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Battle Axe IPA - Kelsen Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Battle Axe IPABattle Axe IPA

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

11 Reviews

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Reviews: 11
Hads: 69
Avg: 3.95
pDev: 33.67%
Wants: 3
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Kelsen Brewing Company visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: JakerLou on 03-02-2014

Battle Axe IPA is a unique example of the style, focused on smooth hop flavors and aroma, while avoiding the harsh bitterness found so often in today’s IPAs. Rather than competing for the most bitter beer available, we chose to leverage voluminous late hop additions in the boil to produce a highly drinkable IPA with strong hop flavors, fresh citrus hop aroma and a profound drinkability that makes it a great beer to pair with food.
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Reviews by puboflyons:
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3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the 650 ml. bottle. Sampled on March 2, 2014.

The pour is a deeper amber color with a maple or mahogany tone leading up to a modest off-white head that lingers. Fairly good clarity.

The aroma begins with a sweet profile followed by the earthy and slightly floral hop character of an IPA. There is a definitive dark fruit character in this as well and not the zingy type most associated with IPA's.

The body is medium and smooth.

The taste begins with a fascinating sweet and caramel malt note and then the mild bitterness comes in to linger dryly at the end. The malt character tends to be more forward than the hop character so IPA hopheads might be disappointed by the mild bitterness. But this is actually the way I enjoy my IPA's.

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More User Reviews:
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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Grassy, Earthy, Pithy

All the makings of a great IPA, stunning appearance with a head that does not want to go away. While this IPA may be around 60 IBUs there is a much more flavors on the palate than bitterness. Thick grassy flavor throughout, pithy with suggestions of bitter citrus rind. Hint of caramel in the middle which tries to keep a balance, warming alcohol flaunts some ripe tropical fruit in the hoppy finish. Not half bad, not the greatest either ... there is an overly pungent hop flavor that just does not jive with us all the way. Regardless, this is very much and IPA.

STYLE: American IPA | ABV: 7.2% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #95 (DEC 2014)

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Photo of risendragon
4.07/5  rDev +3%

As of this review, I have reviewed every single beer from Kelsen. Fan much? Poured from a bomber into a standard glass.

A- Caramel/bronze, off-white two-finger head. Glass has some nice lacing. (4)

S- Big citrus hops start off the party. A crisp, sweet caramel scent follows with malts taking a backseat. This is good so far (4).

T- Big citrus hops, grapefruit, some pine in there, bitter aftertaste. I am getting some malt sweetness, some caramel, but mainly hops. I also get a roasted flavor at the finish, not sure if it's from the hops or the malts (4.25).

M- Crisp, not cloying like some other IPA's I've had. Nice light to medium body (4).

O- A nice way to finish off the Kelsen cannon. This is a great IPA, nicely balanced, a good one to start off with if you're just getting into IPA's (4.07).

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Photo of AshlandNacho
3.24/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of JakerLou
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of alienlifeforcecube
3/5  rDev -24.1%

Photo of mjstacker
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.4/5  rDev -13.9%

Photo of Mbertrand2
4.44/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of Wolvesinthetaproom
3.59/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Docpeter1982
5/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Amazing beer, hoppy and malty, a treat

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Photo of trevorpost
3.46/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rjp217
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hockeypuck
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of d_brommer_nh
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

Photo of ScaryEd
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 32 oz growler filled at the brewery.

Pour is a clear, golden orange color with a huge fluffy white head. Head is gone relatively quick but leaves some good, soapy lacing around the glass.

The aroma is dank and earthy, and very citrusy. Has a subtle but noticeable sweet malt note on the back end.

The taste is very citrus forward, with notes of grapefruit as well as some grassy pine. Picking up a decent amount of the sweet, caramel malt character. Nothing spectacular, but pretty well-balanced.

The mouth is medium bodied with pretty good carbonation. Very dry and bitter at the end of each sip.

Overall, a pretty good IPA. It's crisp and refreshing, and very drinkable.

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Photo of Ski4beer
5/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Incredible hop aroma and flavor.

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Cynthia38
5/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great hop aroma and hop flavor. Danky but balanced with great malt flavors and balanced bitterness.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

3.2/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Massbmx
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Battle Axe IPA from Kelsen Brewing Company
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