Belhaven Twisted Thistle IPA | Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.

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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 thecarster1
3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a- bottle poured into a pint, one fingers worth of head that fades to a faint uneven layer of lace, hazy orangey brown with hints of deep yellow, loads of floaties, very unique shaped bottle.

s- crisp, dry, grassy, hints of white wine, this doesn't smell like an ipa.

t- sweet, very floral opening that dries up and finishes crisp and bitter with loads of earthy hops, notes of lemon weave in and out, this was enjoyable for what it is, this is no american hop bomb, it's much more floral and herbal.

m- medium bodied.

d- this is a tasty eipa, it's very different from your run of the mill american ipa, it's more of a crisp, dry finisher which is a welcome change of pace, i'd drink this beer again!

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Photo of mikeborglum
4.5/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this brew from a pint+ bottle, had a caramel aroma with hints of biscuit, poured golden clear color with a minimal head, tasted a medium bitterness, lightly sour and a dry bitter finish; definetly a smooth beer that I could drink all night long; I had this one while enjoying some pasta with shrimp and parmesan and was excellent complement to the meal

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Photo of flintm
4.48/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

**This is my first review, forgive any errors**

I had this on tap at The Pub (a small, regional chain), at the Greene in Beavercreek, Ohio.

I felt I should write this review because a lot of the reviews in the "D" category wrote about things I didn't experience with my beer. Twisted Thistle came recommended to me by the bartender (or "barkeep") there, and I found it to be delicious.

Appearance: Amber. The head I got, unlike some reviews, was a very creamy, offwhite color that stayed nearly the entire time I drank it. Also, I didn't see any evidence of these supposed "floaties." The barkeep gave an extra rinse to each glass before pouring, so those "floaties" could very well have been in an unclean glass.

Smell: A clean smell that really got my mouth watering. The smell is reminiscent of the taste, and will not let you down.

Taste: I had a Dogfish Head 60 min. IPA earlier in the night, and the barkeep suggested Twisted Thistle because he thought it had a "cleaner finish." He was right, the finish was very clean and didn't leave any impure or off-putting tastes in my mouth, promising me a great next sip. The flavor was much maltier than other IPAs I've tired, but it was a welcomed taste that differentiates it.

Mouthfeel: None too heavy. A little thin considering the full taste you get, but this feel just leads to a higher ranking for the...

Drinkability: I could have drank this all night. I've found a new go-to beer that won't let me down when I don't feel like trying something new.

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Photo of elricorico
3.28/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Quite clear, brown tinged orange in colour, with a three finger cream coloured head. Leaves a fair bit of lacing as it recedes.

Lemony citrus aroma, with a mix of flowery smell. Almost a nutty malt base to it. Interesting.

Very notably soft in the body, carbonation isn't low, but it really doesn't have the bite that most beers do. On the light side in body as well. Not a bad feel, but certainly unusual. Still nutty malt flavour up front, but the hops are much more herbal in flavour. Fairly balanced, but may actually lean more towards the malt, despite the style.

This is a decent beer, though I would prefer touching up the hop flavour a bit. It has enough hops for the nose, but not for the tongue.

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Photo of dmamiano
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thinking about brewing a clone of this one, so I had a chance to buy one and I did.
Poured a fairly light, golden color with a bit of 'haze".
Hops dominate the nose, but barely.
Earthy, floral and citrus notes with a very nice malt backing. everything I expected in an European Ipa.
A very nice change, from the usual hopped up American pale ales

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Photo of Long813
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

G: Stein

A: Clear golden/orange body, half an inch of white head with decent retention that leaves fine lacing.

S: Mild/weak hop scent, some sweet malts and dark fruit.

T: Strong hop presence, sweet malts follow. Faint dark fruits in the background

M: Light bodied with medium carbonation. Leaves a dry bitter/sweet finish.

D: Easily drank and the flavours are good. Maybe it's the english style that I have no tried, but this is unqiue to me. Price is a stopping factor for me though.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml Bottle. Poured in a my favorite Grimbergen glass.

Very decent IPA. This is the second beer that I get from Belhaven and, like the first one, it's not disappointing at all.

a: Clear yellow gold color. Thin white head.
s: Fresh hops. Nevertheless, more discrete than a regular American IPA.
t: Dry and bitter (as is should be :)). Fresh malt and moderate alcohol.
m: Hop taste in the end. Leaves a reasonable bitterness in the tong.
d: For the ones that like bitters and IPAs like me, this would be a pleasure.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
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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Photo of ralree
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice rich gold opaque color, with an eggshell white head of a finger. Head has decent retention and nice lacing.

S: Very sweet and tangy, hops are definitely in there, brown sugar. Kind of a dark fruit raisin smell. OK, but some IPAs definitely smell better.

