Minnesota Special Bitter | Badger Hill Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Badger Hill Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States
badgerhillbrewing.com

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by mjryan on 08-05-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
96
Reviews:
22
Avg:
3.69
pDev:
10.57%
 
 
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Ratings: 96 |  Reviews: 22
Photo of ceanderson
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerSnobRobinson
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TEdubbaD
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of iRun2Beer
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Metalsnota
4.13/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is a very good representation of an American attempt at an ESB. It's not quite as good as Bent Paddle's 14º ESB, but it is a great beer in its own right. It is currently one of my favorite beers from MN right now.

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Photo of CruzWilder
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Chucker17
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jpuetz
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Justdoit1234
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hjmayniac
4.22/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mdodge8837
3.54/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of J-Rye
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I have been curious about this beer for a while, but didn't pick it up until today, when, at Bottle King, this six-pack was on "Super Sale" for $5. The 12 oz. bottle poured a hazy golden orange/brown, with a finger or two of head into an English pint glass with lacing up and down the side of the glass. Smells like a biscuit with some apricot jam and maybe some burnt marshmallow skin ground into soil and leaves. There's nothing sharp about it, very welcoming. I am really impressed with the smell. The taste is a little underwhelming at first. There's a smoothness about it and the malt, which really made the smell great, seems a bit muted, but the bitter finish shines nicely. The mouthfeel is very impressive. Sharp carbonation turns frothy before swallowing and tingles for a while thereafter. Nice body. A good find. I may have to pick up more of these. Most certainly more than worth the sale price.

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Photo of Dave2234
3.23/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Dlug84
3.42/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Taybeh
4.09/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a single into an imperial pint

A: clear light copper, 2 finger puffy off-white head, great lacing
S: toasty and toffee maltiness, orange, jammy berries
T: very nice, couple layers of breadiness and crystal malt sweetness, some round fruity notes, and some mellow herbal earthy hoppy bitterness. Very nice integration of flavors.
M: medium carbonation, medium body, really nice feel.

Overall: I was excited when this first came out b/c English bitters were few and far between in these parts, and it is a style that I love...this one seemed to have a lot of the parts, but they weren't entirely integrated. Now, these guys seemed to have figure it out; MSB is a real pleasure. Would love to try it on cask.

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Photo of zeff80
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SlightlyGrey
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of herman77
3.69/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ajmorriso1
3.96/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of thecosmicturtle
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Snow81
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Bravak
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Saw a list on Beer Info that listed this as the best ESB brewed in US. Had to give it a try. Also saw it won a Gold Medal at US Beer Open.

Copper color with fantastic clarity and one finger head that laced continously. Aromas of warm bread and earthy marmalade. Complex and full flavor quickly recedes with a surprising crispness. Seems heavier at first but actually is quite refreshing. Had it paired with BBQ and is outstanding with food. A little estery but in a good way.

While most American versions of ESB's seem to be disguised ambers, this is like the British ales I have had across the pond. Really good and highly recommend.

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Photo of JMS1512
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Biscuit nose, hop aromas, earthy
Bright dark amber with a ferocious pillowy off white head. The foam is outrageously dense and rocky.
Palate: Balanced malt and bitterness. Earthy and resiny hops, hops more prominent as it warms.
Medium to medium high carbonation.

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Photo of maDUECEgunner
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Minnesota Special Bitter from Badger Hill Brewing Company
3.69 out of 5 based on 96 ratings.
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