Belhaven Twisted Thistle IPA - Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
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Reviews by TCHopCraver:
3.85/5 rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Thanks to my folks for this birthday present. The a.b.v. listed on the bottle is 6.1%, not 5.3%.
Twisted Thistle pour a rather dark coppery orange hue with a load of sediment suspended throuhout the body. A small off-white head disappears swiftly. Vigorous carbonation shoots up through the glass and peaks at the top of the beer; it is a tumultuous looking beverage. Not much lace is left - just little dots and clumps.
The smell is a mix of buttery malt scents and a minty, light citrus hop profile. There is also a slight caramel influence which is offset by a bit of a leafy and grassy hop smell. When swirled the leafy, citrusy hops overbalance the malt nicely.
The taste has a fine balance between buttery and caramel malt flavors and a leafy, mintry, citrus-y (mainly lime) hop bite. The two components take turns stating their cases on my palate, with the hops eventually winning out in the end and leaving a bit of an earthy, minty, grassy flavor.
Twisted Thistle has a pretty medium-bodied mouthfeel, with a creamy malt middle sandwiched between nippy citrus and leafy hops on the tip of the tongue and earthy, grassy hops drying out the sides of the palate. The carbonation is fairly high and complements the flavors nicely.
This is a nicely drinkable English IPA which would be quite sessionable. I like how the malt sweetness mingles with the hop bitterness, with the hops winning the friendly competiton between the two just at the very end. I would buy this again if I wanted a fairly mellow IPA with just enough of a hop bite.
Serving type: bottle
03-02-2011 00:19:12 | More by TCHopCraver
More User Reviews:
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
Belhaven Twisted Thistle IPA from Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
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