Bent Hop - Golden IPA - Bent Paddle Brewing Co.
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Reviews by joe1510:
3.95/5 rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Warehouse Liquors-Duluth, MN
There was no stretching the truth when Bent Paddle labeled this beer "golden". Bright, transparent 24kt gold shimmers in the glass and random geysers of carbonation are the only thing disturbing the shine. The clean white head reaches a finger in height before falling to a cap and leaving respectable lacing on its way.
There's a solid dose of citrus in this IPA but what sets it apart from others is a mild dank resinous that wraps itself around each individual fruit and nearly pulls off pine characteristics. Candied grapefruit (resinous undertone), orange peel (resinous undertone), and ripe pineapple (same) are all present. There's enough sugar cookie maltiness to keep this from being hop dominant.
The dankness is more forward in the flavor than the nose while the citrus, although running together, comes along mid-palate with a touch of pine. Like I mentioned, the citrus is a little muddled in flavor when compared to the nose but it still makes for a tasty IPA. Lightly sweet sugar cookie malt and a drying hint of alcohol finish things up nicely.
The body weighs in at medium with an incredibly velvety feel. The carbonation is soft, the body is soft, and the finish is semi-dry with a moderate lingering bitterness. I can't ask for much more from an IPA.
I'm impressed with my first taste from Bent Paddle Brewing. This IPA won't blow you away but it won't destroy your taste buds either, making it possible to enjoy a few at a time. I say, without a doubt, that I would pick this 6-pack up fairly often if it was available in my area. I wish I would have picked up their other beer as well.
Serving type: can
09-29-2013 01:29:01 | More by joe1510
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1.3/5 rDev -66.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1
I've had the great fortune to travel to more than 60 countries and drink more beers than I care to imagine, but I can say unequivocably this is one of the worst beers I've ever consumed. The flavor is positively foul, to the extent I was overcome and eventually poured half my can down the sink. To add insult to injury, this beer gave me an absolutely side-splitting headache, something I've never had happen from a brew. I was initially keen to try more of Bent Paddle's products, but after this unfortunate experiment, I will leave that to braver souls and the Public Health Department.
Serving type: can
03-25-2014 01:44:01 | More by CraftPro
3.5/5 rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
"An unexpected visual bend to an American India Pale Ale, this style is one that stands out in a crowd, or if you’re more like us – enjoyed at a campsite…with no crowd." Bonus points for brewers after my own heart. Wish I was sitting by a fire in the Boundary Waters looking out at a lake from a crackling fire. Uh, an unfrozen lake. 12 oz. can that came with five friends.
Pour had already been aptly described in the beer's name: golden. High level of carbonation, & I always enjoy watching bubbles circulate like mad through the beer. Nose pops immediately but fades almost as fast. Pine & citrus, with a bit of mixed fruit salad in the background. Nice start.
Bent Hop teases with scent & then pulls away the chocolate sundae. Replacing it with a nice salad. This is my kryptonite, a nice, sweet, malty, well-balanced IPA. Sweet malt, gentle jab of hops (kind of like a jab from my 11 year old) that rolls a light citrus, touch of orange. Light breading. There is bitterness that's absent at first but grows to noticeable by halfway through the glass. Extremely smooth & creamy for an IPA, & one that would go down nicely leaning on a canoe paddle.
Pretty good beer, but too balanced & lacking in hop character for my jaded palate.
Serving type: can
02-04-2014 02:57:40 | More by maximum12
Bent Hop - Golden IPA from Bent Paddle Brewing Co.
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