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March 28th, 2012 BRIAN YAEGER | Drank
 

Drank: Little Sister ISA (Everybody’s Brewing)

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India pale ales are getting increasingly boozy. The standard IPA was once between 5 and 6 percent alcohol, but topping 7 percent is now commonplace. Why? Well, people want bitter, hoppy IPAs, and balancing that bitterness also requires more malts. Those malts get fermented into alcohol and, before long, drinkers are on their ass. Enter the India session ale. The emerging style fits a niche like froyo: a passable imitation of the real deal. Everybody’s Brewing—based across the Columbia from Hood River in White Salmon, Wash.—has the stated mission of “focusing on session beers with all the flavor.” At 4.5 percent alcohol, Little Sister ISA is grassy and dry, as expected given the lighter malt bill. It does deliver a flowery aroma and bitter bite. Those of us who enjoy extra citrus and tart fruit notes might like to see the brewers play around with hop varieties, but this ISA is still a winner now and especially for the warm days ahead.

 
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