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Bent Hop - Golden IPA - Bent Paddle Brewing Co.

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88
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213 Ratings
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Ratings: 213
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 4
Gots: 38 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Bent Paddle Brewing Co. visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Keyportnick on 06-02-2013

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Ratings: 213 | Reviews: 26
Reviews by zeledonia:
Photo of zeledonia
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

So many new and newish breweries in Minnesota that it's hard to keep up. Haven't had anything from Bent Paddle before. Found this at a local liquor store while vacationing near Moose Lake.

Pours a very clear golden color, shaded orange. Half-finger of whitish head, decent retention, nice lacing. Leaves a healthy ring of foam around the surface and an island cap in the middle.

Smell is delightful. Strong citrus hops, tart oranges with a twist of grapefruit. They're backed by caramel malts with just the right amount of sweetness to complement and balance those hops. The "golden" in the name is exactly right, in the color evoked by the smells and in their quality.

Taste is also quite nice, but a touch duller. It's a little two-sided, with the faces sometimes cooperating and sometimes battling each other. Moderately bitter, moderately sweet, and coming in alternating waves. On second thought, the bitter and the sweet are getting along well, and I'm liking it more.

Feel is good. Medium-bodied, prickly carbonation that coasts on a steady wave. Lasts just as long as I want it to, then taps out at just the right time.

The more of this I drink, the more I like it. Well-hopped, but really well balanced. A very nicely executed IPA, and another hit in the crowded MN IPA market.

More User Reviews:
Photo of bsp77
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from can into glass.

Appearance: Clear gold with stark, fluffy white head and nice lacing.

Smell: Citrusy, quite sweet, with some toasted notes.

Taste: Toasted malt backbone with juicy hops. Mostly orange, on the tangerine end of the spectrum, and lemon. A titch of pine and spicy notes on the finish, but not too much bitterness. A lingering citrus aftertaste.

Feel: Medium body that is lightly creamy with moderate carbonation. Finish appears to be dry at first, but then a lingering sweetness creeps in and lasts. This hampers what is otherwise a crisp and refreshing beer.

Overall: A nice drinkable and juicy IPA. A little different than other local offerings, but the lingering mouthfeel lowers the appeal for me a little.

I do wonder if this holds up better than other IPAs if I were to drink it straight out of the can. I think it may as Bent Paddle is marketing this as a campsite beer. This certainly would be a nice beer to have at a campsite, although I may reach for an Indeed Day Tripper instead.

Photo of deebo
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On nitro. Nitro Gives it a creamy character on top of a earthy, piney hop aroma and taste. A bit of crackerlike malt with a bit of sweetness. Nice beer. Easy drinking ipa.

Photo of MattyG85
4.31/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a tall pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a crisp looking golden orange with a moderate amount of rising bubbles. Huge four finger white head with decent retention. Leaves a lot of clingy lacing around the glass.

Smell: A bright and juicy hop forward aroma with good hints of citrus esters, earthy hops, and backing malt. Upfront citrus hops with hints of orange peel, grapefruit, pineapple, mango, tangerine, lemon zest, melons, and apricot. Earthy and herbal hop presence with hints of dank pine resin and grass. Fairly floral. Backing of pale malt with hints of grains, biscuit, straw, caramel, and cracker. A very solid IPA aroma.

Taste: Like the smell hints at, a nicely zesty and hop forward IPA taste with good notes of citrus, pine, grass, and backing malt. Upfront presence of citrus hops with notes of orange peel, pineapple, grapefruit, mango, lemon zest, melon, tangerine, and apricot. Earthy, floral, and herbal hops as well with notes of grass and weed like pine resin. Backing presence of pale malt with notes of grains, straw, biscuit, caramel, cracker, and yeast. A very good balanced IPA taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy, slightly oily, and pretty smooth. Drying finish.

Overall: A very good IPA from this new brewery. Good balance of hop esters.

Photo of LXIXME
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Small off white head slowly settled into a nice lacing above a clear rich bright honey golden colored beer.

Rich last citrus and light pine aroma.

A lighter citrus taste then in the aroma with more distinct fruits (like tangerines) coming through, the taste also has the grassness to it.

A dryish after taste with some of the hops dryness remaining on this medium bodied beer.

This is a pretty tasty IPA and this beer can compete with the West Coast style on their court.

Photo of emerge077
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden orange, sticky sudsy foam that leaves behind lacing all around the glass. Rapid trails of carbonation visible in the glass. Good head retention, it has staying power.

Fresh floral aroma with some malt sweetness, slight citrus.

Citrusy and malty, light bready pale malt middle with orange traces around the edges. Piney green hop bitterness, earthy and grassy. Light to medium bodied. Drinkable, moderately bitter. Not an earth shattering IPA, but it's a go-to option when up north.

Thanks to Joe for this one!

Photo of DerekCarruth
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is the most piney tasting beer that I can remember, and I like it. This is a really good IPA.

