I have noticed a trend lately. When I have multiple beers from the same brewer, I choose one that sounds like it’s going to be the best and I save it for last. I did it with Smutty Nose and I did it with Great Lakes (US). In the last few months, I have had horrible luck actually choosing the one that IS the best. My choice for best Boxing Rock falls into that category. I’ll explain.
It’s called Sessionista. It’s a session beer. With all the session beers I’ve had this year, they have ALL been IPAs or at least pale ales. The label on this said it was a “bold session ale”, THAT is what piqued my interest. Bold as in super hoppy, I’m all in. If it follows the same style as Detour or All Day IPA or Stay Classy or Brakeman’s, this is going to be awesome.
I opened it up and poured it out. It was dark brown. What the what? IPAs aren’t brown! It smelled malty and sweet, not bitter and hoppy. Did they put the wrong label on this beer? What’s the deal here? I decided to just go for it and hope for the best. It tasted like a weak ESB. Now I’m very confused. I decided to check in and see what they classified it as. Session ESB? What the hell is that? My experience with ESBs is that they are pretty much all light on the alcohol side, why do we need to make it lighter?
The beer itself was generic. It was a little malty and had a sweet, dry booty.
I was so depressed that I don’t even remember finishing it. I just wanted it to go away.
Country of Origin: Canada
Alcohol Content: 3.5%
Vessel: Glass by way of bottle