Twisted Pine Honey Brown Ale | Twisted Pine Brewing Company

25 Reviews
no score
Send samples
Twisted Pine Honey Brown AleTwisted Pine Honey Brown Ale

Brewed by:
Twisted Pine Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-07-2005

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 25 | Ratings: 57
Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.9/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Dark muddy brown with ruby coming through in the light. A light cream colored head dissipates to a light wisp. Very light splotches of lacing.

Aroma: Dark roasted grains, sweet malts, chocolate, and honey.

Taste: Starts out with a Tootsie Roll kind of chocolate note with some honey sweetness in the background. Somewhat of a bitter finish for balance.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.

Overall: One of the better brews out of the Twisted Pine 12 pack mixer.

 505 characters

Photo of Slatetank
3.51/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

poured chilled from 12oz into a willybecker purchased in a crate of ales mix case, shared with tenderbranson69.

The color is medium dark brown with very full head almost half a glassful with fine bead after settling and spotty lace. The smell is good, malt presence with a sweet ester mild alcohol and fruity yeast accent. The feel is decent with moderately high carbonation with moderate sweetness and low bitterness with a mostly dry finish and slight fruity texture with hints of roast.

The taste is good, lots of malt with a mild honey-like sweetness and gentle roasted malt flavor with some nutty elements with light yeast flavor adding a tangy aspect to the malt forward brown ale qualities. Overall it has enough honey in the feel to present a semi-sweet element to the brown ale base, easy to drink yet not very complex in general, about average for the style.

 872 characters

Photo of t2thebro
2.9/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle

A- deep amber. Nice sized head, very little lacing.

S- light cocoa powder.

T- nice clean cocoa flavor. Not much else. Water and cocoa.

M- thin and dry at the finish. Would be better with a full body and no honey drying the end out. Unimpressive.

O- starts with decent flavor. But the body and finish are lacking.


 342 characters

Photo of SkeeterBoganski
3.47/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at the brewery

Amber to brown in color; light head; serious lacing; tastes like cocoa, but not over the top; easy to drink; made with local honey, but honey flavor kind of hard to find; good slightly sweet flavor. Overall, another accessible offering by TP...

 268 characters

Photo of LXIXME
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium light tan head settle into a nice long lasting lacing above a caramel amber colored brown.

Roasted to almost burnt caramel malt aroma is light but quite full.

Dark roasted caramel malt taste drowns out anything else that might be coming forth.

A dryish dark roasted malt aftertaste that lingers on and on with this medium to fullish bodied beer.

A decent tasting brown with its dark roasted aspect it comes off better than a lot of browns with there lighter caramel malts.

 483 characters

Photo of sommersb
3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tasted On: 07-10-2012
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, twist-cap
Glassware: Schooner
Purchased: Hotel lobby

Picked this up on a hotel stay in Colorado.

A: Clear with a dark brown color. The head is rocky and light tan; 3 fingers in height. Lacing is good with a very nice amount of retention.

S: Chocolate, dark bread, and caramel malts make up the aromas.

T: Toasted grains, as in coffee, with some earthy hops bitterness. Malty and nutty, plus rye bread sourness. I can't perceive any honey flavors.

M: The finish is dry, with some bitterness of roasted grains. Body is medium and has an average carbonation level.

O: I'd say this was an OK brown ale, but nothing I'd go out of my way for.

 721 characters

Photo of soju6
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear mahogany color with a nice head that fades ery slowly with ample lacing.

S: Aroma of roasted malt with some nuts, chocolate and caramel sweetness. There is just a bit of honey sweetness in the background.

T: Taste of roasted malt with some nuts and bit of dark chocolate and caramel sweetness. There is a mild bitterness and the finish is clean with just a bit of lingering honey sweetness.

F: Medium body, crisp and well carbonated.

O: Nice beer, much better than I expected. The honey adds a bit of character the the beer without overpowering the style. Worth checking out.

 597 characters

Photo of Mora2000
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a brown color with a tan head. The aroma is very sweet, with a lot of dark fruit, honey and caramel malt notes. The flavor is also very sweet. I get some nice honey and cherry notes, as well as some toffee, caramel and chocolate. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

 285 characters

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a dark crimson color with a small tan head, even with an aggressive pour. Fades to a decent collar, leaving a few lace patches.

Nose is sharp and sweet honey with a little bit of nutty yeast and roasty chocolate aromas. Not bad, its got some depth and is decently bold.

Glad the taste shows a more dialed down sweetness. Malts are honey-drizzled almonds and brazil nuts with a dusting of cocoa powder. There is enough going on here without getting boring, as some of the more one-dimensional brown ales can get; in fact, it's among my favorite new brown ales Ive tried over the past year or so. The body is pretty full and fairly silky. This is one of the better offerings I have had from Twisted Pine and could easily see myself enjoying a full sixer of this (got this one as a single).

