Twisted Manzanita Ales

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IPA - American
3.38 | pDev: 16.57%
Twisted Manzanita Ales
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Reviews: 24 | Ratings: 58 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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searsclone from Arizona

3.76/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into a Sierra Nevada pint glass. Copper colored, really clear, thick tan head that sticks around for a while and leaves a nice lace

Smell is sweet juicy fruit with a bit of toast. Really great.

Taste is malty upfront with a hoppy bitterness to balance it nicely. A little bit toasty

Very creamy mouth feel with enough carbonation to make it a little weird. Almost like a nitro up front, then unexpected sharpness

Overall not bad. I had high hopes considering the smell and appearance, but unfortunately it didn't live up to them. Not bad at all, but not great.

Jul 08, 2014
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utfiero from Texas

3/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Color- mildly hazy amber. Medium head.

Aroma- mildly spiced with hoppiness.

Taste- Starts hoppy with a very dry middle finishing with a lingering bitter finish. Nothing memorable here.

Poured from 650 ml bomber into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass). Tasted 12/31/12.

Jun 23, 2014
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McStagger from California

3.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Yet another San Diego IPA. A single that clocks in at 8%, no less. 88 Ibu's on the label.

A: Fairly dark amber color on the pour. Splash over a finger of light tan head. Bubbles are a mix of large and small. Retention is pretty good. Lacing is also nice. Bubbles rise to the surface fairly lazily, so this one is going to have some body.

S: Malt dominant in the smell. Caramel, toffee, nutty. Hops are fairly muted. Some tropical flavor, virtually no citrus.

T: Meh. Immediately, from the get go, this is forgettable. Plenty of bitterness in the finish, but little to no hop flavor. Front of the tongue is more of the nutty caramel, but even this is pretty weak. Mid palate is stone fruit, but very muddled, along with green apple skin. Again, very light citrus. Finish is a hit of astringent bitterness with very little redeeming character. Still, this doesn't taste like 88 IBU's. Wonder what the hop bill is on this...

M: No surprise here at 8%, but this one drinks more like a double, which I love. Body is slightly creamy, and the alcohol helps to glide things along.

O: Not impressed, especially at that price. Yes, it's huge and bitter and has a great mouthfeel. But it lacks almost any semblance of IPA flavor. Many people have stated that this is more in line with an English IPA. I would agree with that. This beer is pretty mediocre and I will not be seeking it out again.

Feb 07, 2014
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Seanibus from California

4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a delicious beer, though it seems far more assertive than an "English IPA" should be. But who's counting?

Pours a deep copper with a fluffy, luxurious tan head. The aroma is clean, rich, and creamy, with an almost ice-creamy hop character. The flavor follows that creaminess, with light caramel, a grassy, sweet hop that finishes with a bitter orange citrus. The mouthfeel is smooth and milky and rich.


Mar 10, 2012
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BucannonXC5 from California

4.12/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a draft into a pint glass at Manzanita Brewing Company in Santee, Calif. Color was basically caramel. About a finger of head. Light bubbly lacing on the top. Lots of film on the glass.

Smelled citrus hops, mostly lemon.

Tasted not as much as the smell would indicate. Tasted the alcohol right away. Lemon citrus hops. A tad malty and slight buttery.

Medium body. Average carbonation. Bitter, but abrupt finish.

A pretty good beer overall. Also much better than their DIPA, which I may need to knock down a peg or two.

Jan 30, 2012
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OWSLEY069 from Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange-ish to amber color with a light tan head. In the aroma, pineapple citrus and a small pine hop. In the taste, pine like dryness with notes of pineapple and orange citrus. A small hop bite with a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a lightly dry pine and citrus hop in the aftertaste. Big pine with a nice west coast citrus.

Dec 29, 2011
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mactrail from Washington

3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is interesting for being malty but dry. A flinty taste with some sharpness. Just not sweet at all. A brambly flavor in the back of the throat. Attractive dark amber color with plenty of foam. Bitterness comes on eventually but doesn't overwhelm the other flavors. Kind of a leather aroma. A little bit hot with the sharp fruity hops.

So it's different hops and some different flavors from the American head-banging style. More murky and fruity with a less pronounced bitterness. This is like no other IPA I've had but I think it makes up with drinkability and an continuing intrigue with the flavors.

Dec 10, 2011
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mithrascruor from California

2.7/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a brownish amber color with a creamy off-white head that leaves a bit of lacing.

Smell: Has a very mild malty aroma with a bit of graininess, and a hint of chocolate.

Taste: Malty flavor, lots of roasted chocolate and grain flavors, and some floral hop undertones. A fairly even flavor throughout.

Mouthfeel: Light- to medium-bodied; relatively smooth with fairly light carbonation.

Drinkability: Moderate ABV, relatively easy to drink.

Rather dark for an IPA, and the roasted malts seem out of place for either an American or English IPA, and really minimizes the hop profile. Unfortunately a pretty weak IPA.

