Twisted Pine Hoppy Boy IPA - Twisted Pine Brewing Company

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Twisted Pine Hoppy Boy IPATwisted Pine Hoppy Boy IPA

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Ratings: 438
Reviews: 146
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 15.22%
Wants: 4
Gots: 29 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Twisted Pine Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mentor on 01-08-2005

Hoppy Boy India Pale Ale is Twisted Pine Brewing Company’s flagship beer. With a rocky ivory head, star-bright golden orange color, and massive hop aroma, Hoppy Boy is the quintessential American IPA. Citrus, resin, and a hint of malt not only greet your nose, but also your taste buds, while a smooth, lingering bitterness leaves your palate refreshed with every sip. Hoppy Boy IPA is a perfect marriage of malts and hops that is as bold as it is balanced, and thus exemplifies what American craft beer is all about.

65 IBU
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Reviews by Billolick:
Photo of Billolick
3.47/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 ounce "tall hoppy can"

A fairly elegant one inch head is lifted above its hazed dull golden amber liquid. Slowly the head goes to a thicker film and nice looking ringed low sheeting and fields of super fine lace.

Faint and delicate pine hop nose.

Biggest problem here is the thinness of the flavor and lack of body. Very lightly hopped for an "IPA" and not much of a malt presence to boot. Pleasant enough but this drinks more like an IPA "light" then anything else.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

My first Twisted Pine offering to try.Poured from the can into an imperial nonic a dull medium golden with a large fluffy white head atop.Light lemon and earthy hops in the nose along with mild caramel/biscuit,just really light and pedestrian.Flavors of earthy and leafy hops although somewhat muted,the biscuit malt flavors are as big as the hops.Eh it's ok but it's not for people who love big hopped up IPA's.

Photo of RoyalT
2.92/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance – This one has a big, white head, too foamy actually, with a thin, light orange, weak=-ooking body.

Smell – It’s pine alright and little else.

Taste – It’s namesake resiny pine is there but no malt whatsever. This beer is very one-dimensional.

Mouthfeel – This is a little better than light-bodied with some mild bitterness.

Dirnkability – Not a bad ale but nothing of substance.

Photo of SD-Alefan
3.26/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass.

The beer pours a hazy orange-gold with a 2-finger head that quickly compacts to a thin, foamy top that leaves some lingering lacing.

The aroma is pretty muted: some grass and citrus and an earthy note underneath.

The taste is not bad. Bright an bitter up front from the piney hops, a little spice and citrus with a lingering piney dryness. Not detecting much from the malts.

I like the mouthfeel on this beer, medium, a little sticky and even slightly creamy. This is an easy drinking IPA but it lacks complexity.

Photo of Beaver13
1.75/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

22 oz bottle dated 1/06. Pours a golden orange with a frothy white head that quickly diminishes.

The aroma is a subdued grapefruity pine with a little bready malt.

The flavor is kind of a mess. It's very water leather with a touch of fruits and then a metallic bitter finish. It's nothing llike what I was expecting. The mouthfeel is light on carbonation and very watery.

Overall, it looked and smelled like it would be a decent IPA, but it's pretty darn bad. A drain pour (only my second).

Photo of warriorsoul
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hell yeah...thanks to zrrbrrt for this unexpected drop on his most recent visit to Bean.
Super hazy, orange rust in color with less than a half finger of bright white head...thin, spotty lacing.
Juicyfruit aromas...major citrus, a hint of caramel with very little sweetness.
Leaning more towards lemon citrus with some tea flavors as well...that sweetness barely detected in the nose, is true as well in the taste...not agressiveley bitter either.
Mouthfeel is thin for some IPA's but the flavor helps to add some depth overall.
Easy drinking here...easily a session IPA, just not a standout among so many others available.

Photo of Mora2000
3.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours orange with a white head. Not much aroma at all, some citrus and orange but that is about it. The flavor has a lot of citrus and pine, but not too much bitterness. Fairly drinkable but rather pedestrian IPA. Not bad, but nothing I would seek out again.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.55/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Looks like a good craggy amberish ipa. Great aroma, like the namesake, its piney alright.

Taste, wasn't as hoppy as expected. Seems like maybe they did some dry hopping with pine, butin terms of what resonates taste wise, its not very bitter and lacks the hop depth you'll see from IPAs that have different hop additions at different stages.

Mouthfeel, loses a lot of the pine from the initial whif and aroma, takes on some tobacco, stale wood notes, but doesn't dissuade you from finishing it, just doesn't compel you to rate it higher.

