Minnesota Special Bitter - Badger Hill Brewing Company
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4.15/5 rDev +15%
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!
11-25-2012 03:19:44 | More by NuclearDolphin
4.05/5 rDev +12.2%
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.
08-05-2012 07:14:18 | More by mjryan
3.98/5 rDev +10.2%
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.
10-14-2012 21:46:21 | More by match1112
3.84/5 rDev +6.4%
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.
05-04-2013 04:44:40 | More by jimmah120
3.78/5 rDev +4.7%
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.
08-22-2012 22:16:35 | More by jera1350
Minnesota Special Bitter from Badger Hill Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.