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Minnesota Special Bitter - Badger Hill Brewing Company

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Ratings: 62
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 0
Gots: 7 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -3%

Ragnarok88, Jul 18, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -10%

zenwatts, Jul 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

TheKOshow, Jul 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

CCutch, May 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

MinnTwins, May 27, 2013
Photo of jimmah120
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.

jimmah120, May 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

capuchinpilates, Apr 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

bigbeers84, Apr 08, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

sparx1100, Mar 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

roostor07, Mar 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

irrgalaxy, Feb 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

inbierveritas, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of garymuchow
2.88/5  rDev -20.2%

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.

garymuchow, Jan 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

dmueller, Jan 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

ssimpson89, Dec 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

ponbon63, Dec 15, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

bluetrevian, Dec 12, 2012
Photo of zeledonia
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%

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.

zeledonia, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of maximum12
3.15/5  rDev -12.7%

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.

maximum12, Dec 01, 2012
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3.7/5  rDev +2.5%

The beer had a nice yellow/golden colour, which had a nice haziness to it. The head was minimal and average. The smell had a little more hop-nose to it than I expected from an ESB. There were also notes of citrus, nuttiness, and yeast. The taste was not as bitter as expected and much more balanced. There was more of a hop taste than expected, but not intense at all. The yeast taste that comes with bitter beers was not over-the-top either. It was surprisingly balanced and not as strong as expected.

Would I get it again? Yes.

NilocRellim, Nov 30, 2012
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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!

NuclearDolphin, Nov 25, 2012
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3.68/5  rDev +1.9%

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.

tempest, Nov 21, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

doucmehu, Nov 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

ddavison, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of Mdog
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

Mdog, Oct 28, 2012
Minnesota Special Bitter from Badger Hill Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.