Teddy Roosevelt American Badass | Meadowlark Brewing

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Teddy Roosevelt American BadassTeddy Roosevelt American Badass

Brewed by:
Meadowlark Brewing
Montana, United States

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brilliant gold topped with a mountainous white foam head. This Imperial Wheat IPA is smooth-bodied with hop characteristics of pine and stone fruits. Oak-aging lends a vanilla or almond-like flavor and aroma and smoothes out the beer’s bitterness and warmth.

The name has been a running joke in the brewhouse. Teddy is a well known figure in this neck of woods because he once owned a ranch near present day Medora, N.D. It was long rumored that a photograph existed of Teddy Roosevelt killing a Yeti with his bare hands…blind-folded and naked…while rafting down the Yellowstone River. It was revealed later that the photo was actually a fake. It was a bear not a Yeti. Enjoy a beer as bad ass as the head rough rider himself…..BULLY!

Added by a77cj7 on 01-31-2015

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Ratings: 23 |  Reviews: 10
Photo of sulldaddy
3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pouring a cellar temp 22 oz bottle into my snifter. The beer pours a clear, light golden color with many active streams of carbonation rising to the surface of the beer. A fluffy eggshell white head of 5 cm foams up even with a gentle pour. The foam fades to a sturdy and fluffy surface covering with some windowpane lattice on the sides of my glass.
the aroma is fairly fruity with melon and white grape and some floral notes. Could be the wheat in the grain bill, but I also expected some traditional hop notes of citrus or pine. I dont get any oak notes from the aging but do have a hint of biscuity malt buried too. Alcohol is also hidden at this point.
First sip reveals a lighter body than expected with a fine and spacious carbonation that rolls gently across my palate.
Flavor is also sweet like the nose advertised with white grapes and melon notes again. I also get some caramel and a bit of sweeter spiciness on the finish. I do get some citrusy rind and grapefruit hops that linger as a fairly bitter finish. Alcohol is not to be found and the beer drinks pretty easy with a dry finish that urges me to take another sip.
A nice brew, not a hop bomb for an imperial IPA and the wheat switches up the flavor profile a bit IMO. Glad to have tried this one, but not amazed by it.

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Photo of JohnDon
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22oz bottle into glass. No dating information found.
Very slightly cloudy, deep gold colored body. Bubbly, creamy, very white head goes from one finger upon pouring to thick and long lasting during the session. Leaves behind lines and patterns of lacing.
Nutty, woody aroma, along with floral hops. Quite subtle.
Taste has the citrus and piney hops (with corresponding bitterness), but contrasted by the oak barrel (with a lighter vanilla/almond and wood aspect). The wheat adds a sharp edge but just another component in the balance.
Medium mouth feel. Not really bitter but has a cedar wood edge to the experience.
Quite a different take on an IPA. The oak barrel really cancels out any hop bitterness and the beer provides several levels of aroma and flavor experiences through the profile (true piney hops, almond vanilla lightness, and the wheat twang). Beautiful appearance with its long lasting bright white pillowy head.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.52/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into snifter no bottled on date.

A: Big Soapy white head that settles slowly as it laces the glass nicely. Body is a light gold murky yellow.

S: Mango, pineapple, lots of light melon cantaloupe and honeydew laced with an almost cedar smell very wood lots going on in just the nose.

T: Hits your mouth as sweet tea leafy and green and then develops into this light pineapple, mango and then some of that wood flavor.

M: Very light and clean there might be a little alcohol bite on the finish.

O: This is quite a unique beer. The flavor is crazy an all over the place. I'd also drink this again in a heart beat.

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Photo of corywalston
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 5

Photo of vabeerguy
4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of butters_mcgee
3.81/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SamuelMiller
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Harrison8
4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden wheat with a fizzy, hesitant white head. Head formation peaks at around half a finger. Despite a slow head formation, a layer of bubbly, white foam does stick just on top of the beer, melding into the glass. Lacing is dotted here and there. Aroma has a sweet tinge to it. Oak, fruit, cherries, wheat, and molasses round out an absolutely delightful, light, but might aroma. Flavor profile is complex, and yet remains incredibly easy to drink. Flavor notes start with fruits, and cherries. Wheat, and molasses fill in the middle, before fading back to fruits and cherries. A round, sweet oak note fills in all the gaps, giving the flavor profile a wonderful dynamic. Mouth feel is smooth, and well rounded. It maintains an easy-medium consistency and texture that fits nearly dead-center between filling and watery. Overall, this is a badass beer. Seriously. The oak aging adds a wonderful play to common hop qualities. On top of the variation on IPA brewing, this beer is also incredibly well constructed.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of DrinkThemAll
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz can Into a Snifter. Acquired this baby in a trade.

