Chaotic Double IPA
Twisted Manzanita Ales

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IPA - Imperial
3.72 | pDev: 14.25%
Twisted Manzanita Ales
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can into glass

Clear dark golden in color,, big white head. Minimal lacing. Nice earthy hop aroma and a little bit of boozy malt. Taste is well balanced, not too bitter, good flavor. Sticky mouthfeel.

Jul 29, 2016
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Tone from Missouri

4.06/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, copper color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of strong alcohol, strong citrus hops, strong piney hops, slight sweet malt, and hop resin. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with a low carbonation level. There is also a strong bitterness and slight dryness. Tastes of alcohol, strong hop resin, slight piney hops, slight sweet malt, and a hint of citrus hops. Overall, good appearance, aroma, blend, and a decent body and feel.

Jul 21, 2016
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can into a Sierra Nevada glass.

Pours with a clear copper colored body topped by a decent off-white head.
Moderately strong hoppy aroma with a strong hop flavor favoring citrus notes -- lots of citrus. Ample malt here too, leaving the beer just moderately+ bitterness and adding some caramel and faint baked bread. Still, this is markedly hop dominant, as expected for style. Lingering, fairly strong, bitter grapefruit peel aftertaste.

Medium body with medium-high carbonation and a dry finish.

Jan 10, 2016
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.66/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out a clear, orange color with amber highlights and a two-finger, khaki colored head of foam. Smelled of caramel, toffee, pine and floral notes. Good roasted malt flavor and piney bitterness, but too much sweetness.

Jan 08, 2016
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DavidS333 from Virginia

5/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Chaotic Double IPA is a Double Imperial from Twisted Manzanita Ales. It froth level is medium to thick on scale of light/medium/thick. The froth is a nice usual froth color mixed with a brown sugary color. The smell is flavorful, and well spiced. The body is medium to thick on the medium side or half way between, on a scale of light/medium/thick. The color is of a nice rich amber color. Darker in the center of the glass, and lighter around its edges.

Chaotic Double IPA is a sort of Double's Double if one will. It has that rich hop flavor, somewhat thicker texture than your usual beer, and a nice darkish color that Imperials/Doubles sometimes have. The taste gets stretched out per se, as one drinks it more slowly, and one can hence in such a way get a better sense of the layers of hop flavor that enhance this beer's drinking experience.

When one holds the beer in the front of ones mouth one can sort of sense that sort of pillar of tasty hop richness at the base of ones tongue, but one gets the sense of their being sort of a lighter hop flavor on top of it, sort of like warm water sitting on top of cool in the ocean. As one takes the beer back into the mouth, along the edges of one's tongue, one gets to see the sparkle of different hoppy flavors that were hiding in that sort of veil of lighter hops on top, and the richness of those lighter hop flavor sort of come to life, and enrich the sort of swallowing per se of the beer.

The aftertaste is light, and almost reminds me of a hoppy flavor tinged with a little bit of rose-water or something like that, its quite nice and definitely unique.

Chaotic Double IPA is a really good double, it has a unique sort of flavor profile, but still sits in the Double IPA sphere per se, with a sort of integrity to the type of beer per se. Overall a really good beer, very rich in flavor, even if some of the flavors are subtle, and ultimately very drinkable.

Nov 02, 2015
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of tropical fruits, malts. Taste is tropical fruits, alcohol, resin, malts, a bit more alcohol, considerable bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall a good beer, but a touch on the boozy side.

Oct 26, 2015
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3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Alot going on in this beer. Picked it up since I had never scene I'd and it was from san Diego.. Not a favorite but it was different. Pick it up if your looking for something different and your bored. Otherwise don't bother

Jun 12, 2015
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Matonika from California

3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L:copper clear
S: more malt than hops
T: it's a double ipa at a above average level it is more malt than hops in taste. Which is weird . There is some left over pine resin taste on back of tongue. That's about it.
F: medium high body not water at all.
O: it is good, not great

Jan 26, 2015
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Beejay from Virginia

3.86/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4


A: A pale apricot amber in the glass, not hazy but a little cloudy. Nice white head.

S: Dank! Earthy, piney, and resiny with some dankness. Underneath there is a good bit of malty sweet goodness.

T: Good bit of dank coming in, as well as some fine bitterness. Grapefruit and resin, lovely though not as assertive as I would have guessed.

M: Medium but on the thick side of it. Carbonation is tasty.

O: Overall tasty. I wish there was a little more uumph in the flavor department, but overall very tasty.

