The last 5 days of Chanukah may have mislead readers into thinking that I only drink sour, fruity beers or stouts.  I’m starting to run out of nights for the #8BeersOfChanukah now that we’ve hit night 6, so I did some soul searching in my fridge and came up with Nickel Brook Brewing Company‘s Lost in Orbit Session IPA. Perfect! Now I can dispell the myth that I don’t drink “normal” beers that is circulating on Twitter. Do people still even drink IPAs? I don’t know, but I sure enjoy them.

Weighing in at a respectable 4.5% ABV, Lost in Orbit is a safe bet if you’re playing host to a Chanukah party this year and want to keep your faculties in check, and keep your multiple Uncle Phils straight in your memory. A tall can will only set you back $3.35 at the LCBO, and has a very light 16 IBU. I was expecting a beer with a minimal hop profile with that low IBU, but this one packs a surprisingly flavourful punch thanks to its blend of Amarillo, Citra and Simcoe hops. The can is a little dented from being dropped on the floor this weekend when I cleaned out the fridge and had a few surprises hiding in my beer hoard collection, although I’m fairly sure I recently acquired this can.

What, you thought my attempt at drinking a “normal” beer would result in a lager being consume? Have you been paying attention to this blog at all?

Appearance: Hazy golden yellow colour that reminds me of pineapple juice, with a solid amount of carbonation in the glass. Lingering snow white head.

Aroma: Pineapple, guava, tangerine rind, pine forest and soda crackers.

Taste: Citrusy palate with lots of orange and lime rind, pine needles. A rather velvety mouthfeel from the oats and wheat used in the mash.

Aftertaste: Lingering piney aftertaste.

Food pairing: I had it with some cold homemade lasagna and it was divine. But that might have just been the lasagna. Homemade lasagna goes with everything. Even self-loathing.

Overall: The lower ABV is a huge hit with me, as I am quite the lightweight. Tastes like a stronger IPA without a strong punch to it.

Shawna O'Flaherty

Shawna is a 30-something Montreal native transplanted to Toronto in 2010. Wine loving, beer sniffing and rum swilling come naturally to her, and she is also a certified Irish whiskey taster. She has hosted beer and cheese pairing events in the past.

Shawna has visited vineyards in 6 countries on 3 continents, and has a knack for finding the hoppiest beers around. A dedicated Booze Hound, Shawna completed the Wine Specialist Certificate at George Brown College in 2018.

She can be found drinking alka-seltzer and coconut water in the morning.