On a recent trip to my favorite beer retailer, I picked up a six-pack of the Otter Creek Solstice Session Ale. Until now, I was not familiar with the term “Session Beer”. I checked in with our friends at the Beer Advocate and I was quickly up to speed.
Any beer that contains no higher than 5 percent ABV, featuring a balance between malt and hop characters (ingredients) and, typically, a clean finish – a combination of which creates a beer with high drinkability. The purpose of a session beer is to allow a beer drinker to have multiple beers, within a reasonable time period or session, without overwhelming the senses or reaching inappropriate levels of intoxication. (Yes, you can drink and enjoy beer without getting drunk.)
This beer fits well within that definition. For those not familiar with Otter Creek, a brief introduction is in order. Otter Creek is a small craft brewer located in Middlebury Vermont. They produce a number of high quality beers from in their Middlebury facility. All of their products contain no preservatives and are not pasteurized. If you ever find yourself in Middlebury with some time to spare, be sure to stop by for their very informative tour.
This beer is very approachable. It has a light aroma and a soft taste. The finish is strong, but not overpowering. This is a very versatile ale and will be just as good with nice, juicy steak as it will being sipped on the patio on a warm summer night. If you like ale and are looking for something new to try, pick up a six-pack of the Session Ale. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.
If you happen to pick some up, tell me what you think.