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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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Reviews: 147 | Ratings: 457
Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.44/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Acme Bar and Pizza in Rochester, NY.

Pours a clear amber, with a half inch head and not much lacing.

Smells piney, without any other real discernible aromas.

The tastes include pine and other earthy hop flavors, some toasted bready malt flavors, and a bit of an alcohol sting, which is weird considering the 6% ABV.

Medium bodied, crisp mouthfeel, less than drinkable to the aforementioned alcohol sting.

Not one of the better IPAs I've had. Pass.

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Photo of Billolick
3.47/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 ounce "tall hoppy can"

A fairly elegant one inch head is lifted above its hazed dull golden amber liquid. Slowly the head goes to a thicker film and nice looking ringed low sheeting and fields of super fine lace.

Faint and delicate pine hop nose.

Biggest problem here is the thinness of the flavor and lack of body. Very lightly hopped for an "IPA" and not much of a malt presence to boot. Pleasant enough but this drinks more like an IPA "light" then anything else.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.7/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: A lovely clear copper color. The head is foamy and chunky and recedes to a white film. Lacing is wide bands of foam on the glass.

Aroma: Faint sweet caramel? Then bitter grapefruit rind, hops.

Taste: Subtle malts come out offering a strangely welcome balance, while the citrus rinds and piny, bitter hops soon cover up any thought of hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, slightly sticky.

Overall: Kind of all over the place, rating wise but a solid IPA from Twisted Pine.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.46/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up as part of the sampler crate pack, enjoyed chilled in a pils glass, shared with tenderbranson69.

The color is light amber like honey with mild haze and very small head with tiny bead, speckles of lace stick. The smell is lemony and citrus dominant with light sweet malt ester. The feel is okay with moderate carbonation and bitterness with balance of hops and malt and mostly dry in the finish with low alcohol influence.

The taste is good with a decent amount of hop flavor but a little mild for an IPA, mostly lemon zest and citrus flavors from the hops with a mild malt sweetness with subtle caramel flavor. Overall this is not bad, but in a market saturated with the style this is a pretty forgettable example. I would drink this again, but it is not worth seeking out.

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Photo of Brenden
3.55/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the can, this IPA is a pretty heavily clouded gold tinged with a deeper amber tint. It also develops a very soft and fluffy head to quite a nice height, very nearly white and quite clean-looking. It sits like a clumpy pillow for the full session in some form or another as it takes time to fall to a thick foam and leaves very clumpy, heavy spotting on the glass.
There's quite a nice aroma with lots of lemon and a bit of pine with some sweeter caramel malt coming through as well. The lemon scent's medicinal quality is the only thing preventing a better score, particularly as a bit of tropical fruits come in and a bit of grass and herb, too.
Something happens in the flavor, though, as malts seek to take over but it's the clash more than the success of it, as the hops power it out but bring some astringency in doing so. The medicinal quality notable in the smell carries out in the finish. Not a bad IPA, but it's not what the aroma promised.
The feel is pretty good, but the malts pull out some of the citrusy brightness for something heavier. The body's good, a solid medium, but with something to it that doesn't belong. The herb dies out the finish, but not too much.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.81/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beer pours an amber color with orange highlights and modest foam. The aroma is rife with hops---orange, lemon, pine. Smooth on the palate The hops are not overwhelming but strong enough to remind us that this is an IPA. The west coast hops dominate the flavor...bitter pine lemon rind. Caramel malt provides some nice balance. Overall a nice brew.

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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 mvanaskie13
3.17/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a tall pint glass, color is an opaque copper, head is large, almost 1 inch thick, some lacing and good lingering qualities.

smell is mild, more biscuity malt than expected, some lighter citrus type hops, but not too bitter.

Taste is similar to the scent, not unpleasant, just a good amount of biscuit malt, lighter citrus hops, some bitterness noted; a little sweet on the finish.

Mouthfeel is lightly drying, but somewhat overtaken by the sweeter malts and biscuit flavors.

Overall, an interesting IPA take, I like the citrus hop nose, but it doesnt present well in the taste and mouthfeel. Biscuit malts are somewhat out of place and distract from the thought that ipas are well attenuated and slightly drying ales. Hop bitterness is lacking in the nose and taste. Its not a bad tasting beer, its just not my type of IPA.

