Mike Hess 4:59 Little IPA
Brewed by: Mike Hess Brewing
Beer Classification and Specs
- Style: IPA
- Variation: American, Session
- Seasonal: No
- ABV: 4.59%
- IBU: 60
Notes: Canned for the first time in 2017.
Brewer’s Notes and Ingredients
Stop watching the clock; happy hour starts now! 4:59 is a little IPA that packs the flavor and aroma of a bigger IPA into a crushable session beer. Hop-bursting techniques give 4:59 a delicious citrusy bitterness that dominates its sweet barley malt. Drink without sacrificing the IPA flavor you love.
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Artwork: Follows the Mike Hess Brewing branding, with green color.
Color: Vibrant gold, super transparent.
Aroma: Nice balance of malt and floral notes.
Arrived in: 12oz. Can
Served in: Tulip Glass
We wanted to review 4:59 Little IPA for two reasons. Not only did it mark the debut of Mike Hess Brewing’s new 12 ounce cans, but it’s also a new beer to join their core lineup — now expanded to 7 beers. Grapefruit Solis, and Hess Little IPA now join Habitus, Solis, Claritas, Grazias and 8 West as year-round beers in aluminum.
Hess also threw in a slight refresh of the branding for the 12 ounce packaging. The white base can color looked more elegant and really popped, but we are sure going to miss the extra 4 ounces per serving. The good news was the trademarked Open Mike widemouth lids are still there, and the price did come down accordingly from the pint size, so cheers to that!
“Is it 5 o’clock yet?”
Hess 4:59 Little IPA poured a beautiful golden color, with a moderate topping of pure white creamy head. It was vibrant in the glass with trails of effervescence, and an almost purely transparent body.
This beer looked very appetizing, but before diving in we had to give it the sniff test. We must say, for a “smaller” ale it sure packed the aroma of a bigger beer. There was malt and breadiness, along with herbal notes.
If we had to describe any Hess beer in one word, that would be “balanced”, and that’s exactly what we got with 4:59 Little IPA. There’s nothing worse than a session ale that drinks like hop water, so it was nice to find some malt backbone to this beer.
Up front there was a quick hit of malt, almost like caramel, with a quick splash of zesty grapefruit. From there, the beer was floral the rest of the way with earthy bitterness, followed by a drying grassy finish.
With each drink its medium body thinned out to a refreshing crisp finish with sparkling effervescence. 4:59 was firmly bitter for such a light and dry ale — but not too much — since we found ourselves ready to jump right into the next sip.
Little IPA was released just in time for the warmer weather, and every San Diegan should arm their coolers with this heat beating weapon. Be warned — these go down quick!
Final Score: 3.5/5
Mike Hess Brewing took 4:59 Little IPA about as far as you can take a session ale, and delivered a crushable beer that did not skimp on citrus and floral hoppy goodness.