Broken Nail Double IPA - Red Lodge Ales

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Broken Nail Double IPABroken Nail Double IPA

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very good

15 Ratings
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Ratings: 15
Reviews: 4
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 8.33%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Montana, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: zhanson88 on 02-23-2011

Big nectarine and citrus hop aromatics lead the broken nail off. The hop bitterness is followed with a warm finish from the strong alcohol content.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 15 | Reviews: 4
Reviews by beergoot:
Photo of beergoot
3.72/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer appears to be a white/amber color with a very thick, creamy, fluffy white head. Wet grass combined with a mildly pungent orange aroma entails the aroma. Mild cereal grain flavors that are soon overtaken with a bold hop bitterness. Medium-heavy body; soft and creamy smoothness with a dry finish.

There's something to say about a double styled ale that comes across, malt-wise, like a mild ale yet can still stun you with a smack-between-the-eyes hop bitterness and make these somewhat discordant profiles mesh. The hop bitterness is allowed to grow and dominate while still leaving a lingering sense of fine tasting mild ale flavor in the background. It's a nice balancing act and generally works quite well. Distinctive and enjoyable...

More User Reviews:
Photo of DavoleBomb
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

4.0 A: Lightly hazed bright orange color. Two and a half fingers of creamy beige head. Retention is very good and some irregular lacing is left.

4.5 S: Awesome aroma on this. Superbly flowery with tons of pineapple and followed by orange and papaya. Lightly sugary. Quite clean overall with some crystal malt and a very light biscuitiness.

4.0 T: A lot of the aroma translates into flavor, which is something that doesn't happen in a lot of IPAs. Flowery with pineapple, orange, papaya, and a bit of pine. Mild bitterness. This isn't quite as clean as the nose though. A pesky breadiness (I'm not a fan of bready IPAs) enters the scene as well as hints of yeast. Still, it's good.

4.0 M: Medium to heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Reasonably creamy. Would be a bit better here if the breadiness chewiness was gone.

3.5 D: Tasty beer. After having a horrible hefe from Red Lodge, I'm glad they redeemed themselves with this.

Photo of canudoa9
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

We're sitting here in nowhere Canada and my friend who advocates highly against IPA's has admitted that this is a fine beer.
Very thick, humid, dense aroma described drunkenly by a fellow hop-head as "dense soil".
Taste is slightly less bold, but it hold(s).
Probably enjoyed best and most reminiscent of a thick summer sunset.

Photo of zhanson88
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Be careful pouring when pouring this beer. It's bottle conditioned, but if you can avoid disturbing the sediment in the bottom it's a pretty attractive beer. I did drink this beer fresh, so any sediment was purely from bottle conditioning. Pours a golden color with orangish highlights. A nice 1.5 finger head forms, and the lacing is great.

Smell: Very citrusy. Nectarines, tangerines, and some nice piney and floral hop aromas as well.

Taste: Very similar to the smell. Lots of citrus character comes out, especially as the beer warms a bit. Tangerines and nectarines and maybe a bit of malty sweetness, followed by a good amount of piney and floral hops. This one is excellent, and is really surpassing my expectations.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Just a little over light bodied, but with very fine carbonation. It really gets smooth going down when it warms a bit. Overall I was really impressed by this beer. I had almost given up on finding a good Montana-brewed IPA/DIPA that was actually distributed a few places, but it looks like I have. This beer goes down very quickly, and the relatively high ABV (8.5%) is hidden very well. I wish they would clean up the appearance a bit by filtering it, but oh well. A little care while pouring solves most of the problem. Very nice job by Red Lodge Ales.

Broken Nail Double IPA from Red Lodge Ales
87 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.