Visit almost any craft beer store and you’ll notice the shelf is filled with double and triple IPA’s. While these big hoppy beers are a pleasure to imbibe, they’ll often leave you weak in the knees if your not careful. There’s usually a high ABV (alcohol by volume) backing up that rich flavor.

21st Amendment Brewery is releasing a new “Session IPA” called Bitter American that counters this trend with a lowly 4.4% ABV and enough hops to reach 42 IBU’s. It will be in stores soon and available until March.

Here’s some of the logic behind the beer from the press release:

Why a session IPA? Well a few years back after looking around at the trend where India Pale Ales were headed toward the bigger, bitterer hoppier, stronger end of the arc, we thought how cool would it be to make an IPA that you could drink a few more than an Imperial/Double or Triple IPA. The bigger beers are fun to enjoy, but they sometimes get you in trouble with your significant other, the floor above your bar stool, or the morning after for that matter.

The concept of the “Session IPA” or “Nor Cal Bitter” as brewer Rodger Davis from Triple Rock has coined is something that has started to gain popularity with good beer drinkers and might be an artifact of the brewer’s world as we age (gracefully of course) and require lower alcohol beers. Those big IPAs are not going anywhere nor should they we all need hops and lots of them, but the session ale is starting to make a come back.

So what does the name of the beer have to do with a chimp in a space suit? Ham the Chimp must have been bitter about being shot into space or 21st Amendment just wants to pay homage to another great American (See Fireside Chat).