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Minnesota Special Bitter - Badger Hill Brewing Company

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59 Ratings
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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 11.67%
Wants: 0
Gots: 6 | 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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TooGood

Minnesota

2/5  rDev -44.4%

03-16-2014 12:45:04 | More by TooGood
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mmulebarn

Minnesota

2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

11-24-2013 04:34:04 | More by mmulebarn
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garymuchow

Minnesota

2.88/5  rDev -20%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 22:13:28 | More by garymuchow
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sgttibbs

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -16.7%

07-03-2014 12:12:44 | More by sgttibbs
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mattmarka1

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -16.7%

01-13-2014 18:45:06 | More by mattmarka1
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BRClemons

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -16.7%

11-26-2013 23:28:50 | More by BRClemons
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p-wagz

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -16.7%

12-05-2013 02:46:59 | More by p-wagz
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vikinghorn

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -16.7%

08-05-2013 01:51:08 | More by vikinghorn
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -16.7%

11-22-2013 02:19:52 | More by XmnwildX12
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morimech

Minnesota

3.05/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2012 20:19:33 | More by morimech
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maximum12

Minnesota

3.15/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2012 01:43:49 | More by maximum12
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zenwatts

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

07-06-2013 15:15:20 | More by zenwatts
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Lobina

Arizona

3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

06-29-2014 18:05:53 | More by Lobina
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zeledonia

Minnesota

3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2012 07:00:50 | More by zeledonia
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roostor07

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

03-20-2013 21:11:01 | More by roostor07
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cosmonick

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

06-30-2014 15:19:13 | More by cosmonick
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Hop-Droppen-Roll

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

07-19-2014 20:03:05 | More by Hop-Droppen-Roll
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bluetrevian

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

12-12-2012 00:21:30 | More by bluetrevian
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TheKOshow

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

07-01-2013 02:50:46 | More by TheKOshow
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sparx1100

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

03-28-2013 02:14:16 | More by sparx1100
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doucmehu

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

11-16-2012 21:50:01 | More by doucmehu
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inbierveritas

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

01-27-2013 05:14:44 | More by inbierveritas
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Ragnarok88

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

07-18-2013 14:48:34 | More by Ragnarok88
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Mdog

Minnesota

3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep amber, good head.

Smell: Yeasty, belgian style.

Taste: Dry, Belgian-IPA like. Black pepper. Mild fruitiness. Dry, citrus astringency.

Overall: Seems more like a Belgian IPA than an ESB to me. Yeast notes definitely remind me more of Belgian beers than English. It does give a shot of good bitterness, and some different flavors to make it stand out from the crowd. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2012 23:16:56 | More by Mdog
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sonata2008

Minnesota

3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: About 5/8" of cream-colored foam. A bit cloudy in appearance. Orange copper in color. A fair amount of lacing.
Smell: Bread and hops and a little bit of spice. Smells like floral hops.
Taste: A very interesting, unusual taste, but it's good. Very dry and a little astringent. Can taste the hops. Some bitterness, but the bitterness doesn't linger. Doesn't have a bitter after taste. It's interesting that I can smell the bread, but I don't taste it.
Mouthfeel: The effervescence gives it a nice tingly taste on the tongue.
Overall: Quite drinkable with a unique taste. The dryness, however, may not appeal to some folks.

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2012 00:05:07 | More by sonata2008
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Minnesota Special Bitter from Badger Hill Brewing Company
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