White Birch Hop Session

Traffic coming home from work last night was ridiculous. I thought it wouldn’t be so bad because everyone would have already been where they were going. I was wrong. It took me about an hour and a half to get home. When I got home, I was pretty tired, so we just hung out on the couch and watched tv and went to sleep. I managed to sleep in until 9:30 AM, which hasn’t happened in months. Anyways, let’s get to the other beer that I tried last night.

white birch

ABV: 5%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Hop Session is in. Starting with a blend of west coast hops for a balanced, bitter effect. We close the session out by late hopping the beer for a nice resiny mouth feel.”

Random: The meow was not thrilled that I slept in because he wanted to be fed around 7 this morning.

This beer poured with a one finger, pure white head that dissipated slowly. It didn’t leave any lacing on the glass, but a very slight crown. The body was a hazy, orange color with moderate carbonation. The nose had grapefruit and citrusy hops, but smelled old. The taste was musty and dank with grass, grapefruit with some woodsy notes as well. The body was light, almost watery with light carbonation. It needed a bit more. It had a long, sticky finish with dank hops. I picked this up at Half Time for $2.09 a can ($.17 per ounce), which isn’t a bad price. Despite that, it was still a beer was only alright and not one that I would have again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

White Birch Blueberry Berliner Weisse

It’s weird having the house to myself. I’ll be honest, I don’t like it. My other half has lots of energy and I miss her when she’s not here. This was a beer that she tried and absolutely hated. Let’s see what I thought about it.


ABV: 5.5%

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Trivia: According to wikipedia.com, “Blueberries are perennial flowering plants with indigo-colored berries from the section Cyanococcus within the genus Vaccinium (a genus that also includes cranberries and bilberries). Species in the section Cyanococcus are the most common fruits sold as ‘blueberries’ and are native to North America (commercially cultivated highbush blueberries were not introduced into Europe until the 1930s).”

Random: All this talk about fruit beer is making me hungry.

This beer poured with no head. The body was a cloudy, light orange color with light carbonation visible. The nose had wheat and ripe blueberries. Lemon was there as well. The taste was not nearly as tart as I’ve come to expect from the style. It started with wheat and then was lightly tart with lemon. Some blueberry was present, but I hoped for a lot more. The body was thin and lightly carbonation. It had a dry finish with lemon and tartness. This beer didn’t impress me much. It would make a good introductory beer to the style since it is not as intensely tart as most others of the style. Again, no idea on price since this was a beer gift. But, if you’re a true fan of the style, this one is a letdown.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0