The pride of Salt Lake City, Uinta Brewing Co. was founded in 1993. Uinta’s name is inspired by a range of mountains that can be found in northeastern Utah and many of its beers have a Utah theme as well.

Uinta pushes the boundaries in a lot of the ways it brew, for example, it began using 100 percent wind power to brew in 2001 and are the only Utah company which can make that claim. Uinta also began using solar power in 2011 when they added solar panels to their roof. It is also OU Kosher-certified and lives by the motto, “Earth, Wind and Beer,” which is a testament to its “long-standing commitment to environmental stewardship.”

Baba Lager poured a very dark brown and had a mahogany and reddish hue. The beer had a very small amount of carbonation and had almost zero head retention.

The nose of the beer is very clean and dry, it smells like a combination of an earthiness, like dirt, cocoa powder, barley and fresh grains. All together it smells a bit like dark chocolate whole grain bread.

The flavors of this beer transcended the nose by a good amount. There were some roasty chocolate notes, but I could taste tobacco leaves, leather, burnt sugar, burnt wood, almost like dropping a Marshmellow into a campfire and still making a s’more with it.

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Uinta Baba
BREWERY: Uinta Brewing Co.
LOCATION: Salt Lake City, Utah
STYLE: Black lager
ABV: 4 percent
IBU: 32
PRICE: $1.67
RELEASE DATE: 2011
AVAILABLE IN: 12-ounce bottles
12-ounce cans
BEERS POURED: Two
Overall Baba Lager is a pretty impressive beer that is able to picked up off plenty of shelves across the great US of A. I was blown away by the amount of flavor the brewery packed into a four percent beer, there was a real quality in the flavors as well—the beer tasted like it was made with fresh ingredients and didn’t feel overly produced. The final product was an incredibly smooth and flavorful dark lager that would be a great gateway beer to get someone into darker brews. I was definitely impressed for the price point of the beer and the ability to pick it up whenever one wants.
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