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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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Ratings: 428
Reviews: 145
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 15.27%
Wants: 4
Gots: 24 | 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 FunkyFibes
2.71/5  rDev -18.9%
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.

Photo of GallowsThief
3.42/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A – Slightly cloudy golden pour with one finger of stark white head.

S – Nice bitter hops aroma with citrus notes like grapefruit. Piney.

T – Big bitter hops taste to start. Almost pungent. Grapefruit runs behind it. Piney and pretty drying at the end.

M – Medium bodied and medium carbonated. Bit drying and some residual sweetness at the end.

O – Not bad at all and certainly a worthy beer. Easily could drink a few of these.

Photo of bayougutter
3.42/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a hazy dark orange color with a small white head with ok retention and decent lacing.

Smell is hops, mostly piney with some citrus. A little malt as well

Taste is 3 to 5 week old ipa. There is no bottle date so who knows. More malt forward but still some piney/citrus hop taste and a lasting bitter after taste. I like a fresh IPA but I can still appeciate one with a few weeks of age, so not bad.

mouthfeel is medium for an IPA with spot on carbination. Coats the palate without being heavy.

Overall decent, wish it had a date. This was a new beer for the store and it was on the shelf less than 2 weeks so I don't think it was old. Just tasted unfresh. But wasn't bad at all, I bought a sixer and look forward for the others. Not worth seeking out but not bad.

Photo of StoneTSR
2.96/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

After being in Boulder for a few weeks now, and visiting here a few times over the past year, I have been looking forward to trying something from Twisted Pine. I’m a hop head and so the IPA is generally a great beer for me to start with, but I was not specifically looking for this at Liquor Mart when I found it. It is worth noting that I came across it because of the great looking label and the name. “Hoppy Boy” caught my eye and then I was pleasantly surprised to see that it was a Twisted Pine beer. Anyhow, on to the review…

APPEARANCE: This is a nice looking beer. Crystal clear and a light copper in color. A pretty standard, quarter-inch head with a good mix of big and little bubbles floats on top.

SMELL: The aroma is not too strong, but very piney with some resinous, weed-like smell. Smells like it’ll be a little hop bomb.

TASTE: The first thing that hit me with this one is a strong anise flavor, which took me by surprise. I don’t think I’ve ever tasted this much anise in an IPA before. As a finishing note or subtle background flavor it’s great, but I’m not so sure how I feel about it being the star of the show. Some woody flavor and very, very subtle citrus is present as well. The finish is bitter and actually quite nice, but it might take me a while to warm up to this beer.

MOUTHFEEL: The sparkle is excellent with this beer. This is one of the very few beers where I can actually say I prefer the feel to the flavor, but this beer is lively, sparkly and very easy to get down even though the I’m not thrilled with the taste.

OVERALL: I promise to give this local beer another try (and of course an edited review if necessary), but my first impression has been somewhat of a letdown. It isn’t terrible, but it is far from meeting the quality of beer that I have tasted elsewhere in Colorado and even just within Boulder so far. Looking at other reviews though, it seems as though I am not alone in my assessment.

Photo of wallaceandvomit
3.08/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a- medium dark caramel with a medium white head with a medium duration and thin lacing
s- faint hoppy pine is pretty much it
t- piney hops and hardly any malt taste to it, so so
m- average mouthfeel for an ipa with a slight astringency
d- it's an alright ipa but not much more than something to check off your list

Photo of theboozecruise
3.07/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce twist-off into an imperial pint.

It's a hazy copper color with a small white head. Good pooling on the surface of the beer, an average look for an IPA.

The aroma is expectedly hop forward, with piney notes dominating. There is a slight bit of caramel back there as well.

The taste is more of the same, bitter hops, not as much malt as the aroma, and a lingering bitter aftertaste.

It's a little thin, overall an average IPA.

Photo of BarrytheBear
2.06/5  rDev -38.3%
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.

Photo of ChugginOil
3.67/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for the brew pops! This one has a translucent orange color to it with minimal head. The nose offers subtle hints of pine and citrus with a brown sugar aroma hangin' in the background. The taste is more malt forward than hop which is a bit dissapointing but tasty nonetheless. The bready malt shadows a bit of citrus hop flavors. A creamy mouthfeel at medium body is pretty nice. Decent IPA but without a bottle-on-date who knows how fresh it is.

Photo of claytong
2.88/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle for $1.69 at Beertopia.

On my semi-annual trip to Omaha I always stop at Beertopia because they always have brews that are not normally distributed in Iowa. On my stop this weekend this seemed like a fun little beer to try.

The beer is a medium amber color with plenty of carbonation and a finger of white foam. The aroma has a good amount of hops with some orange and honey notes. The taste is very agreeable. The hop level is a good happy-medium; it's not overbearing, just enough to make your tongue jump a bit. The citrus and honey are good compliments to the hops. It finishes with a small amount of tartness, the body seems a little light but is still good.

This is a good IPA if you're not looking for a hop explosion but need some oomph in your beer. The price is good also.

Photo of beerdrifter
3.03/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear copper-orange pour with minimal head and lacing. Subdued nose with hints of pine, maple, and citrus. The taste is subdued as well and very grassy for an IPA. The piney hops are very subtle with a decent caramel malt backbone with hints of citrus, specifically orange, and a touch of maple syrup, but not much else. The finish has a decent bitter, slightly dry, crisp hop bite. This isn't a bad beer, but it's extremely average. Wouldn't seek it out again.

