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Bitter & Twisted - Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.

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Bitter & TwistedBitter & Twisted

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Ratings: 390
Reviews: 266
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 13
Gots: 11 | 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 scruffwhor
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first glimpse is a medium ambe with a little sunshine yellw glimmering through. Amidts the this coloring are suspended bits of sediment. The aroma is a light, bready malt, some mild hops citrus and a touch of mint. The first sip is a very mild malt bill. Definetly toasted with a bit of caramel malts. Then some muted hops, maybe minty, but definetly piney. The palate is a strong astringent mix of malt and hops. ery resiny palate. Not a bad beer to be your first right after work, wile you wait for your bar pizza to cook.

scruffwhor, Mar 18, 2008
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

17 oz from the Coop for about $4.60.. picked up today .. poured into my New Belgium snifter.

2 Finger pillowy looking head... leaves nice spotty lacing. Brew is dark straw but very clear.

Aroma is grainy ... reminds me of the smell of a brewhouse in mid boil. I am not complaining .. but this does not smell like an EIPA.

Flavor is all pale malts with a lite shot of diacetyl .. grassy and slightly spicy hops... I like the use of the noble hops, but I believe more could have easily been used to amp it up slightly. This brew does not taste like an EIPA. Body is light .... with light fine bubble carbonation. Really has quite a bit of stuff going on as it warms up ... especially given the low ABV. It is growing on me. Like a bottled cask beer.

I am pretty sure this is the first time I've had this beer. I would buy it again, but it is certainly a little cost prohibitive.

JohnGalt1, Mar 14, 2008
Photo of acrawf6
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

acrawf6, Mar 13, 2008
Photo of JamesS
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a golden, straw like color, with a huge amount of carbonation. It had a very hoppy scent, along with a citrus/lemony aroma. Excellent taste, a great malt/hop mix that starts very sweet (lager like) and ends up with a great hoppy, pale ale finish with a great bitter aftertaste, along with slight citrus/lemony flavor. It is an extremely smooth beer, it goes down great.

JamesS, Mar 06, 2008
Photo of Kwak
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

Kwak, Mar 05, 2008
Photo of crwills
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at the LCBO a month or two ago.

Poured a slightly cloudy pale gold with a touch of orange. Nice bubbly white head that sticks around. Spicy lemon and orange aroma, with some mild medicinal notes and a bit of grass.

Flavour is harsher than expected, with a lot of bitter, citrusy hops. Surprisingly sweet backbone. Smooth, but light-ish mouthfeel. Unexpectedly refreshing for the style - would make a much better summer patio beer.

crwills, Feb 21, 2008
Photo of bobsy
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from the LCBO. Pours a cloudy yellow, with a small head, which quickly diminishes to a fine film. Aroma of lemony hops and freshness (if you can call that an aroma). Tastes bitter, but in a pleasant refreshing way. Also a nice lemon kick. Crisp, light palate. Enjoyable stuff.

bobsy, Jan 13, 2008
Photo of Traquairlover
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 pint, 0.9 fl oz poured into a pint glass.

A = Sunflower yellow, very clear beer, brillinat white small head of small bubbles, very little carbonation bubbles, light lacing as the beer recedes.

S = Definite bitters in the smell. Somewhat buttery, interestingly I catch glimpses os scents that almost seem like a strong lager (along the line of Samichlaus Helles) no idea where that is coming from but the smell is surely there.

T = Light fruit flavors accompnay a decent bitter kick. A nice light taste. Sour apples, lemon, other citrus flavors all come through. Finish is long and bitter but not overly so.

M = Light bodied but with very good mouth coating. Low carbonation. Very smooth.

D = This is a very drinkable and approachable beer. With the low ABV could definitely use for session drinking.

Traquairlover, Jan 06, 2008
Photo of allergictomacros
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear copper-gold with a thick creamy head. Looks good.

