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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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Ratings: 170
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.62%
Wants: 4
Gots: 6 | 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:
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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Reviews by ghostwalker:
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3.43/5  rDev -6.5%

Cloudy amber body. Ridiculously huge head. Pretty sure this is a sign of infection.

Nose is sharp and hoppy, but also a bit acetic. Still wondering if it's infected...

Flavor is pretty good. Hops and slightly astringent malt. It's not truly infected, but may just have a brush of brett.

Mouthfeel is tingly and highly, highly carbonated.

Overall, It's a decent brew. Kind of reminds me of Orval. Maybe it would have been better when fresher. Still not bad, just not entirely what I expected.

03-21-2012 23:36:31 | More by ghostwalker
More User Reviews:
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

05-07-2013 00:03:38 | More by tbryan5
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3.95/5  rDev +7.6%

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.

04-13-2011 21:17:35 | More by lordofthewiens
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

11-30-2013 20:52:47 | More by SunDevilBeer
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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.

12-22-2013 02:28:05 | More by mverity
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3.56/5  rDev -3%

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.

10-29-2013 00:01:34 | More by Cavanaghty
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3.95/5  rDev +7.6%

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!

06-10-2011 13:41:01 | More by kingcrowing
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3.95/5  rDev +7.6%

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.

05-25-2012 17:19:54 | More by jondeelee
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

02-21-2012 04:35:23 | More by virinow
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3.08/5  rDev -16.1%

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.

12-14-2011 23:27:51 | More by far333
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

08-13-2013 20:42:32 | More by briandaube
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

06-13-2013 22:22:41 | More by doremite
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

11-26-2013 05:24:46 | More by richkrull
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

07-29-2013 00:45:37 | More by PopGun
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3.78/5  rDev +3%

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.

04-04-2012 18:03:57 | More by mdaschaf
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Ontario (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev -6.5%

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.

05-24-2012 00:28:16 | More by Sammy
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

06-28-2013 02:15:46 | More by avisong
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +9%

10-15-2012 00:25:31 | More by ChrisL24481
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

05-27-2013 16:36:21 | More by beerman999999
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New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +13.1%

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. 1/12

Pours blackish copper with a layer of white foam. Layer has some body to it. Light pine nose, a little grassy. Minor malt. Light flavorful taste. Backing hopo. Subtle bitter which builds. Resiny mouthfeel, chewy, sappy. Really good IPA. Much enjoyed.

01-20-2014 13:25:44 | More by KTCamm
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

06-08-2014 03:31:48 | More by GRG1313
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

08-04-2012 20:29:15 | More by trevorpost
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New Hampshire

3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

From the 22 fl. oz. bottle - September 2013 batch. Sampled on October 12, 2013.

It pours an unfiltered looking hazy pale yellow with a foamy, lingering head that leaves lacing in its wake as it diminishes.

The nose is greeted with floral and earthy hops in a vibrant fashion and a kind of meaty fruit-like character as well as the White Birch house yeast.

The body is about medium with a kind of resin-like texture.

The floral notes continue into the taste along with a citrus-like tartness and a lingering, moderately bitter finish.

This is one of White Birch's flagship brews and with good reason.

10-12-2013 18:21:53 | More by puboflyons
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New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

03-03-2012 01:17:44 | More by mikeburd1128
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New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev +1.6%

Bottled 12/11. Consumed 5/12. Batch #11. Bottle count 1152.

A: A 2 finger foamy sea-shell white head is generous atop. The coloring is autumn orange, bright and neat, with a mixture of quick release macro bubbles and slow moving micro bubbles. Head retention is fair on the hold leaving speckled patches of foamwork behind of modest coverage.

S: The aroma is decent at first but quickly fades. Get your wiff early on this one, of light fresh pine and flowery orange notes.

T: The flavor is sweet citrusy pine with a nice level of hop bitterness, dry tangerines and some Amarillo? Lemony hop notes. A small bit of tropical pineapple and grassiness blends nicely together. Bright flavor, and good hop presence even after 5 months after bottling. The hopping is clean and well defined with some sweet toasted grain juice and pine lingering afterwards.

M: Frothy around the tongues edges. Bitter orange and pine flower hopping stays nicely behind.

O: Overall crisp flavor, smooth hoppiness is bitter yet smooth and tasty enough to satisfy ones quench as a summer time session hop ale. Easy drinkability, hops hold up nice and well balanced. Defines session material and one I would drink more off. Drinks more like a crisp pale rather a American amber red (body is a bit light on the speciality grains and malt backbone for an amber) but is a non factor and is crisp for a hot summer drink.

05-21-2012 23:08:38 | More by beerthulhu
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White Birch Hop Session Ale from White Birch Brewing
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