I’ve spent a bit of time recently bemoaning the number of breweries I want to visit for the first time, or places I really need to return too. Fortunately I’ve been able to knock a couple breweries off of my list recently and I am making plans to get to a few more. One that has been on my need-to-visit list since they opened earlier this year is Bent Water Brewing in Lynn. Unfortunately I still haven’t made that trip, but I was able to find some of their beers at a local bottle shop. One of the beers I grabbed was Bent Water’s flagship IPA Thunder Funk. That is an amazing name by the way. I don’t typically but beers based on their names, but who is going to pass up a chance to try a beer named Thunder Funk? Bent Water Thunder Funk is available year round on draft and in 12 oz. cans.
Bent Water Thunder Funk pours a hazy deep orange with a substantial white head. The scent is solidly hoppy, a mixture of citrus and pine. There is a ton of hop flavor here, notes of mango, guava and tangerine along with a crisp bitter kick. There is enough malt for a little balance, touches of bread crust and honey. Thunder Funk is medium bodied and drinks smooth, but packs a little punch at 7.2% ABV. The finish is crisp with a little lingering hop flavor. Bent Water Thunder Funk is a really good IPA, am looking forward to trying more of their offerings in the near future. Hoppy Boston score: 4.5/5.