Twist Of Fate Bitter Ale - Moonlight Brewing Company

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95 Ratings
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Ratings: 95
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.94%
Wants: 3
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: donnebaby on 11-28-2004

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Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This Bitter is a moderate brown in color with a huge, explosive, yeasty white head that showed the classic retention associated with the EB style.

Smell – The malts are lightly-toasted and very fresh. The yeast imparts some nice bready notes as well. The bittering hops can be found easily.

Taste – The big, toasty malts come out much stronger at the taste. There’s more bread and the bittering hops are honest.

Mouthfeel – This is shy of medium-bodied but bigger than light. The bittering feels a little different in the mouth but it’s a nice signature creation by the Moonlight brewers.

Drinkability – This is a good drinker. It’s a stiff bitter belt, but why the hell else do you order an EB?

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Lanesplitter in Berkeley, CA.

Mmm, this is like a hopped up American Red. I dig it.

A: Gorgeous dark red with a thick and chunky tan head. Brilliant orange hues when held to light. Very, very nice.

N: Toasted English muffin, bready yeasts, floral hops.

T: Plenty of toast, sweet caramel, and then bam…floral hop garden! Complex, balanced and blended, and damn fantastic. Just lovely.

MF: Flawless. Really, really, really dry. Light as can be. Wonderful.

D: Nearly flawless. See above.

Photo of ojclark
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On cask at the Toronado. 1/3/2008. Aroma of dark crystal malt, fruity esters, and strong green apple (acetaldehyde) notes. Poured dark brown with good clarity. Nice tan head with moderately low retention and good lacing. Flavors of dark crystal malt, dark brown sugar, and yeast. Fruity, citric flavors with a good level of hop bitterness in the finish. Some spicy hoppiness as well. Slight green apple favor in background. Between dark malts and hops, beer was fairly bitter overall. Medium-light body. Moderately low carbonation.

Photo of hophopandaway
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on cask at Monk's Kettle. Met the brewer and his apprentice too and they were a real pleasure to talk to.

This beer is a dark mahogany colour and has a small head that actually stays which is a first for a US brewed cask, although I have to say I've only had a few.

the smell is of malt with a subtle hint of biscuit, maybe a touch of pine.

The beer drinks great with a real nice malty goodness, some oak and medium bitterness, smooth long finnish which starts of as malt and ends with a little biscuit.

The mouthfeel is as a cask bitter should be: full bodied, smooth and oh so drinkable.

This brewery proves that the crazy strengths people seem to be using these days are totally unnecessary.

I really can't say enough about this bitter, if this was sold in one of the many superb cask beer pubs I frequent in England it would definately not be out of place. This guy obviously understands the style and has hit the proverbial nail right on the head with this belter of a beer.

Photo of nickd717
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On cask at Toronado in San Francisco.

Pours a slightly hazy reddish-amber color with a nice creamy whitish head sitting on top. Great lacing.

Aroma is caramel, earth, and a nice citrusy and herbal hop profile.

Flavor is caramel malt, only mildly sweet, lots of earth, and hops. Citrus, resin, and herbs.

Body is medium and carbonation is fairly soft. Great dry, bitter finish.

Drinkability is excellent. You can session the hell out of this one (yes I know it's 5.6% ABV - deal with it, session beer fanatics). I am not a huge fan of the style, but this is definitely a good example.

Photo of MiScusi
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Flavor Bistro in Santa Rosa, CA.

A: A very dark golden, almost light brown color. Served in a pilsner type glass.

S: Floral hops are dominant.

T: Flowery hops, a brisk but not too aggressive bitterness. Light in the malt as well.

M: Carbonated pretty highly, at least for what I was expecting. Medium-light to heavy-light body.

I was expecting a little bit of a more easy drinker but this one was just slightly more assertive in hops and prickly in mouthfeel than I would have liked. It was still a good beer.

Photo of Goldorak
3.59/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark brownish red, head was a bit thin, but that was likely the barkeep's fault, not the Beer itself.

Smell: Beautiful and delicate flowery hop aromas, with a touch of roasted goodness. I'm a sucker for cask Beer...

Taste: Impressive body that accorded really well with the hoppy flavors that lingered long after the end of my sips. A near perfectly balanced Beer that I enjoyed.

Photo of nataku00
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On cask, hand pumped into a shaker pint glass. Bartender had a really frothy initial few pumps, but let the head settle before pouring the rest of the glass. Beer is a deep brown mahogany color, clear, with only half a finger of head when the bartender tried to be gentle in filling the glass. No carbonation visible and minimal lacing from the small ring of white head left at the top of the beer.

Nose was light caramel malts and a grassy hops, but it was fairly light at cask temperature.

Taste followed the nose, light grassy hops with a light malt backbone to give it slightly above light body. Just a short bitter hops finish before leaving a clean palate. Fairly light bodied beer with very light carbonation, perhaps from the hand pump causing most of the carbonation and initial head to lose all the gas bubbles in the beer.

