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Minnesota Special Bitter - Badger Hill Brewing Company

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Ratings: 68
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 11.51%
Wants: 0
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Badger Hill Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mjryan on 08-05-2012)
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Reviews by zeledonia:
Photo of zeledonia
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another newish Minnesota brewery I've been wanting to try. Tasted 23 November 2012, reviewed from notes.

Pours a medium amber, almost clear but hazy enough that I can't quite see through it. One finger of yellowish off-white head, good retention, and really nice lacing. Good-looking beer.

Smell is malty, complemented by a vegetable hop crispness. Lightly toasty, with an herbal overtone. Has a soft, lightly bitter sense that's almost chemical.

Taste is clean, malty, and mildly bitter. Nothing jumps out at me; has that same herbal sense, which, combined with the bitter, gives it the air of a bitter herbal liqueur. Not bad.

Mouthfeel is interesting - quite slick, almost oily, which feels like it's lifting off my tongue. Medium-low carbonation, and could use some more.

A decent beer, just what I'd expect for the style, but nothing more. Toasty malts, mild bitterness. Most notable characteristic is the herbs, almost like a bitter liqueur.

zeledonia, Dec 01, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of Kern_Anderson
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Kern_Anderson, Jul 29, 2014
Photo of NilocRellim
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

NilocRellim, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Biscuit nose, hop aromas, earthy
Bright dark amber with a ferocious pillowy off white head. The foam is outrageously dense and rocky.
Palate: Balanced malt and bitterness. Earthy and resiny hops, hops more prominent as it warms.
Medium to medium high carbonation.

pat61, Sep 18, 2014
Photo of sgttibbs
3/5  rDev -17.8%

sgttibbs, Jul 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

JMS1512, Oct 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

roostor07, Mar 20, 2013
Photo of Snow81
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Snow81, Nov 12, 2014
Photo of pourmeadrink
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

pourmeadrink, Nov 22, 2013
Photo of tempest
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

tempest, Nov 21, 2012
Photo of morimech
3.05/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

morimech, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of ddavison
4/5  rDev +9.6%

ddavison, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of TooGood
2/5  rDev -45.2%

TooGood, Mar 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

bigbeers84, Apr 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

MN_Beerticker, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of MNAle
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very good attempt at a bitter, not much hop bite as expected for a bitter in the British style.Very good malt flavor, again, in the British style. This is very nice actually, and fairly true to style.

MNAle, Jun 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

cosmonick, Jun 30, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

CCutch, May 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

ssimpson89, Dec 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

minneapolitanjim, Oct 26, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

irrgalaxy, Feb 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

billhelm, Mar 25, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Hop-Droppen-Roll, Jul 19, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

bluetrevian, Dec 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

MinnTwins, May 27, 2013
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Minnesota Special Bitter from Badger Hill Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.