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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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633 Ratings
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Ratings: 633
Reviews: 396
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 15.14%
Wants: 9
Gots: 19 | 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:
No notes at this time.

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

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4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Imagine the idyllic country pub: a slow fire simmers over a couple of big logs; high stools on tartan carpeting pull up to a long wooden bar above which glassware hangs like icicles. This is the ambiance in which Twisted Thistle belongs. Its golden-copper shimmer and sticky, glue-like foam give it the look of a classic, consummate English pint.

Belhaven makes prototypical English ales, and while this recipe uses a hop variety (Cascade) most associated with American brewers, the bouquet is nowhere aggressive enough to be mistaken for a New World IPA; it is perfumed with soft citrus notes, chamomile, and flower petals. It might lull you to sleep or unclog your sinuses, but not knock you on your ass.

The flavour has an unmistakable likeness to steamed collard greens - it is distinctly leafy, vegetal, and earthy - but never turns bitter in thanks to a sweet maltiness that leaves an aftertaste of toffee and honeycomb biscuits. The palate is also steeped in soothing rose-like florals.

Notes of grass clippings and chamomile tea notwithstanding, this IPA actually has the creaminess of a stout (none of the roast obviously). The contents of this bottle drinks as though they were poured from draught (a nitro-tap maybe even). The mouthfeel is full enough to be almost buttery but still highlights sweet, candied citrus notes.

If you ask me, Twisted Thistle may be one of the most underrated IPAs out there (and this coming from someone who has a thing for cutting up diluted English exports). It may not have gum-branding acidity or palate-encrusting resins, but its soft florals and leafy green qualities are every bit as impressionable (and arguably a lot more agreeable too). Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

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355 ml bottle poured into a Pint glass
Appearance... yellow/honey colour beer with head white of 1,5 fingers not lasting too much
Aroma... grass, pale malt, hops and a touch of esters. Hops predominance in a flavored beer
Taste... malty at the start, then bitterness appears soon lasting all the time, dry fnish
Mouthfeel... medium body and medium/soft carbonation
Overall... a very nice ale, bitterness is present in balance with malty notes. Good and long aftertaste that makes a very pleasant ale

Serving type: bottle

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Belhaven Twisted Thistle IPA from Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
84 out of 100 based on 633 ratings.