Lollygagger | Bent Paddle Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Bent Paddle Brewing Co.
Minnesota, United States
bentpaddlebrewing.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Summer

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Added by kguard on 07-03-2015

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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17
Ratings:
69
pDev:
6.48%
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Ratings: 69 |  Reviews: 17
Reviews by JamesMN:
Photo of JamesMN
4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

No canning date. Asked about this on a brewery tour and they said they put a sticker on the plastic six-pack holder. Doesn't do me much good in the singles isle.

Appearance: Bent Paddle makes some good looking beers. This one is a deep shade of caramel with brilliant clarity. The off-white foam has good stability and a solid look. Nice lacing.

Aroma: A nice mix of hops and malts. There is a distinct spicy biscuit character as well as a bit of sweet citrus poking through.

Taste: I love it when a good aroma is matched by a flavor that expands on those esters. The spicy/bready character from the malt comes first before being nearly drowned by a wave a earthy/citrusy bitterness. The bitterness persists through a biting finish and cascades away long into the aftertaste. There are moments of tropical hop bliss but it is mostly earthy with some citrus. The low 5.2% ABV is just the icing on this hop and malt cake. A well-executed APA.

Mouthfeel: Between thin and medium in body with average carbonation, though an aggressive pour doesn't hurt. Good drinkability and an easy session choice.

Final Thoughts: Even though I thoroughly enjoy Bent Paddle's other offerings, I wasn't expecting too much from this one-off brew. Lollygagger is the type of beer that exceeds expectations simply by conforming to the style and delivering a near flawless result. Would I drink it again? Yes.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of MattyG85
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a bright golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Big two finger white head that settles into a thin creamy layer leaving a lot of lacing.

Smell: A pretty nice juicy and earthy hop forward aroma with hints of citrus and grass. Citrus hints of orange peel, lemon, grapefruit, and melon. Also some grassy hop hints along with some pine. Pale malt hints of grains, caramel, cracker, and yeast. A pretty solid smell.

Taste: Like it smells, a nicely juicy and earthy hop forward taste with notes of citrus, grass, and pine. Citrus hop notes of orange peel, grapefruit, lemon, and melon. Some piney hop notes along with some grass. Backing malt notes of grains, cracker, caramel, and yeast. A really nice crisp taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Nicely crisp, juicy, and drying.

Overall:A very solid take on a Pale Ale. Hop forward but with a solid malt backing. Nice crisp citrus and herbal notes.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed on tap at the brewery taproom.
Pours a clear light copper with a slight haze and a white head that shows nice persistence.
Aroma is citrus, a bit of sweet fruit and crackery wheat.
The taste is a wash of citrus with candied fruit and a bit of biscuit. A hint of grass and a pleasant, lingering bitter.
Mouthfeel is light-to-medium and fairly bubbly.
Really good pale ale.

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Photo of DaftPatrick
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bsp77
3.87/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Serving glass: Poured from can into IPA glass.

Appearance: Bright and slightly hazy amber-orange with decent sized head.

Smell: Sweet mix of toasted malt and citrus.

Taste: As the aroma, it is fairly sweet at first, with a mix of toast and citrus (grapefruit, tangerine). Some hints of tropical fruit and spiciness in the hops as well. The finish is fairly bitter. Something slightly odd in the taste that I can't pinpoint, and the sudden shift from sweet to bitter on every sip is disconcerting.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body, dry finish.

Overall: This is almost a really good APA, but the balance and flavors are not quite where they should be, which is surprising considering how well executed most Bent Paddle beers are.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours clear copper tinted amber with a light chill haze that clears as it warms. 2” off-white foam collar takes to minutes to drop to 1/3 its original size. Clingy and lacy. S: Medium grassy, minty, resiny hop aromas supported by medium malt with some biscuit. T: Starts with a medium sweet malt and biscuit backed by a moderately assertive hop accent. Malt and hops are pretty well balanced and it finishes with a lingering malt and hop bitterness a a light dryness.. F: Medium to medium light body and medium carbonation. O: Very refreshing, easy to drink and well balanced.

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Photo of Sammy
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at The Happy Gnome.

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Photo of skirstein
3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Cooper
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Justdoit1234
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BigAl18
4.44/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Z_Anderson_0406
4.31/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of morimech
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I like the hop bill of Amarillo, Simcoe, Centennial, and Cascade as it delivers excellent hop aroma and flavor. But something is a touch off with the flavor. Bitter, dry, and astringent. I think this could of been a lot better.

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Photo of TooGood
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bright yellow with excellent carbonation. Smelled citrusy and tasted likewise, minimal aftertaste. A very refreshing beer on a sun drenched day at the lake.

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Photo of bigbeers84
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CraigP83
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty good pale ale, It's definitely a good hop aroma with a piney flavor. It's very similar to SNPA but something is off, it's a very watery feel and taste at times that comes and goes. It's not objectionable but I can't help but think it was not intended in the brewing process

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Photo of mwilbur
3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12 oz can into shaker pint glass.
A: Pours a clear golden yellow with a 1 inch white head with surprisingly good retention. Hint of lacing.
S: Moderate citrus and pine hops and a hint of caramel malt.
T: More citrus and pine hops here than in the aroma. Also more caramel malt to bring this into balance. Pleasant for style.
M: Light body. Moderately bitter and dry throughout. Mildly oily feel.
D: A decent example of style, but could have been better. Would do well at a picnic where it is not the focus.

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Photo of MNAle
3.16/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pale golden color with a slightly off-white 1/2 inch head that recedes slowly leaving thick lacing on the glass. Citrus hops aroma. Light carbonation. Initial taste is the malts, but it immediately goes to the bitter hops, which becomes even more pronounced in the lingering aftertaste. It does have a good mouth feel, but this is very quickly overwhelmed by the bitterness, giving the impression of it being thin. This beer is OK, but bitter. It tastes much more than the rated IBU 57.

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Photo of muskiesbadgersnbeer
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ParnellJoseph1138
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of CCutch
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of iRun2Beer
3.81/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JMN44
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of pkkosmatka
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of SweetwaterTuonker
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Lollygagger from Bent Paddle Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 69 ratings