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Trader Session IPA - Uinta Brewing Company

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Trader Session IPATrader Session IPA

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Ratings: 200
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 8
Gots: 23 | 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
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 200 | Reviews: 74
Reviews by ryanjtravis:
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Photo of blitz134
3.1/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear, yellow-caramel color. Small white head on the pour. Reduced to a thin layer with a ring around the glass. The remaining bubbles clump together like pitrie (sp?) dish growth.

Aroma is sweet, yeast roll with citrus and floral hops. Some grapefruit comes through, a bit of straw as well. Has a strange twang underneath which I can't identify. Simple, non-offense. Not that bad really.

Flavor is mostly malts, biscuit mainly. Hops are more earthy and grassy. Not much bitterness, more on the level of a basic pale ale. Hard to describe more than that. Simple flavor, not really all that complex.

Thinnish mouthfeel. Good carbonation levels. Flavor holds on for a bit after the swallow, then goes away.

Okay drinkability, kinda weak overall in a lot of departments, but for a 4% beer I think this probably holds its own. I'd drink this if I was in Utah.

Photo of Beaver13
2.88/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, bottled on 4/14/08. Pours a clear golden orange with a large fluffy white head that retains well and laces the glass a little.

The aroma is peppery, grassy hops with a little mint.

The flavor is some corny malts and vegetables with a decent slightly minty bitterness. The mouthfeel is light bodied and watery.

Overall, an OK IPA.

Photo of Mora2000
3.06/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle.

The beer ours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is full of grassy hops and some bready malt. Not as hoppy smelling as I expect from an American IPA. The flavor is basically the same, with a lot of grass and citrus. However, I also get some orange citrus notes, but they are well hidden. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.51/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A clear dark yellow pour. The aroma is different, can't put my finger on it, sorry, but its just different. I don't know how to describe a British traditional style smell. But this is what it is.

Taste especially, very British, restrained, a little fruity yeast aspect. Didn't do anything special for me afterwards, got thinner. Kinda pricey for something so sessionable. Lots of variation in the six bottles I had. One was downright putrid.

Photo of chinchill
3.72/5  rDev +9.1%
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).

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Uinta- Trader IPA

A- Light copper orange with a moderate foamy head. Slight lacing nothing heavy.
S- Light touch of caramel malt pokes its way out of a nice bouquet of sweet pine and floral hops.
T- Sweet pine and earthy green hops with a nice touch of caramel malt.
M- Again sweet, but not overpowering. Hoppy body with light malt in the tail end, slightly watery.

Overall- Flavors tend to be a little subdued, its flavor and mouthfeel just couldn't push it up to a 4(good) rating. Regardless, tasty session beer here.

Photo of russpowell
3.79/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an effervescent honey color with 3+ fingers of fluffy cream colored head. Great head retention & lacing

S: Grapefruit & lemon hops, plus honey malt

T: Citrussy hops up front, along with slight honey malt & metallic hops. Slight grainyness as this warms with more lemony hops. Finishes fairly crisp with some lemony hops. Almost pulled a 4.0

MF: Light/medium bodied with softness & good balance

Not a great IPA, but one you could sure session on, I think the lack of malt depth would get old after a while

Photo of DanE
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Not a lot of aroma but a good choice of you want a session brew at a better price point than stone. I'd buy it again to mix things up.

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.41/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of puboflyons
3.46/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.1/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured a bright, clear pumpkin orange with a 1 finger frothy, medium toned ivory colored head that lapsed after the first minute leaving fairly good full band lacing behind. Visible carbonation was light. Really liked the coloring here, bright, and vibrant.

S: fresh citrus aroma, moderate in strength. Some sweet grapefruit pulp lingers underneath. Pretty well tamed, well refrained and nothing obnoxious here.

T: The flavor starts off a little thin with watery wet citrus. A watered down maltiness as well which doesn't make for a good first impression. The bottle label claims to be extra hopped, but fails to say in what regards to. A light sweet maltiness manages to sneak in with some pine but was really nothing to get excited or talk about. A slight dry hopped awarness is barely detectable on the finish giving this just enough creditability per style to make this average overall. Take it for what its worth.

M: light, watery but very smooth with a light carbonation factor. Doesn't leave much of an impression hop or malt wise per style and really cant even justify an average rating here.

