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Belhaven Twisted Thistle IPA | Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.

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Belhaven Twisted Thistle IPABelhaven Twisted Thistle IPA
BA SCORE
3.67/5
Good
840 Ratings
Belhaven Twisted Thistle IPABelhaven Twisted Thistle IPA
BEER INFO

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by ADR on 09-24-2005

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#32,536
Reviews:
433
Ratings:
840
pDev:
14.44%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
22
Gots:
110
Trade:
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Ratings: 840 |  Reviews: 433
Photo of Jaisell
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kybeerdrinker
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Czequershuus
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beer pours pale amber with an average head. The aroma features caramel malts, pine, and lemon peel. The flavor starts with mild pine, then lemon and orange peel, caramel and toffee malts - overall drier than I expected. The mouthfeel is semi-light, and nicely fizzy. Overall this is a very pleasant and drinkable beer with a piney-lemony heart.

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Photo of Gardendk
3.24/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Clear amber. White medium head

S: Malty with hints of fruit

T: On the bitter side. More fruity than the smell. Well balanced

M: Great mouthfeel. Smoth with some sirupy stickiness

O: Fruity IPA with a twist. It works, but nothing I would look for

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Photo of k3ve
3.49/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of GentleKnight1
4.46/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the bigger bottle in a snifter. This nice IPA pours a nice lightly
chill hazed orange tinged amber with a light head of white foam that settles to
a thick ring, thin pool, and light lacing. Nose of floral elements akin to flowers
with touches of light pine and herbal hops touched by honey sweet malts. Flavors
hit the right notes for the style with honey and light breaded malts touched by
subtle citrus and a touch of light ginger laced caramel. Nice mouth feel well within
the English mold; smooth, medium low carbonation, and a sweet lightly herbal hop finish.
Overall a classic from a solid brewery.

Cheers

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.26/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Clear dark gold color with dense activity. Slightly creamy and bubbly beige 2 finger head, lasting around 5 minutes, with moderate lacing. Flavors of soft pine, mint, sweet grains, cherries, caramel, lemon, vegetables, flowery spices. Bread and cereal feel with thick sugars, slightly bitter from floral hops. Creamy full body with light prickly carbonation. Medium strength finish, soft leafy spices and citrus, with a thick burnt sugary malty candy like feel. Heavy in the mouth thus lacking some sharpness and zest, a little dull and weird. The flavors are pretty good, but it's too sugary in the bad candy/medicine kinda way. More of an English style IPA than American, with ester fruits and not tropical. Overall decent quality craft.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330 mL bottle from the LCBO, included in their "Merry Craftmas" sampler pack and listed at 5.6%. Best before Sept 2017 and served slightly chilled.

Pours a clear, medium gold colour with a twinge of amber; one finger of soapy white froth floats upon the surface initially, but largely dissipates within the span of a minute or two. A generous collar of foam survives afterwards, alongside a patchy cap and a modest swath of lace. Looks like a pale ale is supposed to, I guess. Doughy pale malt sweetness on the nose, accompanied by a decent-sized dose of floral, leafy hops, with a few suggestions of lemon, golden pear and caramelized sugars. Smells more like an English IPA than an American.

So, given how closely the senses of smell and taste are related, it shouldn't be a surprise that I think it kind of tastes that way, too. Clean flavours of bready, doughy pale malts and light caramel sweetness are just detectable behind the curtain, allowing the trio of Challenger, Hersbrucker and (especially) Cascade hops to dominate the stage. Very floral, with hints of citrusy orange and lemon zest mixed in with fruity notes of pear and apple. Resiny pine and more floral bitterness are what characterise the tail end of the sip, though they quickly fade upon reaching the aftertaste, which I'd call off-dry. Not quite light-bodied, but sort of leaning to that side; the bubbles are fiercely persistent in their capacity for agitation, which gives this IPA a crisp, lively mouthfeel that is much lighter and more refreshing than most others.

Final Grade: 3.74, a B grade. Belhaven's Twisted Thistle IPA outperformed my expectations, but not by all that much. Truthfully, if you are looking for an American-style IPA, I don't think this is a beer that I'd recommend, though it's not exactly a bad interpretation of the style. Sort of in that grey area between the English and American (sub)-styles, though the resiny, citrusy impact of the Cascade hops does sort of nudge it toward the latter - but not enough to allow it to compete with the heavyweights. As a simple, hop-forward pale ale it's actually pretty well-constructed - I'd drink this again if it happened to be there, but I wouldn't seek it out again intentionally.

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Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle served cold into a chalice. Bottle #4 of #6 of the Merry Craftmas holiday pack. Advertised as 5.6% ABV.

Appearance - A bright, pale golden color with not a lot of bubbles but a fine half finger of short lasting head. Curtains of lace around the edges of the glass.

Smell - Pine is the dominant factor here with some lemon citrus adding to the concoction. A certain earthly characteristic about the aroma too.

Taste - Plenty bitter but lots of malt too. Well balanced. The pine and earthiness come together with some lemon and some tangerine to make a nice sipping experience.

Mouthfeel - Body is light and on the thin side, carbonation is on the low end of moderate, Easy to drink.

Overall - A decent IPA, but lacking intensity especially compared with American IPA's. Worth a try, but don't expect to be blown away.

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Photo of Jotora
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bylerteck
3.12/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Electros
3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.31/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I'm a fan of the appearance, his those orange color notes that is often indicative of a solid ipa. 1/4" white head. Aroma hit those usual English ipa where are the hops notes?

Taste is lightly hopped, almost lager yeast feel to it. Light bodied, not as much caramel malt heft as the appearance indicated. Its decent and easy to drink. Traditional I guess, absent the toffee being lacking (thankfully?). Bitterness is there.

Its pretty close to traditional, I don't like the format though, you pay a price per oz luxury tax on these compared to ipas that come in 12oz bottles/6 pack format.

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Photo of Steve_Studnuts
3.57/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Marbidda
4.38/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mjgpy3
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AlexAfonin
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kw_pip
4.16/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Draught. has a distinct honey sweetness

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Photo of AtaxicGait
3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of harrisjohnson
3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of vfgccp
4.07/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle at restaurant in Portsmouth UK. Looks like the bottle and recipe were recently updated. Would classify it as an English IPA, and reviewed it as such.

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Photo of BdM
3.42/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GreenEggsHam1
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Roguer
3.64/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Minor head; transparent golden ale.

A touch soapy on the aroma.

Very bitter and grainy. Very much an old school IPA: green, piney, and aggressively bitter. Plenty of barley presence. A refreshing change of pace.

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Belhaven Twisted Thistle IPA from Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 840 ratings
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