T: A lot richer flavor than many IPAs - the malt is different - it has more barley than many do. Hops are wonderful and strong, and there's a definite smoky flavor in the background which is a nice characteristic. The fruit flavors are in the background, and I think they should be a little stronger. Overall, pretty good.

M: Medium-body, which is appropriate for the style. Pretty creamy and a little oily. Carbonation is good. A little astringent.

D: Goes down easy and drinks well with food.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.27/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into Creemore glass nov9 2009

A clear liquid gold with a fast falling thumbs worth of head that left only patches of lace

S plenty of toffee with a decant amount of bread and some soft hops

T as it smells but better, more hops with mild pine and tonnes of caramel/toffee sweetness and just a little citrus.

M nice and soft with a good amount of bitterness but nothing crazy

D so very smooth and well worth drinking. I love when a beer is better then it looks, so often its the other way around

I didn't know what to expect with this one and I was not upset by it at all, tasted great and was very easy to drink and well worth trying

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally saw some bottles without dust on them.

Pours a clear orangey yellow with a stark white head that retains decently and leaves ok lacing.

Nose is alot of english hops with a slightly spicy malt profile, and a little bit of a biscuit aroma.

Fairly nice. Pretty to style for an english IPA, nice english spicy hop presence. The malt profile is actually pretty far in the background which i like about this one. The finish is nice and dry with a decent bitterness.

Mouthfeel is pretty much what you'd expect, slightly low carbonation with a nice mild viscosity.

Drinkability is solid. The abv is high on this one by english standards, but doesn't make its presence known.

Overall a nice english IPA. I'd love to try it on cask. A very underappreciated style IMO, there's something to be said for subtelty. Don't get me wrong, im a WC hopbomb sucker for life, but that doesn't mean i can't like these too. Take some time and really think about it, and you can learn to appreciate them too. A good beer.

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Photo of hustlesworth
4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a nice deep somewhat hazy orange-amber with a big creamy ivory colored head that becomes incredibly rocky as it settles. great consistency to the foam and the retention and lace are both in the range of excellence.

S- fruity, floral, and malty. very tropical nose, with citrus, berries, and papaya in the forefront. still a scottish type smell, not peaty, but something about the malt aromas. orange blossom and lilies also come to mind when i inhale this baby as well as caramel and sugar cookies.

T- caramel, toffee, butterscotch, mild cocoa, red berries, citrus peel, flowers, with a soft pleasant bitterness all the way through. becomes sweetish on the back side while maintaining the tart fruity characteristics that translate from the aroma. great malt flavors and hoppy spice. finishes herbal, floral, fruity, and bitter with a touch of cocoa and burnt caramel.

MF- perfect medium weight and carbonation, with sort of a husky coating feel. grainy, nutritious, somewhat acidic and medicinal. in a good way.

D- what i've come to like about english IPAs is definitely embodied in this beer. not so intense, it's very well balanced and mild enough to have more than one. top notch.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours amber with hints of golden, with a large creamy rich head that leaves lacings after the dissipation.

S: Fruit and a nice mix of floral and bitter hops, citric notes together with bready malt.

T: Floral hops, bready malt, and citrus. All in well balance.

M: The aftertaste is dry and somewhat bitter with some sweetness. Medium body and rich carbonation with lots of small bubbles.

D: A nice beer that's pretty typical of a well made english IPA. This one I'll buy again.

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Photo of Snyder18
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Hazy Pale Gold with cottony white head of about 3/4 inch quickly dissapating to a very thin opaque layer supported by a great deal of carbonation.

Smell - Fruity, grassy, floral and citrusy.

Taste - Slightly sour, Grapefruit, hint of malt sweetness. Finishes very dry with lingering hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel - High end of medium bodied. Fizzy. Lots of carbonation.

Drinkability - Highly drinkable for an IPA. Not as hoppy as the american versions so your tongue and taste buds wont fatigue as quickly.

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Photo of bark
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The colour is deep gold with a tint of brown. The off-white head is two fingers thick and firm. It leaves some lacing on the glass.

The smell is bitter and hoppy with a touch of roasted malt/nuts and a hint of alcohol. Dry notes of raisins, dried fruits and a touch of timber.

The taste is bitter and hoppy, but it is rounded and very balanced by the semi-sweet malts. Some light roasted notes, hints of phenols (soap, turpentine, wood). The aftertaste got some sweet grassy flavours and an elegant log lasting bitterness. Bitter herbs in the finish.

The carbonation is medium to strong, the bubbles small. The liquid is smooth.

A fine example of a modern British IPA.

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Photo of travolta
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

App: Hazy golden, little floaties, fluffy head with an eggshell lacing. Retention is nice.

Nose: Malty, floral, a little pine and apple.

