Trader Session IPA - Uinta Brewing Company

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Trader Session IPATrader Session IPA

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Reviews: 76
Hads: 214
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 11.18%
Wants: 9
Gots: 35 | FT: 0
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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 jwc215
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (687 characters)

Photo of Beaver13
2.88/5  rDev -15.3%
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. (346 characters)

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. (548 characters)

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 (514 characters)

Photo of kkipple
3.15/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A serviceable, drinkable light IPA that clocks in right at 4%! Those crazy Utah folk. Not much head here, color is a fine clear copper.

Really comes across as an IPA-lite, think SN pale ale and you're quite close, the hops are restrained and the whole experience is rather... watery. Hint of malt sweetness but hardly extravagant. Nice hop finish for being so light tho, and the sweetness is coming up a distant second to the citrus bitters. Mouthfeel = mineral water.

Not much to say. A very timid entry into the style, not really *bad*, just... light. Understandable given the state laws. Very drinkable. Might be a good way to introduce hops to your friends who "hate bitter beer!" (686 characters)

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! (1,573 characters)

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. (688 characters)

Photo of BigJTrucker
3.56/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a beautiful copper color, low carbonation, small white head settles fairly quickly to a heavy lace. I didn't detect a whole lot more in the aroma department than some pine. Taste is also slightly piney, not incredibly bitter. it's got good flavor, just not what i would call great. Mouthfeel is just right with a nice amount of hop resin stickyness, goes down nice and smooth. Very drinkable, and due to the low abv, very sessionable. A fairly good utah IPA. (465 characters)

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. (929 characters)

Photo of blitz134
3.1/5  rDev -8.8%
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. (867 characters)

Photo of jhammerly
2.74/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Wasatch for sending this to me.

Bottled on: 09/25/06

A nice looking beer that has a golden body with a hint of amber. A three-fingered head topped it off, slowly fading to about an inch. Thick clumps of lacing clung to the sides after each drink. I couldn't detect much of an aroma. Just a faint floral nose from the hops, I was expecting more. Taste is light. Has very little hop bitterness and a light malt character, but still manages to balance things out. Mouthfeel is light as well. This would make a good session beer. It has a mild flavor and has a low ABV. I think this would also make a good beer for those just getting into craft beers. (663 characters)

Photo of ybnorml
3.06/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A yellow/amber beer with a slight haze. Has a bubbly white head and nice lace. The aroma starts with a piney hop note but is overtaken by a musky, earthy, woody character which dominates. The taste is very light on the palatte. With some light cereal malt note an a decent hop bite at the back of the throat. Extra Hopped it says on the label. (343 characters)

Photo of EStreet20
2.79/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle my friend Dave recieved as part of his beer of the month club. A 4% IPA huh??? Well here goes. Poured into a 20 ounce nonic.

A - A fairly light translucent golden amber. A very nice foamy head forms. A nice look overall.

S - Some hops but a wierd smell in there. Reminds me of boiled veggies, no lie.

T - Really not a whole lot of flavor here. Some hop bitterness but not much else rounding it out.

M - Fairly watery but not too bad.

D - I could see my friends who drink for the sake of drinking using this ice cold as a session beer. Nothing really exciting about this one though. (614 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a cloudy golden yellow color, some carbonation, tiny head which does not last long, nice lacing though.

S - Scents of hops and malts, and some spices.

T - The taste is hoppy, but not as other IPAs I've had. Nice bitter aftertaste/bite.

M - Medium body, well rounded brew.

D - Drinkable. Really not a bad IPA at that, but can always buy better. For a UT brew it's pretty tasty. Would make a nice session beer. (430 characters)

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! (665 characters)

Photo of slyke
3.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Uinta IPA is a beer I'd seen at liquor stores in my area in recent months. Giving it a try, the beer pours a pleasing orange color with an inch-high white head. The aroma is better than average and hoppy. A taste, however, reveals a good drinkable beer that unfortunately looks better than it tastes. There is nothing bad about this beer, but the appearance and aroma led me to expect more. (390 characters)

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. (1,144 characters)

Photo of kmpitz2
3.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Off tap at the brewery taproom. Without much room to work with to get a good malty backbone to overlay some bold hops, it is difficult for them to really make a true to style IPA.

This beer poured a nice golden yellow color, but still a few shades light for what I want in an IPA. The nise is really nice on this one. Lots of piney hop that entice me to drink it. The flavor is a bit thinner than the nose would tell me. Its almost a touch watery. The hop in the flavor is not as bold as the hop in the nose. The feel is also a touch thin. The beer is overall not a bad offering, but with the restrictions they face, it is not capable of being what I think it could be. I really hope the lawas change out there. (715 characters)

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. (675 characters)

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. (816 characters)

Photo of drewbage
3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on tap at Uinta Brewing's nice little tap room.

Bright color in the pale shiny orange with a low white head that leaves a little lace on the glass.

Aroma is toasted malt and a soapy hop flower.

Flavor is sharp and very light malt with a piney briskness. Very thin body and accentuated bitterness from the hops.

This feels more like an XPA type of brew, but that's just solely from the lack of malt. (421 characters)

Photo of packetknife
2.75/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Crystaline yellow with bubbles throughout. Bleached-white fluffy head that faded slowly. Lots of hoppiness on the nose. While the hops are intensive on the tongue you don't feel like you're drinkng a regular IPA, there is just something missing. It might be the ABV or it might be the complete and utter lack of anything but hops. Very sharply carbonated but suites it well. Average drinkability. (396 characters)

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 (396 characters)

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. (943 characters)

Photo of beerguy101
3.24/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Medium gold color. Small white foamy head. Arom ais fruity and sweet. A medium bodied IPA. Malty and aggressively hopped. Good balance, nice flavor. Hoppy without being too bitter. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. (268 characters)

Trader Session IPA from Uinta Brewing Company
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