Battle Axe IPA | Kelsen Brewing Company

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Battle Axe IPABattle Axe IPA
BA SCORE
3.82/5
Very Good
127 Ratings
Battle Axe IPABattle Axe IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Kelsen Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States
kelsenbrewing.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Battle Axe IPA is a unique example of the style, focused on smooth hop flavors and aroma, while avoiding the harsh bitterness found so often in today’s IPAs. Rather than competing for the most bitter beer available, we chose to leverage voluminous late hop additions in the boil to produce a highly drinkable IPA with strong hop flavors, fresh citrus hop aroma and a profound drinkability that makes it a great beer to pair with food.

Added by JakerLou on 03-02-2014

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#17,111
Reviews:
24
Ratings:
127
pDev:
13.61%
Bros Score:
3.5
 
 
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Ratings: 127 |  Reviews: 24
Photo of meatyard
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BKotch
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ScottP
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Miketess32
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mhjipa
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nhdjinn
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

from a fresh 16 oz can jan 20 2018
golden color slightly cloudy
head quickly dissipates to a lacing
orange citrus smell
sweet cara malt hit which fades to a a balanced bitterness - orange citrus hops,
may detect a hint of marris otter malt or British yeast. may have outmeal
slight pleasant malt lingers but not as strong as Space Dust IPA
good mouth feel
a very drinkable IPA.
Buy fresh and you will want a 2nd or 3rd

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Photo of Rjanowski
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SoniaB
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Maudrey
3.1/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Bloodsnot77
3.3/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DougsBrother
2.19/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Cool can

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Photo of ADTaber
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of groutenberg
1.74/5  rDev -54.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Sorry, but with all the success with stouts, why are Kelsen wasting time with this crappy Battle Axe IPA? Looks like beer, has a really odd smell, mostly nothing there within the mouth, taste kinda sucks, and voila, it's gone. No lingering flavors and thanks God cause they suck, sorry to be so harsh, but this beer deserves it. Stick to your stouts, kill this loser and move on.

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Photo of craigferraro
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MFD657
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LXMRTN
4.58/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of digboy
3.05/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

[Note: This is an old can, so the review is likely biased to a lower score than it deserves]

16 oz can dated 10/4/16 (6 months old) Given to me by a friend, probably from back of fridge. He said he really enjoyed this one.

Pours a clear light orange color with plenty of effervescence and a one finger pillowy head that settles down to a half.

Aroma is mild but tropical fruit. I get pineapple the strongest. No citrus and no grass as others have reported - could be the age of the can.

Taste is bland or watery. Was expecting something a lot different. I know they are particularly trying to have it be low bitterness (which it is), but its almost like there's something missing in the beer. Aftertaste is a mild alcohol burn too, which I don't like for a standard IPA.

As for feel it is smooth and creamy, though "thin" feeling. I guess one positive is that it is "drinkable", meaning it goes down easy like a session ale, but there is too much malt (and the alcohol burn) for it to qualify there. Quite an odd duck.

I can do without this one. Glad I didn't buy four of these.

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Photo of KarlHvK
3.3/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Shafaegalo
4.19/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of buzzarooski
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Matthowland
4.36/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of njcraftguy
4.19/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lucked upon this while visiting my sister in NH. Really enjoyed it. Not a juice bomb but a smooth tasty brew. Good flavor and easy to drink. . Could see myself putting down a bunch of these. Well done.

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Photo of Ecxeeder616
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brewme
3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had never seen or heard of this brew. Picked up a four pack for about eleven dollars. In the interest of full disclosure: this batch was canned in 11/16, which I did not catch. That being said, this is one of the worst IPA's that I can remember having, totally bland.

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Photo of ElGallo
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Battle Axe IPA from Kelsen Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 127 ratings