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What is Session IPA?
Session IPA’s are IPA’s with a lower alcohol percentage and a more hoppy profile. So do you like sunshine? Do you like drinking beer? And do you sometimes like to combine those two? Then get yourself some great session beers! A session goes great with warm weather and sunshine. Have a look at some IPA’s that go great for a session!
Session IPA Meaning
What do we want? Session beer! When do we want it? All day long!
A young attendant on the international beer stage, the term session beer tends to be a confusing one. According to BeerAdvocate, the deffinition of a session beer is “a beer below 5.0% ABV with a balance of malt and hops that displays a clean finish and high drinkability”. If we take a look at Untappd’s Top Rated Beers, the term session only applies to IPA: IPA – Session/India Session Ale.
Session IPA vs IPA
RateBeer also classifies Sessions under IPAs, and tells us that “this class of beers arose c. 2010 out of the Craft Beer Tradition as a reaction to the trend of increasingly strong beers and greater public appreciation for hoppier profiles around the globe. It is differentiated from American Pale Ale by typically being lower in alcohol and usually having more hop-dominant profiles.”
What kinds of session IPA beers are there?
We can draw the conclusion from just these sources, that Session is only applicable to hop-forward (though balanced) beer styles, with an ABV below 5%. But, — there’s always a but– if we take a deeper look at these sites by actually searching for Session beers, we come across a wildly different variety of beer styles:
- Session Porter
- Belgian Session
- Session Brett
- Session Wheat
- Session Amber
- Session Lager
And one of our favourites:
Session Saison (quite the tongue twister isn’t it?) Let’s see if history can tell us a bit more of where the term Session beer comes from.
So what is a session or what are sessions?
Like all things beer, history is a bit cloudy on this. Most stories found after the laziest effort to google “”history of session beer”” all tell us the same. (PSA: when it comes to beer, this usually means it isn’t true, i.e. the history of IPAs.) It tells us that “”session”” comes from British legislation during World War 1, where pub hours along with food were rationed. As a Brit, you would have just a designated period, a session if you will, to drink your ale and eat your grub.
Other stories mention the old-fashioned British tradition of imbibing arduous amounts at a pub, and beers that were lighter in alcohol meant pub goers being able to stay in their local for a longer period of time; and spend more.
A modern session IPA
Closer to modern times, session could be a reaction to trends in the craft beer industry. If we take a look at top rated beers on aforementioned websites, in the early ’10s these lists were completely dominated by strong and hefty beers. Russian Imperials Stouts and Double IPAs galore, these beers are not meant to be drunk in the same copious quantities the Toms did a hundred years ago. As markets tend to do, it reacted by demanding beers with a similar flavour profile, but lighter in body and ABV. Brewers started to make different styles of beer with those characteristics, where the challenge would be to maintain both quality and balance, hence the attendance of different styles and kinds of beer in the curated lists of beer lovers with the prefix or suffix ‘session’.
Wherever the term session would come from, when it comes to Session beer we know what we like. At Uiltje we pride ourselves in making the best hopforward beers in the Dutch market, and our session beers reflect that pursuit. Lower ABV, but not lacking in body, taste, and aromas.
Order the loveliest session IPA online from Uiltje
Buy the tastiest session IPA online from Uiltje Brewing. As trendsetters in hoppy beers, we brew drinkable, fresh session IPAs, without compromising the taste or the body of the beer. A session IPA is a perfect beer for sunny days, but if you want to drink them in different weather conditions, this is of course also possible. Either way, we ensure that your beer is delivered super quickly and is super fresh. This way you enjoy the session IPAs at their best. Drink them fresh and stay fresh!
Buy FF Lekker Met Je Bek In Het Zonnetje, the session IPA from Uiltje
Our most popular and almost always available session IPA is FF Lekker Met Je Bek In Het Zonnetje (based on a Dutch expression, in English, it translates roughly to ‘sitting nicely in the sun with your beak’). So as the name implies, this sessionable pale ale tastes best when you’re in the sun. It is a typical summer beer that also comes into its own on colder days and even in winter – as long as there is a little sun to be seen. With an alcohol content of only 3,6%, it is in any case a perfect beer for the longer drinking sessions. You can easily order FF Lekker Met Je Bek In Het Zonnetje here.
Discover the session beers from Uiltje Brewing
In addition to FF Lekker Met Je Bek In Het Zonnetje, we regularly brew other session IPAs and session beers. However not in large quantities, as we believe that sessions should be drunk as fresh as possible. So keep an eye on this page for our latest and freshest session IPAs!
Looking for more besides session IPAs?
Are you looking for other beers in addition to session IPAs? Then please have a look a little more throughout our webshop. For instance, try our lower-alcohol beers or taste our summer weizen beers. Or discover our hoppy IPAs and pale ales.
Why buy session IPAs online from Uiltje Brewing?
We have already emphasised a few times on this page that you should drink session IPAs as fresh as possible (read more about the benefits of fresh beer here). If you order your session IPAs online at Uiltje, your beer goes straight from our brewery into your fridge, without unnecessary stops in shops or warehouses. So you always get really fresh session IPAs at home. Another advantage of online shopping is that you can quietly immerse yourself in the different beers and various styles, without feeling the pressure from an impatient store employee. So read our extensive product descriptions at your leisure or learn more about the history and origin of session IPAs. If you still have questions then please do feel free to contact us!