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 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 EPICAC
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Black Rabbit in NYC.

Pours a cloudy copper. Topped by a white head that fades to a film, leaving no lace. The aroma has notes of resiny hops, caramel malts and an apricot fruitiness.

Sweet, bready malts upfront move through more of the same in the center to a mildly bitter hop finish. There's also a bit of residual sweetness in the finish. Could use a good bit more bitterness. Thin feeling with moderate carbonation.

Needs a bit more hop bitterness and flavor.

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Photo of plaid75
4.25/5  rDev +24.6%
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 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 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 NJpadreFan
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Uinta- Trader IPA

A- Light copper orange with a moderate foamy head. Slight lacing nothing heavy.
S- Light touch of caramel malt pokes its way out of a nice bouquet of sweet pine and floral hops.
T- Sweet pine and earthy green hops with a nice touch of caramel malt.
M- Again sweet, but not overpowering. Hoppy body with light malt in the tail end, slightly watery.

Overall- Flavors tend to be a little subdued, its flavor and mouthfeel just couldn't push it up to a 4(good) rating. Regardless, tasty session beer here.

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Photo of hoegaardenhero
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

a: amber with very light white head that fades to just a ring of foam.

s: piney and citrus hops; light malts;

t: light grain with a light piney hop aftertaste; really light in flavor w/ even less hops than the scent

m: smooth and creamy w/ very light carb

d: disappointingly weak flavor

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Photo of joe1510
3.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz Stubby

Received this IPA in a recent trade with russpowell, thanks again Russ! Trader IPA glows polished copper in my pint glass with good clarity. Tiny carbonation bubbles rush up the sides of the glass while large bubbles creep from the middle. Three fingers of dish soap head formed on the pour and left chunk lacing on its way down to the skimming that was left.

Pale biscuity malts are the first things that hit my nose followed quickly by somewhat watery grapefruit juice. I realize this IPA only rings in at 4% but the aroma is way on the weak side of the spectrum. A few drops of lemon juice come through and a light watery drizzling of caramel. Actually as this beer warms it smells exactly like a caramel apple.

Biscuity malts with a squeeze of lemon juice slide along the tongue. Caramel is dropped here and there with a segment of sweetened grapefruit showing its head occasionally. I enjoy the flavors in this beer although they all seem a little watered down, which can be expected from a 4% IPA. Not bad just not what I look for in the style.

The body is on the lighter side of medium, or is it the heavier side of light? Either way it moves through the mouth quickly leaving a touch of bitterness behind. The carbonation is brisk on the tongue.

The low abv and decent flavor makes for an easy drinker. I could run through these quickly if I had some on hand but I would pick up a whole lot of other IPAs before I'd pick this one up.

Uinta's IPA just isn't my style. They did a good job with having to follow such a low abv but Trader IPA doesn't do it for me. For a loooong session I would pick this up, maybe, but otherwise probably not.

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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 jwc215
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
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 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 rowew
3.78/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz short bottle, green label with a sailing ship. Bottled on date is clearly marked, but ABV is not.

Appearance: Pours golden orange color with a nice head, lots of lacing. Head sticks around for quite a while.

Smell: Citrusy hop aroma with a decent amount of bready malt.

Taste: Hop dominated - a good combination of citrus and pine flavors without being overly bitter. Not much malt backbone to go with it.

Overall impression: Decent but not great IPA. This is a bit unbalanced, but still manages to be a good session beer.

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Photo of russpowell
3.79/5  rDev +11.1%
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 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 woodychandler
3.85/5  rDev +12.9%
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 MaltyGoodness
3.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle thanks to BigJTrucker

Pours a clear, light amber with a small white head that thins. Decent lacing on the glass.

Aroma has tones of both citrusy and piney hops, but still allows for a nice malty and grainy base to come through.

Nice citrusy and piney flavors upfront giving way to some caramel malt flavor and a nice graininess. Medium bitterness midway before finishing with a nice combo of malt and hops. Quite well balanced.

Medium body, mild carbonation.

Overall, a nice IPA and easy going down. Doesn't push any boundaries, but does a great job of maintaining balance. Won't satisfy hard core hopheads, but that's certainly not the intention of this brew.

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Photo of BigJTrucker
3.56/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a beautiful copper color, low carbonation, small white head settles fairly quickly to a heavy lace. I didn't detect a whole lot more in the aroma department than some pine. Taste is also slightly piney, not incredibly bitter. it's got good flavor, just not what i would call great. Mouthfeel is just right with a nice amount of hop resin stickyness, goes down nice and smooth. Very drinkable, and due to the low abv, very sessionable. A fairly good utah IPA.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.78/5  rDev +10.9%
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 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 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 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 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 Wasatch
3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
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 feloniousmonk
4.22/5  rDev +23.8%
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 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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Trader Session IPA from Uinta Brewing Company
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