A-pours a beautiful golden haze, with one finger white frothy head, that dissipates to just a ring. Spotty lacing.

S-very subtle on aroma, Mild grapefruit and hints of floral notes. Notch of honey and vanilla. Have to really work to pull out a decent aroma, compared to others of the style. Smells a tad bit like cider.

T-extremely clean and refreshing. Grapefruit, and floral notes are up front, with a tad bit of oak. Maybe like an almond or granola taste. Very nice, clean and easy to drink.

M-Medium bodied with Decent carbonation. Nice oaky, vanilla floral finish.

O- solid brew. Nothing spectacular, but would definitely stock my fridge with this. Very easy to drink and refreshing.

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Photo of 5EKF
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Impetuous
4.8/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A thousand nights spent alone
My night my star

Tastes old when young
Light as day in the dark of night

Malt warms the hops
Boozy flowers taken

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Photo of jera1350
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LXIXME
3.82/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Todd
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Fruity, Nutty, Boozy, Badass

This Imperial Wheat India Pale Ale aged in oak drops bright and lively from the can with a golden colored body topped by a thick white foam head with legs. Floral, vanilla and nutty in the aroma. Creamy palate, smooth and slightly chewy. Teddy is malty sweet with some caramelized sugars, a peppery booziness and almond notes; vaguely amaretto-like. Some fruity peachiness, a leafy bitterness with hints of pine and a little vanilla in the back add even more depth. The finish dries out with some semi-astringent wheat bran and a lingering boozy nuttiness. Badass indeed.

As reviewed in BeerAdvocate magazine #113 (June 2016).

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Photo of Speederscout1
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Emilyloewen
4.54/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The oak aging adds a hint of almond to this crisp brew, mellowing out the bitterness. Pours golden with a fine fluffy head- perfect. Poured into a pint glass.

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Photo of drinkin-beeers
4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of nassstnate
4.14/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of elglueckert
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Darkmagus82
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from can into a pint glass

Appearance- The beer pours a golden orange color with a one finger head of fizzy white foam. The head fades very fast leaving just a trace of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell- The aroma of the brew is strongest of a wheaty and super strong yeasty smell mixed with a little bit of a bready aroma. Along with these smells comes some lighter notes of an orange sweetness as well as a little bit of a grapefruit smell. The yeast in this one is potent though and creates an almost yeast dough aroma overall

Taste – The taste begins with a strong wheat bread taste matched by a strong showing of yeast. The yeast grows stronger and stronger as the taste advances getting rather potent toward the end. Along with this comes more and more sweetness. Upfront there is only a lighter level of fruit sweetness of orange and some tropical fruits, but as the taste advances to the middle these flavors get rather potent. Some hop flavors of a grapefruit and grassy taste also develop during the flavor, giving a moderate hop hit. Toward the end the sweetness fades ever so slightly all while the hop increase a bit, leaving one with a rather thick and yeasty, fruit sweetened, wheat bread flavor with a bit of hop to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The body of the brew is slightly thicker and chewier with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. Overall for the style and the mix of flavors, the feel is rather nice, creating a nice medium for the rich flavors of the brew.

Overall- A quite tasty hopped strong wheat brew. I rather enjoyed this. A sorta hopped

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Photo of Libeertarian
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From notes taken 04/01/16:

Pure, clear, bright orange amber. Just beautiful in the light, through this larger snifter glass, all sixteen fluid ounces. Off-white, fine-bubbled head dissipates quickly at first but devolves into long-lasting film, leaving an broad half-ring starting at its original level as I slowly sip it down, drying and sticking to the glass before it can sink back into the body. Not too slow on those sips, as its a low ABV for an aged imperial. Smells incredible. Tropical and spicy with pineapple and stone fruit the strongest, then mango, followed by a little citrus, then resin and spice. The spiciness could very well be from the alcohol, rather than any hops. On the palate, far less sweet and tart, and much more bitter than one might be tempted to think from the fruity aromas. Soapy to perfumey throughout, although the can from which this was poured claims pine (as well as vanilla and almond which I am not really picking up on either). Still plenty of fruit character, but cantaloupe-like more than anything. Just a little toasted grain in the background, oat-like so not sure if the wheat or the malt. Citrus peel and peppercorn suggestions in the dry finish. Medium-bodied, medium level of fine tingly to nearly creamy carbonation, moderately warming for the most part but numbing of the lips, astringent. Somewhere between a Barley Wine and an Imperial India Pale Ale, definitely with a West-Coast spin. I appreciate the flavor and complexity, but I do generally prefer a more overtly citric (less piney or soapy or perfumey) IIPA.

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Photo of a77cj7
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Teddy Roosevelt American Badass from Meadowlark Brewing
Beer rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 23 ratings