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Bitter & Twisted - Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.

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Bitter & TwistedBitter & Twisted

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Ratings: 372
Reviews: 264
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.83%
Wants: 14
Gots: 6 | 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 MrHurmateeowish

New Hampshire

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

500ml brown bottle from Florian's. Translucent amber-yellow body with a good inch of white head. Smells fruity with just a hint of skunk. Citrus dominates the flavor with undertones of skunk... Light bodied. Somewhat drinkable, but the skunk hurts the aroma, flavor, and drinkability... An okay British IPA, but would be much better if it were not skunked. I've got to stop buying British IPAs in the States...

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2007 21:29:34 | More by MrHurmateeowish
Photo of GreenCard


3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: gold, great clarity, thick pillow of cream-colored spongey foam, good head retention

Aroma: lemony hop zest, hint of pine and malt, honey

Flavor: mild malt sweetness rounded out by a fruity back-note just before a gentle soapy bitterness kicks in; hints of coriander, lemon peel, and honey; finishes dryish with a lingering bitterness

Mouthfeel: medium-light body, gentle carbonation, soft texture

Other comments: It definitely deserves the acclaim it has received. A British Isles blonde that stands out from the usual boring ones.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2007 13:14:48 | More by GreenCard
Photo of jwc215


3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: cask

12-31-2006 03:57:18 | More by jwc215
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 Byeast


4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: golden , blonde color , with a creamy white head of a 1/4 inch that sticks around , and some nice spotty lacing.

Smell: the aroma is lightly citric , lemon rind , slight grassy herbal /lemongrass.

Taste: fairly light and refreshing flavors , slight bit of malt has trouble pushing through all the hop flavors. Nice mix of hops ( Hallertau Hersbrucker , Challanger , Styrian Goldings). The hop flavors take their turns on the palate. Herbal grassy , then spicy , and some tart , sharp citric lemon in the end.

Mouthfeel: smooth , small amount of carbonation ( "a third less than average").

Drinkability: An interesting and refreshing brew. I really liked the way they used the hops. This one would go great with fresh seafood.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2006 02:46:32 | More by Byeast
Photo of akahn


4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was served in a Sly Fox tumbler at The Collins Bar.

Pours a pale straw color, creamy but small head, slightly sticky.

Aroma is faint, a bit of citric hops in there.

Flavor is subtle as well, lightly citric, lemony, with a rind dryness melding with some grain in the finish. Light to medium body, with muted carbonation, making this smooth despite its lightness. Rather quenching. This may have been the end of the keg, but this is an excellent session IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

10-05-2006 03:40:31 | More by akahn
Photo of ypsifly


4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at Slow's in Detroit.

Clear honey with a small head of off white. Not much for lace but retention was decent.

Very hoppy with floral and citrus aromas. Their is also a yeasty smell that reminds me of apples.

Very bitter upfront with a lot of dry citrus. Almost lemony. There's enough malt sweetness to make it through and lend balance. The apple returns as the sweetness from the malt helps to bring it out. Hint of chalk into a very dry finish that retains some bitter apple. Good beer!

Medium mouth that has plenty of carb and is very drying. Very drinkable. Full of flavor but with a very sessionable abv.

Serving type: on-tap

10-03-2006 16:58:59 | More by ypsifly
Photo of mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle bought from Sainsbury's...

Poured a nice light golden yellow colour... White head poured quite thick and foamy then faded to thin layer.... No carbonation at all...

Aroma - Juicy, spicy fruits (apples, pears, light lemons, some grapefruits), light biscuity malts, salty notes, floral / perfumey hops, very light honey traces, grassy, quite peppery, faint cloves, some basil hints...

Taste – Light biscuity malts, light spicy fruits (fresh apples, grapefruits, lemons), nice perfumey / grassy hop bitterness, definite sea saltiness, peppery notes, some metallic tinges...

Feel - Pretty sharp and dry... Light body... Pretty refeshing and quaffable... a decent session beer

Overall - A pretty good and very drinkable pale ale... worth a try...

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2006 15:26:57 | More by mdagnew
Photo of haz77


4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear gold, with an inch of frothy white head. This drops to a firm finger-thick layer. Small bubbles of low carbonation.

S - Citrus, tropical fruit, floral hops, some spiciness. Delicate and enjoyable.

T - Initial sharp fruitiness softens and sweetens in the middle. Citrus note run thorughout. Light bitterness comes though towards the end and the finish is dry.

M - Light body and soft carbonation.

D - Highly drinkable. I could quite happily sit down to several of these. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2006 15:06:06 | More by haz77
Photo of plaid75

New York

3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a light copper hue with a one finger pillowy white head. There was good retention and very good sticky lacing.

The smell was a strong upfront peppery hop aroma. Mild citrus and grass aromas are detected as well.

The taste featured a strong peppery flavor highlighted with waves of grapefruit and sweet orange. A very respectable light malt body held the overall flavor together and balanced out the hop.

The mouthfeel was a bit thin, but enjoyable nonetheless.

Overall a very enjoyable and hoppier than usual EIPA. A very nice session beer that would fit in nicely with some American IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2006 01:33:26 | More by plaid75
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Harviestoun- Bitter and Twisted

Appearance- Light orange/ yellow with a weak soapy head. heavy carbonation. Looks pissy.
Smell- very little going on in this department. Light flora aroma with a touch of citus.
Taste- Lighter than what I was expecting but nice. Hops, peach/ lemon fruit, and malt evenly blended.
Mouthfeel- Watery but a nice flavor lingers. Slight bitterness, very slight.

