MrNemo (11) - Virginia Beach, USA - APR 26, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bent River is my favorite brewery as I was a former QC resident. I am not a huge hophead, but this is a great beer. This beer has a beautiful, hazy, orange pour. BR has a great rep for appearance of their beers. This is certainly a ful body brew of hints of citrus ontop heavy hops but maintains a good balance. I wish BR would bottle again.
drowland (5893) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - AUG 12, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2010 Re-tried this again on tap a few days ago and holy crap it’s good. Wonderful citrus hoppy aromas flowing up from the dry hopping. Their original pale ale recipe is decent, but this dry hopped version is really. freaking. good. I love Bent River and they make me sad that I moved to Tallahassee.
DalzAle (1899) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - DEC 30, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap today at the brewpub. Pour was a hazy light orange color and had aroma of light hops and citrus. Flavor was mostly hops, but very crisp and went down easy. If I lived in town, this would be regular growler purchase for me. Cant wait for my next visit to the Quad Cities.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 19, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Lightly hazed amber to light copper color. Smaller off-white head. Full fresh hops aromas with mild grapefruit and citric zest. Hints of pale malts in the background. LIght caramel start which is ushered aside by the fresh hops. Grapefruit with just a touch of light fruit. Some what light in feel, but not to overpowering to make it seem thin.
Cornfield (5326) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - DEC 28, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This poured a slightly hazed orange-gold body with a thick white head. Nice lacing. The aroma begins with a light grapefruit and lemon zest smell followed quickly by a light sweet caramel. The flavor balances both elements well. The finish is a soft citric bitterness. Very sessionable.
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Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 20, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2006 On tap at the brewpub last night. $3.50 for a pint. Hazy orange pour with a small head. Aroma wasn’t too strong (maybe it’s just because I was at a smokey bar) but I picked up some sweet, citrusy notes. Nice smooth hoppy taste to it. Not too strong and decently balanced by some malt. This would be a good session beer.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - DEC 15, 2006
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2006 Draught at the brewpub. Clear orange color with thin white head. Floral hop nose, but not as aromatic as I expected a dry hopped ale to be. Nice sprucy hop flavor, but again, more subtle than I anticipated. Not much flavor otherwise with a thin mouth feel.
TheEnemy (562) - Chicago, USA - NOV 22, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a hazy orange-gold with not much head to speak of. Bits of lace cling to the sides of the glass. Solid cascadey-flowery-citrusy aroma. Flavor starts with a solid wall of hop bitterness that gives way just enough to allow some floral tones and maybe a hint of malt. Fairly solid palate with a long lingering hop bitter aftertase.. A hophead beer; not as well-balanced as I would have liked.
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - JUN 14, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2007 From a clear glass half gallon growler with the Bent River logo on the front and a history, serving and growler care instructions on the back, sampled and consumed with friends within 24 hours of purchase. Made a good appearance, poured a cloudy orange and golden hued amber with a fluffy pale tannish/white head that slowly settled into a thin, bubbly lacing, a minimal amount of sticking, good carbonation. Had a big dry hop aroma, piney, leafy and citric, with a toasty sweet maltiness framing the edges. A crisp, hop textured, creamy smooth medium bodied mouth feel, very good drinkability. Once again, the dry hops dominate, piney, fresh cut leafy and citric, a balanced and rolling delightful hop bitterness, a sweet toasted grainy maltiness struggling to surface, a butteriness towards the end and a good dry hop finish with the hop taste and soft bitterness lingering in the palate.
An excellent dry hopped APA, my favorite brew at Bent River, a must try for brewpub lover, lover of dry hops or pale ales, very refreshing and highly quaffable.
JMerritt (1734) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - MAY 13, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amber in color with a small white head. Very fruity aroma, loads of apricots and red plums, but rather lacking in the pine/spruciness that I’d come to expect from an IPA - (the aroma was very similar to that of the American Wheat that my wife had. She mistakenly took a sip of my IPA and remarked with a "Hell no!" that she had picked up my beer.) Crisp, slightly buttery flavor (diacetyl?) with a touch of pine and caramel. Rye, grainy finish. A good beer, but rather lacking for an IPA.
Earlier Rating: 5/17/2005 Total Score: 3.8
Hazy gold with a little white head. Grapefruit and peach aroma is very floral and quite mouth-watering. Peach and apricot flavors are very prevalent, lending a nice fruitiness to the sweet flavor. Dry finish. Very refreshing, not as resiny or sticky as so many other hopped-up ales.