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Bitter & Twisted - Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.

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384 Ratings
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Ratings: 384
Reviews: 266
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.83%
Wants: 14
Gots: 9 | 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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Photo of Sammy
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%

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.

Sammy, Sep 07, 2007
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

zestar, Tuesday at 09:05 AM
Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

metter98, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of brentk56
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%

Appearance: Medium golden, clear body with a small white head; some lacing

Smell: Citrus hops on the nose

Taste: A slight touch of sweetness on the front of the tongue is quickly assaulted by the assertive lemony bitterness of the hops

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a nice bit of carbonation

Drinkability: A refreshing brew for a hot summer's day; just enough bitter hoppiness to make things interesting but nothing to ponder over for too long

brentk56, Aug 10, 2004
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +7%

Lightly foggy sunshine gold with lemon curd highlights. The pale ivory cap picks up a modest glimmer of yellow from the beer beneath and displays a gently pocked surface that is falling at a leisurely pace. Thick hunks of bubbly lace stick to the glass in haphazard fashion.

The nose is interesting without being all that wonderful. It smells somewhat buttery and more citrusy than British ESBs customarily smell, but it's more of a lemon-lime soda (7-Up) aroma than it is a hoppy one. While still better than average, it isn't up to par given the rest of this beer's attributes.

Better on the palate. Still though, I'd expect a beer called Bitter & Twisted to be a little more bitter than this. It is tasty stuff though, a snappy conglomeration of buttery pale malt, tangy fruit, sweet grass, bitter hops and a spritz of lemon juice. The first two dominate right out of the gate and then give way to a lovely bitter lemon tweak at the wire.

The body is on the lighter side of medium, yet holds its structure throughout, and there's a subdued amount of carbonation that still mananges to provide a mild tongue tingle. The neck label proclaims 'Champion Beer of Britain 2003', but is prefaced by the qualifier, 'in its cask-conditioned form'. There's no doubt that this stuff would be killer on-cask.

All in all, Bitter & Twisted is a close to classic English (although brewed in Scotland) ESB. Friendly, drinkable and the very definition of sessionable, it's a beer that most everyone should enjoy.

BuckeyeNation, Mar 20, 2005
Photo of Phyl21ca
2.73/5  rDev -27%

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.

Phyl21ca, Nov 08, 2007
Photo of BEERchitect
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%

With balanced earthy/spicy bitterness and sharp floral aromas, this English IPA holds all of the halmarks of classic Brittish varieties.

A murky, dirty peach/golden color forms a fluid off-white head that soon enough falters under its own weight and reduces to a lace around the edges. Good lacing, but the retention could prove better.

Aromas of fresh cut grasses, herbs, flowery notes, and mild citrus all rest upon a hearty, biscuity/buttery grain scent.

Sweeter in malts than the nose suggests, the beer carries a sweet bread and yeasty taste along with the sharp, earthy, and weedy taste of English noble hops along with secondary pine and citrus. Lightly fruity and minty going into the finish.

Very mild for an IPA. Where a creamy upstart is expected, the quick transition to dryness and crispness just doesn't happen, leaving the beer somewhat flat in taste and texture.

The flaovr of the IPA comes through in a very English kinda way. But the strength and dryness speaks only timidly of an English Pale Ale or strong Bitter.

BEERchitect, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of mikesgroove
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%

amber color with a nice round head of white that rose up a couple inches before settling down and leaving a broken crown across the top.

Aroma was nice citrus hops, hints of buttery malts, pineapple, light grapefruit. Well balanaced. Clean, consistent and crisp flavor. Biting hops up from of course followed by a nice buttery malt. hints of grass and bready notes

mikesgroove, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

spycow, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

jaydoc, Nov 27, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.93/5  rDev -21.7%

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.

ChainGangGuy, Apr 12, 2009
Photo of Knapp85
3.35/5  rDev -10.4%

Tried this from a Cask at Tap & Table in Emmaus PA the first time I was there. I wouldn't have said that this beer was an IPA when I first had it. I thought it was along the lines of an English Bitter with the twist of lemon added to it. After seeing that it's an IPA I suppose the citrus quality it has isn't such a drastic jump from one stlye to another for the beer. The color was a light copper with a nice smooth looking head that left lacing down the glass. The beer was ultra smooth going down. I'm not sure if I really liked the flavor of this so much. The lemon was a little overwhelming for me personally. This beer would be ideal for summer time drinking.

