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 mytireisfat
3.64/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

P: Short 12oz brown bottle. No best by date.

A: One finger head, that retains well. Copper to amber color.

S: Strong on the hops. Hints of caramel, and biscuit.

T: Very hoppy. Caramel, biscuit, and grass notes.

M: Light body, and medium carbonation.

D: Easy to drink. kind of light for a IPA.

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Photo of zeff80
3.82/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a small, white head of foam. It left little to no lacing.

S - It smelled of spices and caramel malt. Not alot there.

T - It tasted spicy and bitter with a piney hop bite. It had a burnt toast maltiness providing some sweetness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is an okay IPA. I expected more from a Colorado IPA.

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Photo of CJN11
1.74/5  rDev -48.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Had this on Tap at Zinc in Greenwood Village inside the Doubletree. Boy was I disappointed. I am a hophead and I might as well have ordered a lite beer. No hoppiness at all- very bitter and a poor lingering aftertaste. My travelling companion could not even finish his. This is an F in my book.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.43/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy copper in color. Bottle conditioning is apparently a theme for Twisted Pine, so theres lots of fine floaters flying around the glass. Overall, its a nice looking IPA.

Smell is nice and floral. There is a dash of citrus , and has a hint of malty sweetness as well.

The taste is a little too balanced. Most of the time, that would be great, but with an IPA I would like the hops to jump out at me a bit more. They are there for sure, but it has a pronounced malty ending, making the hops a bit more forgettable. It's still good though, just...average.

The feel is good, bordering on the medium bodied side of things. Nothing really to complain about.

This is a good IPA, completely drinkable, and I will likely pick this up again. I would love for them to up the ante on this brew and I think it would make an excellent Imperial IPA if they did...

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Photo of theghost3
3.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy copper with a frothy, huge light yellow head. There's some floating sediment. Lots of lacing.

Smell is overwhelmingly piney hops with just a hint of toasted caramel. Taste is piney, with some citrusy hops. Citrus is more lemon than grapefruit. There are also herbal and caramel flavors. Piney aftertaste. Mouthfeel is carbonated--small, stinging bubbles but not a lot of acidity, and it's medium-bodied.

This is a fairly drinkable American IPA. It's beautiful looking. Definitely a piney one, but it's not as flavorful as many in the style. The strong pine flavor makes it a little difficult to pair with food.

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Photo of blackie
3.46/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: the head explodes upon pouring - loads of thick carbonation fill the glass and recede slowly, a little annoying but the next pour goes better, golden amber color with lots of suspended particles

s: bready grains, caramel sweetness, pine and citrus rind hops - earthy, plenty here to keep me happy

m: carbonation mild, body just under medium

t: pale and caramel body with a big earthy, piney hop flavor, bready and moderately sweet, nice bitterness, rough around the edges but enjoyable

d: easy enough

single scooped from College Liquors, Grand Junction, CO

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

12 oz. bottle tried 18 Apr 2010.

A large thick foamy head fills most of the Twisted Pine pint glass. Medium carbonation. Slightly hazy, orange in color. Aroma is citrus, soapy, grapefruit zest, fragrant. Starts quite juicy and fruity. Light body. A bit of sweetness like clover and caramel.

Citrus flavors are most dominant but overall a subtle light and fruity IPA.

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Photo of Spineypanda
3.33/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light amber color and has a strange head that lasts, but looks a bit wonky.
Smells like an American IPA with all the floral and bitter notes one expects.
The taste is fresh and strong, but quick and not long to last. The taste disappears as fast as it is noticed.

Despite the lack of aftertaste, the beer is pretty tasty.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
2.77/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle without a freshness date, part of the Twisted Pine mixed twelve-pack. Pours a slightly hazed gold color with some out-of-place looking floaties for an IPA. Large, mesa-inducing foam sticks around a good while and leaves some nice lace on the glass.

Nose is an interesting combination of citrus (lime and orange) peel, spearmint and light fruity yeast esters (honeydew, watermelon and strawberries). Pretty unique smelling IPA, perhaps this was fermented at a bit higher temperature?

