Westmeister (2129) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 24, 2014 GarrettB (1602) - San Diego, 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 Pine’s 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 isn’t 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. There’s 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, I’d be worried if I started sucking down on a liquefied cinnamon bun, so I’m 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. It’s drinkable and even enjoyable, but easy to miss in the crowd of Colorado’s beer scene. I also don’t 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.
Dark mohangeny pour with mocha head. Taste is slightly nutty with a fairly uneventful malt base. Bits of metal but rather bland and not really sweet at all. fidelis83 (2443) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - MAY 6, 2014
Pours a clear medium to dark brown with a thin, soapy beige khaki head. Aroma is pretty faint, light chocolate, floral honey and fruity notes. Flavor is also pretty light, chocolate, light nutty notes, a little honey, ripe tree fruit, crusty bread, toast, light caramel and planty, herbal and fruity hops. Medium body with a somewhat syrupy entry, light to medium, blanketing and sharp carbonation and dryish finish. Not bad overall. Seems a little weak for 6.3%, but not that surprising for a Brown. Nekronos (4175) - Xalapa, MEXICO - MAR 25, 2014
Quite similar to the other. Very enjoyable not many things to say about it. Nice aroma too. HIGHB4LL (837) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 3, 2014
Sampler at Twisted Pine. Appearance: small tan head, red/brown color, clear. Aroma: spice, metallic, light honey. Palate: light body, slightly watery yet oily texture, metallic finish. Taste: light sweetness throughout. Overall, unimpressive. Azand222 (171) - Westminster, Colorado, USA - OCT 25, 2013
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 (4801) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 12, 2013
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 (3605) - Branson, Missouri, USA - JUL 25, 2013
Bottle; poured a dark orange/brown color. Aroma was sweet, with honey and veggies. Flavor was sweet with some honey and veggies. Didn’t quite work. alexandersh (196) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - JUL 25, 2013
Bottle; dark caramel color with a khaki head. Aroma had honey, nuts, and caramel. FAirly sweet aroma with honey. Ratman197 (14852) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUL 21, 2013
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.cthomas2390 (228) - Colorado, USA - JUN 9, 2013
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.
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 it’s credit. Some roasted flavors play into it as well with a bit of hop bitterness. Creamy mouthfeel.