Daypack Pale Ale
Bent Paddle Brewing Co.

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Pale Ale - American
Ranked #328
Ranked #10,370
4.05 | pDev: 7.41%
Bent Paddle Brewing Co.
Minnesota, United States
Very Good
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Reviews by joe1510:
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joe1510 from Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz Can
$10.50 6-Pack
Warehouse Liquors - Duluth

Daypack Pale Ale glows like freshly polished brass with apricot hues. Mild haziness runs through the body while large, random carbonation bubbles scuttle to the surface. The foam is cotton white, microbubbled, and tightly packed as it slowly settles at a thin skimming. The head leaves spotty, peaked lacing down the glass.

This lower abv pale ale brings a citrusy, pithy punch in spades. Orange is the most expressive with pith, oils, and flesh. Grapefruit, apricot, and pineapple play second, third, and fourth fiddle. The malt base is softly sweet and pretty neutral with notes of clean grain and sugar cookies. Smells tantalizing.

The orange is more jammy than the nose suggested, the apricot more vibrant. Pithy grapefruit flashes through the middle while slightly overripe pineapple brings up the rear. The flavor is less pithy and more bright, a little sweeter, and flat out juicy compared to the nose. The malt adds a touch of cookie like sweetness and faint graininess. Bueno!

A moderate-light body and soft, airy carbonation make this beer about as easy to drink as you could imagine. The body is velvety. The bitterness weighs in just under moderate and lingers thanks to the drying finish. Again, this is almost too easy to drink.

Daypack is advertised as a beer to bring on the trail and I'd say that's about as accurate as you can get. It's canned, easy drinking, low(er) in alcohol, and delicious. The fruity hop profile is dripping juicy and this beer goes down like a dream. I thoroughly enjoy drinking these guys.

Sep 28, 2014
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MattyG85 from Minnesota

4.31/5  rDev +6.4%

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

Appearance: Pours a bright golden orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Big three finger off white head with decent retention. Leaves a lot of lacing.

Smell: A very juicy hop forward aroma with good hints of citrus fruit and caramel malt. Upfront citrus with hints of orange marmalade, lemon zest, grapefruit, mango, and pineapple. Also some hints of floral and earthy hops with some grass. Solid malt presence with hints of caramel, biscuit, grains, straw, and yeast. A pretty solid aroma.

Taste: Like the smell, a nicely juicy and bready hop forward taste with notes of citrus and caramel. Upfront juicy citrus presence with notes of oranges, lemon zest, grapefruit, pineapple, and mango. Floral and earthy hops with notes of grass. Good soft malt backing presence with notes of caramel, tea biscuit, straw, grains, and yeast. A very solid English style taste.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a fairly high level of carbonation. Crisp, juicy, and very smooth. Finishes dry.

Overall: A very good light bodied citrusy Pale Ale. Good crisp citrus hop notes with a nice biscuit malt backing. Comes off like an English style Bitter similar to Surly Bitter Brewer. Nicely done.

Sep 10, 2014
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Chaz from Minnesota

3.72/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Even before I pour this one theres a huge blast of hops as I open the can -- whoa boy!

Pale golden in color, topped with an appealing*, off-white head, with good retention.

Classic "yeasty" character that I've come to expect from my go-to American Pale Ales (SNPA, SEPA…), and it is balanced nicely with the citrus notes from the hops.

Sweet, lightly tangy, lightly-scrubbing, and with some nice hop bite on the first sip. This hits all the right notes for the style. A bit of biscuit malt on the finish, but it is overshadowed (not to say overshadowed) by the tropical fruit notes in the hops.

Seems lighter than it is, drinks very easily… under 5%? Hmmm, that almost places it in the runnings for a "proper British Session ale." Almost. Really well-balanced, and neither too bitter, too sweet, too astringent… the hops may be a bit too much for some folks with a peculiar aversion to fruity/tropical fruit/C-hops, but to my mind the blend of hops is really well-thought out and executed.

This will make for a good "food beer" and could even be aimed at the wheelhouse of those who demand an 'all-day APA.' ;)

*The old Corsendonk goblet showcases this one very nicely. :)

Nov 26, 2014
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feloniousmonk from Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bent Paddle Daypack Pale Ale Single Pale Ale , Bent Paddle Brewing Company, Duluth, MN, 4.7% Alc./Vol.

