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Belhaven Twisted Thistle IPA - Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.

Belhaven Twisted Thistle IPABelhaven Twisted Thistle IPA

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BA SCORE
84
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609 Ratings
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Ratings: 609
Reviews: 396
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 15.14%


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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ADR on 09-24-2005)
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Bagman007

Texas

3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a pint glass.

A- Has a dark amber brown coloring. Darker than what you would expect for this type of beer.

S- Has a funky smell to it, I'm assuming from the yeast.

T- Surprisingly great taste despite the smell. Hoppy, but not overpoweringly bitter. Great IPA.

M- Not too bitter at all. Goes down better than most beers of this type.

D- Very drinkable for an IPA. Not too bitter.

Serving type: on-tap

12-13-2008 08:06:20 | More by Bagman007
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Sweden

2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

04-08-2014 14:56:55 | More by SimonTja
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MarkoNm

Slovenia

3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber color. It's topped with a small white head that immediately disappears until nothing is left.
The aroma is mild, just some pleasant citrusy hops can be picked up.
The taste is a complete opposite. Starts with a slight sweetness that immediately turns to a decent bitterness. Finish is even more bitter and slight spices can be also felt.
Aftertaste just lasts and lasts - bittery and spicy.
A very nice beer. Despite strong finish, still nicely enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2014 14:18:03 | More by MarkoNm
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California

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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Minnesota

4/5  rDev +8.1%

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New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at St. Andrews in NYC. Pours amber with white head. nose is of stale malt and spoiled apple juice. Body is medium and crisp. Earthy hops, caramel and biscuit malt and ripe fruit combine on the palate. Finish is long, dry and earthy. Overall this is good brew that I would drink again.

Serving type: on-tap

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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Kentucky

3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Looks brown and cola-like in a porcelain mug.

Toasted malt, toffee, herbal and floral hops, thistle, and a touch of pine form the aroma.

Flavor reveals deep toffee malt base, toasted and slightly burnt breadcrust, becoming a touch bitter and herbal at the finish. Floral and muted citrus hops adds complexity, but herbs and toffee dominate.

Body is moderate, with carbonation slightly low, and a touch of alcohol warmth.

Great malt character, interesting hop character.

Serving type: on-tap

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

In honor of reading the new Ian Rankin, John Rebus book I thought I'd pick up a Scottish take on IPA: Rebus' preferred when not supping a malt.

The bottle pictured in the BA profile is a bit dated, Belhaven is using clear glass for this label now. There's a small instruction to "keep the bottle out of direct sunlight" on the label, but what stocker is actually reading that?

A -- Clear, deep gold with a creamy head that settles slow, leaving a film-like wake of lace.

S -- Sweet biscuit malts and a light smokiness in a very mellow overall aroma.

T -- The biscuit malt hits the palate first, followed by spicy-bitter hops with a touch of citrus, ending with a definite smokiness that's mellow and not harsh or astringent. Sweet malts linger in the finish with spicy bitterness in the aftertaste.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft and smooth with a medium to near-robust body.

O -- This is a very nice change-of-pace from the hop-bomb IPAs and the somewhat staid English IPAs. Making its own statement with its local take on a style.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2014 21:48:48 | More by steveh
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Belhaven Twisted Thistle IPA from Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
84 out of 100 based on 609 ratings.