Left Of The Dial
Notch Brewing

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American IPA
Ranked #2,811
Ranked #15,191
3.89 | pDev: 11.31%
Notch Brewing
Massachusetts, United States
Very Good
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Notes: UK inspired IPA in strength, and US influenced with Citra Mosaic and Centennial hops. Notch does not refer to this as a "Session IPA" as lower ABV IPAs have been available in the UK for over 100 years. It's nothing new, it's simply an IPA.
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Photo of mntlover
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lightly chill hazed golden color with a small thumb sized whitish head some spotty lace left behind.

Aroma is crisp fruitiness citrus and tropical mix mango, nice orange notes and very light spiciness.

Taste is like the nose nice orange dominating light citrus bitterness with some lighter tropical fruit sweetness , finish is lightly spicy herbal like with some light rind thrown in. Easy drinking lighter beer with good flavor and lighter bitterness kick, an easy sessionable ale for sure.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp with carbonation being spot on.

Overall a nice brew nothing to knock it for.

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Photo of illpass78
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pint on draft in a shaker at Flatbread in Salem.

Appearance: Clear straw with minimal head. Not much lace.

Aroma: Fruity. Some mango, some kiwi, bit of citrus.

Taste: Follows nose. Has kind of a light fruity character to it. Somewhat APA-like. Little bit of malt sweetness on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Very sessiony. Some prickly hops are there, but nothing heavy duty.

Overall: Decent little session IPA. Nothing crazy, but a fine beer to have with pizza.

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Photo of TommyfromBeantown
4.29/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The perfect day drinking IPA. Actually refreshing for an ipa. Great smooth taste for beer drinkers that cant stand the cheap bud lights or what have you. I could shot gun about 3 of these

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Photo of tigg924
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had on tap.Pours clear gold in color with minimal head. Taste is pine, lime, and orange. Light bodied with moderate carbonation and slightly bitter. Super sessionable.

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Photo of fitzy84
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had this on tap at Notch Brewing. The beer had a clear, light amber appearance with a thin white head and some lacing on the sides. Aromas were really good and attractive with grassy and citrus hops. Taste generally followed the nose with a light citrus, mostly orange flavoring. Great body; good carbonation and refreshing. Overall, I really enjoyed this one, especially its aromas and mouthfeel.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a becher pint glass, the appearance was a semi-golden transparent yellow to bronze color. Light carbonation runs up to fill a one finger white foamy head. Dissipates at a nice pace. Messy foamy lace. The aroma starts off with a big bittersweet blend of grapefruit, orange zest and juicy pulp. Low use of malts. The flavor yields to the sweet side initially and then as it warms blends the bitter portion of the citrus rind in with a light pine. Moveable sweet to bitter citrus and piney aftertaste flowing into the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light on the body exacting it’s appropriate crushability. Bitterness is there but doesn’t distract from the flow on my tongue. Overall, my first beer from Notch and they’re brewing a beer worth crushing on a hot Summer’s day.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass on draft at Bahama Breeze. Pours a light yellow with a one inch head that leaves behind some nice thin lace.

Smell is mango, papaya, pine, herbal hops, and grapefruit rind.

Taste follows nicely tropical unfortunately with some herbal and grapefruit in crisp and slightly bitter finish, really tasty.

Mouthfeel is lite and crisp, very carbonated, not dry at all, and hard to drink slowly.

Overall this is a nice session IPA, I will be looking for this stuff!

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Photo of PrimustheOne
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm generally not a fan of low ABV (session) IPA's. I find that many brewers ramp up the IBU's on their session IPA's in order to compensate for the lower alcohol, which creates a beer that has an unpleasant one dimensional bitterness.

However, Left of the Dial is not like the others. It is an easy drinking beer that reminds me more of a pale ale than an IPA. The bitterness is there, but doesn't dominate, and has a good malt presence. Overall a balanced (but unfortunately unremarkable beer).

I would drink it again, but I would not seek it out.

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Photo of digboy
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Earth Eagle in Portsmouth NH.

Pours clear prange color with soapy 1 finger head that dissipates quickly.

Aroma is lightly fruity, nondistinct . Taste is light and sweet with a pleasant orange flavor far in the back. Great taste but light as a session should be. Feel is very thin and clean with bery low bitterness.

This is a great session. Im going to keep this one in mind.

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Photo of Act25
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served on-tap at GODFREY hotel in Boston.

A: Pours a lightly hazy pilsner golden body with lots of steady, visible carbonationm, that sprouts a half finger foamy white head that results in a ring and scant lace.

S: Light aromas of biscuit malts with honey sweetness, the broadened into citrus, spicy, peppery hops.

