Notch Session Ale | Notch Brewing

BA SCORE
84
good
98 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good
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Notch Session AleNotch Session Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Notch Brewing
Massachusetts, United States
notchbrewing.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by albern on 03-12-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
98
Reviews:
34
Avg:
3.69
pDev:
11.11%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
8
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 98 |  Reviews: 34
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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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3.52/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.54/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of mountdew1
3.49/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.39/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Maxwell
4.04/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a nice hazy amber brown with some slight golden highlights. The head on this beer is big and creamy but it has some rockier patches. The beer’s body is clean but very hazy, and there are only haphazard bubbles traveling up the glass. The beer’s lacing is fluffy and dry, leaving spider webs across the glass. On the nose, the beer smells of caramel malts and bitter hops with a slight onion character, which is probably due to the older hops. The malt smells warmly caramelly and welcoming, which actually has me thinking of a bigger beer than this actually is. On the tongue, the beer tastes sweet with a touch of light grassy bitters, but some great malt character shinning through. The taste begins with light watery malt, but quickly opens into caramel malts that meet a middling grassy bitter flavor and melds nicely together. The malt eventually reaches an almost creamy finish, touching briefly upon whole grain bread notes before washing away to leave a lingering light medicinal bitter taste. I actually really like this beer’s flavors and complexity, and I could absolutely drink a lot of it. On the mouth, the beer feels just barely above light in body, with nice mellow carbonation that leaves a brief, slight prickle. The tongue is left dry but the sides of the mouth have nice amounts of saliva on them. Overall, this beer is what I imagine people drinking in The Lord of the Rings and other fantastical tales. Yes, I realize there are way too many hops in this beer for the medieval time period, but it just feels like that to me. The malts are sweet and complex while still being subdued, and the mouthfeel is perfect for knocking back. I like this beer. You should try it.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

Notch Session Ale from Notch Brewing
3.69 out of 5 based on 98 ratings.
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