Hoppiest Sessionable Ale

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  1. audioserf

    audioserf Aspirant (253) Sep 3, 2010 Connecticut

    Easily acquired vote: Lagunitas Daytime, Victory Headwaters.

    Local vote: NEBCO Galaxy Pale Ale. 4.4% and just a mindblowing amount of Galaxy hops.
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  2. PatriotsRule

    PatriotsRule Aspirant (257) Sep 25, 2012 Massachusetts

    HopDevil is borderline sessionable.
  3. bpfrush

    bpfrush Defender (687) Jan 24, 2009 Wisconsin
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    Surprised no one has mentioned some of Toppling Goliath's APA's - Millennium Falcon, PseudoSue, and ZeeLander are all fantastic.

    +1 to NEBCO Galaxy, HF Edward, and Lagunitas Daytime
  4. Ranbot

    Ranbot Devotee (446) Nov 27, 2006 Pennsylvania

    21st Ammendment's Bitter American is 4.2% ABV and as as much hop flavor as most american pale ales, and even many IPAs. It regularly frequents my fridge.
  5. JamesShoemaker

    JamesShoemaker Initiate (0) Sep 21, 2012 Michigan
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    I sure as hell drink it like it is.
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  6. tehzachatak

    tehzachatak Initiate (0) Sep 19, 2010 Massachusetts

    NEBCO Galaxy is my #1 - also, Founders Harvest (if I could ever get enough of it in Mass to session it...), DayTime, HF Edward.

    I also do like the hoppy pils for this - Prima Pils, Noble Pils (best beer BBC makes).
  7. kpland

    kpland Initiate (0) Feb 12, 2013 Maine

    Herbaceous from Smuttynose. From their short batch series. 4.35% Superhop forward & crisp. Could drink it all day!
  8. Steeeve

    Steeeve Initiate (0) Nov 16, 2010 Pennsylvania

    Bitter American is one my favorite session IPAs, and as a bonus it comes in cans.
  9. Mgm54

    Mgm54 Disciple (370) Apr 7, 2011 Illinois
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    Anti-Hero IPA by revolution
  10. bifrost17

    bifrost17 Initiate (0) Dec 16, 2011 Washington

    Firestone Walker Pale 31
  11. GFG

    GFG Initiate (0) Oct 24, 2012 North Dakota

    Definitely Founders All Day IPA and Sam Adams Double Agent IPL
  12. chinabeergeek

    chinabeergeek Meyvn (1,270) Aug 10, 2007 Massachusetts
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    this thread itself has actually been relatively devoid of debate over the term(s). the OP made a smart choice and used session-able.

    "drink one less" is not always preferable. you also have to compensate for the diuretic effect of alcohol, especially at higher gravities. the lower ABV the beer, the less water you have to drink. below 4% ABV, beer starts to become hydrating, thus making it a far more socially quaffable beverage - you don't always have to double fist with a glass of water.
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  13. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poo-Bah (5,116) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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    At 3.8% abv, Drake's Alpha Session is quite hoppy/delicious.
  14. patto1ro

    patto1ro Defender (622) Apr 26, 2004 Netherlands

    Yep, you really don't get it.
  15. MarioM

    MarioM Zealot (514) Sep 13, 2009 California

    Another vote for Lagunitas Day Time.
  16. cincysig

    cincysig Aspirant (288) Sep 15, 2010 Connecticut
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    I like the Jabby Brau recommendation. Thanks, BlackBelt.
    Row 2, Hill 56 was damn tasty when we were in Santa Rosa for PtY.
    Lawson's Paradise Pale Ale is another option. It's under 5%.
  17. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Defender (637) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts

    To add to this, if we eliminate the terms "session" or more appropriate for US-based websites "sessionable" and simply ask for beers people think are "low abv" or "easy to drink" you'll get a WIDE variety of answers. Heady Topper may be incredibly easy for me to drink, but at 8% that's going to catch up to me. And Flower Power at 7.5% may be "low abv" to me if I regularly drink Russian Imperial stouts at 10%.

    Using the term "sessionable" at least narrows the range of beers people suggest.
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  18. drgarage

    drgarage Initiate (0) Aug 19, 2008 California

  19. dachshunddude86

    dachshunddude86 Initiate (0) Dec 21, 2012 Florida

    CCB Invasion Pale Ale
  20. EJLinneman

    EJLinneman Aspirant (218) Mar 2, 2009 New Jersey
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    Carton Brewing's Boat Beer is probably my favorite hoppy session beer. Won't find it in Vegas though.
  21. incutrav

    incutrav Initiate (0) Jan 16, 2007 Minnesota

    If you're in MN, it would be Brau Hopsession or Surly Bitter Brewer. Both are 4%. Hopsession has amazing flavor and aroma for the ABV. I know there is plenty of debate about the price, but unless lower ABV=lower price, I'm not buying it.
  22. stayclean

    stayclean Initiate (0) Mar 17, 2012 Wisconsin

    Damn, beat me to it. Can't wait for them to start bottling it.
  23. cobrakai44

    cobrakai44 Initiate (0) Oct 31, 2009 Illinois

    Gumballhead is not quite an IPA either, but at 4.5% it is one of the better balances between taste and being able to have more than 2.
  24. LegalBrew87

    LegalBrew87 Initiate (0) Mar 6, 2012 California

    I recently had Coronado's Wet Willie (~4.5% "XPA") and it was amazing...by far the best Coronado beer I've had.
  25. Hefewiseman

    Hefewiseman Disciple (397) Sep 6, 2011 Florida
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    DFH 60 Minute or Troegs Hopback are good ones.
  26. westcoastbeerlvr

    westcoastbeerlvr Poo-Bah (1,690) Oct 19, 2010 California

    Definitely Hoppy Birthday by Alpine.
  27. MaltMilkshake

    MaltMilkshake Initiate (0) Feb 9, 2011 California
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    Hoppy Birthday
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