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Trader Session IPA | Uinta Brewing Company

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Trader Session IPATrader Session IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Uinta Brewing Company
Utah, United States
uintabrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
84
Ratings:
248
Avg:
3.4
pDev:
19.12%
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
52
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.89/5  rDev -15%
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 Knapp85
2.8/5  rDev -17.6%
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 brentk56
3.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a rocky head that leaves a fair amount of lacing behind

Smell: On the grassy side of grapefruit, though there is a nice citrus element

Taste: With such a low ABV, it is no surprise that there is not much malt character and the hops jump out right in front bringing a combination of grassy and grapefruit flavors; after the swallow, the bitterness lingers along with a bit of bready malt

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Though the beer suffers due to the state mandate of 4%, it is rather drinkable; the flavors are clean and reasonably well balanced

Thanks, Douglas88, for the opportunity

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Photo of zeff80
3.92/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with hints of orange. It had an off-white, firm, one-finger head of foam.

S - It smelled of grasses and biscuity malt.

T - First sips bring a mild spiciness with a good dose of burnt toast maltiness. A mild citrus flavor emerges as it warms up.

M - A crisp and sharp IPA with a smooth finish. It's a light to medium-bodied brew.

D - This is a solid IPA. I grabbed it in my quest to try my first Utah brew and I enjoyed it.

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Photo of jlindros
3.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Neat looking bottle, they even put the directional notation on the bottle, best before 5/22/14

Light fizzy head hits about 1 finger before fading at a med pace, decent soapy lacing, very clear honey orange color with a little amber hue.

Nose brings some decent hops, floral and a little grassy, a faint fruity bubblegum, with a mild sweet toasty reddish malt aroma underneath, very light hop resin.

Taste starts quite bitter surprisingly, a nice bitter hops base that seems bitter, but with no real malt to back it up it only seems bitter but really isn't very bitter. A little spicy chew like hop, touch grassy and floral, hint of fruity note, mostly flowery floral hops, hint of a mint in the background too. Malts are barely existing, but eventually a little copper malt note comes through. Finish is dryish, bit more bitter, it always seems like it wants to be bitter but never really gets there, bit more floral hop.

Mouth is lighter bod, decent carb.

Overall not bad but I wouldn't really call it an IPA, even a session IPA, more like a light pale ale, light hops all around that give the perception that they will be bitter but it doesn't, and mostly due to lack of any real malt profile on the taste that the tongue perceives the bitterness as more than it really is. Still pretty enjoyable.

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Photo of chinchill
3.72/5  rDev +9.4%
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).

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Photo of mactrail
3.92/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very mild IPA, not that there's anything wrong with that. It is more like an English Pale Ale than anything I've had lately. Rich flavor, medium body, a big wet kiss of hops. Aroma is really nice and adds a long flowery nose to every sip. Otherwise, it's extremely light weight but goes down with a great aromatic sizzle.

This won't win any friends with the Beat me Senseless with IBU gang, but it's a surprisingly pleasant beer. Don't hate it because it's not a real IPA. Totally quaffable. I submit this as the beer to get your Bud Light friends to try. Not bitter. Not offensive. A flowery introduction to hop flavors.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via trade from Wasatch, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him.
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color with a large foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is hoppy with a little bit of citrus sweetness and some caramelized malt in the background.

T: The taste is well-balanced with a good floral hops presence and a hearty caramelized malt character. There’s a slight flavor of citrus that enhances the sweetness but neither that nor the hops bitterness take dominance. All of the flavors involved seem harmonious. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not very filling, good representation of style. I could go with this beer for a while, but I’d prefer a little bit more a kick.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Translucent amberish orange. If this isn't the most common color for beer, it's damn close. Up top is a nice looking ecru cap that leaves a great deal of cheese grater lace. A quality look.

The nose is a good one as well. It's impressively citric hoppy with orange and grapefruit zest especially well represented. It's hard to go wrong with Centennial hops as long as enough are used, as is the case here. I'm not sure if this beer is dry-hopped, but it sure smells like it.

Although there's a bit of a drop-off on the palate, it's not a huge one. Citric, piney hops are more laid back in terms of flavor, but a sharp bitterness is still front and center. The bitterness is a little rough and raw due to what I believe is a relative lack of malt. It just goes to show that malt is important even in (some would say 'especially in') a hop-dominant style.

Uinta India Pale Ale puts the lie to the notion that it's difficult to brew flavorful low ABV beer. At only 4% this one can run with the pack. It struggles to keep up because of a less than optimal malt structure, but it has the (admittedly rough) hoppiness and the look down pat.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.28/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear amber in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and some faint golden yellow highlights. The beer has a three finger tall foamy sudsy off-white head that slowly reduces to a mottled thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of hops - pine/resin, floral, and citrus/orange. Light aromas of grainy malts with a hint of caramel sweetness.

T: Upfront there is a light flavor of grainy malts with a light amount of caramel sweetness. That is followed by light to moderate flavors of pine/resin, floral, and citrus/orange hops (in descending order of strength) which imparts a light to moderate amount of bitterness which fades rather quickly.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness in the finish. Slightly thin/watery.

O: A decent session IPA but not nearly as exciting as some of the others produced more recently (Stone Go To, Founders All Day, etc.). Nice flavors and aromas but a little underwhelming in the mouthfeel.

