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 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 Flounder57
3.4/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It id z pale orange color with great clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Nice lacing down the glass as the beer wax drank.

Smell: Toasted malts, caramel, light citrus, and pretty simple.

Taste: Definitely light tasting. Bready toasted malts, some pale malts, and some citrus. A little bitterness in the rear.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, a bit chewy, light, refreshing, crisp, and medium carbonation.

Overall: At 4%, I wax expecting much. Pretty simple, but would have liked more hops.

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Photo of Brad007
3.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a gold color with a one finger head into my glass. I'm intrigued by the idea of a 4% IPA.

Grassy hops and buttery malt. Reminiscent of a standard american pale ale.

Slightly toasty with a floral touch. Tasty. Refreshing.

All the flavors flourish toward the back of the throat. Very nice way to cap it off.

Worth picking up, especially if you're skeptical of a 4% IPA!

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Photo of BryanCarey
3.46/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Trader Session IPA pours to a golden/amber hue with a small head of foam. The beer is fragrant, with scents of floral and citrus. Based on appearance alone, it seems like an agreeable IPA and one that keeps its assertiveness in check.

Tasting this beer, it looks like the first impression was accurate. It has a milder flavor than your typical, hoppy IPA, but is still every much the session IPA it claims to be. Flavors of citrus, mostly grapefruit, are dominant. But the malty component holds its own, imparting a bread/biscuit taste. The beer leans in a bitter direction, but it is actually rather mild for a beer of this style.

Uinta beers are known for their lower alcohol content and Trader Session IPA certainly follows in these footsteps. It is far less alcoholic than the average IPA and the body is lighter and less bitter. I like that this beer doesn’t reach the level of wateriness, but I also admit that I would like it better if it had a little more body. Still, it’s a good product for what it is and it’s certainly worthy of a try.

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Photo of jlindros
3.67/5  rDev +7.6%
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 horshack7
3.27/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Clear and copper and a light frothy head that upon thinning out leaves behind some decent lacing.

Aroma: Piney, grapefruit, tropical fruit, sweet syrup, caramelized sugar.

Taste: Slight brown bread sweetness, grapefruit, piney, tropical fruit. The mouthfeel is crisp with a light stickiness.

Notes: A rather straight forward i.p.a and certainly drinkable. Cheers.

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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 Ryanbux
4.13/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Spot on for what you'd expect in an American IPA. Clear with just a hint of chill haze, yellow with just a touch of orange makes it look citrus-y. A small head that gives good mouthfeel but allows for some good aroma to come through.

S - I love the smell of this beer! I am assuming there were a lot of late hop additions to this beer as well as dry hopping. I get a rich cascade and citra hop aroma. It smells sweet and hoppy, but not bitter hoppy, more rich fruity hops.

T - Less hoppy than one might expect for an IPA, I find it hard to believe it is 42 IBU's. Not much bitter hop taste, more rich, sweet, savory hop taste. As the name implies it is a sessionable IPA, it is more hoppy than a pale ale but sweeter than traditional IPA hops. I can drink this stuff all night. Citrus-y hops - orange/grapefruit tasting. One drawback is that it seems a bit over-carbonated so I would recommend letting it open up a bit before drinking it. Not an IPA for hop heads though.

M - Too carbonated for my taste, sharp but clean finish. Not a full bodied beer by any means.

O - I love this beer, it is a good go-to and never leaves me unsatisfied. A good table beer. I drink it in the winter or summer. One of my favorite session IPA's.

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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 BlackBearForge
3.6/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale golden amber, small foamy white head, leaving oily lacing in it's wake.

Pale bready malts and citrusy hops in the aroma.

The flavor has first and foremost, resiny citrus, mostly grapefruit with a fresh baked breadlike pale malt background.

Mouthfeel is intentionally on the thin side (not watery however) and smooth.

Very sessionable, not a standout IPA but a standout drinkable ale to share with friends. This would be outstanding at a backyard barbecue!

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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 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 tobelerone
3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
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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Photo of alpinebryant
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden yellow with a nice frothy head for a session ipa

S: aroma of citrus and orange peel.

T: light pale ale malt flavors with a well rounded hop profile consisting mostly of orange peel, fresh citrus and a bit of pine. There is a nice rounded flavor here that is very drinkable.

M: light mouthfeel with a mild carbonation.

O: very drinkable session ipa. The mAlts Are very subdues but these would be easy to sip on all day after skiing. L

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Photo of TwelveOunces
3.26/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12Oz bottle poured into a pint.
A- Clear light orange with a two finger head.
S- A good hop character but its surprisingly sweet thanks to the malts. Smells more malty then hoppy and some alcohol.
T- The first thing I noticed is that there is not a ton of hop character in this IPA, its got a hoppy aftertaste but doesnt have that bitter bite I expect from an IPA. I really want a bigger hop character.
M- This beer is not too sweet, bitter, carbonated or thick. It goes down very smooth and its easy to keep drinking. Somewhat dry aftertaste.
O- This is a pretty good beer but hardly what I look for in an IPA. Its not as hoppy as it should be just as their pale ale is not as hoppy as it could be IMO.

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Photo of mactrail
3.92/5  rDev +15%
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 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 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 srandycarter
3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear lightish honey, not much near white head. Fair amount of cling lace.

S - Grassy and hoppy. Not much else coming on.

T - Somewhat malty. Pretty one dimensional. Some hops. Reminds me of what a good non alcoholic beer would taste like.

M - Medium body, sweet finish. Good carb.

D - At 4%, pretty easy to drink, but rather boring.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.51/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A clear dark yellow pour. The aroma is different, can't put my finger on it, sorry, but its just different. I don't know how to describe a British traditional style smell. But this is what it is.

Taste especially, very British, restrained, a little fruity yeast aspect. Didn't do anything special for me afterwards, got thinner. Kinda pricey for something so sessionable. Lots of variation in the six bottles I had. One was downright putrid.

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Photo of Gavage
3.71/5  rDev +8.8%
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 chuckd123
3.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap recently at the Goldminer's Daughter Lodge at Alta. First off, know that it is a 4% beer going in, and your perception changes. I think it's a decent brew given the limitations on ingredients if you have to end up at 4%. Hops dominate the aroma and taste, very weak malt backbone, as expected. Decent head retention, and the flavor was pretty good, albeit a tad on the grassy side as others have noted. You know it;s an IPA and not a pale from the hop aroma, but it's more of an extra pale than an IPA. Tasty enough and definitely sessionable which is great when you're looking to have more than 1 or 2 and are at 8500'. I say well done Unita considering the limitations you were under.

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Photo of brentk56
3.7/5  rDev +8.5%
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 lweaver18240
3.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Amber-orange in color, little to ne head with some wispy lacing throughout glass.

S-Smells like a very light IPA, but is still discernable from a standard pale ale, as hops are pronounced.

T- I enjoyed this beer, but was slightly disappointed by the taste. The level of hops bitterness was mild for an IPA, though the malt and hops balance was very well done.

M- Lightly carbonated and slightly dry at the end.

D- Very good. Not as flavorful as most IPAs, much milder in fact. Still an enjoyable beer with high drinkability, even if the ABV is a bit low for my preference.

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Photo of zeff80
3.92/5  rDev +15%
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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Trader Session IPA from Uinta Brewing Company
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