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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 kojevergas


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
Photo of Kwak

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
Photo of aaronh


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
Photo of Faustgeist

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
Photo of dansmcd


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
Photo of hdofu


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
Photo of Phyl21ca

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
Photo of BlackHaddock

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
Photo of laituegonflable


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
Photo of rinhaak


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
Photo of ScarletLady


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
Photo of Chambic


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
Photo of ChainGangGuy


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
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy

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
Photo of mrasskicktastic

New Jersey

3.03/5  rDev -19%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-22-2007 03:15:25 | More by mrasskicktastic
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.05/5  rDev -18.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2006 23:35:46 | More by jdhilt
Photo of SwillBilly


3.05/5  rDev -18.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2006 03:42:49 | More by SwillBilly
Photo of dgallina


3.1/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2006 18:49:00 | More by dgallina
Photo of mdfb79

New York

3.1/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2010 01:13:26 | More by mdfb79
Photo of CrazyDavros


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
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 connecticutpoet


3.15/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was a clear yellow ale with a two finger, fast head. Not terribly impressed with that, but overall a good look for an ESB.

Aroma was a hint of pine hops, with a strong malty presence underneath. I wanted more hops.

Taste was a bit of skunky hops, with some peppery spiciness. It was rather light. There should have been more. I was unimpressed.

Mouthfeel was somewhat thin. I wouldn't get this again, especially at the cost.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2005 01:40:38 | More by connecticutpoet
Photo of bilyboy65


3.15/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a pilsner glass.

This is the story of a little beer that lost its way. After being bottled, the brew master promised it would go to a good home. However life would not work out so well for this crisp golden beer with a very thin covering. I say its a good thing it leaves a quickly dissolving lacing and film on the glass to add extra protection. Without much carbonation that protection seems to wear out quickly and leaves it vulnerable to the likes of me. A beer loving-drinking enthusiast. I was first attracted to this beer by its very floral, hoppy and citrusy scents. Loured me into pouring it into a glass and to try some. Unfortunately this is where the story gets ugly. At first sip it was intriguing with its combination of sour lemons and hoppy vibrance. But the bitterness that is left when it leaves is a bad note to go out on. So be it to say that this beer didn't find a good home for I didn't really enjoy it because of the real bitterness finish makes this hard to drink. Even with its delectable scent and light bodied smoothness in your mouth.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2008 04:04:36 | More by bilyboy65
Photo of ADZA


3.15/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2011 15:03:10 | More by ADZA
Photo of xgrigorix


3.18/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Half liter brown bottle, no dates.

Blonde in colour. Thin white head. Slow moving lines of carbonation.

Fresh & lively lemony hop aroma.

Sweet, spicy, & plenty of lemony hop flavour. Dries out nicely. Easy carbonation, light bodied. Kind of a summer beer in my book.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2005 17:26:22 | More by xgrigorix
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Bitter & Twisted from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
84 out of 100 based on 364 ratings.