Clearly the hipster lupulin loonies in the crowd will immediately shout that such a thing is impossible before going back to taking self portraits with their iPhone camera in an attempt to recreate Blue Steel. To me, as someone who actively likes drinking beer (I am convinced there is a difference between being a beer geek and actively enjoying drinking good beer, though I am yet to thrash that out in my head) the idea that there is an upper limit to the "hoppiness" of session beers seems self-evident.
A couple of the criteria for a session beer, as proposed by Lew Bryson, are that a beer be:
- flavorful enough to be interesting
- balanced enough for multiple pints
Perhaps that then is the ball park upper limit of hoppiness for session beers, somewhere in the 35-40 IBU range? I realise that IBUs tell us nothing about the flavour and aroma of a beer, but as a general guideline, I think 40 is a good place to stop with the hops, so that the important part of beer is not impeded, the drinking of it with mates.
BTW - if you haven't read Boak and Bailey's blog you really should, it is an excellent read.
The picture above was taken by my good friend Mark Stewart of Black Gecko Photography