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 BARFLYB
2.91/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz CAN into a Founders pint glass.

Hoppy Boy comes out golden bright with some shades of burnt orange in the center and with a stealth pour came out with a 1/4 inch of firm white stuff that left a sparse cap. Nice Clingage. This IPA does not smell like much, it reminds me of some Breckinridge pales i've had and it's not pretty. Old pale malt some old earth and something I cant place. Taste is a step up though, starts out with a mix of earth over citrus, slight pine with some tropics, sappy Very grassy. I don't know if it's the yeast or malt (or both) but what I smelled ruins the finish on this otherwise nicely hopped single eye pee ayyy. A good start a bad finish with a bit of a metallic taste. Feel is where it's at, light and bitter in the middle, the finish is a let down though.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
2.28/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

$2.75 tall boy can from Abe's.

Light orange hazy body, a dull finish. Topped by four fingers of snow white rocky foam made up of bubbles of all sizes. Very good lacing.

Aroma of apricot and orange, put followed by an off putting whiff of cleanser, which blunts all else.

The whole taste hits at once. Hugely bitter and not in a good way, mixed with a touch of cleanser, any sweetness and fruit is nuked away. Very one dimensional.

I love bitter and abrasive in an IPA, but this doesn't work at all for me. Not recommended.

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Photo of chefhatt
3/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this beer into a pint glass,it has a copper color body with a small head that disappears quickly. The smell is of pine hops with some malt coming through. The taste is up front pine hops, on the back of the tonuge a little malt taste. The mouth feel is good and overall is just a average IPA

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Photo of TBoneJones
2.42/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Grabbed a single just to try something new.
Poured a dark hazy amber. Cloudy and I can't make out any bubbles.
Smells slight of some malt and pine, but nothing distinguishing at all.
Taste is somehow in lockstep with the aroma, and to me that is bland, almost stale, kind of watery.
Any piney hops are diminished in the blah aftertaste. I can't escape soured milk here.
Character is just missing.
To end positively, I'd say this is a good brew to quench your thirst while washing down a bleu-cheese burger and fries (assuming the burger in question is a really good one)!

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Photo of kojevergas
2.07/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

355ml brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Acquired as part of a variety box at Tipsy's Liquor in Littleton, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are average given the brewery.

Served straight from the refrigerator. Not paired with food.

A: Pours a quarter finger beige head of no cream, poor thickness, and bad retention. Staggeringly bad. Colour is a semitransparent dull copper. Meh. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Fresh hops, with oily, piney, and floral character. The pine is rather weak. A mild strength aroma. No yeast or alcohol is detectable.

T: Piney and floral hops are dominant. There's little else besides the clean malt foundation. Boring and bland. No yeast or alcohol come through. Why brew this? It's so damned simple. No complexity or subtlety at all. Somewhat watery.

Mf: Too smooth and wet. Watery. Thin. Pathetic. Undercarbonated.

Dr: Drinkable, but I wouldn't get this again. Won't satisfy even fans of the style. Boring and bland. A very forgettable IPA.




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Photo of stampfler07
2.88/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Clear golden with minimal head and lacing

S- Some light pine hop aroma initially, fades to light sweet malt then almost disappears after pouring

T- Light hop bitterness throughout, not much malt presence either though, a little grassiness on the finish and slightly dry, but really pretty average in flavor

M- Moderate carbonation and body, smooth finish

O- Not really an IPA in my book, more like a pale ale. Nothing special or distinctive going on so it just ends up being pretty average, won't look for this one again

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Photo of LiquidSanity
2.49/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Ap: Sadly the best part of the beer. A beautiful copper-brown color. Very sexy.

Ar: Meh...nothing spectacular. Grassy notes and mild hop notes. Very bland.

Ta: Yuck! Super malty, very faint presence of hops and no balance at all. This reminds me of Sam Adams Boston Lager. I would not consider this an IPA. Not even an APA. Leans towards a Vienna Lager.

Mf: Faint carbonation, no sense of refreshing feel and very syrup-like in texture. Not appealing.

Ov: This is not what I would use as a measure of IPAs. You could essentially use this to transition a macro drinker that sometimes tinkers to with a micro-brew every blue moon. If the person is 65%+ macro oriented, this could be a beer useful to help show there are better choices available. But trust me, you could use a much better selection to achieve the same task. This beer falls flat on its goal of being called an IPA. Cheers!

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

A golden amber color with a healthy off-white head and big lacing. The aroma offers an interesting herbal hop with tea ideas and skunky bread. Interesting. The flavor brings tangy orange and more skunky herbal hops. A bit grassy with a touch of cardboard. Medium light bodied with a fizzy feel with busy carbonation. Hops are definitely a theme but it’s not the tastiest IPA in my mind. Not sure where the pine idea comes from. Kind of funky.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from above the glass this beer still had a small white head with a light lacing on a honey golden colored beer.

The aroma is a light citrus to piney hops with a little bit of grass with just a touch of some light malts.

Pine and some grasses and a little citrus hops in a dryish taste.

