Roots Revival - Twisted Pine Brewing Company
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Ratings: 12 | Reviews: 3 | Show All Ratings:
3.18/5 rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
"Roots Revival Farm To Foam(R) Series Carrot IPA." I really like the colorful well-drawn label art. Reviewed as an IPA because the label calls it an "India Pale Ale with carrots added." ABV 7.07%. 47 IBUs. FG: 2.5 plato. OG: 16 plato. 1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle features an inexplicably waxed-over green branded pressure cap (why wax a beer best meant to be consumed fresh? It seems to be a faux-cachet marketing gimmick.) I was going to serve this into appropriate IPA glassware, but the label shows a tulip, so I'm using a verdugo stem-tulip. No best before/bottled on date.
Expectations: This will probably be a mediocre IPA with unimpressive carrot notes, and given the brewery I figure the carrot is just a marketing gimmick. I hope I'm wrong.
Served cold - straight from the fridge. Reviewed live in high altitude Castle Rock, CO. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
Yields a nice carbonation hiss upon opening. No issues with beer surging out.
A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.
Pours a two finger wide head of white colour. Decent creaminess and thickness. Retention is surprisingly good - about 7-8 minutes. Uneven inconsistent lacing coats the sides of the glass as the head recedes.
Body colour is a translucent quasitransparent lemon yellow of average vibrance. Appears very well carbonated.
There are no egregious flaws here, but it's far from unique or special. I do admire the head, which is certainly above average.
A bit on the lighter side for an IPA, with no orange to betray the carrots.
Sm: Perfumey floral hops, spritzy crystal malts, vague fruity hop character with some accompanying esters, and easily identifiable carrot juice. Bitterness is nicely checked by the pale malt core. I don't notice any foul vegetal notes or unbecoming vegetal bitterness, just crisp carrot in the midst of a pretty standard IPA build. I'm not finding any nectary, juicy, or piney hop character at all.
No alcohol or yeast character is detectable. A pleasant, fragrant aroma of moderate strength. I'm looking forward to trying it.
T/Mf: Has a refreshing creamy feel right on the open, which welcomes the drinker to the beer before the pleasant floral hop character hits in the first act and continues through the second act. Lightly bitter vegetal carrot notes hit on the climax, lending a pretty mild carrot flavour to the beer but really adding little. It feels more natural in the balance than I anticipated, but still stands out. They do integrate it pretty well. I also get a strange hint of cool refreshing cucumber.
It doesn't have the crisp feel of carrot, which is a shame. Hop bitterness is nicely checked by the pale malt foundation. I can't find the crystal malts detected on the aroma; I was likely wrong about their inclusion.
Ultimately, the flavour profile is neatly balanced for what it is but there just isn't the depth of flavour or complexity/subtlety that would really set this beer apart. I do like it, but there's just nothing unique or special (or particularly remarkable) about it. Duration and intensity of flavour are average.
It's clean, with no yeasty sediment or boozy alcohol notes. The hop choices here don't seem ideal, but there is a cohesion throughout that I fancy. Not a gestalt build, largely due to the carrot.
Smooth and wet. Fairly refreshing. Nicely soft on the palate, with an approachable light presence. Thickness is a biteen high for the refreshing feel they're going for; the beer feels a bit heavy. Full-bodied and filling.
Not oily, astringent, harsh, gushed, boozy, rough, or hot.
Dr: It's quite drinkable - I'll kill this bomber alone without issue - but it'll easily get lost amicst the myriad of superior offerings in the style, many of which are available at or below this price point. The carrot does feel like a gimmick - and it worked on me since I bought this because it sounded interesting - but it's integrated fairly well and never feels artificial or fruit syrup-derived. I certainly wouldn't buy this again or recommend it to friends, but it's enjoyable for what it is. Just don't expect much carrot presence. Frankly, if you buy this you're probably just curious about the carrot anyway and don't expect a great beer. I don't regret buying it and found it to be enjoyable if underwhelming.
Not suitable for aging.
Drank well from the tulip, but a perfect pint glass or Dogfish Head buttplug glass would likely be ideal.
The carrot is quite faint. If you're looking for a paragon carrot brew, look elsewhere.
Serving type: bottle
12-13-2013 01:23:56 | More by kojevergas
3.48/5 rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Bottle from Gator Beverage. Pours a hazy gold with big fluffy white head. Aroma of sweet grapefruit mostly, some pine, no evidence of carrots. Flavor is mostly very sweet citrus, some slight bitter pine, but mostly a sweet focus. No carrots here. Rather light bodied with plenty if carbonation. This was just a standard run of the mill IPA but not bad.
Serving type: bottle
10-26-2013 03:14:19 | More by BMMillsy
3.79/5 rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Really enjoyable. Light carrots taste (although even a heavier taste would work for me) and good drinkability. I would have this again.Something different for sure. Another good pick for an extra, Jason Bach thanks. Smooth mouthfeel.Nice hopping, not in your face as you are also getting carrot.
Serving type: bottle
02-17-2013 02:20:30 | More by Sammy
Roots Revival from Twisted Pine Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 12 ratings.