Twisted Pine Hoppy Boy IPA | Twisted Pine Brewing Company

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Twisted Pine Hoppy Boy IPATwisted Pine Hoppy Boy IPA

Brewed by:
Twisted Pine Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Hoppy Boy India Pale Ale is Twisted Pine Brewing Company’s flagship beer. With a rocky ivory head, star-bright golden orange color, and massive hop aroma, Hoppy Boy is the quintessential American IPA. Citrus, resin, and a hint of malt not only greet your nose, but also your taste buds, while a smooth, lingering bitterness leaves your palate refreshed with every sip. Hoppy Boy IPA is a perfect marriage of malts and hops that is as bold as it is balanced, and thus exemplifies what American craft beer is all about.

65 IBU

Added by mentor on 01-08-2005

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Photo of LittleDog
4.88/5  rDev +45.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Drank straight from the bottle. Obviously not the best to judge aroma, or color. I believe this is the quintessential IPA before the style drift too over. Elegant in its smoothness. The British ex pat can still session this but maintains the hop bite.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.44/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Twisted Pine Hoppy Boy has a thick, tight, creamy, off-white head, a very hazy yellow-golden appearance, with lots of different-sized floating chunks, and a good amount of splotchy lacing left on the glass. The aroma is white bread crust, white bread, and some piney citrus rind. Taste is of the same, with sugar, caramel, and some toffee in there. Bitterness is moderate to strong with this one, and it’s a straight-forward bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, and Twisted Pine Hoppy Boy finishes dry, bitter, and sweet. No alcohol shows up here. I rate this one highly- it’s really nice.


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Photo of pweis909
4.44/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this one while visiting the brewpub. It has an amber to red color (or maybe the lighting wasn't great), has some pineapply hop aroma. There is a sweetness to the malt character, but I felt it was nicely balanced by the hop bitterness (which is calculated at 65 IBUs). I guess from the reviews that this is not everybody's favorite IPA; I suppose it just isn't over the top enough to be highly rated, but it is a very good beer and as big as I usually want them to be.

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Photo of russpowell
4.42/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought this 6-er in Lyons,

Poured a sightly hazy peach/amber color with a fluffy sand-colored 3 finger+ head. Stays slightlty hazy with great lacing & good head retention

S: Huge piney nose

T: Piney hops up front, then slight citrus hops attack. Malt & fruittynes the sneaks in a little. Finishes with a nice hop snap & some subtle fruittyness

MF: Medium bodied with good carbonation. Skews a little to hoppy for the style IMO, balance-wise

Drinks very easy, nice AIPA

Couldn't see any discernable notches on the bottled on date on the side of the label???

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Photo of JimKal
4.23/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A:This pours a nice dark gold with a 2+ inch head into the new IPA glass. The glass, at 19 oz., holds the whole pint can and head perfectly.

S: Nice citrus/pine notes in the aroma.

T: OK, taste is subjective and this particular IPA doesn't seem to get a lot of love here but it just works for me. Very nice pine and citrus notes with just enough bitter to enhance the taste but not burn out the taste buds.

M: Mouthfeel is light medium to medium. I think this is, in part, due to the lower, for an IPA, ABV.

O: This is one of my favorite beers. I've kept some in my fridge at all times since I first discovered it. In part, this may be due to the fact that I can get it in a 16 oz. can, my favorite take home beer style.

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Photo of WhoDatHopHead
4.22/5  rDev +26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Looks: Kind of hazy dark amber color. Poured with a four finger, foamy head that stayed a while. A little lacing.

Smell: Hints of citrus and grass, but not much.

Taste: Starts and ends with bitterness. There is nothing sweet about this beer.

Mouthfeel: Kind of astringent, but in a good way.

Drinkability: I'd have another one or two before calling it a night.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.19/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque orange/straw color with a white head.

S: Pine comes through the strongest, alongside sweet, nectary fruits, some orange, some more tropical notes, in the nose.

T: Pine, sweet mango, a touch of pineapple, some orange. Lemon lingers along the edge of the palate.

M: Medium bodied and quite smooth.

O: Definitely recommended

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.15/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

not sure why the low scores? this is a unique and high quality ipa. pours a fairly regular looking light brown amber color with a moderate head. smell is pine in the hops and dusty english malts. flavor is sooo unexpected. extended evolution in the mouth from citrus pine tree hops to a sweet malty middle through to an earthy dense and prehistoric sort of hop finish. i cant get enough of this beer, wishing it was in a bomber instead of a 12oz. mouthfeel is bright and fuller bodied. served ice cold i cant imagine a better ipa, this is exquisite!

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Photo of BeerBelcher
4.07/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I thought this a better-than-average IPA/APA. The beer had a lot of very pleasant sweet citrus hop notes, but these weren't balanced with a lot of very bitter hop character. Nonetheless, I found this a very pleasant and easy-to-drink beer which paired easily with food.

