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White Birch Hop Session Ale - White Birch Brewing

White Birch Hop Session AleWhite Birch Hop Session Ale

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Ratings: 149
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.7%


Brewed by:
White Birch Brewing visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: johnnnniee on 03-26-2011)
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dciBA

Maine

3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bomber into an oversized tulip. Color is a hazy amber. A small head forms but quickly fades to a skimming. Lacing is there, but not too much of it. Bottled in Feb. 2011, so not super fresh, but good enough.

Your nose greeted by a nice dose of hops right away. As the beer warms some sweet caramel works in but it's mostly citrus hops still. Very pleasant smell.

Just like the smell, your palate is hit with citrus hops at first followed by a really nice maltiness. Toasted bread and sweet caramel malt mix in with the hops perfectly. While the nose just revealed citrus, the flavor holds piney hops as well. I can only assume that this was more hop forward when fresher but at this point is very well balanced and tasty.

Carbonation is a little high in my opinion but doesn't really detract all that much from an other wise smooth mouthfeel. Finish is nice and dry, which is great for a beer called hop session. Very nice beer from White Birch. I'll try to grab a real fresh version next time it's around.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2011 00:04:42 | More by dciBA
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Smells of light grapefruit, lemon zest, citrus hops, floral hops, a hint of caramel, coriander and light grains; basically all citrus with a nice malty backbone.

Tastes like it smells with grapefruit, lemon zest, citrus hops, floral hops, light caramel, coriander, pepper, malt and lightly toasted grains; nice flavor and balance with a smooth, easy drinking flavor.

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White Birch Hop Session Ale from White Birch Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 149 ratings.