Notch Left Of The Dial | Notch Brewing

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Notch Left Of The DialNotch Left Of The Dial

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Notch Brewing
Massachusetts, United States

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.

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Photo of Act25
3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
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 +8.5%
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 +7.1%
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 +4%
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 -17.7%
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 +7.1%
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 -6.3%
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 -44.7%
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 +7.9%
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 +9.8%
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 +9.3%
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 Jcorn
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
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 +6.3%
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 +9.8%
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 +11.4%
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 +6.1%
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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Photo of ManapuaMan
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another standout session IPA in the same vein as Easy Jack, All Day, Go To and Even Keel. Nothing resembling watered down, this low ABV IPA drinks super easy and has the same aromatic and taste profile as its heftier IPA brethren, albeit toned down a bit. Can't go wrong when you're in the mood for a few cans of a tasty IPA that is as easy on your head as it is on your palette. Well done.

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Photo of Rideguy64
2.81/5  rDev -25.7%
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 -23.8%
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 ThickNStout
2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

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 AirBob
4/5  rDev +5.8%

A - 2 fingers of frothy white head. Hazy golden body. Good retention.

S - Light peaches and mango. Touch of syrupy citrus. Stale maltiness.

T - Touch of bitter citrus. Light tropical fruit (peach/mango/pineapple). Finishes slightly bitter.

M - Medium-high carb. Thin body, but nice full finish.

O - Good session IPA. I found the nose a little off, but overall still better than I remember (maybe the last can I picked up wasn't as fresh).

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Photo of ColdOneKev
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A - Can dated 6/9/2014 - less than a month old. Took a couple pulls straight from the can then poured the rest into a 10oz tasting glass. Slightly hazy dark gold. Thick white head leaves moderate lacing.

S - Not picking up much. When the can was first popped I got a big dose of earthy hops, but not in the glass I'm getting light malt, and even lighter hops.

T - Makes up for the smell. Not as much hops as I would'v expected even for a "session" IPA. The malt is very powerful. An unobstructed view to the caramel, malty sweetness. Bitterness creeps back in between sips.

M - Best feature of the brew. Drinks like an IPA. Most sessions are too light. This is nicely thick for the style. Medium carb. Lingers on the palate.

O - This is a good not great brew. Worth trying it out.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip, this one is a crisp and clear gold with a thin film of head.

Smells of dry, toasty caramel with an ambiguous woody hop. A little discouraging.

Tastes of dirty pine hops with a touch of malt that is reminiscent of cheap basement beer. The hops are pleasant enough to make this work.

Feels clean and big with a very complimentary carbonation.

Not the best example of the style, but still extremely drinkable.

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Photo of neurobot01
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can dated 5/12/14 (so just over a month old) into an IPA glass—thanks HopSynonymous (who based on other reviews must be a pusher of this stuff or something).

Look: pale yellow, active carbonation, with a giant fluffy head that dissipates to a thin film after a minute.

Smell: bursting with tropical citrus fruits—not the biting citrus of Sucks, but sweeter fruits like mango. A hint of marshmallow.

Taste: follows the aroma, but with a bite of bitterness, and a slightly watery flavor. Some weak malts. Maybe a hint of a smoky or woody note.

Feel: light body, a bit thin, and fairly dry. Doesn't quite deliver on the smoothness I expected given the creamy head, but it's not bad.

Overall: if this is classified as a session IPA, then it's probably the best I've had; that being said, even if this were on shelves near me, I doubt I'd get it that often, when I could bump up a few %abv and get something a lot richer in flavor.

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Photo of Cubatobaco
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Received from Hopsynonymous as an extra and poured into a Stone IPA glass. Canned 5/15/14

A - Pours a very pale gold color with a small amount of head and gives off a slippery lacing that slides down the glass. A white crown sits in the glass with some splotches around the sides.

S - The nose reveals grass, wheat, and a faint hint of hops. Being a session beer, I wasn't expecting it to be overly hopped or aromatic. Reminds me of Stones Session IPA. There is a hint of lemon peel as well.

T - The flavors are very similar to the aroma, but with more brightness. Again there is grass, lemon zest, citrus and light hops.

M - Light bodied, good carbonation and foams in the mouth just before swallowed. Nice acid to keep your mouth watering.

O - if I lived in the Connecticut area, this would be my everyday. Love this stuff! If you get this or randomly try it, you won't ww have2. Kare

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