Dismiss Notice
Save $5 when you subscribe to 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine and select auto-renew.

Subscribe now →
Dismiss Notice
Join Our Email List →

And we'll send you the latest updates and offers from BeerAdvocate, because knowing is half the battle.
Dismiss Notice

Pre-order your Respect Beer "Hipster" Hoodie today!

Plus: Free shipping (US only) on orders of $25 or more until 12/18/15. Just select "Free Shipping" at checkout.

Shop now →

Notch Left Of The Dial - Notch Brewing

Not Rated.
Notch Left Of The DialNotch Left Of The Dial

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

30 Reviews
no score

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

Style | ABV
American IPA |  4.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 04-17-2013

No notes at this time.
View: Beers (16) | Events
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
firstprev| 1-25 | 26-50  | next → last
Reviews: 30 | Hads: 196
Photo of smcolw
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

 379 characters

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.2/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

 613 characters

Photo of Maxwell
4.24/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

 1,941 characters

Photo of JordanPhraczek
4.26/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Served from a 22oz Bomber from Quality Liquors in Salem, MA into a Lagunitas mason jar glass. I've also had this beer on-tap at The Lower Depths in Boston, which was also fantastic...That being said I can't base my review off it because I drank a Salute DIPA right before and it wrecked my palate.

A - Hazy orangey-straw color. Nice bubbles with good retention in the head, but the head was not as thick as you might want in an IPA.

S - This is when you can start to recognize that this is a well crafted beer. Hop smells emerge right away with a malt smell that has lots of cream-soda notes in it.

T - Fresh tasting hops, this bottle was right off the truck when I bought it. This beer has a pleasant fruity-pine hop taste but stays true to a traditional IPA with a noticeable malt character. Cream-soda notes as noted in the smell round the malt out to make this beer very tasty.

M - For being a light IPA (4.3%!) this beer does not sacrifice one bit on mouthfeel. Extremely creamy and although the head isn't as thick, the beer washes down like velvet. If you compare this to an All Day IPA (Founders) you would say Left of The Dial is much less watery.

O - As you might expect from Notch, this beer is highly drinkable, light on the palate; and yet delivers a depth of flavor that never makes you feel like your not getting enough beer for the money. It's been a long time coming since Notch made an IPA (they put up a fight), but the demand wins the day and this beer lives up to the reputation of the brewery.

 1,523 characters

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

 701 characters

firstprev| 1-25 | 26-50  | next → last
Notch Left Of The Dial from Notch Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.