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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: 384
Reviews: 140
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 15.66%
Wants: 5
Gots: 11 | 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:
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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Photo of deereless


2.53/5  rDev -23.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2009 00:57:07 | More by deereless
Photo of LittleDon


3.73/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Hazy amber with lots of carbonation and sediment. Bottle had a noticeable amount of sediment also. Dense off white head. Citrus Cascade hops aroma. Medium carbonation bite. A bit acidic up front Medium bitterness in the middle and mild (relative to the style) bitter finish. Medium bodied

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2009 23:57:48 | More by LittleDon
Photo of scruffwhor


3.2/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lots of suspended particulate in this beer. Yeasty nubs hang in the balance of an ambrosia like amber haze, beneath a quickly diminishing head. The aroma is a soft, syrupy fruit of pomegarates and orange zest. The taste vaguely reflects the fruity aroma. The bitter citrus zest shines through from front to back. The malts maybe give a stale toast taste to the almost metallic twang of the hops bitterness. The palate is ok bitterness, but a bit too metallic twang to it. Very nice aroma that I wish followed through to the taste.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2009 12:36:54 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of bfields4


3.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy deep orange with a touch of amber. A little sediment suspended throughout. Thin head.

Hoppy citrus orange and lemon zesty.

Very bitter piny and citrus hops dominate maybe pineapple. A sour apple yeast flavor too. The very faintest of pale malts is also there.

Interesting flavor and high bitterness make this for lack of better descriptor an interesting beer. Not sure if I'd want many of these, but would never turn one down.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2009 03:37:06 | More by bfields4
Photo of Yeastcakes


3.03/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving notes - served cold from the refrigerator in imperial pint glass.
A - Intense grapefruity resiny hop aroma comes forward right away. Some maltiness. Medium bubbles head of one-half inch persists.
A - Three fingers of white fine-bubble head. Great cloudy amber color.
M - Low carbonation and medium body.
T - Nice sweetness on the tip of the tongue actually came forward of the hops for me. Very smooth bitterness follows the sweetness. Some apple flavors on the tip of the tongue.
D - Sweetness forward of the hops is a little off-setting. Decent beer though, but not necessarily one that I will buy again.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2009 02:46:06 | More by Yeastcakes
Photo of GarrisWH


3.88/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2009 05:39:50 | More by GarrisWH
Photo of BradLikesBrew


3.2/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Hazy yellow body with particulates floating throughout. Big creamy head. Super piny citrus hop aroma. Grapefruit hop resins and pine are the dominant flavors. Some unpleasant slightly astringent sour notes in the finish. Moderately bitter. Full bodied with a dry and bitter finish. That sour note bothers me. Bad bottle? Regardless, the total lack of balance makes this beer average at best. Some beers can be great despite a lack of balance. But for this to work, the hops must taste amazing. These do not.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2009 21:34:02 | More by BradLikesBrew
Photo of siradmiralnelson


2.75/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2009 20:18:31 | More by siradmiralnelson
Photo of Birmingham


3.95/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: A crisp aroma with a citrusy character, some malts in the back ground.

Appearance: It pours clear with a deep copper color with a tall white head.

Flavor: It's classic IPA with a prominent American hop taste up front and a strong malt back bone to finish up.

Mouth feel: It has a medium body.

Overall Impression: In these days of over the top hopping, Hoppy Boy seems mild. It's one of the milder IPA's I've had, but that should not scare anyone away. As with all the Twisted Pine beers I have tried, this one hits the style guidelines. Finishing up a cooler full of Hoppy Boy would not be difficult for me to do. This is an easy to drink beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2009 01:12:50 | More by Birmingham
Photo of rye726


3.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice medium brown color with a tan head. The nose has subtle malts and big piney hops. The taste is also mainly bitter hops with some sweet malt. Medium body has a crisp feel. Good IPA from twisted pine and probably their best product, give it a try.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2008 01:28:51 | More by rye726
Photo of Haybeerman


3.6/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy orange color. Poured a 2 inch slightly off-white head with decent retention. Thick, linging lacing.

S: Huge piney hops dominate. Light biting citrus in the background.

T: Grassy and very big pine and floral hops. Light to non-existent malt presence (not to grade it way down since taste is quite good).

M: Light body; not much of a malt presence. Carbonation a little low. Has a very pleasant finish thats not too coating.

D: About as drinkable an IPA as I've found.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2008 02:20:21 | More by Haybeerman
Photo of joe1510


3.48/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz Stubby

I get the chance to try my first from Twisted Pine thanks to russpowell, thanks Russ! Hoppy Boy pours faded copper with a mild chill haze that hampers the clarity. The head grew quickly to three + fingers even on a soft pour. A few streams of carbonation rise to the surface to keep the head alive after settling to a cap. Points of lace are left after each drink.

Overripe pineapple jumps out first and foremost in the nose. There's also a lot of sweet caramel that works to balance out that pineapple hoppiness. The problem I'm finding with this beer is the buttery aroma that gets in the way of everything else. There is some floral hoppiness in there that's nice but the buttery aspect is too hard for me to get past.

