Session Beers for Summer Sipping

Many craft beer fans drink lighter beers as the weather warms. These beers are known as session beers. They have a lower alcohol content and are lighter in body than heavier beers consumed in fall and winter. Wheat may be added to the malt bill to lighten the body of some of these beers. They are great at picnics or after some lawn work. Many breweries have session beers in their portfolio. This post will cover three choices available in South Dakota.

Summer Sippers!
Summer Sippers!

I brewed a Two Hearted Ale clone Memorial Day. I was able to review these beers during the mashing and boiling stages. I sampled all of the beers from a pint glass.

Loose Leaf American Session Ale is from Odell Brewing of Fort Collins, CO. This beer would be a good “gateway beer” for those used to drinking typical American light lagers. It pours out light gold with a white head. There is a light spicy hop aroma. A fine stream of tiny bubbles rise to the surface. This beer is crisp and dry. The ABV = 4.5%. It is a fine beer for a warm afternoon.

Odell Loose Leaf
Odell Loose Leaf

Hop Rise Session Ale is from the Central Waters Brewing Company of Amherst, WI. It is a hoppier ale than Loose Leaf and is labeled as a session IPA. It pours out gold with a white head. There is a citrus and slightly dank aroma (Simcoe hops). The taste is primarily citrus with piney hints in the finish. There is a steady stream of bubbles rising to the surface. Hop Rise is a fine beer for those evenings around the grill or campfire.

Central Waters Hop Rise
Central Waters Hop Rise

Endless IPA Session Ale from the Goose Island Brewing Company of Chicago, IL was the last beer on today’s list. It was well balanced and was my favorite of these three beers (I love my hops!). The beer pours out gold with a white head. The aroma and taste are a mixture of citrus and pine (Amarillo hops). A steady stream of bubbles again rose to the surface. The Goose Island website shows a cloudy beer, but my beer was nice and clear. The malt bill indicates 2 row, Carapils, C60 and wheat. The ABV = 5% and the IBUs = 35.

Goose Island Endless IPA
Goose Island Endless IPA

Here’s a link to a cool video on Endless IPA from Goose Island.

I recommend all three beers depending on your preference. You can’t go wrong with these choices. Time to light the grill and start sipping!

PS – Watch for the Wanted Session IPA from Bank Brewing in nearby Hendricks, MN – it’s made with Amarillo hops and should arrive this summer!

Wanted Session IPA
Wanted Session IPA

Remember to drink responsibly.