Outcast Brewing No. 6 Smalls – Session IPA at 4.0% ABV

Outcast Brewing No. 6 Smalls Session IPA at 4.0% ABV (C$4.27 at Collective, 473 ml, packaged on 23-Apr-2019, acquired 8-May-2019, reviewed 9-May-2019)

Appearance: hazy straw with two fingers of rocky white head, excellent retention and well-defined soapy lacing. (5/5) Aroma: mild, tropical fruit, melon, crackery malt, citrus. (7/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter. (8/10) Palate: medium-light body, moderate carbonation, off-dry short duration finish tending slightly watery. (3/5)

A lighter version of No. 5 Biggie, which I haven’t yet tried because I wanted to preserve my palate for this one. The can calls this an NEISA, which is as good a description as any. The Huell Melon hops definitely make themselves known at the front end, and I initially though this might be a good example of a hop that in the past has always left me just slightly less than impressed. As it warms, though, the melon becomes a bit vegetal, once again leaving me less than impressed with that hop. The aroma is also just slightly less bright than I’d prefer, even making allowances for this being a Session IPA. The finish is also just a touch watery, even again making allowances for the style. Good, but not really a home run. (15/20)

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