Traitor IPA
Badger Hill Brewing Company

Traitor IPATraitor IPA
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IPA - American
Ranked #1,782
Ranked #12,497
3.96 | pDev: 9.85%
Badger Hill Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States
Very Good
Traitor IPATraitor IPA
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MNAle from Minnesota

3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma level is decent. Pine, floral, and citrus, grapefruit. Hops dominate, little detected from malts.

Clear golden amber body with ample carbonation rising to a 1 inch slightly off-white head. The head leaves thick loops of lacing as it recedes. It is down to islands and a very tall, thick ring within a few minutes. Very good-looking lacing with each sip.

Taste is a bit muddled initially, citrus, some white bread backing.

In the middle, the bitterness asserts, but never becomes too strong.

The malts finally come through in the finish. There is grapefruit, a touch of pine, and mild (by WC standards) bitterness, while also being semi-sweet. An interesting finish, indeed.

The body is moderate for the style.

Overall, an easy-to-drink IPA, that is pushing toward West Coast style in the flavors and level of bitterness, but doesn't quite challenge the icons of the West Coast. I like the way the beer finishes, with the interplay of the hops and malts. It has no brewing flaws, is good-tasting, and enjoyable. As a local beer, I would not hesitate to buy it again.

Aug 25, 2020
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defunksta from North Dakota

3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, deep orange color with a soft and spotty white head. SRM of 11. (3.75)

Aroma: Aromas of orange/grapefruit citrus with a strong amount of pine underneath. Very reminiscent of Sierra Nevada aromas.

Flavor: Flavor is deep and earthy orange with a strong pine component. A hint of mango flavor. Not too intense though as others have said. Pretty smooth with a mild candied sweetness and restrained bitterness.

Feel: Medium-bodied. Mild carbonation. Finishes smooth and slightly sweetness linger on the palate. (3.50)

Compared to Kennebunkport Brewery's Mighty Cascade Brut IPA 6/6/20: Pours a darker color. Stronger resinous orange aromas. Less berry and black tea. It's heavier and sweeter.

Compared to Bent Paddle's Bent Hops IPA 7/5/20: Pours a similar color. More crisp grapefruit. Less dense lemon, pineapple, and mango. Much crisper, lighter, and cleaner overall. Winner: Traitor IPA

Overall: A nice and resinous IPA. It's not really weak, but it's not too strong either. The bitterness is mild. Has mild, but resinous orange flavors. Maybe similar to SN 40th Anniversary ale with a stronger and sweeter malt body.
*Compare to Bent Paddle or a juicy WC IPA*

Jun 06, 2020
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vette2006c5r from Minnesota

3.64/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Traitor pours a darker copper color with a long lasting head. Big earthy aroma, hints of good. Flavor is big, big malts big earth earthy good. Good body and feel. Overall strong and malt forwars.

May 20, 2018
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DrummerJake57 from Wisconsin

4.99/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was at costco for $8.99/case! Didn't have high expectations for how cheap I got them. To my surprise it was phenomenal. Perfect hop malt balance, lots of citrus and grapefruit on the nose too. Goes down so smooth and refreshing. Will buy again.

Jan 28, 2018
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buschbeer from Ohio

3.37/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

12 FL. OZ. can
Served in a tulip glass

This beer pours amber in color with golden highlights. It has a slight haze. It is topped with an inch of tan head that leaves a little lacing. The smell is awfully malty. I check bottom of can. Uh oh, this beer is old as hell. I guess my trade partner was trying to unload old ass beer as extras. It tastes like an old IPA. I am pretty disappointed. Maybe I can try a fresh one in 2020 when I go to Minnesota.

Oct 10, 2017
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zeff80 from Missouri

4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear, golden amber color with a one-finger, white head of foam. It smelled of grapefruit, orange and pine. Nice toasted caramel sweetness with a citrusy kick.

Jul 30, 2017
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Blackop555 from Michigan

4.16/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark gold. Foamy, medium, Whitehead that last a while with lacing.

Smells Citrus, bready malt, hints of pine and pineapple.

Taste orange, Citrus, pineapple, bready malt follows with Light Citrus. Finish is dry, but light bitter. Pine lingers a while. Medium body and medium fizzy carbonation.