T: Upfront follows the smell, and builds bigger, floral, pepper vs honey, to a dry but creamy finish.

M: Light to medium bodied with steady carbonation. Creamy.

O: Great surprise. Try 6.

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Photo of JamFuel
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a pin glass at Bukowski's Tavern in Boston.

Pours a slightly unclear yellow.

Very crisp, tropical smell. A bit of mango and some slight bitterness.

The slight bitterness continues, mingling with a tropical tone, and a nice subtle malt base. Very crisp, and a lot of taste for the ABV.

Very easy to drink, crisp and thin, with nice, prickly carbonation..

Very sessionable beer, with a nice flavor profile. Good stuff.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Stoddard's Fine Food and Ale in Boston, MA.

This one pours a light golden amber, with a small head, and a bit of lacing.

Smells pretty solid, grapefruit and lemon, with some piney hop aromas as well.

Despite being a session IPA, this drinks pretty well. You can certainly tell it's lower in ABV, as the flavor does not blast you away, but there's enough to keep you coming back for more. There's mild fruity hop flavors, with grassiness, biscuit, and lots of piney hop flavors. It doesn't feel as watery as most session IPAs tend to be.

This is light bodied, super crisp, with a good level of carbonation.

This accomplishes what most session IPAs don't. It is a session IPA I actually like.

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Photo of Beric
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served: 14 Sept 2016
Serving: Can into a pint

Pours a pretty normal-looking beer: soft and yellow with a billowy white head. The beer itself has a relatively fruity and citrus aroma. Flavors very similar to the nose, though perhaps skewed towards the citrus fruit side. Really a nice flavor profile for a session IPA, and one I was extremely surprised by. A great session IPA, and a beer I feel is underrated due to this categorization.

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Photo of cbutova
3.11/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

A- 12oz can into a goblet with a lightly hazed golden-orange body and a tall white cap. The head forms with a thick foamy consistency and retains very well. A few large sheets of lace wrap around the glass.

S- An inviting aroma of almost all hops that sample a wealth of different things rather than dialing into just tropical, floral or citrus. Fades somewhat quickly but a balance of floral, orange, tangerine, mango, herbal, pine, spicy and dank hops. A touch of freshly mashed pale grains later on.

T- Reminiscent of the aroma but becomes diluted or watered down feeling after just a few sips with echoes of orange, lemon, mango, floral, resin, pine and herbal hops in the finish. Slight hints of pale malts but not enough to provide support in spite of the diluted feel.

MF- The flavor comes off a bit laid back but the body is not thin or watery. Light bodied with plenty of foamy, frothy consistency on the palate. Ends with just a hint of bitterness.

The aroma had me fairly excited but in the end the flavor didn't back it up as the taste just feels like a diluted IPA rather than a low ABV IPA that packs good body and full flavor. No egregious errors but plenty of other options out there in this category surpass this.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Consumed 2/16/16

A: Golden orange with honey around the edges - pours with a small, white head, fades to some wisps, fades to a small collar, leaves streaks of lacing

S: Light, bright citrus - tangerine, orange, and a touch of grapefruit - floral aromas - lightly resinous, with a touch of pine - lightly fruity overall - pale malts, touch of grain, light sweetness, something that reminds me of yellow cake

T: A solid session IPA - tangerine, orange, ruby red grapefruit - lightly juicy - some herbal notes, resin, touch of pine - touch of tropical flavors - touch of earth - low-medium bitterness - light, bright sweetness - pale malts, light bread - finishes dry and clean

M: Light body, medium carbonation, smooth and finishes crisp

O: Sometimes you don't need to go to 11

My list of session IPAs worth drinking just got longer. This is all-around solid. I could drink a lot of these, which, I suppose, is the point. This is worth a try if you are looking for a low ABV IPA.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.54/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I think that I picked this up during one of my many forays up to New England. I have a number of friends up there & it usually does not take much to get me to come up, especially for a weekend. I really dig the name, which alludes to the (especially) 1980's independent radio stations that existed on the left side of the manually-tuned dial (88, 89, 90, 91 & 92). WCNI-FM in New London, CT was my go-to, followed by KROQ-FM & XTRA-FM (91X) when I (finally) got out to the west coast. Rhino Records put out a great compilation by that name about a decade ago. Great stuff!

From the CAN: "Ameri[CAN] Session Beer".

