Wolf Pup Session IPA


When session IPAs began coming into the world, I was wishing they wouldn’t. The first couple I tried were less like beer, and more like hop water. But brewers slowly but surely have begun to figure out this new style of beer. I recently stumbled upon Golden Road Brewing’s Wolf Pup Session IPA and was even more convinced.

Wolf Pup is a bit of a thin-looking beer, which is the case for many if not most session IPAs. In fact, the hazy yellow appearance made me think of a wheat beer. But take one whiff of the citrusy aroma, and you’ll immediately be bracing for an IPA. Take a sip, and the flavor pays off with a vibrant, citrusy beer with minimal hop bitterness but with enough body that it’s hard to believe it’s only 4.5 percent alcohol by volume.

The big flavor – for a session IPA, at least – comes from a cavalcade of hops: Cascade, Simcoe, Chinook, Equinox,  Mosaic, and Galaxy. Hard to go wrong with any of those, but a blend like that is sure to produce some quality liquid. This beer just hit the Louisville market, so be on the lookout. This is a good one, guys.