Trader Session IPA | Uinta Brewing Company

258 Ratings

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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2.5/5  rDev -26.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -26.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -26.9%

Photo of BradLikesBrew
2.68/5  rDev -21.6%
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 -19.9%
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 -19.9%
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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2.75/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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2.75/5  rDev -19.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -19.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of packetknife
2.75/5  rDev -19.6%
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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2.75/5  rDev -19.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of Bhoward0698
2.78/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of EStreet20
2.79/5  rDev -18.4%
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 -18.1%
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 RickyBfromCT
2.83/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Stinkypuss
2.85/5  rDev -16.7%
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 -16.4%
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 -15.8%
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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2.88/5  rDev -15.8%
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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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.

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Photo of Jsteez
2.91/5  rDev -14.9%
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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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.

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Photo of BigMike
2.98/5  rDev -12.9%
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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Trader Session IPA from Uinta Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.42 out of 5 with 258 ratings
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