Nov 18, 2011
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Arbitrator from California

1.95/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. From Sideswipe. Thanks, John.

A: Pours a copper-orange body with mild haziness to it. Short-lived beige head.

S: Aromas of pineapple, biscuit, mild pine. This has a strong "stale hop" aroma reminiscent of wood and biscuits.

T: I can see how this is an English IPA; that stale hop and old towel aroma I hated in Stone 14th is present here. The tantalizing pineapple aroma fails to manifest in the flavor, though there is some pine and plenty of biscuit. Boring.

M: This is fine, though there is a small alcohol burn.

O: This didn't make me angry or anything, but I got bored and didn't finish it.

Sep 21, 2011
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inlimbo77 from Delaware

3.05/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber bottle poured into DFH signature glass. No bottle dating is present on this one.

A: Pours a murky deep amber color. 1 finger white head. Some lacing.

S: Hop astringency. Not a lot of citrus notes. I guess more piney notes, but I don't know if I would say that. Good maltiness too.

T: I don't have that same terrible reviews as others. Not the best IPA or DIPA around but by no means an F beer. No extreme bitterness or Hoppiness. Pretty balanced.

M: Medium bodied

O: OK beer. Again, this is not an F or D beer. It's a run of the mill west coast IPA. Decent and drinkable.

Sep 13, 2011
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wallygatorca from California

1.78/5  rDev -47.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I heard decent things around town about this brewery... Thought I'd give it a shot.

It poured murky and copper.

Just no damn goodness to be found in aroma, taste, and mouthfeel, whatsoever.

Wasted 6 bucks on a 22 ouncer.

Because its beer, I'm finishing the bottle...

Other than that I will never buy again.

Jul 14, 2011
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Justin0001 from California

2.08/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

San Diego has countless fantastic taco shops, which makes it impossible to understand why folks go to Chipotele instead. Likewise, with so many good brewers around town, you have to wonder how folks like Mananita and Mission Brewery stay in business. A product like this would make sense if it was priced appropriately, i.e. $2.50/22 oz. As it is, um, no, it does not.

Jun 27, 2011
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emmasdad from Colorado

4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this one up at a liquor store in San Diego while vacationing a month or so back. Poured a cloudy dark golden color with a good sized white head. Aromas of dried pineapple, biscuit and piney hops. On the palate, this one is medium bodied, with juicy citrus, pine and light malt.

May 28, 2011
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Mora2000 from Texas

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is a nice, balanced mix of orange with some bready malt. The flavor is bread, orange and grassy hops. The bitterness is fairly low for the style. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

May 20, 2011
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HalfFull from California

2.5/5  rDev -26%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bomber poured into a pint glass. This, an American IPA as per their website, pours a bit dark and with a touch of murk. Offers a light cap of foam with a somewhat brief retention. Does keep its carbonation and leaves some lace.

Taste is similar. Lots of rusty caramel on the nose and flavor. Lots of malt, crystal and almost buttery with a cascade influence. Not unlike many an average IPA, yet very much unlike a San Diego IPA. Bit rancid and overkill. ABV is somewhat hidden, yet behind what?? As there is not much to back it up. Hops are oddly absent or too muddled by the malts. A bit inconspicuous and somewhat of a wanderer in flavor. Feel is full but muted given the lack of clarity to the pour.

Not impressed with this one. Drink the Blond instead. Below average in quality yet above average in price. The murky pour muddles the details and pushes the beer out of balance.

May 07, 2011
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UMNbeerhunter from Minnesota

3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Cigar City snifter on 4/4/11.

Pours a nice reddish amber with a good head that dissipate quickly leaving a very fine off white head that covers 60% of the glass.

Smells of malt backbone and little citrus and pine hops that get covered up.

Taste is mostly malt and little hops. I think I taste a little smokiness, as well as some wood. Not very well done hops get all drowned out.

Mouthfeel is light and smooth after taste leaves roasted malt and little bitterness.

Overall I think ones money is best spent elsewhere. Forget this one, too many flaws to drop cash on. If it falls in your lap grab it otherwise don't.

Apr 05, 2011
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Eriktheipaman from California

3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an almost rose color with one finger white head.

The smell wasn't dry hopped to hell but you could pick up some piney scent to it.

The taste was piney and straight bitter. The alcohol was present and added to the bitter and dryness.

The mouth feel was good and not super carbonated and thank god because it would have been insane with that much bitter and alcohol flavor.

Not a bad IPA. Nothing special but for their first IPA its a good start.

Apr 03, 2011
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Nugganooch from California

3.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From Bomber: no dating -looks like maybe a batch # on the bottom.

A: Pours a deep dark pale almost amber color. Definitely some orange hues. Hazy but settles nice with a tight thin 1" tan head to it. Nice lacing.

S: Sweet maltiness and caramel aromas up front. Pick up some hints of pine and citrus.

