Bent Nail IPA - Red Lodge Ales
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3.68/5 rDev -1.1%
Nothing like a bottle of a veritable American IPA for well south of 2 bucks at a coffee shop in Missoula...
This beer pours a clear, dark amber hue, with one finger of soapy light beige head, which leaves some thin curtained lace around the glass as it retreats. It smells of caramel toffee malt, a bit of nougat, and citrus/floral hops. The taste is caramel, butterscotch, biscuit malt, some pine resin, and citrus hops. The carbonation is moderate, the body medium weight, creamy, and a bit prickly. It finishes off-dry, the soft pine hops blended with some doughy malt.
A nice, fairly reserved American IPA - all the points are there, they just don't whack you over the head, that's all.
08-22-2010 01:01:54 | More by biboergosum
3.65/5 rDev -1.9%
Poured from the 12oz bottle into a Stella stem glass. Body is an orange-amber color, topped by a couple of fingers of creamy white head that leaves some very nice lacing. Aroma of fruity hops, sweet, bready malt, and a touch of pepper.
Palate is well-balanced between the sweet, bready English-style malt base and assertive, fruity hops. A touch of citrus and bubble gum are detectable, along with a good tanginess from the yeast. Not particularly bitter at any point, but the hops do make their presence felt.
Body is full and creamy, but not lively or particularly bubbly. An enjoyable beer to drink, but if you're looking for any sort of huge hop presence, look elsewhere. This is more of an English style IPA, or even an English pale. Still, a tasty offering from a place that's off the beaten path.
10-08-2009 05:00:24 | More by ElGordo
3.75/5 rDev +0.8%
Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber with a two finger ivory head with good retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of bready and biscuit malt, light piney and citrus hops. Flavor is biscuit malt and citrus and grassy hops, light orange citrus. Finishes with a lingering grassy hop bitterness. Medium body with a bit of creaminess, good mouth feel. A mellow IPA that hits all the characters I want in an IPA, perhaps a bit reserved in the hop flavors, but I don't know how old this bottle is. A very light vegetal flavor is the only off note. I'd stop for this if I were in Red Lodge. Thanks for this bottle, Vikki
11-29-2013 21:52:29 | More by LiquidAmber
4.3/5 rDev +15.6%
Reminder: I am comparing this to Pliney the Elder. Smell is fantastic; the brewery truely nailed this one. The taste is one of the best IPA's that I've had, and IPA is my favorite style. I could simply drink this beer forever because of its great taste and smell. Plus the great flavor that hangs in the mouth afterwards is so pleasant its almost damaging to pouring another one. Overall I recomend this drink if your ever in the Red Lodg area.
01-03-2010 09:58:03 | More by Eisen
4.58/5 rDev +23.1%
12 oz bottle into pint glass. This is a darn good IPA. Perhaps the best Montana has to offer, at least bottled. Hoppy enough to know youre drinking a tough IPA but so balanced, could sneak in as a Pale Ale? Who knows. Not I. But I do know that this a beer worth drinking, always!
01-08-2014 18:23:27 | More by Johnny_Muir
3.8/5 rDev +2.2%
On tap in a pint glass on 5/23/10 at Mackenzie River Pizza in Billings, MT
Faded, brownish orange color with copper highlights. Poured a thin layer of foam but holds well after a few minutes. Not much on retention throughout, but lacing is nicely layered.
The aroma is somewhat mild but not bad. At first it seemed to be mostly caramel but pine & floral notes are apparent upon closer inspection. Citrus, too - lemon zestiness.
Tastes rather impressive. Lots of piney grit is in swing, leading into dense citric tones - tangerine, lemon & a bit o' grapefruit. More pine. Spicy. Malt balance reminiscent of Midwest IPAs.
Medium body with reasonably prickly carbonation. Resiny & sticky.
I was pleasantly surprised with this one, especially after my initial impression of the nose. Kind of reminds me of Two Hearted. Recommended.
06-04-2010 02:14:21 | More by Ryan011235
Bent Nail IPA from Red Lodge Ales
84 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.