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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: 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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5/5  rDev +36.6%

tammy829, Nov 16, 2011
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5/5  rDev +36.6%

Turbojet307, Mar 02, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +29.8%

boxer0029, Jun 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +23%

zahara15, Dec 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +23%

rusty3335, Sep 07, 2012
Photo of FrankLloydMike
4.5/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this from the bottle several times, but I've been enjoying it on-tap at Atwood's in Cambridge lately.

A: Arrives in a full pint glass, with a nice, pillowy head retreating into a sticky lacing. The color is an orange-amber with lots of red, like a good mix of golden and red beets; hazy and glows in the dim tavern-light.

S: Malty with little hint of the hops; clean but dank; smells like a bready English bitter; earthy and slightly faint.

T: Taste resembles a good English-style pale ale with a much more pronounced, but delicate hop bite to balance it. The malts are bready-sweet, but clean and crisp, with the hops--pine, grass and a hint of pineapple--lending a grassy earthiness and a pleasantly bitter finish. Really a wonderful balance, and just about perfect taste-wise for what I look for in an everyday beer.

M: Just about perfect: full, juicy, not quite chewy; very smooth; lower end of carbonation, but still spot on for me.

D/O: The lower ABV, smooth feel, and fresh taste make this an easy beer for a session. Like the balance of hops and malt, this is a wonderful balance of complexity and approachability; it's a beer that impresses while retaining a laid-back, everyday style. If it was available in a six-pack, this would probably always be in stock in my fridge. As it stands now, it's in regular rotation on the bomber shelf, and I really hope to see it pop up more on-tap so it can be something of a go-to when I'm out. This is easily one of my favorite White Birch offerings, and one of my favorite local beers period at the moment.

FrankLloydMike, Oct 04, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +23%

bluesplit63, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of slammo
4.46/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I am very impressed as I drink this Hop Session Ale. The firm foam head stayed around as I admire the orange hue. Notes of citrus and grapefruit waft towards my nose and the mouthfeel is lovely. The real thing I like is the hoppy quality and the quaffable session style. You can drink a few of these and not overwhelmed with high alcohol. Balanced and smooth I think I'll have another.

slammo, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of Duhast500
4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into a White Birch tulip glass.

The color is a hazy orange/amber with some rust colored highlights, a finger of foamy white head the leaves a thick lacing on the glass.

The smell has a strong orange rind aroma with some bitter hop aroma and a little malt finish in the background.

The taste is malty at first with some mellow biscuit flavor like an English muffin. There is a nice fruity flavor toward the middle with orange coming out and sweet jelly flavor. There is a good bitterness that comes out at the end and stays for a short while in the aftertaste.

The feel of this beer is a light to medium bodied with a really nice feel going down. A good drinker with a drinkable feel.

Duhast500, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of BeerKangaroo
4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled: December 2011
Batch: 11

Into a pint glass:

A: hazy golden colored body and yielded a two finger fluffy off white head. This impressive head lasted a good two minutes before dissipating ever so slowly. Light slowly moving carbonated bubbles were seen rising. Barely any lacing was seen left on the glass.

S: coffee combined ever so nicely with pine and floral tones. There were some hops slightly in the background.

T: bittersweet through the coffee but a bit more subdued with the pine and floral tones coming up front.

M: medium, dry and bitter with a bit of a metallic feel christening my tongue with some lashes, slightly sessionable

O: a decent beer other than the mouthfeel. I know it is a red, and these don't age well, so I won't knock the brewer for a not so great mouthfeel. If anything, I'll look for a fresher batch next time I see this somewhere.

BeerKangaroo, Jun 09, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

beerman999999, May 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

bpowers315, Feb 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Cruick, Apr 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

ILiveOffHops, Jun 09, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

hopley, Jun 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

GFD400, Mar 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

wburch1967, May 08, 2013
Photo of farrago
4.23/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Moderate pour yields a half glass full of an off-white head, virtually all dense foam with a slowly dimpling surface, the foam oddly pulls away from the glass sides as it dissolves even as the overall retention is excellent, the lacing is thin but super-sticky. Light orange copper highlights to the golden hued base, thick cloud of bubbles rise steadily, definitely hazy and mostly opaque, noticeably unfiltered. Firm nose of black pepper, pretzel dough, coriander and cumin spices, dried orange peels, trace earthiness, mild apricot to peach fuzz, burnt mocha powder, at times something like tobacco ash, excellent complexity without striving too hard, holds its fullness for an extended period of time, deepens as it warms. Full-bodied, has some give but not close to soft in texture, the carbonation provides a steady churn but nowhere near the high level you’d expect from the way it virtually foams over the glass. Has a sort of Belgian feel to it with clove, coriander, cinnamon spice flowing through, strong dose of salt and pepper. Not much citrus but decent amount of apricot, yellow apple, peach fruit. Baked sourdough and some rye as well. Herbaceous finish without too much bitter bite. Agreeably challenging even as the texture dries and gets semi-gritty. (Bottled January 2012)

