Trader Session IPA | Uinta Brewing Company

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Trader Session IPATrader Session IPA

Brewed by:
Uinta Brewing Company
Utah, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Noted for its bright hop character, this sessionable IPA is wonderfully balanced.

42 IBU

Added by packetknife on 08-21-2002

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
2.68/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I would again like to thank the Uinta rep who provided these samples.

In a country where the bar for IPAs is constantly being raised, Trader IPA really falls short:

a - Golden amber body, white head.

s: Mild citrus hop flavor.

t: Vague citrus hop flavor. No real depth, little bitterness, a wimpy IPA brewed for the masses.

d: Did Anheuser-Busch make this? OK, that's a bit harsh, but this is a watered down IPA that would only appeal to someone who has never had an actual IPA and/or hates hops. I drank this at home and swapped a taste with my fiance, Alana, who was drinking a Sam Adams Boston Lager at the time. The Boston Lager had a more pronounced hop presence and more bitterness!

I love supporting Micro breweries, but after having the Uinta IPA, Porter, Pale Ale, Barleywine, and Kolsh I must say I am very dissapointed in this brewery. Average at best.

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Photo of jhammerly
2.74/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Wasatch for sending this to me.

Bottled on: 09/25/06

A nice looking beer that has a golden body with a hint of amber. A three-fingered head topped it off, slowly fading to about an inch. Thick clumps of lacing clung to the sides after each drink. I couldn't detect much of an aroma. Just a faint floral nose from the hops, I was expecting more. Taste is light. Has very little hop bitterness and a light malt character, but still manages to balance things out. Mouthfeel is light as well. This would make a good session beer. It has a mild flavor and has a low ABV. I think this would also make a good beer for those just getting into craft beers.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
2.74/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Utah beer session, 5/6

Poured chilled in large water tulip glass.

A: clear light orange, medium carb (small beads); good 3-finger head (sudsy)
S: bready, yeasty, a bit stale
T: substandard IPA; watery; hopped, yes, but very little malt (and don't forget that it's got Utah's ABV)

IPA lovers will be disappointed

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Photo of packetknife
2.75/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Crystaline yellow with bubbles throughout. Bleached-white fluffy head that faded slowly. Lots of hoppiness on the nose. While the hops are intensive on the tongue you don't feel like you're drinkng a regular IPA, there is just something missing. It might be the ABV or it might be the complete and utter lack of anything but hops. Very sharply carbonated but suites it well. Average drinkability.

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Photo of EStreet20
2.79/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle my friend Dave recieved as part of his beer of the month club. A 4% IPA huh??? Well here goes. Poured into a 20 ounce nonic.

A - A fairly light translucent golden amber. A very nice foamy head forms. A nice look overall.

S - Some hops but a wierd smell in there. Reminds me of boiled veggies, no lie.

T - Really not a whole lot of flavor here. Some hop bitterness but not much else rounding it out.

M - Fairly watery but not too bad.

D - I could see my friends who drink for the sake of drinking using this ice cold as a session beer. Nothing really exciting about this one though.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.8/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This IPA pours out as a clear yellow color with a decent white head on it. The aromas have a little bit of hops in there, Could use a little more I think. The aromas mostly malts other than the light hops aroma. The Taste of this beer is average at best. The hops aren't really screaming out like they should in a IPA. They're in there but they just don't give you a kick like they should. This beers mouthfeel is ok, a little too light I think. Overall I wouldn't seek this brew out again.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
2.85/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light gold color with a white head. The smell is pungent and hoppy, malt sweetness also factoring in. In the taste, toffee like malts and some earthy, bitter hops. Has the weakness of a NA beer with a bit of hops. Sessionable, but so is water if that's your prerogative . Tastes like a watered down ipa also sporting a watery body. There are some citrus notes and soft grain, but honestly thin and watery. Why bother.

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Photo of Zorro
2.86/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Clear amber colored ale with a small white colored head.

Smells of mildly of NW style hops and biscuit malt scents. Woody scents and a faint pine scent.

Starts out dry and slightly bitter. Light malt and stronger hops. Light strong tea, wood and pine flavor. Taste stronger than it smells.

Mouthfeel is OK.


