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Rudie Session IPA

Rating: 3.75

Time now for what will be my third beer from the Colorado based SKA brewing company and my second session IPA in quick succession after reviewing DayTime from Lagunitas brewing recently; hopefully this one comes out better than that particular offering did. This beer follows on from their Modus Hoperandi & Nefarious Ten Pin Imperial Porter offerings which are the only other two from the brewery that I’ve tried to date and both just happened to be excellent so hopefully that means Rudie will be too. Introduced in late 2014, this beer is a rotating offering from the brewery that fills the gap left when they stopped making their regular Ten Pin Porter recently. Brewed with El Dorado and Galaxy Hops, Rudie is advertised as a “brew you can drink for breakfast”, I’ll not go that far just yet but it is a fairly light beer, coming in at 4.5% this has all the makings of a good session IPA so I’m looking forward to cracking this can open.

Rudie Session IPA

Appearance (4/5): Another session IPA and another one that seems quite light, the beer pours a faint golden colour with a very clear body and is topped with a large, two-inch tall head that is foamy in texture and slowly recedes in size over the course of a minute or so whilst leaving touches of lace on the sides too.
Aroma (6/10): Medium strength hops kick things off here, mainly some some pine and tropical fruits but with some citrus coming through as well early on. There’s some bread malts and biscuit around the middle too but the hops dominate here but I still felt they could have been a bit stronger.
Taste (8/10): Matching the nose well but coming through slightly stronger with some nice pineapple and tropical fruits to kick things off, there is some grapefruit and pine in there too early on. I got some nice bitter hops with strong citrus flavours and to a lesser extent some biscuit malts as well before some orange, mango and maybe even a little apricot round things off nicely.
Palate (4/5): Medium bodied and naturally very bitter with strong carbonation levels and a touch of grain in there with nice citrus tang on the tongue too before the dry finish comes through. This one was quite an easy session IPA to drink as it went down easily and ended quite crisp.

Overall (15/20): This one is yet another pretty good beer from SKA brewing, not quite as good as the previous two efforts from them that I’ve tried but this one was still very good and highly drinkable with plenty of hops coming through. I started to fear the worst after being somewhat disappointed by the aroma but things definitely picked up and started to come through stronger with the taste which was undoubtedly a good thing. I’m not sure it’s a beer I’d go back to often but it was an enjoyable offering and one of the better session IPA’s I’ve tried.

Brewed In: Durango, Colorado, United States of America
Brewery: SKA Brewing Co.
First Brewed: 2014
Type: Session IPA
Abv: 4.5%
Serving: Can (355ml)
Purchased: Good Spirits Co. (Glasgow)
Price: £2.50

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