Trader Session IPA
Uinta Brewing Company

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IPA - American
Ranked #6,933
Ranked #46,718
3.42 | pDev: 11.4%
Uinta Brewing Company
Utah, United States
Notes: Noted for its bright hop character, this sessionable IPA is wonderfully balanced.

42 IBU
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iguanodon from Utah

1.93/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

[Original rating 2012-09-03] Clear gold with a thick off wihte head that leaves nice lacing. Aroma of citrus and faint flowers. Taste is watery with a bitter finish. Not much going on here, pretty blah.

Oct 03, 2018
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ManapuaMan from Massachusetts

3.57/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Airport beer between flights at SLC, which means I drank it thirstily and quickly. Nice looking beer from the draft - bronze with a soft, bubbly head.

Aroma is trampled pine needles, grass, and muted citrus. Toasted malt with a touch of caramel.

Taste is pine needles, grapefruit skin, pith and toasty malt. About 50/50 between hops and malt, with a surprisingly pronounced bitterness for the ABV (which I enjoy).

Crisp, dry and bitter. Old school session IPA.

Apr 13, 2018
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Squire from Mississippi

3.67/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Good looking gold color with white cap and lacing.

Aroma of crisp, piney hops on a diminished malt base.

Taste on entry is hop forward and uncomplicated in a refreshing. Malt enters mid palate and is a bit richer than the sent implies. It is in fact a bigger malt flavor than some other session ales I've tried and noteworthy in comparison to those others. Aftertaste is malty which is then covered by the hops.

Medium texture with balancing carbonation.

Good show animal for the breed, nothing special enough to stock up on but if diet or other reasons require a low ABV brew this one work reasonably well.

Nov 23, 2017
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huthuty from Utah

4.75/5  rDev +38.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A return to one of the beers that got me into beer, the first IPA i loved which allowed me to continue to expand my pallet into being a full on hop head
pours a dark golden amber with a fluffy quickly dissipating head
smell is strong of citrus hops, notes of grapefruit, detectable malt character
taste is strong of citrus hops, with just a little malt, no alcohol taste whatsoever which blends well with the lack of malt
i can remember beginning to love hops with this, fantastic session brew, would recommend buying a case

Oct 08, 2017
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.52/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

probably the least compelling of the uinta beers i had out in utah on my trip, this is fine beer, drinkable enough and quite hoppy as they go, but it just seems sort of lackluster overall, like its missing something. a little malty for what it is, but i like it having a little more substance. the hops just seem a little lost to this, like its better as a light pale ale than it is as an ipa of any kind, it just never really gets there on the hops for me. subtle pine, toasted grain sweetness, and orange. it has some body for its lightness, i just wonder how all the utah draft beer is exactly 4% abv, do they have it that dialed, is it watered down some, its tough to say, but its light abv is not necessarily indicative of its drinkability here, its still light, but its not necessarily interesting enough to want to drink a lot of, and it kind of falls apart a little when it warms up. maybe i am being to critical, they cant all be amazing, and i did enjoy the one pint of this i had well enough, so whatever, its passable craft beer, but thats not the standard i would want to be held to if i was making it...

Apr 24, 2017
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dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can dated best by 10/10/16 into pint glass. Pours a cloudy amber with a persistent but thin off-white head. Initial impression is citrus, pine, maybe a little floral hops. Not much bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium, as is carbonation. Dry, refreshing finish. Very sessionable - would be great with seafood.

Sep 06, 2016
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.49/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A thanks to the commander of canned beers, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a dark golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is fruity, tangerine, mango. Taste is mild compared to the aroma. Citrus, caramel malts, very little bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer, but lacking any punch.

May 14, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.22/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Comes in hearty looking for a session ipa, dark gold, seems like plenty of malt (or color from heavier toasting). 1/2" white head. Aroma was more earthy old world hops than anything.

Taste had an almost lager yeast like fruitiness, mild hopping, mild toasted hops, still comes across like a hybrid of an American and English pale ale. Noticed substantial variation in the six pack. It was alright, but clearly a ways away from being an elite 1st tier session ipa.

