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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

94 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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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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ms11781

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

07-29-2012 15:38:30 | More by ms11781
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trevorpost

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +9.3%

06-26-2012 01:49:58 | More by PatGreer
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jp110099

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

06-06-2012 01:50:24 | More by jp110099
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JaredKent

Rhode Island

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2012 01:23:09 | More by JaredKent
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s1ckboy

Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

05-29-2012 16:50:40 | More by s1ckboy
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calmstock

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

05-20-2012 00:21:21 | More by calmstock
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cardern

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

05-03-2012 04:16:24 | More by cardern
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standardcherry

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +9.3%

04-23-2012 14:14:57 | More by standardcherry
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DonFrap

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

04-02-2012 01:40:20 | More by DonFrap
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sweisel80

Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

03-24-2012 18:14:57 | More by sweisel80
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voidrunner

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

03-14-2012 14:15:16 | More by voidrunner
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seanh99

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +9.3%

03-02-2012 16:56:17 | More by seanh99
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jongullotti

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -18%

02-19-2012 20:54:49 | More by jongullotti
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jbertsch

Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

02-06-2012 14:56:33 | More by jbertsch
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 02:32:25 | More by VelvetExtract
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masshlx

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +9.3%

01-29-2012 03:04:22 | More by masshlx
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BeerResearcher

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2012 15:23:35 | More by BeerResearcher
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mbs11

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +9.3%

01-14-2012 00:59:58 | More by mbs11
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Lawnboy33

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +9.3%

01-06-2012 05:31:04 | More by Lawnboy33
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sholland119

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +9.3%

12-19-2011 13:41:41 | More by sholland119
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de322

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

12-03-2011 04:56:24 | More by de322
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halfshell

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -18%

11-18-2011 20:56:07 | More by halfshell
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GregSVT

Texas

2.98/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a super murky brown with a huge eggshell white head that fades to a layering and leaves some good lacing on the glass. The murky color isn't what I was expecting from a Pale Ale.

S: The nose is a bit of roasty malts with a bready aroma and a tiny bit of cocoa.

T: The taste is a bit of bready malt and a bit of hops with a cocoa flavor in the background.

M: The feel is actually on the lighter side of medium which I was not expecting.

O: I enjoyed the Pilsener a bit more. The flavors in this one were much more muted and you could tell this was a lighter ABV beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2011 05:26:23 | More by GregSVT
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silentjay

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

hazy, murky amber copper color with a huge khaki head that raises well above the rim of the glass, sticks around forever, and laces very well.

kind of faint aroma of crackery and caramelly malts, herbal and a touch of citric hops, as well as some fruity sweetness.

grains and bitter hops come first followed by the caramel and cracker flavored malts.

medium bodied with a nice, subtle carbonation that gives a slight prickle on the tongue and leaves a slight bitterness on the palate.

its good, but not as easy drinking as I would want in a session ale. the graininess and lack of hop flavor in exchange for hop bitterness make this an unremarkable pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2011 05:28:45 | More by silentjay
Notch Session Ale from Notch Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.