Great Lakes Sharpshooter Session Wheat IPA

Posted: September 3, 2015 in American Pale Wheat Ale, Great Lakes Brewing Company, Reviews

One of the things that I’ve seen more and more in the beer world is trendy styles. For awhile, session beers were really in style and then wheat-IPA hybrids. This beer combines both into a session-wheat-IPA. I have nothing against either of these trends…honestly, I just enjoy trying new beers. But, some people are very passionate about these things. The latest one being alcoholic root beers, which everyone seems to have an opinion on. I guess we’ll wait and see what the next new thing is.


ABV: 4.8%

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Inspired by Ohio’s ‘little sure shot’ Annie Oakley, our Session Wheat IPA is peppered with rounds of whole orange peel and fully loaded with Jarrylo hops.”

Random: This is a new seasonal for 2015 and is available in 6 and 12 packs along with being kegged.

This beer poured with a two finger, white head that dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy light yellow with moderate carbonation and visible floaties. The nose was more towards wheat than IPA. It had bright orange notes with wheat. The taste was a balance between wheat and IPA. It started with orange, wheat and sweetness and quickly went into lemon rind and grassy bitterness. It had a light body with light carbonation. It may have been an old bottle, but definitely needed some more. The finish was quick with grass and lemon. This was $1.67 per bottle, which came to $.14 per ounce. This was a pretty simple beer that I had no problem throwing back, but it wasn’t anything to knock my socks off, which is surprising because Great Lakes puts out some outstanding beers.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0


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