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Belhaven Twisted Thistle IPA | Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.

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Belhaven Twisted Thistle IPABelhaven Twisted Thistle IPA
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Belhaven Twisted Thistle IPABelhaven Twisted Thistle IPA

Brewed by:
Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by ADR on 09-24-2005

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Photo of Sammy
2.73/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Picked up this pint in New Jersey. Pours a big creamy head on yellow. Lace in glass. Aroma is metallic, as if it was poured from a can. Taste is thin, creaminess and burnt. There is a moderate bitterness and a ignificant maltness overtaken by the burntness. This was not finishable.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Texasfan549
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy honey orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, slight citrus, and some earthy and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with a slightly smoky flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but I think it smells better than it tastes.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.34/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Knapp85
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours out as a dark orange color, The head was a little soapy looking and left a little lacing at first. The smell had some earthy hop aromas in it with a decent malt character as well. The taste was malty upfront and had a nice hop bite on the aftertaste. The mouthfeel was smooth, almost a little flat. Overall it's not my favorite IPA out there but its worthy looking into.

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Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of metter98
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that quickly died down and left lacing on the surface along with a thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of floral and pine resin hops in the nose along with some notes of caramel malts.
T: The initial taste is quite malty and has some notes of sweetness and flavors of caramel; the hops contribute earthy flavors and a slight amount of bitterness towards the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and slightly crisp on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink and is quite sessionable. I would have no problem drinking several of these in succession.

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3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Interesting and peculiar. Hopped to the extent that American IPAs would exhibit, but with the English variety. Moderately malty, caramelly, vanilla, and toffee. The hops impart a woodsy (oak), earthy, and a plastic character that's evident in the nose and flavor. Lightly fruity: from peaches and apricots to dates and nuts. Alcohols are light, lending a warm and drying nature to the body and finish. Good beer, just a little peculiar in the hop characteristics.

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3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a slightly hazy medium golden orange hue, with two fingers of foamy, soapy white head, which leaves a solid wall of lace as it quickly dissipates. It smells of spicy toffee and noble hops. The taste is caramel and toffee, with some citrus, floral, and spicy hop notes. The carbonation is soft, the body medium weight and silky smooth, and it finishes fairly sweet, the caramel offset by the increasingly bitter hop essence.

A very good E(sorry about that, lads) IPA, and ramped up, in a seemingly measured UK manner.

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4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of brentk56
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear light amber color with a sturdy head that laces very nicely

Smell: It has got that brewery aroma, for sure, with plenty of malted barley aromatics; smells more Scottish than hoppy, for sure

Taste: Opens with a toffee base that is joined by some buttery elements by mid-palate, along with some earthy hops; after the swallow, the hop flavors become a bit herbal and I am just not enjoying the Challenger/Cascade combination very much

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Sometimes a hybrid works, sometimes it doesn't; an interesting stab at a Scottish take on an IPA but it didn't float my boat

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear amber color ale with a bug white foamy head with great retention. Aroma of dry and bitter hops is dominant and enjoyable. Taste is dominated by the dry and bitter hops with some caramel malt backing. Body is about average and carbonation is quite lively. This is like a hops induced bitter and overall quite enjoyable.

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Photo of zeff80
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1 pint, .9Fl oz bottle. No date.

A - Poured out an orange cloudy color with a tan, foamy, three-finger head. It left great trails of lace.

S - It smelled of pine needles and grasses. Also, a good toasty malt aroma. There was a citrusy aroma from the Cascade hops.

T - It tasted of spicy hops. Some good bitterness. The malt had a good burnt toast flavor. Also, a slight citrus kick from the Cascade hops.

M - It was crisp and sharp on the tongue. A medium-bodied beer.

D - I really enjoyed this IPA. I've greatly enjoyed every beer that I've had from Belhaven, though, so it was no surprise. Good malt character and hop balance.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle into pint glass, bottled on 9/10/2014. Pours crystal clear golden orange color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon zest, orange peel, pear, apple, pepper, pine, honey, light caramel, toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/earthy hops, moderate bready malt, and restrained fruity yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon zest, orange peel, pear, apple, pepper, pine, honey, light caramel, toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate amount of herbal/piney/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon/orange peel, pear, apple, pepper, pine, honey, toasted bread, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/earthy hops, moderate bready malt, and restrained fruity yeast flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitterness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately sticky, and lightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice English IPA style. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/earthy hops, moderate bready malt, and restrained fruity yeast flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Belhaven's Twisted Thistle pours a clear amber body with glowing golden highlights beneath a massive head of rocky white foam. The head retention is excellent, and it leaves beautiful rings of lace that are reminiscent of ripples in the sand on a pristine beach.Citrusy (orange, mild grapefruit) and gently pine-like and spicy hops greet you in the nose. It's medium-light in body, and smooth with a restrained carbonation. Bready and lightly caramelish malt acts as the base of the flavor, but it's quite fruity above that with both yeast character and hops kicking in notes of apple, orange, apricot, and both dark and light raisins. It finishes malty sweet but drying, with a dollop of lingering honey and some mild piney and spicy hop character. A beautiful, interesting and unique beer! Clean, fresh, hoppy, malty, perfectly balanced, and easy to drink!

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Photo of jlindros
4.01/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A creamy almost 2 finger head rises up and slowly fades leaving notches on the sides of the glass as it does. It's a crystal clear golden nectar orange color.

N: A definite English IPA. Some UK hops, with a little dark earthy and slight musty like chewy hop aroma, that can only be described as UK hops. A little malty sweetness in the background gives it some balance, with a little caramel and chewy malts.

T: Starts with a chewy malt backbone, some caramel, sweet malts, slight molasses, but lighter malts overall. With that is a slight grassy mild spicy and earthy hop flavor. Some bitterness, and very pub like flavor. A very UK style IPA by far. I cracked it at cellar temp so it would have the right temp to drink this at. A slight creamy malt taste too, and the mild grassy hops add a nice taste with some bitterness. A very slight fruit flavor in the background as well.

M: Medium body with decent carbonation.

F: Finishes somewhat bitter as the hops catch up and build to the finish. THe spicy quality seems to come out more on the finish, with a little earthy, chewy, and grassy hop components as well. It has more lingering malty flavors, a little sweet malty taste lingers, but it's not sweet, its mostly dry. Some creamy malts also there, but not very much.

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 12/8/10 at British Beer Company in Walpole, MA, served in an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, floral hops and some citrus.

T: The taste starts with a decent burst of hops bitterness that is quickly followed by mildly sweet flavors of caramel and citrus. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a nice solid beer worth drinking for a long time.

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Belhaven Twisted Thistle IPA from Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
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