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Trader Session IPA - Uinta Brewing Company

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Trader Session IPATrader Session IPA

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Reviews: 76
Hads: 219
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 11.18%
Wants: 9
Gots: 38 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Uinta Brewing Company visit their website
Utah, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: packetknife on 08-21-2002

Noted for its bright hop character, this sessionable IPA is wonderfully balanced.

42 IBU
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Photo of jw4free
3.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle (best before 10/05/15) in a tulip glass. Light copper, cloudy. Big head, fades quick. Lots of lacing. Mega piney nose. Fades to tangerine overtones on taste. Not too thin, not so crisp, finished piney. Cool bottle and like the beer glass recommendation. (274 characters)

Photo of Oleyomoleyo
2.92/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I'm an IPA guy and this one just didn't do it for me. I like most of what I've had by Uinta. This one was not up to what I'm used to from them. Poured with a nice head. Nice deep golden color. Taste was almost like a flat IPA. (226 characters)

Photo of SupportNewEnglandBrew
3.32/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle into a pint tumbler glass.

L: Poured a very weak head. Deep amber and cloudy body.

S: Citrusy, hop stank, mild.

T: Starts with a nice black tea bitterness that rolls into a very uninspired generic malt profile. But fear not, because that's soon hopped into oblivion.

F: Solid balanced feel. Sessionable.

O: I liked this more as a I drank it (after adjusting to the harsh hop profile) but overall it's a meh. (426 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.89/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Best before 8/8/15.

Pours a murky dark orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is subdued with some malt, earth, dirt, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with subdued earth, citrus zest, and slight metallic flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a below average beer with subdued characteristics that make this one a bit of a chore to drink.

Serving type: can. (632 characters)

Photo of Nugganooch
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 12oz can split two ways – Societe Brewing 2nd Anny glass
Notes taken on 12/23/2014

A: Golden straw with a hint of amber to it and some minimal haziness around the core. A foamy layer of whipped egg whites settles over top. Light dots and slippery curtains of lace hit the glass walls after every sip.

S: Malty aromas straight from the can. Touch of bread and toasted biscuit with an overall caramel like sweetness. Somewhat lacking in aroma hops however I do get nice grassy and floral arrangement to this. Decent but I would say all around the nose is a bit subdued.

T: Caramel malt and biscuit breads combine to make up most of the fore flavors. There is a nice grassy resin note to this one and a very drying level of puckered bitterness. Sprinkle in some lemony pine and floral notes. Not bad on the balance and overall session. Has some burpy malt packed in for sure.

M: Light and spritzy with a moderate to light body. Upper levels of constricting bitterness lend to a very dry crisp finish and some resinous linger.

D: An okay session I would say. Malt is bready and hops are grassy for the most part. Does have some nice bitter punch while keeping the balance in good check. Cool to try out but not in the top echelon of the table brew race. (1,285 characters)

Photo of nebula1999
3.99/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Retrying this beer fresh in a can. Much better than the version I had before. I bumped up my rating. There's actually some malt in the background to support the hops, so it isn't so chalky like most session IPAs. (215 characters)

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.41/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed from the can in a tulip glass, this solid IPA pours a hazy yellow amber with a thick frothy white head of slllloooowwwllyy dissipating bubbles that leaves very nice soapy lacing. Nose of spicy hops, white pepper, light tropical fruits, light sweet malts, and bittering hops. Flavors of thin sweet malts come through the front with bittering and herbal hops commandeering the flavors tot he back and on the aftertaste. Light citrus notes linger briefly but are overtaken by bittering hops. Smooth light carbonated mouth feel finishes wet and light with lingering bitterness. Good for the style. (606 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

Can from the Drinkery
Pours a slightly hazy deep golden color with a huge frothy bubbly bone white head that persists forever leaving lots of stickies to the sides of the glass on the way down. Huge peppery, resinous, earthy, lightly onion hop aromas. Faint bready caramel maltiness barely backs up the huge hop aromas. The flavor holds more of the toffee caramel bread maltiness than the aroma suggested. Pine resin and dank hop flavors with a smooth but firm hop bitterness. Light to medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a slick watery mouthfeel. This is one of the better "session" IPA's that I have had. I find most don't have much body and seem very thin and watery whereas this one works a little better for me in that area. (747 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.72/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can into a nonic.

Pours clear and golden with a good sized off-white head. The head is durable and leaves plenty of lacing.

Aroma: surprisingly strong aroma of piney-floral-fruity hops.

Flavor: satisfying and well balanced, with less hop flavor than the aroma or IPA labelling suggest ... and more bready malts.