May 12, 2016
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Fatehunter from Oregon

3.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a finger and half of head on a slightly hazy straw body.
The aroma is pine, mango and pineapple. Nice tropical smells.
The taste has a sharp pine bitter followed by a watery bitter.
The texture is crisp.
It has nice aroma but the flavor is a bit jarring.

Feb 12, 2016
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ordybill from Georgia

4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 OZ can into a pint glass. the appearnace is a clear, fairly dark yellow color with a small white head. The aroma is complex with hops, citrus and yeast. The taste is heavy with malt and has a hop finish. Overall, a really good IPA.

Nov 17, 2015
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babacosmo from Pennsylvania

3.92/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a variety 12 pack with Hop Nosh, Looks like a pale ale, smells like an IPA tastes very bitter and hoppy, outstanding for a session IPA, Can hang with the big boys.

Oct 10, 2015
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jooler from California

3.32/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Smell is malty and look is dark. Taste is not as malty as I expected. But the taste still isn't that great. It tastes like a watered down beer. No hops

Sep 11, 2015
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jw4free from Kansas

3.3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle (best before 10/05/15) in a weizen glass. Light copper, cloudy. Big head, fades quick. Lots of lacing. Mega piney nose. Fades to tangerine overtones on taste. Not too thin, not so crisp, finished piney. Cool bottle and like the beer glass recommendation.

Jul 20, 2015
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Oleyomoleyo from North Carolina

2.92/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I'm an IPA guy and this one just didn't do it for me. I like most of what I've had by Uinta. This one was not up to what I'm used to from them. Poured with a nice head. Nice deep golden color. Taste was almost like a flat IPA.

Jun 07, 2015
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SupportNewEnglandBrew from Maine

3.32/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle into a pint tumbler glass.

L: Poured a very weak head. Deep amber and cloudy body.

S: Citrusy, hop stank, mild.

T: Starts with a nice black tea bitterness that rolls into a very uninspired generic malt profile. But fear not, because that's soon hopped into oblivion.

F: Solid balanced feel. Sessionable.

O: I liked this more as a I drank it (after adjusting to the harsh hop profile) but overall it's a meh.

Jun 03, 2015
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UCLABrewN84 from California

2.89/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Best before 8/8/15.

Pours a murky dark orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is subdued with some malt, earth, dirt, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with subdued earth, citrus zest, and slight metallic flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a below average beer with subdued characteristics that make this one a bit of a chore to drink.

Serving type: can.

May 30, 2015
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Nugganooch from California

3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 12oz can split two ways – Societe Brewing 2nd Anny glass
Notes taken on 12/23/2014

A: Golden straw with a hint of amber to it and some minimal haziness around the core. A foamy layer of whipped egg whites settles over top. Light dots and slippery curtains of lace hit the glass walls after every sip.

S: Malty aromas straight from the can. Touch of bread and toasted biscuit with an overall caramel like sweetness. Somewhat lacking in aroma hops however I do get nice grassy and floral arrangement to this. Decent but I would say all around the nose is a bit subdued.

T: Caramel malt and biscuit breads combine to make up most of the fore flavors. There is a nice grassy resin note to this one and a very drying level of puckered bitterness. Sprinkle in some lemony pine and floral notes. Not bad on the balance and overall session. Has some burpy malt packed in for sure.

M: Light and spritzy with a moderate to light body. Upper levels of constricting bitterness lend to a very dry crisp finish and some resinous linger.

D: An okay session I would say. Malt is bready and hops are grassy for the most part. Does have some nice bitter punch while keeping the balance in good check. Cool to try out but not in the top echelon of the table brew race.

May 12, 2015
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nebula1999 from Connecticut

3.99/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Retrying this beer fresh in a can. Much better than the version I had before. I bumped up my rating. There's actually some malt in the background to support the hops, so it isn't so chalky like most session IPAs.

