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Bitter & Twisted - Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.

Bitter & TwistedBitter & Twisted

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Ratings: 364
Reviews: 262
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.83%

Brewed by:
Harviestoun Brewery Ltd. visit their website
United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: xlperro on 07-22-2002)
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Photo of StonedTrippin


3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

this is what the label says it is, a refreshing citrusy pale ale with a classic english or shall i say scottish grain bill. golden and clear in color, with a honey shine and a big white head. it looks pretty solid really. the nose on it is a little citrusy, but way too sweet for me, more earthy grain than is really necessary, and a stale bread profile that may reflect the age of this bottle. the taste is about the same, but there is a very definite lemon flavor in the finish before the sweetness sets in. its a nice breakup of the heavier flavors, but the sweetness still comes back in the end and really kind of ruins the refreshment the hop profile had set up. fuller body for low alcohol is also a little unflattering in this one, but not a bad beer overall, probably delicious on tap at the source ice cold and fresh on a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2014 18:13:31 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of BWED


3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500 ml poured into a tulip pint glass.

A- golden yellow with a thin light white head. Strings of lacing.

S- Light citrus nose, with biscuit malt, and a fruity character.

T- Subtle grain malt, with a zesty citrus snap.

M- Carbonation is mild. Slightly bitter in the mouth, and a semidry finish.

O- Mild, but it does have "like the twist of a lemon" down.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2014 02:06:09 | More by BWED
Photo of superspak


3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy golden straw color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon zest, orange zest, pear, apple, grape, floral, grass, light honey, cracker, bread, herbal, and floral earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance of bright hop and malt notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon zest, orange zest, pear, apple, grape, floral, grass, light pine, bread, cracker, light honey, and floral earthiness. Light floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon zest, pear, apple, grape, floral, grass, light pine, bread, cracker, light honey, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance of bright hop and malt flavors; with a great hop/malt balance, solid robustness, and no cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with no warming present after the finish as expected of 4.2%. Overall this is a very nice English pale ale. All around well balanced hop and malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2013 23:56:06 | More by superspak
Photo of FLima


3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Golden color with a thick off-white head with medium retention and leaving laces.
Light malty and floral aroma with bread, honey and vanilla notes.
Very balanced flavor of sweet malt with earthy and fruity English hops. Hints of cinnamon, biscuit, citrus, pepper and vanilla.
Light to medium body with medium carbonation.
Flavorful and refreshing beer with and excellent balance. I could drink this a whole weekend straight.

Serving type: on-tap

10-01-2013 17:13:59 | More by FLima
Photo of thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

4.06/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before June 2014. I've had a few opportunities to purchase this at various points in the past, but for some reason I was under the impression that it was a fruit beer - a category my taste buds tend to malign - and so I didn't bother picking it up until now. Now that I know better, I'm actually kind of pumped to try it. Served slightly chilled.

Pours a pale golden-amber colour, bright and clear in hue, and generating nearly one finger of dense, creamy, white-coloured head. Fairly effervescent; the bubbles streaming to the surface are persistent enough to aid head retention briefly, but after a few minutes' time, only a thin film and narrow collar remain on top. The aroma is surprisingly intense and varied for such a light brew - a good mix of hop and malt notes, although the former are more prominent. Lemon zest, orange peel and leafy, floral hop aromas abound, giving the aroma a very fruity, fresh, zippy feel. Some biscuity malts and honey sweetness help round out the nose nicely.

As is often the case, the nose doesn't lie - this is a tasty beer, although the flavours are not quite as intense as I might have anticipated from the aroma. Still, it's far more flavourful than the average 4.2% beer. The backbone of biscuity, bready malts and a slight caramel sweetness provide a sturdy foundation upon which the hops are left free to strut their stuff. A pleasant mixture of lemon-and-lime citrus pith and leafy, floral, somewhat earthy hop notes provide a lovely dry finish that lingers on the palate into the aftertaste. On the lighter side of medium-bodied, with soft carbonation that gives this brew an extremely smooth mouthfeel. This is quite possibly the most sessionable example of the style I have ever tried; I could easily toss back more than a few of these over the course of a hot summer's night.

