GarrettB (843) - La Jolla, California, USA - NOV 13, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
June 20th, 2011 - My impression of Twisted Pine changed dramatically once I summoned the courage to go knock on their door and see how their brewery "feels". Until then, their beers tasted lackluster. A good representative beer, I thought, was their Honey Nut Brown Ale. I concede that this style tends to be boring wherever you go (sort of like accountants), but an exceptional honey nut brown ale could also indicate a real coup in the brewing industry. The color of Twisted Pineís version is a brown and red color with a good and heavy tan lacing. I catch a hint of cinnamon buns in the nose, and I make a periphery check to make sure a friend or family member isnít hauling a box of the treats around me. Check: negative. Fresh cream or rich milk sweetness build on the cinnamon bun smell, and a little nutmeg gives this a welcome seasonal touch. Thereís nothing like a little nutmeg in food or beverages once snow hits the ground. While I enjoy the aroma and all the homey delights it projects, Iíd be worried if I started sucking down on a liquefied cinnamon bun, so Iím relieved to find that the taste is milder, chalkier, a mild malty aftertaste, and a good but not overwhelming dose of milk chocolate. The sweetness is dialed down, favoring chalky and dry malty flavors. Itís drinkable and even enjoyable, but easy to miss in the crowd of Coloradoís beer scene. I also donít know where honey comes into the picture. Not unlike the case of the disappearing bees plaguing the apiary industry, there is a mysterious case of the omitted honey flavor.
Azand222 (146) - Westminster, Colorado, USA - OCT 25, 2013
2.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle pour. Dark amber color with a light head. Very mild aroma. Taste of malt, with very light notes of honey. Overall a very mild beer, pretty boring.
BeerViking (1809) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 12, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from the brewery, pours deep brown with a thin head, chocolate, honey and a little golden fruit on the nose, nutty and malty body, finish has chocolate, malt and grassy hops. Well balanced and tasty.
alexanderj (3196) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - JUL 25, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle; poured a dark orange/brown color. Aroma was sweet, with honey and veggies. Flavor was sweet with some honey and veggies. Didnít quite work.
alexandersh (193) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - JUL 25, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle; dark caramel color with a khaki head. Aroma had honey, nuts, and caramel. FAirly sweet aroma with honey.
Ratman197 (8479) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUL 21, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap at Twisted Pine poured a clear reddish amber with a small lasting tan head. Aromas of carmel, light honey and light earthiness. Palate was light bodied and smooth. Flavors of carmel, earthiness and light honey with a smooth lightly bitter lingering carmel finish.
Earlier Rating: 6/27/2013 Total Score: 3.5
Bottle poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small lingering tan head. Aromas of chocolate, carmel, nuts and a hint of toffee. Palate was light bodied and smooth. Flavors of milk chocolate, carmel and nuts with a smooth semi-sweet finish.
cthomas2390 (173) - Colorado, USA - JUN 9, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a very dark brown with off-white head. The honey note is the dominant characteristic from aroma to finish, but the sweetness is muted, to itís credit. Some roasted flavors play into it as well with a bit of hop bitterness. Creamy mouthfeel.
bhensonb (9825) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 29, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Total Wine in Sacramento, CA. Pours med brown with a beige head. Aroma is lightly chocolate. Med minus body. Flavor is chocolate and the honey isnít all that subtle. Always something good to be said about chocolate tho.
Dodgrblu (462) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 30, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle from Total Wine Sac, chocolate aroma and front end, honey on the end. Pretty good for a brown.
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BVery (5134) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - APR 28, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Dark amber pour with a small head. Chocolate malts, somewhat sweet, and a little hop kick. Not too bad.
blipp (5475) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - APR 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours brownish amber with a beige head. Sweet and toasted malts, light earthy hops, a hint of chocolate, and a relatively clean finish. Fresh and drinkable. Good stuff.