Island Time Session IPA

Session IPA Shipyard Brewing Co.


Island Time Session IPA by Shipyard Brewing Co.

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Island Time Session IPA is an American IPA brewed by Shipyard Brewing Co., and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in a shaker pint glass from a bottle.


Pours a slightly hazy gold with a half-inch thick head of bubbly white froth that dissipates rapidly. Small patches of lace cling to the glass.


Pleasant aroma of tropical fruits—pineapple, in particular lead the nose.


Palate takes a different path, beginning with a taste of cracker malt before giving way to a big bite of grassy hops. Finishes with a lingering bite of lemon.


Mouthfeel is expectedly light, crisp, with ample carbonation. Finishes dryly.


The Island Time Session IPA delivers a satisfying bite of hops in a sessionable 4.5% ABV package. On par with other beers in its class, this is a solid, day-drinking brew.

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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.