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Hoppy Knight India Black Ale brewed by Twisted Pine Brewing

Hoppy Knight India Black Ale brewed by Twisted Pine Brewing in Boulder, Colorado  

In July of 2010, Twisted Pine Brewing Company celebrated its 15th anniversary by introducing a new member to the popular Hoppy family. A tribute to Gordon Knight, founder of Twisted Pine, Hoppy Knight pours black as midnight with citrusy, Cascadian hop notes floating up through the aroma. Carafa malt from Germany adds the inky color as well as the roasted notes that mingle with the hops in perfect balance and harmony. Originally intended to be a one-time commemorative brew, rave reviews and raging demand eventually forced the Twisted staff to reconsider, and we are now proud and pleased to offer this distinctive ale full-time. Enjoy Hoppy Knight at any time of year in any type of weather. This unique black brew is just as satisfying after an exhausting powder run down snow-laden mountain slopes as it is shielded from the hot summer sun by a large beach umbrella.

Beer Review by Beer Advocate
Roasted grain scents mingling with pine resin and faint citrus hop aromas rise above a dark, mahogany body and emanate through a very thick, foamy head. Mildly roasted coffee smells are also present. Taste comes across with a mouth zinging mixture of roasted and chocolate malt flavors, medium intense hop bitterness, coursing along a solid but relatively unobtrusive backbone of alcohol heat. Medium-light body, clean and smooth.

A very tasty black ale with a pleasantly intense hop smell and feel throughout. The malts come across lightly roasted and slightly charred yet complement the hops nicely. Good, tasty, and worth an experience.
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History of Twisted Pine Brewing
Twisted Pine Brewing Company’s first pints were brewed by craft beer industry legend Gordon Knight in 1995. Gordon acquired some of the original New Belgium brewing equipment and started brewing in a small facility on Valmont Road. Initially, Gordon offered only three products which were only available in draft form. The original lineup consisted of American Amber Ale, Honey Brown Ale and Raspberry Wheat Ale. With his low key approach and high quality products, Gordon quickly obtained a number of restaurant accounts throughout Boulder and the surrounding counties. Many of these accounts are still customers today including the Mediterranean, the Boulder Cafe, Boulder Old-Chicago and the Old Louisville Inn.

Shortly thereafter, Gordon offered his products in 22 oz “bomber” bottles and quickly found placement in many local liquor stores.

In late 1996, Gordon sold the company to friend and current owner Bob Baile. Bob was the owner and founder of Peak to Peak Brewing Company in Rollinsville, Colorado. He merged the two companies and added Red Mountain Ale and Blonde Ale to Twisted Pine’s lineup.

As the business grew, Twisted Pine began selling 12 oz 6-packs in 1998 and added additional beer styles (Cream Style Stout, Hoppy Boy IPA, Espresso Stout, Billy’s Chilies and Imperial Porter).

In 2003, Twisted Pine outgrew its small facility on Valmont Road in Boulder and moved to a much larger facility once occupied by the Oasis Brewing Company. The move allowed Twisted Pine to expand capacity and open a Tap Room in the front of the brewery. The Tap Room quickly became a popular meeting place for locals and visitors alike.
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