Bent Nail IPA - Red Lodge Ales

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Bent Nail IPABent Nail IPA

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Ratings: 112
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 13.49%
Wants: 1
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
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Montana, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: loren01 on 01-26-2006

Bent Nail I.P.A. is a tribute to the hard-working contractors who make their living in Red Lodge. The I.P.A is high in alcohol and hop flavor. We use copious of American cascade hops to give the IPA intense grapefruit and citrus aroma and flavor.
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Ratings: 112 | Reviews: 31
Reviews by oldpinecone:
Photo of oldpinecone
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a nice dark orange with alot going on. A bit hazy. Nice one finger head that sticks around for a while.

Smell is citrusy and fresh. Like eating a clemantine by a waterfall. You can faintly whiff the malt in the background of the aromas.

It tastes similar to the smell. Pine is apparant but only lightly. Very well balanced and a nice bitter kick is presented as well.

Mouthfeel is ok. A little too much carbonation. Coats the palate decently.

Very drinkable beer. Easy to session with alot of flavor.

More User Reviews:
Photo of biboergosum
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of ElGordo
3.66/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of tempest
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well-balanced IPA, but the aroma is weak. Classic biting citrus hops. Drinkable and satisfying.

Photo of wneville2
4.31/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a great entry level IPA, with an IBU of about 50, but it's thoroughly enjoyed by all beer lovers. This brew is also RL Ale's best seller. Lucky's Market in Billings goes through about 40 cases of this delicious brew per week. This brew's cascade hops give it a refreshing grapefruit taste and citrus aroma. There isn't much else that define the warm summer months than the hoppy, citrusy goodness. Sam does an awesome job with his brews.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Eisen
4.34/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Johnny_Muir
4.58/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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!

Photo of Ryan011235
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of aggiearcher13
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had it on tap at the Silver Dollar in Cody Wyoming. I have to say, this beer really exceeded my expectations (and I took it outside so I could smell it over the smokers). Great smell, no doubt about the hops they used. Lots of grapefruit. Not that bitter, but loads of hop flavor. I would actually fault it for not being bitter enough, if it's an IPA it should kick. Carbonation is good and carbonation is good, no telling how many of these I could have had! Pretty easy drinker, even at that elevation.

Photo of Rothman
3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pine and Orange with some sweet malt. Pleasant but a little muddled. Caramelly sweetness clashes a bit with the hop aromas. However there is a nice sweet orange peel smell.

Mellow orange peel with a nice bitterness. Some pine as well. Bitterness lingers a bit. Not a lot going on here, nothing stands out as above average.

Orange color, pretty deep orange, looks nice. 1 finger head. Sticks around with nice lacing. Crystal clear.

Nothing special, some orange hop flavor but doesn’t get into any more interesting flavors. Balance is better than most ipas but doesn’t have an interesting malt profile. Very drinkable, hop bitterness does linger a bit for my taste.

Photo of champ103
3.59/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark ruby red color. A small white head forms and leaves little lace behind.
S: Floral, citrus, and piney hops are present. A noticeable malt sweetness to balance everything out.
T: Floral and citrus hops again. There is a small malt sweetness lingering in the background. Mostly a hop bitterness that does not overpower, but does not really do much for me either.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Fairly easy to drink. I had no problems finishing my pint, but I probably won't have more than one in a session.

Not bad at all. A kind of safe and by the books IPA. It is still worth a try if ever in Red Lodge.

Photo of GossageBrewery
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served this American IPA on tap in a pint glass. Poured a clear amber color, produced a thick white head, excellent retention and lacing left on the glass. The aroma consisted of caramel, toffee, and citric hops. Medium bodied, foundation of biscuit malt, caramel, toffee, pine needles and lemon citric hops. Dry finish. Decent session beer, quality American IPA- it's not elite, but it will do the trick.

Photo of dcloeren
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to JCDenver for this extra

Poured a clean, crisp and clear copper with 2 fingers of off white head. Left some solid lacing

The aroma of this beer was exploding out of the bottle when I opened it. Very pine hop forward with some a subtle background of caramel malt and maybe some grapefruit on the back end.