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Photo of Beaver13
2.88/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, bottled on 4/14/08. Pours a clear golden orange with a large fluffy white head that retains well and laces the glass a little.

The aroma is peppery, grassy hops with a little mint.

The flavor is some corny malts and vegetables with a decent slightly minty bitterness. The mouthfeel is light bodied and watery.

Overall, an OK IPA.

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Photo of AltBock
2.88/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Stubby 12 oz. bottle with a dark forest green label that has a drawing of 2 men loading a 1800's era tall ship. The name on the side of the ship is H.M.S. Uinta. What a coincidence! To the left is the Government warning and to the right is the brewery's home city and a bottled on date. Mine was bottled on 8/1/08. The neck label has the same drawing as well as two small sentences. The first one talks about the beer and the second one talks about the history of the IPA style.

When poured into a Victory pint glass, this IPA was a lightly hazy golden tangerine orange. On top of this golden brew was a 3/4 of an inch head of pure white foam. This head had really good retention that left behind a foamy white film and small blots of white lace. Overall, it had an above appearance IPA appearance.

This IPA loved the scent of ruby red grapefruit. The aroma was mostly all about the ruby red grapefruit. Following the grapefruit was a subtle pinch of bitter citrus hops and a drop of fresh pine. Not much going on the aroma. It was average at best.

This beer made me feel like I was drinking grapefruit juice more than drinking an IPA. This would have been fine where it stood, but it tasted like they watered it down a bit. The only thing after the grapefruit was a hint of bitter hops infused with grapefruit. Even the hops couldn't get away from being ruled by the grapefruit.

This was a light bodied IPA with a ton of crispy carbonation and a faint aftertaste of watered down grapefruit juice. That was it for the aftertaste. There was nothing after that.

In the end, this beer needs to be more like an IPA and less like grapefruit juice. I would consider this beer again if I was in the mood for some grapefruit juice, but if I wanted a crispy IPA, I would look somewhere else.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.89/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

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Photo of Jsteez
2.91/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I visited SLC and thought I may try one of these brews. No fresh date on bottle. Poured into a mug.

A-Orange, golden,brownish, a little cloudy. Thick, white three finger head. Nice lacy sides on the glass. High to moderate carbonation. Very bubbly and frothy. Enjoyed the look. It looked quite refreshing.

S-Floral notes,hoppy,grainy, and citrus blends.

T-Dry and hoppy flavor. Watery. A Smooth and mellow finish with a hint of bitterness from the hops. A touch of pine. Watery. I also sensed some buttery hops and a light touch of malt? The malt was not really noticeable though, but it may be there. Needs more hops, bitterness, and more ABV to be a true IPA. Did I say this tasted watery? Hmm...

M-Wet and not sticky. A little watery for my taste. IPA's usually seem to stick on my palate. This one did not.

Overall, Utah has strange alcohol laws. From what I understand, a normal IPA in other states will have between 6-7% ABV. This brew has 4%. It does have a lot of flavor for a watered down IPA, I will give it that. The best things about this brew are the nice lacy sides and the thick head. I could drink a couple of them (easy drinking). However,if I wanted a lighter beer, I'd drink a lager. I would buy this beer while in Utah. If I saw it in another state, I wouldn't bother.

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Photo of Oleyomoleyo
2.92/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

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Photo of BigMike
2.98/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From under the cap, "Earth,Wind & Beer"

Pours a glowing orange color with a nice two finger head.

Piney citrus on the aroma with floral and mandarin oranges.

The flavor is citrus. Mostly oranges and tangerines although very very light.

This is very smooth and easy to drink. Not much complexity.

It says extra hopped on the label but i don't taste it.

This beer lacks any depth. I wouldn't try this one again.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.06/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle.

The beer ours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is full of grassy hops and some bready malt. Not as hoppy smelling as I expect from an American IPA. The flavor is basically the same, with a lot of grass and citrus. However, I also get some orange citrus notes, but they are well hidden. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of ybnorml
3.06/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A yellow/amber beer with a slight haze. Has a bubbly white head and nice lace. The aroma starts with a piney hop note but is overtaken by a musky, earthy, woody character which dominates. The taste is very light on the palatte. With some light cereal malt note an a decent hop bite at the back of the throat. Extra Hopped it says on the label.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.09/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer #8 in the great Utah Brew Hunt.

