chinchill (3357) - South Carolina, USA - AUG 30, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a 12 oz can.
A: Deep amber-copper body is a shade darker and more hazy than expected (i.e., than typical). The creamy off-white head has very good retention and leaves exceptional lacing.
S: Hoppy. A bit too dank and earthy, this is the weak trait of this otherwise fine IPA.
Taste: Does not follow the nose, instead having a nice mix of herbal, floral, citrus and evergreen hop notes with enough caramel and other(?) malt to give an appropriate bitter-sweet balance. Moderately complex.
Feel: Medium body and medium+ but soft carbonation.
Overall: an excellent session IPA, although at 5% ABV this a the upper bounds of "session".
Chad9976 (1505) - Albany, New York, USA - JUL 15, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
If I were drinking this beer blind Iím not sure I would identify it as a Session IPA. White Birch Hop Session Ale is closer to a standard American Pale Ale due to the fact itís not especially bitter or hop-tasting. It might actually be a little too well balanced for its own good.
I poured a 12oz can into a flared goblet. There was no freshness date and it cost $2.60 ($0.22 per ounce).
Appearance: Extremely hazy shade of copper/brown; translucent with no visible carbonation. Pours to a fairly large, white, frothy head which laces and retains rather well.
Smell: Clean floral scent with some minor pine and citrus notes. Rather mild, though.
Taste: Plenty of amber maltiness up front which creates for a light sweetness. I also detect a bit of a twangy earthy character as well. Piney hops seem to accentuate that. Theyíre plenty flavorful and woodsy, but not especially bitter. Thereís an underlying tea character as well, which is interesting at least. Pine needles seem to emerge on the finish and create for slight bitter bite, but itís fairly mild. Thereís a bit of an orange sherbet flavor in here, too. Overall, itís a tasty combination of flavors, but not hop-forward enough to really work as a SIPA.
Drinkability: White Birch Hop Session Ale has a very interesting mouthfeel in that itís actually kind of creamy and remarkably smooth and calm whereas most tend to be thin and crisp. That makes this beer easy to drink, even more so considering the relatively clean aftertaste with just a bit of a resiny flavor. It doesnít seem to take full advantage of its 5% ABV weight, though. It drinks like a session beer, but will it work as such? Thatís for you to decide.
ClarkVV (4646) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 15, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Various bottled batches.
Foamy white head tops a lightly hazy soft-blond-hued body, with modest retention.
Fresh, floral and citric hops in the nose are backed by pillowy but well-attenuated malts. Nicely extracted honey aromatics, with crisp acids that neither build up or dominate. Clean, with just a tinge of tropical fruits and plentiful vibrant fruitiness.
Clean again in the flavor (clean in the sense of no diacetyl or flaws), with moderate honey malts backing a citric hop profile that also shows very light nectarine, a touch of pine and some moderate yeastiness (that is not unenjoyable). Kind of a farmy session IPA and pretty enjoyable. Medium bodied, no alcohol or flaws, with a bit of yeast buildup on the fnish turning a bit sour as it progresses (though still pretty subtle and lighter/less problematic than Iím making it sound).
mansquito (4479) - Nueva York, New York, USA - MAY 10, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The Sampler, Brooklyn can: pours copper with a white head. Aroma is pine, resin, bit o malts, and some herbs. Doesnít get too bitter in the taste or too heavy yet does not really tate like a session ipa either. Sort of in the middle. Easy drinking and refreshing enough.
Mep3222 (994) - East Greenbush, New York, USA - MAY 9, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Very citrusy hop aroma and flavor. Taste is light though and almost a watery palate. Not greatly balanced. Has a bit of a piney bitter hop finish as well as a little astringent. Not impressed. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
echudy (119) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 25, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is a good strong IPA, but unfortunately not enough stood out for me after the fact. I like the hoppy IPA's, and this is a solid offering
bigtaster (847) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 24, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
From bottle. Clear amber with some floaties, thick tan head. Pine sap aroma with some caramel. Medium body slightly sweet, pine hop finish, medium bitterness, some grapefruit. Easy to drink, nothing special.
DSG (9343) - Tel Aviv, - APR 21, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can sample at a tasting at Arielís place. Thanks Ariel. Hazy orange. Aroma of citric and slightly tropical hops, and a grainy note. Flavor is mildly sweetish, with fruity hops and nice bitterness. Medium-bodied.
malrubius (2243) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - APR 8, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can from Brew Topia. Cloudy orange-red with dense thick head and full lace. Mild spicy orange cake aroma. Toasty fruity nutty honey medium sweet malts with resiny lingering bitterness. Medium light with fine carbo. Complex but not entirely pleasant. Too complex, too resiny, and not refreshing enough for style (IMHO). I donít want my session IPA to try to taste like a DIPA. It doesnít work. Okay.
williamstome (1505) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - APR 7, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Orange brown pour, nice white head. Aroma of citrus, grass and flowers. Flavor of toasty malt, caramel, citrus, tropical fruit, resin and grass.