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Notch Left Of The Dial - Notch Brewing

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BA SCORE
87
very good

92 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 92
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.89%
Wants: 9
Gots: 10 | 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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DarkerTheBetter

Pennsylvania

3.66/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Serving type: can

06-16-2014 00:07:01 | More by DarkerTheBetter
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neurobot01

California

3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Serving type: can

06-15-2014 05:19:56 | More by neurobot01
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PJK

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.4%

06-14-2014 16:20:33 | More by PJK
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WhitmansNiece

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

06-14-2014 16:17:41 | More by WhitmansNiece
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Fletch1dotnet

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +29.2%

06-13-2014 18:24:51 | More by Fletch1dotnet
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Cubatobaco

Virginia

4.16/5  rDev +7.5%
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

Serving type: can

06-12-2014 02:55:34 | More by Cubatobaco
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blt2646

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

06-06-2014 22:20:54 | More by blt2646
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: nitro-can

06-05-2014 06:34:20 | More by Flounder57
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Fwai

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.4%

05-31-2014 18:20:05 | More by Fwai
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mklisz

New Hampshire

3.25/5  rDev -16%

05-29-2014 15:35:43 | More by mklisz
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brunop

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

05-28-2014 15:41:03 | More by brunop
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ccurrid

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.4%

05-26-2014 16:41:14 | More by ccurrid
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morningthief

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.4%

05-21-2014 22:54:43 | More by morningthief
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WeymouthMike

Massachusetts

2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

05-18-2014 20:40:13 | More by WeymouthMike
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mhaugo

California

2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

05-18-2014 06:50:25 | More by mhaugo
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666_MPH

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +29.2%

05-16-2014 21:44:27 | More by 666_MPH
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Florida9

Illinois

3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Serving type: can

05-12-2014 00:19:51 | More by Florida9
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HopsintheSack

California

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

05-08-2014 03:52:59 | More by HopsintheSack
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Jason

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.4%

05-07-2014 20:11:33 | More by Jason
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RummyRedbeard

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

05-05-2014 22:27:21 | More by RummyRedbeard
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Dizzy242

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

05-04-2014 23:17:11 | More by Dizzy242
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Dools9

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.4%

05-03-2014 14:24:01 | More by Dools9
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
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".

Serving type: can

05-01-2014 01:19:19 | More by jlindros
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PatGreer

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

04-30-2014 02:03:50 | More by PatGreer
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harsley

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.4%

04-28-2014 13:43:46 | More by harsley
Notch Left Of The Dial from Notch Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.