GarrettB (1607) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 13, 2012
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. wlajwl (6876) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - MAR 18, 2013
Aroma is malts and a strong hint of sweetness. The flavor is malts, caramel, a slightly syrupy body, mild roasted notes and smooth/slightly tart finish. bhensonb (15342) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 29, 2013
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 isn’t all that subtle. Always something good to be said about chocolate tho. jb43 (1650) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JAN 29, 2010
(bottle from Cheers Liquor in Colorado Springs). Clear dark brown color. Medium tan head, which is mostly diminishing. Sweet malt aroma. Roasted malt flavor. Short duration. Smooth finish. Slick texture. Moderate carbonation. Spare lacing. djd07 (15089) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 21, 2012
Bottle. Pours a clear copper with small off white head that diminishes quicky to nothing. The aroma is caramel malt and raisin. Thin mouthfeel with rich malt and chocolate with sweet finish. Easy to drink a good brown ale from Twisted Pine.
ads135 (4719) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUL 28, 2012
A sweet beer, but not overwhelmingly so. Honey, caramel, and brown sugar are evident. Light bodied, a bit bland. Decent head with a slick texture. cthomas2390 (228) - Colorado, USA - JUN 9, 2013
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. Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAY 14, 2012
The beer pours a brown color with a tan head. The aroma is very sweet, with a lot of dark fruit, honey and caramel malt notes. The flavor is also very sweet. I get some nice honey and cherry notes, as well as some toffee, caramel and chocolate. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Capa (3322) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - SEP 28, 2012
Dark clear brow with a ring or beige head. Aroma is lightly sweet, malty, and, oddly enough, skunk. Not sure how or why since this is on draught. Medium mouth that wants to be creamy but just isn't. Flavor is light on the earthy tones, sweet malts, maybe very light honey but not really. It's drinkable and decent but not worth round two. beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - OCT 8, 2012
Sampled on 10/8/2012. This brown ale pours a medium brown color from a 12ooz bottle. Medium to large sized white foamy head. The aroma is caramel and fruity with some honey. A medium to light bodied brown ale. The malts are caramel, bready and sweet. The hops are earthy. Decent carbonation. Some honey and a touch of chocolate. There is some estery sweetness at the finish. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is mostly sweet, with some honey.