Jan 23, 2015
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.46/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color capped by an inch or so of foam; a few strands of lacing linger

Smell: Sugary malt and alcohol dominate the aroma; onion and cedar tones underneath

Taste: Very sticky and hot, up front, with sugary malt and alcohol burn; in the middle, the beer gets very bitter, with the absolute bitterness overwhelming any of the citrus and pine I was looking for; a lot of onion, cedar and aspirin-like medicinal tones in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; alcohol burn in the gullet

Overall: Not the freshest (thanks, Total Wine) so that may have impacted this beer but it is hard to imagine I would have enjoyed a fresher example with this amount of stickiness and burn

Jan 16, 2015
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BeerAdvocate from Massachusetts

3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #72 (Jan 2013):

The naming and brewers intention pretty much says it all, expect a beating. Not for the faint of palate and a beer you should probably prepare for or at best psyche yourself up for. An insane brew to say the least, devastates the palate for the duration so no doubt the brewers were serious when it came to the level of bitterness. Fun for a veteran hophead, perhaps more painful to others.

STYLE: American Double IPA
ABV: 10.1%

LOOK: Clear bronzed hue, sudsy lacing

SMELL: Passion fruit, apricot, minty, piney, tobacco, clementines, spicy, noticeable alcohol, grass, herbal

TASTE: Slick, malty, creamy, very bitter, breath of alcohol, peppery, semi-astringent hopping, dried grass, boozy figs, dried orange, biscuity, filbert skin, peppery dry finish

Dec 11, 2014
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Ego from New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

if I read the label right this is 6/20/14 bottled which might account for it not slamming me with hops, so keep that in mind ya buckaroo bonsais...

slightly orange and bright clean hue, one finger of singing white cap, head construction is really nice and holds up well showing off some impressive lacing all around, a medium frenzy or carbonation swirls up from the nether regions, a nice looking beer.

milder hops, some honey, definite bready malt, smells more like a regular pale ale, I did pick this bottle out of the refrigerated section figuring it would have fared better than the dry shelf product

taste etc...
this drinks like a hyped up ESB with brighter carbonation, the alcohol is definitely sensed here both somewhat in the flavor and definitely in the stomach burn, the mouth feel is hard to describe... it resides somewhere between light and bright but then almost syrupy, the alcohol
is really kicking up here to almost distraction, I can't imagine that a mere six months has taken the bitterness out of this because it is pretty lacking in that department (and I hear there is some brewery in san diego that might make some pretty bitter beers...)

this beer reminds me somewhat of Exit 16 but not done as well, that may be due to the age on this bottle and I will revisit this next summer as it did show some potential, I didn't love it but something about it does make it intriguing to revisit.

I was hoping it would have a huge head so I could make some dumb lake snow effect reference about buffalo, ny... but alas I was thwarted and have to reside to this aside...

Nov 23, 2014
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Gavage from Nevada

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Orange in color with a 1/2" head. Aroma is focused on citrus and piney tones. Caramel, pine, grapefruit, and some earthy qualities are the main flavors. Alcohol is barely noticebale here. Crisp to start, smoother towards the dry finish. Defintely a slower drinking beer that can last you a while but is enjoyable.

Oct 18, 2014
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MisterGone from California

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

A pint from Phil's BBQ, also in Santee, CA. First sip was an alcohol bomb. Temperature related issue assumed, so I let it rest. Deep gold with not much of a nose beyond the alcohol. Pine came forward as it warmed, which was validated with later tastes. Solid pine and floral with big alcohol in the finish. Then again it is a 10ABV, so I was expecting...? Proper stickiness for a DIPA.

With rest, it proved to be a nice counter to the rich, smoky, spicy BBQ. Will definitely try again under more controlled circumstances.

Sep 20, 2014
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travolta from California

3.46/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: A decent head with decent retention and a bit of lacing. An opaque orange peach color.

Nose: Sweet orange peel.

Taste: A syrupy and thick mouthfeel. Nothing lingers around too much. The malt is well balanced. A little biscuity and sugar with some orange peel. It's well balanced, but nothing sticks out either.

Notes: Once again, the only "double" part of this IPA is the alcohol content.

Aug 02, 2014
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mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

3.61/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a sam adams custom glass: color is copper, head is off white and presents about 1/2 inch thick then dissipates to a ring and light froth.

Smell is very boozy upfront, then settles into a blend of malt (toast, caramel) and grassy hops.

Taste is not boozy, more of the blended hop and malt profile. Caramel malt is present but not overpowering, touch of toast and biscuit; hops are grassy, with some light pine, finishing with a resinous touch.

Mouthfeel is good for a DIPA with this type of caramel and malt profile, the hop resinous touch lingers well with great flavors.

Overall, a solid dipa, nice resinous flavors and no cloying sweetness with a good touch of caramel and toast flavors.