Photo of ByTor2112
3.92/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I spy something local! I picked this one up on my trip to Colorado.
Pours a typical pale color. Head quickly disipates and leaves some thin lacing.
Aroma-citrusy hop aromas, with grapefruit being the dominant one.
Mouthfeel-assertive hop bitterness hits the palate and the sweet malt flavors come in and a clean hop bitterness on the finish. I dread using balanced but this is a very good IPA and the pale malt and above-average hop bitterness makes for a solid IPA that is certainly above-average. There was a fair amount of sediment in the bottle.I was curious if it was bottle conditioned or I might have got a hold of an old bottle since the date strip on the bottle was NOT marked or notched. I swirled the last few ounces and dumped it in and it tasted fine.
Good choice.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.88/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- Copper color slightly hazy body with a thick creamy head and a gentle carbonation of bubbles. Rings of head stick to glass leaving sip marks.

S- Slight earthy hops aroma with a faint lemon hint comes through when warm. There is a soft bitter smell in the finish. The overall smell is very light overall.

T- Fresh pineapple hops are very green with a note of pineapple weed and a slight citrus zest. Soft smooth pale malt note comes through after the hops fade. There is a soft bitterness that hangs on the tongue after each sip.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a creamy texture that is from the head.

D- This beer is a nice little IPA but it doesn't have much complexity.

Photo of LXIXME
3.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from above the glass this beer still had a small white head with a light lacing on a honey golden colored beer.

The aroma is a light citrus to piney hops with a little bit of grass with just a touch of some light malts.

Pine and some grasses and a little citrus hops in a dryish taste.

Some piney/citrus remains in a dry aftertaste on this medium bodied beer.

Not the strongest hops taste but one I think I could drink a few of in a sitting, which I guess is good for the company. I would have to give this a thumbs up for it being a IPA that doesn't scare people away with overpowering hops.

Photo of Brenden
3.55/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the can, this IPA is a pretty heavily clouded gold tinged with a deeper amber tint. It also develops a very soft and fluffy head to quite a nice height, very nearly white and quite clean-looking. It sits like a clumpy pillow for the full session in some form or another as it takes time to fall to a thick foam and leaves very clumpy, heavy spotting on the glass.
There's quite a nice aroma with lots of lemon and a bit of pine with some sweeter caramel malt coming through as well. The lemon scent's medicinal quality is the only thing preventing a better score, particularly as a bit of tropical fruits come in and a bit of grass and herb, too.
Something happens in the flavor, though, as malts seek to take over but it's the clash more than the success of it, as the hops power it out but bring some astringency in doing so. The medicinal quality notable in the smell carries out in the finish. Not a bad IPA, but it's not what the aroma promised.
The feel is pretty good, but the malts pull out some of the citrusy brightness for something heavier. The body's good, a solid medium, but with something to it that doesn't belong. The herb dies out the finish, but not too much.

Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery's tap room. A median representative IPA. hoppy aroma, medium mouth feel. A decent IPA that is not overpowering. Average looks, very decent drinkability.Well malted, so that 65 IBU are much subdued.Suitable carbonation, citrusy.

Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.18/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Beer pours a reddish copper, not much of a head, but then I did nurse the pour pretty well. Pine and some citrus in the nose. Oh yes, a sip of bitter evergreen and lemons. A tad sweet which is a nice hint. Slightly light on the carbonation with a light mouthfeel also. Yeah it is a decent IPA drinkable for sure, opens up after a couple minutes quite well.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Twisted Pine IPA Hoppy Boy has a weird twang to it. Certainly worth a try if you are a hop head....but I think most will be slightly turned off by this one. I was excited to try it and its good...not great. The scent was a mix of malt and fresh pine. The taste was similar to the taste....a battle between a sweeter malt and bitter pine hop. The mouthfeel is medium in body with decent carbonation. Overall its is ok.

Photo of hooliganlife
3.44/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pour was a nice hazy orange and yellow with a MASSIVE amount of head. it was thick and lacy but way over carbonated hence the lower score

light citrus and light pine combined together. subtle but nice.

nice bitterness through out. lots of earthy resin and pine going on. very light malt backbone.

feels like its lighter on the body with a moderate carbonation. very wet feeling if that makes any sense.

not bad but lacks some depth and complexity. body could be a bit fuller.

Photo of russpowell
4.42/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought this 6-er in Lyons,

Poured a sightly hazy peach/amber color with a fluffy sand-colored 3 finger+ head. Stays slightlty hazy with great lacing & good head retention

S: Huge piney nose

T: Piney hops up front, then slight citrus hops attack. Malt & fruittynes the sneaks in a little. Finishes with a nice hop snap & some subtle fruittyness

MF: Medium bodied with good carbonation. Skews a little to hoppy for the style IMO, balance-wise

Drinks very easy, nice AIPA

Couldn't see any discernable notches on the bottled on date on the side of the label???

Photo of LittleDog
4.88/5  rDev +45.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Drank straight from the bottle. Obviously not the best to judge aroma, or color. I believe this is the quintessential IPA before the style drift too over. Elegant in its smoothness. The British ex pat can still session this but maintains the hop bite.

