Infinite Session IPA review beer

Infinite Session IPA Review [Alcohol-Free Pale Ale]

This IPA from Infinite Session is a modern, alcohol-free take on one of Britain’s traditional ales.  Originally India Pale Ale (IPA) was high alcohol – often as high as 12% ABV (!) beer designed with a high percentage of hops that would help preserve the beer on its long sea voyage from Britain to India.   Over the years the ABV of IPA has declined to suit modern tastes, and none so much as in this offering of India Pale Ale from the team at Infinite Session.   Our Infinite Session IPA review looks at this 0.5% ABV IPA, it’s aroma, taste and how it stacks up against other alcohol-free beers.

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IPA from Infinite Session mixes six grains and three hops along with oats to deliver a golden, hoppy alcohol-free (0.5% ABV) on one of Britain’s best exports, the India Pale Ale.

This is the second alcohol-free ale from the Infinite Session brewery, run by the Hannaway brothers from the Sambrook’s Brewery in Battersea, London, it follows their launch beer, the “Pale”, American Pale Ale.

What does Infinite Session IPA taste like?

Fresh from our fabulous experience with the Infinite Session Pale (American Pale Ale), which we wrote about here, this was sadly a disappointment.  Pale had blown us away with its rich, full-bodied taste and to be honest, we were probably expecting great things from this IPA.  So the first tasteof this Infinite IPA was disappointing.  However, we tried again and felt our second attempt was a little better.  And then we bought a case.

The aroma is reminiscent of an IPA, but I like my flavours and aromas big and bold, so I felt it was a little disappointing.  However, the first time we tried it we drank it too cold. IPA smells and tastes better at the right temperature. Read about beer serving temperatures here – and then look at our beer fridge guide here.

Infinite Sessions IPA definitely doesn’t hit the mark as much as Pale, but it’s a reasonable alcohol-free IPA and a darn sight better than some.   IPA from Infinite Session has a clean, fresh taste if a little thin.   There’s bitterness and some citrus notes too.  The dry hops in this beer add the citrus flavour and the brewers say that it’s the six grains in this Infinite Session beer that gives it a full smooth body.  I would have liked it to have more body.  The mouthfeel is smooth, and while it pours a little fizzy, it’s not over-carbonated on the tongue.

The IPA won a World Beer Bronze Award for the UK’s best session IPA (actually competing against alcoholic IPA) in 2019.

Want to know about how temperature affects beer taste? Read our guide to the best beer serving temperatures here.

What does Infinite Session IPA look like?

This IPA from Infinite Session is golden coloured with a medium-sized head that stays around for a reasonable time.

Ingredients in Infinite Session IPA Ale

The India Pale Ale from Infinite Session combines six grains and 3 hops, Citra, Amarillo and Centennial.   Citra and Amarillo are used to dry hop.   There is no lactose in this alcohol-free IPA so it is vegan friendly.

How is Infinite Session IPA made?

The Infinite Session brewing process is very similar to how regular alcoholic beers are brewed.  They say they make several changes along the way to give get the appropriate body and flavour into the beer, brewing to a maximum 0.5% ABV.  They do not remove anything from their beer.  There are no boiling off or alcohol removal techniques used here.  (Read here about the different methods of brewing alcohol-free beer).

Best Type of Beer Glass to Drink IPA from

The best beer glass to drink IPA from will help to deliver the aromas of the beer and direct them to your nose.   An IPA glass with a bulbous shape that tapers in towards the top captures the aromas of the IPA and helps to get them towards your nose.  These glasses can also help maintain the depth and life of the head on the top of the beer for longer.  It’s the aromatics that are extremely important in IPA’s so preserving the head for as long as possible will give you a better beer experience.

You’ll find glasses for IPA called “IPA Glasses” or “Tulip Glasses”. We love these ones and they’re great value

Nutritional Info for Infinite Session IPA Per 100ml

  • Energy (kcal) 12kcal
  • Fat 0.3g
  • Carbohydrate 2.2g
  • Sugars 1.8g
  • Protein 0.1g
  • Salt <0.01g

Vital Statistics of Infinite Session Pale

  • Name:  Infinite Session IPA (India Pale Ale
  • Type of Beer / Style of Beer:  Alcohol-Free India Pale Ale
  • Brewed by:  Infinite Session
  • Alcohol Content: 0.5% ABV
  • Ingredients:    Water, malted barley, wheat, oats, yeast, hops.
  • Country of Origin:  England
  • Dispensed In:  330ml cans and 330ml bottles
  • Calories per can/bottle: 36 kcal

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Final Words on Infinite Session IPA

Sadly this was a disappointment for us the first time out – but that was, we think, only because we loved the Infinite Session spectacular fully bodied, great-tasting alcohol-free American Pale Ale.    We did, however, try again with IPA and you know I’m coming round to it.  Sure it’s not so full-bodied at the APA, but as a session beer, I am enjoying it better than some others. 

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