Bitter & Twisted - Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.

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Bitter & TwistedBitter & Twisted

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Ratings: 416
Reviews: 272
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.9%
Wants: 16
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Harviestoun Brewery Ltd. visit their website
United Kingdom (Scotland)

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

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: xlperro on 07-22-2002

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Reviews by acrawf6:
Photo of acrawf6
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a light and slightly hazy orange amber with a small white head. The bottle said low carbonation, and I see that (or lack of that).

Smell. Has a nice light and crisp citrus hoppiness to it, like a lemon zest. There is just a small touch of a yeast breadyness to it as well. I also get a bit of a bandaid character to it, but does not seem to be an off flavor as it strangely smells quite appetizing.

Taste. A very mild and subtle beer initially with just a touch of the citrus biting my tongue, but after a few seconds, the flavors come stronger. It has a distinct creaminess to it, almost like a yogurt like flavor. The flavor is dry but has no puckering bitterness to it. I find the lemon citrus bit of the hops get muted out to a stronger malt character. The yeast comes through well, but admittingly, I see i poured some of the sediment into my glass. Aftertaste has some more of the creaminess filling out, with just a little citrus note to top it off.

Mouthfeel. Boy is around a medium level; maybe a little light. However, it still fills my mouth well, especially with the lower carbonation and the low alc. content.

Overall, a very nice beer. I would be a great one to have on tap at you local pub as it has a nice rounded flavor, yet low on alcohol. Too bad I will probably never have it again.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a real nice clear golden color with a thin head thats gone in a flash,aroma is leafy with a slight hint of mint with a light yeastiness to it as well.Flavor is on the dry side with a herbal hopiness balanced out nicely with a firm maltiness in the finish very crisp.To me the perfect sociable pint very easy to drink low in alcohol but not flavor.

Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Very light and clear orange in color with a decent head.

Smell – This one has a hoppy slightly bitter aroma complimented with a balancing malt. I can also pick up some grapefruit.

Taste – The three smells from the nose, floral hop, malt, and grapefruit, come out beautifully in the taste. This ale is well put together.

Mouthfeel – This is an exceptionally smooth and refreshing example of the style. This ale is creamy and dry and very nice.

Drinkability – This is a terrific session beer that went down well during the October playoffs.

Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

41.2% Ipa?

A- Very nice burnt orange ipa look with more than enough floating sediment.(Tons) Mild frothy head that remains only on the edge of the glass. Has a good layer of lacing for the amount of head this beer has.

S- In one word FESTIVE. Very inviting spicy scent is the first thing I notice. Spicy and very pungent sweet grass, cloves, brown sugar, caramel, and sweet nectar.

T- Taste is mild compared to the smell but with the low alcohol content who can complain. The taste is excellent for an english ipa sweet fruity flavor of light plums, oranges and apples. Second is the raw flavor of light but whole hops with a nice bitterness to end.

M- Very smooth feel on the tongue due to light alcohol content. Mild astringent feel before the end. Dry finish.

D- As drinkable as they get. Nice all round beer with every reason to try, drink, and repeat. Great session.

Photo of shapudding
4.16/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lot A, drink by date of August 2004.

Pale golden with not much head. Bit of white head that reduced down and stayed at a slight cover and ring. Great scent of dark cherry. Very dry mouthfeel, nice. Hoppy but not intense. No fuit in the flavor, must be that you think you should taste it since you smell it...? Thin mouthfeel, low carbination. Decent flavors but not much jumps out. Very balanced and easy drinking.

Photo of mverity
4.14/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Photo of merlin48
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, apricot hued body with a small, bone white head that quickly falls to a lasting collar. Extensive sheets of lace drape the dimpled pint glass. Aroma is a bit subdued, with spicy and floral hops atop a sweetish honey malt background. Mouthfeel is creamy and light medium bodied, with light carbonation. Taste has bitter floral and spicy hopping, with some pleasant fruity notes of pears and Rome apples. Hops are assertive but nicely balanced by crisp and biscuity malt sweetness. Finish and aftertaste are bitter with floral hops, and a hint of peppery spice. Very well constructed, and nicely drinkable. Very good example of an English bitter.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a regular nonic glass. A nice, vibrant golden, hardly any visible carbonation. Head doesn't last long, a thin ring and a bit of lacing.

The smell is nice and hoppy, with a bit of lemon to the back.

Taste is sweeter than most IPAs, but this isn't necessarily a bad thing. Very flavorful - a bit of herbs, lemon and bread. Tasty. Bitterness lingers on the tongue for a while.

Mouthfeel is lower carbonation, thin and slick.

Quite a drinkable little IPA. Crisp and refreshing. Not sure if it's "World Beer Awards: World's Best Ale" worthy, as it claims on the bottleneck, but it is pretty good.

Photo of Byeast
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: golden , blonde color , with a creamy white head of a 1/4 inch that sticks around , and some nice spotty lacing.