Appearance was a rather rich amber color that was clear but not sparkling. Aroma was of pineapple and passion-fruit. Flavor was very citrus-y and sweet, with a malt character that was a bit under-powered. Mouthfeel was very light, and this beer was exceedingly easy to drink.

Far from the biggest IPA I've had recently, but still a very enjoyable beer. Something you could drink as an apertif, with a meal, or while cutting the grass and still scratch your beer itch. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of WeezyBoPeep
4.06/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: Very thin head tops a caramel copper colored pour without much carbonation visible.

S: Honey, maple, piney hops, nice toast and malt, and sweet notes of barley sugar.

T: Follows the smell exactly with a very pleasing finish of honey crackers.

D: I like it, it has nothing offensive. I could easily kill a sixer.

Value: A little overpriced for the substance vs. the style- it's not a hop bomb, and it's a little pricey, so the snobs will score this one low.

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.03/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Gentle orange reminiscent of a Creamsicle with plenty of floaties and a big, thick head that glows orange

S- Honey sweetness with a citrus bite of bitterness. Straight up IPA with a bit of yeast tartness.

T- Tangy and bitter with a flavor that reminds me of orange chicken barbecue sauce.

M- Slippery with smooth bubbles

D- Yummy and sweet but the hops are too subtle.

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Photo of BigBry
4/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Asked for something local when I visited the Falling Rock Tap House in Denver, served a Happy Hour draft pint.
Slightly hazy, copper orange color, with an inch of off-white head. The dense foam clung to the side of the glass. Smells of citrusy hops, a bit herbal aroma as well. The flavor of this beer is decent, with lots of floral hops dominating the taste. Sharp and bitter that lasts to the aftertaste. Creamy mouthfeel, not too much carbonation, give it a medium body. No complaints about this one.

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Photo of Seanibus
4/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An unexpected gem.

Pours hazy golden with a white fluffy head and a light hoppy smell. The flavor is hoppy, piny and citrusy with good hop bitterness. There is, however, a little thinness in the middle, but it has a nice clingy mouthfeel with good bitterness on the end. Tasty and drinkable.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.98/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bottle a clear amber gold with a smallish head of foam that pretty much maintains its size for the entire session.
Btw, they have a year and month bottled on the label but nothing was notched.

The smell is on the subtle side with faint whiffs of grassy and citrusy hops.

The taste is really grassy and it has some good citrus flavour as well..mainly lemon, with a really faint malt presence but... I *like* what the hops are doing in this IPA and it's making for some really good drinkability so being weak in the malt isn't going to hurt my review of this American IPA at all. Good stuff!

Bottom line: A nice American IPA from a small brewery in Boulder Colorado. Give it a chance if you find some.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.97/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can, no date.

appears a hazy golden color- bone white head. decent retention. very pleasant hoppy aroma. earthy, piney, spicey, orange peel. hops dominate the taste as well, but aren't overpowering. nice flavors. balanced, neither sweet nor bitter. medium body, good level of carbonation. smooth mouthfeel.

overall - easy drinking for an IPA, could drink a few pints in a row.

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Photo of Birmingham
3.93/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: A crisp aroma with a citrusy character, some malts in the back ground.

Appearance: It pours clear with a deep copper color with a tall white head.

Flavor: It's classic IPA with a prominent American hop taste up front and a strong malt back bone to finish up.

Mouth feel: It has a medium body.

Overall Impression: In these days of over the top hopping, Hoppy Boy seems mild. It's one of the milder IPA's I've had, but that should not scare anyone away. As with all the Twisted Pine beers I have tried, this one hits the style guidelines. Finishing up a cooler full of Hoppy Boy would not be difficult for me to do. This is an easy to drink beer.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.93/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There's a lot of pine on this one (irony??). Resin hits the nose. Resin hits the palate. Pretty decent lasting flavor profile. I can dig this. It's certainly more deep a flavor profile than the vibrant citric-toned stuff you see, but it works for me. Nice feel. Very easy to drink.

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Photo of ByTor2112
3.92/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I spy something local! I picked this one up on my trip to Colorado.
Pours a typical pale color. Head quickly disipates and leaves some thin lacing.
Aroma-citrusy hop aromas, with grapefruit being the dominant one.
Mouthfeel-assertive hop bitterness hits the palate and the sweet malt flavors come in and a clean hop bitterness on the finish. I dread using balanced but this is a very good IPA and the pale malt and above-average hop bitterness makes for a solid IPA that is certainly above-average. There was a fair amount of sediment in the bottle.I was curious if it was bottle conditioned or I might have got a hold of an old bottle since the date strip on the bottle was NOT marked or notched. I swirled the last few ounces and dumped it in and it tasted fine.
Good choice.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.92/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am pretty sure that blargimus sent this one to me in a trade in support of The CANQuest (TM), but if the credit should be going to any of my other supporters, let me know and I CAN correct my mistake.

