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Notch Session Ale - Notch Brewing

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Notch Session AleNotch Session Ale

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94 Ratings

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Ratings: 94
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 4
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #52 (May 2011):

Brewed to help inspire the creation of a session beer culture in the US. Weathered brass color and good clarity. The head is quick to foam and stays for the duration. The nose is a mélange of American hops, citric and minty herbals, with a mild fruitiness from the yeast and hint of caramel from the malt. Hoppy to start, bitterness is there, and pretty forward at that. Citric and scraping herbal flavors. Kiss of caramel, nutty yeast and a vague mineral salt. Fruitiness beyond the hops, toasted grain flavors as well. Very dry finish. Good drinking, sort of a middle-of-the-pack ale—meaning it’s noth- ing earth shattering, though if you are worried about a percent or so of alcohol, then this might be for you.

07-28-2011 14:32:51 | More by BeerAdvocate
More User Reviews:
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3.98/5  rDev +8.7%

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, orange-brown in color, hazy, medium carbonation

Smell: light toasted malt, orange, and citrus hops

Taste: light toasted malt, caramel, orange, and citrus hops

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, light bodied, sweet start with a slightly dry bitter middle and a bitter aftertaste.

Overall: It packs a lot of flavor into a 4.5% beer. An above average to good pale ale that I would consider over others due to the abv. I will pick up a couple more singles of this at some point.

06-06-2011 12:55:29 | More by tigg924
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

04-23-2012 14:14:57 | More by standardcherry
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3/5  rDev -18%

07-07-2013 00:36:17 | More by juicebox
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

On-tap at Bukowski’s in Cambridge.

Pours a clear light amber color with a white head that leaves decent lacing.

Smells of crisp caramel malts with hints of breadiness and leafy hops. Also present are slight amounts of indistinct medium fruits.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Grainy caramel malt flavors up front are joined quickly by mild amounts of bready flavors. Midway through slight hints of medium fruits come into play before being pushed aside by leafy and slightly earthy hops that carry through to a moderately bitter ending. Mouthfeel is good, with solid carbonation.

Overall I think this beer is closer to an ESB than an APA and is certainly a better ESB than it is an APA. An easy-drinking beer that’s worth a shot.

08-14-2011 20:59:02 | More by glid02
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2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

02-13-2014 19:55:23 | More by WyethBednar
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

07-21-2013 20:35:13 | More by heather625
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

11-01-2012 01:58:28 | More by Brewsephus
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Picked up at Blanchard's where Chris, the founder, was having a tasting - nice guy. Notch is coming at an interesting angle by producing low-gravity sessionable craft beers as opposed to the wallops I usually drink.

Poured into the pint glass I got with the sixer a maple syrup amber with three fingers of light head that fades into a ring of medium sized bubbles.

Nose is grapefruit hops and sweet toasted malt.

Bitter front leading to sweeter bready notes. Medium to lighter body and medium carbonation. Light lingering hop finish but overall quite clean.

It's a session ale, so I'm rating it with that in mind. This is the type of beer you'd happily drink all day and will easily appeal to the non-craft crowd. There was enough thought put into the hop and malt profile that drinking it while mowing your lawn isn't déclassé.

05-05-2011 22:41:54 | More by OldIronLungs
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

10-31-2012 00:18:00 | More by JeffreyJDavis
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

06-27-2012 22:26:28 | More by trevorpost
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New Hampshire

3.94/5  rDev +7.7%

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle into a shaker glass. sampled on April 26, 2014.

The pour looks correct with its copper-amber color, modest off-white head, and slightly unfiltered haziness.

Nice composite of aromas including roasted caramel, toffee, biscuit, and fragrant grassy, earthy hops.

The body is a bit better than medium.

The taste brings out a quick malty flavor at first and then a quick eruption of hop bitterness that balances it all off in a complex and enjoyable fashion. It lives up to its title of a session beer.

04-26-2014 16:29:02 | More by puboflyons
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

03-02-2012 16:56:17 | More by seanh99
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

06-16-2014 01:48:01 | More by liquorpig
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3.48/5  rDev -4.9%

A-Pours a dark amber color with a solid index finger width head that stays around for a while.

