Bent Nail IPA | Red Lodge Ales

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Bent Nail IPABent Nail IPA

Brewed by:
Red Lodge Ales
Montana, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by loren01 on 01-26-2006

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Ratings: 161 |  Reviews: 37
Reviews by ShwarzAl3r:
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5/5  rDev +32.6%

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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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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.96/5  rDev +5%

Photo of biboergosum
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nothing like a bottle of a veritable American IPA for well south of 2 bucks at a coffee shop in Missoula...

This beer pours a clear, dark amber hue, with one finger of soapy light beige head, which leaves some thin curtained lace around the glass as it retreats. It smells of caramel toffee malt, a bit of nougat, and citrus/floral hops. The taste is caramel, butterscotch, biscuit malt, some pine resin, and citrus hops. The carbonation is moderate, the body medium weight, creamy, and a bit prickly. It finishes off-dry, the soft pine hops blended with some doughy malt.

A nice, fairly reserved American IPA - all the points are there, they just don't whack you over the head, that's all.

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Photo of nuebs
3.39/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Futbolmanby
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ElGordo
3.66/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12oz bottle into a Stella stem glass. Body is an orange-amber color, topped by a couple of fingers of creamy white head that leaves some very nice lacing. Aroma of fruity hops, sweet, bready malt, and a touch of pepper.
Palate is well-balanced between the sweet, bready English-style malt base and assertive, fruity hops. A touch of citrus and bubble gum are detectable, along with a good tanginess from the yeast. Not particularly bitter at any point, but the hops do make their presence felt.
Body is full and creamy, but not lively or particularly bubbly. An enjoyable beer to drink, but if you're looking for any sort of huge hop presence, look elsewhere. This is more of an English style IPA, or even an English pale. Still, a tasty offering from a place that's off the beaten path.

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3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well-balanced IPA, but the aroma is weak. Classic biting citrus hops. Drinkable and satisfying.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.4/5  rDev -9.8%

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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 Keith_R
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of SamuelMiller
3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.27/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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Bent Nail IPA from Red Lodge Ales
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