Feb 27, 2017
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bsp77 from Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma was strong at first, with orange, grapefruit, mango and pine. After a few minutes, I just smell citrus and caramel.

The flavor retains the initial aroma, with grapefruit, orange, mango and pine with a toasted, caramel malts base. Somewhat tangy. Nicely carbonated, fairly oily, and with a mostly dry finish. Quite hoppy and somewhat bitter.

Nice IPA when going for something that is assertive and flavorful, but not overly bitter.

Aug 16, 2016
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dmadsen from Minnesota

4.29/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours golden clear with a soapy head. Good nose. Strong orange zest at first taste. Also notes of citrus and a small amount of piney finish. Really nice hop profile. Although not much carbonation, very bubbly and bright feel. Very nice beer. Again, lots of citrus. Pleasantly unexpected.

Feb 28, 2016
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Cfred371 from Minnesota

4.49/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried again at the tap house, to get a fresher experience than the fan I initially reviewed.

Look: Pours a beautiful clear dark gold color, and is transparent. Traitor is well carbonated and has a nice, thick white head.

Smell: Orange zest, citrus, and a slight tropical flavor. There's a malt tone deep down too. As it warms, a more earthy tone comes out.

Taste: I'm hit quick with the malt bill, and quickly transitions to citrus, to mango and tropical flavors to a grapefruit finish. Very nice. As it warms, dank flavors come to fruition.

Feel: A well carbonated beer with a slightly more than medium mouthfeel. There's some bitterness throughout and a pretty dry ending.

Overall: This is a great IPA, and one of the better selections in the Minnesota market. Snag a fresh sixer and check them out.

Feb 07, 2016
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pat61 from Minnesota

3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours hazy gold under a lacy, sticky 2” off-white to cream foam column that takes 4 minutes to descend to ¼ its original size.

S: Grassy, minty, herbal hop aromas over rich malt. The hop aromas are medium high, the malt aromas are medium.

T: Starts with a light, mild caramel and malt sweetness with a trace of melon and citrus that quickly gives way to a bitter hop accent and hop driven astringency and drying on the finish. The malt is a touch above medium balanced by the medium high hops. The hops are right on the border of being harsh.

F: Medium body and carbonation.

O: An assertively hopped IPA.

Dec 28, 2015
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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

3.25/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Traitor IPA has a thick, overflowing, off-white head of foam, an opaque, bubbly, orange-gold appearance, and thin lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of oily, vegetal, hop resin and background white bread. Taste is of piney, resiny hop oil, onion skin, faint rotten vegetable, and white bread. Bitterness is bold, yet not harsh. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, and Traitor IPA finishes on the dry and drinkable end.


Aug 30, 2015
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ZAP from Minnesota

4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Drank this first out of a can and almost thought it was red IPA....had some light caramel/toffeeish impression going with the malt...

As I pour into a glass it more of an oak colored beer...a little darker than most IPA's but not a red IPA...I see they use british yeast so maybe that is what I am picking up on the malt flavor..

Hops are flavorful and I'm pleased they come without a jagged, sharp bitterness. Fresh and floral on the nose....some bright citrus as well....The taste has some of the floral notes but more fruity with apricots and tropical fruits like papaya.

I like this beer. It's better than a lot of IPA's out there and one I will reach for again.

Jun 19, 2015
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Mdog from Minnesota

3.86/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

From a 12oz can:

Appearance: Clear gold, good head.

Smell: Danky, citrus rind.

Taste: Interesting fruity mix, moderate citrus bitterness. Light feel, easy drinking.

Overall: Picked up a can to try of this local IPA. I'm not a big fan of dank smelling IPAs, but at least this beer doesn't feature that in the taste. It's more of a fruity tasting IPA with a light body. Another good Minnesota IPA.

May 31, 2015
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Taybeh from Minnesota

4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at a variety of places around town, but this rating is from an unfiltered version on at the brewery tap room...and it is markedly better. Into a willi becher. Pours a clear light Amber, with a nice off white 2 finger head. Good lacing. Fairly big nose of ripe mango, caramel, papaya, flower garden in early summer. Doesn't deliver quite as much pop on the tongue, but the balance is great, the flavors very clean and clear. The bitterness is just enough to balance the sweetness of the tropical and citrus fruitiness.
From the bottle, I find this one fairly good, but nothing special...this one from the source and unfiltered, though, I'd drink very often. Very good stuff.

