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IPA - Twisted Manzanita Ales

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53 Ratings
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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 17.42%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Twisted Manzanita Ales visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: womencantsail on 09-13-2010)
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Photo of wallygatorca
1.75/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I heard decent things around town about this brewery... Thought I'd give it a shot.

It poured murky and copper.

Just no damn goodness to be found in aroma, taste, and mouthfeel, whatsoever.

Wasted 6 bucks on a 22 ouncer.

Because its beer, I'm finishing the bottle...

Other than that I will never buy again.

wallygatorca, Jul 14, 2011
Photo of Arbitrator
1.95/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. From Sideswipe. Thanks, John.

A: Pours a copper-orange body with mild haziness to it. Short-lived beige head.

S: Aromas of pineapple, biscuit, mild pine. This has a strong "stale hop" aroma reminiscent of wood and biscuits.

T: I can see how this is an English IPA; that stale hop and old towel aroma I hated in Stone 14th is present here. The tantalizing pineapple aroma fails to manifest in the flavor, though there is some pine and plenty of biscuit. Boring.

M: This is fine, though there is a small alcohol burn.

O: This didn't make me angry or anything, but I got bored and didn't finish it.

Arbitrator, Sep 21, 2011
Photo of Justin0001
2.03/5  rDev -39%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

San Diego has countless fantastic taco shops, which makes it impossible to understand why folks go to Chipotele instead. Likewise, with so many good brewers around town, you have to wonder how folks like Mananita and Mission Brewery stay in business. A product like this would make sense if it was priced appropriately, i.e. $2.50/22 oz. As it is, um, no, it does not.

Justin0001, Jun 27, 2011
Photo of HalfFull
2.5/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bomber poured into a pint glass. This, an American IPA as per their website, pours a bit dark and with a touch of murk. Offers a light cap of foam with a somewhat brief retention. Does keep its carbonation and leaves some lace.

Taste is similar. Lots of rusty caramel on the nose and flavor. Lots of malt, crystal and almost buttery with a cascade influence. Not unlike many an average IPA, yet very much unlike a San Diego IPA. Bit rancid and overkill. ABV is somewhat hidden, yet behind what?? As there is not much to back it up. Hops are oddly absent or too muddled by the malts. A bit inconspicuous and somewhat of a wanderer in flavor. Feel is full but muted given the lack of clarity to the pour.

Not impressed with this one. Drink the Blond instead. Below average in quality yet above average in price. The murky pour muddles the details and pushes the beer out of balance.

HalfFull, May 07, 2011
Photo of largadeer
2.5/5  rDev -24.9%

largadeer, Jun 06, 2014
Photo of jenray
2.5/5  rDev -24.9%

jenray, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of mithrascruor
2.68/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a brownish amber color with a creamy off-white head that leaves a bit of lacing.

Smell: Has a very mild malty aroma with a bit of graininess, and a hint of chocolate.

Taste: Malty flavor, lots of roasted chocolate and grain flavors, and some floral hop undertones. A fairly even flavor throughout.

Mouthfeel: Light- to medium-bodied; relatively smooth with fairly light carbonation.

Drinkability: Moderate ABV, relatively easy to drink.

Rather dark for an IPA, and the roasted malts seem out of place for either an American or English IPA, and really minimizes the hop profile. Unfortunately a pretty weak IPA.

mithrascruor, Nov 18, 2011
2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

JDJTEXAS, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of rand
2.9/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

From bottle to pint

Pours out a dark amber in color, clear, with a slight chilled haze. A nice, frothy 1-inch head forms that leaves little patches of lacing as I twirl the glass. It smells hoppy and boozy. Quite a striking nose - the hops are earthy and leafy, while big alcohol volatiles warm the nose. Some notes of burnt sugar and dark bread round the bouquet.

The bitter hops hit first, and as noted in the nose, they're much more earthy and raw than the characteristic citrus tones you'd expect. Alcohol is right behind, and man, is this boozy. Strong alcohol and hops almost come across with the boldness of a DIPA, but the relatively light complexion is a line for an IPA. There's a touch of grapefruit behind the bitter onslaught, some brown sugar and grainy bread. But alcohol really dominates the profile. Finishes bitter and abrasive.

