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RATINGS: 290   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.08   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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Hoppy Boy India Pale Ale is the flagship beer of Twisted Pine. It has a rocky white head, hazy pale orange color, and hoppy citrus aroma. It has a dry, tart taste with an earthy bitterness. Cascade hops provide pleasant grapefruit and citrus notes. 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
jbuskirk (516) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - JUL 28, 2014
While drinking this brew, I had to ask myself a crucial question: why the hell did I buy Twisted Pineís Hoppy Boy? Thing is, this was a shot-in-the-dark selection. Usually, when I make a random pick I base it on one of three criteria: A.) the brew has a cool name B.) the brew features eye-catching artwork C.) I like the brewery. None of these three played a part in my decision. For starters, I think Hoppy Boy is a lame-ass name and the artwork (just some hops and green label) was less than exciting. As for the brewery, I havenít been impressed by any of Twisted Pineís beers. So why did I pick this? It was an IPA that I hadnít tried yet. Dumbass reason to pick a beer and the jokeís on me for doing so. Twisted Pine is actually very attractive with its orange color, light haze, and foamy head. The aroma is nice, too. I liked the notes of pineapple, grapefruit, and caramel. Things went wrong with the taste, though. First sip was particularly bad. The sweet malts clashed with the earthy bitterness. Flavors changed dramatically as the brew warmed. Even a few degrees made a large difference in taste. For a brief period of time, Hoppy Boy (still hate that name) seemed to strike a nice balance. However, it didnít stay that way for long. In the end, this ale tasted thin and weak. At that point, I was just glad that the offensive properties had faded. In short, balance was way off in this brew. Beer geeks sometimes knock IPAís because itís easy to mask faults with lots of hops. In the case of Hoppy Boy, the brewers didnít even try to hide the beerís shortcomings.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
djd07 (4533) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 7, 2014
Bottle. Pours a cloudy amber with small off white head that lasts. The aroma is pine, hemp, resin, and citrus. Medium mouthfeel with nice bitter grapefruit, pine, and nice bitter finish, easy to drink, good.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bosco (194) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - JUN 17, 2014
Cloudy amber yellow with decent head and lacing. Plenty of carbonation. Bitter on the finish. A bit flat on taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
CopterScott (166) - Kansas, USA - JUN 13, 2014
hazy amber with a thin white head. aroma is pine hops. Flavor is pine and citrus hops and caramel malts. medium carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerandbeyond (708) - ISRAEL - JUN 8, 2014
12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. Hazy golden orange color with a decent white head. Citrus nose, with tropical notes, some lime and faint yeast. Juicy fruity hop flavors (citrus peel), light caramel, some marmalade, medium bitterness faint malt. Medium bodied, hoppy, dry enough, not super interesting but cool.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Westmeister (1902) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 4, 2014
Bottle from mixed 12 pack. A kin to Sweetwater 420 pale ale. Caramel, highly carbonated. Bitterness is there with a little bit of citrus, but not much of anything else pops out. Kind of just liquid. I rated 420 higher due to sentimental value. This is just barely ok

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 22, 2014
This was a little bit of a let down. gave it a try. A swing and a miss. next batter up

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
yngwie (14626) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 12, 2014
Bottle, 22 oz. It forms a dense fingerthick off-white head over a clear, dark golden body. The initial aroma has lots of citrus peel, but soon pine cones and a malty sweetness kicks in. Itís a tad sweet on the palate, lightly malty, but still the hops win easily. Bitterness, pine cones, resins and a grass touch shows up. Full body, semi-sweet, with a nice carbonation level. Lasting finish with a tad too much sweetness. Some metallic hints too. Overall, sure decent, but too much on the malty side. 140512

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Derek881 (1026) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAY 8, 2014
Poured from a tall can into a pint glass. The beer had a hazy amber-gold color with an average-sized foamy white head with modest retention, good lacing and cling. Its aroma featured grainy and citrus hops along with some lighter pine and floral notes and a bit of malt. The taste was a bitter blend of grainy and lighter citrus flavors with a slight sour grain effect and bits of lighter fruit and floral tones. It had a medium thickness in the mouth with a dry body and was somewhat on the thin side as it settled with low to average carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
AWISLguy (1518) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 24, 2014
Bottle from Total Wine in Jensen Beach. Pours a lively orange with a white head leaving nice lacing. Aroma has pineapple and ... sour fruit (seldom a good sign as it seems to be dead hops) and pineapple, and maybe pine. Taste is of sweet light fruit, sour fruits, some toffee malts. And pine too, I guess. Shrug? Light to medium bodied. Finishes sweet and light. Nothing to recommend here, move on.

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