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Bent Paddle Trail Series # 1: Paddle Break Blonde



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RATINGS: 14   MEAN: 3.05/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.02/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 19   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
The first in our 2014 seasonal trail series. A Belgian style Blonde Ale perfect for an adventure amidst the lakes and trails of the backcountry. This Blonde balances hints of citrus and Belgian yeast much like you balance a canoe on your shoulders. Effortlessly.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
commonshawn (1026) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 22, 2016
CTap at brewery with commonmac and samadouche. Gold with medium white head. Sweet grain aroma. A comfortable easy beer, with decent body . Not bad at all. But nothing special

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hfmejias (1266) - Marshall, Minnesota, USA - JUL 19, 2016
12 Fl. Oz. Can. Poured clear, yellow small white head and some spotty lacing. Aroma of hops yeast and fruit. Taste is on the sweet side, some grain, some spices some fruit. Nice and easy brew, enjoyable; good summer beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lesag002 (5) - - JUN 22, 2016 does not count
Good representative of the style. Great summer beer. Very drinkable and flavorful. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
johnnymusky (874) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 3, 2015
This one was just ok....flavors need to be more...just to light for me...not bad just real mellow...average i would say.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Bacterial (2811) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - SEP 25, 2015
Pretty chill beer. Crisp. Easy to drink. Nice Belgian character without being overbearing. After drinking one, I wanted something with more hops, but thats what I get, I suppose for getting a beer called a ’blonde’.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Atom (2137) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 13, 2015
On tap at northbound pours a clear Holden with a small white head. Mild hop and yeast aroma. Sweet, grain and malt sweetness, sweet yeast, more grain and malt on finish. Too sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
tmongoose (2200) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 28, 2015
Can shared poured a clear yellow with white head. Sweet malt with lots of carbonation. Super sweet fkavor and not in a good way. Basic drain pour. Where was quality control on this one.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
badgerben (4850) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAY 16, 2015
Pale yellow color with a medium head. Very faint aroma of flowers. Light grain and floral flavor. Some light biscuit notes. Light body.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
TheHOFF43 (2039) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - JUL 21, 2014
Pours clear yellow. White head, simple, easy to drink and refreshing. Nice summer beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Stine (1746) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 16, 2014
Clear dandelion pour. Brown banana, browned apple, light mineral and honey aroma, with very faint touches of tropical fruit and resin. The ubiquitous bubble gum clove of generic Belgian yeast strains is certainly there too.

The overall blandly sweet flavor is a pretty untidy thing. In my opinion it is striving for Belgian pale ale flavor moreso than reimagined American blonde, but it lands more in the latter category, making for an awkward identity problem here. Notes include husky grain, adhesive, lavender, apple, and surprisingly, alcohol.

The palate is weirdly heavy. The rotten fruit notes tend to carry through. Whichever style this is meant to represent, it doesn’t fit.

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