D: Easy drinkability, but so is water. A light drinking ipa but why bother when its comes off as watered down with little hoppiness or malting to make it enjoyable. Don't waste your money here, gets a big pass here.

Photo of nebula1999
3.99/5  rDev +17%
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.

Photo of plaid75
4.25/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Blind Tiger, NYC.

Poured a medium copper hue with a two finger frothy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a spicy and reather earthy hop, caramel malts and a touch of diacytl.

The taste consisted of sweet, doughy malts, an earht hop and a very biscuity finish.

The mouthfeel was a touch toward the thinner side of the style.

Overall a tasty and complex IPA.

Photo of Zorro
2.86/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.78/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via trade from Wasatch, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him.
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color with a large foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is hoppy with a little bit of citrus sweetness and some caramelized malt in the background.

T: The taste is well-balanced with a good floral hops presence and a hearty caramelized malt character. There’s a slight flavor of citrus that enhances the sweetness but neither that nor the hops bitterness take dominance. All of the flavors involved seem harmonious. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not very filling, good representation of style. I could go with this beer for a while, but I’d prefer a little bit more a kick.

Photo of jwc215
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to russpowell for this one!

Bottled on 4/14/08:

Pours chill hazed golden with a thin head that dissipates.

The smell is of mild citruys, some pine, caramel and a touch of floral. Nice, mild.

The taste is restrained/mild floral, citric, pine. Caramel soon catches up and balances out the hops. Hoppier pale ale, more than IPA comes to mind, especially with adding to it the modest alcohol level for the style. Soft, bittersweet finish.

Light-to-medium bodied, somewhat towards chewy.

Not a great example of an American IPA, but there's a nice hop blend and enough malt to keep it balanced and drinkable. Nice, but nothing particularly special compared to so many other IPA's.

Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle thanks to BigJTrucker

Pours a clear, light amber with a small white head that thins. Decent lacing on the glass.

Aroma has tones of both citrusy and piney hops, but still allows for a nice malty and grainy base to come through.

Nice citrusy and piney flavors upfront giving way to some caramel malt flavor and a nice graininess. Medium bitterness midway before finishing with a nice combo of malt and hops. Quite well balanced.

Medium body, mild carbonation.

Overall, a nice IPA and easy going down. Doesn't push any boundaries, but does a great job of maintaining balance. Won't satisfy hard core hopheads, but that's certainly not the intention of this brew.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.28/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Photo of constantine_272
3.37/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of jlindros
3.67/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Photo of RBorsato
3.98/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bright gold with a full pillowy off-white head, very active carbonation, and partial sheets of lace. Perfumy and lightly citrus big hop aroma. Perfumy hoppiness dominates over any malt flavor. Light bodied and airy with a lightly bitter finish but refreshing.

Label states: "Extra hopped" & 4% ABV

Per Uinta website: "Dry hopped with Centennial hops"

Best Before: 03/04
Tasted: 01/31/04

Photo of woodychandler
3.85/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This arrived with a thick, off-white head with decent retention. The color was a medium amber with NE-quality clarity. The nose had a welcome citrus-hop aspect. The mouthfeel was medium with a great hop presence on the palate. The finish had a dry, citrusy quality. I began to sweat off my hops jones that I had felt so strongly while visiting SLCUT. Feed the monkey!

Photo of Nugganooch
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Photo of lweaver18240
3.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Amber-orange in color, little to ne head with some wispy lacing throughout glass.

S-Smells like a very light IPA, but is still discernable from a standard pale ale, as hops are pronounced.

T- I enjoyed this beer, but was slightly disappointed by the taste. The level of hops bitterness was mild for an IPA, though the malt and hops balance was very well done.

M- Lightly carbonated and slightly dry at the end.

D- Very good. Not as flavorful as most IPAs, much milder in fact. Still an enjoyable beer with high drinkability, even if the ABV is a bit low for my preference.

Photo of Gavage
3.71/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a clear orange color with a fluffy 2" head that lingers around a while. Thick lace paints the glass.

Smell: floral hops and some orange citrus are faint but detectable.

Taste: slightly thin bready malt, orange, red apple sweetness, and a floral hop bitterness are the main flavors that are picked up.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp throughout. Short aftertaste here.

Drinkability: easy drinking IPA that comes off a bit closer to a pale ale IMHO. Worthy of a try.

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Trader Session IPA from Uinta Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 200 ratings.