The return of Spring in the Northwest brings with it a desire to enjoy more beers outside. This wonderfully warm and early Spring we’ve been having is beginning to turn my palate away from all those dark, silky, luscious Stouts and Porters and back towards the hoppy goodness of IPAs. I just want to sit out on a patio on a nice, sunny day and enjoy a pint.
Many of the IPAs I seem to enjoy the most are Double/Imperial IPAs, meaning they are both hoppier and higher in alcohol than most single IPAs. There’s something about that extra hop and alcohol punch that really agrees with my taste buds. Of course, there are other times where I still want the hops, but I want something lighter than I can enjoy more than just one or two of before having to stop. That’s where the ‘Session’ IPA (SIPA) comes in.
Often a Seasonal offering (though I did just recently tell you about Firestone Walker’s Easy Jack, which is now available year round), Session IPAs are more prevalent in the Spring and Summer months. Now, Bellevue Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor) is set to release their Session IPA.
Here is the full press release from Bellevue Brewing Company:
Bellevue, WA — We could not be more excited to release our newest beer for 2015: our Session IPA (“SIPA”). We expect to release this beer on April 1st in our taproom and via our distributor, Columbia Distributors, by April 3rd; it is a draught-only beer with limited distribution and no bottles are planned at this time. Accounts wishing to put this beer on draught should contact the brewery directly, or their Columbia rep, ASAP as it will go fast.This golden-hued beauty hits the scales at 4.7% ALC/VOL, 48 IBU, and 12.3º Plato.The aroma is bright, like a sunny day, with hints of juicy Rainier cherries, fresh-cut mangos, and sweet spring blossoms. On the palate, you’ll enjoy some bitter-sweet orange notes with the maltiness faintly echoing cookie dough. The mouthfeel is best described as offering measurable body; whereas many SIPAs offer a slightly watery, scaled down Pale Ale experience.At just 4.7% ALC/VOL, the BBC SIPA is a “whenever” session beer that is sure to please without all the horsepower we pack into our Flagship IPA at 7.2% ALC/VOL. It’s also lower than our Flagship 425 Pale Ale, which is 4.8% ALC/VOL.Releasing April 1, 2015…no fooling!
As noted above, you’ll have your first opportunity to taste Bellevue Brewing’s Session IPA on Wednesday, April 1st, no fooling! They open at 11:30 AM daily. Have a few pints and fill up a growler to go. Bellevue Brewing’s SIPA will be available on draft only.
Drink responsibly and stay safe out there.