Twisted Thistle IPA
Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.

Twisted Thistle IPATwisted Thistle IPA
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Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
Scotland, United Kingdom
American IPA
Ranked #3,334
Ranked #24,761
3.67 | pDev: 14.17%
Apr 10, 2023
Sep 24, 2005
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Reviewed by GreesyFizeek from New York

3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
On tap at The Haven in Boston, MA.

This one pours a clear dark-ish orange, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like bready and caramel malt, some tea-like and grassy hops, and honey.

Like most IPAs made in the UK, it’s well balanced on malt and hop ratios, with a solid malt character, more malt than I typically want in an IPA. It’s caramelly, bready, and spicy, with a light but refreshing bitterness.

This is light bodied and very drinkable, with a nice smooth finish.

This is relatively well done for the style, but I do want a more solid bitterness here.
Apr 10, 2023
Rated: 3.8 by QuintusHorace from California

Mar 23, 2023
Rated: 3 by jlmontague from Connecticut

Dec 07, 2022
Rated: 3.5 by Robertas from Lithuania

Nov 24, 2022
Rated: 3.98 by Curt3 from Ohio

May 21, 2022
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Reviewed by aleigator from Germany

2.92/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Yields a clear orange color with a rapidly collapsing, spongy head.

Aromas are of toasted hazelnuts, cakey malts and lighter lime rind.

Got a light and refreshing mouthfeel to it with a well developed effervescence on top.

Tastes of rustic malts, a glimpse of molasses and bakers chocolate, gently entangled into caramel and dried limes. Offers a well nuanced toffee backbone together with maintaining, slightly dry limes and a stony mineral quality. Finishes with more caramel, lingering limes and white bread dough.

Quite boring and heavy on the malts without being able to create an intriguing balance.
Mar 25, 2022
Rated: 3.74 by saymike32 from New Jersey

Feb 13, 2022
Rated: 4.38 by Daneve76 from Australia

Jun 25, 2021
Rated: 3.21 by ThinkAgain from Canada (ON)

Dec 19, 2020
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Reviewed by vernardico from Mexico

4.43/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
This is similar beer has similarities with the Belhaven scottish ale. Caramel roasty malts sweetness, but with a stronger presence of hops, but not too hoppy for regular IPAs. Hops also gives a floral smell and fruity notes in the taste.

If you are expecting a good typical American IPA, you might be disapointed. If you like english bitters, or scottish ales with that nutty-toffee notes, this is by any means a nice enjoyable beer.

I like it, i will surely drink it again.
Aug 25, 2020
Rated: 3.67 by Taenim from Maine

May 22, 2020
Rated: 4.16 by bryanzk from Canada (ON)

Mar 05, 2020
Rated: 4.12 by BoodahMoogle from Arkansas

Feb 24, 2020
Rated: 3.75 by beaulabauve from Louisiana

Feb 06, 2020
Rated: 3.77 by DaPan from Canada (ON)

Jan 23, 2020
Rated: 3.71 by nullbort from Canada (ON)

Dec 07, 2019
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Unknown vintage; drank 3/28/16 @ the Yarchives.

See-through orange/red appearance.

A rough pour yielded a small white head; strong lace.

Grapefruit, raw sugar & caramel notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Grapefruit & caramel flavors; this is an American barleywine, not an American IPA.

I'm hoping this is old??
Nov 11, 2019
Rated: 3.18 by TheBigBoy from Pennsylvania

Oct 06, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by craigbelly from Iowa

Sep 09, 2019
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Reviewed by monkist from Hungary

4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I’m okay with English IPAs, or at least I have nothing against them - but when it comes to what I like, I definitely vote for the West Coast one.
This one, like a real Englisg IPA is not that hop forward, although much hoppier than an English Ale. This one has quite balanced maltiness and the hops from the Old Continent complement it very well. It is good to drink it, however when it starts warming up it becomes somewhat sour (not sure what is the reason behind that...)
Apart from that it is a quite okay English IPA if you can love it for what it is and don’t expect it to be world class.
Aug 25, 2019
Twisted Thistle IPA from Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
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