Twisted Manzanita Gillespie Brown Ale

 
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RATINGS: 85   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39/5   IBU: 49   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
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Chocolate, Caramel and wheat malts give layered flavor and big mouthfeel. Substantial hopping cements this as an American Homebrewer’s Brown

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3.4
fonefan (50669) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUL 11, 2017

Bottle 12fl.oz.

[ As Twisted Manzanita Gillespie Brown Ale ].
Clear medium to dark red brown colour with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to light light heavy malty, caramel, dark malt, sweet malt, light chocolate. Flavor is moderate sweet and moderate to light light heavy bitter with a long duration, caramel, dark malt, sweet malt, burnt caramel, light chocolate malt. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20150806]
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3.4
kerenmk (5038) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 3, 2017
Can sample at a tasting at troubles’ place. Thanks troubles. Hazy brown. A little nutty, alcoholic aroma. Sweet taste, a little alcoholic, chestnuts. Medium body, a little alcoholic finish and soft fizz.

3.2
DSG (15119) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JAN 6, 2017
Bottle sample at a tasting at troubles’s place. Thanks kerenmk. Deep amber-brown. Aroma of malt, nuts, caramel. Sweet malty flavor with caramel, nuts, a bit of toast, a bit of alcohol, and a light bitterish hint. Medium-bodied.

2.2
seymour (2093) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - JAN 2, 2017
Poured from 12oz can into a pub glass. Deep reddish brown colour, opaque, sudsy beige foam, long-lasting with lace. Fantastic appearance and okay aroma (burnt caramel, toast, roasted barley, orange peel, pine, berries) but that’s really all this beer has going for it. No idea why it receives such high ratings. 8.3% alcohol, and you know it by the unpleasant, hot fusels, which disrupt the flavour terribly. Medium-heavy body, strong carbonation, a hangover headache waiting to happen. I couldn’t do more than the first couple sips, dumped the rest. Skip it.

3.3
zvikar (6349) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - JAN 1, 2017
At Dror’s place, pours red to brown with beige head, aroma of fruits, caramel, toffee, flavor of toffee, caramel, hazelnut, medium bodied

3.5
Beerdedone (3446) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 10, 2016
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a small beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, caramel, chocolate and nuts. Flavor of chocolate, caramel, nuts, toffee, roast and some notes of dried fruit.

3.6
fordest (2470) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - MAR 3, 2016
From a growler. Pretty good for a brown ale. Lots of chocolate. A little bit hot on the finish but drinkable

3.7
Ibrew2or3 (8808) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 23, 2016
Poured up on tap at the Mesa AZ Brass Tap where it exhibits a clear brown body that has deep ruby red hues and supports a tan head. The aroma offers up roasted malts, chocolate malts and then a faint blend of minerals, an earthy sensation and some fruity esters. The taste delivers roasted malts, chocolate malts, thin bitter pine and faint grapefruit like hoppiness. The roastiness picks up crystal malts as well as a sliver of sweet dark fruity esters to midway and into the finish. Pretty nice.

3.3
Bif (2307) - St. Charles, Missouri, USA - FEB 9, 2016
Can. Powers a brown color with small head. Aroma of malt nut and trance of fruit. Taste of caramel, nut, bit of chocolate and fruit. Mild bitterness and the finish is quite dry. Medium body, smooth with a bit of hops. Nice beer.

3.5
Alengrin (5629) - BELGIUM - NOV 10, 2015
From a 35.5 cl can. Deep, warm, autumny bronze brown colour with ochre edges, clear, bearing a thin, loose, pale yellowish beige head opening in instants and leaving only a very thin rim on the edge of the glass as well as a sparse, thin veil over the liquid’s surface. Aroma of a lot of toasted brown bread (quite sharply so, but nice), caramel cake, roasted pine nuts, dried figs, burnt wood, metallic hint of tinfoil, dry forest floor, dried orange peel, moist nutmeg, hints of brown rhum-like alcohol, very old dry cocoa powder. Clean, malty onset wild dried fruit notes, a hint of raisin, soft carbonation tingling finely on the top of the tongue, very supple, somewhat oily mouthfeel but thinner body than expected based on the ABV; very malty middle phase, very nutty and toasted with a sweet caramelly underside, getting the company of dry citrus peel- and slightly quinine-like, deep, drying hop bitterness, earthy and peppery, as well as noticeable, rhum-like alcohol, leaving an unmistakable warmth in the back of the throat, but it is the toasted brown bread flavour which lasts long after swallowing, quite agreeably so. Apart from the lack of head, things start off fine here, pleasant aroma for maltheads and pleasant onset, but then increasingly revealing itself as lacking a bit in malt body, which probably helps to explain why the alcohol is a bit more obvious than it could have been. Advertized as a brown ale but in that respect clearly too strong and - even for an American brown ale - a bit too hoppy, so I’ll go with the American strong ale characterization here (even though this term does not say a lot either, of course). Pleasant enough to motivate me to find out more about this brewery’s range.


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