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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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Reviews: 71
Hads: 242
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.21%
Wants: 7
Gots: 26 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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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". (659 characters)

Photo of chefdave37
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer I had out of a can poured into a pint glass a murky golden color. It has a yeasty smell and taste losing any hops flavors. Light to medium feel. Overall it is ok session but lost the hops. (198 characters)

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 (656 characters)

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 (454 characters)

Photo of sperk12
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had the pleasure of trying this beer while visiting RI, at Doherty's East Side. It came in a 12 Oz can and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I would rank it up there with some of the other top session IPA out there and it more than held its own again the other beers I had, which included MO from Maine Beer Co, Hoponious Union FROM Jack's Abby, and flower Power from Ithaca Brewery. My only regret is now that I am back home in Texas l can't pick up more. Enjoy (459 characters)

Photo of Ian_B
3.44/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Maybe I got a bad batch. Smells phenolic and slightly acidic like a saison. Taste is pleasantly soft but lackluster and somewhat muddled, with a strange tart/piney combo on the finish which just doesn't really hit the mark. (223 characters)

Photo of brunop
2.84/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

i found this an acceptable in a pinch session ale. most all session IPA's seem to me to be pretty much indistinguishable. i'll just stick with notch and founder's for all-day imbibing though.
edit--the last one in the six, i had to drain pour.
maybe i got a bad six. . . (270 characters)

Photo of NJM
2.67/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

From a can, not dated.

Pours murky dark orange, bordering on brown. Not a good look. Settles into a hazy dark orange in the glass, decent foamy head.

From there I'm not sure what happened with this one. Oxidized? Strange choice of yeast? I'm picking up primarily saison-like phenolics. Mouthfeel is rough, leaving a very undesirable astringency to finish.

I just started seeing this one around in cans, some I'm presuming it's only 2-3 months old. (451 characters)

Photo of JAFoley
3.84/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - hazy pale amber body white foamy head. Nice retention and sudsy lacing.

S - grassy citrus hops

T - grapefruit, grassy, dank bitter hops with nice earthy woody aftertaste

M - light body with moderate carbonation. Slick and somewhat watery.

O - honestly I'm surprised to see this rated so low. The mouthfeel is weak as you'd expect from a session. But the flavors are great and makes for a very drinkable 6 pack. (421 characters)

Photo of SierraFlight
2.21/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Bottled in February 2014 tasted at the end of October. This one’s going to be stale. Bomber into nonic pint. Copper body with off-white finger high head. Some patches of lace. Aroma is dim caramel malt, some citrus, and earth. Taste is muted bready sweetness and muted floral bitterness. Medium body, a notch in the direction of thick texture, average carbonation, astringent finish. (385 characters)

Photo of AngryPenguinBrewCo
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. (193 characters)

Photo of risendragon
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I am a huge fan of White Birch and this one I have surprisingly not tried, until now. Poured from a bomber into a standard dining glass with no refrigeration.

A- Hazy orange, very bubbly. Head is extremely prominent even with my pouring style and that detracts quite a bit from the beer.

S- Citrus, big time. Grapefruit stands out the most with lemon and pine taking a backseat. Beautiful aroma.

T- Taste does not really follow through with the nose. Bitter up front with malty caramel finishing. The citrus is there but mainly lemon and even some blood orange in there, grapefruit flavor comes through towards the end. I was expecting more though based on the aroma.

M- Resiny finish, not really cloying but very misleading given the amount of carbonation. I do think it's over-carbonated for the style, but that's a personal preference I think.

O- Not a bad IPA but really nothing to write home about either. I think it's a bit to sudsy for the style but the flavor profiles are nice and fit the style well. Definitely a good "starter" IPA. (1,047 characters)

Photo of seedyone
2.21/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

07/27/11 Company blurb says: "a blend of west coast hops for a balanced, bitter effect. We close the session out by dry hopping the beer for a nice resiny mouth feel."

