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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
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665 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 665
Reviews: 397
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 15.22%
Wants: 13
Gots: 30 | 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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Ratings: 665 | Reviews: 397 | Display Reviews Only:
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

djrn2, May 31, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Durandal_777, May 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

WiserBud, May 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Iaido, May 06, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

oriolesfan4, May 06, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

CurtisD, Apr 25, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

SimonTja, Apr 08, 2014
Photo of MarkoNm
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

MarkoNm, Apr 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

j1mva1avani5, Mar 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

DaveMiller, Mar 26, 2014
Photo of mikeg67
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

mikeg67, Mar 23, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

swgwilt, Mar 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Chrisbaggz, Mar 16, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Jadan, Mar 15, 2014
Photo of barczar
3.79/5  rDev +3%
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.

barczar, Mar 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

cnwillis31, Mar 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

dougieboy, Mar 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Luiz0930, Mar 04, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

JIMTRK16, Feb 26, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

JG-90, Feb 20, 2014
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3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

steveh, Feb 11, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

bierdeflanders, Feb 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Chemister, Feb 09, 2014
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4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
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.

tillmac62, Feb 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

psoriasaurus, Feb 02, 2014
Belhaven Twisted Thistle IPA from Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
84 out of 100 based on 665 ratings.