Dec 17, 2014
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Bravak from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Aroma - outstanding citrus with a hint of dank. Citra and centennial give a 'wow' impression. Body is crisp. Refreshing with the absolute right amounts of bitterness. Clean golden color with a 1 finger head. Great lacing. Just a fantastic example of an IPA that doesn't get lost in the shuffle.

Nov 02, 2014
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gatornation from Minnesota

4/5  rDev +1%

from 12oz bottle
A-pours a mostly clear copper/amber color with an off white head that stayed around to reveal some nice lacing
S-tropical notes and malts and bread
T-melon citrus and mango it had a garden dankness with some sweet caramel malts but the hops prevail on the finish
M-medium coronation with dank resinous hop that are so drinkable very little bitterness but a smooth tasty IPA
O- one of the best brews from BH ive had would not hesitate to this on tap if i see when out

Sep 13, 2014
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JamesMN from Minnesota

3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked out as part of a mix-a-six. Chose for two reasons, one a clear packaging date 5/27/14 and two because the ingredient list states "lots of american and aussie hops." Gotta love a beer description that gets straight to the point.

Appearance: Somewhat hazy caramel color with a thin off-white head consisting of some rather large carbonation bubbles.

Aroma: The type of sweet mango that I associate with citra dry-hopping. Sort of has a 'home-brew' aroma as well, a bit green.

Taste: Real interesting mix of hop flavors. I think of American hops as delivering anything from earthy to piney to citrusy flavors, with assertive bitterness. There are definitely notes of citrus and a bit of pine but the flavor seems more heavily dominated by the Australian hops, which deliver tropical fruit flavors. In this case, mango is the dominant hop flavor. The bitterness, on the other hand comes in during the finish and feels like the dry/earthy bitterness that comes from American hops. The result is a great blending of some of the most sought after hop flavors. Due to the sweetness of the more tropical hop juice, the 70 IBUs claimed on the label are highly quaffable. The fact that I'm nearly done with this section of the review and have not mentioned malt yet is enough of an indication that it is basically a non-factor in this beer. Apart from being the basis for the hops to stand on and allowing for a moderate 7% ABV, there really isn't much malt flavor to speak of and that's just fine in this situation. The only thing I can think of as a slight negative is the 'home-brew' taste, which probably corresponds to something else in the brewing process such as a rushed primary fermentation. However, it does not distract much from the flavor as a whole. As I mentioned before the finish is the high point of the hop bitterness, but manageable none-the-less. This results in an aftertaste of ebbing earthy/piney bitterness. Not dry, not juicy, but very good.

Mouthfeel: About medium in body with super smooth carbonation and just a velvety smooth feel all around. It can't be overstated how much a smooth mouthfeel can impact the quality of a beer. Great drinkability for an IPA of this size. Out of sessionable range but to each his own.

Final Thoughts: While it may not be the best IPA out there, it's one of the most enjoyable beer drinking experiences I've had this year. I don't believe I've tried any other offerings from Badger Hill but their Traitor IPA has made a strong case for me to seek out their entire line-up. Would I drink it again? Yeah, I hope to see it on-tap since it's a local brew.

Aug 05, 2014
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CTaylorBrew from Minnesota

4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a sam adams glass. About a one and a half inch white to off white head that hung around for a few minutes and left lacing all the way down the glass. Beer's a pale gold to light amber color. I smell a sweet resinyness (if that's a word) with some citrus and melon. First part of my first sip was smooth with appropriate carbonation but left me wondering, just for a second, where all the hop bitterness was.. then it came, and was quite prevalent! The mouthfeel is smooth and a bit creamy. I very much enjoyed this beer! In general I enjoy hoppy beers, and this was a very good example of the type of IPA I like.

Jul 09, 2014
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jera1350 from Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear golden body with a sticky head that has solid retention. The nose on this has lots of tropical fruit with melon and floral honey. Tropical fruit, melon and honey sweetness with the bitterness coming in the finish and aftertaste. Not a very high bitterness at all, but has lots of hop character. Slight piney finish. Feels lighter than medium and has velvety carbonation. The drinkability on this is wonderful. Very well done IPA that I am a fan of.

May 24, 2014
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