Notch Session Ale - Notch Brewing

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Notch Session AleNotch Session Ale

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BA SCORE
83
good

97 Ratings
THE BROS
80
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Ratings: 97
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: albern on 03-12-2011)
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5/5  rDev +36.6%

Photo of Bitterbill
4.31/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

On the light side of medium bodied with a bit too much carbonation for my liking else the mouthfeel
would be great.

This is one heck of a good session ale at 4.5% abv! Highly recommended.

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Light golden brown with a lot of carbonation leaving a big bubbly head that dissipated to a slight small blanket across the top. Toasty malts balanced with lighter caramel malts. Earth and fruity citrus hop nose. Crisp and light body with a large toasted caramel flavor. Citrus hops are up front but get fruitier and then finish with an earth and malt tang. Goes down smooth with a lot of flavor packed into such a light body. The sixer was a bit pricey for 4.5% abv which is the only thing preventing me from buying this often.

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of JaredKent
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

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4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The name did not disappoint. This is a full flavored beer regardless of the alcohol content.

Starts with a three-finger head, which settles very slowly. The beer has a muddy, amber appearance. The lace coats the glass.

Excellent and unexpected floral hop nose. There's also pale malt notes.

This starts mild but soon there's a peppery hop takes over. There's a long peppery aftertaste. There's also a hint of sweetness that creates good balance. My only complaint comes with the body, which is thin and spritzy.

Photo of Maxwell
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a nice hazy amber brown with some slight golden highlights. The head on this beer is big and creamy but it has some rockier patches. The beer’s body is clean but very hazy, and there are only haphazard bubbles traveling up the glass. The beer’s lacing is fluffy and dry, leaving spider webs across the glass. On the nose, the beer smells of caramel malts and bitter hops with a slight onion character, which is probably due to the older hops. The malt smells warmly caramelly and welcoming, which actually has me thinking of a bigger beer than this actually is. On the tongue, the beer tastes sweet with a touch of light grassy bitters, but some great malt character shinning through. The taste begins with light watery malt, but quickly opens into caramel malts that meet a middling grassy bitter flavor and melds nicely together. The malt eventually reaches an almost creamy finish, touching briefly upon whole grain bread notes before washing away to leave a lingering light medicinal bitter taste. I actually really like this beer’s flavors and complexity, and I could absolutely drink a lot of it. On the mouth, the beer feels just barely above light in body, with nice mellow carbonation that leaves a brief, slight prickle. The tongue is left dry but the sides of the mouth have nice amounts of saliva on them. Overall, this beer is what I imagine people drinking in The Lord of the Rings and other fantastical tales. Yes, I realize there are way too many hops in this beer for the medieval time period, but it just feels like that to me. The malts are sweet and complex while still being subdued, and the mouthfeel is perfect for knocking back. I like this beer. You should try it.

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of albern
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was available at Berman's in Lexington, MA. The beer is brewed in Ipswich and has some historical antecedents to Tremont Ale that is not defunct. The beer has a slightly orange amber hue, some head, no lace, not much retention. The nose is pure piney hops, some tart grapefruit notes emerge as things settle.

The beer is medium bodied, a bit more over hopped than is probably warranted, but this is a good beer even if it is a bit imbalanced. The malts used are Pale, Crystal and Munich and the hops are Amarillo, Columbus, and Mt. Hood. The Notch Brewing Co. web page, not to be confused with the Franconia Notch Brewing Co (no relation) is a must to track this beer down. It isn't common and it doesn't look like it's in ramp up mode for production. Although it isn't listed, I believe that the beer is brewed at the Ipswich Brewery. The beer is smooth, with a slightly piney aftertaste, a touch of orange burst from the nice combination of hops. The finish is mild enough and the aftertaste doesn't linger despite some of the acerbity in the hops. This beer is worth tracking down. I don't know of its availability so I'm putting it down as year round until I know differently.

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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Notch Session Ale from Notch Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.