Photo of mwilbur
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured on-tap into shaker pint glass.
A: Pours a clear golden yellow with 1/4 inch white head that fairly quickly dissipates.
S: Sharp and strong pine and citrus hop notes. Hint of sweet malt in the background.
T: Follows aroma fairly well, but the hops are softened more. Nice pine and citrus hops with sweet light caramel malt to balance.
M: Light body. Soft and lightly sweet. Moderate hop bitterness and bite.
D: A nicely done IPA. Excellent sessionability. Seek it out!

Photo of drop6301
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Poured light golden-orange with a ting of haziness. One inch of white head that shrank to a nice sprinkled on layer that stayed until the end. Visible carbonation. Lacing excellent.

Smell: Upfront is the American hop flavors; dank citrus-grapefruit with piney notes. The aroma is not as in your face as I've come to expect out of an American IPA. Grassiness a little bit. Some malt comes through in the form of biscuit, maybe a little caramel.

Taste: The hop flavor returns with a vengeance. The resinous and dankness is more available with the grapefruit citrus and pine. Small amount of biscuit malt character past the hops. Finishes dry with a coarser bitterness that lingers for a short time.

Mouthfeel: Light body with moderate to high carbonation. A little prickly on the tongue toward the end. Finishes dry as well.

Overall: A great beer that is easy to drink a lot of. Nice American IPA in my opinion. I would suggest this to others.

Photo of GeezLynn
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Golden brown with an impressive white head. Great retention.
S: Smells familiar, like several other common IPAs of this style, with CTZ hops and crystal malt very evident. A little Summit hops in there also? Lots of pine/grass in the aroma.
T: Sweet caramel malt, big doses of hops….floral and grassy up front, with some grapefruit. Also getting a little spicyness in the flavor. Finishes with a brisk, dry bitterness.
M: Feel is pretty smooth for an IPA – medium body with soft carbonation. I like it, but suspect many would prefer it to be more lively.

Overall, a quality beer. I particularly appreciate the smooth mouthfeel. You can do better at $10/6pk, but when in Duluth, I’m sure I’ll make a few more of these disappear.

Photo of JimboECU
2.82/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Here for work - beer was good, but not great.

Photo of JamesMN
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

No canning date.

Appearance: Semi-transparent matte caramel color with about a finger of off-white foam.

Aroma: As soon as I popped the top on the can dank hops wafted into my senses. Also some caramel malt in there.

Taste: This immediately has a lot going for it. Sugar-crusted malt, earthy/hearty hop character with a soothing bitterness and a great balance. I'm actually surprised to see its only 6.2% ABV given the depth of flavor here. It's very much in the vain of a Celebration or 60 Minute, with that chewy malt character and hearty hop flavor. The bitterness starts quite tame but builds up and reaches a high point in the aftertaste. The breweries website lists the IBUs at 68 but the malt makes it feel a bit less harsh.

Mouthfeel: A solid medium in body with basically perfect carbonation for the style, smooth but not tepid. Great drinkability and likely sessionable if you go slow.

Final Thoughts: Really enjoyed this one. I will definitely be checking out more of Bent Paddle's offerings. However, I would urge the brewery to add a canning date because the absence of one typically deters me from doling out the cash for a sixer of any hop-forward beer (this one was park of a make your own six-pack). Would I drink it again? Yes, hopefully on-tap next.

Photo of shacawgo24
4.54/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-A nice halo gold appearance. Will keep you intrigued for further sense-feel.
S-Faint pine. Pure citrus. Limey. Interesting seeing (smelling) as most IPA's are grapefruity.
T-OOO WEEE! Sparkling! Bubbles on the tongue. A surprise gem of mouth! The fruit flavor outweighs the hop/pine. Fresh cut lemongrass washes over the palate. Withering pine is the finish. With hops lingering. This isn't bad! All IPA's should have different flavor and vibes.
M-Light/Medium body feel. Nothing surprising or disappointing.
O-BUY/TASTE!. Friend lent me a can as a favor/fellow beer drinker love. A unique take on the IPA. Worth a sixer buy. Will make you write a review about said drink.

Photo of CraftPro
1.36/5  rDev -65.3%
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.

Photo of mothman
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

White fizzy head that fades away quickly. Color is a clear golden orange.

Flavor is very fresh and hoppy. Some spicy/zesty hops here. Kind of floral. A lot of bready/biscuity malts. This is more of a hop bomb ipa than one with a lot of fruit flavors.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and sticky. Medium bodied.

Overall, I think this is a solid offering. Nothing out of this world, but definitely quality.

Photo of maximum12
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Photo of ZAP
4.6/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A-Oak colored...chill hazed...ligth head..

S-Really a highpoint of the beer. Hugely floral with some pine notes as well....a nice dose of sweeter citrus on the nose as well (think mandarin orange)

T-Nice hop forward, hop flavorful IPA. Some drying bitterness on the finish but this IPA features a lot of hop flavor, rather than pure hop bitterness. Pine, ganja,and tobacco notes combine with citrus flavors of oranges, and tangerines.