However, this makes for a very drinkable beer that reminds me of the type of sessionable ales served in english pubs and is an excellent example of this style of beer.

Photo of berkey
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

At Beer Revolution in Oakland on a Beautiful Sunday afternoon. Served in a contoured 12oz glass.

Very small but well retained head caps a lucid auburn body. Splotches of lace are left as I go.

Great yeasty fresh-baked bread aroma with an assertive mostly grassy and slightly citric hop bite. Subtle yet inviting.

Flavor follows the same path but hop bitterness is a little bigger on the aftertaste than I expected. Dry and grassy is the focus, the citrus I picked up on the aroma isn't really coming through much on the taste. Yeast and malt have a somewhat flour-y, doughy, character. Everything comes together just about perfectly here.

I'd have trouble naming a more drinkable beer, even with the moderate abv. I could see myself treating this like a session beer on a nice day like this if I wasn't on a one beer limit today. Really settles in and gets even comfier at room temperature. Fulfills all my expectations of the style plus a bit extra. I hope to see this one back around very soon.

Photo of RaulMondesi
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On Cask at Toronado in San Francisco, CA.

Raul's last brew for the night and he couldn't have thought of a better ending. Like The Disney Land fireworks that he hears from his pad every night, this dang sucker was just popping and blowing up at every chance it got. I mean, this sucker has it going on on all levels. It's smooth, it has a bite, there's some roast, but there is also this delicate caramel aftertaste... Like the plot of "The Big Sleep," there is so much going on, but in the end, it basically smooths out to an almost perfection.

Don't just feel it, my children. Respect it. Respect it with your glorious little hearts.

Photo of largadeer
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On cask at Toronado, this was an especially fresh pint.

Appearance: Copper colored with an inch of off-white foam that lasts and lasts.

Smell: Citrus, earth, a hint of toffee. Doesn't smell English at all, more like an American take on the classic English style.

Taste & mouthfeel: Citrusy with a big biscuity malt backbone. Very clean and dry, this definitely has an American yeast character to it, though it manages to retain a hint of that English character. The finish is dry and bitter - very bitter, in fact. The mouthfeel is unbelievable here; creamy and smooth with very light carbonation.

Notes: I loved every drop of this beer, and it certainly helped that the cask was very very fresh.

Photo of WeisGuy
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On handpump at Toronado SF.

a - pours a medium-brown color with ruby highlights, one-finger off-white head with good retention and great lacing

s - a bit muted on the nose, roasted malt and caramel being the predominant aromas, mild citrus hop notes, no alcohol to be found

t - roasty malt and caramel mixed with toffee up front, a mild citrus flavor from the hops on the mid-palate, nice earthy character, more caramel and toasty malt on the finish, like the aroma, no alcohol to be found

m - medium-bodied and very smooth, as is to be expected with a cask ale, no much carbonation and not very active on the palate, that said, it doesn't wear on the palate either

d - par for the style in that it's very drinkable and easy on the palate, not all that interesting, however, and I would probably want to move on to something a bit more flavorful, that said, much tastier than other examples of the style I've tried

Photo of xhcadamx
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - rich toffee copper with a thick merengue head. lots of lacing.

S - straying from Britain... very citrus with biscuit and more interesting malt aromas.

T - VERY BITTER. More so than I was expecting, with a biscuity background.

M- prickly from the bitterness and slick from the hoppiness but somewhat drying end.

D - I want more.

Photo of OrestesMethuon
4.34/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Sample via a sixteen-ounce pour off the hand-pump at Toronado.

This is a very nice bitter, obviously leaning taste-wise towards the ESB range, but possessing an extraordinarily—and surprisingly pleasing—thinness of texture. A very dark brown, with red tinting backed by light, belies the lack of sweetness or malt flavor. Only on the nose does one detect a hint of grain, but even then the odor is primarily vegetal bitterness. A very good ale for a dingy, dark pub—though perhaps better suited to colder weather than the climate San Francisco usually affords.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at Toronado San Francisco in August 2009. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice amber-copper with a big white head and quite a bit of lacing. The nose is pretty hoppy with a big of lighter malt in the background. Good pine, earthy, and floral notes. The taste is not quite as nice as the nose, but works quite well. Nice crisp and bitter feel. A really nice ESB; one of the better ones that I've had.

Photo of woodychandler
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Came with a finger's worth of thick, deep tan head like a milkshake with good retention. Color was a deep amber with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a mild bitterness. Mouthfeel was so silky smooth that I barely registered it going down. The taste was mildly bitter, very English, not intense at all. Great lacing throughout. Finish was lip-smacking tasty. VERY pleasant, probably sessionable. Again, everyone should try a cask ale at least once in their lifetime.

Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On cask at Toronado

A: The beer pours an amber in color with a nice tall, creamy, white head.

S: Probably a bit more hoppy than the typical English ESB, but I like that. Nice foral hops with a light citrus character. Plenty of bready malts with a heavy toast character.

T: Starts off with a lot of bready malts and a light toast. A moderate bitterness to the beer which helps to break up the somewhat sweet nature of the malts. Floral hops and a touch of citrus also assist in that.