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Photo of metter98
3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is quite hazy yellowish amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense off white head that has very good retention properties and only died down a bit, leaving lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose along with some hints of pine resin.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell, except that there are stronger notes of pine resin hops and these linger through the finish. A moderate amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is dominated by hop aromas and flavors, but has a relatively good balance of underlying malts that help to improve its drinkability and prevent it from being overly bitter.

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Photo of Huffs
3.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass with a nice dense head developing, off white in color, with good retention and lacing. Aroma was mild and hoppy with floral and citrus noted. Tasted of hop and grain with floral and citrus notes, almost a slight caramel on the back. Mouthfeel was medium with a dry, clean aftertaste.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Twisted Pine IPA Hoppy Boy has a weird twang to it. Certainly worth a try if you are a hop head....but I think most will be slightly turned off by this one. I was excited to try it and its good...not great. The scent was a mix of malt and fresh pine. The taste was similar to the taste....a battle between a sweeter malt and bitter pine hop. The mouthfeel is medium in body with decent carbonation. Overall its is ok.

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Photo of Walletsworth
3.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice dark orange with minimal head. Good, long lasting lacing. Smell isn't as strong as a good IPAs but not bad. Tastes pretty much like a slightly watered down craft IPA.

Overall not a bad beer but I probably wouldn't buy it again unless there wasn't much to choose from.

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Photo of BryanCarey
3.43/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Twisted Pine Hoppy Boy is a cloudy, orange- colored brew and a good pour creates a nice amount of foam that holds its own for a couple of minutes. The nose on this beer is one of bread, light hops, and toffee/caramel and not too bad, although not very pronounced either.

This is a bready IPA and a little milder than expected. There are flavors of bread, biscuits, pine, and some citrus in the background. A small amount of herbal character is there, too, and it’s a little more noticeable as the beer warms.

As for an IPA, this product isn’t has hop dominant as I expected and its mouthfeel is a little light. It isn’t a bad product at all, though- it just doesn’t rate as highly on my IPA scale as other examples of the style. Still good enough to at least try- some will like it, others will find it a tad too basic. I like it overall and it seems like a good beer to serve guests who are not usually accepting of IPA beers in general.

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Photo of SkiBeerRepeat
2.93/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

12 OZ bottle in a Tulip glass

A-Clearer amber with a light one finger head that was eggshell white. Light carbonation

S-Sweet very light floral hints, slight hint of pine some honey notes

T- Light honey with floral overtones has a very mild floral hop finish. Very airy and light taste for an IPA.

M-Light body slightly creamy texture. light carbonation

O- It's light floral hop notes mixed with slight honey background make it an easy drinking IPA. But, it lacks the more powerful hop taste and aroma that would make it a better IPA.

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Photo of smakawhat
2.59/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Head Ale glass. No obvious bottle dating.

Barely a finger of white soapy colored head is made off the pour, and settles to a 3mm collar. Body color is a nice orange, almost peach colored amber, and fairly clear with some slow rising carbonation. Some faint speckled lacing.

Bouquet is really missing a hop angle. Sweet malts and some light brown sugar, but that's about it. There is nothing else going on other than a thick sensing white sugar syrupy quality, and some sweet biscuity dense like malts.

Mouthfeel is quite wet, without any depth or body. Mild sugars matching with the nose, but there is hardly any depth or event malt presence. Where are the hops on this beer? I am not even getting anything flavor wise on first sip, heck this beer isn't even bitter. There's an incredibly muted faint herbal tea and sugar quality but that's about it on the finish.

Either this brew is 6-7 months old (which I highly doubt), or it's just not cutting the mustard. Where's the hops? It's a drinkable beer and you could have worse, but this is just not cutting it at all in the IPA realm. I've had IPAs that are 4 months old that have had way more hop aroma or flavor than this.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.29/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a clear deep amber color with light amounts of visible carbonation and some orange + copper highlights. The beer has a half finger tall sudsy beige head that reduces to a large patch of mottled thin film and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of herbal hops and pine/resin hops along with some lighter notes of toffee malts.

T: Upfront there is a moderate to strong flavor nutty and toffee malts with a light amount of sweetness. There are moderate to strong flavors of pine/resin hops, herbal hops, and just a hint of citrus/grapefruit pith hops. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness which fades fairly quickly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Moderate amounts of dryness which fades fairly quickly.

O: It seems like this beer is a little out of balance, a little too hoppy without the right amount of malty sweetness. It was OK but not one that I would go for again.

