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Hop Session India Pale Ale | White Birch Brewing

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BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#33,945
Reviews:
77
Ratings:
272
pDev:
12.6%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
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Photo of sulldaddy
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampling a cellar temp 12 oz can poured into a snifter. The beer pours a slightly cloudy golden color with a little bit of white sediment and a bright bleached white fluffy head of 4 cm foaming up. The foam fades slowly to a sturdy a sticky edge layer and some surface fluff. Aroma is a bit of grainy malt but then decent amounts of pine sap and a bit of grass and lemon. The nose isnt overpowering and isnt amazing but good enough. The first sip reveals a light body with fine tingly carbonation and a silky texture. Flavor is some rindy and pine sap hops with a bit of grainy malt buried but the finish is back to grapefruit rind. As expected in a session IPA I dont get any hints of booze on this beer.
Its a very drinkable brew and leaves a lingering bite. A nice session brew even if its not amazingingly complex.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.57/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I just closed out my entries for New Beer Sunday (Week 657), but I am on a bit of a roll so I am CANtinuing with this beer. The CANQuest (tm) is back in action and New CANpshire is now in the crosshairs!

From the CAN: "Our ales are unfiltered, unpasteurized and traditionally made, Best served fresh at 50 - 55 [deg. F]"; "At White Birch Brewing, our goal is to create great beer for the enthusiast. Each batch is brewed and bottled by hand at our brewery in Hooksett, New Hampshire."; "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. Best when fresh, this beer is not intended for cellaring."; "Crafted in small quantities to be savored for any occasion. We hope you enjoy this unique beer. [undersigned] Bill Herlicka, Founder".

The Crack! revealed a brimful craft CAN, so I went with a very gentle Glug in response. It is getting late, I am getting tired & the last thing that I want to have to be involved with is cleaning up a spill. Once properly deCANted, a vigorous in-glass swirl raised two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, tawny head with decent retention. Color was Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7) with NE-quality clarity, prompting a visit from The Gelt Gang of Midas, Croesus & Mammon. Nose had a grapefruit-citrus quality, but I have been led astray by aroma hops in the past. The proof of the pudding is in the tasting. Mouthfeel was thin & light, not exactly watery, but not much beyond it, either. The taste was lightly bitter, grapefruity, but not very intense. It is another victim of being lumped in with the AIPA style where it would fare better, IMHO, as a Session IPA. To put this up against some of the great AIPAs that I have CANsumed is to do it an injustice, but such I must. Finish was semi-dry & refreshing, but it lacked the hoppy Ooomph! that the better examples of the style bring. Not bad, per se, but just not my cuppa tea. YMMV.

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Photo of GravityKills
4.06/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lonborgski
3.41/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From 12oz can to tulip glass
Unfiltered, cloudy light caramel color
Smell of sour hops
Taste follows nose. Slightly sour, funky, hoppy, IPA
Feel is unremarkable
Overall, the sourness is not to my taste. I generally look for lower alcohol beers, but this one is too funky for me.

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Photo of psweendogg
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of williahd
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Furley80
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tone77
2.96/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A thanks goes out to the creator of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, light hops. Taste is also mild. Light malts, some lemon, hints of pine, damn near no bitterness. Feels light bodied in the mouth and overall is mediocre at best.

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Photo of zekeman17
3.56/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ChrisBouchard81
3.86/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StonewallSipper
3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bfitzge2
3.03/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of woodchipper
3.54/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TedStrosser
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NolaHopHead
3.57/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can. Opaque orange pour, thin head fades quickly to nothing. Belgian funk yeast and pine in the aroma. Taste is similar with strong piney grassy hops and saison funk. Medium slick mouthfeel. Not my favorite style IPA but not bad tasting at all.

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Photo of kdivers
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of M-Jez84
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Czequershuus
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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Photo of Chris912
3.36/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of vfgccp
3.42/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mkyer
3.19/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dsshuck
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of InspectorBob
3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of costanzo_mike
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Hop Session India Pale Ale from White Birch Brewing
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 272 ratings
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