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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
good

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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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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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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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2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

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3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A-This beer pours a slightly hazy orange/copper color. Tons of bubbles rise to a massive head. Head retains masterfully. Specks of lacing are left.

S-Sweet breaded malt is the foremost aroma. Not much in the way of hoppiness. Mostly sweet, but somewhat pleasant.

T-Light citrus hops lead and transform into a decent grassy flavor. The sweet caramel and bread backs up the surprising hop flavors. Lightly floral too. Not too bitter.

M-Light and "sessionable". Soothing carbonation. A bit slick.

O/D-I liked this much, much better than their Session Pils. This one is a decent APA. Wouldn't buy a six-pack, but it was better than I had expected.

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3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a 16 oz. standard pint glass at Yard House, Dedham.
Pours a hazy tannish amber color with a firm 2" khaki head and fairly substantial amount of lacing.
The smells are a balanced mix of grain, bread dough, resinous and citrusy hops, with a slight whiff of wild flowers.
This little ale provides a surprising variety of flavors, without a lot of sweetness in the mix. The separation of a crisp grainy malty taste plays well with the edgy hoppiness. Citrusy, resinous and a slightly metallic hop bite provide plenty of zesty flavors.
Even as it warms, the flavors maintain their individuality, and that's cool for such a small beer.

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