Twisted Pine Hoppy Knight India Black Ale | Twisted Pine Brewing Company

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Twisted Pine Hoppy Knight India Black AleTwisted Pine Hoppy Knight India Black Ale

Brewed by:
Twisted Pine Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by ffejherb on 08-23-2010

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Reviews: 21 | Ratings: 72
Photo of Fatehunter
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours two fingers of head on a dark brown body.
The aroma is pine, roasted malt and a bit of chocolate.
The taste has a solid bitterness throughout, a stronger sweet note in the middle and a mild bitter finish.
The texture softer.
Great aroma and nice flavor.

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Photo of thumperskibum
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Didn't know what to expect with this one. Was very surprised and really liked it. Poured into a tall glass and the head was huge and chocolaty. It stuck around for quite awhile and when I drank it, it exploded with a malty, deep taste. Got surprised with a strange, but cool aftertaste. Twisted Pines Brewery has a fan with me and I look forward to trying some more when I'm back in Colorado.

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Photo of budgood1
4.16/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. bomber.

pours out an opaque reddish tinged brown colour with an gigantic dark tan head which has some serious retention and lace. a smoky, resiny, perfume aroma provides a treat for the nose. the taste profile leans heavily on the dark roasted malts. chewy nougat and caramel, with some cocoa and iced coffee notes. i can swear i can detect lactic. the hopping is splendid. just the right amount of tea like juiciness makes for a great balance, while bittering is confined to just a kiss on the back end. i'm really digging the balance and juiciness of this one. medium bodied, with a juicy coarseness and tongue numbing bitterness. excellent drinkability with just a hint of the ABV.

overall this black IPA is one of the better ones i've tried. it has a milk stout quality to it that is hard to describe. really a luscious brew. highly recommended.

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Photo of JCarey
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber in to a Snifter glass.

Deep opaque black you'd see in any Porter, with the tell-tale tan head of a dark beer.

Danky hop resin smell, with a pronounced graininess and roasted coffee on the nose. I'm getting some dark chocolate notes, reminiscent of a 90% Lindt bar.

Hops are wonderfully subdued in this. I get that flavor I want without the mouth-puckering bitterness of a West Coast IPA. The hops are there, but not in force. Unfortunately the typical Porter/Stout flavors just aren't here. No big flavors really come up front, which is unfortunate, because it's a style with A LOT of competition.

Has a nice thickening feel to it, carbonation is dead on for me. With 8.0 ABV you can hardly tell. No bad alcohol burn.

A stylistically awesome brew, but it's lacking in individuality. I'd drink an, O'Connor(Norfolk, VA), Evolution(Salisbury, MD), or Avery New World Porter over this ANY day.

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Photo of Kendo
3.64/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from the bomber into a pint glass. Body is black with a half-finger khaki-colored head. Nice drips of lace on the side of the glass.

S: Some juicy hops over some roasted malt. Not too strong, but appropriate for the style.

T: First impression is the mouthfeel, actually - it's a bit thin in heft and that seems to have an effect on the overall impression, including what I'm tasting. .. which seems a bit watery. There's a little bit of roastiness, some charcoal and ash and a decent amount of hop bitterness at the finish.

M: As noted above, thin and somewhat watery.

O: This is okay-to-good. I had a friend's homebrewed Black IPA last night that was better - and it didn't cost me nearly $9 for the bomber. .. . .

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Photo of Franziskaner
2.81/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Minimal head retention after the pour. Dark and nearly impenetrable to light. Light whiff of hops and dark, roasted malt. Could have used more enhanced aroma. Much lighter on the palate and not as bold in flavor as with other dark IPA's I've tried.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

love that this is bigger on the abv. pours an innocuous lazy dark brown and clear color with just a finger of off white suds. smells like hoppy boy ipa with a little more roast and a little more booze, a very quaffable hopped up black ale. good ale yeast flavor above the roasted barley and light pine sap hops. balanced, but the hops are still the dominant flavor, oily and fresh, a lot like the hoppy boy ipa really. lighter body and bigger abv makes a fun early spring brew texture. I like that the body isn't overwhelming, id have a few of these before they caught up with me. carbonation is lively, and like all twisted pine beers, im sure this was better on tap that it would be in a bottle, whether they bottle it or not. I enjoyed this a lot, and props to the new world of beers on Colorado boulevard for supporting some of hese local operations.

