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Twisted Pine Amber Ale - Twisted Pine Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
79
okay

59 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 15.74%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Twisted Pine Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-09-1999)
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Reviews by the Alström Bros:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.9/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz short brown with no freshness date.

Appearance: A healthy small bubbled off white lace adorns this richly amber hued brew.

Smell: Hint of dehydrated fruit and rounded toasted malt are in the nose.

Taste: Interesting and complex mix of fruity esters, toasted biscuity grain, a touch of malt sweetness and a sufficing hop bitterness in this medium bodied brew. Quite a malty brew with a toasted flavour that has an earthy rustic taste to it and that lingers into the after taste ... same with the semi coarse hop flavour that fades very slowly. Nice balance of residual sweetness and drying grain the finish also.

Notes: A superb American Amber Ale coming from this smaller brewery in CO even though it is contract brewed for the bottled beer. This brew was worth the hunt ... extremely flavourful and a treat for the taste buds.

BeerAdvocate, Nov 09, 1999
Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A superb American Amber Ale coming from this smaller brewery in CO even though it is contract brewed for the bottled beer. This brew was worth the hunt ... extremely flavourful and a treat for the taste buds.

Jason, Mar 21, 2002
More User Reviews:
Photo of Tiernan
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Tiernan, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of blitz134
3.83/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice clear amber color, small white head on the pour, reduced to a skim of bubbles. Aroma indicates this is a fairly well balanced brew. Some nice caramel malty hints work well with the mainly floral hop aroma. Fleeting hints of citrus and pine hops, but these are not the dominant aroma. Some bubblegum sweetness comes in as well. Flavor is really malty, mainly biscuit, quite different than the sweetness in the aroma. Earthy hops and slightly toasted malts fill this one out. Finishes with some nice hop bitterness, pine mostly. Mouthfeel is a bit thin feeling although it still seems to coat the cheeks well and allows the flavor to linger. Nothing too special in that regard. Good drinkability really, a pretty standard amber ale offering, nice and malty with some good bitterness.

blitz134, Aug 29, 2006
Photo of RiverCityBrews
3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: 4 0z sampler

Appearance: Medium retention. Rich but transparent hues of amber with a light tint of copper color.

Smell: The smell gives a good idea of the hop taste and the smoothness of the malt. Knee-high wave of hop and also a very faint roast malt blanketing a fruity tinge.

Taste: Starts crisp with a full bodied feeling from a medium bodied beer. Hops are just enough and even though not evenly balanced they are well balanced. Hops are what stick with you for the after taste with a nice little sweet taste as well.

Mouthfeel: Slightly less viscous than most amber ales.

Drinkability: I could drink several pints (that is if I didn't have other beers to try)

RiverCityBrews, Mar 21, 2010
Photo of LXIXME
3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Medium sized white to tan head settles into a decent lacing above a clear caramel honey colored beer.

Light sour grains, light roasted caramel malts, with a slight citrus hops aroma.

Caramel malts with a slight bitter hops taste, light and basic, drinkable.

A light caramel taste remains in a dryish aftertaste on this medium bodied amber.

Basic amber taste, nothing bad about it, but I'd rather spend my time drinking better beers, I'll save beers like this for tailgating or early morning fishing because without a doubt it's better than 95% of AB stuff.

LXIXME, Sep 26, 2012
Photo of Brenden
3.89/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Definitely amber, though with a slightly lighter leaning in the color, this one is clear and bright. The head is tight and frothy, almost an entire finger tall but just short. It's got good stick and more than moderate lacing by way of patches and some thin legs.
Malt-forward on the nose, this beer offers mostly some dark fruits and toasty, though a touch of herbal leaf gives a light bitterness. It's not particularly strong, but it pretty much fits the standard for the style.
The taste brings it up a notch, though, marrying the malty and hoppy elements in developing a flavorful and well-rounded beer. A little bit more earth is brought out with a stronger citrus element, a bit of zest mostly and particularly orange and grapefruit. It's still more focused on the malts, with lots of toast and earth and a little caramel, but the hops serve the palate well, too.
The feel is crisp and biting with a consistent smoothness in a medium body leaning light.

Brenden, Nov 19, 2013
Photo of dkoehler42
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a good alternative to your standard bland pilsner. It's not overly strong, but the hops definitely make themselves known. The amber ale pours a nice dark amber that's clean with little head. However, I don't think I would go out of my way to pick this up again, especially since I brought it all the way back from Colorado.

dkoehler42, Jun 11, 2008
Photo of kkrez
4/5  rDev +16.6%

kkrez, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of russpowell
3.93/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can't discern the bottled on date

Pours amber to caramel with an 2 fingers off white head. Very good head retention & good lacing

S: Slight hops nose& malt sweetness

T: Big, er piney hops presence followed by malt sweetness with a slight hint of cherry. Caramel & citrussy hops follow. Finishes dry & puckery hoppy

MF: Medium to heavy body with good carbonation, but a tad too hoppy for the style IMO

Drinks pretty easy. I think this works year round

russpowell, Aug 21, 2006
Photo of Birmingham
2.9/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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

Appearance: Pours a hazy deep copper with a low white head. The head dissipated quickly, but leaves traces of head on the glass. The bubbles from the carbonation can been seem cascading towards the top of the glass.

