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Bitter & Twisted - Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.

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Bitter & TwistedBitter & Twisted

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374 Ratings
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Ratings: 374
Reviews: 265
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.83%
Wants: 14
Gots: 6 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: xlperro on 07-22-2002)
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1/5  rDev -73.3%

12-05-2011 20:34:55 | More by TrickkyGangsta
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2/5  rDev -46.5%

05-06-2014 04:27:06 | More by BogAl
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2.1/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Reviewed from notes taken during a January 2011 trip to Glasgow, Scotland. Served from a cask in the Bon Accord pub.

A: Pours a clear hold with a thick head of fair retention. Appealing.

Sm: Malt and barley; pretty standard.

T: Clean open, balanced body, crisp finish. Nothing remarkable.

Mf: Coarse where it needs to be. Grand.

Dr: It's nice enough, but pricey. Won't have it again.

Serving type: cask

03-08-2011 01:05:58 | More by kojevergas
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New Jersey

2.17/5  rDev -42%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

this one poured nice with a melted butter color and rocky white head that didn't stay very long.

smell was pine like and with hints of spicy citrus.

the taste was a bit of a let down it was not bitter or twisted it was a little watered down with a slight hint of spice, their was a little hoppy aftertaste but nothing to good

Serving type: on-tap

03-05-2008 05:46:49 | More by Kwak
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New York

2.25/5  rDev -39.8%

08-29-2013 00:44:27 | More by Noelito76
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2.5/5  rDev -33.2%

10-28-2013 22:12:01 | More by MacarthurParker
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2.5/5  rDev -33.2%

08-16-2012 04:51:00 | More by pin
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South Carolina

2.53/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A slight dissapointment for me.

The beer began by pouring a light amber, leaning toward red. The carbonation was light and the glass did not develope a head at all.

Both the nose and plate were dominated by hops, yet they seemed single dimentional. With the rest of the aroma and finish unengaging.

I found the drinkability negligible, and tossed half the glass. Bummer.

I believe I shall try another bottle in a month, as the evening in questions may have been dominated by beers, which did not let the Bitter and Twisted shine in its own element.


Serving type: bottle

02-20-2006 18:08:07 | More by Faustgeist
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2.53/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Dark golden color with a creamy head. Almost has a euro-lager aroma. The taste is bitter, but with a bit of malt to support it. However, the flavor profile is not pleasing to my palate. It's also a bit thin and astringent on the tongue. I was a bit disappointed by this offering, as it's a less than enjoyable brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2005 23:36:46 | More by aaronh
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2.58/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Perfectly clear pale amber body, two fingers of frothy white head that quickly dissipates leaving no lacing.

S - Grass, lemon, corn.

T - Follows the faint nose with the same faint bland flavours, predominantly a tart lemon.

M - Crisp. Light body, moderate carbonation.

O - Yeah, I cant recommend this but it's not horrible.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 13:00:20 | More by dansmcd
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2.6/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I didn't know what to expect with this one being used to AIPA ADIPA and BIPA, but I was expecting something a bit... hoppier.. this almost tastes like bitter orange rinds with a tiny hint of mollasses in the finish. Smell is is almost like an a citrus wheat beer. This beer is almost too mild. It poured quite bubblely with a thick white head and an brownish orangeish color. Mouthfeel is sort of watery, not alot feel too it.. I just couldn't get into this beer, I wonder how other beers in this style compare though.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2010 00:21:30 | More by hdofu
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Quebec (Canada)

2.73/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a blonde color ale with a small foamy head with limited retention. Aroma of subtle floral malt. Taste is a mix between some floral malt with some sweet notes. Body is average with some average carbonation. I was expecting something more complex or bitter based on the name of beer but I really thought this was bland.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2007 18:30:36 | More by Phyl21ca
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United Kingdom (England)

2.75/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Brown 500ml bottle, the front label claims it is a 'Blond beer' which is Spicy, Aromatic and Zesty. The rear label told me to drink it cold, so I did.

Poured into a Gordon's Finest Golden thistle glass (well it is Scottish).

Very light for an IPA, about right for a blonde, an old, dull gold colour with a small white foaming head.

Stale bread smell, the beer was too cold to smell anything else, it is their fault, they told me to drink it cold.

Sour, with citrus flavours, would have been good in a sunny beer garden, sadly it is raining and cold this evening.