Overall- A beer that tastes much better than its initial presentation. Not as big as an American IPA but an easy drink. I enjoyed!!

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2006 23:02:33 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of bort11


3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up from Bubbles on N Oak in Gladstone for under $4. 1 pt bottle with a Champion Bottled Ale of 2004 from the Brewing Industry International Awards logo. Poured into an Imperial pint glass. Minor head, about a 1/4 inch thick. However, the lacing is good. Clear golden color and vary little carbonation. Smell is a pleasant grassy hops with a little bit of biscuity malt, but not very powerful. Taste improves upon the smell. Grassy and floral with a bit of citrus in the back. Mouthfeel is medium light. Borders on watery, but I will give the benefit of the doubt. Leaves a sour and slightly metalic aftertaste. This is good, and I will pick this up again from time to time.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2006 04:05:12 | More by bort11
Photo of surfadelic23


3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice looking beer that pours a white head with lacing as the level goes down in the glass.
Boy, you can smell the hops not overpowering but definitely there. This brew starts off tea like but ends with a pleasant fruity floral hop signature. Nice low alcohol and mild mouthfeel make this an all around good session brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2006 16:40:06 | More by surfadelic23
Photo of WesWes

New York

3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2006 23:47:18 | More by WesWes
Photo of kmo1030


4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

amber with a white head that sticks around for a bit. looks pretty nice in an english pint glass.
caramel and a slightly grainy citrus fruit dominate the aroma, with a nice lemon rind like herbal grassy hop aroma. at times the hops are reminiscent of lemon basil.
the taste is toasted caramel and spicy bitterness with a good dose of lemon, in that order. hints of lime liven things up. sometimes it taste a little like an iced tea. nicely balanced a great tasting. it's got lots of flavor, but nothing overpowering or out of place, just a real easy drinker.
the body is a little on the thin side of medium, corresponding carbonation, which works well, though i might like to see a little bit fuller body, no real complaint though.
i've had this a couple of times now, and it shaping up to be one of my favorite english (scottish) beers. i guess i could put it this way, it's got american amounts of what i like in an english beer... if that makes sense.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2006 01:56:49 | More by kmo1030
Photo of hunteraw


3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm assuming this came out of a bottle since that's how it was listed, but I was never brought the bottle. Appearance is average, straw color, not a whole lot of head. Appealing hop aroma, with some fruitiness. Not as much bitterness as I expected, but a strong fresh hops flavor. Little bittering hops, lots of dry hopping? I guess it's an English IPA, not an American, so it suits the style. In the aftertaste, a little grassiness comes up. Might have spent a tad too long on the dry hops, maybe? I liked this one, so did the girlfriend.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2006 02:22:21 | More by hunteraw
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 clvand0


3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a very clear and light amber color with a very small head that doesn't leave any lacing on the glass. The aroma is sweet with hints of caramel and something a little 'strange,' but that could be a yeast byproduct with some mellow hops. Almost reminds me of a tea smell. The flavor is very soft and subtle. There are some British hops in there as well as a little caramel and a hint of spice. Interesting, to say the least. The low carbonation gives it the feel of a hand pump beer. The body is very light and the drinkability is pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2006 02:47:27 | More by clvand0
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 cubedbee


3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap, served in a pint glass, it's a light hazy golden orange, a thin head, some light lacing on the glass. Nose is an earthy slightly doughy malt overlaid with a fairly strong grassy note. Taste is a sweet, slightly buttery malt, a fairly strong spicey hoppiness, a slightly citric finish. Medium bodied with a fairly low carbonation, this is a nice smooth easy drinker. Overall this is a pretty nice ESB, hoppier than most, but still a balanced good session beer.

Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2006 23:28:21 | More by cubedbee
Photo of geexploitation


4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I really liked this beer. It's an excellent UK-style bitter, great for sociable evenings spent over a few pints.

The beer itself is a nice, balanced gold, with a fine head and fragrant Hallertau hop aroma. Supposedly this contains Cascade hops, but I thought the Hallertau dominated. The flavor of Bitter and Twisted is exceptionally well-balanced, with both sweet and bitter flavors present, albeit without an acrid hoppiness. This beer is exceptionally drinkable, with a nice, medium body that's neither to thin and watery nor too syrupy.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2006 01:51:52 | More by geexploitation
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 ppoitras


3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle obtained via trade with LuckySevens82. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" off-white head above the clear dark golden/light amber brew. Head lasts reasonably well, with sticky white lacing. Aroma is earthy grains with light citrus hoppiness. Taste is pretty much as the nose indicated, with the malt upfront, balanced bitterness in the middle, and a slight citrus tinge ot the close. Mouthfeel is quite smooth, and drinkability is nice as well. I imagine this would rock on cask in the homeland...

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2005 21:38:39 | More by ppoitras
Photo of TastyTaste


3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Head rises up fast, falls just as fast to a thin white film on top of a very efferevescent looking beer, clear gold in color.

Smell: Malty and slightly sweet, some alkali and a slight floral hop presence.

Taste: Very mellow, compared to most american ales, has a smooth and sweet flavor, that ends with perceptable, although minor amount of hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Can't complain about the carbonation or the slightly metallic twang this beer leaves you with, it is true to the style.

Drinkability: Not one of my favorite styles, but this is an extremely drinkable beer, one that you could easily session. I am not sure if it is good for the label to picture a mouse rolling around with their hops, but if I don't get the plague, I guess it is ok. Thanks to LuckySevens82 for the sample.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2005 17:00:51 | More by TastyTaste
Bitter & Twisted from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
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