Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - MAY 24, 2017
Poured into a tulip, the appearance was a hazy, semi-cloudy burnt orange color with a finger’s worth of white foamy head that fell off at a mild pace. Stringy sliding lace.
The aroma had some melon sweet to peach/apricots glossing some bubblegum, and light herbal to floral qualities. Some sweet wood and a little bit of grassiness round out the edges.
The flavor took the prior mentioned aromas to soften with a little bit of bready malts and then a touch of some black pepper rode in. Aftertaste was floral, black pepper, and some bubblegum. Finish was the same.
The palate was almost medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt a little bit under than what was projected.
Overall, decent for the most part, but I didn’t get all of the Belgian characteristics of the style fully. kevd193213 (991) - Hope Valley, Rhode Island, USA - JUL 15, 2016
Bottle. Cloudy orange-yellow pour with a medium fizzy off white head. Aroma of biscuits, citrus, yeast and malt. Medium body with a slight hoppy finish. malrubius (2900) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - NOV 23, 2015
Bottle from Brewtopia. Hazy orange gold with ring and lace. Peachy pear and mildly herbal aroma. Peachy cantaloupe orange honey sweetness with dry but unsatisfactory finish leaving the sweetness in mouth and mind. Medium fairly soft body. Meh. I actually like Belgian style pale ales and IPAs but this one just sits there. bigtaster (979) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 13, 2015
From a bottle into a pint glass. Pours a golden caramel color with is hazy with an off-white head. Floral hop aroma, some floral yeast esters, slight pepper. Medium light sweetness, mild bitterness, medium to high carbonation, light body. Nice smooth finish with triple like flavors, nice. johnnymusky (983) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 11, 2015
yummy stuff fruity nose and mouth....really tasty beer...perfect for summer on boat.....
ChadPolenz (1820) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - SEP 9, 2014
Judging by the description on the brewery’s website, White Birch Belgian Pale Ale is a Belgian pale ale in name only. I can see that, since there isn’t anything about this beer that makes it stand out a Belgian-y. It does work as a pale ale in and of itself, which is commendable. A good balance of a solid malt base and hops that give it some spice, but don’t go overboard.
chinchill (5024) - South Carolina, USA - MAY 16, 2014
I poured a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass. It was bottled in July, 2014 and cost $6 ($0.27).
Appearance: Despite the brewery’s description, it’s actually more of a pure orange color over a very hazy body. Some carbonation is visible. Pours to an average-sized, white, frothy head which laces and retains quite well.
Smell: Fruity aroma of tangerine, apple and a hint of something herbal. Mild overall, though.
Taste: Since this beer may not be as Belgian-ish as its name implies, I can cut it some slack. There’s a pretty strong presence of American-style hop character going on here. West Coast-style citrus notes in the form on orange and maybe guava or papaya are present right away. But there’s also a slight peppery note, maybe basil or coriander or clove (though the beer is not actually brewed with any of these herbs as far as I can tell). An interesting flavor and spice combination; I’d be interested to see the hop schedule. As for the malty base, it’s definitely solid. Nothing in particular stands out, but at least there’s enough body here to keep this balanced. I really don’t get much Belgian character (e.g. banana, clove, etc.) though there is a bit of saison-like dryness here, but it’s not a dry beer per se. Overall, it’s plenty flavorful and interesting and that’s what makes for a good beer.
Drinkability: Though a tad “big” at 6.5% ABV, White Birch Belgian Pale Ale works well as summer brew. There’s an inherently refreshing quality to this palette – juicy notes while in the mouth, but nothing cloying or lingering in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel itself is perfectly medium-bodied; plenty of carbonation to keep it interesting, but not to the point of being difficult to drink. It’s remarkably smooth, actually. I had no trouble drinking the entire bomber myself.
Feb. 2014 dated 22 ounce bottle. My first beer from this brewery.
Appearance: Copper with a durable and creamy bone-colored head. A large amount of visible carbonation.
Aroma: A faint “soapy” character; earthy hops; bready malts; mildly funky Belgian yeast.
Taste: Aged apples; wood chips; light bitterness; multi-grain bread; herbal and a bit earthy.
Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium+ soft carbonation.
Overall: decent Experiment_Ale (1098) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 14, 2014
At Jacob’s pickles with Taylor. Pours orange murky. Aroma is big ester, funk yeast. Taste is malty hay notes, milt earthy hops, and some muted Belgium fruit notes. The aroma is a little too belgiumy for me, but the taste is interesting and has a nice maltiness to it. I could drink a lot of it actually. Gooseunc (15) - Prince William County, Virginia, USA - MAY 12, 2014
Bomber, Feb 14. Slight grassy/vegetal fruity aromas in the nose. Poured with huge head, dissipated slowly. Toward the end of the bomber, head was less evident. Nice Belgian lace in sides of my tulip. Poured light yellow/orange with slight haze. Distinct, but mild flavours from the Belgian yeast (strain?). Spicy/fruity on tongue. Effervescent/spritzy mouthfeel...well-attenuated/dry.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone superspak (5600) - Michigan, USA - MAY 11, 2014
22 ounce bottle into tulip, bottled in 2/2014. Pours slightly hazy golden orange color with a 2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon zest, pear, apple, white grape, light banana, bread, biscuit, herbal, grass, pepper, clove, light bubblegum, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, a earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon zest, pear, apple, white grape, light banana, bread, biscuit, herbal, grass, pepper, clove, light bubblegum, and yeast earthiness. Light earthy bitterness/yeast spice on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon zest, pear, apple, white grape, light banana, bread, biscuit, pepper, clove, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop flavors; with a nice malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and moderately bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good Belgian pale ale. Good balance, robustness, and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.