Dry from start to finish, with the citrus taste staying around also.

This is trying to be that little bit different from the normal beers brewed in Scotland and isn't unpleasant, it is just not really for me. The scores are my honest results, I would have loved to give it higher marks for each cat, but it isn't a great beer in my eyes.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2007 21:32:05 | More by BlackHaddock
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North Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

08-07-2013 00:57:21 | More by ekalb31
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2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

09-24-2012 00:50:22 | More by QCABeerTour
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2.78/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a fairly standard amber colour with a decent, generous white head of dense foam that disappears after a fair while. Bit of carbonation running through its mostly transparent body. This glass doesn't have the full bottle in it so I'm not sure if there's cloud further down. Nice bit of lacing when tilted, a very good-looking blonde.

A generous aroma of hops on the nose with a very sweet character behind it, sort of in a cinnamon-sugar mix kind of way. It's fairly aromatic but also fairly simple, doesn't really leap out of the glass in the way that your mirror image does on level 4 in the original Prince of Persia game.

There is definitely that sweetness on the palate, only here it's not a pleasant character that backs up the hops but rather a stickiness that lingers throughout the palate, taking away precious taste-time from those other beer flavours. There is a slight bitterness on the back palate but not as much as I would expect from something with bitter in its name. Front palate is a bit dusty and then that slight sweetness kicks in which actually just has the effect of toning down the flavour a bit. This isn't a very fat-flavoured beer (or phat-flavoured beer, for that matter), there's a simplicity that makes it not so drinkable - although the mouthfeel is a bit fuller than the flavour and quite nice actually. Nothing particularly nasty in it, just a whole lot of meh. At the risk of raising a few Scottish nationalist hackles, it's really typically English ale-y. Tasting this after Old Engine Oil I'm quite disappointed, I must say.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2009 07:42:27 | More by laituegonflable
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2.78/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On cask at the King's Head in Huddersfield, England.

Pours a pale piss yellow with a full, thick head. Not a very rich color.

The nose is uninteresting with only a subtle hop aroma.

The taste is pleasant enough with flavors of lemon, banana peel, citric acid, and hops. Nothing overwhelming, as each of the flavors are rather modest.

Overall a very drinkable, simple, (and not terribly interesting) session ale.

Serving type: cask

08-13-2011 08:21:03 | More by rinhaak
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2.83/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Tried this on on tap. nothing overly exciting or remarkable about the head or lacing. Pouring a blonde color the nose hinted at peaches and pepper. I found this to be a little thin but highly carbonated. I nice slightly peppery and spiciness hits you. Was there supposed to be a bitter something there? If so I couldn't find it. The smell was the best part. Totally drinkable, there's nothing about it that stands out.

Serving type: on-tap

02-13-2006 16:17:50 | More by ScarletLady
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2.88/5  rDev -23%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: not too impressive with its slightly opaque yellow hues, but has a nicely frothed head

S: doesn't smell that much better, since it seems really light and friendly, with an oddly foamy skunkiness about it

T: surprisingly bitter upfront

M: all needly from the hops, with a clean finish

D: much better IPAs are out there

Notes from 02.16.10 at Oliver Twist in Stockholm

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2010 01:03:23 | More by Chambic
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2.93/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

16 ounce pint - $6.00 at Trappeze Pub in Athens, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazed, straw-colored body with a foamy, white head.

Smell: Sharp, zesty aroma of lemons and grapefruits. A bit soapy.

Taste: Slight malt character of biscuit dough with no more than a light sweetness. What follows is a very strong, fairly citric, even zesty Meyer lemon and pine grapefruit tastes. Moderate hop bitterness. Final taste of sweetened lemon juice on the otherwise bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Not recommended. A bit like Lemon Pledge. Finishing off the pint was a long, grueling task.

Serving type: on-tap

04-12-2009 22:11:58 | More by ChainGangGuy
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New Hampshire

2.98/5  rDev -20.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2010 22:57:44 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -19.8%

11-11-2012 01:27:10 | More by cfalovo97
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3/5  rDev -19.8%

11-23-2011 14:56:29 | More by waiting4lunch
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3/5  rDev -19.8%

04-10-2012 04:57:37 | More by macrosmatic
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3/5  rDev -19.8%

12-23-2011 23:47:14 | More by jophish17
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Bitter & Twisted from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
84 out of 100 based on 374 ratings.