This seems like an odd choice for a young brewery's first IPA. The beer is too boozy and off-putting to make it's mark in SoCal - with the bounty of local hoppy treats, I have a feeling this will be ignored.

rand, Mar 13, 2011
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3/5  rDev -9.9%

aquazr1, Jan 08, 2014
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3/5  rDev -9.9%

Neffbeer, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of utfiero
3/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Color- mildly hazy amber. Medium head.

Aroma- mildly spiced with hoppiness.

Taste- Starts hoppy with a very dry middle finishing with a lingering bitter finish. Nothing memorable here.

Poured from 650 ml bomber into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass). Tasted 12/31/12.

utfiero, Jun 23, 2014
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3/5  rDev -9.9%

ygtbsm94, Apr 23, 2012
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3/5  rDev -9.9%

djaeon, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of Exiled
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Exiled, Nov 25, 2011
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3/5  rDev -9.9%

Irrationalist, Aug 10, 2012
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3/5  rDev -9.9%

t0rin0, Oct 25, 2012
Photo of mattknueven
3/5  rDev -9.9%

mattknueven, Mar 24, 2014
Photo of inlimbo77
3.05/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber bottle poured into DFH signature glass. No bottle dating is present on this one.

A: Pours a murky deep amber color. 1 finger white head. Some lacing.

S: Hop astringency. Not a lot of citrus notes. I guess more piney notes, but I don't know if I would say that. Good maltiness too.

T: I don't have that same terrible reviews as others. Not the best IPA or DIPA around but by no means an F beer. No extreme bitterness or Hoppiness. Pretty balanced.

M: Medium bodied

O: OK beer. Again, this is not an F or D beer. It's a run of the mill west coast IPA. Decent and drinkable.

inlimbo77, Sep 13, 2011
Photo of d4114
3.18/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Had about half finger of head, was a hazy burnt orange color

S- Pretty malty and sweet with a tiny amount of hop smell

T- Very bitter with a slight taste of maybe orange. It's also very earthy tasting like the smell of plants and dirt after it has rained, never had a beer that has tasted quite like this does.

M- Medium body but this beer sort of coats your mouth more like a super strong ale would, wasn't expecting it with a IPA.

D- This was a good beer not my favorite but defiantly not bad at all. It doesn't taste like a normal west coast IPA which I always expect from a local brewery but that's not a bad thing though I guess sense I can always get those where I live.

d4114, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of McStagger
3.24/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Yet another San Diego IPA. A single that clocks in at 8%, no less. 88 Ibu's on the label.

A: Fairly dark amber color on the pour. Splash over a finger of light tan head. Bubbles are a mix of large and small. Retention is pretty good. Lacing is also nice. Bubbles rise to the surface fairly lazily, so this one is going to have some body.

S: Malt dominant in the smell. Caramel, toffee, nutty. Hops are fairly muted. Some tropical flavor, virtually no citrus.

T: Meh. Immediately, from the get go, this is forgettable. Plenty of bitterness in the finish, but little to no hop flavor. Front of the tongue is more of the nutty caramel, but even this is pretty weak. Mid palate is stone fruit, but very muddled, along with green apple skin. Again, very light citrus. Finish is a hit of astringent bitterness with very little redeeming character. Still, this doesn't taste like 88 IBU's. Wonder what the hop bill is on this...

M: No surprise here at 8%, but this one drinks more like a double, which I love. Body is slightly creamy, and the alcohol helps to glide things along.

O: Not impressed, especially at that price. Yes, it's huge and bitter and has a great mouthfeel. But it lacks almost any semblance of IPA flavor. Many people have stated that this is more in line with an English IPA. I would agree with that. This beer is pretty mediocre and I will not be seeking it out again.

McStagger, Feb 07, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

jakecattleco, Oct 27, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

tbeq00, Jun 27, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

pocat91619, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of Gobzilla
3.28/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured a amber brown with a half finger of head and left a little lacing sticking to the glass. the nose was mainly malty with a touck of pine, grass, and hops that were quite hidden. The flavor was just like the nose pretty much malts with slight citrus notes but did have grassy pine and hops to add to the overall taste of this mild IPA. the brew was quite light in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a slight citric malty finish. it actually drank very easy due to the lack of bitterness and flavor but it seemes like they are in the primary stages of really making something happen.

Gobzilla, Sep 14, 2010
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IPA from Twisted Manzanita Ales
77 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.