Belhaven Twisted Thistle IPA - Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
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Reviews by gthornton:
3.35/5 rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
I am letting this one open up for a few minutes, so these notes will reflect the first few minutes of observation, and addition notes over time... my thesis can wait.
A: poured into a Sierra Nevada pint glass... in between a thick and fizzy head that was about 2 inches high at first. This has settled to about 1/4" head, with some lacing on the glass.
Orange/brown body, with a hint of yellow. A typical amber color.
S: The first sniffs remind me of orange peels and raisins. The caramel malts start to take over a bit more as the beer warms up, a subtle spiciness also kicks in as it warms.
T: The hoppiness that dominated in the nose, gives way a lot more to the caramel/toffee once it hits the tongue. More on the sweet side... I am enjoying it though.
M: Has a nice carbonation feel on the tongue, true to the style. The maltiness makes for a heavy feel on the tongue.
D: I am enjoying this drink.. mid day... eh hem... thesis still not done... and I think of drinkability on the scale of 'would I have more than one' / 'how would this go with a variety of foods.' And I would say that this is one that you could probably pair with about anything dull/spicy, it will refresh nicely. Yet there are other tasty choices that easily pair, and I will probably choose over this one... as a matter of opinion, of course.
Not a challenging beer per se, but a good drink nonetheless.
Serving type: bottle
02-01-2010 23:22:01 | More by gthornton
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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
03-12-2014 01:50:52 | More by barczar
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
4.35/5 rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Clear amber pour with just a hint of red and a thick head with an excellent lasting lacing. Nice nose of light pine hops, mostly spruce but also a floral note, over a slightly sweet malt background. The body is on the high end of medium with just the right level of carbonation. Mouthfeel is smooth and just shy of slick. The flavor profile is quite nice and complex. It begins with caramel sweetness over a light spruce hop flavor, effervesces into a light bitterness with floral notes and finishes a bit tart. The finish itself is a blend of caramel sweetness and hop earthiness that lingers against a light bitterness over a background tartness. An outstanding "twist" on an IPA.
Serving type: bottle
02-07-2014 21:03:36 | More by tillmac62
Belhaven Twisted Thistle IPA from Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
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