Photo of BlackBearForge
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hoppy Boy pours a light golden copper with a modest head that falls quickly leaving little lacing.

The aroma exhibits some malty freshness with a bit of grassy citrus overtone.

The flavor is average IPA, bready malts with a hop bitterness without much actual hop flavor. Slightly sour citrus tones with a touch of resin make up the hop flavor there is while the bitteness builds quickly and lingers in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium and nicely done with modest carbonation lending a touch of creaminess.

Overall not a standout IPA, good enough and certainly drinkable but not one that I would seek out regularly.

Photo of emmasdad
3.67/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

picked up a bottle of this one last week in a mixed six pack at lukas liquors in lone tree colorado poured a nice amber color with a good sized off white head aromas of citrusy hops floral hops and some light caramel on the palate this one was lighter bodied with caramel and an assortment of citrusy and piney hops

Photo of WeezyBoPeep
4.06/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: Very thin head tops a caramel copper colored pour without much carbonation visible.

S: Honey, maple, piney hops, nice toast and malt, and sweet notes of barley sugar.

T: Follows the smell exactly with a very pleasing finish of honey crackers.

D: I like it, it has nothing offensive. I could easily kill a sixer.

Value: A little overpriced for the substance vs. the style- it's not a hop bomb, and it's a little pricey, so the snobs will score this one low.

Photo of CampusCrew
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance: more on the golden apprearnce for an IPA, lacing head

smell: nice hop presence, mostly some pine

taste: pretty balanced IPA with some mild pine flavors, not much else.

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: just an average IPA. I would drink again but not see out

Photo of nickfl
3.65/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Photo of NStLincoln
3.58/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pleasant orange/amber with an unimpressive 1/2 finger of head.

Smells like musty pine trees and it's got a little stink, like unlaundered socks.

Surprisingly happy on the palate. Bright, crisp and resiny. Solid bitterness on the end that hangs tough.

Light on the tongue and easy drinking. Alcohol is well balanced and subtle.

Photo of babaracas
2.46/5  rDev -26.3%
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...

Photo of shand
3.23/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

UPDATE 7/29/11: I had another one of these that was not a diactyl-laden mess. It's a pretty standard IPA, that goes down easily. Taste score upped from 2 to 3.5, mouthfeel upped from 2 to 3.5, overall upped from 1 to 3.5. There's really nothing all that special about this, but it's still a solid brew.

Poured from a 12oz stubby into a pint glass.

This brew pours a very very clear amber colour with a finger's worth of head. Retention and lacing are both alright. The smell on this is pretty odd. Caramel malts, fruits, piney hops, diacetyl, and citrus are really what I get out of here. It all interacts in a very strange-smelling way for an IPA, but I think, overall, it works. The fruit and caramel malts are the first on the tongue, along with some honey-like sweetness. There's some diacetyl butteriness detectable here for sure, but it really doesn't hurt the flavor in my opinion. Then the (very) sharp bitter hops and pines roll right in, leaving a very bitter coating aftertaste. It's unconventional, but it all comes together in a strange way. Drink it cold though, the buttery diacetyl really starts to come through as it warms up, making this nearly undrinkable. It seriously tastes like butter and hairspray once it's warm.

The mouthfeel here is more than a little off. It's thin at first, then absolutely drying AND coating at the end. It seriously leaves my mouth almost bone-dry after a nice gulp. The drinkability probably profits from this, I want to keep drinking to get rid of the dryness! But, again, once it warms up it becomes nearly undrinkable. This IPA is really all over the map. It's honestly an interesting beer that I'd recommend to get a single of when their quality control steps up. It would help a lot for Twisted Pine to have better quality control, I could tell a good beer was here, but a lot of it gets hidden behind the diacetyl.

Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev +11.4%
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 -4.8%
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 WhoDatHopHead
4.22/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Looks: Kind of hazy dark amber color. Poured with a four finger, foamy head that stayed a while. A little lacing.

Smell: Hints of citrus and grass, but not much.

Taste: Starts and ends with bitterness. There is nothing sweet about this beer.

Mouthfeel: Kind of astringent, but in a good way.

Drinkability: I'd have another one or two before calling it a night.

Photo of katan
3.9/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a golden color, with just a few more dark gold highlights. Nice pearly white head formation, well retained with a little lacing. Carbonation appears strong.

S - A solidly hoppy nose, more of a piney and grassy hop note with a little floral background. Some malts are there, a little bit of caramel.

T - Starts off with some 2 row malt and some bitter notes. Very balanced out of the gate. Some nutty malts. Mid-stream brings in some hoppy notes. Finishes with a more citrus like hop note. Lots of bitterness in the aftertaste.

M - Moderate beer body, strong carbonation. Very oily bitter texture aftertaste. Just seems a little thin at times.

D - Good drinkability for an IPA. A little bit filling at times. Not overly dominant on the palette. ABV is manageable, also good for an IPA.

Photo of udubdawg
2.38/5  rDev -28.7%
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.

Photo of bmwats
2.8/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

Twisted Pine Hoppy Boy IPA from Twisted Pine Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 428 ratings.