Back in August, I took a vacation with the family to Orange Beach, AL. Of course, I had to make a beer run, and one of the first things I noticed was a SweetWater fall variety pack with cans of 4 different beers. We get SweetWater beers over here in Louisiana (but only 420 pale ale in cans…come on Mockler, give us more cans!), so I didn’t purchase any while over there. But lo and behold, I got home from vacation to beer mail from SweetWater (thanks Tucker!). I got a can each of the Hash Session IPA and Hash Brown IPA.
Hash Brown was released last fall, and it’s back again this year. I reviewed it last year, and really enjoyed it, especially as the weather cooled off (which apparently is not going to happen any time soon in these parts).
Hash Session was released this spring as a seasonal, but its success led it to become a year round beer rather quickly. This is what SweetWater has to say about Hash Session:
Cooling out on the dock, jamming tunes and popping tops, waiting for da rod to bend. Gist of the grist is mellow at 4.20% ABV, laying down the base to showcase the blazin’ Amarillo hop hash sunset.
The star of the show here is the hops, specifically the hop hash! We kept the malt bill light to allow the hops to shine through.
We dosed this sucker with a boatload of Amarillo Hop Hash. Pungent with floral, tropical citrus fruit flavors and the hop hash gives it that one of a kind chewy, gooey, resiny mouthfeel. As the chase, we are giving it a hefty dry hop to enhance the potent aromas. Ahtanum gives it orange and grapefruit tones, Crystal for a little kick of spiciness, and El Dorado bringing some pear and watermelon characteristics.
Grains: Maris Otter, Pilsner, Wheat, Midnight Wheat
Hops:Bravo, Amarillo Hash, Ahtanum, El Dorado, Crystal
ABV: 4.20% IBU’s: 55
Hash Session pours a light golden straw color with a light head that sticks around for a bit. The aroma is great, with tropical fruit and floral notes abundantly clear on the nose. It’s packed with hop flavor as well, with a nice pungent hop bite to it, yet with a clean finish. The most impressive thing to me is that Hash Session never seems watered down or too thin bodied, especially given that it’s only 4.20% ABV. It’s super crushable and the hops shine (as they should). It’s a really well done session IPA.