S- Quite hoppy - pine, mandarins, floral and orange tones are huge. Sweet and honey like

T/M - Pretty hoppy again, witha bracing bitterness. Malt is very clean and mouthfeel is smooth. A touch soapy maybe. Very clean non-fruity flavour

D - A pretty accessible hoppy ale. not terribly exciting but a nice refreshing brew.

allergictomacros, Jan 06, 2008
Photo of irishkyle21
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another great beer from those kilt wearing Scots. Bitter & Twisted pours with a fluffy white head that drops to a thin coat, very nice lacing and a lightly hazed gold color.

Smells of floral and citrusy hops, sweet fruits and some spiciness.

The spices are more evident on the palate. Also has some lemon, doughy bread and a bit grassy. I should have bought more than four.

irishkyle21, Dec 02, 2007
Photo of pootz
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle

Puts a lightly hazed golden ale in the glass with a modest 1 finger white cap that laces moderately.

Aroma is aromatic -spicy, peaches, with light maltose sweetness.

Wonderful soft mouth to this, peachy spicy tones match the pale malts in the front, develops an earthy- woody bitterness in the center and finishes with those sturdy-spicy bitters in balance with the fruity esters..al carried there by a soft mellow roundness.

These guys can make a flavorful ale.

pootz, Nov 29, 2007
Photo of Mandrake
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very clear medium gold, a touch lighter than the average IPA or bitter, and with a very substantial pure white head that builds quickly and dissipates slowly, leaving a ton of lacing. Smell is sharp citrus and evergreen, nice and spicy with obviously English character. Taste is a bit unusual, lemon for sure and a hint of pine. Cracker-dry breadiness and a touch of marijuana for good measure. Mouthfeel is a touch thin, feels a bit watery, but drinkability is excellent. At 4.2% I could comfortably session this all night, and I'd certainly enjoy the opportunity to do so. It's a nice beer, not stellar but very pleasant.

Mandrake, Nov 21, 2007
Photo of Derek
3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden bronze with a fluffy, white head, some retention, good lacing.

S: Spicy, lemony zest and grassyness. Hints of minerals & fruity esters. Interesting, but not what I'd expect from an English ale or an IPA.

T: Lemon & orange zest, grassy spice, grainy biscuits, hint of toffee, modest bitterness (for an IPA).

M: Light to moderate body is smooth with a light hop acidity.

D: It's not really to my taste, but it's could certainly be sessionable.

Derek, Nov 11, 2007
Photo of Phyl21ca
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.

Phyl21ca, Nov 08, 2007
Photo of vancurly
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a) Pours a bright pale amber / honey, next to no haze. A white frothy/rocky head, which sits on the ale like whipped egg white. Good bubbling.

s) Cool ginger highlight, some pear-like fruit, light malt complex. Beguiling & attractive.

f) Strong hop flavours, myriad of notes, but a noticable herbal bitters, like gentian. Waxy, perfumy character. Firm bitterness.

m) Light to medium body, full palate, with the bitterness carrying on for some time.

o) Attractive drink in its own right, but not a session beer. The perfumy hop notes preclude drinking too many.

vancurly, Nov 08, 2007
Photo of stcules
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Orange in color, with a finger of white head.
Very fresh smell, with aromatic hops, tea, and orange peel.
The taste is light, with a good resolute bitterness, hints of lemon, and again tea and orange peel.
Definitely fresh, thirst-quenching, drinkable.
Light body, delicate aftertaste, with lemon notes.
Real session beer, you can drink a lot of this one.

stcules, Nov 06, 2007
Photo of Viggo
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle, purchased at the LCBO.

Pours a slightly chill hazed amber, decently thick white head forms, sticks around, nice lace spirals. Smell is sweet, bready caramel malt, lots of grass, citrus/floral hops, slightly minerally, not bad. Taste is nice, caramel, grass, bready middle, light citrus and floral in the finish, solid bitterness. Mouthfeel is light bodied with low to medium carbonation. Pretty solid IPA, super easy to drink, session all the way, and very refreshing.

