Wednesday, July 4th 2012
(Twisted Pine Brewing Company)
Here it is! Fresh and hoppy! Twisted Pine Brewing's first canned release. Hoppy Boy is the brewery's flagship offering and the first to get canned using the brewery's new canning line. We love the design of the can (look at all those hops!) and the fact that this is 16 oz. of hoppiness - or a Tall Hoppy Can as it reads. We're looking forward to seeing what Twisted Pine puts in cans next. Perhaps one day we'll see cans of their infamous Ghost Face Killah!
From the Twisted Pine site:
"Hoppy Boy India Pale Ale is the flagship beer of Twisted Pine. It pours a hazy pale orange and has a dry, tart taste with an earthy bitterness. Pleasant grapefruit and citrus notes are provided by the addition of Cascade hops. This classic American IPA is brewed with medium caramel malts that play off the citrus and orange rind hop flavors to make this beer most enjoyable."
Here we go...
Pour – floods the glass with a gorgeous copper colored liquid that has some nice darker amber hues and a beautiful, lacey, thick foamy head on top. A great looking pour!
Aroma – big tropical fruit aromas, fresh pine, grapefruit and sweet oranges. This has the type of aroma that makes a hophead tear up a bit.
Taste - ahhh, the familiar taste of an awesome IPA. Big grapefruit and pine notes and a juicy citrus flavor that leads into a dry finish. Nicely balanced with a sweet, caramel-like maltiness but not too sweet so as the hops aren't in control. They definitely mantain the steering wheel with this IPA. This is a refreshing beer that I'd love to have an entire shelf of in my fridge! Love it!
Overall - if you've not yet tried Hoppy Boy then you need to put it on your list. This is the type of IPA that IPA lovers are always looking for. It has the strong hop aroma that sucks you in and then once you've started drinking it you never want the experience to end. It hits all the marks for the style with the big piney flavors, the strong citrus notes and a dry, tongue numbing finish. This is an altogether excellent example of an American IPA. Cheers!
Note - this month Twisted Pine is releasing 750 mL bottles of their "Hoppy Girl" beer. The beer is an India Pale Ale infused with hibiscus and jasmine and is part of their Artisan Ale Project - a new beer is introduced during the first Saturday of each month in 2012. The labels for the beers are designed by a local Colorado artist. Pretty cool!
Posted by Russ
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