 808 characters

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

another winner from twisted pine. pours lighter than most brown ales, but excited with a nice head. smells caramel malts and sweet orange blossom honey. flavor is very complex, much like their hoppy boy. first a caramel/toffee/honey malt sweetness, then a chocolate malt mellow middle, followed by the most gentle bitterness in the finish. this is a great brown ale, highly sessionable with a lighter body, and excellent with a rare buffalo burger. exceptional local product out of boulder

 489 characters

Photo of blakelive784
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

A - Pours a semi-transparent brown color with a creamy off white head of two fingers. The head sticks around awhile and it leaves nice lacing as it recedes.

S - Toasty/roasted malts, toffee, cream, and nutty tones. The aroma is subtle but inviting.

T - Caramel gives way to a toasted malt foundation. The honey sweetness pulls through on the climax, where it's nicely contrasted by hoppy bitterness. It's really pretty simple and the flavors are subtle and it's really well constructed. I dig it.

M - Medium bodied, and nicely dry on the finish. Well executed.

D - This one's a keeper. A very good no frills brown.

 678 characters

Photo of corby112
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Draft at the brewpub.

Pours a hazy dark brown color with a one finger off-white head that quickly fades into a thin ring. minimal lacing.

Slighty toasty aroma with dark malt notes and subtle crisp hops. Hints of toast, toffee, nut and caramel but I'm not picking up any honey.

Medium bodied and slightly roasted with some dark malts and faint sweetness. Hints of toast, caramel, cocoa, hazelnut and toffee along with subtle honey flavor. Toward the end of the palate there is a crisp hop bite that adds a touch of bitterness to the finish.

 545 characters

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured brown color with a nice dirty white cap

S: Honey, light bread, caramel and nutty

T: Tasted like a golden graham but not as tasty. Honey, light cocoa, nuts and toffee finishes with a hop bite

M: Light to medium body, crisp

O: Not bad and worth a try

 262 characters

Photo of paperbackfoster
3.32/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a light brown with tones of copper, with a half-finger head that dissipates quickly to loose, soapy bubbles.

S - Roasted malts with notes of chocolate and raisin bread. Honey lends a sweetness, but the yeast comes through with telltale scents of alcohol.

T - Definitely a sweet brown. Notes of honey, toffee, and chocolate in a creamy, vaguely nutty base of malt. Finishes bittersweet.

M - While thin, also creamy. The dry finish stands in an interesting contrast. Altogether very drinkable.

Overall - A good, not great, brown. It’s refreshing, it has a good flavor, but there’s not much depth to it. A good session brown.

 640 characters

Photo of TexIndy
3.32/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz twist-off bottle into a pint glass. No bottling info. It was a dark brown color with no visible carb streams. It had a very small, fizzy head that quickly settled into a thin collar. Very slight lacing.

The aroma was very sweet malt and honey. Not much in the way of hops but it's a brown so not unexpected. A bit too sweet for me. The taste followed the aroma and again was a bit too sweet. It's a honey brown so I expect the sweet but it needed something to offset it a little. The mouthfeel was a bit watery and lacking in carbonation. Sweet aftertaste but not overly so.

Overall, an average brown ale that was just over the too sweet border for me. Might be a good brew for BMC friends to covert them to better tasting beers. Avail here in TX. Rotation - glad I tried it as I've been wanting to try some of their beers (Hoppy Boy up next) but one is enough for me. [N;N]

 895 characters

Photo of bmwats
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.

A: Medium dark brown. Pours about a one finger, foamy, brown-white head. Settles fairly slowly. Some nice spider web lacing remains as you drink it down.

S: Roasted coffee malt, with a little pecan and walnut. Really woody and nutty.

T: Pungent roasted malt flavor with some woody tones. Not really much else.

M: Kind of hearty, but has something of a washed out feel. Peaty pungent aftertaste lingers.

D: Not bad. Nothing too off-putting, but probably not something I'd get excited about as a session.

Atmosphere is decent. Appearance is dark and rich with a nice head and some good lacing. Nose is roasted malt and woody tones. Flavor is okay. A hearty robustness, not complex, but kind of washed-out. Overall, this is a pretty decent quaff.

 798 characters

Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, brown color with a one-finger, tan colored head of thick foam. Nice retention and a little lacing.

S - It smelled of honey and sweet breads.

T - Honey flavor is prominent but fades as it warms. Good sweet maltiness with very little bitter hop bite.

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

D - I was pleasantly surprised. I like a brown ale but was worried about a honey brown. It was good, though.

