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Bitter & Twisted - Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

397 Ratings
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Ratings: 397
Reviews: 269
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.83%
Wants: 13
Gots: 12 | 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 smcolw
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of cyrenaica
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550ml bottle
4.2% ABV

I tried this beer on December 24, 2007 after purchasing from my local LCBO outlet. The beer poured a translucent orangy-gold with a fluffy white head. The aroma was hoppy with some citrus and spicy tines in the mix. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied with mild carbonation. The flavour is hoppy with some grapefruit and lime flavours mixed in with the spices.

Photo of sstackho
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500mL bottle purchased from LCBO several months ago when this was a seasonal release, though I never got around to reviewing it until now. But it has a best before date in January 09. Pours a pale gold with just a hint of haze. Nice, but reserved, hoppy aroma. Flavour is nice, a bit thin in the middle but with some warming English hop aftertaste.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.23/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a clear, pale orange color with a slight sudsy white head. Visible carbonation was light-medium.

S: a light lemony zest spicing and oranges with light floral notes.

T: The initial flavor was not as hoppy or assertive as expected. The palate was more sweet malt then anything else followed by a lemony tart hopping with some oranges. The bitterness was very smooth and light with some light herbal/grass hints on the fade and finish.

M: light, with some cereal grains, very crisp and citric.

D: Decent drinkability but a tad bland and gets boring fast. Was expecting more from this and name is misleading. Take it or leave it.

Photo of PartyHatjo
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1/2 liter bottle from Sainsbury's in Northumbria Park--Tyne and Wear

Appearance: Brilliant, clear straw color with a fluffy head. Looks more like a pils than an ale.

Aroma: Grassy, hoppiness. Some noble hop character, again reminding a bit more of good bavarian lager. Slight breadiness comes through, as well as some fruity yeast esters.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Spicy noble hop character is immediately evident. Very crisp pale malt, character with a touch of biscuit. As I go through the beer, I get some taste of peach coming through as well. Not your typical English bitter, but flavorful nonetheless. Body is a bit lighter than your typical real ale, and carbonation slightly higher in bottle. I would enjoy having this on cask.

Drinkability: Quaffable, quite high in alcohol for an English-style ale, but all the better. Definitely could drink this as a session beer.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of mltobin
3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at the Ginger Man in South Norwalk, Connecticut.

The appearance is a cloudy and deep pale ale. The head is approximatley one finger tall.

The smell is hoppy and full of complexity, not over-board in any facet, great balance.

The taste is somewhat dry, hoppy, but pleasant overall.

The mouthfeel leaves me wanting to order a lot of food, wish it was a little smoother.

Drinkability is slightly above average on this english ipa, but i do prefer most united states ipa`s to this particular brew.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Bitter & Twisted from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
85 out of 100 based on 397 ratings.