From the CAN: "Tall Hoppy Can"; "Hoppy beer lover's [sic] rejoice! Hoppy Boy IPA is Twisted Pine's most popular beer and our first entry into the expanding world of handcrafted ales in [CANs]. The unique combination of Chinook, Cascade and Northern Brewer hops varieties conspire to produce this flavorful and balanced brewer's delight."

Once again, the Crack revealed a beer that was as eager to come out and greet me as a small puppy awaiting its master by the door. The Glug proved to be a tall order from the tall CAN and I had to back off, lest I overflow the glass. The massive two-plus fingers of dense, French Vanilla-colored head sat atop the beer in utter defiance of my desire to begin drinking, evincing great retention. Color was a golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled like a pine forest and I was suddenly jonesing for some hops. My hops monkey began to screech and I could wait no longer! Mouthfeel was medium and as I took that first sip, the mountainous head suddenly fell like a souffle when the oven door is banged shut. The hops rolled across my tongue and down my throat like an avalanche in an evergreen forest. It was literally breathtaking! Sticky lacing began to appear in the glass and now the monkey was howling, forcing me to take another draught, rather than savoring the initial one. Finish was semi-dry with the caramel malt getting its final licks in before the hops remained in the beer's wake. My my my. I would definitely give this some cooler space.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.9/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: 3.75 - Light amber color with a large initial head, though fast fading.
S: 3.75 - Decent hop aroma, citrusy, with faint malt.
T: 4.0 - Taste is a great balance between hops and malt--which is what this beer is about. Clean taste, yeast-wise, with most of the flavor being a solid citrusy hoppiness (though bitterness isn't real high) and nice, very slightly sweet malt.
M: 3.75 - Light bodied, neutral texture
O: 4.0 Good quaffing beer.

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Photo of HossMcGraw
3.9/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I don't understand why everyone hatin on this; it's a perfectly tasty, refreshing IPA. I don't always need my mouth scoured by hops and this is a nice, easy-drinking IPA that goes great with food. It's got a typical grassy hop profile, is well carbonated and goes great with the spicy garlic sauce pasta I'm enjoying right now. Not everything has to be "extreme" or flavor bombs. I wish I had more than 1 tall boy, it's quite drinkable.

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Photo of katan
3.9/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a golden color, with just a few more dark gold highlights. Nice pearly white head formation, well retained with a little lacing. Carbonation appears strong.

S - A solidly hoppy nose, more of a piney and grassy hop note with a little floral background. Some malts are there, a little bit of caramel.

T - Starts off with some 2 row malt and some bitter notes. Very balanced out of the gate. Some nutty malts. Mid-stream brings in some hoppy notes. Finishes with a more citrus like hop note. Lots of bitterness in the aftertaste.

M - Moderate beer body, strong carbonation. Very oily bitter texture aftertaste. Just seems a little thin at times.

D - Good drinkability for an IPA. A little bit filling at times. Not overly dominant on the palette. ABV is manageable, also good for an IPA.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.88/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- Copper color slightly hazy body with a thick creamy head and a gentle carbonation of bubbles. Rings of head stick to glass leaving sip marks.

S- Slight earthy hops aroma with a faint lemon hint comes through when warm. There is a soft bitter smell in the finish. The overall smell is very light overall.

T- Fresh pineapple hops are very green with a note of pineapple weed and a slight citrus zest. Soft smooth pale malt note comes through after the hops fade. There is a soft bitterness that hangs on the tongue after each sip.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a creamy texture that is from the head.

D- This beer is a nice little IPA but it doesn't have much complexity.

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Photo of Baraka
3.87/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a solid gold with a moderate head. There is some lacing on the side of the glass. Nose is very hoppy: lots of citrus (grapefruit) and some pine. Smells really good. The hop characteristics carry over into the taste with some bready malts to balance. It tastes a little toned down- there is no hop explosion or lasting bitterness, and the malts don't really do much either. Very drinkable, just not particularly complex or interesting. Seems sessionble.

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Photo of GarrisWH
3.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a orange-tinged golden color with a frothy white head that retains well throughout the beer. Slightly hazy due to some tiny particles floating within.

S - Sweet, tropical fruit aromas combine with a citrus, piney hoppiness. Slight sweet caramel malt presence in the background.

T - Quite similar to the aroma. Has a nice hop kick which hints at mostly pine with maybe a bit of citrus as well. Sweet, tropical fruit flavors as well with tones of mango and/or pineapple. A biscuity malt quality is present as well. Crisp, bitter finish.

M - Medium to light bodied with moderate carbonation. Goes down smooth and has a nice level of bitterness.

D - Easy drinking and good flavor. I think this one makes a good session beer, and is pretty solid all around.

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