Final Grade: 4.06, an excellent A-. I sincerely regret not picking up a bottle of Harviestoun's Bitter & Twisted years ago when I first had the chance. It is extraordinarily flavourful for a beer of such low abv, but not to the extent that I would be worried about tiring out my palate with multiple servings. This is a remarkably sessionable EIPA/bitter that I would not hesitate to recommend to any fan of pale ales, English or American. Perfectly suited for the warm months, although it would probably be a treat any time of year. Give this one a shot; you won't regret it.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 21:35:54 | More by thehyperduck
Photo of mverity


4.19/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Crystal clear pale gold color with tons of bubbles running up from the bottom of the pint glass. Head pours cream colored but fades almost immediately. Smells extremely earthy and bready with a very faint hop presence and a not too subtle sweetness. Although I LOVE the taste of this beer. The hop is noticeable but not anywhere near what I'm used to in American IPAs. Present but not over powering. The yeasty/biscuit notes are wonderful and there's a slight sweetness that has to be malt derived. It finishes extremely clean and has almost zero aftertaste. I could definitely see myself drinking more of this throughout the summer months because of the 4.2 ABV and easy drink-ability along with the great taste. Really glad I finally decided to pick this beer up for a try.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2013 03:11:38 | More by mverity
Photo of kaufmaal


3.49/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a pint glass, golden honey colored and a wisp of a head. Some nice, initial lemon zest, lavender, orange blossom aromas, very pleasing and delicate. The initial taste is not too bitter, actually more tart/sour than bitter but that said not overly so, and with a hint of sweetness. Some mineral flavors balance out the floral qualities, and it's a bit heavier than I had expected, with a consistency that comes close to a cream ale. The dry hopped taste stays with you. Very drinkable, above average, and a good price on the sale table ($3.00).

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2013 02:17:48 | More by kaufmaal
Photo of Darkmagus82


3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a chalice glass

Appearance – The beer was served a nice golden color with a one finger white head. The head faded rather rapidly leaving a moderate level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell- The aroma was a blend of hops (herbal, earthy, floral, lemon and grassy) mixed with a biscuit malt and some straw and caramel.

Taste – The taste begins with a moderately strong showing of a biscuit caramel and malt flavor with only hints of hop. The hop quickly comes though with flavors of a lemon hop appearing on the scene first followed by some earthy and grassy hop flavors later on. Toward the end, the floral hop flavors mix with the rest of the hop with a good dose of sour lemon coming to the tongue. With a loss of some of the malty flavors a clean and crisp taste of hop and malt is left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The body of the beer is rather light in body with a carbonation level that is rather average. The thinner/lighter body is great for the drinkability but seem to hinder some of the nice hop flavors to really shine through.

Overall – It is rather refreshing and has quite a complex taste for such a light bodied brew. A good one to try.

Serving type: on-tap

06-02-2013 18:38:23 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of Ryan011235


3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a nonic pint glass on 5/8/13

Clear, golden straw color with clinging bubbles and one finger of white foam. Thinner, soapy retention. Only a few specks of lace.

The aroma is bristly with orange peel, pine and lemon zest. Biscuit notes as well. It smells a bit skunky at first but I think that's just the hop profile. The flavor is that of herbal hops with a floral hint. There are modest notions of orange rind and other such pith. Grassy overtones and toasted cracker and biscuit. The feel is a little watery but pretty decent. Carbonation is moderate and not over reaching the body. Herbal and bitter twinge on the finish.

I don't reckon this is too bad; a decent sipper that I'm in no hurry to get again any time soon.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2013 23:33:10 | More by Ryan011235
Photo of Act25

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Presentation: Half-Litre (1 Pt 0.9 fl.oz) brown glass bottle poured into a .5l cylinder glass. It's more of a Golden Bitter Ale than an IPA.

Appearance: Nice color, golden clear body, well carbonated on pour, but head dissipates quickly. Good lacing. Low carbonation after the pour.

Nose: more flowers, grass and fruit than any other IPA I have tried. Very original. What I love about a great burgundy wine, I find here, grass, earth, spring. It's fresh and zingy, hops evident, citric zest and lemon acidity, cut grass, hay.

Taste: Exotic. Bitter fruit. Herbs and Hay. Lovely fresh citric hops dominate, w/ lightly toasted malts. dry bitter finish. Great finish on the tongue. Great appetizer and food beer.

Mouthfeel: soft carbonation, light body. tingly and mellow. nice clean finish. Good year round, good in summer and warmer month. Nice to have a less alcoholic IPA. Nice to have a fruity, grassy beer to play around with different foods and to surprise friends with.

Drinkability: Scottish Session beer. Summer games and outdoors. Amen.

Overall: winner of several CAMRA Awards. If you can find it, try it, totally worth it!

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2013 22:43:46 | More by Act25
Photo of Tone


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

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/5 inch head of a white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of floral hops, grass, dry hop, sweet malt, caramel malt, and a hint of pale malt. Fits the style of an English Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. There was also a noticeable bitterness/dryness associated with the feel. Tastes of dry hop, floral hop, sweet malt, slight pale malt, and hint of caramel malt. Overall decent appearance, aroma, and blend.

