IPA | Twisted Manzanita Ales

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Twisted Manzanita Ales
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by womencantsail on 09-13-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 58 |  Reviews: 24
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4.5/5  rDev +32.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +25.4%

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.22/5  rDev +24.5%
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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4.16/5  rDev +22.7%

Photo of BucannonXC5
4.12/5  rDev +21.5%
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 srandycarter
4.06/5  rDev +19.8%
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 emmasdad
4/5  rDev +18%
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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4/5  rDev +18%

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4/5  rDev +18%

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4/5  rDev +18%

Photo of Seanibus
4/5  rDev +18%
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.


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Photo of searsclone
3.76/5  rDev +10.9%
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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3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of davet100
3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of broken22
3.65/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
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!

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3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of Eriktheipaman
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.51/5  rDev +3.5%
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 Mora2000
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
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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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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IPA from Twisted Manzanita Ales
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