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Photo of beergoot
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Roasted grain scents mingling with pine resin and faint citrus hop aromas rise above a dark, mahogany body and emanate through a very thick, foamy head. Mildly roasted coffee smells are also present. Taste comes across with a mouth zinging mixture of roasted and chocolate malt flavors, medium intense hop bitterness, coursing along a solid but relatively unobtrusive backbone of alcohol heat. Medium-light body, clean and smooth.

A very tasty black ale with a pleasantly intense hop smell and feel throughout. The malts come across lightly roasted and slightly charred yet complement the hops nicely. Good, tasty, and worth an experience...

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Photo of beer2day
3.94/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Bottle Rev in Raleigh.

Dark brown pour with hints of red at the edges. Very little head, but a nice chocolate brown shade. No lace.

Notes of coffee, caramel, and grapefruit hops in the nose. Roast malt backs that up. Understated, but very nice.

Burnt chocolate, roast coffee balance well against a grapefruit hop hit. Light oils and maybe a bit of flowery hops come in as well. No sign of the abv.

Medium feel with only a slight slickness from hop oil.

A solid effort.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter. Off-white head, moderate retention on a black body. Oily, clear, sticky lacing and some with tiny bubbles. Aroma includes roasted malt, some malt sweetness, some coffee notes and maybe some vanilla wafer, not really getting any hop notes, are they masked/overwhelmed by the other flavors? Taste is very bitter indeed, the hops were obviously hidden by the other flavors. Some coffee and a touch of alcohol and chocolate in the flavor as well but some nice hop bitterness stands out. The flavors work well, not bad at all.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.61/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Just what I needed after drinking so much beer in the previous day, another beer! Though at least I received help drinking this bomber in the hotel room. On to the beer:

This is a very heady brew. The color is ink black, and the lacing given off by the head is outstanding. With an India Dark Ale, you kinda know what to expect, a little dark malt and a lot of hops. I'd same the aroma is on the mark; a touch of chocolate syrup, some roasted malt, and sharp piney hops.

At first sip, it's tough. A little roast, ash, and a truckload of very bitter hops were not fun going down at first. With time and as the beer warms, some of the bitterness wanes and the hops bring vague citrus notes to the room. It's medium bodied with a fine texture and a good dose of lingering bitterness in the aftertaste.

The Hoppy Knight is a satisfactory IDA. Nothing more and nothing less.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.61/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: 1.5 finger head with nice retention and excellent lacing on a hazy deep mahagony brown body.

S: roasted malts, toffee, a touch of brown sugar and

T. Be ready on the first sip with this one because after that all you taste is the pine and bitterness. Roared malts and caramel followed by strong earthy and pine hop bitterness. Licorice notes.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: well to get the hops to stand out over the roasted malt this brewer went strong in the bitter hops. Hurts drinkability and Conplexity. Still a good one to try.

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Photo of coldriver
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber pours a coca cola color with quickly dissapating head. Aroma is muted dark malt (somewhat like the modeling clay I used in grade school), not much in the way of spicy or citrusy hops. Taste is dominated by peppery hops, with dark roasted molasses malt. Mouthfeel is like trying to eat pepper, very harsh on the tongue which lingers well into the aftertaste. This style is one of my favorites - clearly there are better examples than this one.

