Twister Creek IPA | Denali Brewing Company / Twister Creek Restaurant

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Twister Creek IPATwister Creek IPA

Brewed by:
Denali Brewing Company / Twister Creek Restaurant
Alaska, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
71 IBU

Added by MasterSki on 03-23-2011

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Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 97
Photo of pagriley
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz can into snifter

L - Pours slightly hazy orange with good fluffy 2 inch head
S - relatively classic IPA nose of pine and citrus - nicely done
T - A touch sweet but with nice soft bitterness and resinous backbone
F - Medium to full for the style. Very fine carb

Overall a solid brew. Soft bitterness is appealing. very well balanced.

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Photo of Icameron
4.52/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I am experiencing this beer from the tap into a pint mason jar.

Aroma is a floral and lemony. Fresh and maybe a little piney. A nice earthy note.

Appearance is bright golden with white head that stays around and sticks to the side of the jar.
Tastes a balanced bitterness, piney and resiny hops.Well balanced with some light malt notes that fade into lingering hop flavors that match the aroma. Well concealed alcohol. Body is medium to thin and a good amount of carbonation that gives some crispness and doesn't leave you too full. Overall, it's a great IPA when served fresh and I want another one. It's everything I like to have in an IPA. Will try in a can if I see it

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Photo of Kuaff
4.57/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A little chilled, decanted into my imperial pint glass. Brewed in Talkeetna! That's cool.

We have a beautiful beer here. A *slightly* hazy, light golden-orange color that shines like gold, and a nice little one finger cap of white froth.

An aromatic success as well. A really substantial IPA aroma that unpacks all the goods I want with good potency. Tropical fruit like mango and pineapple, bright lime, lemon and orange, pine, honey, bread, and of course, sweet, DANK hops. Exceedingly lovely to sniff.

The flavor doesn't quite match the fruitiness of the aroma, but comes through big time on the astringent pine and citrus rind. Plus it has a STRONG, lingering bite of bitterness, dank hops, and bread in the finish. An IPA made for fans of bitterness for sure. And I happen to be a total sucker for bitterness. Bring on the IBU abuse!

Its body is just a little on the thin side, which doesn't lend to a very fortyfying or substantial feel, but rather a very quaffable and refreshing one. I believe this would make an excellent thirst-quenching, post exercise ale for sure.

This is really an outstanding and astounding IPA. Once my palate adjusts to the bitterness, I get a little more of the tropical fruit nuances in the flavor profile. But what really impresses me is that this delivers IMPERIAL IPA-level bitterness and dankness. It's made a memorable impression on me.

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Photo of VitoFerrante
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer really deserves a higher rating. For a beer geek in Alaska, this beer is an oasis. These guys are doing everything right. Cans. Big hop flavor. Alaska! What more could you ask for. Now, the beer. Big hop kick In the front that just does not quit. The finish is just as big. Very chewy. It leaves and almost "I just ate something fantastic" feel in your mouth. Minds out the gutters! I would drink this beer if it was available in PA.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

I had this in a pint glass.
The appearance was a nice looking hazy glossy orange color with q one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute. Light lacing graced the sides of the glass.
The smell had a nice bittersweet conglomeration of pine to citrus hops with a light caramel backing of malts.
The taste was pretty much the same as the smell.
The mouthfeel had a nice penetrating harshness of bitter over my tongue. However, it left a fairly nice smooth sweetness as well to roll over my tongue.
Overall, I say this was a pretty good AIPA I could down again.

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Photo of mactrail
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite a nice-looking golden amber blonde color with adequate foam in the Stella Artois goblet. Delightful flora, pineapple aroma. Plenty of spritz on the tongue.

Some malt sweetness. Pleasant malty mouthfeel. Deeply resiny with a piney edge and moderately bitter. Beery in all the right ways. Crisp like a Pale Ale.

Quite a drinkable lighter variety of IPA, but plenty of hops to distinguish it from anything else. A pleasant quaff. From the 12 oz can purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle.

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Photo of rand
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From 12 oz can to pint glass

A: A yellowish tan in color, clear, a gentle pour forms a relatively sudsy head, leaving patchy lacing.

S: The nose if fairly subdued with hints at husky grain and honey sweetness, followed by a touch of lemony citrus and a floral aspect. Relatively malt-forward.

T/M: A little more hop-forward on the palate, the lemon and honey notes hit up front. A bready complexion carries a fairly straight-forward balance of flavors, simple yet refreshing. Slightly vinous hop tones work toward a dry finish, with lingering bitter residue.

A simple and refreshing IPA, with malty aspects and a flavor balance along the lines of IPA's you'd find in the northwest (not literally the northwest, but beer-region-wise)

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Photo of flagmantho
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz can into a pint glass.

Appearance: light orange hue with a light haze and a moderate effervescence. Head is a thin finger of frothy ivory foam. Not too bad.