M-Medium bodied...carbonation is perfect....the dry piney finish leaves you wanting another sip.

O-This is top notch. Top tier IPA....I hope their distribution of this grows as expected as this is really a great IPA and I don't get to Duluth but a few times a year. Best IPA in Minnesota in my opinion edging out Hopdish

Photo of joe1510
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz Can
$9.99 6-Pack
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.

Photo of Taybeh
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%

In a can (but not camping)
A: Vigorous pour leaves me with a finger of head, and a bright golden glow
S: Nice nose, bit of light citrus and hoppy.
T: Different than many other IPAs around. Little pine, light tangerine, floral and bright. Some background balance provided by the crystal malt. Not a lot of hoppy bitterness.
M: just right on carbonation, wet, smooth, lively but no bite.
Overall, this is a nice addition to the MN scene. Not going to become a favorite, but a nice change of pace. I won't hesitate to drink it again..

Photo of Mdog
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy gold (really!), good head.

Smell: Bright citrus aroma.

Taste: Nice bitter citrus mixed with some pink grapefruit sweetness. Lighter feel.

Overall: After visiting the brewery a few weeks back I finally saw some cans in the Twin Cities from Bent Paddle. The golden IPA is very good, very aromatic and light feel, but definitely more body than the session IPA crowd.

Photo of Keyportnick
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a growler filled last night into a 16oz Bent Paddle Tumbler glass

A- pours a very clear crisp clear golden. Head is about a finger and a half with tight white bubbles. Head retention follows the beer down the glass with good lacing.

S- well balanced earth hops -pine/grass and Citrus- tangerine/grapefruit notes race across your nose with a touch of pale malt.

T- the hops follow through this beer in a well balanced way. Citrus- lemon/grapefruit upfront, a touch of pale malt, and a coating of well rounded bitterness that coats the mouth.

M- Body is on the lighter side of medium but has roundness to it that makes it very drinkable. Carbonation is right on, assertive but not overpowering.

O- I'm gladly impressed by this beer. The thing I was most impressed by was the overall balance. The hops flow throughout, from the nose to the finish. I can't wait to start seeing more from this upcoming brewery.

Photo of jera1350
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into a tulip a golden orange with a light haze. The head is thick and fluffy, retains well and leaves some lacing.

Not a big in your face hop bomb ipa smell. It's sweet, hoppy, floral, with honey and citrus notes.

The taste is more balanced than a typical ipa, but it's wonderful. Citrus, pine, grapefruit, some earthiness and all backed by a solid malt backbone that adds some honey and cracker sweetness. Mild hop bite that lingers on the palate.

The carbonation is wonderful. Soft and pillowy and plenty of it. Lighter side of medium bodied.

I bought a sixer of this for camping and it fit the bill so well. Just seemed to be the perfect type of IPA for the outdoors. This is not a hop bomb, which makes it so damn drinkable for an IPA, which I think is why I like it so much. Typically I'll do one or two of the same IPA, but this one I could probably drink a sixer of in an evening. Wonderful beer.

Photo of Quantum_Dong
3.61/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Very light colored. Atypical of your standard IPA. Awesome head retention, and lacing on the glass. Looks really good!

S - The smell, to me, is the best thing about this beer. The citrusy hops really stand out here, and it smells like an incredible IPA.

T - The taste is ok. It follows the smell to an extent, but it's a bit muddled. It doesn't seem to have clear direction overall. There is some citrus present. The taste kind of stays the same from the time it hits your tongue to the time you swallow it.

M - Medium body. Feels like a standard IPA in the mouth.

O - Love supporting local breweries, and this is one I can definitely see coming back to regularly for camping/hiking, etc. At 6.2% it's not quite a "session" beer, but I could see myself quaffing a few of these back on a nice warm day.

Photo of hardy008
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark gold to amber color with an almost 2 finger foamy white head with nice retention and lacing. The aroma has grapefruit, pineapple, pine, and tangerine.

The taste has a nice combination of sweetness and bitterness with grapefruit, citrus zest, pineapple, pine, tangerine, and pale malt.

Medium bodied with below average carbonation. There is a grapefruit and pale malt aftertaste. A nicely made IPA which I will gladly buy again.

Photo of maedhros09
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Golden amber with less than average white head that leaves some nice lacing.
Smell: Fresh piney and citrus hop
Taste: Delicious balance between a just sweet enough to balance the fresh citrusy hops. Gentle bitter finish.
Feel: Medium body and smooth, effervescent.

Overall: The Bent Paddle IPA hits all the right notes for me. The maltiness is just enough to balance the fresh, aromatic citrusy hops. It’s light enough to be refreshing but also has plenty of body and flavor. The alcohol level is just right. A truly satisying IPA.

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Bent Hop - Golden IPA from Bent Paddle Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 213 ratings.