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Bitter & Twisted - Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.

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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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of Atlas1
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had the Bitter and Twisted in the bottle before, but never on tap, so I was very pleased to try it with my lunch the other day at Rustico in Alexandria, VA.

From the tap into a standard shaker pint glass, the B&T showed up a clear gold color, with little head but a nice sticky, creamy lace. Good looking, but nothing that would otherwise catch my attention. The aroma was muted, but I'm not sure why. The hops were there, but they were hard to tease out. A bit dull in the scent department, unfortunately. Still, it tasted fine. It was smooth and easy-going in the beginning, but finished nicely with a strong, spicy hop presence. The mouthfeel was a bit watery up front, but mellowed out smoothly in the middle, and finished with that nice bitter hop kick.

I like the B&T a lot. It's a nice example of the English IPA. But fans of big, American IPAs should know that this does not fit that mold. It's lighter, mellower, and much more designed to be a pubican session beer.

Photo of TheBierBand
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Yellow beer, somewhat cloudy. Head 1" off-white dissappeared quickly leaving no lacing. However what made the appearance for me was a fair amount of particulate matter floating around...COOL!

Nose was rather subdued.... smaelt more like a Hefeweisen that an IPA!

Taste: Where's the hops?? This beer is malty sweet with a citrusy finish. There is a SLIGHT hops bitterness in the distant background.

Mouthfeel: The low carbonation works for this beer.... but drink it fairly cold.... otherwise it might taste DEAD.... The beer leaves a very creamy sensation in your mouth.

Drinkability: Again, this is best served cold. Not really an IPA in my view...

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

Aroma: grassy, floral, herbal, lemon. Honey & caramel.

Looks: Bright & clear. Yellow/gold in colour. Very small white head that dissapates too fast. No lace.

Taste: Lemon, biscuity malts. Grass and floral hops. Pineapple. Finish is bitter. As it warms up some spicier hop flavours come out.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, but on the heavier side. Fine carbonation lightly done.

A nice English IPA.

Photo of bruachan
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

nice head. it didn't stand tall for long but there's a foamy high-water mark to prove its former voluptuousness. golden body with an amber suggestion

nice aroma: tea-like, earthy hops with currant. biscuity malts join in on the fun, though they can't quite keep up with their more chlorophyllic playmates. after the aroma the flavor and mouthfeel can't keep up either. i guess it's a characteristic of british beers to be consummately drinkable, and it's easy (and perhaps american) to interpret this element as a lack of complexity. it's bitter, though not immensely, and certainly hoppy. and very very quaffable

still think it could be a little more robust in texture

Photo of mwagner1018
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this nice English IPA at the 5th Anniversary Celebration of the Muddy Pig in St. Paul, MN...needed to give that shout out!!

A- Nice amber light golden color, characteristic of a an IPA...nice lacing down side of glass as consumed.
S- Nice light hops...
T- Good overall medium hop bite, was not as strong as I would have expected. Good floral combination and airy carbonation.
M- Very nice comfortable feeling, slight tingle of alcohol, and bitter hop taste at end.
D- Nice drinkable beer, flavorful, not overpowering, cold definitely drink several of these and not be overwhelmed by the traditional hop bitterness of a stronger tasting IPA.

Overall a satisfactory brew, was glad to have tried it, and will definitely enjoy this one again.

Photo of wl0307
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Having not tried the bottled form of this beer for a long time, I almost have forgotten about this "2003 GBBF accolade" altogether. The timely discounted price at the Sainsbury's gives me a good excuse to re-visit this beer, in its "new dress" (label), so here it is: BB DEC 08, served cool in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: light golden hue with great clarity; a fluffy white froth lasts for a short while, then settling to a thin velvet, on top of mild carbonation.
S: lots of tropical fruitiness (unripe peaches and passion-fruits both abound), sticky citrussness, and floral scents on the aroma, evincing the mixture of Hersbrueker and Challerger hops I presume; a slightly sharp nectar-ish sourness and some grassiness also hide in the background, on a par with juicy+cookie-ish pale malts (a lesser version than in some Czech premium lager). Very refreshingly aromatic and fruity overall.
T: light-bodied and mildly-flavoured fruit-malt mixture quietly develops from the beginning, with a kickback of a slightly sharp twist of bitterness, spiciness, and lime-zestiness... The mild, almost green-tea-like, aftertaste lingers with zesty bitterness and some lime-stoney mineral touch in the end, which finishes rather clean on the palate.
M&D: light-bodied, slightly spritzy, unlike the softer mouthfeel as in the past (allegedly, it was packaged with 1/3 less CO2 than most bottled beers...). Overall, although this is still a mild and easy-drinking Bitter (not an IPA to me, btw), it's less tasty and less hoppy than what I can remember from my last bottle (two years ago). Come to think of it, I might have to re-visit the cask version again sooner rather than later, to see if that has altered slightly as well...

Photo of BlackHaddock
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.

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

Pours a nice crisp light orange with a decent lasting head. The aroma is of English malt and light earthy hops. The taste is a very interesting balance of sweet biscuity malts and light citrus hops. The beer is certainly light and crisp. This one is certainly different from the American brews I lean toward, but provides an interesting departure for a temporary change of pace.