O: an aromatic, low ABV, APA (not a typo). (370 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
3.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a crystal clear pale copper colored beer with a nice airy, frothy head that's a good 3/4ths inch tall. The nose gives moderately abundant citrus hop notes. The taste--actually not all that bitter. Hop flavor is fairly light as well, with grassy, citrus hints. Malt, naturally, is very light. This beer is on the low-end of hoppiness as far as session IPAs go, but it is fairly drinkable. (395 characters)

Photo of argock
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a Shaker pint glass. No evident freshness dating. Received in beer-of-the-month club from Tami.

A: Slightly hazy amber with 1-2 finger nearly white, frothy hed with good retention and sheets of lacing down the glass.

S: Dank hops and medium-dark crystal malts, some nutty, woody aromas but not a lot there.

T: The flavor is not an IPA style flavor -- this fits more into the session APA or session amber ale category. The flavor is balanced, but I would say more malt-dominated with medium-dark crystal maltiness and a light orange and grapefruit citrus hoppiness. A little bit of fruity yeast esters. All in all, not bad but not really an IPA in any form.

M: Light-medium body which is amazing given the 4% ABV with light-medium carbonation and pretty dry finish.

O: Not a beer I would seek out but not bad. More fits the session ale (APA or amber, probably more session English IPA or amber IMO) category. (951 characters)

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.37/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a orange-amber color with a fingers worth of head that fades down to a spotty cap that leaves decent lacing

S: Some fruity hops along with an almost overwhelming maltiness. Quite balanced but definitely not going to hop route

T: Starts off with a balance between the fruity hops and lightly sweet maltiness. Goes into a bit of graininess and very light bitterness. Finishes with a bit of both

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: Maybe even a bit too malty for a session IPA, this beer is definitely malt forward with a bit of hoppiness. Very easy to drink but a bit on the malty side, it definitely gets a bit cloying after a while. Worth a 6-pack if you're going to session a few, but probably not worth a 12-pack. I'd easily choose Hop Nosh over this (775 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.28/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear amber in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and some faint golden yellow highlights. The beer has a three finger tall foamy sudsy off-white head that slowly reduces to a mottled thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of hops - pine/resin, floral, and citrus/orange. Light aromas of grainy malts with a hint of caramel sweetness.

T: Upfront there is a light flavor of grainy malts with a light amount of caramel sweetness. That is followed by light to moderate flavors of pine/resin, floral, and citrus/orange hops (in descending order of strength) which imparts a light to moderate amount of bitterness which fades rather quickly.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness in the finish. Slightly thin/watery.

O: A decent session IPA but not nearly as exciting as some of the others produced more recently (Stone Go To, Founders All Day, etc.). Nice flavors and aromas but a little underwhelming in the mouthfeel. (1,179 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
2.85/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light gold color with a white head. The smell is pungent and hoppy, malt sweetness also factoring in. In the taste, toffee like malts and some earthy, bitter hops. Has the weakness of a NA beer with a bit of hops. Sessionable, but so is water if that's your prerogative . Tastes like a watered down ipa also sporting a watery body. There are some citrus notes and soft grain, but honestly thin and watery. Why bother. (425 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with an expiration date of 07/24/14. Sampled on May 18, 2014.

The pour is a light to medium copper-amber with a lasting white head. A little cloudy.

The aroma has a decent enough pine and floral hop character with a modest malt balance.

The mouthfeel is about medium and the texture seems chewy.

The taste is a pretty straight forward hopped up IPA with some amber malty notes. The hops leave a lingering bitterness. (447 characters)

Photo of constantine_272
3.37/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Dark copper with light haze. Mostly white head that left a thin full cover over the top layer. Medium carb.

S: Pine. Light woodiness. More pine. Pretty straightforward.

T: Juicy and not terribly overpowering up front. Big strong pine resin flavor follows that up. A little bright green grass taste, but mostly pine resin. Again, not much depth, but still good.

M: Thin, light and refreshing. A little woody green grass aftertaste, but it dies off quickly with only a little lingering dryness.

O: Nothing amazing, but not bad. Not sure what to say here, not much depth, but some good bright hop flavors. (609 characters)

Photo of Zorro
2.86/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Clear amber colored ale with a small white colored head.

Smells of mildly of NW style hops and biscuit malt scents. Woody scents and a faint pine scent.

Starts out dry and slightly bitter. Light malt and stronger hops. Light strong tea, wood and pine flavor. Taste stronger than it smells.

Mouthfeel is OK.

An OK IPA. (321 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
3.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It id z pale orange color with great clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Nice lacing down the glass as the beer wax drank.

Smell: Toasted malts, caramel, light citrus, and pretty simple.

Taste: Definitely light tasting. Bready toasted malts, some pale malts, and some citrus. A little bitterness in the rear.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, a bit chewy, light, refreshing, crisp, and medium carbonation.

Overall: At 4%, I wax expecting much. Pretty simple, but would have liked more hops. (617 characters)

Photo of Brad007
3.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a gold color with a one finger head into my glass. I'm intrigued by the idea of a 4% IPA.

