Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Bent Paddle Bent Hop Golden IPA Review

Bent Paddle Brewing is the one of the newest additions to Duluth's & Minnesota's growing craft beer scene. They currently have 2 beers that are available through retailers and, at the time of writing this, around 6 available in their taproom.

I've already reviewed their Black Ale and found it to be quite enjoyable. This is Bent Paddle's other canned beer, their Bent Hop Golden IPA, which has an ABV of 6.2%.

Bent Hop pours a clear golden color with a fairly foamy head and a small amount of visible carbonation. There's also quite a bit of lacing along the sides of the glass.

The aroma opens up to a moderate piney hop scent, followed up by pale malts, grapefruits and some yeast notes. The flavor is pretty consistent with the nose, with piney hops, grapefruit, pale malts, yeast, and light caramel. The aftertaste is a bitter resin/piney flavor. The body itself is pretty light and the carbonation is very mild, so it's a pretty easy to drink IPA.

This is another solid offering from Bent Paddle. It's a flavorful & robust IPA yet I can see this being enjoyed by both seasoned IPA fans or those just getting into the style. If you so happen to be in the Duluth/Superior/North Shore area, this is one IPA that should be on your list to try out.

Bent Paddle Bent Hop Golden IPA - 8.5/10

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