Smell: sweet malt with a big, floral hop aroma. Fragrant and enticing!

Taste: lightly toasty malt with more of those same hops; kind of reminds me of Canadian floral gum candy. I like IPAs in this vein, and this is a nice, balanced one.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent, well-integrated carbonation and a surprisingly fulfilling creaminess. Dig it!

Overall: a tasty and drinkable IPA. I like light, floral IPAs like this one; they really go down easy.

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Photo of Roguer
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a solid three finger head from a very turbulent pour. Pure, snow-white head with good retention. Brew is a cloudy, translucent golden straw color with lots of slow-moving bubbles. Very nice lacing, coming through in webbed layers.

Citrus and pine notes, with some wheat malt, and possibly some caramel malt. Hints of orange peel and honey. Balanced, subtle aroma.

Bright and refreshing flavor: sharp and dry hops, just a hint of citrus peel with some pine. Really follows the nose, but very nicely. Malts come through in the balance, and a bit on the backend, as slightly flat honey.

Mouthfeel is a bit watery and bright. Refreshing, a little dry, but not overly so.

This is a tasty IPA, very straight forward. I'm sadly reviewing it not particularly fresh, but I had one about two months ago, and I recall the hops were brighter and tastier. If you can get local Alaskan brews, this is definitely an IPA to try out. I would consider this a pretty good every-day IPA if available.

Thanks to blackcloud for the trade!

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Photo of oceanman907
4.26/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- I have only poured this beer out of the can once, but it has a typical IPA hazy yellow/ orange color, lighter than most of the other NW IPAs that i drink frequently (Inversion, Torpedo, Bridgeport IPA, etc.) With the typical large head with a delicate amount of lacing.

S- This is what sets apart Twister Creek from many of the other NWIPAs... A very strong fruitiness that is reminiscent of sweet citrus (tangerine, blood orange) rather than the typical grapefruitiness that come with citra hops.

T- Really wonderful fresh summer beer, as bright in flavor as an IPA can get, super fruity and almost juicy with a wonderfully light hop bitterness at the finish for a beer rated at 71 IBUs easy to drink a few of these guys.

M-Light and crisp with very little puckering bitterness that would be expected with your typical NWIPA.

O- A very interesting version of the style, even tastes lighter and smoother on tap, a nice departure from your standard NWIPA that has flooded the alaskan market in the last five years. Denali has chosen to put their own stamp on the style that at least more distinctive than Broken Tooth's Fairweather IPA, or Kenai River's Sunken Island.

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Photo of Bookseeb
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance has a slightly hazy orange amber supporting a nice firm head leaving spotty lace. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, piney hops and grapefruit citrus. Taste leans toward the grapefruit citrus having the sweetness of the malt following. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. Not a bad IPA, leads me to want to try their other beers.

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Photo of ccrida
4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance is burnt gold with a small white head leaving lots of lace.

Smell is super dank and skunky. Big cat piss too. Loved it the second I cracked the can open. Better once it was poured in the glass, hit me like a hammer. Was this canned yesterday (bought and consumed in AK)?

Taste is on the sweeter side, there is some orange citrus and tropical fruit notes, some pine as well.

Mouthfeel is on the thinner side, slippery.

Drinkability is pretty good, it's got a great nose. The taste is sweeter than I expected, but I think if you keep it cold and drink from a glass you'll be good to go.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a clear, medium golden amber with a healthy three finger white head that dissipated slowly, leaving chunky lacing. Nice aroma of orange citrus, light tropical fruit, bready malt and light piney hops. Flavor is citrus and piney hops, orange family citrus, light sweet malt. Finishes with moderate bittering and piney hops, rather dry. Medium body. A nicely made, hoppy IPA, I would have preferred a bit more flavorful malt body to support the intensity of bitterness, but enjoyed this uncommon visitor to the lower 48. I will definitely try their other beers as I encounter them.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.4/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at AKBelgianBeast's curling club in Anchorage. Served in a fine plastic cup. No idea of the ABV.

A - Served with a finger of white foam that settles to a thin cap, leaving persistent lace (as is typical for plastic cups). Lightly hazed orange-brown body.

S - Sugary malt, oranges and tangerines, some light tropical fruits. Very sweet - verging on cloying - and very East Coast.

T - Taste has more pine and alpha acid bitterness to it than the nose suggests. Some candied citrus and dextrose sweetness.

M - Medium, juicy body, medium carbonation, some dryness in the finish with light hop oils and resins.

D - The first glass (cup?) was fine, but I struggled with the second one due to the carbonation and sweetness. Not bad - reminds me of some homebrew IPAs I've tried. I thought it was better than some of the locals, who affectionately referred to it as "Twisted Feet" IPA.

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Twister Creek IPA from Denali Brewing Company / Twister Creek Restaurant
3.97 out of 5 based on 97 ratings.
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