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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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Reviews: 145
Hads: 447
Avg: 3.35
pDev: 26.27%
Wants: 5
Gots: 32 | 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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Photo of CJN11
1.74/5  rDev -48.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Had this on Tap at Zinc in Greenwood Village inside the Doubletree. Boy was I disappointed. I am a hophead and I might as well have ordered a lite beer. No hoppiness at all- very bitter and a poor lingering aftertaste. My travelling companion could not even finish his. This is an F in my book.

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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).

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Photo of BarrytheBear
2.06/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The Colorado journey continues, this time in Boulder. On tap at the brewery into a pint glass.

Clear, rather nondescript, orange pour with some slow lethargic bubblage and no lacing.

My notes read: Harrumph. Yes, me brain conceived this single word description for the nose and my hand scrawled it across my note pad as the server looked around the corner from the backroom to see my smiling to myself and red penning my white notepad. This is Maltzilla seeking some hoppy hors devours in a land barren of lupulin.

Unfortunately, this beer tastes like homebrew. Big caramel astringency, medicinal, rough pine. Harsh and unrefined. The back end really scrapes the tongue and leaves the palate a wreck, but in a mostly unpleasant way.

I really want to like small breweries and support their endeavors and was quite excited to stop by here. However, I just did not enjoy this beer. A bummer.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.07/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

355ml brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Acquired as part of a variety box at Tipsy's Liquor in Littleton, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are average given the brewery.

Served straight from the refrigerator. Not paired with food.

A: Pours a quarter finger beige head of no cream, poor thickness, and bad retention. Staggeringly bad. Colour is a semitransparent dull copper. Meh. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Fresh hops, with oily, piney, and floral character. The pine is rather weak. A mild strength aroma. No yeast or alcohol is detectable.

T: Piney and floral hops are dominant. There's little else besides the clean malt foundation. Boring and bland. No yeast or alcohol come through. Why brew this? It's so damned simple. No complexity or subtlety at all. Somewhat watery.

Mf: Too smooth and wet. Watery. Thin. Pathetic. Undercarbonated.

Dr: Drinkable, but I wouldn't get this again. Won't satisfy even fans of the style. Boring and bland. A very forgettable IPA.




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Photo of corby112
2.24/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Draft at the brewpub.

Pours a cloudy golden orange color with a 1.5 finger off-white head that quickly settles into a thin ring. Sporadic spots of lace left behind.

Faintly earthy aroma with hints of pine needle and subtle citrus fruit countered by some biscuity malt. The nose is bland and disappointing, really.

Medium bodied with a strong malt presence that overpowers the hop flavor. Only slightly dry and bitter with faint grassy pine notes, quickly countered by a caramel malt backbone. Not the best example of the style.

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Photo of codewarrior
2.26/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz from a mixed 12 pack, poured into a chalice.

Twisted Pine, is hit or miss, in the extreme. This was a big miss, and I'm pretty shocked this is made in 6-packs today.

L: Decent thickness ont he head, but poor retention. Orangish hue, deep and a touch cloudy for a 55 degree pour.

T: Extreme sweetness meshed with an undercurrent of hoppiness. Some manner of fruit ... peach? apricot? something. This tastes like an IPA that has lost the will to lie. Only hoppiness here of any substance is in the after-taste, and it's unwelcome.

F: Touch thin, and far too lingering.

D: No. And put a freshness date on here so I know if this beer is actually this boring and ... well ... bad.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
2.28/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

$2.75 tall boy can from Abe's.

Light orange hazy body, a dull finish. Topped by four fingers of snow white rocky foam made up of bubbles of all sizes. Very good lacing.

Aroma of apricot and orange, put followed by an off putting whiff of cleanser, which blunts all else.

The whole taste hits at once. Hugely bitter and not in a good way, mixed with a touch of cleanser, any sweetness and fruit is nuked away. Very one dimensional.

I love bitter and abrasive in an IPA, but this doesn't work at all for me. Not recommended.

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Photo of chugalug06
2.36/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.25

Dark ruby red, almost blood red. Clarity is decent, nothing special. Head is two-finger white-green foam. Lacing is niiice.

Aroma is awful. Watery, bland, wet hay, bready...

Biting bitterness. Not much hop oil or flavors... Blend is off an watery. Thin, bready, nice carbonation, zero sweetness, barn-y, and soapy. Tastes like liquid carpet.

Not my speed, can't recommend. Nothing hoppy or IPA forward. Blend is off and should be rewritten..

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Photo of benito
2.36/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Falling Rock in Denver.

A: Hazy orange with a long-lasting, creamy head.

S: Very biscuity/bready. The doughy character goes over the top given the style and shows almost no hop presence.

T: Creamy, tea-like flavors dominate the palate and resemble the better qualities of an ESB, but it lacks the crisp hop flavors of an IPA. Not particularly bitter.

M: Smooth and easy to drink.

D: A bit biting near the end, but otherwise acceptable.

