Bent Hop - Golden IPA | Bent Paddle Brewing Co.

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Keyportnick on 06-02-2013

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Reviews:
42
Ratings:
317
Avg:
4
pDev:
10%
 
 
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Reviews: 42 | Ratings: 317
Photo of vette2006c5r
3.79/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of gopens44
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of ThorSon
4.54/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

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Photo of BeerGuy8315
4.01/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
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

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Photo of Drinkzumbeer
4.75/5  rDev +18.8%
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!

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Photo of Uhopia
4.69/5  rDev +17.3%
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

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Photo of Czequershuus
3.4/5  rDev -15%
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.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.79/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of ParnellJoseph1138
4.16/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of pagriley
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of pat61
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of Josh012012
3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pretty good ipa here.. more hoppy skunk or funk than I was expecting which I thought was a bonus. not overly sweet or malty somewhat dry finish.. pretty easy drinking moderate bitterness.

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Photo of Mattdaddy
5/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This hands down my favorite IPA that I have tried this year. It is hoppy as hell with a citrus hint. It is not bitter like most IPAs but I think that's it's best quality.. Bent Paddle Brewing Co, Duluth, MN you guys hit this one out of the park. You guys ruined it for every other brewery because they cannot compare.

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Photo of maedhros09
4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Golden amber with less than average white head that leaves some nice lacing.
Smell: Fresh piney and citrus hop
Taste: Delicious balance between a just sweet enough to balance the fresh citrusy hops. Gentle bitter finish.
Feel: Medium body and smooth, effervescent.

Overall: The Bent Paddle IPA hits all the right notes for me. The maltiness is just enough to balance the fresh, aromatic citrusy hops. It’s light enough to be refreshing but also has plenty of body and flavor. The alcohol level is just right. A truly satisying IPA.

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Photo of deebo
3.6/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On nitro. Nitro Gives it a creamy character on top of a earthy, piney hop aroma and taste. A bit of crackerlike malt with a bit of sweetness. Nice beer. Easy drinking ipa.

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Photo of Mdog
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy gold (really!), good head.

Smell: Bright citrus aroma.

Taste: Nice bitter citrus mixed with some pink grapefruit sweetness. Lighter feel.

Overall: After visiting the brewery a few weeks back I finally saw some cans in the Twin Cities from Bent Paddle. The golden IPA is very good, very aromatic and light feel, but definitely more body than the session IPA crowd.

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Photo of JamesMN
3.86/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

No canning date.

Appearance: Semi-transparent matte caramel color with about a finger of off-white foam.

Aroma: As soon as I popped the top on the can dank hops wafted into my senses. Also some caramel malt in there.

Taste: This immediately has a lot going for it. Sugar-crusted malt, earthy/hearty hop character with a soothing bitterness and a great balance. I'm actually surprised to see its only 6.2% ABV given the depth of flavor here. It's very much in the vain of a Celebration or 60 Minute, with that chewy malt character and hearty hop flavor. The bitterness starts quite tame but builds up and reaches a high point in the aftertaste. The breweries website lists the IBUs at 68 but the malt makes it feel a bit less harsh.

Mouthfeel: A solid medium in body with basically perfect carbonation for the style, smooth but not tepid. Great drinkability and likely sessionable if you go slow.

Final Thoughts: Really enjoyed this one. I will definitely be checking out more of Bent Paddle's offerings. However, I would urge the brewery to add a canning date because the absence of one typically deters me from doling out the cash for a sixer of any hop-forward beer (this one was park of a make your own six-pack). Would I drink it again? Yes, hopefully on-tap next.

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Photo of Taybeh
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%

In a can (but not camping)
A: Vigorous pour leaves me with a finger of head, and a bright golden glow
S: Nice nose, bit of light citrus and hoppy.
T: Different than many other IPAs around. Little pine, light tangerine, floral and bright. Some background balance provided by the crystal malt. Not a lot of hoppy bitterness.
M: just right on carbonation, wet, smooth, lively but no bite.
Overall, this is a nice addition to the MN scene. Not going to become a favorite, but a nice change of pace. I won't hesitate to drink it again..

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Photo of hardy008
4.16/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark gold to amber color with an almost 2 finger foamy white head with nice retention and lacing. The aroma has grapefruit, pineapple, pine, and tangerine.

The taste has a nice combination of sweetness and bitterness with grapefruit, citrus zest, pineapple, pine, tangerine, and pale malt.

Medium bodied with below average carbonation. There is a grapefruit and pale malt aftertaste. A nicely made IPA which I will gladly buy again.

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Photo of TooGood
3.42/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It looks fabulous and leaves a nice lacing on the glass. It's a very grassy IPA both in nose and taste. It leaves a little bitterness in the aftertaste.

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Photo of CraftPro
1.36/5  rDev -66%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I've had the great fortune to travel to more than 60 countries and drink more beers than I care to imagine, but I can say unequivocably this is one of the worst beers I've ever consumed. The flavor is positively foul, to the extent I was overcome and eventually poured half my can down the sink. To add insult to injury, this beer gave me an absolutely side-splitting headache, something I've never had happen from a brew. I was initially keen to try more of Bent Paddle's products, but after this unfortunate experiment, I will leave that to braver souls and the Public Health Department.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Re-reviewed 8/24/16 (original score 4.0)
Bent Paddle Bent Hop IPA pours a semi-hazy copper color. The head is sturdy, and leaves good lacing. The aroma is of bright citrus. Tangerine, blood orange, and grapefruit. The taste is similar with a nice floral nore added. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a velvety texture, and ample carbonation. Overall, this is a really good IPA.

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Photo of maximum12
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"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." Bonus points for brewers after my own heart. Wish I was sitting by a fire in the Boundary Waters looking out at a lake from a crackling fire. Uh, an unfrozen lake. 12 oz. can that came with five friends.

Pour had already been aptly described in the beer's name: golden. High level of carbonation, & I always enjoy watching bubbles circulate like mad through the beer. Nose pops immediately but fades almost as fast. Pine & citrus, with a bit of mixed fruit salad in the background. Nice start.

Bent Hop teases with scent & then pulls away the chocolate sundae. Replacing it with a nice salad. This is my kryptonite, a nice, sweet, malty, well-balanced IPA. Sweet malt, gentle jab of hops (kind of like a jab from my 11 year old) that rolls a light citrus, touch of orange. Light breading. There is bitterness that's absent at first but grows to noticeable by halfway through the glass. Extremely smooth & creamy for an IPA, & one that would go down nicely leaning on a canoe paddle.

Pretty good beer, but too balanced & lacking in hop character for my jaded palate.

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