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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: 146
Hads: 450
Avg: 3.35
pDev: 26.27%
Wants: 5
Gots: 34 | 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 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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.31/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a murky orange with a foamy orange-beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, earth, herbal hop, and slight citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with malt, earth, citrus zest, and slight metallic flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is decent all around, but it's pretty forgettable in terms of straightforward IPAs.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.03/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.15/5  rDev +23.9%
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!

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Photo of Knapp85
3.23/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
3.22/5  rDev -3.9%
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

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Photo of zeff80
3.82/5  rDev +14%
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.

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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.

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

A - The beer pours with one and a half fingers of off white head on top of a copper colored body with good clarity. The head settles fairly quickly and leaves little lace.

S - Musty/fruity hop aromas of pineapple, mango, and onion. Some caramel malt in the background.

T - Pine hops up front with some bready malt. More pine hops in the middle with a hint of mango and some toffee. Finishes with moderate bitterness and sweet caramel malt as well as spicy pine hops.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Pretty nice, certainly drinkable enough. The hop aroma is enjoyable but a bit subdued while the flavor is kind of one dimensional. The bitterness is adequate, but the big malty body and sweetness in the finish are only just kept in check by it. Nothing particularly bad here, but it just seems to be missing something, maybe it just needs more aroma.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.6/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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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 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.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.46/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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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???

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.93/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.29/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.92/5  rDev +17%
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.

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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.

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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 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.

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Photo of BARFLYB
2.91/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz CAN into a Founders pint glass.

Hoppy Boy comes out golden bright with some shades of burnt orange in the center and with a stealth pour came out with a 1/4 inch of firm white stuff that left a sparse cap. Nice Clingage. This IPA does not smell like much, it reminds me of some Breckinridge pales i've had and it's not pretty. Old pale malt some old earth and something I cant place. Taste is a step up though, starts out with a mix of earth over citrus, slight pine with some tropics, sappy Very grassy. I don't know if it's the yeast or malt (or both) but what I smelled ruins the finish on this otherwise nicely hopped single eye pee ayyy. A good start a bad finish with a bit of a metallic taste. Feel is where it's at, light and bitter in the middle, the finish is a let down though.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.13/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice apricot/gold body. Head billows up nicely, but then fades to a slight film.
Smells like an IPA, but nothing outstanding; citrus, herbal spice, some green grass.
Taste is solid, but again nothing spectacular. Normal hints of American hops, nice sharp, yet quick bite. Fades to a nice clean and crisp finish. A solid, yet average IPA. Good drinking on a warm day.

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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.

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Photo of plaid75
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

Poured a medium brass hue with a two finger rocky white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a moderate herbal hop and soft caramel.

The taste offered a moderate caramel with a muted herbal hop.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a tasty, yet downplayed, IPA.

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Twisted Pine Hoppy Boy IPA from Twisted Pine Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.