When it comes to the younger craft breweries in the United States, there are some that are really gaining popularity at a rapid rate. Those like Claremont Craft Ales in Claremont, California have come a long way in their short time of production. Starting out with just a 3 barrel brewing system in 2012, these folks reached a 3,000 barrel production rate by 2016, which is impressive, to say the least. Their vision of opening a pub-style tasting room for their local community has grown into a powerful brewing phenom that only seems to get better every year.
We all know what a session ale is supposed to be like. That’s why so many of us are a touch frustrated if we come across a Session ale that really isn’t sessionable. This Wheat IPA is not one of those ales. Ringing in at a modest 4% ABV, you’ll be more than happy to make this your new favorite Session ale.
The color of the brew (image at left is NOT Session Wheat Ale) pours a nice amber with a reasonable head that fades away slowly to thin lacing. Comparable to other hoppy IPAs, yet the wheat really really does tone it down in bitterness, making it a really easy to drink brew. We could definitely see buying several six-packs to share with friends for a weekend on the back deck. The alcohol is certainly mild enough to pull it off, while the brew is still packed with a hops flavor profile that keeps a smile on your face. Overall the brew is delicious and it’s a great example of what Claremont is capable of.
Claremont offers a variety of interesting brews. They seem to have a penchant for creating brews that take a traditional style and tweak them just enough to make them really pop. For example, their Roble’d is an outstanding Red Ale that is aged in American Oak barrels to add that little touch that makes a huge difference in the brew. The vanilla and oak picked up from the barrels makes a great contrast to the Columbus and Zythos hops profiles and the brew is worth trying, even if you’re not really a fan of Red Ale.
We suggest paying Claremont Craft Ales a visit and taking the time to taste a variety of their great craft beers. If you do, stop back by and leave us a comment with your thoughts on their brews. We love to hear from our readers and your comments just might be the inspiration for our next post. Until then, happy brewing from all of us here at West Palm Beach Brewery and The Vault in West Palm Beach, Florida.
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