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White Birch Belgian Style Pale Ale - White Birch Brewing

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156 Ratings
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Ratings: 156
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 18.64%
Wants: 10
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: barleywinebrewer on 08-13-2009)
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Reviews by philbe311:
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Batch #7, Bottle 131/302...

A - A finger and a half worth of pure white slightly creamy slightly foamy slightly uneven head... Minimal retention gives way to a full creamy lacing... The color is a mix of pale straw yellow and honey... A small compact cyclone of carbonation rises in the center of the tulip glass...

S - Belgian yeasts and candied sugars dominate the nose... Modest notes of tart apples... Pear... Wet cut grass... A touch of funkiness... Faint lemon and sweet grapefruit notes...

T - Tart apples... A bit of honey... Loaded with grainy malts... Lemon zest... A bit of salt and a bit of funk... Not quite what I was expecting...

M - Medium bodied and rather sturdy... A bit creamy lushness to start than quickly turns quite dry and slightly astringent...

D - This one really is a tale of two beers... The appearance and and nose are quite enticing and pleasant, but the taste and mouthfeel leave a little something to be desired... In a style with many world class competitors, overall this is a slightly less than average brew...

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 01:50:25 | More by philbe311
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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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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip, bottled in 2/2014. Pours slightly hazy golden orange color with a 2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon zest, pear, apple, white grape, light banana, bread, biscuit, herbal, grass, pepper, clove, light bubblegum, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, a earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon zest, pear, apple, white grape, light banana, bread, biscuit, herbal, grass, pepper, clove, light bubblegum, and yeast earthiness. Light earthy bitterness/yeast spice on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon zest, pear, apple, white grape, light banana, bread, biscuit, pepper, clove, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop flavors; with a nice malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and moderately bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good Belgian pale ale. Good balance, robustness, and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Appearance: Brilliant copper with an amazing eggshell head. I have not had a beer in this style that retains its foam cap as well as this one (5/5).
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White Birch Belgian Style Pale Ale from White Birch Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 156 ratings.