BEER: Low-Cal/Low-ABV IPA Tasting

Updated: Jan 11



SO-LO

Goose Island Beer Co.

Chicago, IL


Designed by Goose Island brewer Quinn Fuechsl after the birth of his first baby. The exhausted new dad wanted an IPA that was flavorful and refreshing AND wouldn’t tire him out any further. The low-calorie count is incidental to the crisp and refreshing citrus notes and tropical flavors that, along with a tight bitterness, make this a great taco beer.




DAYTIME

Lagunitas Brewing Co.

Petaluma, CA


Pale, highly carbonated, with a strong grassy hops aroma. Daytime is just plain nice to have on a long summertime afternoon, and damn refreshing. 98 calories, 4% ABV





SLIGHTLY MIGHTY

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

Milton, DE


Heavily focused on citrus and grapefruit aromatics but with a refreshing body that encourages each subsequent sip. Slightly Mighty gets an addition of monk fruit (the fruit of a vine native to China and Thailand that is up to 300 times sweeter than sugar), which adds sweetness and body but without the commensurate calories. 95 calories, 4% ABV




KANAHA BLONDE ALE

Kona Brewing Co.

Kailua Kona, HI


The addition of mango adds tropical fruit notes and a touch more body and sweetness. Refreshing and light, Kanaha is best enjoyed while relaxing on a beachfront chaise lounge and watching the surf. 99 calories, 4.2% ABV,





EASY SPORT

Boulevard Brewing Co.

Kansas City, MO


Designed as the perfect “after-sport” drink, Boulevard adds electrolytes to Easy Sport to help pump a body back up after a run (or a vigorous walk...to the bar). Tangerine peel is added as well, providing bright citrus notes that perk up the beer. 99 calories, 4.1% ABV





REC. LEAGUE

Harpoon Brewery

Boston, MA


The beer most likely to be in the “off hand” of a professional Ping-Pong player. Brewed with buckwheat, sea salt, and chia, Rec. League is technically hazy but mainly focused on citrusy hop notes with pleasant aromatics and a moderate body filled out by the sea salt. 120 calories, 3.8% ABV


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