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Notch Left Of The Dial - Notch Brewing

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Reviews: 30
Hads: 196
Avg: 3.78
pDev: 33.33%
Wants: 17
Gots: 63 | FT: 0
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Notch Brewing visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  4.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Todd on 04-17-2013

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Photo of kkoz
2.09/5  rDev -44.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

Had this beer on draft. It's bright gold in color and clear, with a white head that fell quickly. It has a light floral hop aroma. The body was very light. It has a very light citrusy-floral hop flavor up front with some hints of maltiness. In the middle, the hop flavor is lightly citrusy, but in the finish, the floral hop flavors step forward with only a little bit of bitterness behind it. Overall, I felt like the beer was light and watery, even for a session IPA.

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Photo of Redrover
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Notch Left of the Dial from a can to a modified strange at the Parrish II in Boston. The beer is a hazy copper with soapy beige head.

Nice nose of pine and grains.

The taste leads with pine based bitterness, a touch of citrus and caramel malts. It sweetens a bit mid glass but the hops never go Mia

The mouth is a touch thin (which I expect in a low ABV session beer) but is also a bit coating and oily

This is a nice session IPA that if I had regular access to, I would buy on a semi-regular basis.

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Photo of cskollmann
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Excellent take on a "session IPA" that stands above competitors by finding balance beyond being a watered down version of a larger beer. Fruity nose with orange prominent. Body on the thinner side not surprisingly, but extremely quaffable; finishes with a shot of bitterness. Regularly available in cans, freshness dated, and affordable, what's not to love?

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

As the session IPA types go, this one is right up there with All Day and the other heavy hitters in that game. It's clear yellow, very very carbonated, light bodied and most importantly packed with juicy hops, seemingly citra and Amarillo, and refreshing as they come. So many of these miss the mark, too malty or overly bitter or one dimensional, not this one, it satisfies me needing an IPA, but it also does quite a lot more than that. Fresh lemon, tangerine, maybe a hint of fruity cleaner, but in a good way. Pale two row seems like about it on the base and that's just fine for me here, it needs no more than it has. Dry in the finish with only moderate bitterness. It's right where I like my session IPA to be, still very hoppy. I could drink something like 20 of these on a boat in the summer, it's so good. I'd love to try so e more if their beer this week while I am on the east coast!

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Photo of Jcorn
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very smooth session style IPA. This is not just smooth but really good. Hops are understated & fruit tastes (grapefruit?) are detectable as well. 2 thumbs up!

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a bright orange color with little lacing from the fizzy head. The smell was great with tropical notes of citrus and light fruits. The taste was bright as well with some balance from the malt but a lot of sweetness from the citrus. It was a bit flat but overall was nice.

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Photo of Gatch
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I really liked this beer. The pint went down way too quickly. Really fits the style as a sessionable, hoppy beer. I'll drink this whenever I see it on tap (or in cans!).

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.21/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz can poured into a pint glass.

A: Golden-orange color. Mild haze. Two fingers of head settle into a thin slip. Lacing is clumpy.

S: Juicy mango and tangerine pop on the nose. Cantaloupe. Passion fruit. Orchard blossoms. This whiffs of caramel. Nice tropical and playful nose, very enticing.

T: Pithy tropical fruits, mango, tangerine, apricot, cantaloupe. Orange blossom. Caramel and grain from the malt base. Bitterness is tame. Dry finish of floral and tropical fruit flavors.

M: Light bodied. Somewhat pillowy and fluffy in feel. Deep crispness from the scrubbing carbonation. Relatively mild astringency for the style.

O: Really just an enjoyable quaff from start to finish. Very playful and tropical. I've gone on the record as being very critical of the newly emerging session IPA style, but this beer could make me a believer.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.01/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a large white head that fades quickly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of citrus and caramel. Then a strong but not over-powering hops presence comes in. The malt character is on the thin side but where it should be for a Session IPA. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, very mild kick, very good representation of sub-style, this is a nice poundable beer to drink for a long time.

