Bent Hop - Golden IPA
Bent Paddle Brewing Co.

Bent Hop - Golden IPABent Hop - Golden IPA
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IPA - American
Ranked #1,887
Ranked #13,141
3.94 | pDev: 9.9%
Bent Paddle Brewing Co.
Minnesota, United States
Very Good
Bent Hop - Golden IPABent Hop - Golden IPA
Notes: An unexpected visual bend to an American India Pale Ale, this style is one that stands out in a crowd, or if you’re more like us - enjoyed at a campsite...with no crowd. This non-traditional IPA is golden in color with an enormous floral/citrus hop aroma and a supporting malt profile.
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can. Date stamping is on bottom lip and looks to be '171-21'.
Pale gold colored body, which is mostly cloudy. One finger of white head, which reduces to bubbly cap. Displays a wide palate of lacing on the glass.
Aroma of toasted malts and floral hops.
Taste has a base of honeyed malt, and the hops express slightly bitter, with flavors of citrus and pine. Rather quick to end in the aftertaste.
Medium mouth feel. Dry. Very good carbonation.
Solid and straightforward IPA, with a balanced approach to malts and hops. Not much in the aftertaste but the main experience is recognizable IPA goodness. At 6.2%ABV, this lends itself to a couple but not sessionable.

Apr 27, 2021
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Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a tulip.

Medium gold color. Slightly chill hazed plus a little bit of natural haze as well. A nice bone-white fluffy head. Retention is good. Very attractive brew.

Simple clean aromas. Pale malt, mild citrus notes, and a bit of grass and spruce.

The flavor is also very clean and straightforward. Very restrained tropical fruits meet zesty citrus. A bit of cracker malt in midstream. The finish is resin and faint alcohol. Everything is very balanced but also pretty restrained.

The brew isn't crisp, but it is drying at the finish. That coupled with excellent carbonation makes for a brew that feels a notch lighter than it probably is.

Bent Paddle delivers another solid brew. I've not had a disappointment from them.

Feb 20, 2021
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KTCamm from New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

10/4/20...pours copper, medium dark, slight ring of white. Foams. Mildy malty nose. Slightly sweet. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Quite smooth. Hidden bitter pokes out from hiding at the end. Quite tasty.

Dec 06, 2020
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jimmah120 from Minnesota

4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can with a code

Sudsy head, amber-orange color. Smells soooo good, aromatic hop funk dialed up to 11. Drinks almost like a double IPA it's so hoppped: very bitter, like chewing down pine bark

Heavily hopped IPA that delivers. Less like fruit juice, more like hop juice

Sep 06, 2020
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a dark golden/orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is dominated by oranges. Taste is orange peels, pine, hints of grapefruit, mild bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a very easy drinking IPA that I could easily crush many of on this hot summer night.

Jul 23, 2020
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got a can of this beer off the single shelf from a beer store in La Crosse, Wisconsin. It poured a hazy orangish with white head that is not leaving much lace. The scent had ripe citrus fruit notes. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with dank fruit presence. The mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall its a good beer.

Nov 26, 2019
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mngermanshepherd from Minnesota

4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Looks just like a shot of whiskey when in a taster glass.

No head, piney/citrusy aroma, taste is a pine dominated flavor with some mild passion fruit coming out. However it has a weird taste, like dirty socks. Anyway not too bad.

Oct 02, 2019
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defunksta from North Dakota

3.64/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a beautiful deep golden color with a very strong white head. Moderate opacity. SRM of 12 (4.00)

Aroma: Strong aromas of yellow lemon and orange citrus with some mango underneath. Bitter pine, citrus. and strong pineapple. Yellow Starburst. So much bright orange there's Sunny D with mango on the aroma. Some lemon, Sunny D orange, nectarine, pineapple, and airy herbs. Maybe some mango and peach. A airy piney undertone. Like an orange-spiced candle or Sunny D with some herbs. (3.75)