Flavor: The flavor is balanced towards the hops, as expected with an American Amber. The malts tend toward the biscuit flavors.

Mouth feel: It has a medium body with a mild astringency on the side of the tongue.

Overall Impression: It is not very interesting beer to drink. It's solid beer to serve to the macro-beer drinkers who are transitioning towards the craft beers.

Birmingham, Apr 04, 2009
Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev +2%

jaydoc, Jan 28, 2014
Photo of cmbeddoe7997
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

cmbeddoe7997, Jun 07, 2014
Photo of maxwelldeux
2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

maxwelldeux, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle without a freshness date. Pours a clear, light copper color with a towering 3-finger tan foam. Pretty dense and displays some nice retention and lacing.

Nose is pretty damn fruity for the style without a whole lot of caramely sweetness or toasty malt I usually associate with an Amber Ale. Mild sour notes are found throughout and plenty of yeasty esters running wild. Not impressed.

Taste dials it back a little on the fruit and displays some piney hops and toasty malt with a touch of sweetness. Body nicely sits at medium, as does the carbonation. It actually drinks pretty decently, right about middle of the road for me as far as Ambers are concerned. I would not mind a bit more caramel malt with less toast and fruit. I would drink this again but would not go out of my way to score a bottle or two.

twiggamortis420, Apr 03, 2010
Photo of KickbacksSteve
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a small snifter. Off-white head, moderate retention. Aroma is dominated by caramel malts, actually much sweeter than expected. Taste has a nice malt sweetness, slightly hoppy. Beer coats the back of the tongue with some nice carbonation. Pretty tasty amber.

KickbacksSteve, Nov 06, 2012
Photo of blakelive784
2.6/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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

A - Pours a transparent amber color with a disappointing, thin one finger head. Retention is very poor, and the beer is really unimpressive.

S - Weak malt character, with some faint yeast esters, finished with dull, generic hops notes. Mild in strength.

T - Caramel, toasted barley, and generic hops. Not much flavor distinction. Much bolder than the understated nose, but relatively uninspired and boring. Disappointing brew.

M - Medium bodied. Opens a bit crisp, but finishes smooth and wet.

D - A drinkable beer, but poor quality and poor construction would make me shy away from this one.

blakelive784, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of DrDemento456
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Picked this up and glad its not an amber lager since I have been drinking straub all night

A - Copper amber brown clear with just a 1/4 inch of head that fades out fast to a good lace ring.
S - Smell good malty and toasty with caramel malt and some piney froth.
T - Well its good better than I expected for the rating. Some piney and citrus hops, malty sweetness and some biscuit toasty flavor.
M - Light bodied somewhat watery could explain the lower rating.

Overall its good enough to drink or pound with enough hop bite to keep it interesting. Tasty stuff.

DrDemento456, Sep 29, 2014
Photo of Cramerican
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Cramerican, May 20, 2013
Photo of cbcrunch
3.5/5  rDev +2%

cbcrunch, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.98/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into an Irish pint glass.

The beer is the standard deep amber color, lighter amber to copperish in the light. An off white head recedes quickly to a light wisp. Lacing is spotty, minimal. The aroma is well balanced with faint sweet caramel malts and just a touch of piny hops. The taste is equally balanced with good amount of caramel candy coming in through the malts, evened out by more citric grapefruity hops. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and goes down the hatch easily enough.

Overall, I really like the balance in this beer.

JuicesFlowing, Sep 19, 2013
Photo of TheBigBoy
2.25/5  rDev -34.4%

TheBigBoy, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of Tone
3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, amber color. 3/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet malt, hops, slight pale malt, hint of citrus, and a hint of earthy malt. Fits the style of an American Amber / Red Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of slight earthy malt, hint of wheat, hint of caramel malt, hint of hops, and slight sweet malt. Overall, good appearance, aroma, and blend.

Tone, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of Stwinchy
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Stwinchy, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of Spineypanda
4.35/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice reddish amber color with a good head.
Smells of sweet toffee and caramel, with some good sugars.
Taste is surprising though, nice and hoppy but not overwhelmingly so and gives a good taste to the caramel malts.
Has a good overall taste and smell that makes this a beer I will come back to!

Spineypanda, May 06, 2010
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Twisted Pine Amber Ale from Twisted Pine Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.