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White Birch Hop Session Ale - White Birch Brewing

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179 Ratings
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Ratings: 179
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.66%
Wants: 4
Gots: 7 | 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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Ratings: 179 | Reviews: 61 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by twelvsies:
Photo of twelvsies
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First taste of White Birch...

The pour is noticeably murky - very cloudy indeed, but a nice orange amber hue and with a healthy head so we'll just assume this is a very sediment-y, unfiltered beer. Aromas of fresh bread, grassy hops, biscuit, and a kiss of citrus. Very fresh on the palate! Very green with bright hops, dusty and dry, plenty of hay and field notes with a nice doughy malt background. Slightly fruity esters. A really great session ale - quenching, smooth, delicious and flavorful. This is probably right on the border between and amber and hoppy pale ale, but whatever it is, it works. Look forward to trying more from these guys...

twelvsies, Apr 03, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of tbryan5
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

tbryan5, May 07, 2013
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

lordofthewiens, Apr 13, 2011
Photo of SunDevilBeer
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

SunDevilBeer, Nov 30, 2013
Photo of mverity
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

mverity, Dec 22, 2013
Photo of Cavanaghty
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Cavanaghty, Oct 29, 2013
Photo of kingcrowing
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
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!

kingcrowing, Jun 10, 2011
Photo of jondeelee
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

jondeelee, May 25, 2012
Photo of virinow
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

virinow, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of far333
3.08/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

far333, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of briandaube
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

briandaube, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of doremite
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

doremite, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of richkrull
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

richkrull, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of AngryPenguinBrewCo
4/5  rDev +9.3%

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.

AngryPenguinBrewCo, Oct 06, 2014
Photo of PopGun
3/5  rDev -18%

PopGun, Jul 29, 2013
Photo of mdaschaf
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

mdaschaf, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of Sammy
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Sammy, May 24, 2012
Photo of avisong
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

avisong, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of bmoraymond
4.01/5  rDev +9.6%

bmoraymond, Sep 25, 2014
Photo of ChrisL24481
4/5  rDev +9.3%

ChrisL24481, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of beerman999999
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

beerman999999, May 27, 2013
Photo of KTCamm
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

KTCamm, Jan 20, 2014
Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

GRG1313, Jun 08, 2014
Photo of trevorpost
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

trevorpost, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of puboflyons
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

puboflyons, Oct 12, 2013
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White Birch Hop Session Ale from White Birch Brewing
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