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Battle Axe IPA - Kelsen Brewing Company

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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: 11 | Hads: 69
Photo of theandyday
4.71/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I just had the most recent Battle Axe on tap at the brewery. They apparently dropped a malt and my god - amazing.

I remember the first BA I had and could taste the promise. I've waited to review this beer as the brewery has tweaked it and I think they've found what they were looking for. It's a crushable IPA, and an outstanding go-to beer.

This batch is crisp, bright and has just enough malt to balance the hop profile. I've killed growlers of this in a night by myself without even trying. I suppose I could get more technical, but at the end of a long day, you just want a beer you can kick back and crush. This is it.

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Photo of RobbDogg
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one is right in my wheelhouse. A huge nose of dank hops. Lots of juicy fruit, just a touch of sweetness, and a mildly bitter close. Hops are showcased and are upfront and lingering. This beer really stood out among the 15 beers we sampled at today's brew festival with its unabashed use of hops, earning Kelsen my eventual vote. If you like hop bombs, give this one a try.

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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 smcolw
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bar-poured, golden and clear. Moderate head hat leaves streaks on the glass for lace.

Aromatic, strongly citrusy hop nose. Elegant and inviting.

Near extreme bitterness from the aforementioned hop. Biting and long lasting. The bitterness peaks at the swallow but lingers a long, long tome afterwards. I really cannot pick up any base malt flavors. The body is neutral, and the carbonation elevated.

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Photo of Beglane
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I picked this up at the Gulf gas station in Bristol NH. Not expecting too much, I figured I'd give it a shot. It pours a beautiful golden color, with a head that won't quit. Good nose, very good taste. What a pleasant surprise, it's a damn good American IPA. I really enjoyed the malt backbone, balanced well with a citrusy hop upfront. I will definitely be buying more of this.

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Photo of puboflyons
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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Photo of SawDog505
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass, not sure of the bottle date. Pours a bright orange red, with a one inch off white head that leaves behind massive gobs of lace.

Smell tangerine, pine, hard candy, caramel, and grapefruit.

Taste follows pretty well, some nice earthy hops and plenty of sweet malt to balance it out and a hit of grapefruit lingers in the finish.

Body is medium large, nice amount of life, a bit dry, and very drinkable.

Overall this is a nice IPA, fairly tame/balanced, a great starter IPA. Once again a little local nano brewery impresses me.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle from the brewery open house.
Pours a slightly hazy reddish copper color with a huge frothy bubbly off white head that persists forever. Earthy, pine, citrus, and stone fruits meld with light caramel and bready malts in the aroma. The flavor holds a bit more maltiness than the aroma suggested. Solid bready caramel base with an earthy citrusy flavor. Moderate hop bitterness. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a slick resinous mouthfeel. A bit old school with a heavier caramel and toffee malty presence, but the use of newer hop varieties make this one stand out. Nice brew.

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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 BeerAdvocate
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 JayF562
2.32/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Proud a dark gold color with a slight haze. Off white rocky head. Medium low pine, earthy aroma. Flavor hits you with bready malt with a high bitter finish. Medium carbonation. Unfortunately this is not a easy drinking IPA. Honestly had to dump this as I could not drink the whole thing. I'm sure some they have better offerings. Will revisit some of the other beers they make soon.

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Battle Axe IPA from Kelsen Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 11 ratings.