Artisan Series - West Bound Braggot
Twisted Pine Brewing Company

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Twisted Pine Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
3.81 | pDev: 8.66%
Oct 28, 2017
Aug 29, 2012
Very Good
Artisan Series - West Bound BraggotArtisan Series - West Bound Braggot
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Reviewed by FBarber from Illinois

3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Not a style I've ever had before - and given how hard this one was to find, I doubt I'll have another anytime soon.

Appearance is a cloudy opaque bright gold color. Thin white head dissipates pretty quickly leaving thin layer of foam covering most of the beer. No lacing.

Aroma is pretty sweet with some fruity aromas and a bit of funky grape must. Honey, orange, tangerine, white grapes, and some orange rind. Surprisingly quite fruity. A bit medicinal as it warms and the spices come out more. Hints of mint are also noted.

Taste is incredibly unique. There is some light malt character that is quickly overtaken by the mead flavors. Strong white grape must with orange, orange rind and citrus flavors come along. Honey is noted throughout with that citrus flavor - clearly the orange blossom honey used is imparting a strong citrus flavor. Bit of peppery spice on the finish, but its very mild.

Feel is defined by the strong carbonation that provides a very vivacious and prickly mouthfeel. Full bodied and sticky, almost syrupy at points.

Overall this seems like a good braggot.
Oct 28, 2017
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Reviewed by ICTguy21 from Kansas

3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
*This is my first braggot and the bottle I have is a couple years old so take it for what you will*
Look: golden and bubbly, medium white head that fades quickly and leaves minimal lacing

Smell: honey with slight fruit and must

Taste: honey, fruit and Belgian yeast steal the show, a bit lighter in flavor than I expected for 8.5%, flavors are well balanced

Feel: strongest characteristic of this beer, carbonation is present but not overpowering, nice and smooth

Overall: taste like a lighter Belgian style beer with a decent bit of honey added, at first I had mixed feelings about it but it's definitely grown on me as I went through bottle. Quality brew, would love to try it fresh as comparison.
Sep 22, 2017
Rated: 4.19 by MizzouBrew from Missouri

Jun 24, 2017
Rated: 4 by BrewskiBrandon from Missouri

Oct 24, 2016
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Reviewed by Tone from Missouri

4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Pours a clear, gold color. 3/4 inch head of a white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of strong pale malt, sweet malt, citrus, hops, honey, spices, and alcohol. Fits the style of a Braggot. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of alcohol, strong pale malt, sweet malt, slight honey, spices (sage?), slight hops, and slight citrus (lemon?). Overall, a great blend, good body, aroma, decent feel and appearance.
May 02, 2016
Rated: 4 by Hohnbaum from Kansas

Jan 15, 2016
Rated: 4.07 by jaydoc from Kansas

Jan 15, 2016
Rated: 3.5 by Hellpop65 from Kansas

Jan 03, 2016
Rated: 3.4 by daem3384 from California

Dec 02, 2015
Rated: 3.75 by a77cj7 from South Dakota

Aug 04, 2015
Rated: 4 by afsdan from Colorado

Jun 28, 2015
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Reviewed by samuelp23 from Illinois

3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
L: Gold; can see through but not clearly;
S: Big basil; olive; very savory
T: peppery bitterness; bitter orange peel like campari; alcohol in back of throat;
F: not carbonated for a farmhouse style;
O: Fine, a bit bitter and not always a nice bitter. The savory smells were quite interesting but overall not an amazing.
Apr 09, 2015
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Reviewed by JuicesFlowing from Kansas

3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Poured into a chalice.

Look: Opaque light honey color, golden. A white head recedes to a light wisp. Very light lacing.

Aroma: Orange peel, honey, light pepper notes.

Taste: The sweetness really hits the tongue immediately with citrus orange and honey. There's a black peppery heat barely perceptible in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Fairly light for 8.5% ABV.

Overall: Pretty good, easy to drink. Very straightforward in it's taste profile. I had a bottle with a new label though, so this is being brewed again? March 2015.
Mar 29, 2015
Rated: 2.75 by drewone from California

Dec 06, 2014
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Reviewed by UCLABrewN84 from California

3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a hazy yellow-orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, earth, pepper, spice, and slight citrus fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with earth, spice, honey, and pepper flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with an interesting mix of ingredients that work together better in the taste to me.

Serving type: bottle.
Dec 01, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by GRG1313 from California

Dec 01, 2014
Rated: 4.14 by Rado from California

Nov 30, 2014
Rated: 4 by Sammy from Canada (ON)

Jun 29, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by liamt07 from Canada (ON)

Jun 29, 2014
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Reviewed by GreesyFizeek from New York

4.19/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
On tap at the Old Toad in Rochester, NY.

