Chaotic Double IPA - Twisted Manzanita Ales

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126 Ratings
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Ratings: 126
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 2
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: srandycarter on 06-27-2011

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Ratings: 126 | Reviews: 27
Photo of Everman
4.54/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

While it is a double IPA, the hops presence is not "double", more like your typical IPA. My bottle must be pretty fresh since I got it from a company rep just a few miles from the brewery.
High in ABV at 9.7%, just what I need today.
Clarity is great.
Flavor is crisp, citrusy from the hops. Very drinkable.
I like it, would drink again.

I like the level of "hopiness" here, it's not very high, just like a typical ipa, and flavors are nice. Color is almost like copper, interesting but I don't really care about that. Clarity is very good, not like my home-brew. Overall it's a great beer when you want that Double IPA kick. Lots of ABV value I suppose, well, not really when a bottle of Gin is $20 at 50% abv, but that's not an IPA either.
Yes, I reviewed this After drinking a bottle so I may be bias.

Photo of BucannonXC5
4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Re-rated from 3.5-4.5-4.5-4.5-4.5 on Sept. 30, 2011 to 4.0-4.0-4.5-4.5-4.5 on May 26, 2012.

Poured from a tap into a pint glass at San Diego Brewing Company in San Diego, Calif. Color was orange amber. Maybe an inch of head. Light lacing on the top. Plenty of film, that lasted circular throughout the pour.

Smell was hoppy pine. Also some light citrus pineapple in there.

Initial taste was sharp and a crisp floral, hoppy pine taste. Very smooth.

Medium body. Mild carbonation. Smooth led the way.

I liked this beer a lot. Just a nice and smooth double IPA that doesn’t feel as strong as it is.

Photo of brewandbbq
4.32/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle.

Pours hazy copperish-gold with a massive head of three inches. After the settling an upheaval dome of foam on the surface remained with tattered sheets of lacing for the duration.

Aromatics are pungent, resinous, and tropical. Grapefruit, mango, peach fuzz, and some pine sap to boot.

Medium bodied with a crisp, tacky mouthfeel.

Grapefruit pulp, crushed tangerine seeds, and peach pits start the palate. A pummeling bitterness quickly comes down like a hammer with more grapefruit and pithy citrus. Light malt in the classic SoCal style.

Finishes with a lingering, drying bitterness, grapefruit rind, and warming alcohol.

Hell yea, very nice IIPA and a bit of a bruiser. Uber-fresh bottle courtesy of Olive Tree Marketplace.

Photo of srandycarter
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Murky apricot, nice white head leaves to disk fast. Lots of rim bubbles. Cascading bubbles evident. Not much upper lace.

S - Sweet malt, citrus and pine. Malt carries the day.

T - Malt rushes up and is attacked by both pine and citrus. The attack keeps on long after the malt is dead.

M - Medium body, good carb, pretty good balance.

D - My favorite thus far from this brewery.

Photo of Beejay
3.86/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can!

A: A pale apricot amber in the glass, not hazy but a little cloudy. Nice white head.

S: Dank! Earthy, piney, and resiny with some dankness. Underneath there is a good bit of malty sweet goodness.

T: Good bit of dank coming in, as well as some fine bitterness. Grapefruit and resin, lovely though not as assertive as I would have guessed.

M: Medium but on the thick side of it. Carbonation is tasty.

O: Overall tasty. I wish there was a little more uumph in the flavor department, but overall very tasty.

Photo of billshmeinke
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Darker golden/orange hue. Very clear. Decent retention and lacing.

Smells of tangerine rind and grapefruit juice.

Taste follow smell. Grapefruit and tangerine. Just lots of bitter and resiny/citrusy fruit character.

Mouthfeel is full, well carbonated, a touch oily.

Pretty solid. Yet another good dipa from SD.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Steam Haus Gastropub in Corona, CA.

Pours a clear honey orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. A foamy curtain of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and alcohol aromas. Taste is much the same with a citrus zest flavor on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is fairly strong and boozy.

Photo of mactrail
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bright orangey amber in the glass. Modest head with some nice lacing. Pleasant nose of fruity hops with a whiff of resins.

Rather sweet, but tangy. A big mouthful of flavor. Bitter, but not to excess. A thoroughly pleasant big brew and one of my favorites in the DIPA catagory. It has the flowery and spicy taste that personally I prefer over the dank, weedy kind of hop flavor. This one is hard to pin down, but it's a mellow big malt beer.

There ought to be a law against serving this in pints, but it's a deal if you want to leave weaving. Only $6 at the Glass Door in Little Italy.

Photo of Gavage
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Orange in color with a 1/2" head. Aroma is focused on citrus and piney tones. Caramel, pine, grapefruit, and some earthy qualities are the main flavors. Alcohol is barely noticebale here. Crisp to start, smoother towards the dry finish. Defintely a slower drinking beer that can last you a while but is enjoyable.

