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IPA | Twisted Manzanita Ales

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Brewed by:
Twisted Manzanita Ales
California, United States
twistedmanzanita.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews:
24
Ratings:
58
pDev:
16.72%
 
 
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Ratings: 58 |  Reviews: 24
Reviews by BucannonXC5:
Photo of BucannonXC5
4.12/5  rDev +23%
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.

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Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of Seanibus
4/5  rDev +19.4%
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.

Lovely.

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Photo of McStagger
3.25/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of mithrascruor
2.7/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of rand
2.91/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.06/5  rDev +21.2%
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.

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Photo of searsclone
3.76/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

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Photo of largadeer
2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

Photo of NickMunford
3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of Jenray
2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

Photo of LKFH
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.22/5  rDev +26%
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.

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Photo of tbeq00
3.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of Mora2000
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of kcq101
3.12/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of mjtiernan
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of HalfFull
2.5/5  rDev -25.4%
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.

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Photo of emmasdad
4/5  rDev +19.4%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.51/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of jakecattleco
3.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of mattknueven
3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of Arbitrator
1.95/5  rDev -41.8%
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.

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IPA from Twisted Manzanita Ales
Beer rating: 3.35 out of 5 with 58 ratings