Taste: Nice setup, malty, bitter, lingering mouthfeel. Well balanced.

Totally worth a try. great example of an IPA.

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Photo of ByTor2112
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured to my Samuel Smith Impy Pint Glass-Gasp! Scottish ale to a Brit glass?
Great pale color with a honey orange hue coming through with the light. Puffy two-finger head flourishes and slowly reduces down to a solid crown of foam. Lacing is better than spotty, but not overly sticky.
Aroma-Floral hop bouquet, not very pungent.
Mouthfeel-medium bitterness delivers a mild palate of malt flavors. I hate to type the word balanced but this IPA is mild mannered in a good way. Malt flavors are just beneath the hops.
Very sessionable and Belhaven has never disappointed.

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Photo of ADZA
4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nice honey colour with nice carbonation that leaves a fast vanishing one finger head with only a ring a lacing,it has a nice floral,citrus,honey hop aroma to it very nice indeed,it has an above average mouthfeel with a dominant citrus,honey hop start that finishes with a nice touch of caramel maltiness and a tinge of bitterness but not that bitter by any means and alcohol is well hidden making this beer very easy to drink as a session beer.

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Photo of ludachris
4.37/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

After finding out NSLC had this in stock I was very anxious to pick one up, and I'm glad I got my hands on it.

Pours a slightly hazy golden orange with a one finger off white head that leaves some nice sticky patchy lacing.

Smell of a stereotypical EIPA; herbal hops, citrus, a touch of pine and some subdued biscuity malt.

Everything fell perfectly into place; light biscuity malt, followed by a nice kick of citrus and herbal hops but nothing that makes the mouth pucker.

Mouthfeel is clean, crisp and a little bit on the creamy side for an EIPA but nothing compared to an AIPA. I rarely rate drinkability 5, but I don't know how this one could become anymore quaffable. Transition from malt to hops is perfect and nothing is too pronounced.

Overall; the best EIPA I've had to date. Highly recommended for anyone interested in the style.

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Photo of ernie
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Amber color, dense head. Carbonation relatively low. Very complex aroma - flowery-hoppy mixed with roasted malts and candy sugar. Carbonation below medium.
Flavor malty, with a healthy bite of hops and delightful fruitiness. Mouthfeel unique - not rounded but rolling, every second showing you a new side of this IPA. Finish rather bitter but pleasant.
Very drinkable. Recommended.

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Photo of Wheelinb
4.09/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid beer, just not outstanding. Lots of little yest colonies or possibly protein floating around in my glass. Big floral smell. Reminded my of an apple orchard in bloom. Big bitter bite at the front and settles down. The taste lingers a bit. Very hoppy which I like but the balance is off. Worthy of a sample though.

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Photo of benteach
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured amber yellow with a very thick head. Had a large amount of sediment floating in the beer. Large grains and flecks of something. I have had plenty of IPAs before and have not seen anything like this.

Beyond the appearance, everything was great. Very crisp aroma, you can already sense the strong hops flavor. Tastes great. Very rich with a great dry finish. Not too watery.

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Photo of Squelch
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance: hazy straw colored. thick head.

smell: light malt aroma. Very little hop aroma

Taste: Nice british noble hops. Malt overpowers a bit. Would like a little more bitterness in here. Hops are resiny and stick in your mouth for a while.

Mouthfeel: Medium-heavy bodied suits the style.

Drinkability: Probably the best english IPA I've had.

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Photo of Yesac
3.29/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks jwinship83 for trading this

A- Huge amount of head that finally settles down to about a two finger size. Cloudy pale yellow/orange. Lots of debris floating around in the glass.

S- Bready aroma up front, doesn't smell like an American IPA which is what I'm used too. This brew reminds me of Belhaven's Scottish ale. There is nothing more to the aroma.. just a stale bready malt.

T- Carrying over from the aroma.. there is still a strong bready malt dominance in the taste. Slight hop presense but this brew is very un-ipa like. I guess its a Scottland thing.

M- Medium/thin bodied, coats the palate nicely. Decent amount of aftertaste.

D- meh.. this isn't an American IPA. This is a very bland and another English style malt bomb. Smooth and easy drinking however.

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Photo of LordAdmNelson
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- A nice woody-orange color with moderate head and good lacing.

S- Not so much here, unfortunately. Some citrus hops with some sweet malt. Slightly floral as well.

T- Good stuff, not too much bite not too much sweetness. This is a fine IPA. Sweet sourdough-y malt with some nice citrus hops (orange, lemon zest). Well-balanced.

M- Very creamy and smooth. I loved it.

D- The balance, ABV, flavor, and MF makes this tremendous. A great session beer for a night out at a pub.

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Belhaven Twisted Thistle IPA from Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
3.72 out of 5 based on 830 ratings.
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