Smell: the aroma is lightly citric , lemon rind , slight grassy herbal /lemongrass.

Taste: fairly light and refreshing flavors , slight bit of malt has trouble pushing through all the hop flavors. Nice mix of hops ( Hallertau Hersbrucker , Challanger , Styrian Goldings). The hop flavors take their turns on the palate. Herbal grassy , then spicy , and some tart , sharp citric lemon in the end.

Mouthfeel: smooth , small amount of carbonation ( "a third less than average").

Drinkability: An interesting and refreshing brew. I really liked the way they used the hops. This one would go great with fresh seafood.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Photo of BGDrock
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

From notes:

Appearance: golden, slight haze; large suds

Aroma: citrus hops, lemon, grapefruit

Taste & Mouthfeel: definitely got the "twisted" aspect with lemons popping out, and the bitterness shows up after a second or two; lightly carbonated, perhaps too much so; there is some subtle sweetness that comes with the citrus flavours

Overall: the flatness really hurt the beer, and the lemon flavour is nice, but the overall taste get's tired

Photo of ADR
4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chill hazed darker gold appearance, nice very white head that lasts well and rises to 1/2 an inch. Complex and fairly complete lacing. Aroma hops on the smell, lightly citrusy but with more of a floral sense that melds well with biscuity maltiness. Nice body, sub-medium, smooth and creamy. Malt and hop balance very well early, a combination of classic hop style and a nice sense of butter and syrup on flapjacks. Both the sweetness and the hop contribute to the finish and aftertaste, very nice. Tightly balanced and drinkable brew here. One of those beers that straddles styles, has a nicer sense of balance than many American IPAs...

Photo of chinchill
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

undated 500ml bottle served in a standard pint glass.

Pours a hazy, medium-light amber with very little head. What little head there is is short-lived, leaving but a ring. Eventually, some sediment accrues on the bottom of the glass.

Grassy, floral and fruity aroma; there is a clear contribution of malts but hops?

Although called Bitter & Twisted and classified on BA as an IPA, this beer is only very mildly bitter. It is flavorful, with a mix of sweet pale malt, tangy fruit, some hops and hints of butter and lemon. The hops come through, weakly, in the tart and fruity finish.

Nice semi-dry, nearly dry, feel, with a medium-light body bordering on watery.

O - enjoyed this more than my description seems to indicate.

Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cask at the Brick Store.

Pours a slightly hazy dark golden color with a two-finger white head. The head recedes into a rocky layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of slightly grainy pale malts with large amounts of earthy hops. Also present are lighter amounts of light citrus.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Grainy pale malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by hints of breadiness. Joining in shortly thereafter are earthy and slightly grassy hops. Near the end of the sip faint hints of lemon and orange peel work their way into things, fading out into a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I had no problems finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall I enjoyed this beer, as I have most of the beers the Brick Store has put on the beer engine recently. Better with cask conditioning than on tap in my opinion, it's very easy-drinking and well worth a shot.

Photo of rastaman
3.42/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Really nice session ale. Nice fresh citrusy hop aroma. Lightly caramelly, with a nicely bitter hop (Citrus again) finish. Apparently this was the champion beer at the GBBF 2003, perhaps not worthy of that accolade, but still a nice beer all the same. (Cask- GBBF 03')

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a nonic)

A- This beer pours a slightly hazy glowing orange body with a gentle carbonation and a bubbly creamy white head that stick to the glass a bit.

S- The pale malt wort aroma is fresh with a green woody hop note to the finish both aromas are well balanced.

T- The sweet pale malt wort flavor has some dry lightly toasted hints to it and a juicy earthy green robust hops with no bitterness. There is a nice spice to the hops finish.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a slightly creamy texture with no alcohol heat and a touch of fizz that enhances the hops.

O- The fresh pale malt sweetness is a nice support to the full hops flavor that has nice depth and no bitterness. This is a very easy to drink session beer.

Photo of Brenden
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear but fairly deep golden yellow into the glass. There's a fair cascade that forms a pretty nice, compact head of sturdy foam. Moderate lacing is left on the glass.
The aroma has some enticing if not odd character to it. It's got a lot of zesty lemony citrus, fresh juice and rind, along with a steady and firm hops presence that is good (lots of raw grapoefruit and pine) but has a mildly skunky character. There's also a little bit of soapiness that I most identify with certain pilseners, oddly enough.
Flavor contains all of the characters in the nose except that the skunkiness is lost, which is good, and there's a malt presence in the finish that's easier to find than in the smell. This brew's character consists mostly of the tart, zesty lemon and raw leaf.
The body is medium and carbonation is moderate. The mouthfeel is above average but not particularly noteworthy.
Drinkabilty's good since this is a pretty tasty brew with some balance and plenty of character and the ABV is low.

Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle from the LCBO, downtown Toronto hotel room stylin'. The Scottish Danger Mouse (and his big acorns, um, I mean hop cones) adorn the label of this 'World's Best Ale'.

