Trends may come and go, but session ales thankfully seem to be around for good. Summit Brewing Company is helping the cause with its release of Hopvale Organic Ale, a sessionable 4.7% ABV certified organic ale.
The beer is the newest year-round offering from the St. Paul brewery recently ranked the 28th largest craft brewery in the US. Summit Head Brewer Damian McConn crafted the recipe using organic malts, hops, and lemon peel in the late months of 2014 on Summit’s pilot brewing system, and the first production batch is on draft and in 16-ounce cans in the first week of April.
Summit’s brewers are familiar with the organic certification process through experiences with creating Gabe Smoley’s Unchained 12: 100% Organic Ale back in 2013. According to a company press release, “The organic barley is sourced from Montana and Wyoming and the organic hops come from family farms in Washington and Idaho. The organic lemon peel, sourced in Southern California, adds an additional degree of complexity to the beer’s final profile.
“With the hop character of a full-strength IPA, but the drinkability of a low gravity bitter, Hopvale seeks to deliver a noticeable hop punch while being seriously sessionable at 4.7% ABV. Notes of grapefruit, pine resin, lemon rind and tangerine feature prominently in the aroma, while the malt blend supports a thirst-quenching bitterness. ”