Goose Island is hopping on the session beer train with its second of three beers in the Limited Release Series. Endless IPA (Get it? You can drink it endlessly and not get plastered) is out and ready for summer.
According to Goose Island, "the hops used in this Limited Release Series trace their story to Bonners Ferry, Idaho’s Elk Mountain Farms. The aroma and flavor of Endless IPA impresses with a one-of-a-kind Amarillo hops that were hand selected and picked early in the season."
While I understand the draw of a session beer - being able to drink a copious amount and not stumble over oneself - I typically find that the nose and flavor are lacking. That tradeoff isn't worthwhile, and I would prefer to take my time sipping on a stronger, more flavorful, beer. With the Endless IPA, I found that the usual session beer problem has been partly solved. The nose of the beer is great, hop forward and citrusy. At first, the taste matched the smell in hop profile, but I found that citrus flavor dissipating a little too quickly for my taste.
So, while the Endless IPA is a a step up from some other session beers I've tried, it's still not the right beer style for me. It's worth trying if you're a session fan, but personally I would rather drink the other beer in the Limited Release Series, the Ten Hills pale ale.
Beer of the moment: Almanac's Golden Gate Gose