Lately I've been seeing ads from Athletic show up in my Youtube videos all the time, and I got curious about their IPA's in particular. I work weekends, and have friends that like to drink (a lot) on the weekends. I got over the whole "drink myself sloppy every Saturday" thing about 20 years ago, and waking up hungover at 5:30 on Sunday to go into work kinda sucks. I figured that if I brought a sixer of Athletic, I would be able to avoid having a martini (i.e., a glassful of Sapphire) thrust in my hand every time my buddy saw it empty.
So the specs on this beer is 70 calories per 12oz can (less than a can of hard seltzer), but all of it is carbs (16g). The website states that it is 35 IBU. The ingredients are Water, Organic Vienna Malt, Malted Barley, Oats, Hops, Wheat, Yeast. I don't know if I would have picked out Vienna malt specifically - the malt flavor isn't quite like a "real" beer. But it wasn't watery, either. There was what felt like the right amount of bitterness - just noticeable, but not overpowering. I got some hop character, but it didn't taste like it is dry-hopped at all - no hop burps. Overall, I wouldn't call it life changing, but it certainly served its purpose for me. I drank a six pack last night and woke up for work this morning with no ill effects.
Overall, I would certainly drink this again, but I am more interested in tracking down their Hazy IPA and their stout. I think some dry hops would have taken this from "good enough" to just plain "good".