Photo of Nugganooch
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Now in 22oz bottle format
- Notes from 09/26/11
*pint glass

A: Chaotic pours a hazy light golden straw color with some caramel hues and a big 3 finger egg white foam cap. Some patchy lace.

S: Juicy herbal and citrus hop aroma. Grapefruit flesh. Little bit of spice and a touch of caramel sweetness.

T: Big citrus-grapefruit flavors. Resinous pine cones. A honey graham cracker sweet malt base. This one def has a bit of heat on it! Alcohol is bit harsh at first but seemed to mellow out some. Bitterness starts soft and increases across the palate as the ABV's fade out but a chest warmer for sure.

M: Real light mouthfeel and body for a big DIPA. Thin. Creamy texture with an oily slickness to the tongue. Crisp finish.

D: Nice hop flavors and big bitterness factor but with a bit of a harsh alcohol burn.

Could use a a little better balance but this one definitely grew on me as the alcohol seemed to mellow a bit after sitting.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #72 (Jan 2013):

The naming and brewers intention pretty much says it all, expect a beating. Not for the faint of palate and a beer you should probably prepare for or at best psyche yourself up for. An insane brew to say the least, devastates the palate for the duration so no doubt the brewers were serious when it came to the level of bitterness. Fun for a veteran hophead, perhaps more painful to others.

STYLE: American Double IPA
ABV: 10.1%
AVAILABILITY: Year-round

LOOK: Clear bronzed hue, sudsy lacing

SMELL: Passion fruit, apricot, minty, piney, tobacco, clementines, spicy, noticeable alcohol, grass, herbal

TASTE: Slick, malty, creamy, very bitter, breath of alcohol, peppery, semi-astringent hopping, dried grass, boozy figs, dried orange, biscuity, filbert skin, peppery dry finish

Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour is amber in color with a white head. Citrus and pine are predominant on the nose. A little bit of tropical fruit and plenty of malt flavor and sweetness. The taste has a little bit of perfume to go along with the citrus and pine. Not as much in the way of tropical fruits, though. Mild bitterness and some sweet caramel malts.

Photo of ehammond1
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle

Thanks for sharing this, Josh!

Hazy and cloudy burnt orange with a pillowy eggshell colored head that eventually leaves lots of sticky lace down the glass.

The aroma is probably this beer's best quality. There's quite a bit of melon and citrus elements leaping from the glass, as well as a somewhat sweet and bready malt presence.

Moderately bitter with a touch of citrus and a warming alcohol presence make up the flavor of this beer. While certainly hoppy, the caramel and pale malts also play a large role in the makeup of this beer's flavor.

Medium to full mouthfeel with a bit of an alcoholic bite.

Going in with no expectations, this beer really impressed me.

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.61/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a sam adams custom glass: color is copper, head is off white and presents about 1/2 inch thick then dissipates to a ring and light froth.

Smell is very boozy upfront, then settles into a blend of malt (toast, caramel) and grassy hops.

Taste is not boozy, more of the blended hop and malt profile. Caramel malt is present but not overpowering, touch of toast and biscuit; hops are grassy, with some light pine, finishing with a resinous touch.

Mouthfeel is good for a DIPA with this type of caramel and malt profile, the hop resinous touch lingers well with great flavors.

Overall, a solid dipa, nice resinous flavors and no cloying sweetness with a good touch of caramel and toast flavors.

Photo of Matonika
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L:copper clear
S: more malt than hops
T: it's a double ipa at a above average level it is more malt than hops in taste. Which is weird . There is some left over pine resin taste on back of tongue. That's about it.
F: medium high body not water at all.
O: it is good, not great

Photo of MisterGone
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

A pint from Phil's BBQ, also in Santee, CA. First sip was an alcohol bomb. Temperature related issue assumed, so I let it rest. Deep gold with not much of a nose beyond the alcohol. Pine came forward as it warmed, which was validated with later tastes. Solid pine and floral with big alcohol in the finish. Then again it is a 10ABV, so I was expecting...? Proper stickiness for a DIPA.

With rest, it proved to be a nice counter to the rich, smoky, spicy BBQ. Will definitely try again under more controlled circumstances.

Photo of Ego
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

if I read the label right this is 6/20/14 bottled which might account for it not slamming me with hops, so keep that in mind ya buckaroo bonsais...

eyes...
slightly orange and bright clean hue, one finger of singing white cap, head construction is really nice and holds up well showing off some impressive lacing all around, a medium frenzy or carbonation swirls up from the nether regions, a nice looking beer.

nose...
milder hops, some honey, definite bready malt, smells more like a regular pale ale, I did pick this bottle out of the refrigerated section figuring it would have fared better than the dry shelf product

taste etc...
this drinks like a hyped up ESB with brighter carbonation, the alcohol is definitely sensed here both somewhat in the flavor and definitely in the stomach burn, the mouth feel is hard to describe... it resides somewhere between light and bright but then almost syrupy, the alcohol
is really kicking up here to almost distraction, I can't imagine that a mere six months has taken the bitterness out of this because it is pretty lacking in that department (and I hear there is some brewery in san diego that might make some pretty bitter beers...)

verdict?
this beer reminds me somewhat of Exit 16 but not done as well, that may be due to the age on this bottle and I will revisit this next summer as it did show some potential, I didn't love it but something about it does make it intriguing to revisit.

