Hop Zealot | Twisted Pine Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Twisted Pine Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by JuicesFlowing on 08-02-2014

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Ratings: 82 |  Reviews: 14
Reviews by spoony:
Photo of spoony
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%

From a 355 ml bottle into a tulip.

A-A normal pour produces about two fingers of sticky, eggshell head. The head leaves nice lacing and has pretty good retention. The beer is light-golden in color and nearly clear. I can see a few streams of carbonation in the brew, but its not "active."

S-The aroma is a nice mixture of slightly sweet, juicy tropical fruits (pineapple and mandarin orange, mostly) and light caramel hops. There is a bit of leaf, pine, and floral flavor lurking in the background. I also sniff a bit of pepper as the beer warms.

T-The taste is more spicy, pine-forward, and bitter than the scent would suggest. There is still some juice and orange, but the flavor is more woodsy with pine and spice being the more prominent hop flavors, especially on the finish, which is long and bittering. A nice bit of caramel balances things out.

M-The feel is a bit light for my preference with an odd, ultra-fine carbonation that dissipates on the palate without much of an impression.

O-This is a surprisingly good IPA. (Surprising mostly because I had not heard any buzz about it). Anyway, this beer packs a decent amount of that infamous "West Coast" hop flavor without overdoing it and losing balance. I will definitely drink this again and if the mouthfeel were more substantial, I would have rated it higher.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of woodchipper
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Billolick
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

Fairly typical IPA presentation,and leaves some nice fine high lacing.

Mildly hop fueled nose.

On the palate, its oranges, pine,and hop resins.

Citric/tropical/pine battle going on and I like it.

Better then decent AIPA.

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Photo of juicebox
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of HopsForBrains
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of jminch
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of mackeyse
3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

A"pleasant" ipa at best. The bitter aftertaste remained so long it pretty much took away any enjoyment. All bitterness without any real flavor. The mouthfeel was really poor. Wouldn't turn it down but glad I just bought a single. I like Hoppy Boy better.

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Photo of justalexis
5/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This new beer from Twisted Pine Brewing really takes Hops to a new level. The strong California style hops bring this to a great taste in the mouth. The color and smell all add to the excitement of drinking this new IPA. After drinking this beer, you might find Hoppy Boy the flagship IPA to be mild. Love the citrusy flavor.

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of poohbearzeccola
4.14/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Basoos1
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of Cpastor1119
4.16/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of JLaw55
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice very hoppy ipa. Just a hint of fruit flavors and you can taste the layers of different hops. This was a really surprising and pleasant IPA.

Would Drink Again: Yes
Would Purchase Again: Yes

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Photo of quindog
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of jaydoc
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of logicalparadox
2.52/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Immortale25
3.52/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date.

A- Pours a orangeish medium amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam.

S- Grassy, piney (surprise, surprise) hop aroma with some sweet malt backing.

T- Moderate bitterness and some leafy hop flavor plus a decent malt backbone. The hops end up being a bit generic and almost plastic-y. The malt sweetness does its best to try and maintain some character but ends up failing.

M- Lingering hop bite with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- I had high hopes for this one since the score was actually decent for a Twisted Pine beer...if you're on the fence about it, don't buy it. Much better IPAs out there.

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Photo of JimmyAloysius
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Randomblitz
4.55/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jeffstinson
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Solid all around. Great nose, taste is the same. Tropical fruits, citrus, some zest, and a sutle dankness.

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Photo of ninaturner
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of BGsWo22
3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of kkazemi
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of morrowd3
3.56/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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Hop Zealot from Twisted Pine Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 82 ratings