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Twisted Pine Amber Ale - Twisted Pine Brewing Company

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Twisted Pine Amber AleTwisted Pine Amber Ale

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BA SCORE
78
okay

63 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 15.88%
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-09-1999

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Ratings: 63 | Reviews: 31
Reviews by xymyl:
Photo of xymyl
3.88/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From tap: amber in color with light carbonation.

Clean and simple, well balanced lightly sweet malt flavor, light floral and bittering hops. A very enjoyable pint.

I'm not going to rate this beer twice, but I have a two part review, tap at Twisted Pine and bottle purchased at Twisted Pine as well.

From bottle: a bit more body more complexity and far more assertive hop character than on tap, not that it was bad. Just not what I was expecting about an hour after having it on tap. Two very different beers (at least the day I was there May 15 2006). I would still buy it (them) again.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.88/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

Photo of blitz134
3.8/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

Photo of RiverCityBrews
3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
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)

Photo of LXIXME
3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of Brenden
3.87/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

Photo of dkoehler42
3.35/5  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.

Photo of russpowell
3.91/5  rDev +15%
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

Photo of Birmingham
2.91/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.29/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of KickbacksSteve
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of blakelive784
2.55/5  rDev -25%
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.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

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.

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.94/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

Photo of Tone
3.7/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Photo of Spineypanda
4.33/5  rDev +27.4%
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!

Photo of kojevergas
2.53/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

355ml brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a generic hefeweizen glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are average.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger head of thick khaki colour head, nice cream, and above average retention. Colour is a nontransparent non-opaque caramel-copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Toasted malt and background hopping. A mild strength simple aroma. Meh.

T: Toasted malt, caramel, and clean malts. Very little cream. Balanced but incredibly simple. Built in a boring bland fashion. Why brew this? Not at al complex or subtle.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Too thick. Adequate carbonation.

Dr: Drinkable but boring and bland. An uninspired brew from Twisted Pine. I wouldn't get this again. Nothing here is unique or special. Leave this one on the shelf.

C-

Photo of zeff80
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, amber color with a one-finger, white head of foam. Nice retention that left behind sticky thin rings of lace.

S - It smelled earthy and malty. A touch of pine aroma, too.

T - It tasted of spicy hops and citrus - mostly orange. It had a burnt toast maltiness.

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

D - This is a nice amber. Another solid brew from Twisted Pine.

Photo of Kemmerlin
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Amber red color with a thin quickly diminishing head that seems to be a trademark of Twisted Pine.

S: Has decent aromas of nuts and maple.

T: Tastes of pecans in the front, light hops in the middle and an acidic tannin taste in the back.

M/D: Lightly bitter feel on the tongue has a bit of a bite as well. Drinking it was good but not something very exciting to talk about.

Photo of Hoser77
2.22/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance-Pours brilliantly clear. Deep copper color. No chill haze. Clear white head that dissapates quickly. Minimal lacing lingers.

Smell-Strong diacetyl/butterscotch aroma overpowers the malt and hops. Minimal fruity fermentation esters, probably English yeast? Unable to appreciate much else due to the diacetyl.

Taste-Similar to the aroma, strong diacetyl flavor. Some hop bitterness up front. Minimal hop flavor. Some crystal malt flavor, could be coming from the diacetyl?

Mouthfeel-Medium body, somewhat chewy and full. Slight hop astringency, but not objectionable. Finish is dry.

Drinkability-This is the third bottle I have had in this 6 pack and all have a very strong diacetyl flavor and aroma that makes it very difficult to drink. Definitely a production or packaging problem. I would like to try this beer without the diacetyl flavor and aroma, it might be good? Unfortunately, I don't feel like investing in a second 6 pack.

Photo of Rodekill
4.05/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Easily one of the best American Amber ales I've ever had. Granted, it's not an especially interesting style, but this one stands head and shoulders above most.

Nice hoppy nose & balanced bitterness/malt backbone. Excellent session beer. More hoppy than your average amber, pushing the envelope toward ESB. Very nice indeed.

Photo of brentk56
3.06/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear light amber color with a nice, frothy head that leaves decent lacing

Smell: Biscuity malt, but not much else

Taste: Biscuity, almost buttery, up front, with very little hops to balance it out; the finish is grainy and earthy

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I'm not sure what they are shooting for but this is not a particularly interesting beer; except for the grainy finish, it is practically flavorless

Photo of Yeastcakes
3.79/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving notes - from the fridge, imperial pint glass.
A - Caramel malty sweetness.
A - Thin quarter-inch head upon pour. Quickly dissipates to a thin film. Hazy amber-red color.
M - Medium head with medium to full body.
T - Nice complex malty body with caramel sweetness dominating. Some grapefruit and a hint of apple. Sweetness like a tootsie pop.
D - Great red ale. Nice malt body.

Photo of denver10
2.87/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours copper in appearance with a slight off white head that quickly leaves the scene. Definitely some hops to this thing, as the piney bitterness battles for your attention with the sweetness from the malt. Same deal going on with the flavor and I think the earthy hops wins the battle and is the stronger flavor over the sweetness of the malt. Not sure I enjoy that from an amber, personally. I don't mind hops in ambers but I don't care for the hops being the dominating feature. A medium body to this with some carbonation that gives it some life. Maybe it's not being a hop head, but this is one of the more hop forward ambers I have had and I can't say I am much a fan for it.

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Twisted Pine Amber Ale from Twisted Pine Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.