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.
Jibe Session IPA
Brewery/Brand: Green Flash Brewing Co.
Serving Style: 12-oz. can, draft
Description: This California-made session IPA pours a quite clear-golden color, with about an inch of foam coating the sides of the glass. The nose has a big tangerine, floral and pine perfume with little in the way of malt sweetness. The taste starts with some lemony-zest bitterness and some peachy malt sweetness. Grapefruit flavors come next, providing the main structure of the beer, balancing nicely with the biscuit malts that round out the end. The end is bitter and bready with a crisp and dry finish.
Overview: Two years ago, if you had said to me that I’d be drinking a legally purchased Green Flash beer in Utah—and that the beer would have been purchased in a grocery store—I’d have told you to quit being such a dick and leave me alone. This is a nice session IPA. It doesn’t have the body that Uinta’s Brighton has, but it’s quite satisfying.