Ale Industries Uncle Jesse
(Always drink responsibly. Seek help when alcohol affects your life and the lives of those around you. For readers of a legal drinking age.)
Ale Industries continues to impress me. Each time I find a brew, it’s a good one. Uncle Jesse is a Northern Californian pale ale session beer with unknown IUB and 4.75% ABV (by definition, session beer is under 5% ABV and enjoyed in larger quantities over longer periods of time). It has the hops and immediate warmth of an IPA, but without the high alcohol content typical of the style. The label describes “dank and citrus notes” of the hops, but the first note I picked up was the honey malt. There’s a slight sweet earthiness to this beer, but I wouldn’t go as far as to call it fruity. Even though this is certifiably vegan, a Reuben sandwich would go really well with this, since Reubens have a similar deep sweetness between the rye bread and thousand island dressing. Then again, if a Reuben is not for you, this is a great beer just for sipping and enjoying – a true session beer.