6 IPAs You Should Be Drinking Right Now
Founders All Day IPA
Hop factor: 4Drinkability: 5Available in both bottles and cans, Founders Brewing Co. has made this All Day IPA excessively easy to drink, well, all day. Another solid addition to the Michigan-based brewery’s lineup, this session IPA is a friendly 4.7 percent ABV, perfect for camping trips, barbecues and a lazy day around the house. Its IBU (International Bittering Units) level is also relatively mild at just 42—compare that to the 65 IBUs in Founders’ Centennial IPA. And unlike other breweries’ session IPAs, the All Day IPA is available year round.
Boulevard Pop-Up Session IPA
Hop factor: 2Drinkability: 3.5While this brew from Kansas City–based Boulevard Brewing Co. has a nice hit of flavor up front, it dissipates quickly, leaving almost no aftertaste behind. I mean, who wants that? And though it doesn’t quite live up to the same hype as Founders, the Pop-Up Session IPA is a fairly drinkable at just 4.3 percent ABV and 40.5 IBUs (International Bittering Units), compared to Boulevard’s Double-Wide IPA that clocks in at 8.5 percent ABV and 71 IBUs.
New Belgium Slow Ride Session IPA
Hop factor: 3Drinkability: 4Slow down IPA lovers: We’ve found your new summer fling. This beer from Colorado’s New Belgium Brewery uses a blend of eight varieties of hops to achieve a slightly floral and fruity flavor. At just 4.5 percent ABV and 40 IBUs, you’re apt to power through a few of these in one sitting. It should pair very nicely with a summer barbecue.
Full Sail Session IPA
Hop factor: 2.5Drinkability: 2.5This take on session IPA from Oregon’s Full Sail Brewing Co. is probably our least favorite of the six we tried—but that doesn’t mean it’s bad. If you’re truly averse to IPAs, this faintly hoppy beer is a great way to ease yourself into the category. Despite its heftier 5.1 percent ABV and IBU of 47, this session IPA falls a bit flat.
Lagunitas Daytime Fractional IPA
Hop factor: 3Drinkability: 4.5Hello, summertime! After one sip from a bottle of these crisp and refreshing bottle of suds, it wouldn’t be surprising if you never try another session IPA again. Made at Lagunitas Brewing Company near San Francisco, the DayTime Fractional IPA is floral, but not overly fragrant and at a light 4.65 percent ABV, a bottle or two will satisfy your craft-brew craving without getting you too twisted.
Evil Twin Brewing Citra Sunshine Slacker
Hop factor: 4Drinkability: 3No, this brew from Evil Twin Brewing company won’t bring out your wild side—it’s a mild 4.5 percent ABV, after all. But the light-bodied sipper, brewed at Connecticut’s Two Roads Brewing Co., is plenty refreshing. It’s fairly dry with very little malt flavor, which ends up being a bit one-dimensional. However, if you want something with a nice hopped aroma and above average drinkability, the sunshine slacker is the way to go—especially when you’re feeling slackerish yourself.