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White Birch Belgian Style Pale Ale - White Birch Brewing

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Ratings: 175
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 18.08%
Wants: 9
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: barleywinebrewer on 08-13-2009

This straw colored beer greets with an aroma of noble hops, pears and Belgian esters. The flavor follows nicely with a moderately spicy hop and Belgian yeast effect buoyed by a soft malt body. The finish is crisp and dry. We enjoy this beer with spicy foods, grilled steaks, grilled chicken and mandarin salad. Where you take it is only limited by your imagination. For those interested in styles, the name of this beer comes from the color over trying to meet any particular style.
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Ratings: 175 | Reviews: 93
Photo of parris
4.35/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Bready banana-ish malt up front, unexpectedly well balanced with spicy bitter hops. Hops are a tad harsh or medicinal, but well played with respect with respect to the malt.

Photo of SawDog505
4.02/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sgttibbs
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of gratefulbeerhead
3.71/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of fourstringer
3.71/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber or a 750 mL bottle (I can't remember) into a Brewer's Art goblet. Moderate hand. Bottled April 2013.

A: Hazy, golden-orange body. 1 finger off-white head. Ok retention. Scant lacing.

S: Bready malts. Floral hops. Grape. Apple. Honey. Candi sugar. Indistinct, yeasty spice.

T: Belgian yeast spiciness opens with a slight tanginess. Earthy, fruity malt presence dominates a gentle swell of bittering hops. Semi-dry finish. Light alcohol presence, consistent with 6.5% ABV. Lingering fruit and floral hop notes in the aftertaste.

M: Moderate carbonation with a light/medium body. A bit thinner on the palate than I expected.

O: Respectable. The hop and fruit notes are the strong point, but the overall delivery and impression feel a bit anemic.

Prost!

Photo of Didier
3.64/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of ThorsHammered
4/5  rDev +13%

One of there year round production beers, its enjoyable with the slightly bitter Pale taste.

Photo of jpd7374
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of Glenney67
2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of hoppymcgee
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of sgregory
2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of zestar
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of markdrinksbeer
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of VALIS666
3.21/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Faint smell of malt, candy fruit. Sweet malty taste, not like many Belgian Ales I've had but it's not bad. Goes down easily, but gassy aftertaste. Decent food/session beer. Had it twice now, slightly disappointed both times. Wouldn't try it again.

Photo of ctwybeerguy
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of prisdefer
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of MattSharpless
4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of SweetChicken
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of jophish17
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of Keene
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Mikeypnh
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of mick303
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of risendragon
3.59/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Microbrewery from Londonderry, NH that has a fine selection of unique brews. Having tried the Tavern Ale, Berliner Weisse, and Farmhouse Red, I decided to give this one a try.

Appearance: Caramel/toffee color, good carbonation, no head. Somewhat on the cloudy side.

Smell: Apples and pears hit you right off the bat. Some hop notes, but it is very subtle compared to the orchard fruits listed above.

Taste: Despite the floral nose, the hops take center stage with this one. The fruits are subtle in the initial taste and towards the very end I got a hint of cider/pear and that's about it. Bitter hops and caramel dominate the finish. The beer does have a nice mouth feel to it though, very crisp. Somewhat disappointing given the nice nose.

Overall: Not bad but I enjoyed the brews I listed above over this one. I enjoy beers that challenge my palate and this beer simply did not deliver what the nose promised. It is a decent brew, but certainly not a "Beer of the Month" candidate.

Slainte, cheers, hope you enjoy my first review!

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White Birch Belgian Style Pale Ale from White Birch Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 175 ratings.