India Session Ales

The beauty of an India Session Ale? The brew retains the hop-powered IBUs (international bitterness units) of an IPA while you retain more of your wits with lower ABV.

By Brian Yaeger May 1, 2013

10 Barrel Brewing ISA $9/six-pack

Abundant grapefruit notes make this summery brew, loaded with Summit, Cascade, and Centennial hops, taste like it’s garnished with citrus. 5.5% ABV, 51 IBUs

Solera Brewing Shortstop ISA $4/pint 

Apollo hops make this beer dance and jab like Apollo Creed—all American and super-alpha. Citrusy and floral flourishes pack a gentle wallop. 4% ABV, 45 IBUs

21st Amendment Brewing Bitter American $9/six-pack

This “extra pale session beer” retains the malt backbone of a British pale while American Warrior and Cascade hops account for a resiny, piney finish. 4.4% ABV, 42 IBUs

Crux Fermentation Project Off Leash  $5/imperial pint 

This “Northwest Session Ale” is one playful puppy. Citra hops make it spunky, but sniff those Centennials and it’s like romping through an herb garden. 4.5% ABV, 45 IBUs  


Two Beers Brewing Trailhead ISA $8/six-pack 

Cascade and Columbus hops converge in this yellowish beer, with a modest malt bill making it not hot, but spicy. Lemon peel trails off to lemon pepper. 4.8% ABV, 48 IBUs 

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