Sole Green Life

Posted: January 6, 2017 in American IPA, Reviews, Sole Artisan Ales

Tonight’s selection is from a brewery that I have no experience with. I saw them on the shelf at my local beer store and brought it home to give it a shot.


ABV: 6.5%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “We are pleased to announce that our IPA ‘Green Life’ has joined the Sole family. Brewed to be bright, juicy, and eminently crushable. Pilsner malt base, some flaked oats for silkiness, and heaps of Cascade, Simcoe, and Centennial hops. Simple, honest, and minimal. We add 90% of the hops in Green Life right at the end of the boil and during the dry-hopping process. Massive amounts of juicy american hop varieties get hop-bursted and cold steeped to protect the volatile oils that carry all of the flavor. Aromas and flavors of lemongrass, pine sap, grapefruit, tangelo, dank herb are to be expected.”

Random: Sometimes I like green onion in IPAs and other times, it hits me the wrong way.

This beer poured with one finger of white head that dissipated quickly. It left no lacing on the glass, but a small crown was left on top of the incredibly cloudy body. The color of the body was bright orange and I could still pick up a lot of carbonation despite the haziness. The nose was a lot of lemon flesh and lemon zest. I also got some pilsner malt, but I didn’t get much of the juiciness that they were talking about in the description. The taste started with the pilsner malt and quickly went into bitter lemon flesh and zest. It also had a large grass characteristic with some green onion. The body was medium thickness with high carbonation. The finish was quick and vegetal with a bit of onion. A bottle of this was $1.92, which came to $.16 per ounce. In a style that has so many different choices, I found this beer to be middle of the road at best. It’s not one that I feel needs to be purchased again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0


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