Flavor: Flavor follows the nose. Lots of yellow & lemon citrus. Candied lemon that finishes with mango. Bitter pine flavors. Some grapefruit and orange citrus. A good herbal garlic and onion twist to it as well. Malty, but not much malt flavor so with only hops it finishes bitter. Bitter, but without the malt flavor it allows it to finish hoppy. This is what I would describe as the "old school" pale ale combo. West coast in terms of bitterness, but has a characteristic Sunny D sunburst flavor/aroma with a moderate amount of onion presence. Again Sunny D with a bit of herbs. (3.50)

Feel: Good carbonation. Light to medium bodied. No sweetness. (4.00)

Compared with Lagunitas IPA: Quite similar actually. More airy herbs and less sweetness. More citrus and dry, bitterness.

Compared w/ Surly's Yummi Bear: Pours a slightly darker orange color. More sweet orange fruit and herbs on the aroma and flavor. Less airy citrus and pine. Heavier, sweeter, and more herbal.

Compared with Stone: Similar in appearance. Aroma is similar in pine, but more sunburst and less dry stonefruit. Flavor too. Less orange sunburst. More dry stonefruit. Similar malt body. Less bitter. Similar hop profile. Overall, very similar.

Compared with Odell's Mountain Standard IPA 3/6/20: Pours a darker orange color. More sweet yellow/lemon flavors. Less pineapple and flower. Heavier, sweeter, and more bitter overall.

Compared to Farm Island Brewings Organic IPA 4/8/20: Pours a darker orange and clearer color. Stronger aromas. More sweet orange/lemon and herbs. Less grapefruit. Stronger flavors and more sweet, bitter, and big. A much better IPA here.

Compared to Founders' Unraveled Juicy IPA 5/2/20: Pours a darker color. Milder aromas. More citrus pine, herbs and flower. Less tropical fruit. Heavier-bodied, sweeter, with similar but probably stronger bitterness but less fruit flavor. This one is more west-coast.

Compared to Badger Hill Traitor IPA 7/5/20: Pours a similar color. Stronger citrus, fruit, mango on the flavor. Heavier and juicier. Less crisp grapefruit. Winner: Traitor IPA

Compared to Odell 8/8/20: Pours a similar appearance. More aromas of juicy tropical fruit with herbs. Less balance of tropical fruit and pine. On the flavor, more berry and grapefruit with herbs. Less bitter citrus and pine. Decently similar actually. Winner: Odell due to the balance.

Compared to Summit Saga IPA 9/17/20: Pours a slightly darker color. Stronger aromas/flavors. More citrus, mango, and herbs. Also more pine and sweetness.

Overall: Not sure if Golden IPA should be a style, but agree w/ StoneTrippened's review that its a hop flavored IPA that has all the malts removed. Fruity with some mango. Mostly juicy, but a definite herb presence. A candied plastic flavor too. Just a strong airy hop profile without any malts still allows the hop flavors to shine through nicely. It takes me back of how I used to interpret and think of hoppy beers before I knew craft beer. This one is actually really good and worth trying. (Final Rating: 3.64)
*Compare to any candied or herbal IPA*

Jul 04, 2019
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viking77 from Louisiana

4.31/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful slightly hazy yellow orange beer with substantial long lasting head. Subtle sweet grassy smell and mild sweet citrus taste. Finish is also mild...really nice.

This seems to me like a real solid go-to IPA that I’d enjoy anytime.

Jun 02, 2019
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JackieTH from Minnesota

3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a growler filled at Bent Paddle’s Duluth brew pub.

Aroma is lightly citric but not much to it. Taste is citrus pith, lemongrass, hay, pine, middleweight bitterness with a malt bill that keeps it reigned in.

Easy drinking, clean, thirst quenching although nothing remarkable or memorable, a middle of the road good IPA.

Jul 28, 2018
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IntrinsicD from Minnesota

5/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

If I was to pick an all day drinkable IPA, this would be it. Crisp and refreshing, without being overly flavored. This is easy to drink IPA will suit most, without destroying your pallet for the next beer.

