Minnesota Special Bitter | Badger Hill Brewing Company

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Minnesota Special BitterMinnesota Special Bitter

Brewed by:
Badger Hill Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

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

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Ratings: 98 |  Reviews: 23
Photo of Dlug84
3.42/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Taybeh
4.09/5  rDev +11.7%
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 +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SlightlyGrey
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of herman77
3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ajmorriso1
3.96/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of thecosmicturtle
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Snow81
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Bravak
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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 +2.5%

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +9.3%

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 +2.5%

Photo of kbaker91
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Kern_Anderson
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of Hop-Droppen-Roll
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Can_if_you_can
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of sgttibbs
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of cosmonick
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Lobina
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of JakeBarnett
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of jmdrpi
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of MNAle
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very good attempt at a bitter, not much hop bite as expected for a bitter in the British style.Very good malt flavor, again, in the British style. This is very nice actually, and fairly true to style.

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Photo of DaveMiller
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of billhelm
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Localdrinklax
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Minnesota Special Bitter from Badger Hill Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 98 ratings