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Notch Session Ale - Notch Brewing

Notch Session AleNotch Session Ale

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BA SCORE
82
good

87 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 87
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 11.54%


Brewed by:
Notch Brewing visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: albern on 03-12-2011)
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Reviews by JaredKent:
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JaredKent

Rhode Island

4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Amber in color, just under a light brown ale. The head was strong and filled the glass. Lasts throughout the quaffing as well.

Scent: Upfront there’s an extremely pleasant American hop aroma. I get spice. I get citrus. I get a little pine. I love this combination, whatever they are using I just decided what I’m using for my next brew. There’s a hint of malt to balance it out, but not much.

Taste: The hops once again come through up front. Pine stands out the most. A hint of bitter on the finish. The hops are upfront but not powerful enough to be an IPA. The malt is disappointing. There isn’t much, go figure. Not quite enough to balance out the hops. It just kind of falls short.

Mouthfeel: Very light body. Short presence on the palate. Carbonation is medium level.

Overall: Easy to drink and the hop profile is awesome. Unfortunately the malt just isn’t there to balance it out. I guess this is to be expected from a low gravity session beer. I found myself wishing for more body, but you can only do so much when trying to keep the ABV low. Definitely a great tasting and flavorful session beer. I love the philosophy that Notch stands behind and it’s one I try to stick close to when homebrewing. An awesome beer that is easily drinkable throughout a long summers day.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2012 01:23:09 | More by JaredKent
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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks go out to Yamar 18 for the 2 bottles. Cheers, Kevin!

A huge billowy head of foam sitting on a medium golden brew, there's lots of nice lacing.

I get a flowery type of hop aroma backed up by some grain and a bit of sweet malt.

The taste is gracefully balanced with notes of caramel and grainy malt and a flowery hop flavour. A light presence of earth shows up after a few sips in. Dang, this is good.

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Smell: Bready, with a lemon edge

Taste: The bready malts form a base upon which the lemony and somewhat grassy hops linger; somewhat herbal, particularly after the swallow

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A - Clear yellow with a ton of head, definitely over carbonated, lots of thick patchy lacing.
S - Grassy hops, pale and bread malt, a hint of citrus zest.
T - Very thin flavor, has the traits mentioned in the aroma, but that its very watery.
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A- Transparent, dark amber in color with lots of visible carbonation, and bubbles clinging to the side of the glass. Nice big, fluffy, off white/tan head with very irregular bubble sizes that dies down quickly leaving an attractive lacing pattern.

S- Sweet, caramel malts balanced with a spicy, floral hop aroma. I also detect some citrus fruit aromas, and even some other possibly tropical fruit aromas.

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Notch Session Ale from Notch Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.