Notch Left Of The Dial - Notch Brewing
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Ratings: 38 | Reviews: 9 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by Maxwell:
4.24/5 rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
The beer pours a pale orange color with golden accents. A nice, half finger’s width head of medium sized, pebble-like bubbles forms as a head and lasts for some time. The beer is clean in body, but features a heavier chill haze than other beers in the style. Bubbles can be seen racing up to the top of the beer in a nice steady torrent. On the nose, the beer smells of big pine and tropical fruits with a shivering backbone of light biscuit malts and slight grapefruit citrus. Pineapple and mango play from the Galaxy and Citra hops while the Simcoe and Centennial hops add nice dank and resinous pine notes to the nose. There is even a very faint whiff of spice and apple skins in the nose. On the tongue, the beer tastes dry and bitter with just a touch of sweetness and salt and some lingering acid from the hops. In flavor, the beer begins bitter grows nicely, incorporating in light spicy biscuit notes with hints of mango juice and a big splash of pine and a touch of medicinal bitters which lasts into the aftertaste. The finish is of almost sweet bready biscuit with pine and a touch of rosemary. The aftertaste is mostly medicinal and piney bitters, but it also has faint traces of the “rosemary” flavor, with a nice, light saltiness that is really pleasant beside the bitters. In the mouth, the beer is superbly light and quaffable, sitting below medium in body. The beer displays a little bit of a fierce carbonation, but this just helps to keep the beer dry and drinkable on the palate, which is lovely. The mouth is left wet on the tongue and dry on the roof of the mouth. Overall, this is a superb session IPA that is honestly comparable to many ‘normal’ IPA's. Great bitter flavors that are balanced by a light malt. This beer is superbly dry, and just asks for more sipping. In many ways, it reminds me of Founder’s All Day IPA, only this beer is by far superior to it. Notch has done it yet again. A superb IPA.
Serving type: bottle
04-23-2013 00:41:44 | More by Maxwell
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3.88/5 rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Left of the Dial pours a clear yellow/orange with a moderate sized, stiff head on top. As the foam dissolves it leaves a nice coating of lace on the glass.
The aroma has nice notes of orange citrus,pine, lemon grass and bready malt.
Each sip of this light to medium bodied beer is smooth with moderate carbonation. The flavor is nicely balanced between floral hops and pale malt. It begins with pine and orange citrus with a little lemon mixed in. Pale malt is present throughout and nicely balances the hops. It finishes somewhat bitter and very dry. When gone the citrus and sweet malt lingers on the palate.
This is a very easy drinking beer with a nice balance. Lots of flavor in this low abv brew.
Serving type: bottle
05-14-2013 21:56:09 | More by WanderingFool
2.64/5 rDev -34%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25
A: Similar to a light apple juice. 1/2 finger head slowly fading.
S: Juicy hops. Plenty of aroma. Piney and tropical. Malts smell lightly roasted and a little caramel note.
T: Whamp whamp. Where did the nose go? It tastes like bitter tap water. The malt is weak at best and only as it warms. All the juicy tropical notes are missing and all that is left is bitter.
M: A little frothy, reminiscent of a champagne carbonation but certainly not as aggressive. Body is light.
O: I definitely won't buy again. This beer looked good, smelled great, and brought nothing to the palate. It was slightly better as it warmed.
Serving type: bottle
05-09-2013 01:57:30 | More by Lledd
4.2/5 rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Served on-tap at Meadhall in Cambridge, MA
A: Pours a lightly hazy medium golden orange in color with light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some apricot + copper highlights. The beer has a half finger tall foamy off white head that reduces to a medium sized medium thick patch, a very thin film covering the majority of the remainder of the surface of the beer, and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.
S: Light to moderate aromas of biscuit malts with a touch of caramel sweetness underneath much stronger aromas of citrus/grapefruit and spicy/peppery hops.
T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of biscuit malts with a light amount of caramel sweetness. There are moderate flavors of citrus/grapefruit and spicy/peppery hops which contribute a light to moderate amount of bitterness which lingers for a while.
M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Creamy.
O: I'm really excited to have happened upon Notch beers while I was in Boston - I love a brewery that makes interesting and tasty beers while keeping the ABV low. This is delicious and super easy to drink, I wish that I could have it as my every day beer.
Serving type: on-tap
05-07-2013 01:10:57 | More by dbrauneis
Notch Left Of The Dial from Notch Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.