Serving type: on-tap

02-28-2013 15:30:33 | More by Tone
Photo of Samp01

New Jersey

3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle. Pours an orange amber hue with good medium slowly fading white head. Aroma is of caramel malt, citrus and lemon, yeast with some citrus hops. Taste is sweet caramel malt with some nice citrus lemon flavor and some mild bitter citrus hops. Palate is a medium body with moderate carbonation. Finishes with a sweet caramel malt, yeast, with some nice citrus lemon fruity flavors balanced with some good citrus hops. Overall a good, tasty and enjoyable brew

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2013 23:31:14 | More by Samp01
Photo of patre_tim


3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Golden with a slight brown tinge, a little minimal cloudiness, lots of carbonation, head is a two finger creamy egg white appearance with a slight yellow tinge. Head retains itself very well.

S: Skunk, malt, lemon zest, coriander seed, fresh linen.

T: Very balanced and not as extreme as I was expecting from the name. At first the malt seems so subtle like an AA Lager, but complexities follow immediately. Mild lemon zest, coriander seed and fresh linen tastes are followed a bitterness and a slight sourness. All these are subtle and not in your face as one might suppose, its like a complex good beer, that’s all subtle about itself.

M: Medium body, medium high carbonation, bitterness clings somewhat to the tongue.

O: Nice unique beer with a great bitter and slight sour taste, still its middle of the road enough to go well with British or Scottish food, fine by itself or with marmelade, minced meat pie, Haggis, Fish n Chips, etc. Great name, fun label with the mouse mascot.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2013 16:01:32 | More by patre_tim
Photo of heygeebee


3.23/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From Vintage Cellars. BB Feb 2013

Pours a straw body, one finger head for a minute, then dies to a fil. Moderate lace.

Smells a little stale, a little hop, a litte lemon/lemonade.

Taste is a let-down, think BB is an issue. Moderate hops on plate, a little lemonade flavour, a little zest. I have had before and it has been better. The sprightly finish has an astrigent / stale note at end.

Mouthfeel just right for style. Moderate carbonation, light to medium bodied.

Overall, this is listed as an EPA, but it has more Pale Lager characters, with the zesty finish. Even the bottle notes 'zest added by Styrian Goldings hops'.... Too zingy, too spritzy to be an EPA. Add half for price point.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2012 07:42:58 | More by heygeebee
Photo of MrKennedy


3.13/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml bottle from Vintage Cellars, Wynyard, into a Great Divide goblet.

Traditional golden colour, opaque in appearance. The white foam settles to a thin layer on top, leaving the odd bit of lacing on the side of the glass.

Smells of biscuits, sweet malt and some lemon zest. The hop aroma sits in nicely with the biscuit and malt of it.

Has a little too much lemon involved in the flavour. Otherwise some spicy hop flavour has a little bit there to grab you to start with. Then it is tangy sweet malt and the lemon influence.

Solid body to it for the ABV, carbonation level is just right. The sweetness can get a little too much, likewise the tang though.

Decent, but not as good as i remember this to be. Hard to beat at the pricepoint out here at $4 to $5 a 500ml bottle from the shop, but otherwise nothing to get excited about going off this sample.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2012 08:53:24 | More by MrKennedy
Photo of jonb5

United Kingdom (England)

3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the cask at the Rake. Pint, 3.8% abv. Golden colour, cloudy, small head, some lacing retained. Aroma was hoppy citrus, Cascade? Tasted quite bitter, slightly fruity, notes of cooking apples, wheaty finish. Smooth texture, low carbonation, body slightly thick. Overall good character for the low strength even if it was slightly watery, very good summer session ale.

Serving type: cask

09-04-2012 14:43:18 | More by jonb5
Photo of Offa


4.53/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is an excellent ale, complex and engaging, but the type of IPA that is really more of a very hoppy bitter.

Deep gold, it has a very big off-white head steadily shrinking to a foamy ring and a little foamy lace.

Aroma is bright, yeasty bread dough, herb, hints of fruit, jammy citrus. It's strong and full bodied.

Taste is nice, balanced, well-rounded with bright, strong bread, grain, herbs, lemon rind, yeasty juiciness, peppery bite. It has clear bitterness with balancing light sweetness. It is generally subtle and gentle but very complex and engaging with wonderful aromatic zesty bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 05:55:37 | More by Offa
Photo of jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 500ml bottle with a BB of June 2013. The label mentions that this ale is hopped with Hallertau, Challenger and Goldings.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A clear golden-amber colour with light carbonation. Forms a large head of white foam that lasts for a couple of minutes before subsiding. Aroma of grainy malt with grassy, citrus hop notes. Slightly sweet.

