Otter Creek's Hop Session Ale. One of the only OC beers I enjoy
  18. BeerLover99

    BeerLover99 Poo-Bah (1,607) Dec 13, 2008 Illinois

    No love for Half Acre Daisy Cutter (5.2%ABV + 60 IBUs)?
    So delicious, flavorful and not too heavy...I could drink it all day
    really miss that beer and brewery from Chicago/Great Lakes area. :slight_frown:
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  19. Hanglow

    Hanglow Zealot (585) Feb 18, 2012 United Kingdom (Scotland)

    Brewdogs Nanny State - it's under 1% iirc

    Shame it's hideous :grinning:
  20. paulytasker

    paulytasker Disciple (329) May 16, 2012 New York
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    Lagunitas Day Time... very sessionable on hot summer day
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  21. Seanniek91

    Seanniek91 Defender (646) Jul 1, 2012 Rhode Island
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    Define sessionable...
  22. BB1313

    BB1313 Poo-Bah (2,558) Jul 16, 2009 Ohio

    Fat Heads Sunshine Daydream Session IPA (5% abv)
    Founders All Day IPA (4.7% abv)
    Lagunitas DayTime (4.65% abv)
    North Peak Wanderer Session IPA (4.2% abv)

    *They're all seasonals..
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  23. GetMeAnIPA

    GetMeAnIPA Zealot (565) Mar 28, 2009 California
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    I put a sixer of torpedoes down somewhat regularly. It's my go to beer when I am golfing, or BBQin some ribs or tri-tip. For that I consider it sessionable. However, I am usually fairly faded. I view sessionable as, can I drink a lot of it without it being too much and torpedo fits that bill.

    I completely see your point and wouldn't disagree.
  24. NHbeerfishing

    NHbeerfishing Devotee (406) Dec 31, 2012 New Hampshire
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    Hill Farmstead Edward, its very good and only 5.20. Most of the pale ales they make(Riwaka,Simcoe etc)up there are lowish abv and high taste. A growler of Edward won't put you face down on the couch like one of Double Galaxy or Abner. Went up yesterday and grabbed a few Edward, Harlan and Double Galaxy. Really miss the Susan, just the best single IPA that I've had.
  25. darkandhoppy

    darkandhoppy Aspirant (295) Dec 26, 2008 Connecticut

  26. beerepiphany

    beerepiphany Initiate (50) Oct 19, 2010 Illinois

    I was going to post this exact same question yesterday...creepy. Great minds think alike!
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  27. EdH

    EdH Initiate (0) Jul 27, 2005 Utah

    Haven't had the chance to try most of these suggestions, so I won't claim that this is "the hoppiest"--but if you can find Uinta Wyld: try it.
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  28. rodlavers

    rodlavers Defender (606) Jun 20, 2012 Maryland

    Exactly. Daisy Cutter, All Day IPA, and Day Time are my picks for sessionables
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  29. mountsnow1010

    mountsnow1010 Initiate (0) Jan 23, 2009 Vermont

    Shut the Hell Up from the (former) Alchemist brewpub. I have been bugging them via facebook and twitter to bring it back in cans...

    Super hoppy and 3.3% ABV.
  30. LegalBrew87

    LegalBrew87 Initiate (0) Mar 6, 2012 California

    The correct answer is Hoppy Birthday
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  31. patto1ro

    patto1ro Defender (627) Apr 26, 2004 Netherlands

    It's also not true that it contains more hops than any beer ever brewed in the UK. 60 kilos per 20 hl only works out to about 10 lbs per 36-gallon barrel. Plenty of 19th-century beers with more hops than that.
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  32. HardyA

    HardyA Defender (636) Jan 26, 2013 Michigan

    I too really like North Peak's Wanderer. Haven't tried All Day IPA yet and look forward to trying it.
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  33. Phacoman

    Phacoman Initiate (0) Jun 26, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Definitely daisy cutter
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  34. Ri0

    Ri0 Poo-Bah (2,474) Jul 1, 2012 Wisconsin
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    Founders Harvest Ale or Surly Wet.
  35. ceeg

    ceeg Initiate (148) Dec 16, 2010 New York

    Carton Boat beer 4.3%!
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  36. stabbingcontest

    stabbingcontest Initiate (0) Aug 26, 2010 Massachusetts

  37. calidelphia

    calidelphia Initiate (0) Mar 10, 2012 California

    ^ This
  38. luisc123

    luisc123 Initiate (173) Oct 20, 2011 California

    THIS. and also Row 2, Hill 56 from RR. Neither is easy to get though. Sucks.
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  39. BlackBelt5112203

    BlackBelt5112203 Initiate (0) Jan 2, 2012 Michigan
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    I came here to say Jabby Brau. Technically, I know it's not an IPA, but is certainly hoppy enough to taste like one. Coming in at 4.5%, I could drink that stuff all day, every day.
  40. mporter13

    mporter13 Initiate (0) Jul 13, 2011 Oregon

    I would definitely go with FW Pale 31. Super full flavored and under 5%
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