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Notch Session Ale - Notch Brewing

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Notch Session AleNotch Session Ale

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BA SCORE
84
good

34 Reviews
THE BROS
80
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Reviews: 34
Hads: 98
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 5.15%
Wants: 4
Gots: 7 | 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:
Beer added by: albern on 03-12-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Reviews: 34 | Hads: 98
Photo of OldIronLungs
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (835 characters)

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.1/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours medium orange with an off-white head. Some light lace, and the head reduces to a ring of foam.

Grapefruit and toasted malt aromas dominate. Hop forward.

Well, they hid the inadequate parts of the beer behind some hops. Thin toasted malt, bread and toast, some dried malt elements, grapefruit rind. Dries right out. Watery. Not a glassflull of hate, but this is barely average.

Medium-light bodied. Adequate carbonation.

Wow, glad I got a single instead of a six. There are some good elements to this, but the big picture is barely there. They tried so hard to be sessionable that they forgot to brew a good beer. I was eyeing up their pils, but i probably will wait (i.e. never try it). I can spend my money elsewhere. (728 characters)

Photo of betsona
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

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. (1,000 characters)

Photo of muttyd
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a rather clear amber with a thin off-white head that persists throughout. Very good head retention. Big piney hop aroma with a slight toasted / biscuity malt backbone. Flavor is big on the hops; piney, grapefruity, and earthy. Toffee and biscuit malt sweetness help round out the flavor profile. Aromatic and earthy hops in the finish. Rather bitter brew that finishes dry. Well carbonated and prickly on the tongue. I prefer the session pils, but this is one solid APA "session" beer. (491 characters)

Photo of WanderingFool
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Notch Session Ale pours a slightly hazy copper color with a small, off white head on top.

The aroma is light with notes of pine and lemon citrus hops along with a touch of toasted malt.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is watery on the palate with moderate carbonation. The flavor is malty with amber and pale notes. Slightly metallic. Towards the end pine hop notes and some grassy bitterness help balance out the malt. Once gone the amber malt and metallic flavor lingers on the palate.

This is a pretty descent, well balanced amber ale. The flavor and aroma really come out as the beer warms. A nice session ale is hard to find and this one would be great with dinner, at a ball game, or if you just want to relax and have a beer or two. (746 characters)

Photo of gfreed
3.12/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

For a low-ABV beer, this comes equipped with the sting of a DIPA, not to mention the puckering dryness of any beer brewed by Stone. In fact, it would be interesting to serve this Notch ale along with a Stone Levitation and see if anyone could detect a difference. Both are harshly over-hopped yet manage to be quite smooth. Not much in terms of malt, most of which is suffocated. A nice novelty which would gain favor by reducing the hops to, say, 5, down from the 11 where they are now. You made your point, guys. Now brew something that doesn't taste only like pine needles and grapefruit. (591 characters)

Photo of thehopsguy
3.86/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a- the pour is a nice dark golden amber color not much head( but then again i didn't pour it like a doouch)

s- light smell..maybe some cascade hops with a little more malt characteristics coming through

t- mmm..a nice crisp hoppy bite with a great balance of malts..amber..2-row for sure.. the finish kind of reminds me of a DFH 60 minute..tasty

m- alot going on here..rich malt flavors and alot of citrus/pine flavors from the hops at the finish.

D- Overall a very good session..Ill take have a few of these after a long day in the glass studio..cheers! (558 characters)

Photo of gdrydenc
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A - Pours a murky dark brown/amber with an inch of thick light tan, almost peach head. Lacing lasts well throughout.

S - Piney hops, a hint of citrus. A hint of malts comes through the nose.

T - Bitterness is the foremost taste I have. The fruitiness doesn't come out as much as it did in the smell. I may just not like the style, but this isn't a great beer in my opinion. I know it's for sessioning, but the flavor lacks a balance from malts and ends up being a slightly watery bitter beer.

M - Feels pretty good on the mouth, slightly watery, but once again, the bitterness detracts. The carbonation is spot on, though.

D - Very drinkable. For a session, this is top notch (ha!). Frankly, for me, drinkability is whether or not I can finish this beer and feel good about it, even trying another one. Considering I'm writing this review on my second (of several) I can't imagine a much better drinkability. (912 characters)

Photo of albern
4/5  rDev +8.4%
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. (1,193 characters)

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Notch Session Ale from Notch Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.