This week's Sunday Night Suds looks at Lakefront Brewery's Extended Play Session IPA.
On the night that my Mets extend their season for possibly the last time, it was only fitting that I review a beer which calls itself "Extended Play." Why did they call the beer "Extended Play"? Because they made this beer as a session style which means slightly reduced alcohol content so that the drinker can have a few without causing excessive inebriation.
But is that necessarily a good thing? I don't use the Sunday Night Suds post to preach, but you do have to wonder about a beer that is intended to be consumed in mass quantities. I can recall a beer advertisement on the radio when I was growing up for Schaeffer Beer. When I was younger the ad copy was "Schaeffer is the one beer to have when you're having more than one." But a number of years later the ad copy was changed to "when you're out to have some fun." Yes, adults can consume alcohol responsibly and many use a designated driver, but it still leads me to question why you need to create a beer for the expressed purpose of consuming large quantities, but I digress.
The beer poured a rich orange and had significant carbonation which is a hallmark of Lakefront. The first sip was biting citrus, but somewhat smoother than a true IPA (or even an American Pale Ale). Successive sips yielded more citrus, but not as much pine as I would have expected.
This would be a nice beer to have with spicy chicken dishes or Chinese food. There is enough body and character to stand up to the food and the bite from the hops would meld well with the spice in the dishes.
Lakefront Extended Play Session IPA is under the kosher supervision of the Star-K (there is even a Star-K on the label). For the experts' take on the brew, please click here http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/741/119188.
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