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Photo of rorykanderson
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another standout session IPA in the same vein as Easy Jack, All Day, Go To and Even Keel. Nothing resembling watered down, this low ABV IPA drinks super easy and has the same aromatic and taste profile as its heftier IPA brethren, albeit toned down a bit. Can't go wrong when you're in the mood for a few cans of a tasty IPA that is as easy on your head as it is on your palette. Well done.

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Photo of Rideguy64
2.81/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

As a session beer, this one missed by a mile. There was no flavor. Compared too a Lil' Heaven or a Founders all day, I would not go out of my way to drink it

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Photo of snilsen13
2.88/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured out a cold can. Fantastic smell, very sharp clean pine, but the taste is really pretty much those hops you smell and then nothing from the malts. Finish is an acceptable slightly soapy. Unfortunately this beer is thin and watery. More non-fermentable malts would make this a much better beer. Apart from a great nose, this is overall below average beer. I get the same result from repeated tastings.

Why do so many other reviewers like it? To be clear, this is not unpleasant, but it is dull. I expect others are tasting the mild malt flavors and as the beer warms up. With a low ABV beer, however, they should shine when cold. I prefer Notch pils to this concoction.

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Photo of ThickNStout
2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

12oz can from buking21. Canned 8/22/14. Served in a goblet.

Pours hazy yellow with three fingers pale head which recedes to a thin ring, leaving copious lace.

A subdued nose with slight bread and faint oranges

The flavors are almost as subdued as the aroams. Watered down orange juice, earthy pine bark, bready malt and mild cardboard. Any hop precense seems to be incidental rather than intentional. It's not bad at all but it has definitely not earned the right for the letters IPA to be printed on the can.

Thin body with light carbonation. Orange bread finish.

Left of the Dial is an easy enough quaff but it is false advertising to label this as an IPA. Serious point deduction for calling it what it isn't.

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Photo of AirBob
4/5  rDev +5.8%

A - 2 fingers of frothy white head. Hazy golden body. Good retention.

S - Light peaches and mango. Touch of syrupy citrus. Stale maltiness.

T - Touch of bitter citrus. Light tropical fruit (peach/mango/pineapple). Finishes slightly bitter.

M - Medium-high carb. Thin body, but nice full finish.

O - Good session IPA. I found the nose a little off, but overall still better than I remember (maybe the last can I picked up wasn't as fresh).

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Photo of ColdOneKev
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A - Can dated 6/9/2014 - less than a month old. Took a couple pulls straight from the can then poured the rest into a 10oz tasting glass. Slightly hazy dark gold. Thick white head leaves moderate lacing.

S - Not picking up much. When the can was first popped I got a big dose of earthy hops, but not in the glass I'm getting light malt, and even lighter hops.

T - Makes up for the smell. Not as much hops as I would'v expected even for a "session" IPA. The malt is very powerful. An unobstructed view to the caramel, malty sweetness. Bitterness creeps back in between sips.

M - Best feature of the brew. Drinks like an IPA. Most sessions are too light. This is nicely thick for the style. Medium carb. Lingers on the palate.

O - This is a good not great brew. Worth trying it out.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip, this one is a crisp and clear gold with a thin film of head.

Smells of dry, toasty caramel with an ambiguous woody hop. A little discouraging.

Tastes of dirty pine hops with a touch of malt that is reminiscent of cheap basement beer. The hops are pleasant enough to make this work.

Feels clean and big with a very complimentary carbonation.

Not the best example of the style, but still extremely drinkable.

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Photo of neurobot01
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can dated 5/12/14 (so just over a month old) into an IPA glass—thanks HopSynonymous (who based on other reviews must be a pusher of this stuff or something).

Look: pale yellow, active carbonation, with a giant fluffy head that dissipates to a thin film after a minute.

Smell: bursting with tropical citrus fruits—not the biting citrus of Sucks, but sweeter fruits like mango. A hint of marshmallow.

Taste: follows the aroma, but with a bite of bitterness, and a slightly watery flavor. Some weak malts. Maybe a hint of a smoky or woody note.

Feel: light body, a bit thin, and fairly dry. Doesn't quite deliver on the smoothness I expected given the creamy head, but it's not bad.