May 04, 2018
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ManapuaMan from Massachusetts

3.86/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint from draft while in Minneapolis. Striking golden hue with surprising clarity. On this gorgeous spring day it has the look of a beer you want to slake a thirst.

On the lighter end of taste and aroma - grassy and piney hops with a kiss of grapefruit and pith. A wisp of citrus by way of lemon and melon comes to the fore. Toasty malt beneath brings a touch of sweetness.

Moderately bitter and eminantly crisp and drinkable.

Apr 22, 2018
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vette2006c5r from Minnesota

3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bent Hop pours a copper color with a small, but long lasting and lacing head. Nice crisp aroma, with hints of hops. Flavor is well balanced, but still crisp with a nice noticeable floral flavor. Good body and feel. Overall, a very solid balanced IPA.

Mar 11, 2017
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gopens44 from Virginia

3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Dark yellow and murky with a nice beige head to start that recedes to a thin layer.

Nose has a bit of earthy leaning at first, but it fades off to a slightly spicy, sweet citrus.
Up front, the taste gives up its entire story, and proves that it is a well balanced bitter and sweet grapefruit and caramel treat. Finish is slightly earthy and just barely chalky.

Body leans to the lighter side of medium bodied and is not terribly dry on its bitter finish.

Pretty good, and sets up as a convincing and refreshing daily drinker.

Mar 02, 2017
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ThorSon from Minnesota

4.54/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Nice golden pour, some amber tones. Not a real bitter beer, but easy drinking and not overpowering. There are some citrus hints and some bready tones but its subtle. A little of everything and it agrees with my palate. Plus its from Duluth, and the water is pulled out of Lake Superior, which holds 10 percent of all the freshwater in the world. So you know its fresh. What more could you ask for. I could drink this on the deck, at a restaurant as a go to beer with food, or to impress friends.

Jan 25, 2017
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BeerGuy8315 from Iowa

4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at a restaurant.

A: Pours a clear golden color with minimal head. Thin white lacing throughout.

S: Not much nose on this one. Very light notes of citrus fruits and piney hops.

T: Mostly notes of grapefruit, orange rind, and other citrus fruits accompanied by mild piney and resiny hops. Finishes with a lingering hoppy bitterness.

F: Light bodied, smooth, and crisp with good carbonation.

O: Overall, a good IPA. Light and easy drinking. Well balanced. Good option for stuff that's readily available.

Oct 21, 2016
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I really like the concept of a golden IPA. Drop out all the caramel and crystal type malts and the accompanying sweet and bready elements, but don't let the body go away, I think it lets the hops one through way cleaner, and am surprised more craft brewers aren't making these and promoting them as such. This is a pretty good one, I have dug the bent paddle stuff I've had so far. Shiny bright golden in color and nice and frothy. Tons of fizzy bubbles, real attractive. The hops are tame from the get go, especially for an IPA. Some honey sweet and west coast oily notes, mild spruce, orange zest, moderate bitterness. I think this aspect could be more evolved, the grain base sets a wonderful platform for the hops, which sort of under deliver, I was surprised how scaled back it seems there, almost too safe or something. That said, this tastes great, very balanced and fresh, and highly sessionable. I like the golden base, like a duvel just without the Belgian yeast. Somewhat of a missed opportunity with the hops I think, but a tasty beer nevertheless.

Sep 24, 2016
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SD-Alefan from South Dakota

4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear amber with a chill haze and a creamy white head that leaves lots of lace.
Aroma is juicy fruit,mainly orange with pine, floral and tropical fruit notes. Outstanding.
Taste is citrus and pine with a nice rindy, bitter finish. Just a hint of onion. Good balance.
Mouthfeel is medium.
Excellent, smooth IPA

Jun 29, 2016
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Drinkzumbeer from Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is my go-to IPA that is brewed locally in my home state. What a wonderful IPA that is loaded with delicious citrus and has an outstanding pine resin/spruce tip finish. Its subtly sweet which creates a very smooth and rich mouth feel. The bitter notes are very well balanced which makes this brew dangerously easy to drink. I would recommend picking up a six pack of this or even better visiting the brewery on your next adventure up north to Duluth. Cheers!

