Bent Nail IPA
Red Lodge Ales

Bent Nail IPABent Nail IPA
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Red Lodge Ales
Montana, United States
IPA - American
Ranked #3,117
Ranked #21,316
3.78 | pDev: 11.64%
Dec 31, 2021
Jan 26, 2006
Very Good
Bent Nail IPABent Nail IPA
Notes: Bent Nail I.P.A. is a tribute to the hard-working contractors who make their living in Red Lodge. The I.P.A is high in alcohol and hop flavor. We use copious of American cascade hops to give the IPA intense grapefruit and citrus aroma and flavor.
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3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by KTCamm from New Jersey

7/5/21...pours dark copper with active bubbles and thick heavy white foam. Oily resiny nose. Quick resin flavor, sharp and fast bitter. Hints of pine and very faint grapefruit. Juicy.

Dec 31, 2021
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3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by donspublic from Texas

Poured from can into tulip, good 2+ finger off white head, great retention and lacing. Golden amber in the class, crystal clear, looks old school WCIPA. Pine, citrus and floral on the nose. Caramel sweetness, muted citrus, slight pine, some underlying floral and finishes off with a good firm bitterness. Easy drinker for 6.3, a little light on the back end with the malt, but could easily drink these one after another

Oct 29, 2021
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3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by ZAP from Minnesota

Look: Deep golden color with good clarity. (4/5)

Smell: Floral and piney hop aroma along with a bready maltiness. (4/5)

Taste: Malt brings develops into a more biscuit like flavor with a good floral hop backing. Light notes of citrus on the flavor as well. Very balanced IPA that takes on almost an English feel with it's balance and relatively assertive maltiness.(3.75 /5)

Feel: Medium bodied...not much bitterness on the finish. Maybe a little thin for the style. Borders on APA body range rather than IPA body. (3.5/5)

Overall: Nice drinking, balanced IPA one could enjoy at a tailgate or BBQ due to its drinkability. (3.75/5)

Sep 09, 2021
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4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by hawbaker from Idaho

That was better than expected, and I had high expectations. Served on tap in a restaurant, tall 22oz mug. Half inch head. Crisp, with IPA character but without overpowering hops or citrus, makes this a very drinkable beer.

Apr 18, 2021
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3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by damndirtyape from Ohio

12oz can, served in a red wine glass, canned Jan 28, 2020.

Appearance: Bright copper, massive off white head, tons of persistent lacing.

Smell: Herbal, pungent, a bit of onion.

Taste: Hoppy/herbal/bitter with some underlying bready malt. Pine finish.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation, sticky, good thickness.

Overall / Drinkability: Interesting - not a typical AIPA. I wonder what hops they used for this - certainly has some aspects of cascade, but I swear this is a bit of Simcoe in this as well. One was enough. I am at higher elevation (Big Sky, MT) than I'm normally used to while drinking this (Ohio), so maybe my tastebuds are off? In any case, certainly not humdrum, but not something I would reach for again. Great looking beer though.

Mar 10, 2020
3.71 by snowmageddon from Massachusetts on Mar 08, 2020
3.54 by einman from Minnesota on Feb 22, 2020
3.75 by jera1350 from Minnesota on Jul 31, 2019
3.59 by BlueSpader from Washington on Jul 30, 2019
3.5 by DerwinWentworth from Utah on Jul 08, 2019
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4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Papaw from Montana

Very good IPA. Finally available in a much wider area (the Dakotas, Wyoming and various places in Montana).

Jun 26, 2019
3.6 by Kolb from Montana on Apr 30, 2019
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3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

Poured from 12oz bottle into glass. No dating information found.
Mostly clear, deep gold colored body. Half a finger of white head upon pouring, which recedes back to thin cap and ring. Leaves behind scattered spots of lacing.
Lots of malts in the flavor, with background floral hops.
Floral and piney hops, supported by a strong malt background. Slight level of bitterness in the after taste.
Medium mouth feel. Good carbonation.
Okay IPA, nothing more.

