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White Birch Hop Session Ale - White Birch Brewing

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Ratings: 172
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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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

VeganUndead, Apr 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

PatGreer, Mar 31, 2014
Photo of BMFR1811
2.7/5  rDev -26.4%
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

BMFR1811, Mar 30, 2014
Photo of CHickman
3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

CHickman, Mar 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

GFD400, Mar 14, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

harsley, Mar 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

pieface22, Feb 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

lesdemonsamaporte, Feb 03, 2014
Photo of KTCamm
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
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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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

AndrewBV, Jan 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

hoppymcgee, Dec 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

BostonPhilly, Dec 23, 2013
Photo of mverity
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

mverity, Dec 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9%

KTien, Dec 07, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

SunDevilBeer, Nov 30, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

richkrull, Nov 26, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

jlechner33, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of Cavanaghty
3.56/5  rDev -3%
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
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2/5  rDev -45.5%

mikefour77, Oct 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9%

msondel, Oct 15, 2013
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3.91/5  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.

BradMacMullin, Oct 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

OKCNittany, Oct 15, 2013
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3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
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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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

scotorum, Oct 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

earljones199, Sep 25, 2013
White Birch Hop Session Ale from White Birch Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 172 ratings.