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I've been on a bit of a session beer kick lately. The heat and humidity have burned off most of my desires to drink anything high-gravity. But not wanting to be weighed down doesn't mean I want to sacrifice on flavor, and Trailhead ISA (India Session Ale) from Seattle's Two Beers Brewing Co. packs it in.
The hazy gold beer's aroma is big and dank with a hint of grapefruit, courtesy of liberal dry-hopping with pot-like Columbus and citrusy Cascade hops. Trailhead heaps a tremendous amount of woody and resiny hop flavor on a relatively slender honey malt frame—it's just 4.8% ABV. I could (and did) drink two of these in a row, but there was a lingering, somewhat tannic hop aftertaste that might tire some palates in a longer session. This beer has all of the qualities of a great Northwest-style IPA in a lighter package.
Pair with barbecue chicken or a long hike.
Disclosure: Sample provided for review.