Viggo, Nov 03, 2007
Photo of ThatWineGuy
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yellow-orange in appearance, honey like. Sparse head but the ring was impressive. Slow steady carbonation. Smells of citrus rind, hops, spice. The taste is assertive hoppy with a very snappy bitter edge that is quite pronounced (that must be the twist the label refers to). Aftertaste was dry, I didn't get a whole lot out of it in the finish. Overall, taste and mouthfeel are a delight and it's well worth trying again sometime.

UPDATE: On May 23, 2009, I tried the newer version of this beer, "Blond Beer" now appearing on the label. I scored the newer version a grade lower for smell and taste. I also considered that the malts heavily outweighed the hops - although the label makes reference to barley, oats and wheat as ingredients with no mention of malt at all. Finally, the label also refers to a "superb hop profile" that includes Hallertau Hersbrucker, Challenger and Styrian Goldings to give it a "sharpness like the twist of a lemon". I can certify as to the lemon taste but the hops themselves seemed to take a back seat to the "malt" from what I could tell. Go figure, still an acceptable brew but nothing I would rush out to buy more of.

ThatWineGuy, Nov 02, 2007
Photo of shamus
4.65/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Damn a really pleasant surprise. This one has no head but it smells like pot. A floral hoppy beauty. The first gullop lives up to the promise of it's bouquet. Yes. more. I like it.I will definitely buy this one again. it's been a long long while since I had such a definitely great new beer experience. i love pale ales and this is a great pale ale, but the bottle states "Blond Beer". Uhm why? Well who cares. it's what's in the bottle that counts. Or rather its what was in the bottle and is now in me gullet that counts.

shamus, Oct 27, 2007
Photo of funkengruven
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This poured a dark honey yellow/orange with a slight crown of head and abundant lacing. Smell is nice and hoppy, I knew I was into something good here. Taste is nice, hops are dominant but not overbearing. Aftertaste is minimal, and carbonation is very nicely balanced. As far as IPAs go, this is by far the easiest drinking one I've had.

A wonderful example of an English IPA. Something I would likely seek out in the future.

funkengruven, Oct 19, 2007
Photo of CanuckRover
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

CanuckRover, Oct 18, 2007
Photo of longarm
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yellowish pour with no head and little to no sustaining carbonation.

Sweet malt hits the nose. Lemonlike hop spiciness supports their claim on the label. According to the brewer, this is due to Styrian Goldings.

Not especially complex, but a very nice beer with balanced flavor and malty finish. Particularly crisp and lemon-like zing from the hops as well, but not especially bitter. Not sure why they give it a bitter moniker.

This is a nice beer, but I paid $5 for a 20 ounce bottle, which was ridiculous. Maybe it's always this expensive, or maybe it was the store where I bought it. It's better than average for the style, but since I can get a 6 pack of Rogue's Dead Guy for $9, I won't buy this again.

longarm, Oct 02, 2007
Photo of Sammy
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Sammy, Sep 07, 2007
Photo of sleazo
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Diamond

A-slightly darker than straw hue with a decent thick foam cap. Lacing is excellent

S-faint hints of lemon and slightly biscuity malt

T-Very refreshing slight citric quality on first sip. The presence of hops remains true throughout(fuggles maybe). Malt is biscuity and slightly toasted but subdued

M-Slightly creamy with a low carbonation.

D-This is one damned fine sessionable brew. Mostly mild but with a good underlying bitterness throughout.

sleazo, Sep 04, 2007
Photo of JohnfromDublin
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted this 500ml bottle on 22nd August 07, best by Sept 08. Described as "Blond Beer" on the label.
Poured into Gulpener Korenwolf pint glass a niceclear light amber coloured brew with a half inch off white head. Plenty of lacing on the glass as it emptied.
Smell was a "lagery" grassy smell with plenty of hops in the aroma.
Taste was nicely complex; a pale ale hoppy taste at first, but with an excellent finish of bitterness with cirtus peel. Confusingly, some sweetness there as well. Great taste. Nice carbonation.
An excellent refreshing session strength ale.

JohnfromDublin, Aug 23, 2007
Bitter & Twisted from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
84 out of 100 based on 390 ratings.