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Minnesota Special Bitter - Badger Hill Brewing Company

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Reviews: 18
Hads: 82
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 10.22%
Wants: 0
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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Badger Hill Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: mjryan on 08-05-2012

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Reviews: 18 | Hads: 82
Photo of NuclearDolphin
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
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! (896 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (400 characters)

Photo of Mdog
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
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. (398 characters)

Photo of morimech
3.06/5  rDev -17.7%
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. (1,111 characters)

Photo of match1112
3.98/5  rDev +7%
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. (632 characters)

Photo of sonata2008
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
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. (633 characters)

Photo of jera1350
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (528 characters)

Photo of mjryan
4.06/5  rDev +9.1%
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. (881 characters)

Minnesota Special Bitter from Badger Hill Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.