Nov 30, 2018
4 by JCricket from Montana on Sep 27, 2018
4.23 by RodW from Canada (SK) on Aug 31, 2018
3.75 by powdersoldier from Washington on Jul 29, 2018
3.74 by Mxsluis from Michigan on Jul 04, 2018
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3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by hoptheology from South Dakota

Thanks Tony! No bottle dating, not sure of age.

Pours a honey caramel color with a sticky head of 1 finger, leaving lots of lace clinging to the glass like a glob of dough.

It must be the water quality. These Montana/Nevada/New Mexico beers always have this really distinct clean nose with floral and mineral aromatics. (actually reminds me of my Cream Ale I brewed) Behind the cleanliness, I get honey malt, crisp 2 row, and floral tones. Almost no hop presence detected.

If it weren't for the quick sharp hop bite right at the forefront, this could pass as a regular Amber ale. It's very malty, with heavy husky grain flavors, namely in the 20-60 Lovibond range. The hops are somewhat herbal, kinda piney, mostly floral. I would guess Centennial or Cluster, but I could be off on that. Very faint orange peel/zest if you're thinking of it. Lingering floral bitterness and slight white bread on the finish.

Feel is crisp, not clean though, slightly husky, with hints of oil.

Overall, I don't mind these western-but-not-all-the-way-westward IPA's. They're malty, easy drinking, and you can tip back a few without issue. This isn't gonna blow your eyeballs out, but it's a fair beer and if you're stuck in Montana, it's not a bad option.

May 21, 2018
3.24 by GreatGrey from Wyoming on Feb 17, 2018
3.79 by dhofrenn from Minnesota on Jan 17, 2018
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3.25/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
by SteveO64 from Montana

Decent MT IPA, but there are better out there. A nice, medium-bodied, easy-drinking beer, no bells and whistles.

Nov 21, 2017
4 by wertschy from Pennsylvania on Oct 29, 2017
3.65 by cherche from Washington on Sep 16, 2017
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3.64/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by Holderness from Massachusetts

Bottled 11 days ago.

Very crisp, lightly fruity IPA with a clean mouthfeel and a short-lasting finish. The aromas and flavors are overall pretty grassy and subdued -- definitely like Broken Nail DIPA better


Aug 13, 2017
3 by VaporDome from New York on Aug 09, 2017
3.61 by WDJersey from Colorado on Jul 03, 2017
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

Reviewed from notes (September 25, 2016), this was poured into a nonic pint glass. The appearance was a fairly transparent red color with a less than a finger’s worth of white foamy head. Dissipation is moderate and nice. Spotty lacing. The aroma starts with some dried grapefruit rind-like hops and then gently flows in a caramel malt balance. Subtle grassy hop character gently infuses as it warms. The flavor balances nicely between caramel malt and grapefruit rind bitterness. Well balanced malt to hops aftertaste strolls into the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a clean semi-sweet to bitter sessionabililty about it. Carbonation feels good with some touch of prickliness from the bitter hop component. Overall, for the most part, it’s a pretty good AIPA. I could see myself coming back to this.

Jul 01, 2017
4 by Gene-Colorado from Colorado on Jun 28, 2017
3.79 by _Adam_ from Maryland on Jun 28, 2017
4 by Jrobb6 from Nebraska on Jun 05, 2017
4.27 by Robemiller9 from Wyoming on Feb 05, 2017
3.75 by ssimpson89 from Illinois on Sep 23, 2016
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3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Impetuous from Montana

Somewhat light in flavor and body
Hoppy bitterness
Malt is surprisingly prevalent
Quite well balanced
Spicy but in a fruity way
One of the better ipas out there for sure

Sep 10, 2016
3.75 by LooseMoose1978 from North Carolina on Aug 28, 2016
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3.54/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
by phenn777 from Montana

Picked this beer up recently. The color is light and I am a fan of the 6.3 ABV. Higher than most of the other IPA's that I have tried around here. The smell is a bit odd to my nose, however when I first sipped it I bloated 'That is a damn good IPA'

Aug 21, 2016
3.99 by OtisCampbell007 from Tennessee on Jul 18, 2016
3.71 by ehrlacher from Pennsylvania on Jun 30, 2016
3.76 by Erik-P from Canada (BC) on Jun 30, 2016
3.59 by Justinprintz from New Jersey on Jun 02, 2016
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