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:
245
Reviews:
41
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
12.37%
 
 
Wants:
18
Gots:
105
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Photo of GRG1313
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
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 oline73
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of mothman
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jlindros
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tis the IPA season, and I do love me some craft beer in a can, esp a nice IPA. And I really like most of the sessionability of the Notch stuff, very well done beers. Even dated on the bottom of the can, 4/08/14, so quite fresh.

Pours a nice fluffy slight creamy 1.5 finger head fades pretty slowly, nice column of streaming bubbles in the center, hazy golden orange blond beer, decent soapy lacing eventually forms when the head slowly fades.

Nose explodes out of the can, fresh hops, little hop resin, spicy and floral, little citrus note and faint hint of grapefruit, a hint of orange peel and tangerine, decent light fluffy sweet hitn grainy malt underneath.

Taste cuts in first with the malts, a little grainy touch of sweetness, with a little fluffy malt and faint amber malt toasty note. Then hops come through, lighter than I thought at first, with a touch of grapefruit and a little citrus, pithy, with some juicy grapefruit juice like, mild spicy floral hops as well, touch of resin, a touch of tangerine and lemon rind too, bit of a gritty abrasive hop feel too. Mild bitterness overall, even on the dry finish it just gets mildly bitter, fairly clean finish with a hint of hop water grassy note and mild pith.

Mouth is med to a bit lighter bod, nice carbonation, bit of an abrasive gritty hop note.

OVerall pretty nice, I think it has lower marks as that the hops overall are fairly light for an IPA, this is more in the APA range than IPA. Nice hops overall though, with nice aroma, grapefruit and floral spicy rind components, bit more citrus and other fruits, just a touch of bitterness with a nice malty backbone. So still quite a well done beer, just not really an IPA so hard to judge, but then again it is "left of the dial".

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4.01/5  rDev +5.5%
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 dbrauneis
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
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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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of smcolw
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Nearly no head from the bar pour. I'm impressed with the blanketing lace with so little to work with. The color is gold. Crystal clear.

Plenty of grapefruit rind aroma. Spicy.

Not much base malt on the taste, but the hop takes over well, leaving a strong black pepper bite in the swallow. Subtle lingering bitter aftertaste. The body is thin but not watery. Good carbonation.

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of woodychandler
3.54/5  rDev -6.8%
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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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of malfunxion
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Dicers
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
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 brandoman63
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of outoffocus
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nichols33
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PEIhop
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-Pours a lightly murky orange color. Mild head dies off to nearly nothing. Soft lacing.

S-There is plenty to like here. It isn't very potent, nor is it incredibly complex but its hoppy and vibrant. Light clementines and just a wink of grass. Fresh squeezed citrus. Definitely floral. Malt provides enough backing and complements the relative sweetness from the hops.

T-I enjoy the nose more. Its similar to the nose but a bit blander. A bit less to talk about here. Still getting the citrus and florals but its just not as energetic. Whispy, crackery malt.

M-Way too carbonated. The bubbles sting and detract from the otherwise exceptional drinkability and sessionability.

O/D-A neat session IPA.

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4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of cbutova
3.11/5  rDev -18.2%
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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3.89/5  rDev +2.4%

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