I think the hop flavor actually exceeds the hop bitterness on this brew...minty as hell with herbal and orange peel undertones. Not an overbearing malt backing, but enough to know it is there. Not sure I like this one all that much. The mint is too much for me and the beer is overcarbonated. Interesting, but probably my least favorite out of the mixed pack offerings.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.55/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Looks like a good craggy amberish ipa. Great aroma, like the namesake, its piney alright.

Taste, wasn't as hoppy as expected. Seems like maybe they did some dry hopping with pine, butin terms of what resonates taste wise, its not very bitter and lacks the hop depth you'll see from IPAs that have different hop additions at different stages.

Mouthfeel, loses a lot of the pine from the initial whif and aroma, takes on some tobacco, stale wood notes, but doesn't dissuade you from finishing it, just doesn't compel you to rate it higher.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours orange with a white head. Not much aroma at all, some citrus and orange but that is about it. The flavor has a lot of citrus and pine, but not too much bitterness. Fairly drinkable but rather pedestrian IPA. Not bad, but nothing I would seek out again.

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Photo of DrMalt
3.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sample in an IPA tasting with 6 other IPA's 4 0z sample.

Poured a orange/copper color with a fizzy white head.

Smell was absolutely fragant with hop citrus/floral aromas. Loads of aroma!!

Taste was something I hadnt experienced before. It was very noticable but the astringent pine flavour seemed too much to make beer outstanding.

Mouthfeel was good.

Drinakbility was taken away by hop flavour. What kind of hop is used in this IPA?

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Photo of zdk9
3.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark orange colored. There's a LOT of floaties in this beer. Not really sure why, I noticed it in the bottle and now they are dispersed in the glass like pollen in a pond. I mean unfiltered is one thing but this just kinda looks dirty. I can't say I really notice while I'm drinking it but it doesn't look too appetizing.

S- Pretty good smell. Some pine. A lot of overly sweet orange, like a chewy orange candy slice, or orange soda. Actually I thought it was a pretty good smell, but this one is doing the opposite of growing on me- shrinking on me?

T- A good amount of hops- I could possibly go for more malt, but this isn't a bad beer. Easy drinker. There's pine- a little orange, but not at all like the overly sweet orange in the smell.

M- I could go for a little less watery, but not too bad.

D- This beer is close to being really good. But the weird orange soda smell and the weird floaties need to change before I can really enjoy it as fully as I'm the sure the brewer intended. I'm up for trying some more from this new to Texas brewery, and even this one again if I hear some good things. But for now, while I enjoyed the hops, I can't recommend this beer.

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Photo of deereless
2.53/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A: Borders between murky and opaque, the color of a sandblasted gold, some sticky spots of head along the edges of the glass - 3.25, S: Not much of a nose, what I do detect is medicinal and with a touch of vinegar possibly, a hint of grass - 2.50, T: Hops provide solid bitterness but it borders on being harsh, there is a touch of pineapple-like sweetness, as the name of the company might lead one to expect there is a strong essence of pine, I might be picking up some diacetyls - 2.50, M: 3.50, D: Kind of misses the mark of an American IPA in my opinion, not properly balanced and hop profile is off - 2.00

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Photo of LittleDon
3.77/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Hazy amber with lots of carbonation and sediment. Bottle had a noticeable amount of sediment also. Dense off white head. Citrus Cascade hops aroma. Medium carbonation bite. A bit acidic up front Medium bitterness in the middle and mild (relative to the style) bitter finish. Medium bodied

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.24/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lots of suspended particulate in this beer. Yeasty nubs hang in the balance of an ambrosia like amber haze, beneath a quickly diminishing head. The aroma is a soft, syrupy fruit of pomegarates and orange zest. The taste vaguely reflects the fruity aroma. The bitter citrus zest shines through from front to back. The malts maybe give a stale toast taste to the almost metallic twang of the hops bitterness. The palate is ok bitterness, but a bit too metallic twang to it. Very nice aroma that I wish followed through to the taste.

