Battle Axe IPA | Kelsen Brewing Company

BA SCORE
86
very good
112 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good
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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
Ratings:
112
Reviews:
22
Avg:
3.87
pDev:
12.4%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
30
For Trade:
0
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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains piney hops, fruity citrus and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out a strong grassy hops bitterness. Then some citrus and caramel sweetness comes in. The malt character is thin for the style but it still provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a solid IPA to drink for a while.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of XmnwildX12
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of smcolw
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bar-poured, golden and clear. Moderate head hat leaves streaks on the glass for lace.

Aromatic, strongly citrusy hop nose. Elegant and inviting.

Near extreme bitterness from the aforementioned hop. Biting and long lasting. The bitterness peaks at the swallow but lingers a long, long tome afterwards. I really cannot pick up any base malt flavors. The body is neutral, and the carbonation elevated.

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Photo of ZEB89
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Zaphog
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of InspectorBob
3.66/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of johnnnniee
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle from the brewery open house.
Pours a slightly hazy reddish copper color with a huge frothy bubbly off white head that persists forever. Earthy, pine, citrus, and stone fruits meld with light caramel and bready malts in the aroma. The flavor holds a bit more maltiness than the aroma suggested. Solid bready caramel base with an earthy citrusy flavor. Moderate hop bitterness. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a slick resinous mouthfeel. A bit old school with a heavier caramel and toffee malty presence, but the use of newer hop varieties make this one stand out. Nice brew.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.66/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Bright orange body color and quite clear. Lager like rising carbonation, reaching to a bright fluffy two finger head. Collar like lacing and settling nicely.

Light caramel smelling malts and a bit if biscuit at first. Accented small hop aromatics of a sugary orange and pine it seems. A bit sweet almost syrupy smelling.

Palate sticks to simple basics. Pale ale almost session like body, with faint hop softness in the mid palate. Soft fruit and florals with a bit of small sugary flavor. Finishes a bit wet with a little hint of bitterness.

Kind of plays it a bit safe, and does have well hidden abv character. However really lacks a hop punch and distinction.

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Photo of mklisz
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Photo of puboflyons
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the 650 ml. bottle. Sampled on March 2, 2014.

The pour is a deeper amber color with a maple or mahogany tone leading up to a modest off-white head that lingers. Fairly good clarity.

The aroma begins with a sweet profile followed by the earthy and slightly floral hop character of an IPA. There is a definitive dark fruit character in this as well and not the zingy type most associated with IPA's.

The body is medium and smooth.

The taste begins with a fascinating sweet and caramel malt note and then the mild bitterness comes in to linger dryly at the end. The malt character tends to be more forward than the hop character so IPA hopheads might be disappointed by the mild bitterness. But this is actually the way I enjoy my IPA's.

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Photo of Kelp
3.66/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Davepoolesque
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden in color. Semi see through. Fresh bottle. Fruity pebbles, melon, pineapple and mango. Attenuated. A sweeter, flavorless malt backbone helps the hop profile. Kind of reminds me of a bigger bodied Two Hearted. Not bad.

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Photo of tigg924
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had on tap. Pours clear, gold in color with 1/3 inch head. Taste is lime, tangerine, and lemon. Slightly bitter, well balanced with light body. Tasty IPA. I would get this one again.

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Photo of beergorrilla
3.4/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of rjp217
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of shigg85
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sound_Explorer
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of grahuba
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rderedin
3.15/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Dizzy242
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of trevorpost
3.46/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jfcaa193
4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bierman9
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have had the big brother, Double Battle Axe, before, but not this one until last night (25NOV16). Cost me $3.75 for a pint at Happy Hour at The Nashua Garden.

My shaker pint held a medium-golden brew which was a touch hazy. Had sparse, slow carbo and a creamy, smooth, 1/4" white head. Lacing was A-1, too. Aroma had a hint of bread, but was mostly solid rindy, citrussy hops. Had a medium body, and was decent on the tongue.

Tasted some light caramel at first, with a touch of toast. Then there was lots of citrus; some sweet like apricot, but more bitter like pithy grapefruit and a smidge of pineapple. A basic yet solid IPA. Zum Wohl!!

4.02/5 rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Battle Axe IPA from Kelsen Brewing Company
3.87 out of 5 based on 112 ratings.
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