Tastes of fruity aromatic hops and grainy malt with a dry bitter finish. Notes of subtle grapefruit, citrus, grass, hay and stewed hops. Hints of grain and earthy yeast underpin the hop aroma. A restrained bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with a spicy quality (citrus). Nice body. Slightly astringent, with an aftertaste of bitter aromatic hops and yeast.

Good - a tasty blonde! The aroma could be a tad more pronounced, but the flavour is nice and hoppy while retaining balance. Would perhaps benefit from bottle-conditioning to improve depth. Crisp, refreshing and well worth sampling if you have the chance.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2012 22:32:33 | More by jazzyjeff13
Photo of mick303

Ontario (Canada)

4.06/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bitter and Twisted
Beer is a bright gold colour, solid film retention and really nice lacing. Smooth and slow carbonation. 4

S – limes! floral notes, firm malt, mild nuttiness. Honey caramel, mildly roasty notes. 3.75

T – crisp citrusy hops, firm malt base, malty bread coming through, more limes, peanut, leafy with a crisp bitter finish, nice bite of hop bitterness and drying malt. Very tasty. Balance is excellent to provide a tasty, flavourful session pale ale. As it warms more caramel malt and milt nuttiness comes out, some mild tannins. 4.25

M – an assertive body despite the low abv, lots of flavor, drying bitter finish. Balanced dryness, very full and smooth on the palate, making it both refreshing and satisfying, medium hop character but still traces of a slick oiliness, all vey well constructed. 4

A very pleasant beer, lots of flavor and decent complexity, good balance and a refreshing body and finish. Very enjoyable. Only way to improve might be to up the florals and maybe upping the assertiveness, its still high by uk standards so I quite enjoy it. 4

Serving type: on-tap

07-03-2012 03:27:57 | More by mick303
Photo of IPA35


3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks like a standard bitter. White head, a bit rocky, that is quickly reduced to a finger or so. Amber colour.

Smell is some hop bitterness, light malts and light citrus and some mango from the hops. A mild scent, not very strong. Inviting though.

A rather fruity beer, citrus, hints of tropical fruits (hard to pinpoint which) and enough bitterness to make it interesting. Not much in the way of malts, a light malt profile.

Light mouthfeel, not watery though and low to medium carbonation. Fine for the style.

Overall a nice and refreshing, balanced ale.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2012 16:51:03 | More by IPA35
Photo of metter98

New York

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

A: The beer is relatively clear and yellowish amber in color with a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that quickly died down, leaving some lacing on the surface and a ring of large bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of fruity yeast in the nose along with some hints of herbal hops.
T: Like the smell, the taste is rather fruity and has notes of herbal hops, although the hops are most noticeable from the light to moderate amount of bitterness that they contribute.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a bit of dryness in the finish.
O: This beer is extremely easy to drink and very sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2012 00:12:38 | More by metter98
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle. Another great UK example of a small but really full-flavoured brew. There are big grapefruit and malt aromas up front that seem to promise quite a bitter IPA. However, the flavours and mouthfeel are incredibly balanced. The very creamy texture finishes with an earthy (English-style) hop hit. While we were initially expecting "super bitter," this was quite subtle. Definitely a session beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2012 16:43:44 | More by CookstLiquor
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3.1/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a small head.
Nose shows soft English hops displaying earthy, herbal and faint spicy characters. Also present is some honey and bready malt.
Similar English hops present themselves as flavours too, along with more bready and slightly grainy malt.
Carbonation seems a little high, and the body seems somewhat watery.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2012 03:20:40 | More by CrazyDavros


3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml bottle. Tumbler glass. Enjoyed on dec´11. Pale golden in color, quite cloudy appearance. White, close & dense, froth with some lacing spots. Noble hops to the nose. Crispy upfront, dry bitter, lemon zest & slightly malty flavors. Medium body, medium/high carbonation. Astringent lemon finish.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2012 17:30:47 | More by GONZALOYANNA
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4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orangey yellow with a small, fast-fading head. Lots of activity in the glass on the pour but it dies off almost immediately. Grassy hop nose, bready, a grapefruity note, honey.

Not a lot of malt in the taste, a lightly sweet breadiness and a bunch of grassy hops, big finish of lemon (as advertised) and notes of black tea. Ligghter bodied, although the lower carbonation makes it seem substantial. Silky. Lovely mouthfeel.

I've had quite a few of these lately. Magic with seafood. Near perfect session beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2012 22:13:27 | More by Parrotshake
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Bitter & Twisted from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
84 out of 100 based on 364 ratings.