Photo of Beertracker
3.33/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Harviestoun Bitter & Twisted is best served at cellar serving temperatures (40-45°F) and enjoyed from a traditional tumbler or nonic glass. This seasonal offering from Harviestoun pours up very lively with more than enough carbonation that creates a big, lacy white head that sits craggily atop the bright, straw golden body. The aroma is decidely hop oriented with a very herbal, grassy character reminiscent of freshly mown hay with some moderate citrus and graininess. The flavor starts off a bit watery with some noticeable graininess that's completely overtaken by the hop bitterness. This light-medium bodied ale is well suited for session quaffing, but lacks depth and complexity for a traditional English IPA.

CHEERS! Beertracker

Photo of mrasskicktastic
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.

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

Golden color, thin head clung to the glass all the way down. Very mild saltine cracker flavor with floral/ earthy notes, a little hop bitterness on the front and back - light to medium bodied, and super-duper drinkability. Very enjoyable session beer, or a just getting started beer to get the malt pacifier in while contemplating the next bolder step. I really liked it.

Photo of jsbrendle
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a pint last night off draft. Appearance is golden with white head that doesn't seem to last very long at all. Aroma is of lemon or maybe more of freshly bruised lemongrass. Lemon-citrus note carries over into the flavor. Some malt sweetness to balance. Subdued hop bitterness as well. Seems perhaps a bit thin, but pleasant in its own way. Tame at just over 4%, this should make a good session beer. Light, crisp, pleasantly quaffable. I think you could drink several of these and enjoy it. Not sure I would call this an IPA, seemed more akin to the big bottle Youngs that I'd consider more of a regular "bitter".

Photo of jmc44
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500ml brown glass bottle.

Pours a slightly cloudy golden amber color; thick white head that lasts and leaves a nice lacing around the glass.

Aroma is pleasant, a bit of lemon, grass, citrus. A light floral hop note, and a backbone of malt.

Nicely balanced flavor, malty sweet upfront but quickly balances out; slightly bitter in the finish with citrus and grass. Not overly hoppy as expected with an IPA, but very, very nicely done.

The great balance of the beer, coupled with its low alcohol and medium body make this a great session brew. You could drink quite a bit of this beer.

Nothing that sets it apart from any number of other beers, but just a solid session beer.

Photo of Phatz
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BeerBeing for bringing this beer to SkinnyElvis's place on Saturday.

Boy oh boy I loved Harviestoun's Old Ale. This IPA ~ eh?

Appearance: Pours a nice golden color with a frothy white head on top and light lacing.

Smell: Fresh cut lemon grass hop aroma seemed reserved in the company of several big DIPAs we were drinking but overall pleasant.

Taste: Like the aroma the flavors are pleasant w/o fireworks. Sweet malts back a light lemon citrus hop flavor that is simple and bitter. With a dry crisp finish and lingering citric aftertaste it is pleasant and begs for the next sip.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and light. Refreshing and crisp.

Drinkability: The highlight of this beer is its refreshing easy drinking sessionability. At : 4.2% I could handle a growler of this, and it is easy enough to do so.

Hope this is helpful.

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

Surprised to see this listed as an IPA -- after a few pints of it locally, I had it pegged as an English Bitter. What do I know?

Looks pretty: golden with a slight lacy head -- good retention. Smells citrusy, grapefruit and lemon. Also a bready yeast to the nose. Tastes nice and bitter without being overpowering -- citrus and herbal hops, a sweet malt -- very pleasant for my palate. Light carbonation and thin malt make this a very drinkable beer. Not for those searching for a big body or overwhelming taste -- a nice break from the American IPA's, which can be a bit much for a quiet evening.

Photo of Stimack
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this brew on tap last evening and it had a nice golden color, cloudy in appearance with a nice white head that had good legs leaving nice lacing down the side of the glass. The aroma was very inviting, great smelling brew with some different scents than I normally see from an IPA. The scent has more of a strong floral scent rather than a pine or American (grapefruit) citrus smell. The citrus smell that comes across is more like lemon zest also with a grass like scent, very inviting with the hops mixed in with toasted malts. The taste is very nice, this is a smooth beer with a hops noticeable up front but they are not over the top as citrus (lemon) is more evident with a sweet and roasted malt flavor. Over all this is a well put together beer, glad to have tried it on tap and will have to look for it bottled in the near future. Great session brew with the lower ABV.

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

This one pours from 500ml bottle a clear medium gold with a medium size head of foam that shrinks slowly leaving a fine layer and there's lots of lacing.

The smell is delicate. I note some citrus(mostly lemon) and some malt.

The taste is nice. The flavour is a blance of citrusy hops and seet malt with the hops *just* having the edge. There's also some fruitness and a touch of sour in there but they sit mostly in the background. The finish has a nice lingering lemony flavour that leaves you wanting more.

Bottom line: A very tasty Ale and at 4.2%abv, it is a great session beer. Good stuff.

Photo of Stephen63
3.33/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Fairly light coloured with fast disappearing head.

S - Faintly fruity but dominated by malt and hops.

T - Hops are to the fore, quite bitter on the aftertaste.

M - A bit bland to be honest and carbonation fades very quickly.

D - Enjoyable enough but my mind was wandering to something else next before I got to the bottom of the glass.

Bitter and twisted is a play on the Scottish psyche, I like the sense of humour. I wanted to like this better but there are a few pale ales I'd put in front of it. probably a lot better on cask.

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