The Crack! revealed a brimful CAN that may have been DIY, but I don't know for sure. I am sure that we jam econo here at Chez Woody, so a gentle Glug was the next step. An in-glass swirl raised a finger of foamy, tawny head with moderate retention. Color was Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7) with NE-quality clarity and as such, the Gelt Gang of Mammon, Midas & Croesus stopped in for a taste. Nose was lemony-citrus underlain with light pine. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was not bad, as I have come to realize that Session IPA is code for (mostly) aroma hops and I brace myself for an accordant letdown. Here, the taste was light lemony citrus, albeit not as strong as on the nose. Finish was semi-dry with a light biscuit malt flavor offsetting the tea-like hops. It was not bad, per se, but as a hophead, I want MORE bitterness! I always feel like a coffee drinker being given tea and then asked sweetly, "How is it?" Politeness is key. Damned with faint praise.

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Photo of kkoz
2.09/5  rDev -46.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

Had this beer on draft. It's bright gold in color and clear, with a white head that fell quickly. It has a light floral hop aroma. The body was very light. It has a very light citrusy-floral hop flavor up front with some hints of maltiness. In the middle, the hop flavor is lightly citrusy, but in the finish, the floral hop flavors step forward with only a little bit of bitterness behind it. Overall, I felt like the beer was light and watery, even for a session IPA.

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Photo of Redrover
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Notch Left of the Dial from a can to a modified strange at the Parrish II in Boston. The beer is a hazy copper with soapy beige head.

Nice nose of pine and grains.

The taste leads with pine based bitterness, a touch of citrus and caramel malts. It sweetens a bit mid glass but the hops never go Mia

The mouth is a touch thin (which I expect in a low ABV session beer) but is also a bit coating and oily

This is a nice session IPA that if I had regular access to, I would buy on a semi-regular basis.

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Photo of cskollmann
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Excellent take on a "session IPA" that stands above competitors by finding balance beyond being a watered down version of a larger beer. Fruity nose with orange prominent. Body on the thinner side not surprisingly, but extremely quaffable; finishes with a shot of bitterness. Regularly available in cans, freshness dated, and affordable, what's not to love?

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

As the session IPA types go, this one is right up there with All Day and the other heavy hitters in that game. It's clear yellow, very very carbonated, light bodied and most importantly packed with juicy hops, seemingly citra and Amarillo, and refreshing as they come. So many of these miss the mark, too malty or overly bitter or one dimensional, not this one, it satisfies me needing an IPA, but it also does quite a lot more than that. Fresh lemon, tangerine, maybe a hint of fruity cleaner, but in a good way. Pale two row seems like about it on the base and that's just fine for me here, it needs no more than it has. Dry in the finish with only moderate bitterness. It's right where I like my session IPA to be, still very hoppy. I could drink something like 20 of these on a boat in the summer, it's so good. I'd love to try some more of their beer this week while I am on the east coast!

edit: something to be said for consistency here, my brother just sent me out a fresh can a couple of years after this review was originally written, and reading it again affirms everything i originally thought. this beer has stayed awesome, and is one of the better and more easy ripping session types in the game right now. need to get my hands on more notch stuff!

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Photo of Jcorn
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very smooth session style IPA. This is not just smooth but really good. Hops are understated & fruit tastes (grapefruit?) are detectable as well. 2 thumbs up!

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a bright orange color with little lacing from the fizzy head. The smell was great with tropical notes of citrus and light fruits. The taste was bright as well with some balance from the malt but a lot of sweetness from the citrus. It was a bit flat but overall was nice.

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Photo of Gatch
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I really liked this beer. The pint went down way too quickly. Really fits the style as a sessionable, hoppy beer. I'll drink this whenever I see it on tap (or in cans!).

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz can poured into a pint glass.

A: Golden-orange color. Mild haze. Two fingers of head settle into a thin slip. Lacing is clumpy.

S: Juicy mango and tangerine pop on the nose. Cantaloupe. Passion fruit. Orchard blossoms. This whiffs of caramel. Nice tropical and playful nose, very enticing.

T: Pithy tropical fruits, mango, tangerine, apricot, cantaloupe. Orange blossom. Caramel and grain from the malt base. Bitterness is tame. Dry finish of floral and tropical fruit flavors.

M: Light bodied. Somewhat pillowy and fluffy in feel. Deep crispness from the scrubbing carbonation. Relatively mild astringency for the style.

O: Really just an enjoyable quaff from start to finish. Very playful and tropical. I've gone on the record as being very critical of the newly emerging session IPA style, but this beer could make me a believer.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a large white head that fades quickly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of citrus and caramel. Then a strong but not over-powering hops presence comes in. The malt character is on the thin side but where it should be for a Session IPA. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, very mild kick, very good representation of sub-style, this is a nice poundable beer to drink for a long time.

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Left Of The Dial from Notch Brewing
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 288 ratings