Minnesota Special Bitter - Badger Hill Brewing Company
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3.7/5 rDev +2.5%
The beer had a nice yellow/golden colour, which had a nice haziness to it. The head was minimal and average. The smell had a little more hop-nose to it than I expected from an ESB. There were also notes of citrus, nuttiness, and yeast. The taste was not as bitter as expected and much more balanced. There was more of a hop taste than expected, but not intense at all. The yeast taste that comes with bitter beers was not over-the-top either. It was surprisingly balanced and not as strong as expected.
Would I get it again? Yes.
11-30-2012 06:06:06 | More by NilocRellim
3.68/5 rDev +1.9%
Had a pint at Republic at Seven Corners. Appeared a clear orange-red with a thick off-white head. Interesting beer, it's got a very nutty—like walnut and almond—malt character with a sweet, candy yeast character from what I assume is an English ESB yeast strain. While the beer itself isn't thick or feel sweet, that candied herb taste probably isn't for everyone, but I was glad to raise a pint.
11-21-2012 22:51:38 | More by tempest
3.05/5 rDev -15.5%
Pours an attractive pale copper color (darker than amber) with just over a finger of head that had good retention. The head settles to a thin cap. Moderate amount of spotty lacing is left down the glass.
When I think ESB, this beer will not come to mind. Weird aroma. Floral but it smells almost like a cleaning agent. Anticeptic. Really have to dig to pick up the malty notes. When I do that is what saves the aroma. The malt gives some caramel, bready, and nutty notes.
Seems way hop dominate for and ESB. Drinks more like an IPA. Not well balanced despite the label claims. Quite bitter. Not a fan of the hops used here or in the execution. Get more of this anticeptic/band-aid taste and not enough of the malt. Too bad because what malt flavor I get, is very good and reminds me of British beer.
Carbonation is too low. The body feels deep enough but just undercarbonated.
My first experience with Badger Hill and I was letdown. I would try this beer on-tap sometime and I will try other styles of their beer as it becomes available, but like their brewing partners Lucid, they are on probation with me.
10-20-2012 20:19:33 | More by morimech
Minnesota Special Bitter from Badger Hill Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.