Twisted Pine Amber Ale
Twisted Pine Brewing Company

Twisted Pine Amber AleTwisted Pine Amber Ale
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Style:
American Amber / Red Ale
Ranked #1,056
ABV:
5.3%
Score:
79
Ranked #44,337
Avg:
3.41 | pDev: 15.84%
Reviews:
30
Ratings:
63
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Twisted Pine Brewing Company
 
Colorado, United States
Avail:
Year-round
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SCORE
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Reviews by Yeastcakes:
Photo of Yeastcakes
3.79/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving notes - from the fridge, imperial pint glass.
A - Caramel malty sweetness.
A - Thin quarter-inch head upon pour. Quickly dissipates to a thin film. Hazy amber-red color.
M - Medium head with medium to full body.
T - Nice complex malty body with caramel sweetness dominating. Some grapefruit and a hint of apple. Sweetness like a tootsie pop.
D - Great red ale. Nice malt body.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz short brown with no freshness date.

Appearance: A healthy small bubbled off white lace adorns this richly amber hued brew.

Smell: Hint of dehydrated fruit and rounded toasted malt are in the nose.

Taste: Interesting and complex mix of fruity esters, toasted biscuity grain, a touch of malt sweetness and a sufficing hop bitterness in this medium bodied brew. Quite a malty brew with a toasted flavour that has an earthy rustic taste to it and that lingers into the after taste ... same with the semi coarse hop flavour that fades very slowly. Nice balance of residual sweetness and drying grain the finish also.

Notes: A superb American Amber Ale coming from this smaller brewery in CO even though it is contract brewed for the bottled beer. This brew was worth the hunt ... extremely flavourful and a treat for the taste buds.

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

A superb American Amber Ale coming from this smaller brewery in CO even though it is contract brewed for the bottled beer. This brew was worth the hunt ... extremely flavourful and a treat for the taste buds.

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Photo of brentk56
3.06/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear light amber color with a nice, frothy head that leaves decent lacing

Smell: Biscuity malt, but not much else

Taste: Biscuity, almost buttery, up front, with very little hops to balance it out; the finish is grainy and earthy

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I'm not sure what they are shooting for but this is not a particularly interesting beer; except for the grainy finish, it is practically flavorless

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Photo of Rodekill
4.05/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Easily one of the best American Amber ales I've ever had. Granted, it's not an especially interesting style, but this one stands head and shoulders above most.

Nice hoppy nose & balanced bitterness/malt backbone. Excellent session beer. More hoppy than your average amber, pushing the envelope toward ESB. Very nice indeed.

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Photo of blitz134
3.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice clear amber color, small white head on the pour, reduced to a skim of bubbles. Aroma indicates this is a fairly well balanced brew. Some nice caramel malty hints work well with the mainly floral hop aroma. Fleeting hints of citrus and pine hops, but these are not the dominant aroma. Some bubblegum sweetness comes in as well. Flavor is really malty, mainly biscuit, quite different than the sweetness in the aroma. Earthy hops and slightly toasted malts fill this one out. Finishes with some nice hop bitterness, pine mostly. Mouthfeel is a bit thin feeling although it still seems to coat the cheeks well and allows the flavor to linger. Nothing too special in that regard. Good drinkability really, a pretty standard amber ale offering, nice and malty with some good bitterness.

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Photo of rowew
4.1/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz short bottle. Twisted pine log on the front, spot for date bottled on, but it isn't marked.

Appearance: Amber colored with a nice white head of large bubbles. Good lacing.

Smell: Bready malt and just a hint of floral hops.

Taste: Great malt base, with some bready malt and a touch of roasted flavor. Just enough to hops to mellow out the sweetness.

Overall impression: A very solid amber - highly drinkable, and complex enough to remain interesting.

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Photo of xymyl
3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From tap: amber in color with light carbonation.

Clean and simple, well balanced lightly sweet malt flavor, light floral and bittering hops. A very enjoyable pint.

I'm not going to rate this beer twice, but I have a two part review, tap at Twisted Pine and bottle purchased at Twisted Pine as well.

From bottle: a bit more body more complexity and far more assertive hop character than on tap, not that it was bad. Just not what I was expecting about an hour after having it on tap. Two very different beers (at least the day I was there May 15 2006). I would still buy it (them) again.

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Photo of russpowell
3.91/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can't discern the bottled on date

Pours amber to caramel with an 2 fingers off white head. Very good head retention & good lacing

S: Slight hops nose& malt sweetness

T: Big, er piney hops presence followed by malt sweetness with a slight hint of cherry. Caramel & citrussy hops follow. Finishes dry & puckery hoppy

MF: Medium to heavy body with good carbonation, but a tad too hoppy for the style IMO

Drinks pretty easy. I think this works year round

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.29/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle without a freshness date. Pours a clear, light copper color with a towering 3-finger tan foam. Pretty dense and displays some nice retention and lacing.

Nose is pretty damn fruity for the style without a whole lot of caramely sweetness or toasty malt I usually associate with an Amber Ale. Mild sour notes are found throughout and plenty of yeasty esters running wild. Not impressed.

