RATINGS: 117   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Hop Session is in. Starting with a blend of west coast hops for a balanced, bitter effect. We close the session out by dry hopping the beer for a nice resiny mouth feel.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - SEP 13, 2013
Poured a cloudy medium amber hue with a white head that had some nice retention. Aroma hod a nice mix of citrus, floral and some pine hops. Nice caramel malts to balance. Hop flavor was pleasantly bitter. Mostly citrus hops but there was just enough pine to balance it out. Caramel malts were mildly sweet. Nice and dry finish.

dlovell2 (2379) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 27, 2017
Pours golden with white head. Pine aroma. Light body with citrus and a pine resin finish.

r464 (2377) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 11, 2016
A good bit of citrus zest, grassy, and woody. Hops are there, but not too bitter. More pine and herbs than floral. Not my favorite for the style.

Leafs93 (2343) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2016
Pours hazy golden orange with a small white head. Aroma is pine, floral and light caramel. Taste is sweet with mild bitters. Light, refreshing and a great sessionable brew.

brokensail (16689) - Dublin, California, USA - JAN 12, 2016
Bottle @ Home. Clear orange colored beer with some soapy white foam. Has some citrus on the nose, herbal hops, and some sawdust. Really musty, earthy aroma too. Somewhat malty and quite toasty. The flavor is a little on the bitter side with lots of burnt toast, earthy hops, and some herbs. Light lemon and orange. Has sort of a solvent finish which is really just not fun.

chinchill (5377) - South Carolina, USA - AUG 30, 2015
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".

ChadPolenz (1847) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUL 15, 2015
If I were drinking this beer blind I’m 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 it’s 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. They’re plenty flavorful and woodsy, but not especially bitter. There’s 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 it’s fairly mild. There’s a bit of an orange sherbet flavor in here, too. Overall, it’s 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 it’s 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 doesn’t seem to take full advantage of its 5% ABV weight, though. It drinks like a session beer, but will it work as such? That’s for you to decide.

Score: 7/10

ClarkVV (6958) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 15, 2015
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 I’m making it sound).

mansquito (7127) - Nueva York, New York, USA - MAY 10, 2015
The Sampler, Brooklyn can: pours copper with a white head. Aroma is pine, resin, bit o malts, and some herbs. Doesn’t 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 (1708) - East Greenbush, New York, USA - MAY 9, 2015
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 (151) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 25, 2015
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

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