Overall, it's not a bad beer by any means, but fidelity to style counts in my mind. So, this should be marketed as an ESB to get better scores/results!

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Photo of udubdawg
2.38/5  rDev -29%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle, no dates noted.

Pours a very lightly hazed pale peach gold color. Carbonation appears light so I pour a little harder and manage to raise a decent head, however it appears I used most of the dissolved carb to do so.

The up-front hoppy aroma is pleasant, and relatively strong. Very light alcohol behind. However there is a sweet malt aroma that seems out of place, and as it warms a light diacetyl becomes distressingly strong. Overall, good strong hops, but clean it up a bit - perhaps it's just the yeast strain or the fermentation temperature.

Ever used some of that bitter spray that keeps your dog from chewing on stuff? Ever accidentally gotten it on your hand and later in your mouth? Yeah, it's kind of like that. The malt flavor is light and an improvement over the aroma. Diacetyl is noticeable but not a distraction unlike the aroma. What hop flavor is there is herbal and sharp. However the super bitter medicinal/hair spray flavor brings to mind metal, chemicals, and extracts. No lingering malt flavors, just intense bitterness and a light metallic edge.

Body is medium light, relatively clean. Carb as mentioned is a bit low. Drinkability would be better than decent with a few tweaks but as it is currently, I'll be finding someone I don't care for all that much to pawn the rest of this six-pack off onto.

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Photo of TBoneJones
2.42/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Grabbed a single just to try something new.
Poured a dark hazy amber. Cloudy and I can't make out any bubbles.
Smells slight of some malt and pine, but nothing distinguishing at all.
Taste is somehow in lockstep with the aroma, and to me that is bland, almost stale, kind of watery.
Any piney hops are diminished in the blah aftertaste. I can't escape soured milk here.
Character is just missing.
To end positively, I'd say this is a good brew to quench your thirst while washing down a bleu-cheese burger and fries (assuming the burger in question is a really good one)!

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Photo of babaracas
2.46/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a clear amber with dense but thin foamy white head, spotty lacing. Smell: orange extract, muted and somewhat artificial smelling pine. Taste: sugary but without much flavor, astringent pine. Fades very fast to a thin and semi-dry finish. Also undercarbonated. Weak attempt, who wants the rest of the 6pack...

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Photo of LiquidSanity
2.49/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Ap: Sadly the best part of the beer. A beautiful copper-brown color. Very sexy.

Ar: Meh...nothing spectacular. Grassy notes and mild hop notes. Very bland.

Ta: Yuck! Super malty, very faint presence of hops and no balance at all. This reminds me of Sam Adams Boston Lager. I would not consider this an IPA. Not even an APA. Leans towards a Vienna Lager.

Mf: Faint carbonation, no sense of refreshing feel and very syrup-like in texture. Not appealing.

Ov: This is not what I would use as a measure of IPAs. You could essentially use this to transition a macro drinker that sometimes tinkers to with a micro-brew every blue moon. If the person is 65%+ macro oriented, this could be a beer useful to help show there are better choices available. But trust me, you could use a much better selection to achieve the same task. This beer falls flat on its goal of being called an IPA. Cheers!

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Photo of deereless
2.53/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A: Borders between murky and opaque, the color of a sandblasted gold, some sticky spots of head along the edges of the glass - 3.25, S: Not much of a nose, what I do detect is medicinal and with a touch of vinegar possibly, a hint of grass - 2.50, T: Hops provide solid bitterness but it borders on being harsh, there is a touch of pineapple-like sweetness, as the name of the company might lead one to expect there is a strong essence of pine, I might be picking up some diacetyls - 2.50, M: 3.50, D: Kind of misses the mark of an American IPA in my opinion, not properly balanced and hop profile is off - 2.00

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Photo of smakawhat
2.59/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Head Ale glass. No obvious bottle dating.

Barely a finger of white soapy colored head is made off the pour, and settles to a 3mm collar. Body color is a nice orange, almost peach colored amber, and fairly clear with some slow rising carbonation. Some faint speckled lacing.

Bouquet is really missing a hop angle. Sweet malts and some light brown sugar, but that's about it. There is nothing else going on other than a thick sensing white sugar syrupy quality, and some sweet biscuity dense like malts.

Mouthfeel is quite wet, without any depth or body. Mild sugars matching with the nose, but there is hardly any depth or event malt presence. Where are the hops on this beer? I am not even getting anything flavor wise on first sip, heck this beer isn't even bitter. There's an incredibly muted faint herbal tea and sugar quality but that's about it on the finish.

Either this brew is 6-7 months old (which I highly doubt), or it's just not cutting the mustard. Where's the hops? It's a drinkable beer and you could have worse, but this is just not cutting it at all in the IPA realm. I've had IPAs that are 4 months old that have had way more hop aroma or flavor than this.

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Photo of FunkyFibes
2.71/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- A slightly hazy orange color. Pours with a two finger white head with moderate retention, and light lacing.

S- Smell is mostly pine hop, with a back splash of slight carmel maltiness.

