Best Beers to Sip During the Big Game



Written by DJ Heider

Published on January 27, 2015

Stone Go to IPA

What to drink for your tailgating party? How about a Session IPA (SIPA)….

Let’s be honest everyone loves to watch the big game, but not all of us like waking up for work the next day. Enter the session IPA, a class of brews crafted to deliver the hoppy goodness of a full-blown IPA, but with a lower amount of alcohol and a lighter body, allowing you to enjoy a few in a “session” without feeling bloated. Use this list to stock your coolers for Sunday or forward it to a friend. (The friend that’s hosting, that is.)


Firestone Walker Easy Jack IPA

ABV 4.5% IBU: 45-50

On paper, the SIPA from Firestone Walker looks a lot like Pale 31, the brewery’s superlative American Pale Ale, but Easy Jack is packed with twice the hops, spotlighting “new cultivars sourced from across the globe.” Hops including Mandarina Bavaria and Hallertau Melon from Germany, and a blend of New Zealand varieties give the crystal-clear ale a beguiling zest. This is the cutting-edge of IPAs.


Founders All day IPA

Founders Brewing All Day IPA

ABV: 4.7% IBU; 42

First introduced in 2010, All Day IPA is among the old-guard of the Session IPA crowd, and it tastes like it. This isn’t a knock on the ground-breaking brew; All Day has a lot of charm and even more pungent hop character from Amarillo and Simcoe hops. The perceived bitterness is high on this beer, and it’s got a bit more body than some of the other examples. Where Go To is a bit of a palette-pummeler, and Easy Jack is almost distractingly novel, All Day stays true to its name. It’s a good thing this beer comes in 15-packs because you can literally drink it “all day” !


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Lagunitas Daytime IPA

ABV 4.65% IBU: 54

Daytime IPA is an extremely light beer, and treads a little too close to “thin and watery” for my tastes, but it’s extremely crisp and refreshing. There is plenty of hop character present, and it might be more easy-drinkin’ than even the Founder’s All Day IPA. Daytime may not be my favorite SIPA, but I wouldn’t kick it out of the beer fridge at my superbowl party.


Stone go to IPA

Stone Brewing Co. Go To IPA

ABV: 4.5% IBU: 65

Stone’s take on the Session IPA trend is, as expected, bigger and bolder than the other entrants into the SIPA arena, and Brewmaster Steele says Go To uses almost the same amount of hops as the brewery’s lauded Enjoy By Double IPA series. Tropical fruit aromas from the Mosaic and Citra hops explode from the glass, and the beer is the most bitter of the SIPAs I’ve tried, but somehow it isn’t overpowering. It’s an impressive achievement.


All of these are great SIPAs can be found at your local Consumers Beverages, visit our website for locations and more info….


DJ Heider

@dahjr187 / Certified Beer Server


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