Hopstar

Session IPA Fulton Beer

3.5

Hopstar, a Session IPA by Fulton Beer

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Hopstar is a Session IPA brewed in the New England style by Fulton Beer, and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in an IPA glass from a can.

Appearance

The ale pours a hazy gold and is topped by a thick stack of rocky, white foam that shows fine retention. Chunks of soapy foam cling to the glass while the head slowly reduces. A lovely lattice of lace sticks to the glass during consumption.

Aroma

The aroma is fragrant with a pleasant scent of pine and a touch of tropical fruit.

Flavor

A taste of cracker malt becomes sharply bitter with hoppy notes of soft pine, turns herbal with resin, and finishes with lemon citrus. There’s a hint of tropical fruit flavor in the base.

Mouthfeel

The feel is crisp with a medium body and a shade-over-medium carbonation. Finishes dryly.

Overall

Though Hopstar does have a big hop profile its bitterness isn’t as overpowering as some representations of the style. Sure, a little more malt balance would be nice but there’s enough to appeal to most palates. This is a great brew for hopheads and anyone else who’s looking for tremendous hop flavor in a tiny, sessionable package.

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About the Session IPA

The Session IPA is sub-style of the American IPA and received an official designation in 2010 in response to the growing trend of hoppier, low alcohol beers being brewed. This IPA retains the high bitterness of the standard IPA but has lower alcohol levels to make the brew “sessionable”. Even so, its strength can approach moderate levels. The Session IPA is less balanced than the American Pale Ale with higher attenuation and greater astringency.