So what the hell is a session IPA? Generally, it’s an India Pale Ale that clocks in at no more than 3 or 4% (though some folks call beers with an ABV of up to 5% a session). The origin of this beer style and its name are murky at best, but I most like the story of it being part of a daytime drinking “session” that British workers could enjoy in the WWI-era factory jobs they held. This Fordham beer might be a little high on the ABV scale for a session, then, since it’s at 4.5%.
Fordham Brewing Company is a Delaware brewery that partners with a local-to-me tavern, Rams Head (another review for another day). I wouldn’t call it local, but it’s not coming from too far away, so it gets some brownie points for that. I’m trying to look it up on Fordham’s website and not seeing it, so I’m concerned that this beer has been discontinued. Uncertain at this time.
Poured from a bottle, this beer is a medium golden hue with a fluffy white head that has staying power. The nose is hoppy and maybe a touch floral. It’s sort of a mellow smell, kind of biscuity. It’s highly carbonated (which is easy to tell when it’s poured into a glass), but is smooth and relatively light-bodied in general.
It has a blanked flavor with some hops over a backdrop of lightly toasted malts. There’s orange peel at the front that mellows into a nice, piney finish.
If I hadn’t been so tired that day from moving boxes and unpacking, this might have been my couch-assembling beer. Instead, it was my very crushable Gilmore-Girls-watching -while-sitting-on-the-floor beer.