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Bitter & Twisted - Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.

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Reviews: 272
Hads: 422
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 18
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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: xlperro on 07-22-2002

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Photo of vauxhaulastra
2/5  rDev -46.8%

I disagree with all these mostly positive reviews.
The taste is acrid to the point of it being like eating the pith of an lemon, not the zest that so many have clamored. (170 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
2.11/5  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. (393 characters)

Photo of interzen
2.21/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

330ml bottle poured into a chalice glass

Look: Fairly dark, golden yellow - almost orange. Clear, with no hint of haze or sediment. Thin white head which quickly disappeared leaving a foam ring and little or no surface foam. No lacing to speak of.

Smell: Not much - what little I could detect suggested a reasonable balance of malt and hops, plus their attendant resin/citrus notes, but picking them out was hard work, even after the beer had warmed up a wee bit.

Taste: Again, not much - certainly not bitter and not in the least bit twisted. Slightly sweet taste with some toffee and caramel notes, malts and a hint of hops. Very, very subdued, though.

Feel: Body isn't too bad, and despite the distinct lack of smell and taste it manages to have a dry, refreshing finish.

Overall: Really not sure what to make of this - I'm going to err on the side of caution and state that I might have had a 'bad' bottle. Smell and taste were subdued to the point of almost being non-existent, particularly the former, with the net result being like fizzy, hop and malt-flavoured water. Disappointing, and Harviestoun are capable of much, much better. (1,145 characters)

Photo of Kwak
2.23/5  rDev -40.7%
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 (328 characters)

Photo of Faustgeist
2.53/5  rDev -32.7%
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.

~R (573 characters)

Photo of aaronh
2.53/5  rDev -32.7%
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. (315 characters)

Photo of dansmcd
2.58/5  rDev -31.4%
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. (332 characters)

Photo of hdofu
2.59/5  rDev -31.1%
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. (518 characters)

Photo of CStang67
2.7/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Beer poured a nice light clear orange color with a white head the quickly disappeared. The bottle clamed "Aromatic" however I found there to be little aroma. A nice balance of malt and citrus notes, just really had to search for them. Taste was nice with a touch of sweetness from caramel malts balanced by a good dose of bitterness. Some citrus notes at the back of the palate. Medium body that finished a little bit o the dry side making the beer very refreshing. Overall a very sessionable, balanced beer. (508 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.73/5  rDev -27.4%
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. (332 characters)

Photo of BlackHaddock
2.73/5  rDev -27.4%
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. (918 characters)

Photo of rinhaak
2.73/5  rDev -27.4%
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. (415 characters)

Photo of laituegonflable
2.81/5  rDev -25.3%
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. (1,568 characters)

Photo of Chambic
2.85/5  rDev -24.2%
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 (374 characters)

Photo of ScarletLady
2.87/5  rDev -23.7%
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. (418 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.93/5  rDev -22.1%
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. (634 characters)

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3/5  rDev -20.2%
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. (483 characters)

Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.01/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden with a snmall head and only thin flecks of lacing.

S - Grassy hop and pears. A bit of light malt. Rather empty for and IPA.

T - Dry grassy hops with a bit of light malt meshed with apple and pear flavors. Aftertaste is a bland grassy (hay) bitterness.

M - A tad harsh, but thin and a bit refreshing.

D - Okay. I am going to pass in the future, among the most "reasonable tasting" Scottish beers I have had to date. (437 characters)

Photo of SwillBilly
3.02/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at Rustico

Appearance: Poured light gold and very clear with a small white head that faded fairly quickly. Ample lacing was left behind in the glass.

Smell: What smell? Had a very hard time trying to distinguish any aroma from the pint glass. If anything, maybe a hint of citrusy hops but you really had to try hard to find any discernable fragrances.

Taste: Extremely smooth with not a whole lot going on in the beginning or the middle. This beer is all about the finish. The beginning is fair to middling at best with maybe a touch of bittering hops to keep things interesting otherwise not much going on. The middle moves things along to the finish where this beer makes it mark. The finish is all bittering, grapefruit rind like hops that linger long on the tongue well after the swallow. If it wasn't for the finish, then I would swear this was some sort of Euro macro. The finish makes this interesting, but then again I'm so used to American IPA's and the aggessive hoppiness that encompasses them that I might not really have a true understanding of a British IPA and their subtle complexities.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat thin with ample carbonation, crisp and dry.

Drinkability: A true session beer. Nothing to here to wear out the palate. Goes down very clean with a nice bitterness in the end. Nothing I would go out of the way for, but I wouldn't dismiss it either. Definitely worth a try. (1,417 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.06/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a four-fingered cream head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Clear, amber color. Nose is hoppy. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Starts hoppy but is not overbearing, Finish is clean with not much bitter after taste. A tolerable bitter. $4.69 for a 500ml bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me. (311 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.09/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

From 07/28/10 notes.

a - Pours an amber color with one inch of white head.

s - Smells of wheat, grass, caramel malts, and a hint of citrus. Has a littler bit of a weird smell I can't put my finger on as well; almost like it's gone bad. It's not overpowering, but doesn't help the cause.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, sour fruity malts, and wheat. Mediocre.

m - Light to medium body and low carbonation, smooth and very easy to drink.

d - A very easy to drink beer you could have a few of, but I won't really want to. I didn't think it was bitter at all really, and thought the smell wasn't very enjoyable. Wouldn't order again. (629 characters)

Photo of dgallina
3.12/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1 pint, 9 fluid ounce brown bottle without freshness date. Label full of puffery about the beer winning awards in cask form (not what we're getting in the bottle).

Pours transparent golden yellow with a thin head that degenerates to nothing. Almost no lace and slow carbonation. You could mistake this for cream ale or relatively full-bodied macro. Fresh aroma. Grass and a blend of english, german, and american hops, with grapefruit and dusty orange notes dominant. Relatively hefty body, with very spare carbonation. Overly syrupy and still for a beer of this weight. Grapefruit, orange, and strawberry hop flavors in the mouth. Some bracing dryness in the finish makes the next sip slightly more desirable. Not a particularly winning combination. (753 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.12/5  rDev -17%
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. (332 characters)

Photo of ADZA
3.13/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden copper hue which leaves a creamy fast vanishing two finger head and creamy lacing,the smell is herbal grassy hops and some honey malts thats it,the mouthfeel is light and watery and has tastes of honey malts,herbal grassy hops,fresh cut grass,pale malts and finished with a mix of herbal grassiness and toffee and overall i definately would not buy again and the bitterness is only very light avoid cheers. (427 characters)

Photo of MrKennedy
3.15/5  rDev -16.2%
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. (859 characters)

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Bitter & Twisted from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
85 out of 100 based on 272 ratings.