Twisted Thistle IPA
Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.

Twisted Thistle IPATwisted Thistle IPA
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From:
Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
 
Scotland, United Kingdom
Style:
American IPA
Ranked #3,619
ABV:
5.6%
Score:
83
Ranked #25,601
Avg:
3.67 | pDev: 14.17%
Reviews:
441
Ratings:
437
Status:
Active
Rated:
May 21, 2022
Added:
Sep 24, 2005
Wants:
  27
Gots:
  119
SCORE
83
Good
Twisted Thistle IPATwisted Thistle IPA
Notes: None
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Ratings by R_Kole:
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Rated by R_Kole from Canada (AB)

3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jun 11, 2018
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Rated: 3.98 by Curt3 from New Jersey

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 New Jersey

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
 
Rated: 3.6 by Beer-Ed from Netherlands

Jun 21, 2019
 
Rated: 3.36 by Lucnifter from California

Apr 21, 2019
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Rated by Mrj1172 from Wisconsin

3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
I did not like the aftertaste
Apr 19, 2019
 
Rated: 3.63 by hogrider from Florida

Apr 07, 2019
 
Rated: 3.43 by arzt from Germany

Apr 03, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by FrancisM12 from New Jersey

Feb 17, 2019
 
Rated: 3.14 by TheHammer from Canada (ON)

Jan 06, 2019
 
Rated: 3.08 by Thomasbeerus from Indiana

Dec 29, 2018
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Reviewed by eberesford from Canada (ON)

3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Hazy gold colour with floral herbal hops - moderate bitterness - hop aroma modest. Malts balanced - caramelly - typically the hop signature is balanced more to bitterness than aroma - a surprise for NA drinkers.
Nov 14, 2018
 
Rated: 3.25 by Pmicdee from Canada (ON)

Oct 31, 2018
 
Rated: 3.33 by wize from Norway

Oct 25, 2018
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Reviewed by jamesroses from Argentina

3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
330ml consumed 2 months before best by date.

Dark orange, big bubbles head.

Aroma was mostly caramel and malts. Must be cause it's a not so fresh can.

Taste was mainly caramel malts with some grapefruity background.

Medium to full bodied beer, surpringly fruity and bitter aftertaste balances it a bit.

Fresh must be better and although it may be good it's not the best IPA you can get.
Sep 30, 2018
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Reviewed by beersampler6 from Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Decent IPA but some strange aftertaste and lingering bitterness on the tongue. Slightly hazy golden color with a little foamy head. Smells of fruity and floral hops, tastes of citrus zest hops as well as floral hops, grain, caramel and some extra honey sweetness. A little too much for me. Smooth mild mouthfeel, small amount of carbonation. May have to try others from this brewery to compare and contrast.
Jul 27, 2018
 
Rated: 4.01 by TheRealBayAreaBeers from California

Jul 12, 2018
 
Rated: 3.69 by IDABEERGUY from Idaho

Jun 17, 2018
 
Rated: 3.75 by Bryan12345 from Texas

Jun 02, 2018
 
Rated: 3.78 by Giangio from Italy

May 18, 2018
 
Rated: 3.49 by nater919 from New York

Apr 03, 2018
 
Rated: 3.75 by bigred89 from Maryland

Feb 25, 2018
 
Rated: 3.69 by mizx from England

Feb 04, 2018
 
Rated: 3.67 by BlueSpader from Washington

Jan 16, 2018
 
Rated: 3.75 by paulish from New York

Jan 13, 2018
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Reviewed by patre_tim from Thailand

3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Copper filtered with no carbonation and 2 fingers of off white head.

Smells of caramel, toffee and hints of orange candy.

Decent bitter notes with loads of sweet caramel and toffee, as well as hints of orange and grapefruit bitterness.

Medium body, and medium low carbonation.

Got this in the Merry Christmas gift pack at LCBO, drinking by Lake Muskoka, Jan 7th, 2018.
Jan 08, 2018
Twisted Thistle IPA from Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 878 ratings