Taste is very pine hop forward with subtle caramel malt and even more subtle grapefruit finish.

Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. The combo of the hops and the carbonation stings the tongue with each sip inducing hop dragon breath. Drying hop aftertaste.

Overall this was a solid extra. Glad that JCDenver sent this one because I more than likely wouldnt have ever gotten to try it. Solid IPA. Well done Montana, well done.

Photo of archyquaffer
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a longneck into a shaker pint glass. A moderate pour yields about a one inch chunky off-white head that proves pretty sticky. The beer is a pale copper color with fairly high carbonation.

Plenty of pine and citrus on the nose and palate, with a decent amount of caramel sweetness to balance. It dances around the edge of being a big beer, yet is light enough that it could pass as a typical american pale ale or perhaps an English example of the style. Refreshing summer fare and somewhat sessionable.

Photo of MADhombrewer
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at carino's in Billings, MT

Appearance- Clear cooper with a dense off white head.4/5

Smell- Floral and piney hop aroma with a small malt backbone. 4/5

Taste- Grapefruit and piney hop flavors. Big bitterness at the end. Lots of malt in the background. Weird aftertaste after a couple sips . 3.5/5

Mouthfeel- A little slicker than I typically like. Full body for an IPA. 3.5/5

Overall- Decent IPA. Good in a pinch but I would like a little less malt. I typacaly like my IPAs drier. 3.5/5

Photo of GClarkage
4.09/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

08/12/06- On tap at the Railyard in Billings, MT.

Presentation- From the tap into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Light amber, maybe a darker peachy color. Frothy and creamy looking 1/2 inch head which is super gleaming white. Cobwebs coat the entire glass. Textbook!

Smell- Not super pungent as was hoping, but still a really nice nose. Sweet malt base combines with some fruity grapefruit and lemon hops.

Taste- Bold, sugary and sweet. Reminds one of Indica from Lost Coast. Not super bitter, but just enough grapefruit flavor bitter hops to give a light tongue lashing. The mild roasted malt evens things out. Well balanced.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation with a nice tasting hop aftertaste.

Drinkability-Was recommended this from Corey (the proprieter of the Railyard), he didn't lead me down the wrong path. Excellent qulaity IPA in all aspects. If you see it, you shall try it.

Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Recently was in Cody, WY for a business trip and stopped in at a liquor store and saw this, figured a sixer was worth it.

A: Poured a hazy cloudy orange/amber color very unfiltered and opaque, very dense sand colored head. Nice lacing as it recedes. Looks to be pretty sticky.

S: Some hops, definitely on the citrus side, some sweet underlying smells, caramelly sweet altogether. Nice smelling beer.

T: My initial taste was sorta offsetting, almost like paper, but that didn't linger around a lot. Pretty hoppy the whole way through. But balanced, nothing feels out of place. Nice bitterness, like a grapefruit rind. The malt isn't defining or really pronounced but there is a stickyness and caramel flavor. Pretty nice. Definitely not extreme, but a very balanced, sessionable ipa.

M: Not too thick, not to thin, bitterness lingers on the tongue a while. And a nice warming. Not sure on the abv but i can feel a slight alcohol tinge. Nice though.

D: Easy drinker, this would make a great session beer, balanced, tasty, and just all around nice.

Photo of loren01
4.55/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Mackenzie River Pizza in Billings, MT.
A: Poured a dark amber color with a foamy white head and tons of lacing down the glass.
S: Smell is nice and spicy from the hops, also a nice grassy/hay scent.
T: Taste is actually very well balanced, slight malty sweet up front with nice hoppy/earthy aftertaste.
M: A little bit heavy on the carbonation, but I had no problems putting down a couple.
D: I've had this beer many times before, this years version is outstanding. I love IPA's, and I would put this years Bent Nail up there with any other IPA I've tasted in a very long time. As always, one hell of a beer from Red Lodge.

