Notch Left Of The Dial | Notch Brewing

Notch Left Of The DialNotch Left Of The Dial
BA SCORE
70.5%
Liked This Beer
3.86 w/ 254 ratings
Notch Left Of The DialNotch Left Of The Dial
BEER INFO

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Todd on 04-17-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#10,083
Reviews:
42
Ratings:
254
Liked:
179
Avg:
3.86/5
pDev:
11.92%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
19
Gots:
107
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 254 |  Reviews: 42
Reviews by DrinkingDrake:
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served on-tap at Meadhall in Cambridge, MA

A: Pours a lightly hazy medium golden orange in color with light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some apricot + copper highlights. The beer has a half finger tall foamy off white head that reduces to a medium sized medium thick patch, a very thin film covering the majority of the remainder of the surface of the beer, and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of biscuit malts with a touch of caramel sweetness underneath much stronger aromas of citrus/grapefruit and spicy/peppery hops.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of biscuit malts with a light amount of caramel sweetness. There are moderate flavors of citrus/grapefruit and spicy/peppery hops which contribute a light to moderate amount of bitterness which lingers for a while.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Creamy.

O: I'm really excited to have happened upon Notch beers while I was in Boston - I love a brewery that makes interesting and tasty beers while keeping the ABV low. This is delicious and super easy to drink, I wish that I could have it as my every day beer.

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Photo of Maxwell
4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a pale orange color with golden accents. A nice, half finger’s width head of medium sized, pebble-like bubbles forms as a head and lasts for some time. The beer is clean in body, but features a heavier chill haze than other beers in the style. Bubbles can be seen racing up to the top of the beer in a nice steady torrent. On the nose, the beer smells of big pine and tropical fruits with a shivering backbone of light biscuit malts and slight grapefruit citrus. Pineapple and mango play from the Galaxy and Citra hops while the Simcoe and Centennial hops add nice dank and resinous pine notes to the nose. There is even a very faint whiff of spice and apple skins in the nose. On the tongue, the beer tastes dry and bitter with just a touch of sweetness and salt and some lingering acid from the hops. In flavor, the beer begins bitter grows nicely, incorporating in light spicy biscuit notes with hints of mango juice and a big splash of pine and a touch of medicinal bitters which lasts into the aftertaste. The finish is of almost sweet bready biscuit with pine and a touch of rosemary. The aftertaste is mostly medicinal and piney bitters, but it also has faint traces of the “rosemary” flavor, with a nice, light saltiness that is really pleasant beside the bitters. In the mouth, the beer is superbly light and quaffable, sitting below medium in body. The beer displays a little bit of a fierce carbonation, but this just helps to keep the beer dry and drinkable on the palate, which is lovely. The mouth is left wet on the tongue and dry on the roof of the mouth. Overall, this is a superb session IPA that is honestly comparable to many ‘normal’ IPA's. Great bitter flavors that are balanced by a light malt. This beer is superbly dry, and just asks for more sipping. In many ways, it reminds me of Founder’s All Day IPA, only this beer is by far superior to it. Notch has done it yet again. A superb IPA.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
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 LittleDon
4.56/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

20 and 10 oz pours from Deep Ellum on 5/2/2013.

Who would have though a 4.3% ABV IPA could be so good. Straw to golden with a very whispy head. West coast aroma, pine and tropical fruit. The taste follow suit with a bit of grain present. Lots of flavor despite the low alcohol. Light body and minimal carbonation. I started with the 10 oz. and realized my mistake, so I order the full pour next.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.13/5  rDev +7%
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 so e more if their beer this week while I am on the east coast!

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Photo of DanGeo
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of Jcorn
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
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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4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.48/5  rDev -9.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.28/5  rDev +10.9%

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4.09/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Notch Left Of The Dial from Notch Brewing
Beer rating: 70.5% out of 100 with 254 ratings
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