Grassy hops and buttery malt. Reminiscent of a standard american pale ale.

Slightly toasty with a floral touch. Tasty. Refreshing.

All the flavors flourish toward the back of the throat. Very nice way to cap it off.

Worth picking up, especially if you're skeptical of a 4% IPA! (380 characters)

Photo of BryanCarey
3.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Trader Session IPA pours to a golden/amber hue with a small head of foam. The beer is fragrant, with scents of floral and citrus. Based on appearance alone, it seems like an agreeable IPA and one that keeps its assertiveness in check.

Tasting this beer, it looks like the first impression was accurate. It has a milder flavor than your typical, hoppy IPA, but is still every much the session IPA it claims to be. Flavors of citrus, mostly grapefruit, are dominant. But the malty component holds its own, imparting a bread/biscuit taste. The beer leans in a bitter direction, but it is actually rather mild for a beer of this style.

Uinta beers are known for their lower alcohol content and Trader Session IPA certainly follows in these footsteps. It is far less alcoholic than the average IPA and the body is lighter and less bitter. I like that this beer doesn’t reach the level of wateriness, but I also admit that I would like it better if it had a little more body. Still, it’s a good product for what it is and it’s certainly worthy of a try. (1,055 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Neat looking bottle, they even put the directional notation on the bottle, best before 5/22/14

Light fizzy head hits about 1 finger before fading at a med pace, decent soapy lacing, very clear honey orange color with a little amber hue.

Nose brings some decent hops, floral and a little grassy, a faint fruity bubblegum, with a mild sweet toasty reddish malt aroma underneath, very light hop resin.

Taste starts quite bitter surprisingly, a nice bitter hops base that seems bitter, but with no real malt to back it up it only seems bitter but really isn't very bitter. A little spicy chew like hop, touch grassy and floral, hint of fruity note, mostly flowery floral hops, hint of a mint in the background too. Malts are barely existing, but eventually a little copper malt note comes through. Finish is dryish, bit more bitter, it always seems like it wants to be bitter but never really gets there, bit more floral hop.

Mouth is lighter bod, decent carb.

Overall not bad but I wouldn't really call it an IPA, even a session IPA, more like a light pale ale, light hops all around that give the perception that they will be bitter but it doesn't, and mostly due to lack of any real malt profile on the taste that the tongue perceives the bitterness as more than it really is. Still pretty enjoyable. (1,304 characters)

Photo of horshack7
3.27/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Clear and copper and a light frothy head that upon thinning out leaves behind some decent lacing.

Aroma: Piney, grapefruit, tropical fruit, sweet syrup, caramelized sugar.

Taste: Slight brown bread sweetness, grapefruit, piney, tropical fruit. The mouthfeel is crisp with a light stickiness.

Notes: A rather straight forward i.p.a and certainly drinkable. Cheers. (378 characters)

Photo of BreweryRun
3.2/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very light in flavor, but refreshing and has a nice floral smell and light amber appearance. Personally I like IPAs to have a lot more flavor/bitterness but this one is a solid session beer that you could drink a lot of without burning out your palette or getting tipsy (4%). (275 characters)

Photo of Ryanbux
4.13/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Spot on for what you'd expect in an American IPA. Clear with just a hint of chill haze, yellow with just a touch of orange makes it look citrus-y. A small head that gives good mouthfeel but allows for some good aroma to come through.

S - I love the smell of this beer! I am assuming there were a lot of late hop additions to this beer as well as dry hopping. I get a rich cascade and citra hop aroma. It smells sweet and hoppy, but not bitter hoppy, more rich fruity hops.

T - Less hoppy than one might expect for an IPA, I find it hard to believe it is 42 IBU's. Not much bitter hop taste, more rich, sweet, savory hop taste. As the name implies it is a sessionable IPA, it is more hoppy than a pale ale but sweeter than traditional IPA hops. I can drink this stuff all night. Citrus-y hops - orange/grapefruit tasting. One drawback is that it seems a bit over-carbonated so I would recommend letting it open up a bit before drinking it. Not an IPA for hop heads though.

M - Too carbonated for my taste, sharp but clean finish. Not a full bodied beer by any means.

O - I love this beer, it is a good go-to and never leaves me unsatisfied. A good table beer. I drink it in the winter or summer. One of my favorite session IPA's. (1,236 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.09/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer #8 in the great Utah Brew Hunt.

What an odd nose on this thing. It's almost candy-ish. Flavor is a bit unusual as well. Orange citrus tones with a touch of spicy aspect is there as well. Drinkable? Sure. It's consistent. But it's consistently different on its profile in a way that won't bring me back for another try. (324 characters)

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Trader Session IPA from Uinta Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.