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

Review from notes, enjoyed on 10/4/2010. The beer arrives a deep rich dark brown, nearly black, with thick solid brown edges in the light. A decent 1.5 finger tan head with some retention and lacing. The nose is a pleasant mix of roasted malt, sweet milt chocolate, and citrus hops. Perhaps a hint of pine as well. The flavor very much follows suit as the roasted malt and chocolate sweetness provide a nice base from which the medium bitter hop character rises, again with a citrus and piney earth tones. Fairly well balanced. A sweet hop light bitter flavor remains on the tongue. Finishes dry and clean. Medium bodied and well carbonated. Overall, this is my favorite beer from the brewery to date. Good.

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Photo of mastodonj
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at Twisted Pine's tap room.

All-around, it's not memorable but not bad either.

A - Very Dark brown with a small, quick-disappearing head but
good lacing of an inch or so.

S - Not much jumps out except maybe a little chocolate....

T - Decent flavor with average bitterness (surprising because their
description says the IBU = 80 or so). Nice lingering aftertaste.
Just not real complex.

M - Clean on the tongue and clean finish.

I would not order this again but it's not something I regret having.

(I believe the ABV was 7% but not positive so I have not
included it in the description)

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Photo of emmasdad
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Dan for bringing this one over tonight. Pours a beautiful mahogany color, shot through with red, with a long lasting light brown head. Aromas of valencia orange, grapefruit and roasted malt. Medium bodied, hoppy (lots of citrus) and nicely balanced.

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Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a dark, dark brown color with a small, tan head of bubbly foam. It left some thin rings of lace.

S - It smelled of orange and grapefruit rind and burnt toast maltiness.

T - It had a sweet caramel malt flavor with a nice orange flavor from some bitter hops.

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

D - This is a good Black IPA. One of the better offerings from Twisted Pine.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.47/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle. Pours dark brown with a medium off white head that quickly diminishes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet roasted chocolate malts with some piney, resiny hops.

The flavor is roasted bitter chocolate malts with some piney, tarry hops in the finish. There's a good amount of bitterness that lingers in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium boded and watery.

Overall, a pretty good black IPA. Good bitterness, OK flavors, a bit watery.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.09/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber served cool into a globe.

Black in the glass with a creamy head. No retention but some nice lacing.

Aroma is really pretty excellent. There is a great fresh citrus hop character that is better than most traditional IPAs.

Flavor is well done too. Although it's a black IPA, the more familiar taste of a west coast IPA comes through strong. The roasty malts only show themsleves at the end of each sip. More great citrus hop flavor that turns roasted and chocolately.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall a very good example of the style. I look forward to more soon.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz $7 Dark brown, almost black, looks about standard. Smells like an IPA, not bad, kind of piney and citrus. The taste is not as hoppy as the smell, I was disappointed a little. It tasted like a brown ale and I just really wished the hops from the smell were present in the flavor.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Twisted Pine brewpub on 8/11/10. Described on the chalkboard as a black IPA with 85 IBUs and 7% ABV.

A - Dark amber body with garnet hues and a creamy beige head on top that dispersed into a thin retention but yielded some sticky, foamy lace around the glass.

S - Fresh pine and citrus notes balanced with an apparent grainy toasted malt character. A hint of chocolate emerges as it warmed up, as well as a touch of earthy spices. The toasty/roasty attributes really start to take over as the liquid reached room temperature.

T - Opens with a fairly swift smack of primarily piney hops but also some softer citrus notes, which quickly segues into a grainy malt character with a hint of chocolate and coffee. Finishes with a roasted malt character that blends moderate bitterness with a touch of astringency.

M - Medium bodied with a light syrupy texture and fairly bristly carbonation. Finishes with a moderate lingering bitterness on the palate accompanied by a slightly burnt malt character.

D - Pretty solid dark IPA with equal parts hoppy and roasted attributes, altough the toasted and roasted malt characteristics tended to dominate the latter half of the pint.

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Twisted Pine Hoppy Knight India Black Ale from Twisted Pine Brewing Company
3.67 out of 5 based on 72 ratings.
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