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Notch Left Of The Dial - Notch Brewing

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BA SCORE
87
very good

124 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 124
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 13.21%
Wants: 9
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Notch Brewing visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  4.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 04-17-2013)
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Jason, May 07, 2014
Photo of jlindros
4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
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".

jlindros, May 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

oline73, Sep 16, 2014
Photo of smcolw
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Nearly no head from the bar pour. I'm impressed with the blanketing lace with so little to work with. The color is gold. Crystal clear.

Plenty of grapefruit rind aroma. Spicy.

Not much base malt on the taste, but the hop takes over well, leaving a strong black pepper bite in the swallow. Subtle lingering bitter aftertaste. The body is thin but not watery. Good carbonation.

smcolw, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of dbrauneis
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

dbrauneis, May 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

PEIhop, Nov 23, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

mhaugo, May 18, 2014
Photo of VelvetExtract
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-Pours a lightly murky orange color. Mild head dies off to nearly nothing. Soft lacing.

S-There is plenty to like here. It isn't very potent, nor is it incredibly complex but its hoppy and vibrant. Light clementines and just a wink of grass. Fresh squeezed citrus. Definitely floral. Malt provides enough backing and complements the relative sweetness from the hops.

T-I enjoy the nose more. Its similar to the nose but a bit blander. A bit less to talk about here. Still getting the citrus and florals but its just not as energetic. Whispy, crackery malt.

M-Way too carbonated. The bubbles sting and detract from the otherwise exceptional drinkability and sessionability.

O/D-A neat session IPA.

VelvetExtract, Apr 18, 2013
Photo of Florida9
3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Florida9, May 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Todd, Apr 17, 2013
Photo of donkeyrunner
3.16/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$7 for .5 liter at Meadhall, Cambridge MA

Golden orange with a small white head. Fair crescent of retention leaves a small crust of foam stuck to my glass. Served in a Notch glass.

Aroma starts peppery and grapefruit but the pepper fades as the beer sits. Grapefruit pulp flavor but without the grapefruit sharpness. Peppery at first but that fades as my beer sits. Malt is fairly sparse as would be expected for 4.3% but adds some cracker influence. It's also has a steely mineral characteristic which I really don't like.

Not great but I like that someone makes low abv IPAs for light weight sissies like me.

donkeyrunner, Apr 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

kaelingirl, May 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Fettpopps, Sep 21, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

mklisz, May 29, 2014
Photo of WanderingFool
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

WanderingFool, May 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

portia99, Sep 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

PatGreer, Apr 30, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

trevorpost, Jun 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

doremite, Jul 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

DerekMorgan, Jun 27, 2014
Photo of Flounder57
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Flounder57, Jun 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Rekrule, May 13, 2013
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3.89/5  rDev +0.8%

Resuin, Aug 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

ms11781, Apr 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Bilco, Apr 22, 2013
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Notch Left Of The Dial from Notch Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.