Thankfully the buttery aspect from the nose is absent from the flavor. The hop profile comes out much better then the nose suggested with pine upfront followed by ripe pineapple and ending with a touch of floral hoppiness. All this is drizzled with caramel and mild spicy alcohol flashes through here and there. This is a pretty flavorful brew and does a complete 180 from what the aroma suggested.

The body is medium with a mellow and smooth carbonation. There's some hop bitterness left behind on the tip of the tongue but it's mild.

This is an all around drinkable beer. There are other IPAs I prefer and others that are easier drinking but Hoppy Boy goes down easy and is enjoyable.

This is another new IPA sent to me courtesy of russpowell. The nose threw me off but the flavor had some redeeming qualities. Thanks again Russ!

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2008 01:32:10 | More by joe1510
Photo of Beefeater57


3.63/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark tangerine color, golden edges, hazy. White head with decent retention.

S: Earthy smell, little ashy. Spicy characteristics as well, like pepper. A faint smell of citrus of grapefruit or orange peel.

T: Hops hit right away, and it better if it is going to be called Hoppy Boy. A lot of different hop flavors throughout that hit all sides of the tongue. Getting some grapefruit, lemon. Very earthy, bitter aftertaste that sticks at the back of the tongue.

M: Hop oils are on the tongue, gives a slight slick feel. Good body.

D: A good example of the style, just not a big fan of the hop flavors that sit on the tongue. I wouldn't turn this beer down if offered, but probably wouldn't get a 6pk of it.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2008 20:46:10 | More by Beefeater57
Photo of Seanibus


4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An unexpected gem.

Pours hazy golden with a white fluffy head and a light hoppy smell. The flavor is hoppy, piny and citrusy with good hop bitterness. There is, however, a little thinness in the middle, but it has a nice clingy mouthfeel with good bitterness on the end. Tasty and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2008 20:53:23 | More by Seanibus
Photo of Kemmerlin


3.15/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured an light amber gold color kinda like a filtered apple cider with a thick rich head and mild lacing on the glass.

S: Had a mild amount of hop aromas with a slight hint of apricots and pomegranates.

T: Lacking a bit in depth this brew tasted like a light IPA with mild hops that got even weaker through the aftertaste. I would say this one is watered down more than I would like.

M/D: Bitter on the tongue and kinda rough lacking the distinctive dry mouth you would usually find in a good IPA. Drinkability is ok and is helped a little bit by being watered down but nothing to get excited about and go buy again.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2008 22:34:34 | More by Kemmerlin
Photo of ByTor2112

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +18.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2008 04:22:06 | More by ByTor2112
Photo of BeerBelcher


4.1/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I thought this a better-than-average IPA/APA. The beer had a lot of very pleasant sweet citrus hop notes, but these weren't balanced with a lot of very bitter hop character. Nonetheless, I found this a very pleasant and easy-to-drink beer which paired easily with food.

Appearance was a rather rich amber color that was clear but not sparkling. Aroma was of pineapple and passion-fruit. Flavor was very citrus-y and sweet, with a malt character that was a bit under-powered. Mouthfeel was very light, and this beer was exceedingly easy to drink.

Far from the biggest IPA I've had recently, but still a very enjoyable beer. Something you could drink as an apertif, with a meal, or while cutting the grass and still scratch your beer itch. Definitely recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2007 17:20:45 | More by BeerBelcher
Photo of Brent


3.15/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Nice, sharp, peppery hops bite a the front, and then that was pretty much it. The initial hops bittering lacked dimension, and there was little in the way of malt follow-through. Not a bad beer by any means, but just nothing here that makes you want to come back for more.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2007 14:44:36 | More by Brent
Photo of rhoadsrage


3.9/5  rDev +17.5%
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
Photo of Mebuzzard


3.13/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2007 01:30:15 | More by Mebuzzard
Photo of BigBry

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Asked for something local when I visited the Falling Rock Tap House in Denver, served a Happy Hour draft pint.
Slightly hazy, copper orange color, with an inch of off-white head. The dense foam clung to the side of the glass. Smells of citrusy hops, a bit herbal aroma as well. The flavor of this beer is decent, with lots of floral hops dominating the taste. Sharp and bitter that lasts to the aftertaste. Creamy mouthfeel, not too much carbonation, give it a medium body. No complaints about this one.

Serving type: on-tap

03-18-2007 17:30:04 | More by BigBry
Photo of drseamus

New York

2.95/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The head on this beer is more like soda than beer. The bubbles are very large and they fall quickly leaving only the amber body. There is a bit of yeast from the bottle that clouds the beer slightly. The aroma is way too subdued for an American IPA, i can barely even smell anything. The flavor is also too way too weak for an American IPA. This might make a decent Pale Ale, but there is not nearly enough hop flavor. It really disappoints me because I wanted a hoppy beer and this is not it.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2007 02:15:18 | More by drseamus
Photo of warriorsoul


3.73/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2007 01:45:43 | More by warriorsoul
Photo of benito


2.35/5  rDev -29.2%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

01-09-2007 00:50:25 | More by benito
Photo of Bitterbill


4/5  rDev +20.5%
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
Twisted Pine Hoppy Boy IPA from Twisted Pine Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 384 ratings.