Session Ale
Notch Brewing

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From:
Notch Brewing
 
Massachusetts, United States
Style:
Pale Ale - American
ABV:
4.5%
Score:
83
Avg:
3.67 | pDev: 11.17%
Ratings:
98
Status:
Retired
Rated:
May 01, 2015
Added:
Mar 12, 2011
Wants:
  4
Gots:
  8
SCORE
83
Good
Session AleSession Ale
Notes: None
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Ratings by dizztracted:
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
by dizztracted from North Dakota

Jan 17, 2014
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 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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3.39/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
by ecar027 from Massachusetts

Appearance: Very light amber, unusually so. Whiskey coloured. Not super bright but clear enough.

Smell: Nice, clean grapefruit citrus notes on the hops, maybe some lightly roasted coffee on the malt side.

Taste: The grapefruit citrus hops comes through again in the taste. I don't get much of the malt at all but maybe some light toast. Balanced.

Mouthfeel: This is where the beer goes from average to bad. My first bottle was dead flat, no hiss on opening and the cap was loose. No carbonation at all, I had to dump it. I tried another couple bottles and found that they were carbonated, but not very and it felt to me like all the caps came off too easily. I can understand that this is a session beer so maybe that implies low carbonation but I wonder if I got a dud batch. I like my beers on the unfizzy end of the spectrum but I really felt that this could have been carried by some more carbonation. Very watery mouth-feel even in the most carbonated bottle. It ruined the beer.

UPDATE:
The next beer had much better carbonation. The first three I tried yesterday were on the same side of the 6-pack so perhaps on that side the bottles had been clipped during handling? Who knows but the carbonation was much better on tonight's beer and the mouthfeel was much better. I've bumped the score accordingly for this bottle and chalked the carbonation problem up to bad luck.

May 15, 2013
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Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 98 ratings