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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
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
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
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