Bitter & Twisted - Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
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3.79/5 rDev +1.3%
500 ml bottle purchased from LCBo for about $3.50 CDN. Served cold into a pint glass.
Appearance - Clear golden ale, with a frothy finger and a half of white head. Rich color hides the ever-present bubbles rising to the surface. head dissolves into a soapy cap leaving trace splotches of lacing around the rim of the glass.
Smell - Lemon zest and pepper dominate the nose. There is also a earthy undertone highlighted by pine needles. very aromatic and fresh smelling.
Taste - The lemon zest is there albeit in smaller quantities, but the beer while giving off the aroma of a very hoppy beer actually has a big molasses backbone which balances nicely against the zestiness of the beer. Very rich in flavor considering the low ABV. Bit of a minerally flavor in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel - Smooth falvor, well carbonation and a light body, this has an extremely dry finish.
Overall - A very well crafted English IPA, that is light refreshing and eminently sessionable. Definitely worth and fans of the style may have themselves another beer to add to their rotation.
07-19-2013 18:30:22 | More by DenisKolkin
4.06/5 rDev +8.6%
500 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before June 2014. I've had a few opportunities to purchase this at various points in the past, but for some reason I was under the impression that it was a fruit beer - a category my taste buds tend to malign - and so I didn't bother picking it up until now. Now that I know better, I'm actually kind of pumped to try it. Served slightly chilled.
Pours a pale golden-amber colour, bright and clear in hue, and generating nearly one finger of dense, creamy, white-coloured head. Fairly effervescent; the bubbles streaming to the surface are persistent enough to aid head retention briefly, but after a few minutes' time, only a thin film and narrow collar remain on top. The aroma is surprisingly intense and varied for such a light brew - a good mix of hop and malt notes, although the former are more prominent. Lemon zest, orange peel and leafy, floral hop aromas abound, giving the aroma a very fruity, fresh, zippy feel. Some biscuity malts and honey sweetness help round out the nose nicely.
As is often the case, the nose doesn't lie - this is a tasty beer, although the flavours are not quite as intense as I might have anticipated from the aroma. Still, it's far more flavourful than the average 4.2% beer. The backbone of biscuity, bready malts and a slight caramel sweetness provide a sturdy foundation upon which the hops are left free to strut their stuff. A pleasant mixture of lemon-and-lime citrus pith and leafy, floral, somewhat earthy hop notes provide a lovely dry finish that lingers on the palate into the aftertaste. On the lighter side of medium-bodied, with soft carbonation that gives this brew an extremely smooth mouthfeel. This is quite possibly the most sessionable example of the style I have ever tried; I could easily toss back more than a few of these over the course of a hot summer's night.
Final Grade: 4.06, an excellent A-. I sincerely regret not picking up a bottle of Harviestoun's Bitter & Twisted years ago when I first had the chance. It is extraordinarily flavourful for a beer of such low abv, but not to the extent that I would be worried about tiring out my palate with multiple servings. This is a remarkably sessionable EIPA/bitter that I would not hesitate to recommend to any fan of pale ales, English or American. Perfectly suited for the warm months, although it would probably be a treat any time of year. Give this one a shot; you won't regret it.
07-14-2013 21:35:54 | More by thehyperduck
4.19/5 rDev +12%
Crystal clear pale gold color with tons of bubbles running up from the bottom of the pint glass. Head pours cream colored but fades almost immediately. Smells extremely earthy and bready with a very faint hop presence and a not too subtle sweetness. Although I LOVE the taste of this beer. The hop is noticeable but not anywhere near what I'm used to in American IPAs. Present but not over powering. The yeasty/biscuit notes are wonderful and there's a slight sweetness that has to be malt derived. It finishes extremely clean and has almost zero aftertaste. I could definitely see myself drinking more of this throughout the summer months because of the 4.2 ABV and easy drink-ability along with the great taste. Really glad I finally decided to pick this beer up for a try.
07-03-2013 03:11:38 | More by mverity
3.49/5 rDev -6.7%
Bomber poured into a pint glass, golden honey colored and a wisp of a head. Some nice, initial lemon zest, lavender, orange blossom aromas, very pleasing and delicate. The initial taste is not too bitter, actually more tart/sour than bitter but that said not overly so, and with a hint of sweetness. Some mineral flavors balance out the floral qualities, and it's a bit heavier than I had expected, with a consistency that comes close to a cream ale. The dry hopped taste stays with you. Very drinkable, above average, and a good price on the sale table ($3.00).
06-27-2013 02:17:48 | More by kaufmaal
3.81/5 rDev +1.9%
Served on tap in a chalice glass
Appearance – The beer was served a nice golden color with a one finger white head. The head faded rather rapidly leaving a moderate level of lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell- The aroma was a blend of hops (herbal, earthy, floral, lemon and grassy) mixed with a biscuit malt and some straw and caramel.
Taste – The taste begins with a moderately strong showing of a biscuit caramel and malt flavor with only hints of hop. The hop quickly comes though with flavors of a lemon hop appearing on the scene first followed by some earthy and grassy hop flavors later on. Toward the end, the floral hop flavors mix with the rest of the hop with a good dose of sour lemon coming to the tongue. With a loss of some of the malty flavors a clean and crisp taste of hop and malt is left to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel- The body of the beer is rather light in body with a carbonation level that is rather average. The thinner/lighter body is great for the drinkability but seem to hinder some of the nice hop flavors to really shine through.
Overall – It is rather refreshing and has quite a complex taste for such a light bodied brew. A good one to try.
06-02-2013 18:38:23 | More by Darkmagus82
3.35/5 rDev -10.4%
Poured into a nonic pint glass on 5/8/13
Clear, golden straw color with clinging bubbles and one finger of white foam. Thinner, soapy retention. Only a few specks of lace.
The aroma is bristly with orange peel, pine and lemon zest. Biscuit notes as well. It smells a bit skunky at first but I think that's just the hop profile. The flavor is that of herbal hops with a floral hint. There are modest notions of orange rind and other such pith. Grassy overtones and toasted cracker and biscuit. The feel is a little watery but pretty decent. Carbonation is moderate and not over reaching the body. Herbal and bitter twinge on the finish.
I don't reckon this is too bad; a decent sipper that I'm in no hurry to get again any time soon.
05-08-2013 23:33:10 | More by Ryan011235
Bitter & Twisted from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
84 out of 100 based on 382 ratings.