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Photo of russpowell
3.79/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an effervescent honey color with 3+ fingers of fluffy cream colored head. Great head retention & lacing

S: Grapefruit & lemon hops, plus honey malt

T: Citrussy hops up front, along with slight honey malt & metallic hops. Slight grainyness as this warms with more lemony hops. Finishes fairly crisp with some lemony hops. Almost pulled a 4.0

MF: Light/medium bodied with softness & good balance

Not a great IPA, but one you could sure session on, I think the lack of malt depth would get old after a while

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Photo of woodychandler
3.85/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The CANQuest (tm) is a multifunctional tool. I CAN sense those beers that will be CANned in the future, review them in their current draft-only status and revisits them later. This is just such a scenario.

From the CAN: "Brewed with RENEWABLE POWER Wind & Solar"; "NAVIGATED by Uinta Brewing Co. Salt Lake City UTAH U.S.A."; "Earth, Wind and Beer"; "Don't forget to [recycle]"; "Keep Cold".

I Crack!ed it open to enjoy its inherent noisiness and then I CANducted an inverted Glug. It began to foam up big, creating thrre-lus fingers of eggshell-white head that had as big a fall as Humpty Dumpty. Color was Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity. The nose had a grassy mintiness, kind of like when I mowed the lawn last weekend. My neighbor planted mint last year and it has returned, even on my side of the fence. This struck me as pleasant. Mouthfeel was kind of thin. The taste reminded me of a lager's honey-like sweetness, but infused with a tea-like mintiness. I am never going to be a fan of the "Session" style, but this was drinkable. Finish was semi-dry and mostly minty, albeit tea-like. I need more Ooomph! in my beers.

My original draft/on-tap review dated 05-02-2008 follows:

This arrived with a thick, off-white head with decent retention. The color was a medium amber with NE-quality clarity. The nose had a welcome citrus-hop aspect. The mouthfeel was medium with a great hop presence on the palate. The finish had a dry, citrusy quality. I began to sweat off my hops jones that I had felt so strongly while visiting SLCUT. Feed the monkey!

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.09/5  rDev -9.1%
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 johnnnniee
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

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.

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Photo of jwc215
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to russpowell for this one!

Bottled on 4/14/08:

Pours chill hazed golden with a thin head that dissipates.

The smell is of mild citruys, some pine, caramel and a touch of floral. Nice, mild.

The taste is restrained/mild floral, citric, pine. Caramel soon catches up and balances out the hops. Hoppier pale ale, more than IPA comes to mind, especially with adding to it the modest alcohol level for the style. Soft, bittersweet finish.

Light-to-medium bodied, somewhat towards chewy.

Not a great example of an American IPA, but there's a nice hop blend and enough malt to keep it balanced and drinkable. Nice, but nothing particularly special compared to so many other IPA's.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.22/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden color, thick layer of white froth atop, leaving lingering lace.

Big, bold hops in the nose, citrusy, Cascades, very fresh and alive. Raw and vital. Exquisitely attractive.

Nice, brisk bitterness on the palate, well-balanced, matched by a solid body, and ample malt. Hop character squuzes it's juice in the mouth and gums with every sip...caramel/toffee taste comes through in the middle...nice balance, may I say once more...medium'bodied, with a bittersweet, sometimes harsh, sometimes mellow finish...I like it.

This is my kind of IPA...juuuust right. Just enough hops in every taste, just enough taste to meet the hops.

Well done, Uinta!

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I'm not a fan of the trader session ipa....it 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.

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Photo of Gavage
3.71/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a clear orange color with a fluffy 2" head that lingers around a while. Thick lace paints the glass.

Smell: floral hops and some orange citrus are faint but detectable.

Taste: slightly thin bready malt, orange, red apple sweetness, and a floral hop bitterness are the main flavors that are picked up.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp throughout. Short aftertaste here.

Drinkability: easy drinking IPA that comes off a bit closer to a pale ale IMHO. Worthy of a try.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.06/5  rDev -10%
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 Wasatch
3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a cloudy golden yellow color, some carbonation, tiny head which does not last long, nice lacing though.

S - Scents of hops and malts, and some spices.

T - The taste is hoppy, but not as other IPAs I've had. Nice bitter aftertaste/bite.

M - Medium body, well rounded brew.

D - Drinkable. Really not a bad IPA at that, but can always buy better. For a UT brew it's pretty tasty. Would make a nice session beer.

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Photo of tone77
3.49/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
2.85/5  rDev -16.2%
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 plaid75
4.25/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Blind Tiger, NYC.

Poured a medium copper hue with a two finger frothy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a spicy and reather earthy hop, caramel malts and a touch of diacytl.

The taste consisted of sweet, doughy malts, an earht hop and a very biscuity finish.

The mouthfeel was a touch toward the thinner side of the style.

Overall a tasty and complex IPA.

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Photo of Zorro
2.86/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

An OK IPA.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nearly clear, pale golden beer with a small dishwater suds head that falls very quickly to a thin white band. Decent creamy lace.

Mild aroma that's balanced between light malt and citrusy hops. Not particularly aromatic, however. The flavor is a little more vivid, with grapefruit and orange hop notes, a touch of pale malt, and a restrained bitterness. Clean and fresh tasting if not all that exciting. Very little sweetness, with a finish that's dry with just a little lingering bitter aftertaste. The orange peel flavor comes out nicely as you swallow.

The body is moderately thin, with medium carbonation. Crisp and refreshing and certainly lives up to its name as a session beer. Not something I'd go out of my way for by any means but would hit the spot after a long day of hiking or other outdoor summer pursuits without laying you out with booziness.

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Trader Session IPA from Uinta Brewing Company
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