M: Medium in body with a smooth, slightly creamy mouthfeel.

O: Really a nice beer. One of the better Moonlight offerings and one I wanted to have after a long break from Moonlight beers.

Photo of flexabull
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On cask at the SF Toronado.

Pulls a bright and clear amber color with a pretty sizable off white head. Looks inviting.

Aromas are muted, but pleasant. Notes of earthy hops and slightly sweet brewed tea.

Taste is like the nose. A bit hoppier than expected though. Starts of with light creamy caramel sweetness, then settles into some slightly spicy brewed tea flavors. Finish has a nice hop bite, mostly an earthy and somewhat resiny quality.

Mouthfeel is full, without being heavy at all.

A bit strong for a traditional bitter, but this is really flavorful, and very satisfying to drink. Yet another winner from Moonlight.

Photo of tjd25
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Great lasting head on a ruby mahogany color body. The smell shows sweet red fruits with some baking notes and hints of grapefruit. Citrus and grapefruit take over the taste with a dry and oily hoppiness circling the mouth that also gets lightly chocolaty and wooden. The mouthfeel is pretty smooth and enjoyably light. Quite drinkable, if it weren't for this kind of overwhelming dry character.

Photo of John_M
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Flavor Bistro last night.

The beer pours a dark amber color with very good head retention and lacing. The nose is very attractive in this one, though it also tends to show Moonlight Brewing's fondness for hops. In any event, I get aromas of wet wood, white pepper, underlying citrus and even a whiff of light sour. Flavors on the palate replicate the nose, except the beer has a very dry, roasty, bitter finish. Mouthfeel is pretty light, and you can tell right off that the alcohol is dialed down nicely in this beer. The beer finishes well, with the abv. very well disguised.

This is a very easy to drink ESB, albeit it clearly has considerably more bitterness then what you find in your typical English ESB. This, I would say, is an ESB for hopheads. Nothing wrong with that!

Photo of DefenCorps
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On handpump at the Toronado. What a remarkable beer.

Mildly hazy copper/amber with a dense, off-white head with excellent retention and gorgeous lacing, this beer is everything a cask beer should be. The nose is excellent too, a blend of toast, toffee and a beautiful hop character, lightly minty, earthy and complex. Opening with a citrus-mint hop combination, the delicate malt flavors take over mid-palate, with biscuit, toffee and a classic English yeast character. A combination of drying, hoppy bitterness and a creamy, dextrinous malt character is present on the finish, with the minty, herbal hop character being most dominant. Creamy on the palate with soft carbonation, this pint of beer lasted about 5 minutes. Oh, how I miss Moonlight!

Photo of NorCalYeti
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

taste- roasted malt, bitter hops, caramel, bitter malt finish

color- chestnut

clarity- clear

smell- sweet malt, toast

body- smooth on the palate, light-medium weight mouthfeel, medium length finish

appearance- half finger off-white oatmeal colored creamy head, little visible carbonation, head disipates quickly, full lacing throughout the glass

overall impression- didn't really care for the beer, underwhelming character across the board although drinkable to the casual consumer

beer spy- ben & nick's, oakland ca, 3/27/11, $5.50, 16oz

glassware: pint

Photo of scottfrie
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beer Revolution.
A: Served a very cloudy iced-tea color with a thin white head that faded to sticky lace.
S: Light notes of honey, pale roasted grains, lager yeast and a touch peppery spices.
T: Honey sweetness is there but not strong. Pale grains, citrus rind hops, and a touch of grass/hay come through. Light in flavor with nothing really standing out. Bitter aftertaste lingers long after I swallow. I get a touch of biscuit as well.
M: Medium-thick body, bubbly carbonation. Clean mouthfeel.
O: Definitely on the bitter side. Very easy to drink and refreshing. I know this is a different style than the others but this is not my favorite Moonlight beer.

Photo of litheum94
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at Toad in Hole.

P: amber body with some deep, ruby tones. Thick, tanish head that leaves a strata of lacing all the way down.

A: Soft fruit aromas, apples and pears. Hop aromas consist of pine and spice. Slight minerality to the nose. Biscuit malts.

T: Creamy at first, very subtle malt flavors. Maybe a hint of fruit. Not much going on at first. Then a giant bitterness comes up to smack the palate. Lots of pine hops, with some citric tones as well. The bitterness is long and lasting.

This is one of the most bitter ESBs I've ever had. It drinks really easy as well. Good beer.

Photo of
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at the Toronado.

Light brown/dark amber in color. Modest, light tan head.

Citrus, floral, spicy. Well balanced with honeyed wheat bread.

Taste was very similar to the aroma. Maybe add in just a touch of roast.

Medium in body. Low carbonation. Usually, I'm not a huge fan of cask beers in that I generally prefer more carbonation. Not the case this time, in that it was perfect as far as mouthfeel goes. Not particularly dry.

Overall, a very well balanced, highly drinkable beer.

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Twist Of Fate Bitter Ale from Moonlight Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.