Not my kind of thing. I prefer clean and crisp. The "resiny mouth feel" made me feel I had kissed a tree...hugs maybe, but never a kiss on the mouth, thank you very much. (339 characters)

Photo of HuskyHawk
3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber. Hazy, golden amber color, very thin head. Nose is fruity, dates, figs, almost Belgian. Taste is light, no prominent maltiness and the hop profile is of grass and herbs. Mouthfeel is nicely weighted. Bitterness is fairly restrained and ,softly presents in the finish. Nice IPA, but not great. Very drinkable. (329 characters)

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled in 2/2014. Pours lightly hazy bright orange color with a 2 finger dense and rocky white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big mango, tangerine, peach, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, caramel, light biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity of bright citrus/tropical hops and moderate malt balance; with good strength. Taste of mango, tangerine, peach, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, floral, grass, caramel, light biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of mango, tangerine, peach, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, pine, caramel, light biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and robustness of juicy citrus/tropical hops and moderate malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish as expected of 5%. Overall this is a damn nice session IPA. All around good complexity and robustness of juicy citrus/tropical hops with moderate malt balance; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering. (1,462 characters)

Photo of BMFR1811
2.72/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Purchased a single bomber style bottle on 03/29/14 in CT. Bottle said that it was bottled march of 2013. Served at 58 degrees.

The pour initially showed a high level of carbonation as it was almost completely foam. It took a long time to pour the bottle into my glass because I had to allow the foam to drop.

Appearance: Amber beneath a thick head and thick lacing on the sides of the glass

Smell: No hop aroma, just malt.

Taste: Initial taste is malt. I don't taste any discernible hops, there is a a lingering bitterness. There is a faint citrus that is barely noticeable. Not bad, not great just okay

Mouthfeel: over carbonated for an ipa, the carbonation would be more suited for a hefe or a cream ale. That's being said it still had good body.

Overall: not a good example of an ipa. I would like to try a fresh one but I think the one I bought might have been stale since I didn't get any of the hop flavors and aroma that I expect from an ipa. I would classify this as an amber ale and not as an ipa (1,015 characters)

Photo of CHickman
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Lark in East Northport, NY; pours hazy yellow color with a 1 finger white head that faded on the quick side and left OK lacing.

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.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp, with mild carbonation, a light body and a slightly bitter aftertaste that's a combo if citrus and malt. Perfect session beer, but flavor is nowhere near Founders All Day IPA but still a good beer overall. (749 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
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. (298 characters)

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. (265 characters)

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. (342 characters)

Photo of BradMacMullin
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap at Firebrand Saints. Never sampled this brewery before and this is supposed to be their signature ale. Pours a very hazy yellow color with a decent head that stuck. Smells very wheaty (if that's a word) and also a very florals and piney smell. Feel like I fell down in the woods. The taste is mild - light hop flavor and the smell follows through he taste. Decent carbonation and a refreshing drink. Not as raw as some session ales in have had and I like that. Overall a good beer. (492 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.89/5  rDev +4.9%
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. (606 characters)

Photo of jimmah120
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bomber at about 2 months old

look is a deep gold with amber highlights. smell is pine, pineapple, pepper, spice, rye. taste follows with grassy hops and subdued malt. feel is simultaneously dry and juicy.

great session ipa, now I want to try it fresher. (260 characters)

Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Tap and Barrel, Smithtown, NY.

Poured a hazy brassy hue with a one finger frothy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a clean citric dry hop and light bready malt.

The taste was hop forward with clean notes of pine, pepper and grapefruit. A soft round psle malt supported the hops.

The mouthfeel was toward the lighter side of the style with a pleasant carbonation and residual hop spice.

Overall a tasty hop forward sessioner. (480 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.61/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled March 2013, consumed July 4, 2013.

A - Hazy medium orange with a huge amount of cream coloued head.

S - Spice and a light to moderate bitterness. Some pine, citrus and herbal aromas are present along with a bready sweetness.

T - Moderate dry bitterness with pine and lemony flavours and lighter herbal notes. Some caramel malt sweetness in the background.

M - Light body. Some hop resin. Moderate carbonation. (423 characters)

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White Birch Hop Session Ale from White Birch Brewing
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