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Minnesota Special Bitter - Badger Hill Brewing Company

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68 Ratings
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Ratings: 68
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 11.51%
Wants: 0
Gots: 9 | 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:
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(Beer added by: mjryan on 08-05-2012)
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Photo of Kern_Anderson
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of Bravak
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Saw a list on Beer Info that listed this as the best ESB brewed in US. Had to give it a try. Also saw it won a Gold Medal at US Beer Open.

Copper color with fantastic clarity and one finger head that laced continously. Aromas of warm bread and earthy marmalade. Complex and full flavor quickly recedes with a surprising crispness. Seems heavier at first but actually is quite refreshing. Had it paired with BBQ and is outstanding with food. A little estery but in a good way.

While most American versions of ESB's seem to be disguised ambers, this is like the British ales I have had across the pond. Really good and highly recommend.

Photo of elec
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of Wanna_B_Hmong
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of Beerlover
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of NuclearDolphin
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Pint Glass

Appearance - Darker Orange and hazy with tons of carbonation initially before it becomes mild. Head width pours in around 2 fingers and has some soapy retention.

Smell - Floral Hops, Bready/Biscuits, Orange Peel, and Malts. Has a slightly resin scent to it; Interesting...

Taste - Floral Hops, Resin, Citrus, and Yeasts. Surprisingly Hoppy considering my past experience with ESB Ales. Still very tasty to drink with a more robust flavor as it warms up.

Mouthfeel - Moderate body with mild carbonation. Slightly crisp but not what I would call refreshing. It had a very slight creamy feel to it though.

Overall - It's always fun to explore the ever-expanding Minnesota craft beer scene and beers like this prove to me why. It's easy to enjoy, quite good and provides a unique twist in ESB style ales. I look forward to trying out more from Badger Hill in the future!

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.

Photo of mjryan
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ESB. Extra Special Bitter. Sure. A new world interpretation of a strong English pale ale. A Minnesota interpretation to be exact, hence it's name, Minnesota Special Bitter. Amber, not red. Golden hued. Freshly baked brown bread, hay and citrus fruit on the nose. I'm guessing these aromas are coming from the malt, hops and yeast. Perhaps maybe even the water. Malt dominates the first sip. Bready, as in freshly baked. The hops come along and play a floral, slightly green grass tune. Caramel flavours follow, then it finishes with a mild grapefruity bitterness with some toffe notes in there as well. Very nice. I didn't feel the Earth shake when I took my first sip. I'm not going to wait in a line for days for it. I won't fill a bottle of it from a glass in the toilet of some bar and trade it to a guy in Rotterdamn for some "Westy 12". I will however order it again. Gladly.

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.

Photo of Snow81
4/5  rDev +9.6%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of MinnTwins
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of JakeBarnett
4/5  rDev +9.6%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of ThePublicHouse
4/5  rDev +9.6%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of match1112
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Minnesotaryan sent this bad bay as an extra, and for that I thank him!

a: crystal clear dark amber body. finger and a half of thick creamy dirty white head slowly settles to a quarter inch cap that stays till the end. Plenty of spotty lacing is left behind.

s: bread, spice, floral notes, a touch of bananna and some earth tones.

t: has a wow factor to it. big bready body with touches of spice and flowers, guessing that's from the hops. Slight citrus twang on the finish.

m: real creamy, medium body, excellent carbonation and a bone dry finish.

o: really, really like this take on a ESB. Easy to drink and great to look at.

Photo of Ajmorriso1
3.96/5  rDev +8.5%

Photo of jimmah120
3.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 5

12oz bottle with no date, into hourglass glass. there is a code on the back.

very foamy, semi hazy, medum amber tone. smell is very faint wheat. taste is bitter, leafy, off hop notes that remind me of homebrew. some sweet malt, but mostly malty in feel. waaay, way too much carbonation.

reminds me of home brew in a appearance and taste. still, tasty stuff and cheap.

Photo of jera1350
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Valley Tap House.

Served in a pint glass. Light coppery brown color with just a trace of foam on top. No lacing really.

Earthy, grassy hops with a nutty malt scent.

The flavor is very approachable. Nutty, bready malt flavor with more of the hops coming in to play. Grassy and earthy with a noticeable bite.

Smooth and nearly crisp feeling with a light-medium body.

Overall, a very drinkable beer that has some nice flavor to it, but nothing that will knock your socks off. Fits the style profile pretty well.

Photo of JMS1512
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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Minnesota Special Bitter from Badger Hill Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.