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Old 11-19-2011, 02:32 PM   #1
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I'm looking for opinions on the best session ipa... I want to be able to keep up with the light beer drinkers in deer camp next week but I also want to taste what I drink! The beer needs to be available in MI..... Thanks, can't wait to hear the opinions!

 
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Old 11-19-2011, 02:37 PM   #2
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i don't think you really mean IPA.

IPA is a style of beer made with lots of alcohol and hops that was originally designed to help keep beer from spoiling on the long trip from England to India.

I suggest a hoppy pale ale for you.
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Old 11-19-2011, 02:43 PM   #3
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i don't think you really mean IPA.

IPA is a style of beer made with lots of alcohol and hops that was originally designed to help keep beer from spoiling on the long trip from England to India.

I suggest a hoppy pale ale for you.
Oy, +1. Session beers are lower gravity and pale with a good hop profile would do best for you
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Old 11-19-2011, 02:50 PM   #4
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Agreed.... Perhaps ipa was the wrong terminology. Any suggestions on hop-ier pale ales? I had a favorite in Nashville but can't get it up north.

 
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Old 11-19-2011, 09:56 PM   #5
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Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.
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Old 11-19-2011, 10:10 PM   #6
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I'm looking for opinions on the best session ipa... I want to be able to keep up with the light beer drinkers in deer camp next week but I also want to taste what I drink! The beer needs to be available in MI..... Thanks, can't wait to hear the opinions!
Bell's Two Hearted Ale is awesome and brewed there in Michigan.

 
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Old 11-19-2011, 10:21 PM   #7
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Bell's Two Hearted Ale is awesome and brewed there in Michigan.
I have to agree with this, two hearted is my favorite offering from Bell's

 
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Old 11-19-2011, 10:43 PM   #8
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Bell's Two Hearted Ale is awesome and brewed there in Michigan.
Two hearted is great, but it's not a session beer. I think the OP is looking for something super hoppy but lower ABV.

My advice. You have to balance your bitterness with malt. I'd shoot for 4.5-5%, shoot for maybe 30-35ibu and hop burst the hell out of it.

Take your basic pale ale recipe, add a pinch of hops at 60mon, then add 1oz of hops at 15, 10, 5, and 0 minutes left in the boil. All those late hops will give you that big IPA hop character, but your bitterness will still be in line with your malt bill.

 
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Old 11-19-2011, 11:18 PM   #9
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I am always happiest with an ale when I dry hop with 2 oz of whatever hops I have on hand. I feel that even a low bitterness, low alcohol session benefits immensely with dry hoppage...at least as my palate is concerned.
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Old 11-19-2011, 11:22 PM   #10
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Lagunitas IPA is quite flavorful and light on alcohol (for an IPA). I believe it's like 5.8%.
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