White Birch Hooksett Ale | White Birch Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
White Birch Brewing
New Hampshire, United States
whitebirchbrewing.com

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Inspired by our love of Belgian ales and hoppy West Coast ales. We bring Cascade and Columbus hops together with our house yeast for a smooth Belgian style hopfest. Best when fresh, this beer is not intended for aging.

Added by johnnnniee on 01-26-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
161
Reviews:
63
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
14.4%
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
21
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 161 |  Reviews: 63
Photo of mklisz
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 2ellas
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance had a hazy golden orange brown colored body with a light one finger white head that appeared for less than thirty seconds. Some slight lacing appears and trickles down the sides of the chalice. It was too hazy for any carbonation to be seen rising. The smell was balanced between the hops and citrus. Some caramel comes out but it is mostly faint along with the alcohol tones. The taste was dominated by the hops yet some citrus came out trying to match up to the hops. The caramel is way more subdued in the taste than how it was on the smell. The palate was about a medium on the body with a slight silkiness - possibly creamy, with a light carbonation felt. Overall, I thought it was a good beer.

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Photo of Magister_Beav
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass. L: Hazy peach colored amber with a 1” persistent foam cap, offwhite with hints of tan, very fine uniform bubbles. S: Nose is not huge but there is some Belgian yeast, spice, faint hop, large pitted fruit T: The flavors are fruit, citrus, peach, faint bubble gum to candi sugar with a light bitter accent for balance. F: medium body to a little above, medium high carbonation O: A very easy to drink Belgian IPA with an American hop bill.

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Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Auror
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Drknight
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 31Sam13
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

No complaints from me. A very solid IPA, though not really in the Belgian style so much as I'd hoped. Still, a very good offering from a small outfit and not overly expensive. It is quie carbonated, so be careful...great with smoked Gouda.

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4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of leemalone
1.12/5  rDev -71.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Popped the top and half the bottle foamed out. Smelled awful so I just dumped the rest. What a shame.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Definitely more of the American Style.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of 603to843
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of HamdenHector
3.28/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: clear; bronze colored; less than a 1 finger off white head that receded quickly to a thin collar;

S: over ripe dark fruit; maybe a little yeast in the background;

T: caramel malt up front; from mid-palate to the finish, tart pineapple; moderate bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: darker than I expected for a Belgian IPA with less fruit and yeast in the flavor than I expected;

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of malfunxion
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of Austin_Cohen
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of portmand1ngo
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of CUbeerfan
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of merzbeer
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Purchased at Bert's Better Beers in Hooksett. Bert himself recommended this fine ale to me when I asked him which regional beers he prefers (read: beers I couldn't get on the west coast.)

The head on this thing was out of control - majorly frothy, flowing out of the glass. Head was an off-white color, and the body of the beer is a cloudy amber.

Taste-wise, this beer is very balanced. More floral than malty, more piney than caramel. I can taste hints of cinnamon and allspice. On the nose I'm getting a sort of pumpkin.

I sense more IPA than Belgian in this one, but nevertheless, this interesting spicy floral beer reminds me of fall in the best possible way.

My only complaint is that this beer seemed a little over carbonated based on the head activity when I first poured it.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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White Birch Hooksett Ale from White Birch Brewing
3.89 out of 5 based on 161 ratings.
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