What's your favorite Session IPA?

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  1. edward_boumil

    edward_boumil Initiate (0) Jun 28, 2015 New York

    Smuttynose Finest Kind
  2. SammyJaxxxx

    SammyJaxxxx Initiate (0) Feb 23, 2012 New Jersey

    Carton's Boat Beer is still my favorite
    But this one isn't bad either
  3. mecmd

    mecmd Initiate (0) Jan 7, 2012 Tennessee

    Fat Head's Sunshine Daydream is the only session IPA that I have really liked enough to purchase regularly and would drink all the time if locally available to me.
  4. jdaddy

    jdaddy Initiate (0) Nov 19, 2010 Pennsylvania

    Spent this week with a case of it and agree 100%. Now lets put it in cans and drop the price $10 a case!
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  5. lester619

    lester619 Initiate (0) Apr 17, 2009 Wisconsin

    I tend to agree. It's simply a made-up term that they think is more marketable than pale ale. That being said All Day is an outstanding beer, whichever marketing angle they assign to it.
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  6. SweetChicken

    SweetChicken Champion (834) Nov 5, 2011 Massachusetts
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    I searched, but no dedicated thread immediately showed up. Any links? Your thoughts? Why?
  7. lordofthemark

    lordofthemark Initiate (0) Jan 28, 2015 Virginia

    Drinking right now: Stone Go To IPA. Very tasty.
  8. PhilsPils

    PhilsPils Disciple (307) Feb 11, 2010 Texas

    I'll nominate Firestone Walker's "Luponic Distortion" series. At less than 6 % ABV, it has way more flavor than many IPAs that market themselves as "sessionable" (there's that expression I hate again!) and yes, I'm looking at you All Day.
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  9. kaos

    kaos Initiate (0) Dec 27, 2014 New York

    Founders All Day !!!
  10. MacMalt

    MacMalt Poo-Bah (5,565) Jan 28, 2015 New Jersey
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    I'm never certain how many beers constitute a "session" but at 6.8%, I'd include Westbrook's IPA.
  11. Jeffwise

    Jeffwise Initiate (0) Jun 12, 2014 Pennsylvania

    Uinta's wyld or dales pale
  12. Jeffwise

    Jeffwise Initiate (0) Jun 12, 2014 Pennsylvania

    I mean... Session beers
  13. alamode

    alamode Aspirant (295) Mar 25, 2007 Massachusetts

    Galaxy Pale Ale from NEBCo or Hobo Life from Lord Hobo are my two favorites.
  14. connecticutpoet

    connecticutpoet Poo-Bah (2,200) Jun 10, 2004 Connecticut

    I liked Sierra Nevada's Nooner, but since it's retired I'd have to go with either Luponic Distortion or, at the outside, 60 Minute IPA. At 6% it might be right at the edge but I have a higher tolerance for alcohol and I don't drink too quickly.
  15. Chcshammonde

    Chcshammonde Initiate (0) Sep 20, 2014 California

    Blind Pig, luponic distortion and Born Yesterday! Yum
  16. JamLand

    JamLand Crusader (765) May 7, 2013 District of Columbia

    Meta Modern by Oasis
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  17. BidYouABrew

    BidYouABrew Defender (672) Mar 17, 2015 Washington
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    If you haven't checked out Two Road's Lil' Heaven, I highly recommend it. Flavorful and definitely sessionable at 4.8%. To quote the can it really is "One helluva heavenly brew"
  18. WillemHC

    WillemHC Initiate (154) Jun 21, 2013 Utah

    founders devils dancer. I love sessioning that thing.
  19. Givemebeer

    Givemebeer Zealot (543) Apr 6, 2013 Vermont

    Some of you put to me shame sessioning 6% plus beers.
  20. Mlkluther

    Mlkluther Initiate (0) Sep 22, 2014 Canada (AB)

    Central City Brewing Red Racer India Session Ale (4%)

    It's a staple in my fridge (along with the full on Red Racer!). It's the best session beer out there
  21. akolb

    akolb Initiate (0) Aug 8, 2015 Colorado

    Odell Loose Leaf is perfect on a hot day.
  22. emount91

    emount91 Initiate (0) Aug 28, 2015 Connecticut

    Maine Beer Co. Hop Program - Beer II is my new favorite, even though it's going to be impossible to find going forward.
  23. jvgoor3786

    jvgoor3786 Poo-Bah (2,311) May 28, 2015 Arkansas
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    Can't get it in Arkansas, but I would happily drink FW Easy Jack all summer.
  24. SteveSexton203

    SteveSexton203 Initiate (0) Feb 19, 2014 Connecticut

    Can't stand Oxymorons!
  25. racer2k

    racer2k Devotee (421) May 21, 2004 Massachusetts

    Sierra Nevada Pale Ale 5.6%, Oskar Blues Pinner 4.9% and Luponic Distortion 5.9%

    Super Session #2 at 4.8% gets an honorable mention. Great beer but not easy to get your hands on..

    Those are all fine quaffable beers and especially good in cans for your session!
  26. BBThunderbolt

    BBThunderbolt Poo-Bah (9,809) Sep 24, 2007 Kiribati
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  27. marquis

    marquis Champion (812) Nov 20, 2005 England

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  28. SteveSexton203

    SteveSexton203 Initiate (0) Feb 19, 2014 Connecticut

    how is it any different than all these people mentioning things over 5%. If they are ok this dudes ok
  29. 19etz55

    19etz55 Disciple (328) Aug 12, 2007 New Jersey

    Saranac Gen IV
  30. johnjohnbeer

    johnjohnbeer Initiate (148) Oct 27, 2012 Ohio

  31. jfcook90

    jfcook90 Initiate (0) Jul 8, 2015 Alabama

    you can session anything if you believe in yourself
  32. Oceanbear1

    Oceanbear1 Initiate (122) Aug 8, 2013 Colorado

    I'm not a huge fan of the style, but I like easy jack when I want a lower abv IPA
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  33. Bissel328

    Bissel328 Initiate (0) Nov 24, 2015 Massachusetts

    Although technically a blonde...the hop character is hugeee, and it is a session. So I'm going with Baby G

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  34. beertraveler08

    beertraveler08 Aspirant (228) Mar 22, 2016 Louisiana

    Abita Big Easy was decent.
  35. Squire

    Squire Poo-Bah (2,803) Jul 16, 2015 Mississippi
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    A session beer is one I can drink as much as I like without making a fool of myself.
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  36. HopsCraftHouse

    HopsCraftHouse Initiate (45) Mar 18, 2016 New York

    Mine is Bine Climber by Keegan Ales. They are out of Kingston, NY. It's a session IPA with an IPA hop punch.
  37. marquis

    marquis Champion (812) Nov 20, 2005 England

    Session refers to the beer not the drinker. Basically the sort of beer which can be drunk throughout a whole pub session. Before 1988 pubs had restricted open hours (believe it or not a WW1 measure ! ) , pubs had two sessions a day , lunchtime from say 10.30 till 2.30 and evening 5.30 till 10.30. Oh , those dreaded words "Time gentlemen please" when you had to drink up and leave.
    As in industry standard it's only used to describe beers below 4% ABV for obvious reasons.
  38. Squire

    Squire Poo-Bah (2,803) Jul 16, 2015 Mississippi
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    Time Please, yeah, Julia Sawalha plays the barmaid.
  39. mickyge

    mickyge Poo-Bah (1,948) Nov 1, 2014 Massachusetts

    technically not an IPA but Whirlpool from Nightshift gets my vote
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  40. skleice

    skleice Aspirant (299) Aug 6, 2015 Connecticut

    Tree House Eureka
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