richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2005
hand bottle provided by Duane, pours a cloudy orange color with just a little ring of white foam around the inside edge of the glass. huge pine hop aroma, with hints of orange peel. slight malt beginning followed by a ton of pine hops and nuts, then just enough caramel malts to offset the bitterness but still leave the pine behind. the tail is interesting, with the pine holding control, but some orange tones floating around the edges of the taste. a slick and oily mouthfeel ends an interesting brew, with a unique flavor and finish. pablo951 (670) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 25, 2013
Had it on tap at Bent Brewery in Moline IL. Poured a clear amber hue with minimal head and slight aroma and a bitter hop taste. TheEnemy (564) - Chicago, USA - NOV 22, 2006
On tap.Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 20, 2006
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.
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. Ceebs25 (503) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2012
On tap at the brewpub in Moline. Good citrus herb hop, good balance, and nice bold flavors. Minimal pillowy head on the cloudy, burnt orange pour. The nose is on the lighter side and is slightly soapy. Aroma is fruity in general with notes of melon fruit, citrus, light tropical fruits, apples, and cereal grains. The body is well bittered, slightly chewy, and decently balanced. More caramels and light toasty cereal grains come through in the more complex flavor. Then big, bitter, chewy citrus fruit, and thick herbal come through. Lingers sticky pine and herb. This was solid.
Dansting (222) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - DEC 30, 2004
Growler. Nice head and cloudy. Similar appearance to most pale ales. Nice strong aroma. Flavor was a little disappointing considering how pleasant the aroma was. Not nearly as flavorful and hoppy as I expected (considering the previous reviews). Not horrible by any means, but not one of the better pale ales that I’ve had. timmy300 (203) - bloomington, Illinois, USA - SEP 19, 2005
this was a good apa on tap at bent rivaer brewing company...... there was a sign at the bar that suggested getting a mix of this and the jalopeno ale... i got a taste of the jalopeno, which was good, but decided to just get this by itself... lots of grapefruit and nice and bitter.... stefanberggren (135) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 26, 2004
Holy Hops Batman ! Wow this is something to savor if you are a hop head. Full of citrusy cascade bitterness and aroma. Cloudy due to protien suspension from dry hopping. Nice IPA and when I finished my glass I was ready to place my order for another. Warning this is not for the weak of hop heart, only hop heads need apply... BeerCook (18) - Midland, Michigan, USA - JUL 17, 2012
Just shy of an IPA, very refreshing on a hot day. Strong hop aroma with a crisp carbonated palate. Has a brief bitter aftertaste.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone MrNemo (11) - Virginia Beach, USA - APR 26, 2010
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.