As we continue our tour of craft brews from the land of 10,000 lakes we find ourselves with another offering from Badger Hill Brewery. This family owned brewery has been at it since 2011 and has gained quite a following since then. One of their year round offerings is their MSB or Minnesota Special Bitter.
The beer pours slightly hazy amber color with orange hues. The thick two finger off white head dissipates at a steady rate and leaves behind a consistent layer of lacing a top the beer.
On the nose notes of breads and biscuits combine with sweet malts. Floral and herbal hop aromas peek through the biscuit and malt notes and are met by a resiny hop note. A hint of orange peel complements the rest of the bouquet nicely.
On the palate a clean and solid bready and malty backbone is well balanced by the same hop notes found in the bouquet. Mild floral and citrus hop notes are detectable amidst the strong herbal hop flavors. A bitter piney hop note carries over a mild fruitiness to the finish. A hint of black pepper spice is also noteworthy. The finish is bone dry and satisfying.
A great take on a Traditional English ESB or Extra Special Bitter style beer. A great easy drinking beer that acts as further proof that the Minnesota craft breweries are forces to be reckoned with! Try pairing this with a mild Swiss, beer battered Cod or bready pudding.
The Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 3.0 Out of 5 Pints
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