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In the name of session By Malin Norman  |  Photo: Malin Norman

One of my favourite types of beer at the moment is Session IPA. It has become a go-to for many beer drinkers and a musthave on tap for pubs and bars. Considered to be more ‘sessionable’, it is perfect as we move from heavy winter to a promise of spring. But what is a Session IPA? The intention is a hops-forward, flavourful beer that is lower on the booze and easier to drink than a full-on IPA. The name ‘session’ refers to the possibility to enjoy several lower-alcohol beers during an extended session in the pub. Scandinavian brewers have come up with some fabulous Session IPAs. Swedish brewery Dugges’ All the Way Session IPA (4.2%) is a strong contender, well-  balanced and brimming with as much hoppiness as stronger versions. Unsurprisingly, the brewing mantra was ‘more hops,

more hops’. Another hit is Poppels’ Session IPA (also 4.2%), a wickedly hoppy beer that is perfect for days in the spring sun. Moving on to our Danish neighbours, Dry & Bitter has produced Christian Bale Ale Session IPA (4.6%), a heavy-hopped beer with Mosaic hops. The always fabulous brewery To Øl, meanwhile, has released City Session IPA (4.5%), a juicy and fresh New England-style thirst quencher –  a great sessionable alternative for all  hop-heads. From our Norwegian friends, Amundsen’s Everyday Hero (4.7%) is a nice choice, combining drinkability with refreshing citrus and floral hops. And why not try  Aegir’s Littlebro Session IPA (4.7%), as well? This is a dry and crisp beer with fresh hop aromas. This brewery’s promise to make ‘beer that makes you want to smile’ is certainly assuring.

Malin Norman is a certified beer sommelier and a member of the British Guild of Beer Writers. With a background in international marketing, she has a particular interest in consumer trends in the beer market. Malin writes about beer for Scan Magazine as well as international beer magazines, and also creates beer-related content for global producers.

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This issue of Scan Magazine greets the brightness of spring with a sparkling issue of cultural colour and fun. We speak to one of Sweden's p...

Scan Magazine, Issue 134, March 2020  

This issue of Scan Magazine greets the brightness of spring with a sparkling issue of cultural colour and fun. We speak to one of Sweden's p...