Battle Axe IPA | Kelsen Brewing Company

Battle Axe IPABattle Axe IPA
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Battle Axe IPABattle Axe IPA

Brewed by:
Kelsen Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States

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

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Photo of groutenberg
1.74/5  rDev -54.8%
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 JayF562
2.32/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Proud a dark gold color with a slight haze. Off white rocky head. Medium low pine, earthy aroma. Flavor hits you with bready malt with a high bitter finish. Medium carbonation. Unfortunately this is not a easy drinking IPA. Honestly had to dump this as I could not drink the whole thing. I'm sure some they have better offerings. Will revisit some of the other beers they make soon.

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Photo of drouss48
2.84/5  rDev -26.2%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of brewme
3/5  rDev -22.1%
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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3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of digboy
3.05/5  rDev -20.8%
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 rderedin
3.15/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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3.16/5  rDev -17.9%

3.2/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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3.24/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of KarlHvK
3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Molson2000
3.37/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.4/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of RRC03
3.4/5  rDev -11.7%

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3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of trevorpost
3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Grassy, Earthy, Pithy

All the makings of a great IPA, stunning appearance with a head that does not want to go away. While this IPA may be around 60 IBUs there is a much more flavors on the palate than bitterness. Thick grassy flavor throughout, pithy with suggestions of bitter citrus rind. Hint of caramel in the middle which tries to keep a balance, warming alcohol flaunts some ripe tropical fruit in the hoppy finish. Not half bad, not the greatest either ... there is an overly pungent hop flavor that just does not jive with us all the way. Regardless, this is very much and IPA.

STYLE: American IPA | ABV: 7.2% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #95 (DEC 2014)

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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Battle Axe IPA from Kelsen Brewing Company
Beer rating: 69.8% out of 100 with 116 ratings
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