 459 characters

Photo of birchstick
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a deep chestnut brown with a one finger head

S - smells very sweet - some caramel, chocolate, and cereal malt, a bit of hay, and a dash of honey

T - the taste is nice. Caramel malt are the most dominant on the palate; I also got a touch of chocolate malt, and the honey that was advertised made an appearance. Really good brown ale flavor here.

M - medium body with decent carbonation

D - this is a good example of a brown ale. I feel like sometimes this style can be very bland and not very exciting. Twisted Pine did a great take on it...I know I will be buying more from them based on this beer.

 612 characters

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.62/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle tried 21 Apr 2010.

Served in, yet again, the Liquor Mart shaker pint. Smallish light brown head. Lightly carbonated. Clear mahogany color. Aroma is chocolatey with a touch of honey. Initial taste is of chocolate, then a slight lingering roasty bitterness. Aftertaste is lightly sweet with a touch of honey. Medium body. Light ethanol.

Easy to drink a few of these.

 380 characters

Photo of Tone
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and slight lacing. Smells of sweet malt, hops, earthy malt, slight honey, and slight oatmeal. Fits the style of an American Brown Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of hops, sweet malt, slight roasted malt, hint of coffee, and a hint honey. Overall, good blend of flavors, nice body, and aroma.

 418 characters

Photo of Yeastcakes
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving notes - 0.5L Augustiner glass, 40F from fridge.
A - Aroma very slight. Some honey and carmel.
A - Dark ice tea color. Nice half-inch of head that simmers down to a quarter inch of persistent head.
M - medium carbonation and low to medium mouthfeel. Nice creaminess at the end of a sip from the head.
T - Honey and caramel dominate up front. Toasty malt blends comes in smaller amounts. Sweetness is very subtle and not cloying.
D - Goes down very smoothly with toasty aftertaste.

 487 characters

Photo of Birmingham
3.78/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: A crisp aroma of mild roasted malts with some grains. As the beer warms up, the honey notes begin to pop.

Appearance: Pours deep brown with an off white head. The head dissipates quickly, leaving traces of head on the glass.

Flavor: Initially I tasted the bitterness from the hops, then the sweets malts following up with dried fruits. The flavors are well balanced with hints of roasted grains and chocolate. As the beer leaves my glass, the bitterness fades away.

Mouth feel: It has a light body, with mild carbonation.

Overall Impression: It is easy to drink. As with their Cream Stout, if you enjoy drinking beers with subtle flavors, this beer is for you. I am seeing a trend from Twisted Pine; their beers are well executed and brewed to style. I understand why this beer received medals at both the GABF and Colorado State Fair. Their beers showcase their brewers' talent and make me wish I could purchase some of their bigger or extreme beers.

 962 characters

Photo of Kemmerlin
2.92/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a light thin head with an ok amount of lacing. The color was a filtered brownish purple.

S: Dank malts and yeast mixed with earthy undertones with a light brown sugar and honey smell and maybe some allspice.

T: A light malt mixture with some sweetness from the honey that tastes more like a thick molasses. Very little aftertaste to write about.

M/D: Slimy, light but crisp feel with moderate drinkability based on lack of significant taste.

 454 characters

Photo of Domingo
3.9/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ah, Twisted Pine. Often the forgotten brewery from the Colorado Front Range.
Pours a pretty dark brown color. No amber notes here. It's pretty much the color of milk chocolate. It looks thick initially, but the texture is perfect for the style. A nice thin (1/8") sheen forms on the top, but it's not too foamy either.
It smells of fruit-based honey, almonds, caramel, and maybe even a little mild dark rum.
The taste is sweet up front with the honey and then it moves into a more chocolaty direction. The finish comes away with a little molasses.
It looks thick, but it's very quaffable. I think it's just the color playing tricks.
It's a little on the sweet side, but based upon what they're shooting for - you know that much coming in.
It has a really good, fresh honey flavor and a cocoa flavor that really works for me. I finished one pretty quickly and the second was a bit slower.

I really enjoy a good brown ale in the Spring, and this one hits the spot. Paired well with a spicy southwest grilled chicken sandwich. I can imagine the sweetness would do well with anything savory.

If you like this one and want others that aren't quite as sweet, I recommend the Santa Fe offering, too.

 1,197 characters

Photo of rowew
3.1/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz short bottle - standard Twisted Pine labels. Spot for date bottled, but it isn't notched. Probably because this label is on crooked.

Appearance: dark reddish brown head, with a thin head. A bit of sediment remains.

Smell: Very sweet with a bit of caramel malt.

Taste: Sweet start, with a bit of caramel and roasted flavor.

Overall impression: Not bad - a bit sweeter than I prefer, but seems to be a well-made beer.

 448 characters

Twisted Pine Honey Brown Ale from Twisted Pine Brewing Company
3.45 out of 5 based on 57 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    No fake news here. Get real beer content delivered to your doorstep every month.