Taste dials it back a little on the fruit and displays some piney hops and toasty malt with a touch of sweetness. Body nicely sits at medium, as does the carbonation. It actually drinks pretty decently, right about middle of the road for me as far as Ambers are concerned. I would not mind a bit more caramel malt with less toast and fruit. I would drink this again but would not go out of my way to score a bottle or two.

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Photo of zeff80
3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, amber color with a one-finger, white head of foam. Nice retention that left behind sticky thin rings of lace.

S - It smelled earthy and malty. A touch of pine aroma, too.

T - It tasted of spicy hops and citrus - mostly orange. It had a burnt toast maltiness.

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

D - This is a nice amber. Another solid brew from Twisted Pine.

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Photo of Tone
3.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, amber color. 3/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet malt, hops, slight pale malt, hint of citrus, and a hint of earthy malt. Fits the style of an American Amber / Red Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of slight earthy malt, hint of wheat, hint of caramel malt, hint of hops, and slight sweet malt. Overall, good appearance, aroma, and blend.

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Photo of biertrinkenja
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of dkoehler42
3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a good alternative to your standard bland pilsner. It's not overly strong, but the hops definitely make themselves known. The amber ale pours a nice dark amber that's clean with little head. However, I don't think I would go out of my way to pick this up again, especially since I brought it all the way back from Colorado.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.45/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Medium sized white to tan head settles into a decent lacing above a clear caramel honey colored beer.

Light sour grains, light roasted caramel malts, with a slight citrus hops aroma.

Caramel malts with a slight bitter hops taste, light and basic, drinkable.

A light caramel taste remains in a dryish aftertaste on this medium bodied amber.

Basic amber taste, nothing bad about it, but I'd rather spend my time drinking better beers, I'll save beers like this for tailgating or early morning fishing because without a doubt it's better than 95% of AB stuff.

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Photo of Kemmerlin
3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Amber red color with a thin quickly diminishing head that seems to be a trademark of Twisted Pine.

S: Has decent aromas of nuts and maple.

T: Tastes of pecans in the front, light hops in the middle and an acidic tannin taste in the back.

M/D: Lightly bitter feel on the tongue has a bit of a bite as well. Drinking it was good but not something very exciting to talk about.

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Photo of Hoser77
2.22/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance-Pours brilliantly clear. Deep copper color. No chill haze. Clear white head that dissapates quickly. Minimal lacing lingers.

Smell-Strong diacetyl/butterscotch aroma overpowers the malt and hops. Minimal fruity fermentation esters, probably English yeast? Unable to appreciate much else due to the diacetyl.

Taste-Similar to the aroma, strong diacetyl flavor. Some hop bitterness up front. Minimal hop flavor. Some crystal malt flavor, could be coming from the diacetyl?

Mouthfeel-Medium body, somewhat chewy and full. Slight hop astringency, but not objectionable. Finish is dry.

Drinkability-This is the third bottle I have had in this 6 pack and all have a very strong diacetyl flavor and aroma that makes it very difficult to drink. Definitely a production or packaging problem. I would like to try this beer without the diacetyl flavor and aroma, it might be good? Unfortunately, I don't feel like investing in a second 6 pack.

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Photo of Birmingham
2.91/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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

Appearance: Pours a hazy deep copper with a low white head. The head dissipated quickly, but leaves traces of head on the glass. The bubbles from the carbonation can been seem cascading towards the top of the glass.

Flavor: The flavor is balanced towards the hops, as expected with an American Amber. The malts tend toward the biscuit flavors.

Mouth feel: It has a medium body with a mild astringency on the side of the tongue.

Overall Impression: It is not very interesting beer to drink. It's solid beer to serve to the macro-beer drinkers who are transitioning towards the craft beers.

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Photo of Rayek
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Bright toffee brown with a small soapy off-white cap. Head retention is OK and bits of lace are left behind.

S: Quite sweet. A caramel sweetness really stands out. Behind it is a bit of grapefruit citrus.

T: Tastes a lot like it smells. The caramel from the nose dominates the palate. Bitterness is mild and has a grapefruit and lemon tartness. The overall flavor is quite mild. Finishes with a bit of lingering sweetness.

M: The light body has about the right level of carbonation.

D: This is a nice unassuming beer that goes down easy. Nothing really stands out about it, however. Perhaps a good choice for someone getting their feet wet with craft beers.

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Photo of Brenden
3.87/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Definitely amber, though with a slightly lighter leaning in the color, this one is clear and bright. The head is tight and frothy, almost an entire finger tall but just short. It's got good stick and more than moderate lacing by way of patches and some thin legs.
Malt-forward on the nose, this beer offers mostly some dark fruits and toasty, though a touch of herbal leaf gives a light bitterness. It's not particularly strong, but it pretty much fits the standard for the style.
The taste brings it up a notch, though, marrying the malty and hoppy elements in developing a flavorful and well-rounded beer. A little bit more earth is brought out with a stronger citrus element, a bit of zest mostly and particularly orange and grapefruit. It's still more focused on the malts, with lots of toast and earth and a little caramel, but the hops serve the palate well, too.
The feel is crisp and biting with a consistent smoothness in a medium body leaning light.

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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +10%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

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3/5  rDev -12%

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4/5  rDev +17.3%

Twisted Pine Amber Ale from Twisted Pine Brewing Company
Beer rating: 79 out of 100 with 63 ratings