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Twisted Pine Hoppy Boy IPA - Twisted Pine Brewing Company

Twisted Pine Hoppy Boy IPATwisted Pine Hoppy Boy IPA

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360 Ratings
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Ratings: 360
Reviews: 138
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 15.71%

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:
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

(Beer added by: mentor on 01-08-2005)
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Ontario (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-14-2011 00:29:29 | More by Sammy
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North Carolina

3.13/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy amber color with three fingers of head; leaves a bit of lacing behind

Smell: Whoa, rather unusual aromatics - lemon pine-sol, melon and mint; perhaps a touch of apricot, too

Taste: Not much of a malt presence as an extreme bitterness dominates the flavor profile from the outset, and the unusual flavors noted in the aroma linger in the back; after the swallow, the medicinal bitterness lingers well into the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: The lesson here is that what smells good (perhaps interesting more than good) is not necessarily what tastes good

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2010 02:07:27 | More by brentk56
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New York

3.58/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is quite hazy yellowish amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense off white head that has very good retention properties and only died down a bit, leaving lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose along with some hints of pine resin.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell, except that there are stronger notes of pine resin hops and these linger through the finish. A moderate amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is dominated by hop aromas and flavors, but has a relatively good balance of underlying malts that help to improve its drinkability and prevent it from being overly bitter.

Serving type: can

10-11-2013 00:43:40 | More by metter98
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North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Serving type: can

07-13-2013 21:32:21 | More by oberon
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3.59/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Thanks to johnyb for this can!

And to think I thought I was being all clever and whatnot when I named my little joey "Hoppy Boy"... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear sunrise amber topped by a finger of dusty cream-white foam. The nose comprises pine needles, mild pine resin, light oak, and backbone of nutty toffee. The taste brings in more of the same, with the toffee taking a firm lead (particularly in the nutty department). The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly drying finish. Overall, a nice enough IPA, one that favors balance over palate-assaulting hop carnage. Fair 'nuff.

Serving type: can

01-19-2013 08:10:39 | More by TMoney2591
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4.43/5  rDev +33.8%
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???

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2006 03:05:24 | More by russpowell
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3.23/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2009 20:01:22 | More by Mora2000
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3.85/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a small, white head of foam. It left little to no lacing.

S - It smelled of spices and caramel malt. Not alot there.

T - It tasted spicy and bitter with a piney hop bite. It had a burnt toast maltiness providing some sweetness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is an okay IPA. I expected more from a Colorado IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2010 15:48:29 | More by zeff80
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3.2/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This poured out as an orange color with a decent sized white head on top. The retention and lacing were really nice on this beer for sure. The smell of the beer had some decent hop aromas but also had some off aromas in there too that weren't all that appealing. The taste followed the nose, its had some funky earthy musty flavors with some piney hop flavors in there also. Strange flavors but not terrible. The mouthfeel was pretty good, soft, gently carbonated and drinkable. Overall it's a decent brew just wasn't sure about some of the flavors it had. It's still probably worth trying if you're interested.

Serving type: can

12-16-2012 04:43:08 | More by Knapp85
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3.94/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There's a lot of pine on this one (irony??). Resin hits the nose. Resin hits the palate. Pretty decent lasting flavor profile. I can dig this. It's certainly more deep a flavor profile than the vibrant citric-toned stuff you see, but it works for me. Nice feel. Very easy to drink.

Serving type: can

03-01-2013 05:14:22 | More by RblWthACoz
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4.2/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

not sure why the low scores? this is a unique and high quality ipa. pours a fairly regular looking light brown amber color with a moderate head. smell is pine in the hops and dusty english malts. flavor is sooo unexpected. extended evolution in the mouth from citrus pine tree hops to a sweet malty middle through to an earthy dense and prehistoric sort of hop finish. i cant get enough of this beer, wishing it was in a bomber instead of a 12oz. mouthfeel is bright and fuller bodied. served ice cold i cant imagine a better ipa, this is exquisite!

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2012 07:27:50 | More by StonedTrippin
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2.05/5  rDev -38.1%
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.


Serving type: bottle

06-30-2012 03:44:26 | More by kojevergas
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New York

3.48/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Serving type: can

02-13-2014 03:04:38 | More by Billolick
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3.9/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-21-2007 02:09:48 | More by rhoadsrage
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2.23/5  rDev -32.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-19-2011 08:59:46 | More by corby112
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3.93/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am pretty sure that blargimus sent this one to me in a trade in support of The CANQuest (TM), but if the credit should be going to any of my other supporters, let me know and I CAN correct my mistake.