Mar 28, 2015
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

3.41/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed from the can in a tulip glass, this solid IPA pours a hazy yellow amber with a thick frothy white head of slllloooowwwllyy dissipating bubbles that leaves very nice soapy lacing. Nose of spicy hops, white pepper, light tropical fruits, light sweet malts, and bittering hops. Flavors of thin sweet malts come through the front with bittering and herbal hops commandeering the flavors tot he back and on the aftertaste. Light citrus notes linger briefly but are overtaken by bittering hops. Smooth light carbonated mouth feel finishes wet and light with lingering bitterness. Good for the style.

Jan 18, 2015
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Can from the Drinkery
Pours a slightly hazy deep golden color with a huge frothy bubbly bone white head that persists forever leaving lots of stickies to the sides of the glass on the way down. Huge peppery, resinous, earthy, lightly onion hop aromas. Faint bready caramel maltiness barely backs up the huge hop aromas. The flavor holds more of the toffee caramel bread maltiness than the aroma suggested. Pine resin and dank hop flavors with a smooth but firm hop bitterness. Light to medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a slick watery mouthfeel. This is one of the better "session" IPA's that I have had. I find most don't have much body and seem very thin and watery whereas this one works a little better for me in that area.

Nov 26, 2014
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.72/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can into a nonic.

Pours clear and golden with a good sized off-white head. The head is durable and leaves plenty of lacing.

Aroma: surprisingly strong aroma of piney-floral-fruity hops.

Flavor: satisfying and well balanced, with less hop flavor than the aroma or IPA labelling suggest ... and more bready malts.

O: an aromatic, low ABV, APA (not a typo).

Nov 20, 2014
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I'm not a fan of the trader session leans toward english style. The beer poured a cloudy orangeish yellow with no head and no lace. The scent was more bittery grapefruit. The taste bitter with weak grapefruit. The Mouthfeel was lighter in body with subtle carbonation. Overall it's ok....but don't expect much.

Jul 23, 2014
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allengarvin from Texas

3.83/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a crystal clear pale copper colored beer with a nice airy, frothy head that's a good 3/4ths inch tall. The nose gives moderately abundant citrus hop notes. The taste--actually not all that bitter. Hop flavor is fairly light as well, with grassy, citrus hints. Malt, naturally, is very light. This beer is on the low-end of hoppiness as far as session IPAs go, but it is fairly drinkable.

Jul 12, 2014
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argock from Virginia

3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a Shaker pint glass. No evident freshness dating. Received in beer-of-the-month club from Tami.

A: Slightly hazy amber with 1-2 finger nearly white, frothy hed with good retention and sheets of lacing down the glass.

S: Dank hops and medium-dark crystal malts, some nutty, woody aromas but not a lot there.

T: The flavor is not an IPA style flavor -- this fits more into the session APA or session amber ale category. The flavor is balanced, but I would say more malt-dominated with medium-dark crystal maltiness and a light orange and grapefruit citrus hoppiness. A little bit of fruity yeast esters. All in all, not bad but not really an IPA in any form.

M: Light-medium body which is amazing given the 4% ABV with light-medium carbonation and pretty dry finish.

O: Not a beer I would seek out but not bad. More fits the session ale (APA or amber, probably more session English IPA or amber IMO) category.

Jul 06, 2014
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BEERMILER12 from Maine

3.37/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a orange-amber color with a fingers worth of head that fades down to a spotty cap that leaves decent lacing

S: Some fruity hops along with an almost overwhelming maltiness. Quite balanced but definitely not going to hop route

T: Starts off with a balance between the fruity hops and lightly sweet maltiness. Goes into a bit of graininess and very light bitterness. Finishes with a bit of both

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: Maybe even a bit too malty for a session IPA, this beer is definitely malt forward with a bit of hoppiness. Very easy to drink but a bit on the malty side, it definitely gets a bit cloying after a while. Worth a 6-pack if you're going to session a few, but probably not worth a 12-pack. I'd easily choose Hop Nosh over this

Jul 05, 2014
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