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817. Newburyport Brewing Melt Away

Newburyport Brewing Melt Away Session IPAIt seems like most breweries added a session IPA or session pale to their line up during 2015. Some were excellent and some just seemed like watered down versions of other beers. Some of my favorites include Rising Tide’s Maine Island Trail, Baby Genius & Diavoletto from Bissell Brothers.

Melt Away appears to be the newest can release from Newburyport Brewing adding a session beer to an already solid line up. This beer pours a slightly hazy pale orange with a solid white head, really nice looking beer. Aroma is abundant for a session beer with plenty of citrus and tropical hops. Taste follows with plenty of hop flavor on top of a light malt base. Slightly creamy and very little bitterness making this a super crushable session IPA.

This will definitely be added to the list of beers for my golf cooler next summer. 
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Alcohol Content: 4.6% ABV
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Brewers Website: Newburyport Brewing
Brewers Description: A refreshing session IPA shining with Citra and Amarillo hops uniquely balanced by malt sweetness for a crisp, easy finish. A tasty way to kick back and melt away.

799. Lawson’s Finest Liquids Super Session #2

Lawson's Finest Liquids Super Session #2Super Session #2 is Lawson’s second beer to be contract brewed in Connecticut at Two Roads and distributed in cans. Sip of Sunshine was the first and is still much more popular than Super Session #2. I was in Vermont recently and found many places selling 6 and 12 packs of Super Session with no limits while Sip of Sunshine was harder to find and typically limited to one or two 4-packs.

Session beers are great but at 4.8% ABV this is on the high side of the session category. SS#2 pours a clear yellow with big white head. Aroma is light as expected with this style but has plenty of citrus and pine. Flavor is similar to the nose, light citrus, floral and a bit of lemon. Finish is crisp, clean with very little bitterness.

I liked this beer but Maine Island Trail from Rising Tide and Baby Genius from Bissell Brothers are still my go to session beers. 
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Alcohol Content: 4.8% ABV
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Brewers Website: Lawson’s Finest
Brewers Description: Super Session #2 is designed to be a light and refreshing beer with low alcohol, yet the full hop character of a Session IPA. Go ahead, you can have more than one… Cheers!

761. Victory Brewing Anniversary 19 Session IPA

Victory Anniversary 19Victory contacted me a few months ago and asked if I would be willing to review some of their beers. I love DirtWolf and Hop Ranch and I also love free beer. A few weeks after being contacted a package arrived at my home with Anniversary 19 and their Helles Lager. I was surprised to see their 19th Anniversary beer was a session IPA. Seems most breweries offer up a big, barrel aged or other more special beer.

Session IPAs are not my favorite style. There are other styles of beer that work better for flavorful low ABV beer. This one pours a very pale yellow with a thin white head the disappears quickly leaving little to no lacing on the glass. Aroma was mild with some lemon but not much else. Taste is very light with some lemon zest and light floral hops. Finish is slightly bitter.

Overall this beer is refreshing and good for what it is but I wouldn’t make much of an effort to track it down. 
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Alcohol Content: 4.5% ABV
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Brewers Website: Victory Brewing
Brewers Description: Welcome to our birthday bash! As our gift to you, we’ve brewed this crisp and easy drinking session IPA – full of hop flavor – for you to enjoy all night long. So put this beer to your lips and start shakin’ what your mama gave you – the party is just getting started.