T: Big juicy sweet malt and caramel flavors which are backed up with a bright spicey and piney hop bitterness. Slight cirtus notes detectable. Definite bight and alcohol present on the finish.

M: Sticky on the tongue with a sharp bitterness and slight booziness

D: Decent. At 7.6%ABV the alcohol is definitely detectable on this one. A much sweeter IPA however fairly well hopped overall.

All in all not a bad IPA for an emerging SD brewery. Somewhat reminiscent of Lagunitas IPA only a little rougher around the edges. Sweeter and sharper bitterness at higher ABV. I would drink/purchase again for the price. Gotta support local!

Mar 23, 2011
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rand from California

2.91/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

From bottle to pint

Pours out a dark amber in color, clear, with a slight chilled haze. A nice, frothy 1-inch head forms that leaves little patches of lacing as I twirl the glass. It smells hoppy and boozy. Quite a striking nose - the hops are earthy and leafy, while big alcohol volatiles warm the nose. Some notes of burnt sugar and dark bread round the bouquet.

The bitter hops hit first, and as noted in the nose, they're much more earthy and raw than the characteristic citrus tones you'd expect. Alcohol is right behind, and man, is this boozy. Strong alcohol and hops almost come across with the boldness of a DIPA, but the relatively light complexion is a line for an IPA. There's a touch of grapefruit behind the bitter onslaught, some brown sugar and grainy bread. But alcohol really dominates the profile. Finishes bitter and abrasive.

This seems like an odd choice for a young brewery's first IPA. The beer is too boozy and off-putting to make it's mark in SoCal - with the bounty of local hoppy treats, I have a feeling this will be ignored.

Mar 13, 2011
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broken22 from California

3.65/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This will be my second beer from this new brewery. I am hoping it will be as good as their Gillespie Brown. So lets get to it shall we.

I pop this thing open and pour out an orange tan colored beer. Which I find to be one of the typical shades for this style of beer. A little bit of a head forms. Nothing really to keep you from the beer. It smells good. The sharp smell of the hops sweetened by the malt mmmm.... This beer has a nice bite to it. The hopes really get you from the beginning and hold on all the way finally fading out on the back end of this beer. A medium carbonation adds to the bite from the hops in the mouth.

This is a decent IPA. I really want to try this thing right from a tap and looks like I will get a chance as I just found out they are doing tastings throughout the week now. Can't wait as I really want to sample all of their brews to see what they are all about. Got to support my local breweries. My beer store is selling a 22oz bottle for $5.59. If you live in San Diego pick one up and help a young brewery get up and running.

Feb 26, 2011
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d4114 from California

3.13/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Had about half finger of head, was a hazy burnt orange color

S- Pretty malty and sweet with a tiny amount of hop smell

T- Very bitter with a slight taste of maybe orange. It's also very earthy tasting like the smell of plants and dirt after it has rained, never had a beer that has tasted quite like this does.

M- Medium body but this beer sort of coats your mouth more like a super strong ale would, wasn't expecting it with a IPA.

D- This was a good beer not my favorite but defiantly not bad at all. It doesn't taste like a normal west coast IPA which I always expect from a local brewery but that's not a bad thing though I guess sense I can always get those where I live.

Feb 19, 2011
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srandycarter from California

4.06/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours murky orange with incredible, creamy, sticky head. Lots of cling lace. This is a growler, too!

S - Light citrus, suggestive sweet malt.

T - Light middle caramel, bittered to good balance at finish.

M - Creamy, well carbed, good coating and nice balance.

D - Just visited Jeff at these new SD digs. I will be back.

Oct 02, 2010
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Gobzilla from California

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

poured a amber brown with a half finger of head and left a little lacing sticking to the glass. the nose was mainly malty with a touck of pine, grass, and hops that were quite hidden. The flavor was just like the nose pretty much malts with slight citrus notes but did have grassy pine and hops to add to the overall taste of this mild IPA. the brew was quite light in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a slight citric malty finish. it actually drank very easy due to the lack of bitterness and flavor but it seemes like they are in the primary stages of really making something happen.

Sep 14, 2010
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womencantsail from California

3.51/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Manzanita Brewing Company

A: The pour is quite dark for an IPA, leaning toward the brown side of dark amber with a finger's worth of off-white head.

S: The nose isn't all that hoppy, but I guess we're looking at an English IPA here so it's a bit different. The citrus component is light and the majority of the aroma is bready malt.

T: Despite a rather bland nose, there's a pretty decent citrus flavor along with some light pine to provide bitterness. There's also a nutty quality to the flavor, likely from the toasted malts.

M: The body is good, we'll call it medium, with a slightly prickling carbonation.

D: It's interesting that they would opt for an English IPA, but I suppose the market in SD for brutally hoppy American IPAs is quite saturated. A disappointing nose, but a decent enough flavor.

Sep 13, 2010
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