Saturday, May 24, 2014

Bent Brewstillery Nordic Blonde Review

Name: Bent Brewstillery Nordic Blonde 
Style: Blonde Ale
ABV: 5.7%

Earlier this year, a new brewery opened it's doors here in Minnesota called Bent Brewstillery, based out of Roseville, Minnesota. The first thing that makes this brewery unique is that Bent Brewstillery merged with another brewery called Pour Decisions Brewing and you can still find some of their beers in Bent's line-up. The other thing that makes this brewery unique is that it also makes spirits (Single Malt Whiskey, Gin, etc.) in addition to beer; Hence the name.

When I was down in the Twin Cities a couple weeks ago, I managed to grab a couple of bottles for myself. The first one I'm going to be looking at is their Nordic Blonde, which is described by the brewery as an "Amber Blonde," though it's classified on Beer Advocate as a Blonde Ale. 

Nordic Blonde pours a mildly hazy golden color with a thin filmy head. The lacing is fairly abundant and the visible carbonation is fairly mild. 

The aroma of starts out with some pale malt notes with some pungent floral hops and an encompassing yet fitting lemon zest. 

The flavor starts out with a fairly strong floral hoppiness, pale & Munich malts, barley and a light lemon zest.  The aftertaste has a distinct and lingering lemon and Munich maltiness.

The palate is generally pretty light with some moderate carbonation to boot, which gives it a crisp feeling yet it allows you to soak in the flavors in this beer.

It's definitely more of a different take for a Blonde Ale but I think it works quite well! On top of that, it's very reasonably priced as I picked this up for around $5. If you're looking for something a little off the beaten path with the Blonde Ale-style, you owe it to yourself to check this out!

Bent Brewstillery Nordic Blonde - 8.5/10

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