Appearance: lightly hazed, bright golden hue, under a snowy white, lace-leaving head.

Aroma: Juicy tropical fruit notes, lush pineapple and papaya, plus citrus, lemon and lime, with a trace of pine. Nicely hoppy.

Taste: Big ol' blast of hop bitterness starts us off, softly fading back some. Body is lean and clean, leaving more room on the stage for the hops to shine. Crisp and biscuity malt flavors lurk just below. Brilliant hop flavors continue to treat the tongue, sip after sip. It's an easy-drinking, satisfying pale ale, and I like it.

What does the brewery say? "This sessional pale ale is the ideal complement to the natural surroundings of the open trail. A rugged citrus hop character carries it's weight against the grain with an easy-going drinkability. Be sure to find room in your day-pack for a 6-pack!"

This is a pale ale that should find a home in any well-appointed refrigerator.

Mar 04, 2015
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A swirl of carbonation settles into a thick head that leaves quite a smattering of lace on top of the clear amber liquid

Smell: Caramel is complemented by citrus, with orange, grapefruit and tropical fruit tones

Taste: The malt is lighter on the tastebuds than expected, bringing a biscuity, almost cookie dough character; the hops take over quickly, with a earthy as well as a citrusy element; nicely balanced through the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A nice, sessionable pale ale that has elements of both the English and American styles

Thanks, DaftPatrick, for the opportunity

Dec 21, 2014
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emerge077 from Illinois

3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to Joe for the bonus beer!

Pours a hazy saturated orange, with a fluffy white head that takes a few minutes to recede. Long lasting surface coverage, spotty lace with a partial halo on one side of the glass.

Mildy sweet citrus aroma, heady and pungent. Orange peel, cut grass, resiny hop oils.

Taste is a bit more restrained, reminds me of a dialed back Daisy Cutter. Citrus peel, grass, pale malt. Dry bitter finish. Well put together and drinkable. Thanks again Joe!

Oct 07, 2014
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden amber color with a small head of thick foam.

S - A very strong pine aroma with tropical fruit. Some caramel maltiness, as well.

T - It tasted of grapefruit and spicy hops. Sweet caramel added balance.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale.

D - This is a pretty good pale ale in the Northwoods.

Dec 24, 2014
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gatornation from Minnesota

3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a mostly clear golden orange color wiyh a solid 1 finger head some streaky lacing and a fresh collar thru-out
S-tropical and citrus fruit sweet malts and sweet bread
T- much as the nose floral hops to start citrus and a sweet hop/bread/malt finish i like the hops in this one
M-sweet and well carbonated with a crisp hop bite but way drinkable
O- good PA liked the hops liked the sweet floral taste liked the finish ..i liked the brew

Jul 30, 2014
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jera1350 from Minnesota

4/5  rDev -1.2%

Aug 07, 2014
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mnbrewery from Minnesota

4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Mar 05, 2015
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billab914 from Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Aug 22, 2014
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bsp77 from Minnesota

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic pint.

Appearance: Clear golden amber with decent white head.

Smell: Hoppy aroma with grapefruit and orange mostly.

Taste: Definitely more hoppy than malty. Fairly strong orange, grapefruit and pine notes from hops. Some light biscuit and tea notes. Finish is surprisingly bitter for such a low abv beer.

Feel: Light body with good deal of carbonation. Very dry finish.

Overall: Another good sessionable beer. I think the bitterness may be a titch high for something meant to be consumed quickly, but nice flavors overall.

Aug 01, 2014
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portia99 from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1.2%

Aug 24, 2014
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irrgalaxy from Alaska

4/5  rDev -1.2%

Sep 21, 2014
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ddavison from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Aug 08, 2014
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andrenaline from Canada (ON)

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Oct 03, 2014
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XmnwildX12 from Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Jul 30, 2014
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Schlais from Minnesota

4/5  rDev -1.2%

Oct 12, 2014
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DaftPatrick from Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Aug 11, 2014
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Fr0stb1te from Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Oct 28, 2014
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olafphysics from Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Aug 09, 2014
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Mealhouse from Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Nov 25, 2014
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Cooper from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Aug 17, 2014
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kguard from Iowa

4/5  rDev -1.2%

Aug 16, 2014
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NappyB from Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sep 04, 2016
Daypack Pale Ale from Bent Paddle Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 50 ratings