Notch Left Of The Dial | Notch Brewing

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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
Ratings:
254
Reviews:
42
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
12.34%
 
 
Wants:
19
Gots:
107
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Abluestein
1.04/5  rDev -72.7%

Photo of kkoz
2.09/5  rDev -45.1%
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 ThickNStout
2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

12oz can from buking21. Canned 8/22/14. Served in a goblet.

Pours hazy yellow with three fingers pale head which recedes to a thin ring, leaving copious lace.

A subdued nose with slight bread and faint oranges

The flavors are almost as subdued as the aroams. Watered down orange juice, earthy pine bark, bready malt and mild cardboard. Any hop precense seems to be incidental rather than intentional. It's not bad at all but it has definitely not earned the right for the letters IPA to be printed on the can.

Thin body with light carbonation. Orange bread finish.

Left of the Dial is an easy enough quaff but it is false advertising to label this as an IPA. Serious point deduction for calling it what it isn't.

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Photo of cowbird
2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

Photo of mhaugo
2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

Photo of Keith1222
2.51/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Dunmore200
2.62/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Light with a little funky after taste. Drinkable but with no substance. Would not order a 2nd.

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Photo of Lledd
2.74/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

A: Similar to a light apple juice. 1/2 finger head slowly fading.

S: Juicy hops. Plenty of aroma. Piney and tropical. Malts smell lightly roasted and a little caramel note.

T: Whamp whamp. Where did the nose go? It tastes like bitter tap water. The malt is weak at best and only as it warms. All the juicy tropical notes are missing and all that is left is bitter.

M: A little frothy, reminiscent of a champagne carbonation but certainly not as aggressive. Body is light.

O: I definitely won't buy again. This beer looked good, smelled great, and brought nothing to the palate. It was slightly better as it warmed.

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2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

Photo of Rideguy64
2.81/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

As a session beer, this one missed by a mile. There was no flavor. Compared too a Lil' Heaven or a Founders all day, I would not go out of my way to drink it

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Photo of snilsen13
2.88/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured out a cold can. Fantastic smell, very sharp clean pine, but the taste is really pretty much those hops you smell and then nothing from the malts. Finish is an acceptable slightly soapy. Unfortunately this beer is thin and watery. More non-fermentable malts would make this a much better beer. Apart from a great nose, this is overall below average beer. I get the same result from repeated tastings.

Why do so many other reviewers like it? To be clear, this is not unpleasant, but it is dull. I expect others are tasting the mild malt flavors and as the beer warms up. With a low ABV beer, however, they should shine when cold. I prefer Notch pils to this concoction.

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Photo of tb4475
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of dangermusic
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of fossage78
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of cbutova
3.11/5  rDev -18.4%
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 donkeyrunner
3.2/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$7 for .5 liter at Meadhall, Cambridge MA

Golden orange with a small white head. Fair crescent of retention leaves a small crust of foam stuck to my glass. Served in a Notch glass.

Aroma starts peppery and grapefruit but the pepper fades as the beer sits. Grapefruit pulp flavor but without the grapefruit sharpness. Peppery at first but that fades as my beer sits. Malt is fairly sparse as would be expected for 4.3% but adds some cracker influence. It's also has a steely mineral characteristic which I really don't like.

Not great but I like that someone makes low abv IPAs for light weight sissies like me.

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Photo of Summerteeth
3.2/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Rshersnow
3.2/5  rDev -16%

Photo of Paoloboston
3.24/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of velcrogrip
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of Bumblebtna
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of mklisz
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of GrimGuzzler
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jcoleMA66
3.34/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Gregoreaux
3.39/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

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Notch Left Of The Dial from Notch Brewing
3.81 out of 5 based on 254 ratings.
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