Bent Hop - Golden IPA - Bent Paddle Brewing Co.
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3.85/5 rDev -1.3%
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!
10-11-2013 01:58:30 | More by emerge077
4.2/5 rDev +7.7%
Bent Paddle Brewing Company, Bent Hop Golden IPA India Pale Ale, Craft Brewed in Duluth, MN. 6.2% Alc./Vol.
Clear and golden, good looking head of pure white foam above, stays around, lazily leaving lace.
Aroma: ah! nicely spicy, pine and citrus notes, lemon and orange peel. Fresh and zesty. Likeable…maybe lovable.
Taste: Enters the palate mildly, but drops a lot of hop bitterness . Peppery spice character at first, leading to slightly vegetal/celery-like character. Hops never stop, malt holds it's own, keeping it light, but tight. Citrus and pine flavors keep on coming, hanging high on the palate, a nice layer of tasty, bitter hoppitude.
Here's an IPA just the way we hop-heads like it. You know what they say these days" "who needs another IPA?" Well, I think Duluth needs this IPA, and the Twin Cities could use it, too. Don't think we have one quite like it, though Summit Saga comes close. What else would this replace? Maybe Bell's Two Hearted Ale.
What's on the can? "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 camp site, with no crowd."
08-01-2013 01:12:30 | More by feloniousmonk
United Kingdom (Wales)
3.61/5 rDev -7.4%
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.
08-24-2013 01:18:28 | More by mothman
3.99/5 rDev +2.3%
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.
07-25-2013 20:37:05 | More by LXIXME
4.59/5 rDev +17.7%
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
08-25-2013 03:55:26 | More by ZAP
3.5/5 rDev -10.3%
"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.
02-04-2014 02:57:40 | More by maximum12
4.01/5 rDev +2.8%
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.
07-03-2013 22:03:35 | More by jera1350
4.33/5 rDev +11%
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.
11-27-2013 08:01:51 | More by MattyG85
3.99/5 rDev +2.3%
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.
11-16-2013 05:07:00 | More by bsp77
3.95/5 rDev +1.3%
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.
09-29-2013 01:29:01 | More by joe1510
Bent Hop - Golden IPA from Bent Paddle Brewing Co.
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