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Photo of oberon
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

My first Twisted Pine offering to try.Poured from the can into an imperial nonic a dull medium golden with a large fluffy white head atop.Light lemon and earthy hops in the nose along with mild caramel/biscuit,just really light and pedestrian.Flavors of earthy and leafy hops although somewhat muted,the biscuit malt flavors are as big as the hops.Eh it's ok but it's not for people who love big hopped up IPA's.

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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 JayQue
3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16 oz can into a pine glass. Nice Orange -amber color. Big white head, nicely carbonated with good head retention. Bands of lacing on the glass. Nice looking beer.

Aroma provides a whiff of hops bitterness. Not much else...no pine/citrus/floral etc.

Taste is ok. Good hops bitterness without any signature hops flavors. A malty balance at the end. Certainly a thirst quencher and good with food but not a memorable IPA.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin, it is still crisp and bitter.

Overall, not bad. Provided in cans so it is portable everywhere, Tastes ok but not memorable. Good average IPA.

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Photo of Omnium
3.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Reviewed from notes on 4-11
Can > Pint Glass
A - Pours a hazy copper, 2 finger head, but fades fast, and leaves little lacing.
S - Big pine aroma and honey as well, some sweet malt, but other than pine, there's no other hop aroma.
T - Way too much sweet malt goin on, some orange juice, honey, and a big pine bitter finish.
M - Medium, finishes much better than it stars with.
O - Very weak IPA, there's an excess of sweetness from the malt, and its just not executed well.

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Photo of nUgZ
3.18/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a mostly clear amber color with a 1 finger head and some lacing.

S: Sweet malt aromas accompany the hops.

T: The taste on this one disappoints. It tastes watered down. It's bitter, but very underwhelming.

M: Medium bodied with plenty of carbonation.

O: This isn't one I'll be buying again.

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Photo of beerthulhu
2.9/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

- packaging 1 pint tallboy can.

A: Princeton orange coloring with a light translucent nature. An oatmeal tinted head is bready in texture, an inch high, with a fair timimg of retention. A light spacious rise of effervesce with a fair spongy adoring of lace.

S: Not getting alot of love from the nose. Very weak aromatically, toasted sweetness jumps out at you first with some cereal grains, which is more dominant then the mooted hopping which would be dissppointing for most faux craft pales. Indistinguishable hop aroma, was expecting a big wiff of fresh, sticky, wet pine. Its a shame that the label itself couldn't even impose some level of subliminal measure.

T: Really sweet upfront, and finally some life of hops emerge. Toasted sweet character is followed by some dare i say dry pine hop influence, though of only low to moderate appeal. The complexity is very linear, as to be expected,with some dry orange grinds, toasted bread and starchy pine coming on the finish. There is a hint of dry lemony citrus.

M: Mouthful is a bit light in substance and carbonation. Not a lot of crispness, rather a laid back and lazy feel, no hop pop.

O: Overall a somewhat passable level of ibus that somehow never really shine in thier appeal, an average complexity, and very linear flow of hop flavors with a weak malt backing. The hop bitterness leans towards the bitterness spectrum of the drink, early boil, where as i feel a fresh hopping late boil would produce more fresh, wet, sticky pine flavors and something that would let it stand out a bit more and be more intune with the label and name then just another average example that showed very little creativity. An overall perfect example of a C effort and drinking exeperience that i would hardly bother to consider for repeatability.

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Photo of silverking
3.07/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a golden amber with an off white head. head retention is nice, but the lacing is inconsistent. Just random blotches of foam that stick to the sides of the glass.

S- Caramel, malt, grapefruit peel, mild piney hops.

T- Piney, floral hops. This fades rather quickly into an extremely sharp hop/grapefruit bitterness. The finish remains bitter, but shows some notes of lemon and a very slight malt presence.

M- Very light, dry, light carbonation. Not much going on here.

O- It's a bitter IPA with very little malt presence at all. I could have done with some more body on this one. Just too watery for me.

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Photo of t2thebro
2.85/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle

A- super light copper color half inch head. No lacing.

S- light. Slight caramel, and slight earthy hops. Pale.

T- water with slight pale grain tones, a bit of bitterness, good hop flavor.

M- light and watery. A bit of hop body.

O- good hop flavor, a bit lacking in body, and bitterness. but an easy drinker.


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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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Twisted Pine Hoppy Boy IPA from Twisted Pine Brewing Company
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