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Trader Session IPA - Uinta Brewing Company

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Trader Session IPATrader Session IPA

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78 Reviews
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Reviews: 78
Hads: 227
Avg: 3.4
pDev: 19.12%
Wants: 10
Gots: 43 | 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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Reviews: 78 | Hads: 227
Photo of plaid75
4.25/5  rDev +25%
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.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.22/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden color, thick layer of white froth atop, leaving lingering lace.

Big, bold hops in the nose, citrusy, Cascades, very fresh and alive. Raw and vital. Exquisitely attractive.

Nice, brisk bitterness on the palate, well-balanced, matched by a solid body, and ample malt. Hop character squuzes it's juice in the mouth and gums with every sip...caramel/toffee taste comes through in the middle...nice balance, may I say once more...medium'bodied, with a bittersweet, sometimes harsh, sometimes mellow finish...I like it.

This is my kind of IPA...juuuust right. Just enough hops in every taste, just enough taste to meet the hops.

Well done, Uinta!

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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.

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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.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.98/5  rDev +17.1%
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

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Photo of zeff80
3.92/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with hints of orange. It had an off-white, firm, one-finger head of foam.

S - It smelled of grasses and biscuity malt.

T - First sips bring a mild spiciness with a good dose of burnt toast maltiness. A mild citrus flavor emerges as it warms up.

M - A crisp and sharp IPA with a smooth finish. It's a light to medium-bodied brew.

D - This is a solid IPA. I grabbed it in my quest to try my first Utah brew and I enjoyed it.

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Photo of mactrail
3.92/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very mild IPA, not that there's anything wrong with that. It is more like an English Pale Ale than anything I've had lately. Rich flavor, medium body, a big wet kiss of hops. Aroma is really nice and adds a long flowery nose to every sip. Otherwise, it's extremely light weight but goes down with a great aromatic sizzle.

This won't win any friends with the Beat me Senseless with IBU gang, but it's a surprisingly pleasant beer. Don't hate it because it's not a real IPA. Totally quaffable. I submit this as the beer to get your Bud Light friends to try. Not bitter. Not offensive. A flowery introduction to hop flavors.

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Photo of babacosmo
3.92/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a variety 12 pack with Hop Nosh, Looks like a pale ale, smells like an IPA tastes very bitter and hoppy, outstanding for a session IPA, Can hang with the big boys.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.85/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The CANQuest (tm) is a multifunctional tool. I CAN sense those beers that will be CANned in the future, reviews them in their current draft-only status and revisits them later. This is just such a scenario.

From the CAN: "Brewed with RENEWABLE POWER Wind & Solar"; "NAVIGATED by Uinta Brewing Co. Salt Lake City UTAH U.S.A."; "Earth, Wind and Beer"; "Don't forget to [recycle]"; "Keep Cold".

I Crack!ed it open to enjoy its inherent noisiness and then I CANducted an inverted Glug. It began to foam up big, creating thrre-lus fingers of eggshell-white head that had as big a fall as Humpty Dumpty. Color was Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity. The nose had a grassy mintiness, kind of like when I mowed the lawn last weekend. My neighbor planted mint last year and it has returned, even on my side of the fence. This struck me as pleasant. Mouthfeel was kind of thin. The taste reminded me of a lager's honey-like sweetness, but infused with a tea-like mintiness. I am never going to be a fan of the "Session" style, but this was drinkable. Finish was semi-dry and mostly minty, albeit tea-like. I need more Ooomph! in my beers.

My original draft/on-tap review dated 05-02-2008 follows:

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!

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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.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.8/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

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Photo of chuckd123
3.8/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap recently at the Goldminer's Daughter Lodge at Alta. First off, know that it is a 4% beer going in, and your perception changes. I think it's a decent brew given the limitations on ingredients if you have to end up at 4%. Hops dominate the aroma and taste, very weak malt backbone, as expected. Decent head retention, and the flavor was pretty good, albeit a tad on the grassy side as others have noted. You know it;s an IPA and not a pale from the hop aroma, but it's more of an extra pale than an IPA. Tasty enough and definitely sessionable which is great when you're looking to have more than 1 or 2 and are at 8500'. I say well done Unita considering the limitations you were under.

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Photo of russpowell
3.79/5  rDev +11.5%
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

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.78/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

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Photo of rowew
3.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz short bottle, green label with a sailing ship. Bottled on date is clearly marked, but ABV is not.