Mar 18, 2016
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Uhopia from Wisconsin

4.69/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Drop your [email protected] - grab your socks and head on over to your local beer provisioner and pick up a six of this delightful nip. I akin it to taking a trip upon a crispy, hop-filled ride on the carousel of wonderfully balanced seat of malt and hops. Yea, let's ride again! I had the privilege of receiving this as a gift since distribution is a hinderance in my neck of the woods. No idea how old or fresh it was but it sure delivered waaaaay beyond my expectations (read: Who the hell is Bent Paddle and really...Duluth?) Friends, I have two problems with this beer. !. I only had one gifted 2. It's too far of a drive to get more. But I will leave you with this thought.... Share this with the world Bent Paddle! You will be showered with praise and immediate over-ratedness upon the likes of Surly and Toppling Goliath, and follow the call of others, like Indeed Brewing, that are now your brethren in providing us beer snobs another brew to covet over thy neighbors. Amen.
Next up: Let it Ride - Indeed Brewing

Feb 25, 2016
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Czequershuus from Minnesota

3.4/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours an orangish color the shade of faded bricks with a slight haze. The aroma is citrus first, primarily grapefruit, followed by understated pine. The flavor is also citrus forward, supported by pine and cedar. There are also strong caramels notes here, and their accompanying sweetness. The mouthfeel is fairly rich and full. Overall this is a well made beer, but just to sweet for me for hoppy beer. I do love Bent Paddle, but most of their other regular line-up is preferable to me.

Dec 29, 2015
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garymuchow from Minnesota

3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Austin CC.
Definitely golden, very clear and small white top. Softer, but complex hop aroma.
complexity in flavor but the mouth feel is interesting. Quite soft and fluffy, that contrasts the bitterness, which is not intense of overwhelming but prominent. But not so strong to destroy the meal. I think that's what I liked is that this is an easier drinker yet still clearly an Am. IPA. Solid malt foundation and only touching on sweetness but enough to prevent over bittering.

Oct 23, 2015
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ParnellJoseph1138 from Minnesota

4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A darker golden color with a thin white head

S: A strong citrus aroma with grapefruit, apricot, pear. A moderate malt aroma.

T: A wonderful summer IPA that provides an ever present citrus taste that lasts from start to finish. And it has so little backside bitterness. The malt adds further complexity to this tasty beer.

M: Moderate carbonation and malt provides bready and creamy feel.

T: The balance of the malt and hops provide a delicious combination. I particularly like the citrus character of this IPA in which the hop deliver such flavor and consistency through the entire tasting experience. And it's not over the top bitter. It has made this a favorite IPA.

Sep 27, 2015
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pagriley from Illinois

3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz can into snifter

L - certainly golden with a touch of orange and a fluffy white 1 inch head
S - Tropical. Mango with orange and citrus peel. A touch dank
T - Not as assertive as the nose would suggest. Lightly tropical with bitter peel
F - medium light body, with very soft carb - a touch under-carbed almost; right on the line

Overall a very tasty offering, if a touch less forward in the hop flavors than the nose would suggest. I like a soft velvety carb, but this was almost too low, but otherwise a well executed and solid IPA.

Aug 25, 2015
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at the Pig & Fiddle. L: Pours brilliant burnished gold under a ¼” clingy white foam cap.
S: Some grass and light grains with traces of citrus and a hint of dank.
T: Light malts, biscuit, a hop bitter accent, come earthiness and some citrus rind.
F: Creamy, medium body and carbonation, soft on the palate.
O: A refreshing, flavorful IPA.

Aug 02, 2015
Bent Hop - Golden IPA from Bent Paddle Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 358 ratings