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Hop Session India Pale Ale | White Birch Brewing

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Hop Session India Pale AleHop Session India Pale Ale

Brewed by:
White Birch Brewing
New Hampshire, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Hop Session is in. Starting with a blend of west coast hops for a balanced, bitter effect. We close the session out by late hopping the beer for a nice resiny mouth feel.

Added by johnnnniee on 03-26-2011

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5/5  rDev +37%

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5/5  rDev +37%

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4.75/5  rDev +30.1%

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4.52/5  rDev +23.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

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4.47/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours an opaque brownish orange with a sizeable head. The aromas of pine, spruce, lemongrass, wet hay, and white pepper. The flavor leads with a mild hint of pine, followed by a barnyard funk mingled with lemongrass and cilantro, ending with resiny pine on the swallow. The mouthfeel is buoyant but chewy from the highly unfiltered broth. Overall this is an awesome and different IPA with a huge whack of herbal and farm funk.

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4.45/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I am very impressed as I drink this Hop Session Ale. The firm foam head stayed around as I admire the orange hue. Notes of citrus and grapefruit waft towards my nose and the mouthfeel is lovely. The real thing I like is the hoppy quality and the quaffable session style. You can drink a few of these and not overwhelmed with high alcohol. Balanced and smooth I think I'll have another.

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4.43/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this from the bottle several times, but I've been enjoying it on-tap at Atwood's in Cambridge lately.

A: Arrives in a full pint glass, with a nice, pillowy head retreating into a sticky lacing. The color is an orange-amber with lots of red, like a good mix of golden and red beets; hazy and glows in the dim tavern-light.

S: Malty with little hint of the hops; clean but dank; smells like a bready English bitter; earthy and slightly faint.

T: Taste resembles a good English-style pale ale with a much more pronounced, but delicate hop bite to balance it. The malts are bready-sweet, but clean and crisp, with the hops--pine, grass and a hint of pineapple--lending a grassy earthiness and a pleasantly bitter finish. Really a wonderful balance, and just about perfect taste-wise for what I look for in an everyday beer.

M: Just about perfect: full, juicy, not quite chewy; very smooth; lower end of carbonation, but still spot on for me.

D/O: The lower ABV, smooth feel, and fresh taste make this an easy beer for a session. Like the balance of hops and malt, this is a wonderful balance of complexity and approachability; it's a beer that impresses while retaining a laid-back, everyday style. If it was available in a six-pack, this would probably always be in stock in my fridge. As it stands now, it's in regular rotation on the bomber shelf, and I really hope to see it pop up more on-tap so it can be something of a go-to when I'm out. This is easily one of my favorite White Birch offerings, and one of my favorite local beers period at the moment.

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4.42/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.31/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled: December 2011
Batch: 11

Into a pint glass:

A: hazy golden colored body and yielded a two finger fluffy off white head. This impressive head lasted a good two minutes before dissipating ever so slowly. Light slowly moving carbonated bubbles were seen rising. Barely any lacing was seen left on the glass.

S: coffee combined ever so nicely with pine and floral tones. There were some hops slightly in the background.

T: bittersweet through the coffee but a bit more subdued with the pine and floral tones coming up front.

M: medium, dry and bitter with a bit of a metallic feel christening my tongue with some lashes, slightly sessionable

O: a decent beer other than the mouthfeel. I know it is a red, and these don't age well, so I won't knock the brewer for a not so great mouthfeel. If anything, I'll look for a fresher batch next time I see this somewhere.

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4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into a White Birch tulip glass.

The color is a hazy orange/amber with some rust colored highlights, a finger of foamy white head the leaves a thick lacing on the glass.

The smell has a strong orange rind aroma with some bitter hop aroma and a little malt finish in the background.

The taste is malty at first with some mellow biscuit flavor like an English muffin. There is a nice fruity flavor toward the middle with orange coming out and sweet jelly flavor. There is a good bitterness that comes out at the end and stays for a short while in the aftertaste.

The feel of this beer is a light to medium bodied with a really nice feel going down. A good drinker with a drinkable feel.

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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

What? Only 5.1% alcohol? I assume the label is lying. An ABV that low can't contain flavor molecules of this magnitude. Thanks to a generous BA.

Pours a hazy, slightly murky orange-ish gold. Listed as an amber/red ale, but there's nothing red about it that I can see. Big gushy white foam head.

Smells like fresh cut grass, some hay, a bit of orange rinds with a tiny, very tiny lemon-y citrus zest. The brew it reminds me of right off the bat is daisy cutter.

Taste is also daisy cutter-ish. The hop profile is splendid with grass, hay, some light citrus notes, orange/pineapple rind ... just really quite nice and very .... wait for it ... keep waitiing ... sessionable. Mouthfeel is bubbly and lively.

Very drinkable, very pleasant.

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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

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4.24/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Moderate pour yields a half glass full of an off-white head, virtually all dense foam with a slowly dimpling surface, the foam oddly pulls away from the glass sides as it dissolves even as the overall retention is excellent, the lacing is thin but super-sticky. Light orange copper highlights to the golden hued base, thick cloud of bubbles rise steadily, definitely hazy and mostly opaque, noticeably unfiltered. Firm nose of black pepper, pretzel dough, coriander and cumin spices, dried orange peels, trace earthiness, mild apricot to peach fuzz, burnt mocha powder, at times something like tobacco ash, excellent complexity without striving too hard, holds its fullness for an extended period of time, deepens as it warms. Full-bodied, has some give but not close to soft in texture, the carbonation provides a steady churn but nowhere near the high level you’d expect from the way it virtually foams over the glass. Has a sort of Belgian feel to it with clove, coriander, cinnamon spice flowing through, strong dose of salt and pepper. Not much citrus but decent amount of apricot, yellow apple, peach fruit. Baked sourdough and some rye as well. Herbaceous finish without too much bitter bite. Agreeably challenging even as the texture dries and gets semi-gritty. (Bottled January 2012)

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