Thursday, August 13, 2015

Great Lakes Sharpshooter Review

Name: Great Lakes Sharpshooter Session Wheat IPA
Style: White IPA/Witbier
ABV: 4.8%
IBUs: 40

I've been trying in earnest to start chipping away at the offerings from Great Lakes Brewing but I'll admit there is still some ground that needs to be covered. Which brings us to Sharpshooter Session Wheat IPA, the newest summer seasonal release from Great Lakes.

The beer get its name from Annie Oakley, an Ohio native who became one of the first women in America to be recognized as an entertainer for her outstanding marksmanship. If you've got a few minutes, look up Annie Oakley on Wikipedia, it's a very interesting read to say the least!

Appearance - Very hazy and very dark yellow color with a mild amount of visible carbonation. Thin white head, abundant lacing.

Aroma - Pungent malted wheat notes upfront followed by some mild pale maltiness and a light hint of dry floral & bitter hoppiness. So far, the nose matches what the name of the beer states it is.

Taste - Malted wheat and bitter floral hops on the front of the palate with some pale maltiness and a lightly bitter hop finish. The aftertaste of bitter hops lingers for a few seconds but otherwise it's quite dry.

There really isn't too much to say here. Sharpshooter's got a nice, simple flavor that I've come to expect out of some session beers. I wouldn't go out of my way to have this again as there are better session IPAs out there but I wouldn't be turning it down if someone were to offer it to me.

Great Lakes Sharpshooter - 8/10

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