This beer pours a clear, glassy medium golden amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, weakly foamy, and bubbly dirty white head, which leaves a bit of radio frequency pattern lace around the glass as it evenly recedes.

It smells strongly of biscuity pale cereal grains, lemon zest, orange bitters, and punchy grassy, floral hops. The taste is exactly as advertised on the nose, with one major caveat - a pleasant black pepper dust spiciness - one which sort of hovers over the still heady cereal maltiness, simmering citrus notes, and sassy floral, grassy hops.

The carbonation is fairly low-key, and averagely bubbly, the body a decent medium-light weight, and dulcet in its smoothness. It finishes on the dry side, a bit of grassy, herbal bitterness dominating.

Maybe not the 'World's Best', but a nicely bitter and drinkable English-style ESB/IPA hybrid. The peppery character was a bit of a surprise, but a nice one at that. I would definitely have this again.

Photo of mintjellie
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500mL bottle poured into my Marstons pint glass. A beautiful pale orange with a finger of head resting on top. Head eventually settles to a thin layer, a little thicker round the edges than in the centre. This stuff is sunshine in a glass. Some lace.

Lemon and flowers. A little bit of earth. Brown sugar in the background rounds things out. All elements complement each other nicely.

Mildly sweet malts are subdued but there. Lemony up front with a dry, tea-like, moderately bitter finish. Bitterness lasts long into the aftertaste, like your mouth is coated in it. Mild but noticeable acidity. Simple flavours that work really well together. Very well balanced.

Fairly light body with low carbonation. Very smooth. The long finish makes you feel as thought its coated your mouth. Very sessionable at 4.2%ABV, and tastes good enough that you'd actually want to session with it. This ones a winner.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Harviestoun- Bitter and Twisted

Appearance- Light orange/ yellow with a weak soapy head. heavy carbonation. Looks pissy.
Smell- very little going on in this department. Light flora aroma with a touch of citus.
Taste- Lighter than what I was expecting but nice. Hops, peach/ lemon fruit, and malt evenly blended.
Mouthfeel- Watery but a nice flavor lingers. Slight bitterness, very slight.

Overall- A beer that tastes much better than its initial presentation. Not as big as an American IPA but an easy drink. I enjoyed!!

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A clear, lively golden color, lacy-slight, white head, tons of bubbles, long lasting.

Aroma of berries, very fruity hoppy aroma with lots of dry breadiness.

Red fruit flavor's, hoppy first with a classic bready English maltiness, tangy and sour around the edges. Light and crispy at first with a much more mellow, relaxed malty feel. It becomes a bit lazy over time and seems that it has not travled very well.

Pretty average stuff, but it had a hard time peaking my interest.

Photo of cokes
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Regal gold with a compacted white crown.
Lemon poppyseed mufflin nose, completed with the obligatory pat of butter.
Pale, bready malts up front. A fuller sense of dough materializes as this gains temperature. But in all honesty, this is all about hop nuances. Hallertau is identified first with its signature dried grass. Then comes Challenger with iron and cold bitterness. Styrian Goldies are last, adding perks akin to coriander and lemon rind.
Light bodied. Low carbonation. Where is the fucking cask?
This is a welcome exercise in smaller scale hopcentrism.
If you crave a true-to-name regular bitter, look no further.

Photo of Sammy
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a yellow body with significant white foam. A neutral aroma. A medium mouthfeel that leaves the tongue tingling. A good straightforward bitterness. Very drinkable.This English style IPA is another demonstration of very respectable beer under 5%. One can still be productive after this session pint.
Several weeks later, and bitterness is odd and British, but overall nice at this ABV.

Photo of CanuckRover
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Almost looked like a witbier at first. Cloudy at the top, just not as pale. Thin, short head and good lacings.

Very fresh smell. Hops come through as citrus fruit. Aroma actually doesn't tell the whole story, there is some nice bitterness that comes through right from the start. Grassy or piney and a real tongue coater. Bitterness lasts throughout, as the biscuity malt and fresh lemon come through in the end. Mouthfeel is good, maybe a little thin. Drinkability is high, this is a respectable UK ale that I would watch for next time I was in Edinburgh or whatever. Good and a little more bitter than many other Scottish ales.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A clear, deep golden body is topped by a creamy off-white head that holds quite well and leaves some very nice lace throughout the glass. The nose is fresh and bright with lemony, floral and grassy hops. It's not overtly bold, but it is quite welcoming and gently refreshes the senses with each sip. The body is light, and the fine carbonation wakes up the tastebuds with a gentle tingle on the tongue. The flavor offers a lightly sweet malt that's solidly infused with gently spicy and lemony hop flavors, and backed by a firm bitterness. It finishes crisp and dry with a swirling note of sweetish malt that fades to lingering bitterness. A refreshing pint! And at only 4.2% abv it makes a great session beer. For fans of English bitter, this one's a charmer!

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Bitter & Twisted from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
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