Sunday, April 20, 2014

Bent Paddle Bent Hop Golden IPA

This is a 6.2% ABV golden IPA from the Bent Paddle Brewing Company of Duluth, Minnesota. According to their can, 10% of the world's fresh water is in Lake Superior, and 100% of the water in this beer is from that source. I sampled a few of their beers at the 2013 St. Paul Summer Beerfest, and they were a standout with a really quality product.

The beer pours dark honey golden in color. There is a tall, thick, foamy head of white to off-white. The aroma is fruity, citrus, tangy, zesty, grassy, over crackery malt. The taste follows the notes of the aromas, hitting orange, grapefruit, lime. The finish is quite dry and bitter. It is crisply carbonated and refreshing. Very enjoyable.

Lake Monster Empty Rowboat IPA

Lake Monster Brewing is from Minneapolis, Minnesota. Their beers are currently contract brewed (with hands on involvement by their own brewer) at the Sand Creek Brewing Company in Black River Falls, Wisconsin. They hope to open a brewery at some future point in the Twin Cities.

The beer pours copper colored and clear. There is a relatively short head of white to off-white foam. The aroma is orange, pine, a touch of dankness over caramelly malt. The taste follows the aromas, sweet and fruity, bit of pine, with a bitter grassy and grapefruit finish. It is medium bodied, smooth, moderately carbonated. This is a really solid IPA, I would repeat.