Photo of akmt76
4.63/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This IPA is one of the best, easiest drinking IPAs on the market. I must warn that draft and bottle seem to taste very different. Out of the bottle seems to have more flavor. Might be because of letting the beer opening up in a glass. I would recommend this beer to many who don't think they like IPAs as well as people who already know they love them...

Photo of sporklift87
4.01/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Been in fridge for a while from mixed six pack. No apparent expiration date. Poured into snifter from bottle. Pours over a finger of off-white froth, with great retention and sticky lacing walls. Head fades eventually into medium film with thick collar. Burnt orange and amber in color, and clear, though dark. Ruby red grapefruit and blood oranges on nose with relatively light pine background. Pine more prevalent on tongue and moderate bitterness balanced by grapefruit citrus flavors. Some hints of tropical fruit on aftertaste. Medium in body and a little slick and oily in texture, with moderate carbonation. Some heat from alcohol lingers. I believe this was the first Montana IPA I tried upon moving to Billings. A very well done brew, though nothing about it particularly distinguishes itself from the hoards of IPAs on the market these days. Not a bad local beer to keep in your fridge, though. Recommended to any hop-heads passing through.

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served amber color with tons of carbonation bubbles seen streaming up through the brew. Upon serving there is a thin white head that rather rapidly fades to leave a moderate level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is strongest of some citrus smells of both a bitter grapefruit hop as well as an orange aroma. Along with these aromas are also some lighter smells of a bready and doughy aroma with some other light smells of pine.

Taste – The taste begins with a rather bready flavor with a decent showing of some grapefruit hop right upfront. There is also some caramel taste and a bit of orange at the start with the caramel later fading some as the taste moves onto the end. The grapefruit all the while grows stronger and is joined by a light earthy and pine flavor. In the end, the mix of flavors that is left on the tongue leaves a very pleasantly hopped but smooth and somewhat crisper citrus flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of its thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is rather average. For the style and citrus flavor of the brew the feel is very nice as it maintains a great easy drinking feel, all while being still able to support all the nice flavors well.

Overall – This was a very enjoyable IPA and one I will certainly seek out again. Quite pleasant!!

Photo of Bitterbill
3.46/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I bought a 6 pack at Star Liquor in Sheridan. Bottled on date of Sept 20, 2013.

A slow pour brought a 2 finger head of foam sitting on a deep golden coloured brew.

The smell is hoppy with notes of grapefruit and orange backed by a mild malt sweetness.

The taste is mildly bitter hops, again grapefruit and orange, the malt is kind of nonchalant; sometimes a sweetish flavour comes into play and then is gone. I think the hops are just beginning to fade from, what I'd think they were like, when fresh but not enough to where you get that grainy, kind of sickly sweetness old IPAs usually end up suffering from.

Nice mouthfeel here and it is certainly easy to drink. It's a good brew and decent IPA.

Photo of beereality
3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

big thanks go out to my great pal mr mustashio for this wonderful treat. cloudy amber pour that leaves tons of lacing. not a super strong smell, but I do get a bread like, sweet floral smell. wonderful mouth feel. this beer reminds me of something. wonderful flavor, like a perfect balance of malt and hops. more sweet than bitter. very drinkable.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.59/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a decent ipa, albeit a little different with a bigger richer copper malt body. the pour has got a lot of red to it, caramel to auburn in color, dark for an ipa, with an inch of tan foam that slowly dies. the nose is pretty hoppy, more pine than citrus, but sort of like a pine cleaner, not like a forest, theres something a step removed from nature about this. sweet malts balance it all out. flavor is similar to the nose, but in better balance. the hops really only present themselves at the end. more malt heft and residual sugar that i am used to in my ipa, but i like it in the montana winter context. it adds some depth and girth when its needed. finish is fairly quick despite the sweetness. good carbonation, plenty of body. i liked this beer for what it is, wouldnt rush out to find it again, but red lodge has a good thing going, and this is their flagship brew.

edit: this is far superior in bottled format. not sure if i got an old keg, dirty lines, or what, but i got a lot more floral hop aromatics and flavor from the bottle. quite a nice product overall, sturdy and bubbly, great hop complex.

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Bent Nail IPA from Red Lodge Ales
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