Session IPA Oskar Blues Brewery


Pinner, a Session IPA by Oskar Blues Brewery

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Pinner is a Session IPA brewed by Oskar Blues Brewery, and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in a tulip pint glass from a can.


The IPA pours a somewhat cloudy pale golden hue and is topped by an inch-thick cap of rocky off-white foam that shows modest retention. The head’s reduction leaves behind some sticky lace on the glass.


The aroma isn’t particularly strong but wafts the nose with a scent of tropical fruit, a light citrus, and some grain.


The palate is hoppy with flavors of grapefruit citrus with pine and some resin. Sweet notes of tropical fruit and a light biscuit malt provide a little balance.


Its feel is crisp with a medium-light body and moderate carbonation. Finishes dryly with a less-than-moderate astringency.


Its appearance is satisfactory and while the aroma is faint, it is pleasant enough. The feel is right in line with the style. And its palate is hoppy with enough malt for balance. The Pinner is a solid Session IPA.

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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.