Appearance: Pours golden orange color with a nice head, lots of lacing. Head sticks around for quite a while.

Smell: Citrusy hop aroma with a decent amount of bready malt.

Taste: Hop dominated - a good combination of citrus and pine flavors without being overly bitter. Not much malt backbone to go with it.

Overall impression: Decent but not great IPA. This is a bit unbalanced, but still manages to be a good session beer.

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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.

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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).

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Photo of Gavage
3.71/5  rDev +9.1%
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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Photo of lweaver18240
3.7/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
3.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a rocky head that leaves a fair amount of lacing behind

Smell: On the grassy side of grapefruit, though there is a nice citrus element

Taste: With such a low ABV, it is no surprise that there is not much malt character and the hops jump out right in front bringing a combination of grassy and grapefruit flavors; after the swallow, the bitterness lingers along with a bit of bready malt

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Though the beer suffers due to the state mandate of 4%, it is rather drinkable; the flavors are clean and reasonably well balanced

Thanks, Douglas88, for the opportunity

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured crystal clear medium golden. The head was white and lasting to lace the glass.

The aroma was grassy when first poured and the lessened to a fruity hop aroma with a malt impression in the background.

The flavor was light and hoppy, but not overdone. Very well balanced, but not an IPA, a Pale Ale at best. The malt flavors are there, but way in the back and the hops are prominent and well done.

The finish was dry with a nice long hop finish. The body was medium light.

This beer goes down easily and has a great flavor for a Pale Ale but it missing malt and hops for an IPA. However if I lived in Utah this would be the house beer for sure...rated as a Pale Ale I would give this very high marks, but as an IPA is just doesn't quite make it.

12 ounce bottle. Best before Jul on label.

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Photo of Shaw
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer look fantastic. Its golden color is so bright it's almost radiant. A massive foamy head forms and even rose above my glass as I poured. This head shrinks, but still leaves a thin layer of foam, much better (thicker) than most bottled beers I've had.

It smells of wonderful dry hopping, which is always a plus. I'm probably wrong, but I'd guess Cascade or Chinook hops. I just checked Uinta's Web sit and I am wrong. They use Centennial hops in the dry hopping. So much for my learned palate.

The taste is all about hops. This isn't a super strong hop bomb, however. Just pleasantly hoppy. I've would like a little more malt and body, though. The bottle says this IPA is 4 percent ABV, which is a little low. I guess that because this is brewed in wacky Utah -- you gotta love the Mormons!

Uinta IPA is a beer that gets quite close to being great. It just needs more malt. But I still recommend it. It's an above average IPA.

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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.

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Photo of alexgash
3.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I consider Uinta bold for attempting an IPA while being constrained by Utah's absurd 4%abv law. With that said, this bold attempt pours a brassy tangerine with a small, fizzy, off-white head. Smells of very light fruit/toffee malt. The hops dominate; big citrusy, cascade hops that are all over the place. Taste starts with subtle biscuity malt. No sweetness to be found. Big citrusy hops come in. Very juicy! Light-medium body with an oily/watery feel. Finish is grapefruits and bitterness. Although this "IPA" needs more malt and alcohol for me to consider it a true IPA, I enjoy this law-constrained interpretation, as I think the hop profile is right up my hophead alley.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Translucent amberish orange. If this isn't the most common color for beer, it's damn close. Up top is a nice looking ecru cap that leaves a great deal of cheese grater lace. A quality look.

The nose is a good one as well. It's impressively citric hoppy with orange and grapefruit zest especially well represented. It's hard to go wrong with Centennial hops as long as enough are used, as is the case here. I'm not sure if this beer is dry-hopped, but it sure smells like it.

Although there's a bit of a drop-off on the palate, it's not a huge one. Citric, piney hops are more laid back in terms of flavor, but a sharp bitterness is still front and center. The bitterness is a little rough and raw due to what I believe is a relative lack of malt. It just goes to show that malt is important even in (some would say 'especially in') a hop-dominant style.

Uinta India Pale Ale puts the lie to the notion that it's difficult to brew flavorful low ABV beer. At only 4% this one can run with the pack. It struggles to keep up because of a less than optimal malt structure, but it has the (admittedly rough) hoppiness and the look down pat.

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Trader Session IPA from Uinta Brewing Company
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