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Photo of bfields4
3.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy deep orange with a touch of amber. A little sediment suspended throughout. Thin head.

Hoppy citrus orange and lemon zesty.

Very bitter piny and citrus hops dominate maybe pineapple. A sour apple yeast flavor too. The very faintest of pale malts is also there.

Interesting flavor and high bitterness make this for lack of better descriptor an interesting beer. Not sure if I'd want many of these, but would never turn one down.

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Photo of Yeastcakes
3.08/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving notes - served cold from the refrigerator in imperial pint glass.
A - Intense grapefruity resiny hop aroma comes forward right away. Some maltiness. Medium bubbles head of one-half inch persists.
A - Three fingers of white fine-bubble head. Great cloudy amber color.
M - Low carbonation and medium body.
T - Nice sweetness on the tip of the tongue actually came forward of the hops for me. Very smooth bitterness follows the sweetness. Some apple flavors on the tip of the tongue.
D - Sweetness forward of the hops is a little off-setting. Decent beer though, but not necessarily one that I will buy again.

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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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Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.22/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Hazy yellow body with particulates floating throughout. Big creamy head. Super piny citrus hop aroma. Grapefruit hop resins and pine are the dominant flavors. Some unpleasant slightly astringent sour notes in the finish. Moderately bitter. Full bodied with a dry and bitter finish. That sour note bothers me. Bad bottle? Regardless, the total lack of balance makes this beer average at best. Some beers can be great despite a lack of balance. But for this to work, the hops must taste amazing. These do not.

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Photo of siradmiralnelson
2.77/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into Globe glass.

A. First thing I notice is all kinds of sediment floating around in the beer. Poured a 1 finger head. Left decent lacing. Orange color.

S. Piney Hops. Some malt.

T. Piney hop bitterness. Almost no malt flavor.

M. Low-medium bodied.

D. Not much going on here. Not bad. Not good.

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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 rye726
3.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice medium brown color with a tan head. The nose has subtle malts and big piney hops. The taste is also mainly bitter hops with some sweet malt. Medium body has a crisp feel. Good IPA from twisted pine and probably their best product, give it a try.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy orange color. Poured a 2 inch slightly off-white head with decent retention. Thick, linging lacing.

S: Huge piney hops dominate. Light biting citrus in the background.

T: Grassy and very big pine and floral hops. Light to non-existent malt presence (not to grade it way down since taste is quite good).

M: Light body; not much of a malt presence. Carbonation a little low. Has a very pleasant finish thats not too coating.

D: About as drinkable an IPA as I've found.

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Photo of joe1510
3.46/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz Stubby

I get the chance to try my first from Twisted Pine thanks to russpowell, thanks Russ! Hoppy Boy pours faded copper with a mild chill haze that hampers the clarity. The head grew quickly to three + fingers even on a soft pour. A few streams of carbonation rise to the surface to keep the head alive after settling to a cap. Points of lace are left after each drink.

Overripe pineapple jumps out first and foremost in the nose. There's also a lot of sweet caramel that works to balance out that pineapple hoppiness. The problem I'm finding with this beer is the buttery aroma that gets in the way of everything else. There is some floral hoppiness in there that's nice but the buttery aspect is too hard for me to get past.

Thankfully the buttery aspect from the nose is absent from the flavor. The hop profile comes out much better then the nose suggested with pine upfront followed by ripe pineapple and ending with a touch of floral hoppiness. All this is drizzled with caramel and mild spicy alcohol flashes through here and there. This is a pretty flavorful brew and does a complete 180 from what the aroma suggested.

The body is medium with a mellow and smooth carbonation. There's some hop bitterness left behind on the tip of the tongue but it's mild.

This is an all around drinkable beer. There are other IPAs I prefer and others that are easier drinking but Hoppy Boy goes down easy and is enjoyable.

This is another new IPA sent to me courtesy of russpowell. The nose threw me off but the flavor had some redeeming qualities. Thanks again Russ!

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Twisted Pine Hoppy Boy IPA from Twisted Pine Brewing Company
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