Broken Nail Double IPA | Red Lodge Ales

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Broken Nail Double IPABroken Nail Double IPA
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Broken Nail Double IPABroken Nail Double IPA

Brewed by:
Red Lodge Ales
Montana, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Big nectarine and citrus hop aromatics lead the broken nail off. The hop bitterness is followed with a warm finish from the strong alcohol content.

Added by zhanson88 on 02-23-2011

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Ratings: 32 |  Reviews: 11
Reviews by zhanson88:
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4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Be careful pouring when pouring this beer. It's bottle conditioned, but if you can avoid disturbing the sediment in the bottom it's a pretty attractive beer. I did drink this beer fresh, so any sediment was purely from bottle conditioning. Pours a golden color with orangish highlights. A nice 1.5 finger head forms, and the lacing is great.

Smell: Very citrusy. Nectarines, tangerines, and some nice piney and floral hop aromas as well.

Taste: Very similar to the smell. Lots of citrus character comes out, especially as the beer warms a bit. Tangerines and nectarines and maybe a bit of malty sweetness, followed by a good amount of piney and floral hops. This one is excellent, and is really surpassing my expectations.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Just a little over light bodied, but with very fine carbonation. It really gets smooth going down when it warms a bit. Overall I was really impressed by this beer. I had almost given up on finding a good Montana-brewed IPA/DIPA that was actually distributed a few places, but it looks like I have. This beer goes down very quickly, and the relatively high ABV (8.5%) is hidden very well. I wish they would clean up the appearance a bit by filtering it, but oh well. A little care while pouring solves most of the problem. Very nice job by Red Lodge Ales.

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Photo of jrsqc7
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It tastes as though the ibus are higher than they are. Leaves a puckering sensation.


The hop profile is very fruity and the carbonation is just ever so slightly perfect. Meaning it's both bitter and refreshing.

Edit; revisiting this after about two years!

While I agree with past me that this is both bitter and refreshing, after hundreds of IPAs I don’t find it puckering anymore.

Increased the taste and overall scores.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

4.0 A: Lightly hazed bright orange color. Two and a half fingers of creamy beige head. Retention is very good and some irregular lacing is left.

4.5 S: Awesome aroma on this. Superbly flowery with tons of pineapple and followed by orange and papaya. Lightly sugary. Quite clean overall with some crystal malt and a very light biscuitiness.

4.0 T: A lot of the aroma translates into flavor, which is something that doesn't happen in a lot of IPAs. Flowery with pineapple, orange, papaya, and a bit of pine. Mild bitterness. This isn't quite as clean as the nose though. A pesky breadiness (I'm not a fan of bready IPAs) enters the scene as well as hints of yeast. Still, it's good.

4.0 M: Medium to heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Reasonably creamy. Would be a bit better here if the breadiness chewiness was gone.

3.5 D: Tasty beer. After having a horrible hefe from Red Lodge, I'm glad they redeemed themselves with this.

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Photo of canudoa9
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

We're sitting here in nowhere Canada and my friend who advocates highly against IPA's has admitted that this is a fine beer.
Very thick, humid, dense aroma described drunkenly by a fellow hop-head as "dense soil".
Taste is slightly less bold, but it hold(s).
Probably enjoyed best and most reminiscent of a thick summer sunset.

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Photo of beergoot
3.72/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer appears to be a white/amber color with a very thick, creamy, fluffy white head. Wet grass combined with a mildly pungent orange aroma entails the aroma. Mild cereal grain flavors that are soon overtaken with a bold hop bitterness. Medium-heavy body; soft and creamy smoothness with a dry finish.

There's something to say about a double styled ale that comes across, malt-wise, like a mild ale yet can still stun you with a smack-between-the-eyes hop bitterness and make these somewhat discordant profiles mesh. The hop bitterness is allowed to grow and dominate while still leaving a lingering sense of fine tasting mild ale flavor in the background. It's a nice balancing act and generally works quite well. Distinctive and enjoyable...

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Photo of JayWhitson
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look forward to this release each year. Big piney citrus bitter notes. This year "bittered with Magnum, Galena, and Centennial then double dry hopped with a blend of 5 different hops". Wonderful representation of the traditional west coast double IPA.

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Photo of shoretaxi
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Holderness
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice and fruity for a Western DIPA. Citrus and dank pine on the aroma, with a nice resinous/herbaceous flavor that has a crisp mouthfeel. Lightly sweet malts and a dry finish.


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Photo of spark3148857
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 picked up at the brewery... Enjoyed tonight out of my smaller Teku.. Polished dark golden with a beautiful white head... Great retention and lacing... Fruity hoppiness makes me think melon and peach with some citrus coming up in the back.. Big bitterness on the palate with more of a rounded tropical fruity hoppiness... Finishes surprisingly dry... I dig it.. Well done.. Like a solid West Coast DIPA. Did NOT think I would like this one as much as I did. Proper.


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Photo of elkinbrown
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ArmyATCBrewer
3.52/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cbcrunch
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of dillon_1005
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of ac22rush
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of zeff80
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out a clear, golden yellow color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled of pine and citrus with a touch of malt. Good caramel sweetness with a sharp, piney, bite of bitterness.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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

Photo of arff406
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of jkerzman92
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of lupercmda
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Darkmagus82
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a snifter

Appearance – The beer pours a clear darker golden amber color with a big billowy white head. The head fades very slowly over time to leave a bit of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is rather strong of tropical fruits and citrus (orange, tangerine, and grapefruit) mixed with a rather strong showing of some slightly bready and doughy smells. Along with these aromas comes some other lighter notes of grassy smell, some melon aromas, and just a little bit of a yeasty smell.

Taste – The taste begins drier then I was anticipating with a little bit of a tangerine and caramel sweetness. Upfront the dominant flavor however is that of a crackery taste that mixes nicely with a grassy and grapefruit hop right from the start. As the taste moves on the sweetness at first fades, but later resurges with flavors of more fruit of a tropical, citrus and melon nature coming on at the end. All the while, the cracker taste becomes just a hint more doughy helping match the sweet nicely. At the same time the hop flavors present upfront increase in strength and are joined by new hop tastes of a pine and herbal nature, leaving one with a lightly fruited, but overall mainly dry and slightly more dankly hopped taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the somewhat thinner side in nature with a carbonation level that is rather low. The lower carbonation level is prime for all the hop and lighter fruit flavors making it slightly more of a slow sipper. In my opinion a little thicker of a body would have been slightly better, but overall, due to the crackery tastes of the brew, the thinness was not all that bad when all is said.

Overall- A fairly nice double with a somewhat drier flavor but blended nicely with some fruit tastes and a decent hop profile. It is very much a crisp IPA at 7.7 %, so one has to be slightly careful while drinking as it can catch up with you rather quickly. Overall, I would recommend giving this a try, depending on your preferences for an IPA, you may like this quite a bit.

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Photo of Thatoneguyssidekick
3.64/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ADKbeerguy
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ckeegan04
4.36/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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