wpid1058-wpid-wp-1422556636330.jpegWhen it comes to hoppy beers, Amsterdam really has a lot to offer. You can get their famous Boneshaker at basically any LCBO and Fracture is certainly a hell of an IPA.

Today though I am sampling a brand new beer with a strange new concept:

A sessionable IPA.

Session beers are making a real comeback here in Ontario. They are easy drinking beers that generally have low ABV’s. The idea is that it’s a beer you can drink more than one pint of. You can see the obvious benefit for brewers: you buy more than one pint.

As you can image, the mouth punch and hardcore ABV of both Fracture and Boneshaker make it hard to drink a lot of them in one sitting.

In comes Cruiser All-Day Pale Ale by Amsterdam Brewery.

It’s a light ABV beer that still packs a wallop to your mouth. Which is why I am not sure if I would call this sessionable… As the flavour might be too much after a pint or two.

You may notice in the photo that I have a ‘Cruiser’ glass. This is a glass they were giving away if you purchased a 6-pack during their launch weekend, and we happened to be in the area of their Leaside brewery. Me being easy to please, I had to buy a 6-pack. Also YES, I did put an Amsterdam beer on a Flying Monkey’s coaster. Deal with it.

You can purchase cruiser at Amsterdam in a 6-pack or on draft at various prices, it is currently available at the LCBO and direct from the brewer. The ABV is 4.9%.

Tasting notes:

Appearance: Light orange. Reminds me of grapefruit. Relatively thin head. Unfiltered.
Smell: Strong flowery hops. I can smell grapefruit but that might just be because of the previous comment on appearance. Very fruity.
Taste: Sweet and hoppy. Strong character but light mouth feel. More of that flowery flavour. Bitter on the back of the tongue.
Aftertaste: Just pure hops.
Overall: An enjoyable ale. Not sure if I would call this ‘sessionable’ as the flavours are rather strong compared to say a lager, but I can certainly enjoy it. 

Kole McRae

Founder of Toronto Booze Hound. He can be seen drinking almost anything in the wild from beer to rum. Try not to startle him, he may use humour as a self defence method.

Email: kole@torontoboozehound.com