Did you get your fill of food and drink over the Holidays? I sure as shit did. Generally, this would be the time we’d be drying out and forgetting about beer for a few weeks, but the times, they are a changin’. There are so many great options out there now for Utah’s beer drinkers that there’s really no downtime in our yearly beer calendars. So what do you do when you’re all beer-ed out, but there’s too much barley goodness floating around? Go light and hoppy. This way, your tongue stays happy while your mind and tummy get a much needed break. To start off 2016, I’ve found a few beers—some new, some old—that will fit our session bill nicely.
2015 Brighton Revolver
Brewery/Brand: Uinta Brewing Co.
Serving Style: 22-oz. bottle, draft
Description: This seasonal offering pours a somewhat hazy, golden-straw color with a firm two fingers of foam. The nose holds mostly tangerine peel with a bit of malt sweetness beneath. The taste starts with great lemon, grapefruit and orange peel notes that explode on the tongue. Next come a bed of creamy caramel malts that feel round and full in the mouth. The end has a bit of grapefruit bitterness. It finishes moderately dry.
Overview: Holy shit—this is the best session IPA I’ve had in months! It has a great body for its low ABV—a must-try. This year’s version of the Brighton Revolver IPA features Ella and Calypso hops. These hops impart distinct spicy and tropical flavors, which can be used to offset robust malt and yeast characters in many pale ale styles.