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White Birch Hop Session Ale - White Birch Brewing

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White Birch Hop Session AleWhite Birch Hop Session Ale

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72 Reviews
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Reviews: 72
Hads: 255
Avg: 3.71
pDev: 23.72%
Wants: 7
Gots: 30 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
White Birch Brewing visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: johnnnniee on 03-26-2011

Hop Session is in. Starting with a blend of west coast hops for a balanced, bitter effect. We close the session out by late hopping the beer for a nice resiny mouth feel.
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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Photo of metter98
3.52/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down, leaving a patchwork of bubbles on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of Belgian yeast are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of Belgian yeast. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer tastes a lot more like a saison then it does an IPA. Both the smell and taste are dominated by aromas and flavors of yeast—not hops.

Serving type: can

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Photo of tbryan5
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of buddhabellynh
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled February 2011
Batch One
Bottle Count 1356
A hazy amber color with a thick, off-white head. A lot of lace.
Very hoppy aroma. Mostly citrus but also a lot of herbal notes. Some sweet malt.
Predominantly grapefruit taste. Late earthy hops. The malt hung in there.
Pretty nice beer, just a little on the timid side.
Would drink it again.

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Photo of SunDevilBeer
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of mverity
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle share at Proof. Hazy orangey gold in color with thin off white head and same thin collar. Aroma is muted malt, some faded indistinct hop character. Taste is about the same, with some hop citrus, and somehow vaguely peppery. Thin body with medium carbonation.

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Photo of Doomcifer
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of JakerLou
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Billolick
3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can, w/ not dating info that I can find

Pours lightly hazed medium amber, frothy and loose light khaki head that stays and leaves quality looking low sheeting and nice relaxed fields of lace on the glass.

Leafy hop nose.

At 5% this is on the more robust side of the "session " IPA world.

Well hopped, fresh tasting and quite enjoyable. Light grapefruit, some resiny notes. All in all a real nice beer and in a can...win win ... go get some

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Photo of Cavanaghty
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Reddish brown amber color, with a thin white head, mild lacing on the glass.

Smell: Mild citrus and hops, some sweet aroma as well.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Bitter hops and pine with a mild hint of citrus.

Overall: Not quite what I expected, but a good easy to drink brew.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On cask at American Flatbread's Real Ale Regalia, poured into a tulip.

I haven't been too impressed with White Birch's bottled offerings but seeing this on cask intrigued me, so here we go!

Pours a hazy amber/orange color with a small white head, the nose was very fresh and hoppy with grassy & herbal notes.

Taste is as the nose leads you to - delicate and fresh with a small hop bite, an almost fruity flavor with a bit of sweet malt to round it out. Mouthfeel was a bit light and watery but not too bad. Overall this was very good, I was really pleased and look forward to trying more of their beers!

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Photo of jondeelee
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hop Session Ale (batch ten, bottled November 2011), opens with a lovely pink grapefruit and pine resin aroma, with more subtle hints of lemon and eucalyptus from the hops, and delicate notes of cherry, apricot, and berry fruit esters from the malts, as well as brown sugar. The beer is quite fruity and citrusy on the nose, almost Jolly Rancher-like in its candy sweetness, but with just enough effervescent citrus pizzazz to set it apart. Only a few bready notes come through, with mere shades of toast crust providing earthiness. As a whole, the nose is delicate and delicious, and while it may be slightly biased in favor of sugars and fruits, there’s still enough pine resin and toast to remind of beer.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a nice hop bite, with pink grapefruit, grapefruit rind, and touches of pine resin dominating the hop flavors, with hints of lemon and dandelion stem adding a few more citrusy and bitter notes. Brown sugars and hints of vanilla add a bit more sugar, and a small selection of orange, berry, and apricot fruit esters build off of this. Small bits of toast crust and biscuit provide some counterbalance. The aftertaste is mainly bitter grapefruit rind and dandelion stem hops, with some sugars and breads remaining, and lingers for a decent time. Mouthfeel is medium-light to medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, there are some excellent flavors in this beer--flavors that are nicely balanced and delicious--but I found myself simply wanting more of them. On a ten-point scale, the hops perhaps rate a five or six, and the malts a four or five. The lighter mouthfeel reflects these more delicate flavors, making the beer seem--while deliciously delicate--just slightly more watery than it could be. On the other hand, the lightness and nice balance in here means this would be excellent fare for a hot summer day’s lunch break, when you’re looking for flavor and refreshment, but not something that, at 5.3% ABV, is going to get you bombed.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of far333
3.11/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Horribly overcarbonated bottle. This sat on the counter for 20 minutes because it was initially too cold, so there's no way it was shaken up. Even a slow pour kicks up two thirds of a glass of foam. Beyond that, it's a hazy apricot color with a rocky head of off-white meringue.

Inviting aroma of citrus hops, grainy and pithy, a bit of a rough-edged aroma. Flavor seems less hoppy, but the flavor may be masked by carbonic acid coming off the foam and carbonation as it is a bit harsh. Mild honey malt rides beneath a nearly acrid hop presence punctuated with mint and grapefruit rind. Some yeastiness in the finish, perhaps not a clean or complete fermentation. Rough mouthfeel, acidic and sharp.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of chinchill
3.82/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz can.

A: Deep amber-copper body is a shade darker and more hazy than expected (i.e., than typical). The creamy off-white head has very good retention and leaves exceptional lacing.

S: This is the weak trait of this otherwise fine IPA. Hoppy, but a bit too dank and earthy

Taste: Does not follow the nose, instead having a nice mix of herbal, floral, citrus and evergreen hop notes with enough caramel and other(?) malt to give an appropriate bitter-sweet balance. Moderately complex.

Feel: Medium body and medium+ but soft carbonation.

Overall: an excellent session IPA, although at 5% ABV this a the upper bounds of "session".

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Served on tap in a pilsner glass. Pale golden color, nice clarity. Good carbonation with medium white head. Good hop presence, with pine/ resin the dominant flavors. Overall a good session ale.

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3.29/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of PopGun
3/5  rDev -19.1%

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3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mdaschaf
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Gallows in Boston. Review from notes.

A: Served in a pint glass, Hop Session was orange/copper in color with a small off white head that had decent retention. Sporadic lacing.

S: Light floral hops with a hints of citrus. There is a bit of bready malt and a little caramel too.

T: Nice combination of caramel and bread a nice hoppy bite to it. Some floral/grassy hops with a little bit of citrus fruit.

M: Light to medium bodied, very crisp and easy drinking.

O: A nice beer, easy to sit back with this one all day.

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Photo of Sammy
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Americo’s bottle, fresh from Rhode Island. Bottled in November. No aroma. Looks are good, cloudy with a significant white head and lacey. A melange of hops. That's about what I can say, as its mouthfeel is limp and its not that drinkable. Maybe their brews are better on tap.

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White Birch Hop Session Ale from White Birch Brewing
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