farrago, Jul 14, 2012
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4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

deep dark red, lots of ruby tones mixed in with a thick brown base. Really nice color here. Great clarity that you could see right though to the carbonation that was rippling up toward the service. A very nice head of foam formed on the top of this one, maybe a height of two inches would be about right, and this kinda of sat there for a little while before dropping down to a nice thin pillow that covered the rest of the top of it. Great side glass presentation capped it off nicely and what you have here is a fine looking red ale.

The aroma was as malty as I was expecting. Deep tones of bready malts coming through almost immediately, with a deep underlying earthy and grainy taste to it, kind of musky and very nice and typical of the style. Lots of caramelized sugar here sweeten it up and I started to detect just the slightest bit of hoppiness in the finish. Everything pointing to a very nice experience here. The flavor was spot on for the style. Rich medium bodied ale that was more then well carbonated, and had a good bit of life in it as well. Great malt flavor coming though here, very bready with a good amount of a hop kick in the finish. Lots of sweet caramel and sugar flavors and a nice touch of fresh grass ringing through on the finish. Very nice example here. The finish was great, super smooth and a touch dry, just enough to make you come back and get a bit more from it. This was a classic for me and exactly what I was looking for at the time.

mikesgroove, Jul 03, 2011
Photo of Overlord
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

What? Only 5.1% alcohol? I assume the label is lying. An ABV that low can't contain flavor molecules of this magnitude. Thanks to a generous BA.

Pours a hazy, slightly murky orange-ish gold. Listed as an amber/red ale, but there's nothing red about it that I can see. Big gushy white foam head.

Smells like fresh cut grass, some hay, a bit of orange rinds with a tiny, very tiny lemon-y citrus zest. The brew it reminds me of right off the bat is daisy cutter.

Taste is also daisy cutter-ish. The hop profile is splendid with grass, hay, some light citrus notes, orange/pineapple rind ... just really quite nice and very .... wait for it ... keep waitiing ... sessionable. Mouthfeel is bubbly and lively.

Very drinkable, very pleasant.

Overlord, Apr 28, 2011
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 12/4/2011 at Pour Farm in New Bedford, MA served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, citrus and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of citrus and caramel. Then a good hops presence comes in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down very easy, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a nice beer to pound down for a long time.

TheManiacalOne, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of GarthDanielson
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber at Burrito Me in Laconia, NH. Bottled May 2011, Batch 5. I poured the beer into a weizen glass, and it shows a bright orange-gold coloring, opaque and hazy, with a huge, foamy, off-white head. Big bubbled, the head slowly settles from about four inches down to around two. Great lacing along the glass. Aromas of spicy and green hops, with fruit and citrus sweetness. Sugary sweet notes are present, also. Very balanced, and slightly light bodied. The aftertaste is tart citrus, with a grapefruit pucker, kind of like citrus candy, with some smoke, and a dash of dry, peppery hops. The finish is dry, but smooth. Very good brew.

GarthDanielson, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of VelvetExtract
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a foggy burnt orange hue. The body glows. Head is a thicker cap of dense, stiff, doughy fluff. Head retains but leaves rather light lacing for its size. Looks awesome.

S-The nose is pretty legitimate as well. Hops present themselves as candied citrus and soap along with unique notes of mint, aspirin and eucalyptus. Solid malt base rounds out the beer and adds balance.

T-The taste is balanced has plentiful amounts of hops. Starts off with sudsy hops, then you get a brief hint of the mint, eucalyptus and medicinal hops. The comes a solid rush of fresh citrus and bitter pine. Finally it recedes into a very tasty muffin/biscuit malt finish. The bitterness lingers pleasantly. It reminds me a lot of Maine Beer's Peeper Ale (mostly because of its delectable malt profile).

M-Fuller than the 'session' word denotes. High bitterness. Still, very drinkable. Carbonation nearing intense.

O/D-Almost didn't buy this because my last White Birch encounter (Oude Timey) was an absolute horror-story. I am happy I tried this. I think the agreeable $4.50 price tag is what facilitated my purchase. Only the second White Birch brew I have tried. This one was a success as much as the first was a failure. This is about a month old and its great. But don't even think of trying this after another 2 months.

VelvetExtract, Jan 08, 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
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White Birch Hop Session Ale from White Birch Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 179 ratings.