Some piney/citrus remains in a dry aftertaste on this medium bodied beer.

Not the strongest hops taste but one I think I could drink a few of in a sitting, which I guess is good for the company. I would have to give this a thumbs up for it being a IPA that doesn't scare people away with overpowering hops.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.03/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: three finger frothy head with decent retention and lacing on a crimson with golden hues murky body.

S: grapefruit but more on the sour side with a slight oak, malt and pine note.

T: this one is really sour and bitter and may be infected or have gone bad. mostly pine, citrus and floral notes.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: Maybe I got a bad bottle but this one was harsh to drink. The flavor was too sour and I never got used to it as I drank this one.

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Photo of WrathsU
3.02/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 1 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Golden and copper body with very thick white head. Beer is super carbonated and undesriably so.

S - Super piney aromas mixed with what smells like some type of wood. These scents dominate and there isn't much else, but they smell good.

T - Definitely pine and the wood taste up front. Strong bittering but not overdone. Some sweet honey flavored malt as a backbone is nice. A weird, but not bad taste.

M - Very carbonated medium body with no alcohol burn.

O - If the beer wasn't over carbonated it'd be a much more interesting and desirable beer. However it is extremely over carbonated and it is just undesirable in this state.

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Photo of hopfacebrew
3/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Poured from 12oz bottle to pint glass.

A - The beer pours a hazy golden color with a half finger bubbly white head with almost no retention and slight lacing.

S - Not a lot of aroma, hints of piney/earthy hops, a biscuit/bread tone with a bit of honey, but not much.

T - The beer starts with a fair shot of pine flavor from the hops and somewhat develops into a more complex flavor of toasted grain and sweet fruit. Not really what I was expecting in an IPA. Not really anything extraordinary.

M - It tasted rubbery and had an unpleasant bite. Harsh.

M: A little harsh, tart, cloying start, and an almost rubbery finish.

D - I found the beer a little harsh and not all together that pleasant.

Overall, I think this is a very average IPA. Nothing to rave about and with it's odd flavor and harshness I won't be back.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 02-10-2011 15:33:49

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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 DeanMoriarty
2.78/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a single 12oz bottle from Liquor Mart in Boulder for $2.99 and poured it into an Odell's tulip glass.

A: Pours a slightly muddled fizzy light honey-like hue with a decent head that lasts for a few sips leaving really nice lacing.

S: Tons of sweet malt with a slight hint of mossy hop.

T: IPA - ???? Yeah right! Nothing but malt and just a slight hint of generic hop - no character at all in this failed attempt at an IPA.

M: Medium-bodied fizzy mess.

O: Terrible IPA. Not good. A decent/average pale ale at best.

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Photo of blakelive784
2.8/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 fl oz bottle served in a pint glass, reviewed live:

A - Pours a dark, transparent golden color. The head is fairly creamy, 2 fingers, and retention is poor.

S - Resinous pine, dank hops, foot funk, caramel, toasted malt. Really off-puting, but I'm interested.

T - I'm not sure which hops variety the brewers used, but it's got an odd foot note to it, but it works somehow. Really sweet caramel and malt are directly offset by bitter hops and grapefruit. Almost has a savory feel to it.

M - Light, smooth, and wet. Not right for the style.

D - I wouldn't have this beer again, but it's not bad. It's got some odd flavors that seem to work ok with the beer as a whole.

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Photo of corby112
2.24/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Draft at the brewpub.

Pours a cloudy golden orange color with a 1.5 finger off-white head that quickly settles into a thin ring. Sporadic spots of lace left behind.

Faintly earthy aroma with hints of pine needle and subtle citrus fruit countered by some biscuity malt. The nose is bland and disappointing, really.

Medium bodied with a strong malt presence that overpowers the hop flavor. Only slightly dry and bitter with faint grassy pine notes, quickly countered by a caramel malt backbone. Not the best example of the style.

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Photo of pBRale
3.65/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From tasting notes 10-19-11
Poured into a warbled mug

Appearance: Hazy full amber pour, 1.5 inch head--very foamy off white head that settles fast and mildly to moderately retains its head. The lacing left behind is spotty on the front side, but the backside has thick rings of lace.

Smell: Massive floral and citrus aromas, and a bit of herbaceous hops. There is a delicate caramel malt presence that does just enough to make the smell of this beer great.

Taste: There is a bit of a black tea flavor initially that is alongside a substantial caramel malt presence, along with a piney ad resiny hop flavor, and a bit of citrus as well. The finish is slightly bitter and crisp, and the bitterness lingers like tea bags would.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light in body with medium carbonation and a crisp finish.

Overall: This beer is surprisingly malt-forward, as the aroma was very hoppy. This is very drinkable, however, and I am glad to have had the opportunity to meet this beer.

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Photo of Tone
3.73/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of citrus hops, sweet malt, hint of alcohol, and a hint of floral hops. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of citrus hops, alcohol, slight caramel malt, sweet malt, and a hint of floral hops. Overall, good appearance, blend, and body.