Photo of GarrisWH
3.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a orange-tinged golden color with a frothy white head that retains well throughout the beer. Slightly hazy due to some tiny particles floating within.

S - Sweet, tropical fruit aromas combine with a citrus, piney hoppiness. Slight sweet caramel malt presence in the background.

T - Quite similar to the aroma. Has a nice hop kick which hints at mostly pine with maybe a bit of citrus as well. Sweet, tropical fruit flavors as well with tones of mango and/or pineapple. A biscuity malt quality is present as well. Crisp, bitter finish.

M - Medium to light bodied with moderate carbonation. Goes down smooth and has a nice level of bitterness.

D - Easy drinking and good flavor. I think this one makes a good session beer, and is pretty solid all around.

Photo of tone77
3.33/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A shout out to woodychandler for the hook up with this beer. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of piney hops. Taste is mild, some piney hops, a light bitterness, a bit of malts. Drinks more like a pale ale than an IPA. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer.

Photo of beerthulhu
2.9/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

- packaging 1 pint tallboy can.

A: Princeton orange coloring with a light translucent nature. An oatmeal tinted head is bready in texture, an inch high, with a fair timimg of retention. A light spacious rise of effervesce with a fair spongy adoring of lace.

S: Not getting alot of love from the nose. Very weak aromatically, toasted sweetness jumps out at you first with some cereal grains, which is more dominant then the mooted hopping which would be dissppointing for most faux craft pales. Indistinguishable hop aroma, was expecting a big wiff of fresh, sticky, wet pine. Its a shame that the label itself couldn't even impose some level of subliminal measure.

T: Really sweet upfront, and finally some life of hops emerge. Toasted sweet character is followed by some dare i say dry pine hop influence, though of only low to moderate appeal. The complexity is very linear, as to be expected,with some dry orange grinds, toasted bread and starchy pine coming on the finish. There is a hint of dry lemony citrus.

M: Mouthful is a bit light in substance and carbonation. Not a lot of crispness, rather a laid back and lazy feel, no hop pop.

O: Overall a somewhat passable level of ibus that somehow never really shine in thier appeal, an average complexity, and very linear flow of hop flavors with a weak malt backing. The hop bitterness leans towards the bitterness spectrum of the drink, early boil, where as i feel a fresh hopping late boil would produce more fresh, wet, sticky pine flavors and something that would let it stand out a bit more and be more intune with the label and name then just another average example that showed very little creativity. An overall perfect example of a C effort and drinking exeperience that i would hardly bother to consider for repeatability.

Photo of katelynxandrea
4/5  rDev +19.4%

I enjoyed it. A little too malty, couldn't have too many of them.

Photo of stampfler07
2.88/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Clear golden with minimal head and lacing

S- Some light pine hop aroma initially, fades to light sweet malt then almost disappears after pouring

T- Light hop bitterness throughout, not much malt presence either though, a little grassiness on the finish and slightly dry, but really pretty average in flavor

M- Moderate carbonation and body, smooth finish

O- Not really an IPA in my book, more like a pale ale. Nothing special or distinctive going on so it just ends up being pretty average, won't look for this one again

Photo of theghost3
3.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy copper with a frothy, huge light yellow head. There's some floating sediment. Lots of lacing.

Smell is overwhelmingly piney hops with just a hint of toasted caramel. Taste is piney, with some citrusy hops. Citrus is more lemon than grapefruit. There are also herbal and caramel flavors. Piney aftertaste. Mouthfeel is carbonated--small, stinging bubbles but not a lot of acidity, and it's medium-bodied.

This is a fairly drinkable American IPA. It's beautiful looking. Definitely a piney one, but it's not as flavorful as many in the style. The strong pine flavor makes it a little difficult to pair with food.

Photo of pBRale
3.65/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From tasting notes 10-19-11
Poured into a warbled mug

Appearance: Hazy full amber pour, 1.5 inch head--very foamy off white head that settles fast and mildly to moderately retains its head. The lacing left behind is spotty on the front side, but the backside has thick rings of lace.

Smell: Massive floral and citrus aromas, and a bit of herbaceous hops. There is a delicate caramel malt presence that does just enough to make the smell of this beer great.

Taste: There is a bit of a black tea flavor initially that is alongside a substantial caramel malt presence, along with a piney ad resiny hop flavor, and a bit of citrus as well. The finish is slightly bitter and crisp, and the bitterness lingers like tea bags would.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light in body with medium carbonation and a crisp finish.

Overall: This beer is surprisingly malt-forward, as the aroma was very hoppy. This is very drinkable, however, and I am glad to have had the opportunity to meet this beer.

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Twisted Pine Hoppy Boy IPA from Twisted Pine Brewing Company
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