I was hoping it would have a huge head so I could make some dumb lake snow effect reference about buffalo, ny... but alas I was thwarted and have to reside to this aside...

Photo of travolta
3.46/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: A decent head with decent retention and a bit of lacing. An opaque orange peach color.

Nose: Sweet orange peel.

Taste: A syrupy and thick mouthfeel. Nothing lingers around too much. The malt is well balanced. A little biscuity and sugar with some orange peel. It's well balanced, but nothing sticks out either.

Notes: Once again, the only "double" part of this IPA is the alcohol content.

Photo of brentk56
3.46/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color capped by an inch or so of foam; a few strands of lacing linger

Smell: Sugary malt and alcohol dominate the aroma; onion and cedar tones underneath

Taste: Very sticky and hot, up front, with sugary malt and alcohol burn; in the middle, the beer gets very bitter, with the absolute bitterness overwhelming any of the citrus and pine I was looking for; a lot of onion, cedar and aspirin-like medicinal tones in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; alcohol burn in the gullet

Overall: Not the freshest (thanks, Total Wine) so that may have impacted this beer but it is hard to imagine I would have enjoyed a fresher example with this amount of stickiness and burn

Photo of tasteology408
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Alot going on in this beer. Picked it up since I had never scene I'd and it was from san Diego.. Not a favorite but it was different. Pick it up if your looking for something different and your bored. Otherwise don't bother

Photo of brew3crew
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- hazy yellow body with white wispy head.

S-nice hopiness to it. My phone changed it to happiness. Same thing right?

T-not a whole lot of hops here. Kind of disappointing. Maybe its a little old.

M-medium body and smooth

O- disappointing. Maybe because its old but I don't really see anything worth trying

Photo of ColdPoncho
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Steve for this bottle. A long day today, needing a beverage. Let's hop this hits the spot.

No indication of freshness

A - hazy straw-golden body with a nice pillow of white foam on top. A good look, i should say.

S - Some grapefruit, pineapple, papaya, and a touch of earthy stuff. Not too bad, but it's not very intense.

T - Astringent bitterness is complimented by alcohol flavor, With some intense pine and...i dont know. This is kind of missing the mark. Not awful, but theres definitely a few things gone wrong.

M - Nice and smooth with appropriate carbonation. A bit thin, but not bad.

O - A decent beer, some good things about it. i feel like it's pretty close. Just dial back the acidity and balance the alcohol, and you've got a good beer.

Photo of HalfFull
3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lightly hazed golden orange into a large wine glass from a 22 oz. bomber. This offering promises to be more of a 'San Diego' style IPA than thier standard offering. Half inch of porous foam offers standard retention and a bit of creamy lace.

Pleasant hop nose with orange citrus and some tropical fruit notes and a light grainy character. Decent profile without any weak points yet a bit light for the style as for depth. Does expand somewhat with warming yielding a slightly more resinous angle.

Flavor follows the nose with an orangey malt character being dominant, with a moderate clean bready character, perhaps with a touch of lemon bread. Body is a bit thin and juicy and somewhat slick. Finishes with a light citric bitterness which doesn't linger too much, yet becoming a bit vinous with notable alcohol after the swallow. An interesting beer though more of an imperial pils than an IPA for me as it lacks a deep grainy character as well as a notable bitterness. Enjoyable for what it is none the same, and much preferred over the standard IPA.

Photo of notchucknorris
3.27/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a hazy gold color with a thin white head.

S: Overripe mango, heavy citrus hops and a lot of malt.

T: For me, the malt was way heavy and never really let the hops shine. A heavy, sticky citrus hop flavor upfront with a good amount of booziness through the finish. Super heavy on the palate and it wears on you quickly. Not a fan.

Photo of HopHead84
3.22/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

7/29/2011

On tap at San Diego Brewing Company.

A: Cloudy orange with one finger of white foam. No transparency. Lots of lacing is left on the glass.

S: Aromatic orange with mango, peach, and grapefruit. Malt is reminiscent of caramel. A little alcohol is noticeable. Nice hop profile.

T: Sweet Orange and tangerine up front with peach and grapefruit flesh. It's initially smooth and mildly bitter. Malt is sweet and a little sugary, with a little caramel. Midpalate reminds me of a sweet mango. Bitterness increases to an upper medium level and alcohol becomes apparent approaching the finish. The sweet end has a lot of hop flavor with a somewhat distracting level of alcohol taste. The beer gets boozier and boozier as I drink it. This is actually pretty alcoholic.

M: Medium body with moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is smooth and sticky.

Overall: If not for the alcohol flavor this would be good stuff. The boozy finish is really detracting to the flavor and drinkability. I had no desire to finish my 10oz pour.

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Chaotic Double IPA from Twisted Manzanita Ales
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