From the CAN: "Tall Hoppy Can"; "Hoppy beer lover's [sic] rejoice! Hoppy Boy IPA is Twisted Pine's most popular beer and our first entry into the expanding world of handcrafted ales in [CANs]. The unique combination of Chinook, Cascade and Northern Brewer hops varieties conspire to produce this flavorful and balanced brewer's delight."

Once again, the Crack revealed a beer that was as eager to come out and greet me as a small puppy awaiting its master by the door. The Glug proved to be a tall order from the tall CAN and I had to back off, lest I overflow the glass. The massive two-plus fingers of dense, French Vanilla-colored head sat atop the beer in utter defiance of my desire to begin drinking, evincing great retention. Color was a golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled like a pine forest and I was suddenly jonesing for some hops. My hops monkey began to screech and I could wait no longer! Mouthfeel was medium and as I took that first sip, the mountainous head suddenly fell like a souffle when the oven door is banged shut. The hops rolled across my tongue and down my throat like an avalanche in an evergreen forest. It was literally breathtaking! Sticky lacing began to appear in the glass and now the monkey was howling, forcing me to take another draught, rather than savoring the initial one. Finish was semi-dry with the caramel malt getting its final licks in before the hops remained in the beer's wake. My my my. I would definitely give this some cooler space.

Serving type: can

09-27-2012 00:39:15 | More by woodychandler
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3.56/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2009 20:42:37 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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New Jersey

2.91/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

Serving type: can

04-25-2013 22:46:43 | More by beerthulhu
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3.46/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up as part of the sampler crate pack, enjoyed chilled in a pils glass, shared with tenderbranson69.

The color is light amber like honey with mild haze and very small head with tiny bead, speckles of lace stick. The smell is lemony and citrus dominant with light sweet malt ester. The feel is okay with moderate carbonation and bitterness with balance of hops and malt and mostly dry in the finish with low alcohol influence.

The taste is good with a decent amount of hop flavor but a little mild for an IPA, mostly lemon zest and citrus flavors from the hops with a mild malt sweetness with subtle caramel flavor. Overall this is not bad, but in a market saturated with the style this is a pretty forgettable example. I would drink this again, but it is not worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2014 00:16:15 | More by Slatetank
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2.58/5  rDev -22.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2013 00:03:25 | More by smakawhat
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North Carolina

3.29/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a clear deep amber color with light amounts of visible carbonation and some orange + copper highlights. The beer has a half finger tall sudsy beige head that reduces to a large patch of mottled thin film and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of herbal hops and pine/resin hops along with some lighter notes of toffee malts.

T: Upfront there is a moderate to strong flavor nutty and toffee malts with a light amount of sweetness. There are moderate to strong flavors of pine/resin hops, herbal hops, and just a hint of citrus/grapefruit pith hops. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness which fades fairly quickly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Moderate amounts of dryness which fades fairly quickly.

O: It seems like this beer is a little out of balance, a little too hoppy without the right amount of malty sweetness. It was OK but not one that I would go for again.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2013 00:11:33 | More by dbrauneis
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3.75/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of citrus hops, sweet malt, hint of alcohol, and a hint of floral hops. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of citrus hops, alcohol, slight caramel malt, sweet malt, and a hint of floral hops. Overall, good appearance, blend, and body.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 12:37:08 | More by Tone
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2.98/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: three finger frothy head with decent retention and lacing on a crimson with golden hues murky body.

S: grapefruit but more on the sour side with a slight oak, malt and pine note.

T: this one is really sour and bitter and may be infected or have gone bad. mostly pine, citrus and floral notes.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: Maybe I got a bad bottle but this one was harsh to drink. The flavor was too sour and I never got used to it as I drank this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2012 01:13:22 | More by kylehay2004
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4/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bottle a clear amber gold with a smallish head of foam that pretty much maintains its size for the entire session.
Btw, they have a year and month bottled on the label but nothing was notched.

The smell is on the subtle side with faint whiffs of grassy and citrusy hops.

The taste is really grassy and it has some good citrus flavour as well..mainly lemon, with a really faint malt presence but... I *like* what the hops are doing in this IPA and it's making for some really good drinkability so being weak in the malt isn't going to hurt my review of this American IPA at all. Good stuff!

Bottom line: A nice American IPA from a small brewery in Boulder Colorado. Give it a chance if you find some.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2006 17:02:53 | More by Bitterbill
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2.73/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2010 00:02:49 | More by twiggamortis420
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Twisted Pine Hoppy Boy IPA from Twisted Pine Brewing Company
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