Pours a deep golden yellow/orange, with a 2 inch foamy, fizzy head, and a lot of lacing.

Smells like Citra hops, black pepper, honey, and grass.

Tastes similar, a lot of stuff going on in here, hard to wrap my head around it. Some honey sweetness, some orange and pineapple flavors from the Citra hops, some black pepper spiciness (the Tasmanian pepper berries maybe?). There is a really fresh herbal quality to this, and some gin botanical like qualities to it as well. Really complex and unique. I don't really know what Buddha's hand zest it, or what it tastes like, so I'm not picking it up.

Light bodied, crisp, clean mouthfeel, which is a miracle, given all the flavors that could muddle it up. No bitterness. Medium carbonation.

My first braggot- without comparing it to other braggots, I will say that Twisted Pine knocked it out of the park. I haven't liked many of their other brews, but this hit all the right notes for me.
Jun 20, 2014
Rated: 3.25 by Herky21 from Iowa

May 24, 2014
Rated: 4 by Whiskeydeez from Kansas

Apr 17, 2014
Rated: 4 by kylehay2004 from Illinois

Apr 05, 2014
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Reviewed by Jason from Massachusetts

3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
25.4oz brown bottle, no freshness date.

Patchy lacing, deep golden hue. Aromas of exotic fruit, lemon pith, pepper corn, earthy honey, and bready malt. Citrus twang, spicy, mildly peppery, underlying honey, warming, faint yeast, clean graininess, grassy, fruity with a drying finish.

Very interesting and very extreme with the additions of Buddha's Hand Fruit and Tasmanian Pepper Berries. It is still a full on Braggot and a whole lot of fun to sip.
Oct 17, 2013
Rated: 3.75 by JMBSH from Colorado

Aug 14, 2013
Rated: 4 by casadebia from Texas

Jan 27, 2013
Rated: 4 by Lynn1451 from Washington

Jan 16, 2013
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Reviewed by Jugs_McGhee from Texas

3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bopttle with waxed over pressure cap served into a Guinness goblet in me gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live.

Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a white colour three finger head of fair cream and thickness, and nice retention. Body colour is a transparent pale copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Honey, spice, pale malts, and nordic spice. Residual sugar. An average strength aroma.

T: Honey, heavy spicing, brown/fermented sugar, crystal malt, sweet lemon, and some light citrusy hops.

Mf: Nicely coarse, wet, and well carbonated. A bit nectary. Good thickness and palate presence.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable. I'd have this again. I quite like this. A tasty brew from twisted pine.

High C+
Dec 24, 2012
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Reviewed by mactrail from Washington

3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
It takes all kinds of palates, I guess, but I like the moderate amount of honey flavor. From the 750 ml bottle pours a light, honey-colored brew with a white, persistent foam with a champagne mouthfeel. Aroma of lemon and pineapple.

A nice tart edge offsets the sweetness. For the record, the flavorings include orange blossom honey, Buddha's Hand citron and Tasmanian pepper berries, whatever that is. This is a very pleasant mix of citrus and honey, with a touch of heat. It leaves you with a woody taste in the mouth. I like the fact that this does have both tart and sugary elements, but it's quite edgy with what tastes like Belgian yeast. It dries out toward the end and leaves a hint of that yeasty bitterness.

This seems quite complex and interesting to me, and well worth a try, especially if you aren't crazy about Braggots. They're closing this one out at Mayfair Liquors in Denver.
Nov 24, 2012
Rated: 4 by MarkyMOD from Colorado

Sep 10, 2012
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Reviewed by DavoleBomb from Pennsylvania

3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Poured into a snifter. Limited release #4 of 12.

3.0 A: Moderately hazed dark yellow color. Three fingers of frothy white head. Retention is a bit below average and little lacing is left.

3.5 S: Big honey from the start, like it should be. Huge herbalness including chamomile and dandelion. Earthy and peppery spiciness. Neutral, lightly grainy maltiness. Pleasant nose.

3.5 T: Lots of honey, but I still want some more. Again spicy pepper, herbal tea variety of herbalness, and dirty earth. Clean, grainy malts.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation with a light spritziness to it. Smooth.

3.5 D: I'm a big fan of braggots, and while it isn't bad, it's not super complex or super potent. I prefer braggots to have an unholy amount of honey. Still, definitely worth a buy since there is a paucity of braggots on the market and this one is tasty.
Aug 29, 2012
Artisan Series - West Bound Braggot from Twisted Pine Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 31 ratings