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Chaotic Double IPA | Twisted Manzanita Ales

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Chaotic Double IPAChaotic Double IPA

Brewed by:
Twisted Manzanita Ales
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by srandycarter on 06-27-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 32 | Ratings: 147
Photo of brew3crew
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- hazy yellow body with white wispy head.

S-nice hopiness to it. My phone changed it to happiness. Same thing right?

T-not a whole lot of hops here. Kind of disappointing. Maybe its a little old.

M-medium body and smooth

O- disappointing. Maybe because its old but I don't really see anything worth trying

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Photo of ColdPoncho
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Steve for this bottle. A long day today, needing a beverage. Let's hop this hits the spot.

No indication of freshness

A - hazy straw-golden body with a nice pillow of white foam on top. A good look, i should say.

S - Some grapefruit, pineapple, papaya, and a touch of earthy stuff. Not too bad, but it's not very intense.

T - Astringent bitterness is complimented by alcohol flavor, With some intense pine and...i dont know. This is kind of missing the mark. Not awful, but theres definitely a few things gone wrong.

M - Nice and smooth with appropriate carbonation. A bit thin, but not bad.

O - A decent beer, some good things about it. i feel like it's pretty close. Just dial back the acidity and balance the alcohol, and you've got a good beer.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.32/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle.

Pours hazy copperish-gold with a massive head of three inches. After the settling an upheaval dome of foam on the surface remained with tattered sheets of lacing for the duration.

Aromatics are pungent, resinous, and tropical. Grapefruit, mango, peach fuzz, and some pine sap to boot.

Medium bodied with a crisp, tacky mouthfeel.

Grapefruit pulp, crushed tangerine seeds, and peach pits start the palate. A pummeling bitterness quickly comes down like a hammer with more grapefruit and pithy citrus. Light malt in the classic SoCal style.

Finishes with a lingering, drying bitterness, grapefruit rind, and warming alcohol.

Hell yea, very nice IIPA and a bit of a bruiser. Uber-fresh bottle courtesy of Olive Tree Marketplace.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.44/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a tap into a pint glass at San Diego Brewing Company in San Diego, Calif. Color was orange amber. Maybe an inch of head. Light lacing on the top. Plenty of film, that lasted circular throughout the pour.

Smell was hoppy pine. Also some light citrus pineapple in there.

Initial taste was sharp and a crisp floral, hoppy pine taste. Very smooth.

Medium body. Mild carbonation. Smooth led the way.

I liked this beer a lot. Just a nice and smooth double IPA that doesn’t feel as strong as it is.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Now in 22oz bottle format
- Notes from 09/26/11
*pint glass

A: Chaotic pours a hazy light golden straw color with some caramel hues and a big 3 finger egg white foam cap. Some patchy lace.

S: Juicy herbal and citrus hop aroma. Grapefruit flesh. Little bit of spice and a touch of caramel sweetness.

T: Big citrus-grapefruit flavors. Resinous pine cones. A honey graham cracker sweet malt base. This one def has a bit of heat on it! Alcohol is bit harsh at first but seemed to mellow out some. Bitterness starts soft and increases across the palate as the ABV's fade out but a chest warmer for sure.

M: Real light mouthfeel and body for a big DIPA. Thin. Creamy texture with an oily slickness to the tongue. Crisp finish.

D: Nice hop flavors and big bitterness factor but with a bit of a harsh alcohol burn.

Could use a a little better balance but this one definitely grew on me as the alcohol seemed to mellow a bit after sitting.

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Photo of TheDudeRules
1.71/5  rDev -53.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Generously hooked up from Randy. They don't bottle this but it just so happens I got two!

Poured into a Surly pint glass.

A very pale yellow liquid begins to fill my glass. Huh? This is an ipa right? The way the off white head foams up mixed with the color you would think this is a light beer, adjunct style.

The smell... Major disappointment. Slight hop up front followed by heavy clove. Yeah, that's right, clove. Awful.

You'd think the smell would be the worst part of the experience. Wrong. It's the taste. A chewy IPA that tastes like black licorice then ends extremely bitter. Mouth drying even. The taste never seems to go away. I found myself wanting to lick the cat's ass to get the awful taste out of my mouth.

Sorry Randy, this is one of the more awful things I've encountered in an IPA ever. I may find someone with a deathwish and send them the other bottle I have.


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Photo of HopHead84
3.22/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5


On tap at San Diego Brewing Company.

A: Cloudy orange with one finger of white foam. No transparency. Lots of lacing is left on the glass.

S: Aromatic orange with mango, peach, and grapefruit. Malt is reminiscent of caramel. A little alcohol is noticeable. Nice hop profile.

T: Sweet Orange and tangerine up front with peach and grapefruit flesh. It's initially smooth and mildly bitter. Malt is sweet and a little sugary, with a little caramel. Midpalate reminds me of a sweet mango. Bitterness increases to an upper medium level and alcohol becomes apparent approaching the finish. The sweet end has a lot of hop flavor with a somewhat distracting level of alcohol taste. The beer gets boozier and boozier as I drink it. This is actually pretty alcoholic.

M: Medium body with moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is smooth and sticky.

Overall: If not for the alcohol flavor this would be good stuff. The boozy finish is really detracting to the flavor and drinkability. I had no desire to finish my 10oz pour.

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Chaotic Double IPA from Twisted Manzanita Ales
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