Traitor IPA - Badger Hill Brewing Company
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3.91/5 rDev -1.5%
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.
08-05-2014 22:04:13 | More by JamesMN
4.24/5 rDev +6.8%
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.
07-09-2014 04:02:14 | More by CTaylorBrew
4.11/5 rDev +3.5%
Crystal clear golden body with a sticky head that has solid retention. The nose on this has lots of tropical fruit with melon and floral honey. Tropical fruit, melon and honey sweetness with the bitterness coming in the finish and aftertaste. Not a very high bitterness at all, but has lots of hop character. Slight piney finish. Feels lighter than medium and has velvety carbonation. The drinkability on this is wonderful. Very well done IPA that I am a fan of.
05-24-2014 01:01:38 | More by jera1350
Traitor IPA from Badger Hill Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.