Review: Maltstrom India Session Lager

I reviewed Beau's Hopfenlager just a few days ago, so I was thinking I should do another India Pale Lager this week! Today I'm checking out India Session Lager by Notre-Dame-des-Prairies, Quebec based Brasserie Maltstrom

The India Session Lager is a hybrid between a session IPA and a Californian lager, with a hint of English bitter. 3.5% ABV

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, pale golden body with a very hefty amount of carbonation. The off-white head takes damned forever go down, almost 10 minutes before I could finally get a suitable photo for this review. 

Aroma: This is a fairly hop-forward light lager with notes of pine and a light tropical presence to it - light amount of pineapple and orange peel. There's a hint of pepper for spiciness, and a bit of an English bitter bitterness with a hint of caramel.

Taste: Bitter upfront - it has a bit of an English bitter taste to it - somewhat nutty, a bit of caramel, slight roastiness, which is a bit strange as the beer doesn't look like something that'd be like that at all. There's a mild hop presence with notes of pine, a hint of fruitiness (pineapple) just like the aroma, lemon and a bit of pepper.

Overall Thoughts: I'm kind of mixed on this beer, the hop presence is nice but not really enjoying the English bitter notes in here. That being said, I'm surprised that this is only 3.5% ABV as it tastes like it should be more like 5.0% ABV.

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