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Session Ale Manayunk Brewing Company
This ale is by Manayunk Brewing Company and it is Session Ale. Session is a Belgian Style Blonde Ale and is a type of beer most breweries are trying and putting out in the market. Manayunk is a local brewery in Philadelphia. They are right on the outskirts of the city and are right next to the Schuylkill River. I try to have a local brewed beer every once in a while to see what is happening at the local breweries. I have had a few of Manayunk Brewing Company’s beer before and my favorite by them is the Yunkin’ Punkin, which is a pumpkin beer by them. This is my first time trying one of their other brews. Session Ale’s are very popular right now in the brewing world, in my opinion. Breweries are try to compete against each other, what a shocker, but they are trying to create beers that people can drink all day like Bud Light and Miller Light. They are trying to steal the market from the macro-breweries like Miller and Budweiser. The only question is how well are they succeeding at taking the market away from the macro-breweries.
Session Ale Cloudy Golden Complexion
Session Ale as a reminder is Belgian Style Blonde Ale. The alcohol by volume or ABV is 4.5%, and the bitterness or IBU of this ale is 21. The question that I have is with Session Ale’s usually they are hoppy, and not my style so I am curious to see what I think of this beer. The part that I find intriguing is that this ale is a session ale, but is a Belgian Style Blonde Ale. Blonde Ale’s were created to compete with gold lagers that became popular. Blonde Ale’s have high carbonation which usually creates a thick head at the top of the beer. In addition to the high carbonation Blonde Ale’s tend to have a sweet honey malt taste to them to balance the hop taste. Now time to focus on this Session Ale, when I take a sniff to smell the aroma I picked up a lemon zest smell and that is very intriguing because that reminds me of Samuel Adams Summer Ale. I also smell a hint of hops in the aroma, which could steer me away from this ale, but I am committed to trying this local brew. Color and complexion I see when looking at this Session Ale is a golden cloudy complexion, which comes from the Belgian Style brew.
Manayunk Belgian Style Session Ale 4.5% ABV
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