My wife and I celebrated our second wedding anniversary this week. Well, “celebrated” might be a slight exaggeration, with our little guy around and not much for babysitting options yet we didn’t exactly go out and light the town on fire. Instead we did lunch at the always delicious Redbones BBQ with our son in tow, and then swung by Aeronaut Brewing Company to share a flight and grab a growler to take home. I have been really impressed with Aeronaut, the space is beautiful, people are nice and knowledgeable, and the beer is very good. I was a little disappointed to miss Aeronaut’s first can release, an IPA that celebrated their first year in business, but I look forward to tasting what they brew during year two. After finishing our sampler I let my wife decide what her favorite beer was, so I could fill my growler for further celebration that evening. Her choice was A Session With Dr. Nandu, Aeronaut’s American pale ale brewed with Mosaic hops. It was nice to see that Aeronaut calls their hoppy and sessionable ale an APA instead of adding to the bloated number of session IPAs on the market. A Session With Dr. Nandu is one of Aeronaut’s regular offerings and it’s currently available on draft and in growlers to go.
Aeronaut Brewing A Session With Dr. Nandu pours a clear copper with a mild white head. The scent is a solid hit of New World hops, significant citrus and tropical fruit. The taste is also full of fruity hop flavors, notes of mango, passion fruit, grapefruit and tangerine along with a subtle but present bitterness. The difference between an APA and a session IPA can be murky, but the lower bitterness here clearly plants this beer firmly in the APA category. The hop flavor is balanced by subdued malt backbone, some crackers and a touch of caramel. The beer is very light bodied and crushable at 4.6% ABV. The finish is clean with just a little lingering hop flavor. Aeronaut A Session With Dr. Nandu is a great all-occasions session beer, tons of flavor but low alcohol and easy to drink, perfect for a BBQ or some day drinking. I continue to enjoy the offerings from Aeronaut and look forward to what they come up with next! Hoppy Boston score: 4.25/5
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