Jul 25, 2014
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Everman from California

4.54/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

While it is a double IPA, the hops presence is not "double", more like your typical IPA. My bottle must be pretty fresh since I got it from a company rep just a few miles from the brewery.
High in ABV at 9.7%, just what I need today.
Clarity is great.
Flavor is crisp, citrusy from the hops. Very drinkable.
I like it, would drink again.

I like the level of "hopiness" here, it's not very high, just like a typical ipa, and flavors are nice. Color is almost like copper, interesting but I don't really care about that. Clarity is very good, not like my home-brew. Overall it's a great beer when you want that Double IPA kick. Lots of ABV value I suppose, well, not really when a bottle of Gin is $20 at 50% abv, but that's not an IPA either.
Yes, I reviewed this After drinking a bottle so I may be bias.

Apr 13, 2014
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Steam Haus Gastropub in Corona, CA.

Pours a clear honey orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. A foamy curtain of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and alcohol aromas. Taste is much the same with a citrus zest flavor on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop 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 that is fairly strong and boozy.

May 01, 2013
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ALBuff from Hawaii

3.11/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I wanted to like this more than I did. It has a nice aroma of citrus and floral hops, but those hops all but disappeared into a moderately slick and syrupy liquid that somewhat resembled a decent DIPA. Of all the double IPAs in the greater San Diego area, I wouldn't make the trip out to the tasting room a second time for this one.

Jan 28, 2013
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mactrail from Washington

3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bright orangey amber in the glass. Modest head with some nice lacing. Pleasant nose of fruity hops with a whiff of resins.

Rather sweet, but tangy. A big mouthful of flavor. Bitter, but not to excess. A thoroughly pleasant big brew and one of my favorites in the DIPA catagory. It has the flowery and spicy taste that personally I prefer over the dank, weedy kind of hop flavor. This one is hard to pin down, but it's a mellow big malt beer.

There ought to be a law against serving this in pints, but it's a deal if you want to leave weaving. Only $6 at the Glass Door in Little Italy.

Nov 05, 2012
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womencantsail from California

3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour is amber in color with a white head. Citrus and pine are predominant on the nose. A little bit of tropical fruit and plenty of malt flavor and sweetness. The taste has a little bit of perfume to go along with the citrus and pine. Not as much in the way of tropical fruits, though. Mild bitterness and some sweet caramel malts.

Aug 07, 2012
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notchucknorris from California

3.27/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a hazy gold color with a thin white head.

S: Overripe mango, heavy citrus hops and a lot of malt.

T: For me, the malt was way heavy and never really let the hops shine. A heavy, sticky citrus hop flavor upfront with a good amount of booziness through the finish. Super heavy on the palate and it wears on you quickly. Not a fan.

Apr 26, 2012
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srandycarter from California

3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Murky apricot, nice white head leaves to disk fast. Lots of rim bubbles. Cascading bubbles evident. Not much upper lace.

S - Sweet malt, citrus and pine. Malt carries the day.

T - Malt rushes up and is attacked by both pine and citrus. The attack keeps on long after the malt is dead.

M - Medium body, good carb, pretty good balance.

D - My favorite thus far from this brewery.

Mar 15, 2012
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HalfFull from California

3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lightly hazed golden orange into a large wine glass from a 22 oz. bomber. This offering promises to be more of a 'San Diego' style IPA than thier standard offering. Half inch of porous foam offers standard retention and a bit of creamy lace.

Pleasant hop nose with orange citrus and some tropical fruit notes and a light grainy character. Decent profile without any weak points yet a bit light for the style as for depth. Does expand somewhat with warming yielding a slightly more resinous angle.

Flavor follows the nose with an orangey malt character being dominant, with a moderate clean bready character, perhaps with a touch of lemon bread. Body is a bit thin and juicy and somewhat slick. Finishes with a light citric bitterness which doesn't linger too much, yet becoming a bit vinous with notable alcohol after the swallow. An interesting beer though more of an imperial pils than an IPA for me as it lacks a deep grainy character as well as a notable bitterness. Enjoyable for what it is none the same, and much preferred over the standard IPA.

Dec 16, 2011
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3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


Thanks for sharing this, Josh!

Hazy and cloudy burnt orange with a pillowy eggshell colored head that eventually leaves lots of sticky lace down the glass.

The aroma is probably this beer's best quality. There's quite a bit of melon and citrus elements leaping from the glass, as well as a somewhat sweet and bready malt presence.

Moderately bitter with a touch of citrus and a warming alcohol presence make up the flavor of this beer. While certainly hoppy, the caramel and pale malts also play a large role in the makeup of this beer's flavor.

Medium to full mouthfeel with a bit of an alcoholic bite.

Going in with no expectations, this beer really impressed me.

Nov 29, 2011
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