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Notch Session Ale - Notch Brewing

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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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Photo of KarlosT
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this beer at the Amesbury Beer Festival on Sep 22 2012.

Most of the beers were served from bottles into small 3oz plastic dixie cups.

Although I took notes on the 20+ different beers that I tried, it is difficult to remember all of the details associated with each beer. My apologies to readers of these notes. However, I did pay attention to my overall scores, and noted what I thought were unique positives and negatives w/ each beer.

Note that for me:
< 2.5 = probably would not finish the beer
3.0 = drinkable beer, but likely would not buy again or look for
>3.5 = will try to buy again in the future

Very good W.Coast style IPA. Could definitely tell that there were Cascade and other citrusy type hops.

KarlosT, Sep 23, 2012
Photo of juliusseizure
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

juliusseizure, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of rondufresne
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

rondufresne, Jul 30, 2012
Photo of ms11781
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

ms11781, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of trevorpost
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

trevorpost, Jun 27, 2012
Photo of PatGreer
4/5  rDev +9.3%

PatGreer, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of jp110099
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

jp110099, Jun 06, 2012
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.

JaredKent, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of s1ckboy
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

s1ckboy, May 29, 2012
Photo of calmstock
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

calmstock, May 20, 2012
Photo of cardern
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

cardern, May 03, 2012
Photo of standardcherry
4/5  rDev +9.3%

standardcherry, Apr 23, 2012
Photo of DonFrap
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

DonFrap, Apr 02, 2012
Photo of sweisel80
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

sweisel80, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of voidrunner
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

voidrunner, Mar 14, 2012
Photo of seanh99
4/5  rDev +9.3%

seanh99, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of jongullotti
3/5  rDev -18%

jongullotti, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of jbertsch
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

jbertsch, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of VelvetExtract
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.

VelvetExtract, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of masshlx
4/5  rDev +9.3%

masshlx, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of BeerResearcher
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.

BeerResearcher, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of mbs11
4/5  rDev +9.3%

mbs11, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of Lawnboy33
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Lawnboy33, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of sholland119
4/5  rDev +9.3%

sholland119, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of de322
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

de322, Dec 03, 2011
Notch Session Ale from Notch Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.