Bent Nail IPA
Red Lodge Ales

Bent Nail IPABent Nail IPA
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American IPA
Ranked #5,283
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3.77 | pDev: 11.94%
Red Lodge Ales
Montana, United States
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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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of Holderness
3.64/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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


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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of Impetuous
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of phenn777
3.54/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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'

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From notes taken 03/19/16:

Semi-clear amber-copper. Fluffy, frothy tannish white head of good retention, with patches of lace. Grapefruit, raisin, resin, pine, caramel aromas. Resin and soap forward on the palate, crackery, biscuity backbone more so than caramel, rindy to soapy, and extremely peppery finish. Medium-bodied, slick, subtle carbonation at first, but soon packed with fine tingles, almost nitro-like.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
4.14/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This was poured into a nonic pint glass.
The appearance was a dark gold color with slight amber to red hues running in the middle of the beer. The head rises up the glass in a rocky sort of off white foaminess that dissipates probably within about a minute and a half.
The aroma starts off with citrus and pine resin, low key fruit and then allows a nice caramel background to it.
The taste was moderately sweet to bitter opening up with the citrus, pine resin and low key fruitiness. Caramel is there only for balancing.
This one sat about a medium on the body with a fairly nice sessionability about it. Carbonation runs nicely as an AIPA. Bitterness feels right for the style.
Overall, I say this was a good AIPA that I would have again.

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Photo of beergoot
4.11/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark gold and amber body; gently rising carbonation; very thick, chunky head. The aroma combines elements of caramel malt and with a citrus and pine scent; fruity in a low-key way. The taste closely follows the path of the aroma with the addition of a big, soothing dose of hop bitterness coming to the fore from the middle through the finish. Medium bodied; silky on the tongue.

A finely balanced, suitably complex IPA that does an outstanding job of mirroring taste with aroma. The hop bitterness is pretty pronounced yet doesn't blindly overwhelm the grain bill. A very satisfying experience!

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Photo of Tone
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and great lacing. Smells of piney hops, sweet malt, slight caramel malt, slight pine, hint of alcohol, hint of biscuit, and a hint of yeast. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of piney hops, sweet malt, slight caramel malt, hint of alcohol, hint of citrus hops, and hint of yeast. Overall, good appearance and feel, but otherwise an average IPA. Decent body, blend, and aroma.

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Photo of wneville2
4.31/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a great entry level IPA, with an IBU of about 50, but it's thoroughly enjoyed by all beer lovers. This brew is also RL Ale's best seller. Lucky's Market in Billings goes through about 40 cases of this delicious brew per week. This brew's cascade hops give it a refreshing grapefruit taste and citrus aroma. There isn't much else that define the warm summer months than the hoppy, citrusy goodness. Sam does an awesome job with his brews.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served amber color with tons of carbonation bubbles seen streaming up through the brew. Upon serving there is a thin white head that rather rapidly fades to leave a moderate level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is strongest of some citrus smells of both a bitter grapefruit hop as well as an orange aroma. Along with these aromas are also some lighter smells of a bready and doughy aroma with some other light smells of pine.

Taste – The taste begins with a rather bready flavor with a decent showing of some grapefruit hop right upfront. There is also some caramel taste and a bit of orange at the start with the caramel later fading some as the taste moves onto the end. The grapefruit all the while grows stronger and is joined by a light earthy and pine flavor. In the end, the mix of flavors that is left on the tongue leaves a very pleasantly hopped but smooth and somewhat crisper citrus flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of its thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is rather average. For the style and citrus flavor of the brew the feel is very nice as it maintains a great easy drinking feel, all while being still able to support all the nice flavors well.

Overall – This was a very enjoyable IPA and one I will certainly seek out again. Quite pleasant!!

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Photo of archyquaffer
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a longneck into a shaker pint glass. A moderate pour yields about a one inch chunky off-white head that proves pretty sticky. The beer is a pale copper color with fairly high carbonation.

Plenty of pine and citrus on the nose and palate, with a decent amount of caramel sweetness to balance. It dances around the edge of being a big beer, yet is light enough that it could pass as a typical american pale ale or perhaps an English example of the style. Refreshing summer fare and somewhat sessionable.

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Photo of bxpg72a
4.9/5  rDev +30%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of top three IPAs I've ever had...almost as good as fresh Stone Enjoy By IPA on tap!
- Appearance: Excellent dark golden color...very inviting
- Smell: Perfect!!! I could smell aroma all the way to the bottom of the glass...citrusy perfection!
- Taste: Perfect!!! Matched the aroma to perfection. Wonderful, but not overpowering citrusy and bitter blend.
- Mouthfeel: Excellent!

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Photo of Johnny_Muir
4.58/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle into pint glass. This is a darn good IPA. Perhaps the best Montana has to offer, at least bottled. Hoppy enough to know youre drinking a tough IPA but so balanced, could sneak in as a Pale Ale? Who knows. Not I. But I do know that this a beer worth drinking, always!

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.46/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I bought a 6 pack at Star Liquor in Sheridan. Bottled on date of Sept 20, 2013.

A slow pour brought a 2 finger head of foam sitting on a deep golden coloured brew.

The smell is hoppy with notes of grapefruit and orange backed by a mild malt sweetness.

The taste is mildly bitter hops, again grapefruit and orange, the malt is kind of nonchalant; sometimes a sweetish flavour comes into play and then is gone. I think the hops are just beginning to fade from, what I'd think they were like, when fresh but not enough to where you get that grainy, kind of sickly sweetness old IPAs usually end up suffering from.

