Hop Zealot - Twisted Pine Brewing Company

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53 Ratings
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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 9.34%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Twisted Pine Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: JuicesFlowing on 08-02-2014

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Ratings: 53 | Reviews: 10
Photo of HamdenHector
3.56/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: slight haze; copper colored; 1+ finger off white head that receded slowly to a thick cap; OK lacing;

S: earthy; a little pine;

T: metallic all the way through; a little citrus up front; bitterness at mid-palate with no accompanying flavor; moderate bitterness lingers;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; medium dry finish;

O: didn't mind the blast of bitterness, but there wasn't any flavor to go with it;

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

i like this one pretty well, its a nice sidekick to hoppy boy, a little more easy drinking, although plenty bitter in the finish. i find it a little more relaxed on the grain front, and a little softer on the alcohol presence, although oddly this is actually stringer than that one. i also think its more juicy, as in the hops contribute a lot of mouthwatering citrus characters, that really arent there in the hoppy boy, which for me is woody and bitter, although i like that one better than most too. there is a nice texture here, not gritty, but sturdy and unrefined in a very good way, not so clean, which i like a lot. the bitterness is a little higher than maybe it needs to be in the finish, but the carbonation is awesome, and from the tap at the brewery, this is a pretty solid ipa all told. i know it (and twisted pine more generally) have faced some undue criticism, and i think this is a fair testament to them being beyond any quality issues with their beer, its fresh and well made, whether you love the recipe or not.

Photo of Billolick
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

Fairly typical IPA presentation,and leaves some nice fine high lacing.

Mildly hop fueled nose.

On the palate, its oranges, pine,and hop resins.

Citric/tropical/pine battle going on and I like it.

Better then decent AIPA.

Photo of jeffstinson
4/5  rDev +1%

Solid all around. Great nose, taste is the same. Tropical fruits, citrus, some zest, and a sutle dankness.

Photo of Omnium
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice clear orange in appearance, aroma was a mix of sweet candy like malts, lots of orange and citrus zest, pine and grass, which all really comes through in the flavor. Tons of orange in this, and some decent pine, some floral notes.
Very well done brew.

Photo of Immortale25
3.52/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date.

A- Pours a orangeish medium amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam.

S- Grassy, piney (surprise, surprise) hop aroma with some sweet malt backing.

T- Moderate bitterness and some leafy hop flavor plus a decent malt backbone. The hops end up being a bit generic and almost plastic-y. The malt sweetness does its best to try and maintain some character but ends up failing.

M- Lingering hop bite with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- I had high hopes for this one since the score was actually decent for a Twisted Pine beer...if you're on the fence about it, don't buy it. Much better IPAs out there.

Photo of ucsbmullet
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

One of the best Colorado IPAs that you can buy in stores. On the sweeter, hop-forward side with light malt.

Photo of spoony
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%

From a 355 ml bottle into a tulip.

A-A normal pour produces about two fingers of sticky, eggshell head. The head leaves nice lacing and has pretty good retention. The beer is light-golden in color and nearly clear. I can see a few streams of carbonation in the brew, but its not "active."

S-The aroma is a nice mixture of slightly sweet, juicy tropical fruits (pineapple and mandarin orange, mostly) and light caramel hops. There is a bit of leaf, pine, and floral flavor lurking in the background. I also sniff a bit of pepper as the beer warms.

T-The taste is more spicy, pine-forward, and bitter than the scent would suggest. There is still some juice and orange, but the flavor is more woodsy with pine and spice being the more prominent hop flavors, especially on the finish, which is long and bittering. A nice bit of caramel balances things out.

M-The feel is a bit light for my preference with an odd, ultra-fine carbonation that dissipates on the palate without much of an impression.

O-This is a surprisingly good IPA. (Surprising mostly because I had not heard any buzz about it). Anyway, this beer packs a decent amount of that infamous "West Coast" hop flavor without overdoing it and losing balance. I will definitely drink this again and if the mouthfeel were more substantial, I would have rated it higher.

Photo of justalexis
5/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This new beer from Twisted Pine Brewing really takes Hops to a new level. The strong California style hops bring this to a great taste in the mouth. The color and smell all add to the excitement of drinking this new IPA. After drinking this beer, you might find Hoppy Boy the flagship IPA to be mild. Love the citrusy flavor.

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Dirty burnt amber color with an eggshell colored head. A film of retention with pretty good lacing.

Aroma: Malty, spicy, fruity, with a finishing hoppy note.

Taste: More bitter from the start than the nose suggests. The malts are submerged under all of the citrus and hops. Wood and spice notes are present. A lot of bitter grapefruit rind in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy, dry.

Overall: Pretty balanced with just about every typical IPA flavor in it somewhere. Very bitter.

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Hop Zealot from Twisted Pine Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.