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Hop Session India Pale Ale | White Birch Brewing

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3.65/5
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272 Ratings
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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:
#33,631
Reviews:
77
Ratings:
272
pDev:
12.6%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
35
Trade:
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Ratings: 272 |  Reviews: 77
Photo of chrismattlin
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of lochef81
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Satchboogie
3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bigluv
3.44/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Auror
3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of malfunxion
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Glenney67
3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bnoise11
4.04/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of cfalls
3.56/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Billolick
3.94/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can, w/ not dating info that I can find

Pours lightly hazed medium amber, frothy and loose light khaki head that stays and leaves quality looking low sheeting and nice relaxed fields of lace on the glass.

Leafy hop nose.

At 5% this is on the more robust side of the "session " IPA world.

Well hopped, fresh tasting and quite enjoyable. Light grapefruit, some resiny notes. All in all a real nice beer and in a can...win win ... go get some

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Photo of Kingpthethird
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sperk12
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had the pleasure of trying this beer while visiting RI, at Doherty's East Side. It came in a 12 Oz can and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I would rank it up there with some of the other top session IPA out there and it more than held its own again the other beers I had, which included MO from Maine Beer Co, Hoponious Union FROM Jack's Abby, and flower Power from Ithaca Brewery. My only regret is now that I am back home in Texas l can't pick up more. Enjoy

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Photo of paulish
3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ian_B
3.44/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Maybe I got a bad batch. Smells phenolic and slightly acidic like a saison. Taste is pleasantly soft but lackluster and somewhat muddled, with a strange tart/piney combo on the finish which just doesn't really hit the mark.

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Photo of brunop
2.84/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

i found this an acceptable in a pinch session ale. most all session IPA's seem to me to be pretty much indistinguishable. i'll just stick with notch and founder's for all-day imbibing though.
edit--the last one in the six, i had to drain pour.
maybe i got a bad six. . .

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Photo of NJM
2.67/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

From a can, not dated.

Pours murky dark orange, bordering on brown. Not a good look. Settles into a hazy dark orange in the glass, decent foamy head.

From there I'm not sure what happened with this one. Oxidized? Strange choice of yeast? I'm picking up primarily saison-like phenolics. Mouthfeel is rough, leaving a very undesirable astringency to finish.

I just started seeing this one around in cans, some I'm presuming it's only 2-3 months old.

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Photo of Vinithing
3.04/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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

Photo of Molson2000
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of heystevec
3.59/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of fulcrumbs
3.37/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JAFoley
3.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - hazy pale amber body white foamy head. Nice retention and sudsy lacing.

S - grassy citrus hops

T - grapefruit, grassy, dank bitter hops with nice earthy woody aftertaste

M - light body with moderate carbonation. Slick and somewhat watery.

O - honestly I'm surprised to see this rated so low. The mouthfeel is weak as you'd expect from a session. But the flavors are great and makes for a very drinkable 6 pack.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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

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