Nice mouthfeel here and it is certainly easy to drink. It's a good brew and decent IPA.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber with a two finger ivory head with good retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of bready and biscuit malt, light piney and citrus hops. Flavor is biscuit malt and citrus and grassy hops, light orange citrus. Finishes with a lingering grassy hop bitterness. Medium body with a bit of creaminess, good mouth feel. A mellow IPA that hits all the characters I want in an IPA, perhaps a bit reserved in the hop flavors, but I don't know how old this bottle is. A very light vegetal flavor is the only off note. I'd stop for this if I were in Red Lodge. Thanks for this bottle, Vikki

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Photo of Wyossouri
4.56/5  rDev +21%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm a beer drinker who does not like IPAs. I'll order them from time to time just to be different, and every time my taste buds confirm what I already know: I simply don't like them. Most are so hoppy, I can't get down the first sip. Red Lodge IPA is the exception. I ordered one at a restaurant in Livingston, MT, and was really impressed. It's hoppy, but not super hoppy. It's bitter, but just barely. It's like the minor league IPA, which is perfect for a guy like me: somebody who doesn't really like IPA in general. It was on tap, so maybe it's less intense than out of the bottle. But for me, this was a flavor that suited.

Bottom line, it's an amazing, easy drinking beer. And if light beer ever goes out of business, this could be my every-day drink.

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Photo of akmt76
4.63/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This IPA is one of the best, easiest drinking IPAs on the market. I must warn that draft and bottle seem to taste very different. Out of the bottle seems to have more flavor. Might be because of letting the beer opening up in a glass. I would recommend this beer to many who don't think they like IPAs as well as people who already know they love them...

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Photo of GossageBrewery
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served this American IPA on tap in a pint glass. Poured a clear amber color, produced a thick white head, excellent retention and lacing left on the glass. The aroma consisted of caramel, toffee, and citric hops. Medium bodied, foundation of biscuit malt, caramel, toffee, pine needles and lemon citric hops. Dry finish. Decent session beer, quality American IPA- it's not elite, but it will do the trick.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.59/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a decent ipa, albeit a little different with a bigger richer copper malt body. the pour has got a lot of red to it, caramel to auburn in color, dark for an ipa, with an inch of tan foam that slowly dies. the nose is pretty hoppy, more pine than citrus, but sort of like a pine cleaner, not like a forest, theres something a step removed from nature about this. sweet malts balance it all out. flavor is similar to the nose, but in better balance. the hops really only present themselves at the end. more malt heft and residual sugar that i am used to in my ipa, but i like it in the montana winter context. it adds some depth and girth when its needed. finish is fairly quick despite the sweetness. good carbonation, plenty of body. i liked this beer for what it is, wouldnt rush out to find it again, but red lodge has a good thing going, and this is their flagship brew.

edit: this is far superior in bottled format. not sure if i got an old keg, dirty lines, or what, but i got a lot more floral hop aromatics and flavor from the bottle. quite a nice product overall, sturdy and bubbly, great hop complex.

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Photo of inlimbo77
2.38/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle with no dating information. Poured into a Stella still chalice.

A: Pours a mildly hazy, orange/amber color. I got about a half finger of off white head initially. It stuck around for a little while.

S: This smells bready and a tad bit on the old side. There might be some piney hops hidden behind it all, but they are really masked by the bready malts.

T: I hate to do this, but this is certainly an older beer. I really wish that everyone would date their bottles. The bready malts and cardboard flavors really overpowered any hop character what so ever. It's a drain pour.

M: It's lighter bodied, but moving towards medium.

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Photo of Rothman
3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pine and Orange with some sweet malt. Pleasant but a little muddled. Caramelly sweetness clashes a bit with the hop aromas. However there is a nice sweet orange peel smell.

Mellow orange peel with a nice bitterness. Some pine as well. Bitterness lingers a bit. Not a lot going on here, nothing stands out as above average.

Orange color, pretty deep orange, looks nice. 1 finger head. Sticks around with nice lacing. Crystal clear.

Nothing special, some orange hop flavor but doesn’t get into any more interesting flavors. Balance is better than most ipas but doesn’t have an interesting malt profile. Very drinkable, hop bitterness does linger a bit for my taste.

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Photo of dcloeren
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to JCDenver for this extra

Poured a clean, crisp and clear copper with 2 fingers of off white head. Left some solid lacing

The aroma of this beer was exploding out of the bottle when I opened it. Very pine hop forward with some a subtle background of caramel malt and maybe some grapefruit on the back end.

Taste is very pine hop forward with subtle caramel malt and even more subtle grapefruit finish.

Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. The combo of the hops and the carbonation stings the tongue with each sip inducing hop dragon breath. Drying hop aftertaste.

Overall this was a solid extra. Glad that JCDenver sent this one because I more than likely wouldnt have ever gotten to try it. Solid IPA. Well done Montana, well done.

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Buddy of mine brought me back a growler of this. Thanks Matt!

A - Pours a clear dark copper with a 1 finger head that sinks pretty quick.

S - Herbal and pine hops, almost smells like sweet basil, caramel malt and a touch of citrus.

T - Follows the nose, herbal and pine hops with a hint of floral, toasted caramel malt, some lemon zest, finishes with average bitterness. Some light tea tannins on the finish.

M - Heavy side of medium bodied with adequate carbonation.

A good IPA that leans towards the green herbal piney side. Good all around!

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Bent Nail IPA from Red Lodge Ales
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 167 ratings