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Minnesota Special Bitter - Badger Hill Brewing Company

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75 Ratings
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Ratings: 75
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 11.51%
Wants: 0
Gots: 13 | 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:
Beer added by: mjryan on 08-05-2012

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Ratings: 75 | Reviews: 18
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2/5  rDev -45.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

Photo of garymuchow
2.86/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Start isn't so good. I'm catching a strong vegetable quality, especially right away. It seems to diminish in time and move towards a not unpleasant crisp malt character and a very faded hop.
Couldn't pour the whole bottle into a shaker glass as the head was too big. Very clear body and a nice amber color.
Interesting hop malt mix that resembles nicely an ESB. I do catch the vegetable in the taste. Subtle, but definitely there. Nice hop flavor towards the finish and stretches into a long and good bitter finish.
Soft carbonation and moderately light feel.
I've had all three beers now from Badger Hill. Seems like a work in progress. This one isn't quite there yet, but there are qualities I like. I wish them well.

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of morimech
3.06/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

Photo of maximum12
3.17/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. single picked up recently.

Pour is polished oak, on the light side, no knots, no haze, clean. Nose is a bit weak & as such my attention wanders. It might be a bit nutty, bready, bitter, or something else. All those things come in & out of the light, but it's the hop bitterness that is the mainstay.

Minnesota Special Bitter need some Mr. Clean applied. Just like my sample at the brewery, there's a rasped edge of moist dankness to this, an underlying dead-leaf note that corrupts the rest of the taste. Nice hop kick, floral & bitter, baked bread, acorns. But that undercurrent really hurts the taste & how much of it I want to drink. Not only that, it's becoming more pronounced as the beer warms.

Without the spring leaf pile, this would be a winner. As is, decent enough. I'd love Badger Hill to get this one right, because an excellent local ESB would be marvelous, but this one still needs a Brillo pad taken to it. Too dirty.

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3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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3.25/5  rDev -11%

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3.25/5  rDev -11%

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3.25/5  rDev -11%

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3.42/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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Minnesota Special Bitter from Badger Hill Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.