A guy named Lew digs session beer,
So that you can drink it for hours with a bit less fear!
When it comes to IPA, this Booze Dancer likes them bold,
With a firm hop bite that won’t leave you cold.
Founders and Stone have gone the Session IPA route.
I have tried their attempts thinking they might be a hoot!
They’re solid brewers with a gold standard line up,
So if they bring something new to the table, you know that I’ll show up!
All Day IPA was thirst quenching and quite a delight,
But Stone’s Go To lacked their signature arrogant bite.
In comes Great Divide with this Lasso IPA.
A session worthy beer is what they did say.
At 5% ABV, you might have quite a few,
And you might even gain the respect of the aforementioned Lew.
While I love how this beer looks with its clear pale orange color,
The aromas are subdued and make me yearn for some other (beer that is).
There’s a wee bit of pine, and a smattering of citrus,
But for whatever reason, I’m not excited to drink this.
Perhaps it’s my mood which is all kinds of fickle,
Or perhaps it’s just my taste buds that aren’t yet tickled.
When I take that first sip, I am somewhat relieved.
This beer isn’t bad, I am no longer peeved!
There’s a smattering of sweet malt and a subtle hop bite,
I’m enjoying this Lasso, it’s quite a delight!
Now this beer isn’t earth shattering, and it won’t blow your mind,
But I still think you should try it, it might just be your kind!
Categories: Brew Review, Great Divide
The Great Pyramids of Giza
The Leaning Tower of Pisa
The Camambert of Cheesa
Quoth the Mollusc “nevermore”
That familiar verse by Edgar Allen Poe (translated from the original Baltimorese and typed with a Medieval Anglican accent) resonated with me (as I’m sure it did you) as I read that thoroughly enjoyable review. I’m surprised I was first to post the verse here and apologize to those vexed thereby – occasioned, I must point out, by a certain sloth in keyboard manipulation and lack of apparent intestinal fortitude. Better luck next time.
I’ve only had Lasso once – on tap – and have to say it didn’t make much an impression on me one way or the other. I guess that’s partially the point of these Session IPAs. As a whole, I’m not a fan of the style. They remind me of IPA Lights and that’s not a good thing. If forced to pick a favorite of those I’ve tried, I’d put Founders All Day at the top. Surprisingly, despite my borderline maniacal obsession with Stone, their Go To IPA rides in the caboose (I’ll save that rant for another day).
As much as I embrace the hophead spirit, on a warm Summer day, I’m much more apt to pour a Dogfish Festina Peche, 21st Amendment Hell or High Watermelon Wheat, or Victory Prima Pils than any of the Session IPA.
Than again, that’s just me and I’m just the copy editor.
By the way, did anyone else notice the rhyming nature of the post? (or is that just me too?)
Warm summer days beckon for crisp and refreshing,
As you lay by the pool chillaxing.
Beer with a warm golden color and a frothy head will definitely quench a thirst,
And just so you don’t go hungry, grill up some wurst!
Pilseners, Wheat Beers, and Saisons will flow,
And if you load them into an ice filled cooler, they surely will go.