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Belhaven Twisted Thistle IPA - Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.

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Belhaven Twisted Thistle IPABelhaven Twisted Thistle IPA

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BA SCORE
83
good

700 Ratings
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Ratings: 700
Reviews: 405
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 14.99%
Wants: 14
Gots: 48 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd. visit their website
United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ADR on 09-24-2005

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Ratings: 700 | Reviews: 405
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3.11/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Fettpopps
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of -DF-
3.39/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

0,33 bottle (export only)
Alc. 5,6% vol.

Photo of vikinggary28
3.81/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

My local grocery outlet keeps popping up with belhaven brew and I'm not gonna complain. So far i love this brewery. It pours a clear amber colour and white head that quickly dissipates. The bottle I poured it from (into glass of course) had a spider Web effect of bubbles inside that I don't see to often so I expected some lacing on the mug. Very hoppy aroma had me assuming that it would taste like a U.S. west coast IPA but I was surprised that the hoppiness didn't come across strong in the taste. Earthy, grassy, slighty citrus has me loving this beer. Goes down smooth, real nice.

Photo of JoeyStats707
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Meur1
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of coolandy007
3.39/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheBrewo
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

This beer was served on tap at The Olde English Pub & Pantry in Albany, New York. It arrived in a generic, 22oz. dimpled mug, and showed a hazy dulled straw coloring. It held a brief half finger tall head of creamy, tight white foam, leaving dripping globs of lacing around the glass. Aside from that haze, no sediment was noted. Carbonation appeared to be light. Notes through the aroma included slimy hoppiness of citric, grassy, and dusted floral varietals, pale and sweaty caramel grain, multivitamin chalk, aloe, poppy seeds, toffee sugars, tannic breakfast tea, egg white, corny adjuncts, copper, plastic phenols, clover honey, and fusel booziness. The flavoring offered up that same, albeit more robust, mix of citric, grassy, and resinously piney hops, bubblegum esters, baked wheat breadiness, buttered biscuits, burnt pale and caramel malts, candy corn sugars, tomato vine, mineral water, sunscreen, sticky toffee, phenolic and Magic Marker plastics, and white pepper. Those piney hops burn more harshly, and more organically, through the airs of the aftertaste. The body was medium, and the carbonation was flat to light. Each sip gave nice enough slurp and smack, with milder cream and froth. The feel was, however, rather slick and oily, rolling over the tongue and mucosa, coating them as they passed. The abv was appropriate, and the beer sipped easily.

Overall, this was a nicely authentic English IPA. We haven’t had one in a while, but still felt it a little light in flavoring. It was hard to separate brewer’s intent and drive for authenticity from presentation at this particular establishment. We never found it to be skunky, per se, but it did have that dingy English pub vibe through and through. The hopping was there, and surprisingly piney, while the malts were washed and simplistic, but clean in their body. This was enjoyed in the company of new friends who we had been meeting here, and it served its purpose as a nicely sociable, approachable beverage, without becoming overwhelming time-consuming or attention-diverting.

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.57/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Olegophren
4.39/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Love this ipa: strong, refreshing, scottish)

Photo of Mack
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Kruja5
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of modidia
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of GRG1313
3.34/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of redondos
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beer-Revelry
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

As an IPA this gets a zero because it does not smell, taste or drink like an IPA in the slightest. However, it drinks smells and tastes like one of the best scotch ales I've ever had. Delicious, but not what I expected.

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
2.4/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Very little hop aroma. Fairly flat with minimal bitterness.

Photo of PaulSlazinger
2.3/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Drain pour. Poured from a clear bottle. Pale in color. What little flaovior this beer had, was off-putting. A lot skunky.

Photo of Neil_Pfeifer
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Smells like and looks like a Budweiser. Not a fan of the aftertaste either.

Photo of Lianne_Weaver
3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Alex-Alkis
3.46/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of alicemcneil
4.04/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of JasonL02
3.16/5  rDev -13.9%

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Belhaven Twisted Thistle IPA from Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
83 out of 100 based on 700 ratings.