T- Flavor is very hoppy in the middle. There is a lot of pine and resin, with some notes of citrus and maltiness in the background. This beer is very bitter, bordering on unpleasant.

M- Mouthfeel is pretty standard for an IPA. It is much better constructed than the actual flavor

O- It is an average IPA on most counts, other than the flavor. The flavor really left me uninterested, and very disappointing. With so many IPA's around, they really have to deliver for me...this didn't.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
2.77/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle without a freshness date, part of the Twisted Pine mixed twelve-pack. Pours a slightly hazed gold color with some out-of-place looking floaties for an IPA. Large, mesa-inducing foam sticks around a good while and leaves some nice lace on the glass.

Nose is an interesting combination of citrus (lime and orange) peel, spearmint and light fruity yeast esters (honeydew, watermelon and strawberries). Pretty unique smelling IPA, perhaps this was fermented at a bit higher temperature?

I think the hop flavor actually exceeds the hop bitterness on this brew...minty as hell with herbal and orange peel undertones. Not an overbearing malt backing, but enough to know it is there. Not sure I like this one all that much. The mint is too much for me and the beer is overcarbonated. Interesting, but probably my least favorite out of the mixed pack offerings.

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Photo of siradmiralnelson
2.77/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into Globe glass.

A. First thing I notice is all kinds of sediment floating around in the beer. Poured a 1 finger head. Left decent lacing. Orange color.

S. Piney Hops. Some malt.

T. Piney hop bitterness. Almost no malt flavor.

M. Low-medium bodied.

D. Not much going on here. Not bad. Not good.

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Photo of DeanMoriarty
2.78/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a single 12oz bottle from Liquor Mart in Boulder for $2.99 and poured it into an Odell's tulip glass.

A: Pours a slightly muddled fizzy light honey-like hue with a decent head that lasts for a few sips leaving really nice lacing.

S: Tons of sweet malt with a slight hint of mossy hop.

T: IPA - ???? Yeah right! Nothing but malt and just a slight hint of generic hop - no character at all in this failed attempt at an IPA.

M: Medium-bodied fizzy mess.

O: Terrible IPA. Not good. A decent/average pale ale at best.

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Photo of blakelive784
2.8/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 fl oz bottle served in a pint glass, reviewed live:

A - Pours a dark, transparent golden color. The head is fairly creamy, 2 fingers, and retention is poor.

S - Resinous pine, dank hops, foot funk, caramel, toasted malt. Really off-puting, but I'm interested.

T - I'm not sure which hops variety the brewers used, but it's got an odd foot note to it, but it works somehow. Really sweet caramel and malt are directly offset by bitter hops and grapefruit. Almost has a savory feel to it.

M - Light, smooth, and wet. Not right for the style.

D - I wouldn't have this beer again, but it's not bad. It's got some odd flavors that seem to work ok with the beer as a whole.

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Photo of bmwats
2.8/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.

A: Deep golden cloudy hue. Pours about a half finger, foamy, white head. Settles pretty quickly. A little spider web lacing remains as you drink.

S: Honey sweet and really piny with a little baked bread.

T: Strange combination of raisin, pine nuts, and just a little grain. Almost like they took a standard ipa and dropped an apple jolly rancher in there.

M: A little harsh, tart, cloying start, and an almost rubbery finish.

D: This is not the easiest drinking I've ever experience. It's just a little too harsh and cloying.

Atmosphere is okay. Decent appearance. Nice deep tones and a decent enough head. Nose is pretty solid. Nice combination of sweet and hop components. Flavor is really unusual....very tart and harsh. Overall, this quaff is just okay.

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Photo of tastybeerinmybelly
2.84/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

So I went to the store to do some Hopslam reconnaissance. I know it hasn't hit town yet, but I am trying to see when it will be around. The girl at the store told me it would be at least next week, but if I am looking for a good IPA, I should try this... I had never heard of this brewer before, but I love trying new IPA's, so I figured I would give it a try.
I poured the beer and it had barely any head on it and barely any smell. It has a piney hop taste to it, but nothing too unique. It goes down pretty easy, but at $12 a 6 pack, I will not be getting this one again. Good thing I got some Lagunitas Sucks to wash this down with.

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Photo of t2thebro
2.85/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle

A- super light copper color half inch head. No lacing.

S- light. Slight caramel, and slight earthy hops. Pale.

T- water with slight pale grain tones, a bit of bitterness, good hop flavor.

M- light and watery. A bit of hop body.

O- good hop flavor, a bit lacking in body, and bitterness. but an easy drinker.


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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

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Photo of claytong
2.88/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

piney hops, citrus, grass, bitter bite at end with a very dry mouth. pretty typical ipa, not sure why its so popular at the brewery, maybe people just like ipas too much.
its not a bad beer but im pretty sure ive had 10 ipas that are almost identical to it. though i do like twisted pines logo and name, so i guess id pick theres over the other 10.

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Twisted Pine Hoppy Boy IPA from Twisted Pine Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 145 ratings.