Before I begin, in the interests of full disclosure I feel I should mention that this beer was brewed by my husband and one of my best friends. Just wanted to put that out there…
Hopsession is a collaboration brew conceptualised by the guys at The Craft Beer Project and brewed at Boston Breweries. They brewed 1000 litres only (though I’m hearing rumours there might be more of these brews to come) and there’s already been some hype, so get to the taps quickly if you want to taste.
When I first tried it, I called it one-dimensional. That sounds like a terrible insult, but when you’re a hophead and the dimension in question is humulus lupulus, then it’s hardly a bad thing
Pale gold, it’s at the light end of the colour spectrum for an APA, but clear and pretty with great lacing. There’s a slightly floral aroma and I got a touch of peppery spice on the inhale.
So what do you get when you sip? Well, you get hops (centennial and cascade to be specific). It doesn’t quite have the malt backbone to back up the IBUs (50 of them, indeed, though it seems more bitter due to the malt imbalance), but Hopsession certainly lives up to its name. The hops we’ve already covered, and this 4.8% highly drinkable brew is definitely very sessionable.
A few seconds after you swallow, the bitterness hits right at back of throat and tingles on the tongue, so for me, the session needs to include food as well as beer. I’m thinking something along the lines of a medium-spiced pizza, chicken wings or a big old plate of gruyere. Or chips. It makes me want to eat chips ‘n’ vinegar.
How much: 500ml draught from R37, I’ll get back to you on the price of a 440ml bottle.