S-A dark toasty, hoppy smell at first whiff. Grainy and a bit fruity.

T-Mild hops, not too much, not too little. A bit tangy at the back of the mouth.

M-Feels a bit liquidy and tangy in the mouth.

O-Overall this is a decent APA. Would definitely get this again.

06-04-2011 23:15:14 | More by danmcg62
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

07-30-2012 12:36:52 | More by rondufresne
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

05-03-2013 11:23:50 | More by KeithThompson
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North Carolina

3.51/5  rDev -4.1%

Pours an orange-amber color with a quality, tight, creamy looking head. Mellow grassy and floral hop aromas mix with some toasted caramel malt and a trailing slight leafy, resinous note. Light, spicy citrus bitterness, malt, a little tea, and fruity yeast. A little watery, but tasty enough to be a decent session beer. Light bodied and dry with an earthy bitterness.

09-27-2013 02:41:01 | More by wedge
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5/5  rDev +36.6%

02-19-2014 23:28:10 | More by EnronCFO
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New Hampshire

3.46/5  rDev -5.5%

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a darker amber, with a thick foamy white head. A bit of lacing from the head as it diminished. Tons of streams of carbonation rose from the bottom. Aroma was primarily floral, with a bit of hoppiness in the back end. Flavor was fairly subtle, a bit of white bread of front, with a slight bitter hoppy finish. Ok in the mouth, a bit overly tingly on the mouth, but a decent bit of coat. Overall not bad. Nothing outstanding, could definitely have a bit more flavor.

05-20-2013 22:46:58 | More by mountdew1
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North Dakota

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

01-17-2014 01:36:48 | More by dizztracted
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

02-03-2014 16:53:01 | More by lesdemonsamaporte
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3.73/5  rDev +1.9%

Fresh on the shelves in Central MA, perfect mix-a-six candidate.

A- Pours a fairly dark amber into my pint glass. A two-finger off-white head builds up and retains decently. Spotty webs of lace on the glass.

S- A nice hop and malt element. Malt brings me some toasted nut and biscuit hints. Hops are floral, earthy and slightly fruity.

T- Once again, a noticeable malt and hop presence. The malt is darker than I would expect in an APA, it feels like a light nut brown, toasted nuts and such. The hops are very earthy as well as spicy, herbal and floral. A bit of fruit and apple as well.

MF- Lighter-end body with a nice creaminess to it. It feels very crisp and clean with high carbonation. A slightly bitter finish.

Hmm, hard to call this a classic pale but at the same time it is too light to really be anything else. I like the earthy hops and nutty malt interplay. Not what I expected but it is a nice ale.

09-10-2011 05:00:46 | More by cbutova
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Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +9.3%

On-tap 6/17/2011 at Yard House in Dedham, MA, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

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

S: The aroma contains earthy hops, caramelized malts and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of citrus and caramel. Then a decent hops bitterness comes in. The malt character is heart but not too heavy and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, solid beer to drink for a long time.

06-18-2011 16:23:14 | More by TheManiacalOne
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3.65/5  rDev -0.3%

Thanks to BWX for this 12oz bottle, poured into a shaker pint. No freshness info.

A- Pours a hazy copper color with a finger and half of off-white head. Good retention throughout the drink with plenty of lacing on the glass.

S- Nice piney aroma with some citrus hops. Ever so slight hint of grapefruit. Some toasted malt that adds a bready smell, but very neutral.

T- Mainly bitter. Didn't get any of the citrus flavors that are present in the nose. Slight malt at the end that helps balance slightly. Slight lingering bitterness, but nothing that lasts for more than a minutes.

M- Light body that is almost watery. Just not much substance to this one. Has good amount of carbonation that creates a nice bite. Still too watery to wow the palate.

O- I enjoyed this one even with its faults. It is easy to drink and with a low abv I could see that as being a good and a bad thing. If this was available to me, I could see myself picking a sixer of it to bring to a friends house to watch a game.

04-20-2011 20:33:01 | More by betsona
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Notch Session Ale from Notch Brewing
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