Beernoka (6) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 5, 2012 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at New Bohemia
Awesome looking beer with a thick, white head that does not fall easily. Light caramel color, clear with inviting carbonation bubbles. Lacing throughout the the glass as it is consumed. Was expecting a more muddled look.
Aroma of warm malts, biscuits and hints of sugar cookies accentuated by resiny hops. Nice departure from all the 4C hop aromas dominating craft beers. Invites you in with a surprising medley of aromas. As it warms, pleasant malt aromas come forth.
Taste and mouth-feel were outstanding. Layers of flavor are apparent, yet mix oh-so-well. Crisp and refreshing, with the presence of not often experienced English hop flavors. Pleasant bitterness accompanied by warm, malty tones. A beer worth drinking as it warms as more flavors come forward. Hints of toast, marmalade and light caramel come out, yet the beer finishes wildly dry. Makes you want to immediately have more. Excellent with hearty dishes, making the food that much better.
A total and complete surprise. I did not know what to expect, but I did not think that I would walk away liking an ESB so much. Well done addition to the awesome brewery scene exploding here. I look forward to trying more Badger Hill Beers.
BeerKurve (503) - - NOV 24, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2014 Darker Orange with a slight haze and a creamy head. The flavor is what you’d expect of a ESB (yeasts, biscuits, etc.) with a surprisingly strong floral hop presence along with some resin bitterness. Has a heavier feel than most ESB style ales with some mild carbonation. I enjoy trying out new beers popping up from all around Minnesota and this is one more beer that shows why. Check it out if you get the chance
TripCampbell (13) - USA - AUG 30, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Balanced brown. 47 IBU. Seems like it shouldn’t be bitter at all, but enough to give it just the right finish
Skyview (5209) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JUL 11, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Received sample 12-oz bottle from distributor. Pours a semi-hazy brownish amber colored brew with a decent sized off-white head that slowly dissipates and leaves behind some spotty lacing and white ring. Aroma of toasted dark biscuit malt, some light grassy and dry leafy hops and a hint of herbs. Taste is medium to full-bodied, flavors of toasted biscuit and dark malts, dry English style hops and a hint of chocolate. Finish is semi-dry, some lingering bitterness then a toasted biscuit malt aftertaste. A solid ESB throughout. Nice inauguration beer.
csaso (1370) - Missouri, USA - MAR 26, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - fair size foamy head, nice dark copper color, earthy hop aroma and flavor with a sweet malt backbone, well balanced
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djroehler (290) - Minnesota, USA - APR 3, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep amber pour with thin white head. Slight earthy aroma with big bread and biscuit aroma. Yeast and bread with slight oily lemon bitterness. Crisp carbonation cuts in with a slight hop punch. Finishes sweet and dry.
Trev (1936) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 28, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2012 Valley Tap House: light copper pour with thin head.
Aroma is caramel and citrus, light earthiness.
Flavour is nice toasted caramel malt, medium to light bitterness earthy floral hop.
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burgy (455) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - OCT 13, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap! Lovely ESB.... I mean a MSB! Really nice balance to finish this brew. It lingers well and really tastes great!
ladyhops (43) - - APR 8, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not as bitter as I would have imagined but still good. Lemon, bread, chewy flavor. Nice MN flare. I like that on tap isn’t much difference from bottled. When warm you can really taste the bitter, but cold I can’t detect the special bitterness... surprisingly low hop profile.
asedzie (604) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 19, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours dark amber with medium head. Aroma has mildly fruity hops, behind sweet malty aroma some very slight peaty notes., Flavor is really well balanced for an American ESB - initial caramel toastiness followed by a memorable combination of herbal and resinous hops. This is a really well thought out beer with just enough bitter dryness to cleanse the palate and just enough residual malt sugar and earthiness to keep one craving more. A very well done ESB.