Sundial Session IPA by Community Beer Co Taste Test

Sundial Session IPA by Community Beer Co Taste Test

Sundial Session IPA by Community Beer Co Taste Test

Sundial Session IPA by Community Beer Co Taste Test

I haven’t really had a lot of Session IPAs, but I’m starting to see tons of them come out.  I’m typically a huge hop head, so seeing good hoppy beers that are geared for summer drinking makes me happy.

That brings us to Sundial Session IPA by Community Beer Co.  They sent me a message about this new beer a couple weeks ago, so I’ve been looking forward to trying it since then.

Here is what Community says about their Session IPA:

“Sundial, a sessionable IPA at only 4.5% ABV, is Community Beer Co.’s newest seasonal release. When you want hops and a refreshing, crisp beer that’s drinkable all day long, Sundial is the answer. We keep the grist simple to showcase our delicious hops, and use copious amounts of Centennial, Simcoe and Amarillo hops to give a delightful hoppy aroma and flavor. Hop bitterness is present, but dialed back with just enough to balance the malt and contribute to the refreshing nature of our new favorite summer beer!

Sundial Session IPA Can

Sundial Session IPA Can

Specifications:

Beer Style……………………….Session IPA

Color:………………………………Golden

 

Original Gravity…………………………10.4 Plato

Alcohol By Volume……………………..4.5%

International Bitterness Units……35″

For those of you who might not be super familiar with the Session style of brewing, here is what CraftBeer.com says about the style:

“SESSION BEER
This beer style is not defined by flavors or aromas, which can place it in almost any style category. Instead, what makes a session beer is primarily refreshment and drinkability. Any style of beer can be made lower in strength than described in the classic style guidelines. The goal should be to reach a balance between the style’s character and the lower alcohol content. Drinkability is a factor in the overall balance of these beers. Beer should not exceed 5 percent ABV.”

Sundial Session IPA in Glass

Sundial Session IPA in Glass

Hopefully that helps to shed some light on what brewers are aiming for with Session offerings.

Now on to my taste test.

Sundial pours out a golden, honey color with a thick head of cream colored foam.  The smell of hops is instantly present from a few feet away.

I got a great piney and resinous aroma from this beer.  It smells super fresh and almost floral.

You really get almost all hops on the nose, but there is an almost sweet smell from the malts if you search for it.

The taste is more bitter than the smell.  Sundial has tons of hop flavor with a really crisp and medium bitter aftertaste.  That bitter aftertaste stays with you for awhile, also.

I didn’t get much in the way of fruit flavors in this beer.  I got pretty much all piney and bitter hops.

The body is definitely lighter than you standard IPA, but Community managed to still pack a ton of hops flavor in.

This is an interesting beer because of the middle ground that it lands in.  It’s hoppier than a Pale Ale, but probably about the same ABV.  On the other hand, it’s almost as hoppy as an IPA, but with a much lower ABV.

I guess the good thing is that I could potentially drink a 6 pack of Sundials without needing to lay down, so that’s something.

If you’re looking for a hoppy beer for summer weather, I would definitely recommend trying this beer out.  Once it gets colder, you will probably want to switch back to something like Mosiac IPA, though.

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