Traitor IPA - Badger Hill Brewing Company

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Traitor IPATraitor IPA

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88
very good

36 Ratings
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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 9.48%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Badger Hill Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: SortaAmbivalent on 04-13-2014)
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Reviews by CTaylorBrew:
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4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a sam adams glass. About a one and a half inch white to off white head that hung around for a few minutes and left lacing all the way down the glass. Beer's a pale gold to light amber color. I smell a sweet resinyness (if that's a word) with some citrus and melon. First part of my first sip was smooth with appropriate carbonation but left me wondering, just for a second, where all the hop bitterness was.. then it came, and was quite prevalent! The mouthfeel is smooth and a bit creamy. I very much enjoyed this beer! In general I enjoy hoppy beers, and this was a very good example of the type of IPA I like.

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from 12oz bottle
A-pours a mostly clear copper/amber color with an off white head that stayed around to reveal some nice lacing
S-tropical notes and malts and bread
T-melon citrus and mango it had a garden dankness with some sweet caramel malts but the hops prevail on the finish
M-medium coronation with dank resinous hop that are so drinkable very little bitterness but a smooth tasty IPA
O- one of the best brews from BH ive had would not hesitate to this on tap if i see when out

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3.91/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked out as part of a mix-a-six. Chose for two reasons, one a clear packaging date 5/27/14 and two because the ingredient list states "lots of american and aussie hops." Gotta love a beer description that gets straight to the point.

Appearance: Somewhat hazy caramel color with a thin off-white head consisting of some rather large carbonation bubbles.

Aroma: The type of sweet mango that I associate with citra dry-hopping. Sort of has a 'home-brew' aroma as well, a bit green.

Taste: Real interesting mix of hop flavors. I think of American hops as delivering anything from earthy to piney to citrusy flavors, with assertive bitterness. There are definitely notes of citrus and a bit of pine but the flavor seems more heavily dominated by the Australian hops, which deliver tropical fruit flavors. In this case, mango is the dominant hop flavor. The bitterness, on the other hand comes in during the finish and feels like the dry/earthy bitterness that comes from American hops. The result is a great blending of some of the most sought after hop flavors. Due to the sweetness of the more tropical hop juice, the 70 IBUs claimed on the label are highly quaffable. The fact that I'm nearly done with this section of the review and have not mentioned malt yet is enough of an indication that it is basically a non-factor in this beer. Apart from being the basis for the hops to stand on and allowing for a moderate 7% ABV, there really isn't much malt flavor to speak of and that's just fine in this situation. The only thing I can think of as a slight negative is the 'home-brew' taste, which probably corresponds to something else in the brewing process such as a rushed primary fermentation. However, it does not distract much from the flavor as a whole. As I mentioned before the finish is the high point of the hop bitterness, but manageable none-the-less. This results in an aftertaste of ebbing earthy/piney bitterness. Not dry, not juicy, but very good.

Mouthfeel: About medium in body with super smooth carbonation and just a velvety smooth feel all around. It can't be overstated how much a smooth mouthfeel can impact the quality of a beer. Great drinkability for an IPA of this size. Out of sessionable range but to each his own.

Final Thoughts: While it may not be the best IPA out there, it's one of the most enjoyable beer drinking experiences I've had this year. I don't believe I've tried any other offerings from Badger Hill but their Traitor IPA has made a strong case for me to seek out their entire line-up. Would I drink it again? Yeah, I hope to see it on-tap since it's a local brew.

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Traitor IPA from Badger Hill Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.