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Photo of XxNitExX
3.1/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Hazy Amber, Nice white head, just a little bit of lacing

S- Smells Like a Pine Tree... Almost like that spray christmas scent for fake trees

T- Very Bitter, for an IPA i expect flavor along with bitter, but this brew finds a way to just taste bitter throughout the entire drink. Lingering pine taste which brings up the rating a bit

M- Average, not to watery, not to thick, just like an IPA should be. Nothing special

O- If you are looking for a really bitter beer, this is great. If you are looking for a hop bomb, ehhh not so much. All bitter, little flavor. Good idea with a huge pine influence, but they missed the mark. Drinkable but not my favorite with so many other options out there.

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Photo of FunkyFibes
2.71/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- A slightly hazy orange color. Pours with a two finger white head with moderate retention, and light lacing.

S- Smell is mostly pine hop, with a back splash of slight carmel maltiness.

T- Flavor is very hoppy in the middle. There is a lot of pine and resin, with some notes of citrus and maltiness in the background. This beer is very bitter, bordering on unpleasant.

M- Mouthfeel is pretty standard for an IPA. It is much better constructed than the actual flavor

O- It is an average IPA on most counts, other than the flavor. The flavor really left me uninterested, and very disappointing. With so many IPA's around, they really have to deliver for me...this didn't.

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Photo of GallowsThief
3.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A – Slightly cloudy golden pour with one finger of stark white head.

S – Nice bitter hops aroma with citrus notes like grapefruit. Piney.

T – Big bitter hops taste to start. Almost pungent. Grapefruit runs behind it. Piney and pretty drying at the end.

M – Medium bodied and medium carbonated. Bit drying and some residual sweetness at the end.

O – Not bad at all and certainly a worthy beer. Easily could drink a few of these.

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Photo of bayougutter
3.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a hazy dark orange color with a small white head with ok retention and decent lacing.

Smell is hops, mostly piney with some citrus. A little malt as well

Taste is 3 to 5 week old ipa. There is no bottle date so who knows. More malt forward but still some piney/citrus hop taste and a lasting bitter after taste. I like a fresh IPA but I can still appeciate one with a few weeks of age, so not bad.

mouthfeel is medium for an IPA with spot on carbination. Coats the palate without being heavy.

Overall decent, wish it had a date. This was a new beer for the store and it was on the shelf less than 2 weeks so I don't think it was old. Just tasted unfresh. But wasn't bad at all, I bought a sixer and look forward for the others. Not worth seeking out but not bad.

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Photo of StoneTSR
2.96/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

After being in Boulder for a few weeks now, and visiting here a few times over the past year, I have been looking forward to trying something from Twisted Pine. I’m a hop head and so the IPA is generally a great beer for me to start with, but I was not specifically looking for this at Liquor Mart when I found it. It is worth noting that I came across it because of the great looking label and the name. “Hoppy Boy” caught my eye and then I was pleasantly surprised to see that it was a Twisted Pine beer. Anyhow, on to the review…

APPEARANCE: This is a nice looking beer. Crystal clear and a light copper in color. A pretty standard, quarter-inch head with a good mix of big and little bubbles floats on top.

SMELL: The aroma is not too strong, but very piney with some resinous, weed-like smell. Smells like it’ll be a little hop bomb.

TASTE: The first thing that hit me with this one is a strong anise flavor, which took me by surprise. I don’t think I’ve ever tasted this much anise in an IPA before. As a finishing note or subtle background flavor it’s great, but I’m not so sure how I feel about it being the star of the show. Some woody flavor and very, very subtle citrus is present as well. The finish is bitter and actually quite nice, but it might take me a while to warm up to this beer.

MOUTHFEEL: The sparkle is excellent with this beer. This is one of the very few beers where I can actually say I prefer the feel to the flavor, but this beer is lively, sparkly and very easy to get down even though the I’m not thrilled with the taste.

OVERALL: I promise to give this local beer another try (and of course an edited review if necessary), but my first impression has been somewhat of a letdown. It isn’t terrible, but it is far from meeting the quality of beer that I have tasted elsewhere in Colorado and even just within Boulder so far. Looking at other reviews though, it seems as though I am not alone in my assessment.

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

a- medium dark caramel with a medium white head with a medium duration and thin lacing
s- faint hoppy pine is pretty much it
t- piney hops and hardly any malt taste to it, so so
m- average mouthfeel for an ipa with a slight astringency
d- it's an alright ipa but not much more than something to check off your list

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Photo of theboozecruise
3.07/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce twist-off into an imperial pint.

It's a hazy copper color with a small white head. Good pooling on the surface of the beer, an average look for an IPA.

The aroma is expectedly hop forward, with piney notes dominating. There is a slight bit of caramel back there as well.

The taste is more of the same, bitter hops, not as much malt as the aroma, and a lingering bitter aftertaste.

It's a little thin, overall an average IPA.

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Twisted Pine Hoppy Boy IPA from Twisted Pine Brewing Company
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