Knapp85, Apr 04, 2011
Photo of oberon
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%

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.

oberon, Apr 09, 2004
Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +7%

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.

biboergosum, Aug 21, 2009
Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +7%

JAHMUR, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%

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!

NeroFiddled, Jun 29, 2003
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%

On-tap 4/10/08 at British Beer Company in Walpole, MA, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a murky gold color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light caramelized malts and decent amount of pale hops.

T: The taste starts with a good burst of pale hops up front and then some flavors of citrus and caramel come in next to balance things out. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not filling at all, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a good beer to drink several of, if you're looking for a milder version of an IPA.

TheManiacalOne, Apr 11, 2008
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.15/5  rDev +11%

500ml bottle, label features a mouse nibbling on hops and barley...so, the brewery is insanely unsanitary, is that the picture I should be drawing here?

Pours out a clear, bright golden color, with a decent, white froth that slims down to a thin ring, quickly. Aroma: ow! Pine needles up in the nose, spruce, maybe, quite a unique hop profile, reminds me of a ..jeez, I can't think of anything but "fresh-ass hops!" And cannabis, perhaps..and rabbit feed pellets, too, oddly enough, don't know where that came from...
Taste: all that continues on the tongue, sharp, pungent, but rapidly smoothing on the palate. Flavor remains singular and strong, great, tasty malt, too, becoming very smooth, the body is about medium, finish is a dry, long, with hoppiness lingering. The helpful label informs us that it's a blend of "aromatic Hallertau Hersbrucker", "spicy Challenger", and Styrian Goldings, and this odd combo turns out quite a kicky mix. The latter hop "gives a sharpness like a twist of lemon", and I suppose that's what inspired the wicked name, an ingenious selling point on it's own. Very unusual, the dry-hopping and the curious recipe help create a remarkable ale. I'll return to this one again, someday, despite the price ($5.39 for this bottle).

feloniousmonk, Jan 29, 2004
Photo of drabmuh
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Beer is yellow and hazy with a thin white head of small bubbles with some lacing on the glass. Carbonation moderate to low.

Aroma is grainy with a little hops.

Beer is thin and has a graininess to the back of it but overall the beer is fine. It's not hoppy and its not an IPA, it's a grainy bitter that I doubt will have again.

drabmuh, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.35/5  rDev -10.4%

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.

StonedTrippin, Feb 17, 2014
Photo of WesWes
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%

The beer pours a gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a nice pale malt scent along with a wonderful hop aroma. It's dry with some yeast fruitiness. The taste is decent also. It has a light pale malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes weak and quite bitter. The malt content is low while the hops ring true from start to finish. It does have a citrus hop aftertaste which emulates a lemony profile. The mouthfeel is good. It is a low/medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good brew, although it's not my favorate IPA/ It's got pretty good aroma and taste. The focus here is simplicity with the grain bill and attention to the hop character. Overall, a good drinker.

WesWes, Mar 18, 2006
Photo of mdfb79
3.1/5  rDev -17.1%

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.

mdfb79, Aug 17, 2010
Photo of jwc215
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%

Cask-conditioned at The Ginger Man in NYC.

Poured light golden yellow with a thin head that was well-retained and left some lacing on glass.

The smell was of earthy, floral hops that with a touch of wood.

The taste was of bitter, earthy, leafy hops. Sweet malt balanced it out, almost too much so. Herbal finish. It had a soft, pleasant taste, but was too balanced and low on alcohol to really be a true IPA. Tasty, nevertheless.

The body was creamy and smooth. Some of the bitterness hung on to give it a drying, yet refreshing feel.

Very easily drinkable. A nice "session" IPA, though not a great example of the style.

jwc215, Dec 31, 2006
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +7%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of smcolw
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Pours very light compared to the American counterparts--dark straw with a very mild haze. Modest head that remains quite rocky and leaves spotty lace on the glass.

Good pellet hop aroma (pineapple). Crisp malt base that is mostly in the background.

The body is distractingly thin. The flavor profile is decent with lots of citrusy hop throughout the taste and particularly strong in the aftertaste. The malt flavors consist of lighter grain without any hints of toasting. The carbonation is okay, perhaps slightly high for the body.

This may be a case of the North American palate not being fond of our brethren's style across the pond. But I do believe that other English IPA's (like Samuel Smith's) are rounder and richer than those in the States.

smcolw, May 17, 2008
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Bitter & Twisted from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
84 out of 100 based on 384 ratings.