Session Ale
Notch Brewing

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Notch Brewing
Massachusetts, United States
Pale Ale - American
3.67 | pDev: 11.17%
May 01, 2015
Mar 12, 2011
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Ratings by albern:
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4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by albern from Massachusetts

This beer was available at Berman's in Lexington, MA. The beer is brewed in Ipswich and has some historical antecedents to Tremont Ale that is not defunct. The beer has a slightly orange amber hue, some head, no lace, not much retention. The nose is pure piney hops, some tart grapefruit notes emerge as things settle.

The beer is medium bodied, a bit more over hopped than is probably warranted, but this is a good beer even if it is a bit imbalanced. The malts used are Pale, Crystal and Munich and the hops are Amarillo, Columbus, and Mt. Hood. The Notch Brewing Co. web page, not to be confused with the Franconia Notch Brewing Co (no relation) is a must to track this beer down. It isn't common and it doesn't look like it's in ramp up mode for production. Although it isn't listed, I believe that the beer is brewed at the Ipswich Brewery. The beer is smooth, with a slightly piney aftertaste, a touch of orange burst from the nice combination of hops. The finish is mild enough and the aftertaste doesn't linger despite some of the acerbity in the hops. This beer is worth tracking down. I don't know of its availability so I'm putting it down as year round until I know differently.

Mar 12, 2011
More User Ratings:
3.5 by fureousangel from California on May 01, 2015
3.75 by kvgomps from New Jersey on Apr 02, 2015
3.75 by JKV96 from Massachusetts on Oct 10, 2014
4.25 by cavemanlawyer1999 from Massachusetts on Sep 22, 2014
4 by SuperHop18 from Massachusetts on Jul 21, 2014
3.75 by liquorpig from Massachusetts on Jun 16, 2014
4 by Fletch1dotnet from Massachusetts on Jun 13, 2014
3.5 by Resuin from Massachusetts on May 28, 2014
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3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by puboflyons from New Hampshire

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle into a shaker glass. sampled on April 26, 2014.

The pour looks correct with its copper-amber color, modest off-white head, and slightly unfiltered haziness.

Nice composite of aromas including roasted caramel, toffee, biscuit, and fragrant grassy, earthy hops.

The body is a bit better than medium.

The taste brings out a quick malty flavor at first and then a quick eruption of hop bitterness that balances it all off in a complex and enjoyable fashion. It lives up to its title of a session beer.

Apr 26, 2014
3.75 by BigOldOaf from Massachusetts on Apr 19, 2014
4.25 by Cath from New York on Feb 23, 2014
5 by EnronCFO from Massachusetts on Feb 19, 2014
2.5 by WyethBednar from Massachusetts on Feb 13, 2014
4 by lesdemonsamaporte from Massachusetts on Feb 03, 2014
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4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by Bitterbill from Wyoming

Thanks go out to Yamar 18 for the 2 bottles. Cheers, Kevin!

A huge billowy head of foam sitting on a medium golden brew, there's lots of nice lacing.

I get a flowery type of hop aroma backed up by some grain and a bit of sweet malt.

The taste is gracefully balanced with notes of caramel and grainy malt and a flowery hop flavour. A light presence of earth shows up after a few sips in. Dang, this is good.

On the light side of medium bodied with a bit too much carbonation for my liking else the mouthfeel
would be great.

This is one heck of a good session ale at 4.5% abv! Highly recommended.

Jan 26, 2014
3.5 by dizztracted from North Dakota on Jan 17, 2014
3.5 by rorjets from Connecticut on Jan 11, 2014
4 by JoeMans from New York on Dec 17, 2013
3.75 by Lebzilla from Massachusetts on Dec 09, 2013
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3.39/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by brentk56 from North Carolina

Appearance: A slow gusher, with a huge head plopped above the hazy amber liquid; as one would expect, the head grows craggy and leaves a lot of lace behind

Smell: Bready, with a lemon edge

Taste: The bready malts form a base upon which the lemony and somewhat grassy hops linger; somewhat herbal, particularly after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body; overcarbonated and aqueous

Overall: Although I love good session beers, I am afraid I am not a fan of the flavor profile or the mouthfeel here

Dec 04, 2013
3.75 by UncleJimbo from Massachusetts on Dec 02, 2013
3.75 by Rob_Arrieta from Massachusetts on Nov 24, 2013
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3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Omnium from Pennsylvania

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Clear yellow with a ton of head, definitely over carbonated, lots of thick patchy lacing.
S - Grassy hops, pale and bread malt, a hint of citrus zest.
T - Very thin flavor, has the traits mentioned in the aroma, but that its very watery.
M - Thin, lacking feel.
O - Session ale? sure is, but its not big on flavor.

Nov 23, 2013
4 by DelicateDelirium from Massachusetts on Oct 29, 2013
3 by Apathetiq from Massachusetts on Sep 30, 2013
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3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by wedge from North Carolina

Pours an orange-amber color with a quality, tight, creamy looking head. Mellow grassy and floral hop aromas mix with some toasted caramel malt and a trailing slight leafy, resinous note. Light, spicy citrus bitterness, malt, a little tea, and fruity yeast. A little watery, but tasty enough to be a decent session beer. Light bodied and dry with an earthy bitterness.

Sep 27, 2013
3.5 by dubdrop from Vermont on Sep 08, 2013
3.75 by WhipsBrew from Massachusetts on Aug 28, 2013
3.5 by Streetcore from Massachusetts on Aug 26, 2013
3.5 by harsley from Massachusetts on Jul 26, 2013
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3.54/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by ElijahRivera from New York

Poured from a 12 ounce Bottle with no “best by” date.

A- Transparent, dark amber in color with lots of visible carbonation, and bubbles clinging to the side of the glass. Nice big, fluffy, off white/tan head with very irregular bubble sizes that dies down quickly leaving an attractive lacing pattern.

S- Sweet, caramel malts balanced with a spicy, floral hop aroma. I also detect some citrus fruit aromas, and even some other possibly tropical fruit aromas.

T- The flavors aren't super complex, and they are almost a letdown compared to what I was smelling. It has a decent maltiness that stands up to and at the same time seamlessly blends into a hoppy bitter finish. Not too sweet up front, and not too bitter on the finish. Nothing too compelling, but certainly nothing off putting.

M- Enough carbonation to satisfy, and a light to mid body. Goes down smooth, and doesn't leave any sort of film or residue on the tongue.

O- This is a tasty little beer that is impressive, because it succeeds at what it is trying to do. It isn't a beer that will “wow” you, but, if you want a subtle, balanced, tasty ale that will be easy to knock back a whole six pack without skipping a beat, this beer should do the trick.

Jul 24, 2013
3.75 by heather625 from Oregon on Jul 21, 2013
3 by juicebox from Kentucky on Jul 07, 2013
3.5 by PEIhop from Massachusetts on Jun 25, 2013
3.5 by dllman25 from New Jersey on Jun 02, 2013
3.75 by patford100 from Massachusetts on May 30, 2013
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3.49/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by mountdew1 from New Hampshire

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a darker amber, with a thick foamy white head. A bit of lacing from the head as it diminished. Tons of streams of carbonation rose from the bottom. Aroma was primarily floral, with a bit of hoppiness in the back end. Flavor was fairly subtle, a bit of white bread of front, with a slight bitter hoppy finish. Ok in the mouth, a bit overly tingly on the mouth, but a decent bit of coat. Overall not bad. Nothing outstanding, could definitely have a bit more flavor.

May 20, 2013
4 by BRYeleJR from Massachusetts on May 18, 2013
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