Session beers are a growing trend with craft brewers, and we appreciate it – not every beer can be a high-powered ABV bomb of deliciousness. Sometimes it’s just nice to kick back with a beer or two that won’t steamroll you. That’s what Harpoon had in mind when it decided to introduce the newest member of its year-round lineup, Harpoon Take 5 Session IPA. With a 4.3% ABV and 43 IBUs, Harpoon Take 5 is meant for those spontaneous moments, meeting up with friends and taking a break for some fun, according to the brewery.
Harpoon Take 5 was first brewed on the brewery’s 10-barrel system in early 2014. With each pilot batch the recipe was tweaked until the desired balance between hop aroma and malt character was achieved. This final version begins with a vibrant citrus and pine hop aroma from Simcoe and Amarillo hops and follows through with a sturdy malt profile from the combination of Pale, Vienna, Carapils and English Amber malts.
“We had a lot of points that we wanted to hit with this beer – hop forward but not too bitter, low ABV but with a significant malt body – a truly sessionable beer. That’s an enormously challenging task, but our brewers nailed it,” says Dan Kenary, Harpoon Brewery CEO & Co-Founder. “Take 5 is a great representation of who we are as a brewery – approachable and welcoming, but a lot of fun and loaded with character.”
Beer lovers can get their first taste of Harpoon Take 5 Session IPA on draft at the brewery’s annual summer festival, HarpoonFest, on May 15 and 16. It will be available on draft only beginning on May 18 in select accounts throughout Harpoon’s markets. Harpoon Take 5 bottles and cans will be available in mid-June 2015.
For more on Harpoon Brewery, head over to the company’s website.