What You Need to Know
Dogfish Head trades malt for monk fruit to make the Slightly Mighty a low-calorie and low-carb IPA. Monk fruit, originating from southern China and northern Thailand, is sweeter than sugar but has fewer calories. So how does this malt for monk exchange work in a beer? Let’s get to the review.
The Session IPA pours a mostly clear golden hue and is topped by an inch-thick of loose, soapy off-white froth that shows fair retention. The head’s reduction leaves a little residue while ample carbonation is evident in the glass.
The aroma wafts the nose a strong hoppy scent of tropical fruit and pine.
The palate is led briefly with taste of bready malt and is immediately struck with a hoppy bite of lemon citrus. There’s a little grapefruit as well and the tasting is then mellowed with a finish of pineapple, mango, and a note of coconut.
The feel is relatively dry and crisp with a medium-light body and a shade over moderate carbonation. The bitter finish has a moderate astringency.
The presentation of the IPA is merely adequate but its aroma is fantastic. The feel is a little sharp but that’s often the case with Session IPAs. Fresh out of the can the bitterness of the palate is somewhat bracing. But as the beer loses its chill, the tasting finds a better balance.
Overall, Slightly Mighty is a refreshing, easy drinking brew. It might not be the best among Session IPAs, but if you’re primarily looking for a lo-cal, lo-carb brew, you won’t do much better.
Watch the Video
Watch the video about the Slightly Mighty from Sam Calagione as he discuses this low-calorie, low-carb Session IPA.