What an odd nose on this thing. It's almost candy-ish. Flavor is a bit unusual as well. Orange citrus tones with a touch of spicy aspect is there as well. Drinkable? Sure. It's consistent. But it's consistently different on its profile in a way that won't bring me back for another try.

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Photo of blitz134
3.1/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear, yellow-caramel color. Small white head on the pour. Reduced to a thin layer with a ring around the glass. The remaining bubbles clump together like pitrie (sp?) dish growth.

Aroma is sweet, yeast roll with citrus and floral hops. Some grapefruit comes through, a bit of straw as well. Has a strange twang underneath which I can't identify. Simple, non-offense. Not that bad really.

Flavor is mostly malts, biscuit mainly. Hops are more earthy and grassy. Not much bitterness, more on the level of a basic pale ale. Hard to describe more than that. Simple flavor, not really all that complex.

Thinnish mouthfeel. Good carbonation levels. Flavor holds on for a bit after the swallow, then goes away.

Okay drinkability, kinda weak overall in a lot of departments, but for a 4% beer I think this probably holds its own. I'd drink this if I was in Utah.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.1/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured a bright, clear pumpkin orange with a 1 finger frothy, medium toned ivory colored head that lapsed after the first minute leaving fairly good full band lacing behind. Visible carbonation was light. Really liked the coloring here, bright, and vibrant.

S: fresh citrus aroma, moderate in strength. Some sweet grapefruit pulp lingers underneath. Pretty well tamed, well refrained and nothing obnoxious here.

T: The flavor starts off a little thin with watery wet citrus. A watered down maltiness as well which doesn't make for a good first impression. The bottle label claims to be extra hopped, but fails to say in what regards to. A light sweet maltiness manages to sneak in with some pine but was really nothing to get excited or talk about. A slight dry hopped awarness is barely detectable on the finish giving this just enough creditability per style to make this average overall. Take it for what its worth.

M: light, watery but very smooth with a light carbonation factor. Doesn't leave much of an impression hop or malt wise per style and really cant even justify an average rating here.

D: Easy drinkability, but so is water. A light drinking ipa but why bother when its comes off as watered down with little hoppiness or malting to make it enjoyable. Don't waste your money here, gets a big pass here.

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Photo of beernut7
3.11/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This is another victim of the Utah low alcohol legislation. As most beer people are aware, IPAs by definition are supposed to be powerful, malty and resultantly high in alcohol. This beer has a huge spicy hop aroma and has a decent malt presence, but the overall impression of the brew is one of weakness. A lighter than usual body leaves one wanting for something more.

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Photo of kkipple
3.15/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A serviceable, drinkable light IPA that clocks in right at 4%! Those crazy Utah folk. Not much head here, color is a fine clear copper.

Really comes across as an IPA-lite, think SN pale ale and you're quite close, the hops are restrained and the whole experience is rather... watery. Hint of malt sweetness but hardly extravagant. Nice hop finish for being so light tho, and the sweetness is coming up a distant second to the citrus bitters. Mouthfeel = mineral water.

Not much to say. A very timid entry into the style, not really *bad*, just... light. Understandable given the state laws. Very drinkable. Might be a good way to introduce hops to your friends who "hate bitter beer!"

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Photo of slyke
3.18/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Uinta IPA is a beer I'd seen at liquor stores in my area in recent months. Giving it a try, the beer pours a pleasing orange color with an inch-high white head. The aroma is better than average and hoppy. A taste, however, reveals a good drinkable beer that unfortunately looks better than it tastes. There is nothing bad about this beer, but the appearance and aroma led me to expect more.

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Photo of BreweryRun
3.2/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very light in flavor, but refreshing and has a nice floral smell and light amber appearance. Personally I like IPAs to have a lot more flavor/bitterness but this one is a solid session beer that you could drink a lot of without burning out your palette or getting tipsy (4%).

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.22/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.24/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Medium gold color. Small white foamy head. Arom ais fruity and sweet. A medium bodied IPA. Malty and aggressively hopped. Good balance, nice flavor. Hoppy without being too bitter. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

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