Overall: if this is classified as a session IPA, then it's probably the best I've had; that being said, even if this were on shelves near me, I doubt I'd get it that often, when I could bump up a few %abv and get something a lot richer in flavor.

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Photo of Cubatobaco
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Received from Hopsynonymous as an extra and poured into a Stone IPA glass. Canned 5/15/14

A - Pours a very pale gold color with a small amount of head and gives off a slippery lacing that slides down the glass. A white crown sits in the glass with some splotches around the sides.

S - The nose reveals grass, wheat, and a faint hint of hops. Being a session beer, I wasn't expecting it to be overly hopped or aromatic. Reminds me of Stones Session IPA. There is a hint of lemon peel as well.

T - The flavors are very similar to the aroma, but with more brightness. Again there is grass, lemon zest, citrus and light hops.

M - Light bodied, good carbonation and foams in the mouth just before swallowed. Nice acid to keep your mouth watering.

O - if I lived in the Connecticut area, this would be my everyday. Love this stuff! If you get this or randomly try it, you won't ww have2. Kare

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Photo of Flounder57
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pale orange color with good clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Nice lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: grassy, citrus, toasted, bready, and pale malts.

Taste: Light citrus, mild bitterness, chewy and toasted malts, and some pale malts.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, chewy, refreshing, and low to medium carbonation.

Overall: Very tasty for a Session IPA. I'll have another can.

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Photo of Florida9
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Clear golden yellow color. Forms a modest sized white head. Light lacing.

S: Pleasant aroma. Mostly biscuit malt and grapefruit. Dry, pithy, grapefruit.

T: Taste is rather simplistic. A light pale malt backbone along with some biscuit malt. Cracker. Hops a fairly light. Grapefruit and citrus pith.

M: Medium bodied - feels bigger than it's ABV would have you believe. Mild bitterness. Appropriate carbonation.

O: Not necessarily a bad beer, just a fairly simplistic one.

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Photo of jlindros
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tis the IPA season, and I do love me some craft beer in a can, esp a nice IPA. And I really like most of the sessionability of the Notch stuff, very well done beers. Even dated on the bottom of the can, 4/08/14, so quite fresh.

Pours a nice fluffy slight creamy 1.5 finger head fades pretty slowly, nice column of streaming bubbles in the center, hazy golden orange blond beer, decent soapy lacing eventually forms when the head slowly fades.

Nose explodes out of the can, fresh hops, little hop resin, spicy and floral, little citrus note and faint hint of grapefruit, a hint of orange peel and tangerine, decent light fluffy sweet hitn grainy malt underneath.

Taste cuts in first with the malts, a little grainy touch of sweetness, with a little fluffy malt and faint amber malt toasty note. Then hops come through, lighter than I thought at first, with a touch of grapefruit and a little citrus, pithy, with some juicy grapefruit juice like, mild spicy floral hops as well, touch of resin, a touch of tangerine and lemon rind too, bit of a gritty abrasive hop feel too. Mild bitterness overall, even on the dry finish it just gets mildly bitter, fairly clean finish with a hint of hop water grassy note and mild pith.

Mouth is med to a bit lighter bod, nice carbonation, bit of an abrasive gritty hop note.

OVerall pretty nice, I think it has lower marks as that the hops overall are fairly light for an IPA, this is more in the APA range than IPA. Nice hops overall though, with nice aroma, grapefruit and floral spicy rind components, bit more citrus and other fruits, just a touch of bitterness with a nice malty backbone. So still quite a well done beer, just not really an IPA so hard to judge, but then again it is "left of the dial".

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of Lledd
2.74/5  rDev -27.5%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of LittleDon
4.56/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

20 and 10 oz pours from Deep Ellum on 5/2/2013.

Who would have though a 4.3% ABV IPA could be so good. Straw to golden with a very whispy head. West coast aroma, pine and tropical fruit. The taste follow suit with a bit of grain present. Lots of flavor despite the low alcohol. Light body and minimal carbonation. I started with the 10 oz. and realized my mistake, so I order the full pour next.

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Notch Left Of The Dial from Notch Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.