Sunday, November 9, 2014

Bent Paddle Daypack Pale Ale

This 4.7% ABV "Single Pale Ale" is from the Bent Paddle Brewing Company of Duluth, Minnesota. They describe it as "sessionable." It is a summer seasonal from them. All of their cans reference some regional attraction, generally outdoor related, and this one describes the Superior hiking trail that stretches 240 miles to the Canadian border, so why not put a six-pack of this beer in your pack, eh?

The beer pours an orange amber in color. There is an inch of thick, somewhat creamy off-white head. The aroma is orange and citrus, with a light, earthy muskiness. The taste follows the aromas, hitting the hop notes over toasted malt, with a surprisingly bitter finish for a pale ale. The beer drinks creamy smooth with a soft, tingling carbonation. Call it an American Pale Ale, it could also be a session IPA with its assertive hop presence. I'm not sure what their moniker of a single pale ale references, as this uses six varieties of hops. Whatever you call it, it's good. 

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