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:
249
Reviews:
42
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
12.34%
 
 
Wants:
19
Gots:
106
For Trade:
0
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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 jcoleMA66
3.34/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Antg8989
4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of TBonez477
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of vdub191
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gbw5009
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Orny18
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dmod81
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

One of the sessional IPAs I've come across!

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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 fearfactory
3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of yourmom123
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jbfarris
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of mothman
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Abe_Froman
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of anewlanguage
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JeanJacketLover
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of IcemanCometh
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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 Shellynix
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of J-Rice
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zoupcan
4.21/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Light, crisp, and refreshing. The flaovr is mild but satisfyingly bitter. I could easily drink this all day

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
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 -7.1%
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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Notch Left Of The Dial from Notch Brewing
3.81 out of 5 based on 249 ratings.
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