Belhaven Twisted Thistle IPA | Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.

Belhaven Twisted Thistle IPABelhaven Twisted Thistle IPA
837 Ratings
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by ADR on 09-24-2005

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

Poured a nice golden amber with just a touch of light tan head.

The smell has a light bit of yeast and biscuity caramel.

The flavor has a nice fruity malt sweetness up front with a long flowery bitterness. A nice bit of pineapple and vanilla are detectable along with a bit of pine in the hops.

Mouthfeel has a bit of oilyness leaving a long lasting impression.

Easy to drink and balanced, another solid offering from Belhaven.

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

Pours clear golden amber with generous carbonation. Head is a thick pillowy mass.

Aroma is pale malt, a bit of yeasty funk, and floral hop.

Taste is initially malty caramel sweetness. Definite biscuit character. Light tropical and citrus fruit notes. Finish is dry with a mineral character. Floral hops linger in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth.

overall a very balanced beer with plenty of subtlety as you would expect for the style. A pleasant easy drinking brew.

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Photo of Billolick
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16.9 ounce bottle, w/o any freshness/bottling information to be found. Pours clear typical amber, light tan head, some retention and then some nice fine lace left on the glass. In the sniff phase, I'm getting some fairly strong notes of malt and whiskey/grain/woody peat. This is an enjoyable fairly assertively hopped (for a Brit. offering) IPA. Nice balance between the malts and Hops. Plenty of dark wheat, malty notes and the hops are softly grainy. Long finish with more whiskey/Scotch undertones. Nice stuff, nothing amazing but certainty a worthy session candidate

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Photo of spike882
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very nice hoppy and floral aroma. Decent amount of head that leaves a nice amount of lacing on the glass. Taste doesn't have as much hops in it as the aroma. More fruit taste in the body than expected but a nice clean finish overall. The color is a light-medium orange copper. Drinkablity is medium to high on this one with wishes of a slight more hop flavor. Another good beer from Belhaven.

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Photo of botham
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap poured into a pub glass at Duke of Perth in Lincoln Park, Chicago. pours a light amber color with a single finger of off white head that is mildly dense, and leaves moderate lacings. good retention here.

aroma is of smooth citrusy hops mainly, with a mildly fruity nose overall and a distant caramel and bready malt note that works well with the hops.

taste is of bready malt up front, with a mildly floral quality, along with a distant caramel note. finishes on a citrusy hop note, fresh and smooth with a lingering semi-bitter hop quality after the fact.

mouthfeel is medium bodied with a lightly biter texture and a smooth quality that help neutralize the bitter hop quality on the palate. upon finishing, the bitterness returns, completing somewhat of a cycle, which is quite pleasant.

drinkability is good. this is a smooth and easy drinking IPA with a solid hop quality and just enough malt to avoid becoming overly-hopped. cheers!

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Photo of batty
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

looks incredible. very thick, foamy creamy head leaving ridiculous amounts of lace on the glass. not sure i've ever given a 5 for appearance before, but damn. brew itself is a orangey-amber-red with slight effervescence noted.

perhaps because this sample is a bit older than it should be, but the nose is pretty minimal. bit of earthy notes, and a little.. something weird going on.

taste is good, although a bit fruity for my taste. once again, age could play in a little less hop presence than i would like. still pretty good hop flavor though, and a nice little bitter finish and quite smooth. Tiny bit of alcohol/ester presence.

mouthfeel i s very smooth and silky, beautiful.

drinkability is not great, based on the bit of strong cutting fruity, more so as it warms.

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.43/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My 2nd Belhaven and i expect another good one

A- Nice 2-finger head that leaves good glittery lacing.

S- Smell is sweet fruity malt with a pinch of stingy floral hops

T- Good balance of sweet and bitter components that leave a unique flavor in the mouth that reminds me of cranberry bread.

M- Mouthfeel is is beyond good. Foamy carbonation and a medium body create a creamy feeling in the mouth

D- Drinks great like a pale ale should

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Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served cold in a Boston Lager glass.

Pours with a little bit of body, crystal clear golden color with a 1/4" head that quickly dissipates, but leaves a little lacing all the way down.

Aroma is pungently hoppy with a hint of skunk and hint of diacetyl.

Flavor and mouthfeel is typical English, with a butterscotch and toffee note, tea-like astringent bitterness.

Drinkability is good, goes well with dinner, though a bit too buttery, especially as it warmed.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I think the label and back of the bottle make you believe that this is some West Coast hoppy IPA but in reality this is a decent IPA that more Brit than PNW no matter what the hops are in the recipe. Orange Gold, with a pleasant hop nose this is a malt influenced IPA that has its own character ( You know it is Scottish). I like it but had to quickly realize that the C hops don't dominate.

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

Dark gold with clear liquid and a small head. Aromas are citrus like an American style pale ale. A good amount of spritz on the tongue with sweet malt flavor and fruity esters from the ale yeast. This is a good example of a lighter colored(compared to American IPA's which have become dark for the style)English IPA but with an American C-hops profile. Nice hybrid from our friends across the pond.

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Photo of 1759Girl
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I'm a big fan of Belhaven, and had no idea what I was in for until I began tasting... I actually smelled it and uttered something to the effect of 'wtf?! Is this an IPA?! From Belhaven?!"

A> Hazy, with a creamy vanilla head. A bit lackluster.

S> Cloves, HOPS, herbal notes also

T> Medium complexity, v. sweet start, nice full hop punch, LONG resiny hang which develops into smokiness.

M> Nice, but pretty average.

D> yeah!

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Photo of LumpyGuitar
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big fan of Belhaven..tried this on a whim.

Poured a clear amber-orange. Color is a bit lighter at the bottom. Thin white bubbly head, lasted the lifetime. Only mild lacing.

Smells of hop and mild citrus.

Taste is smooth and dry, a bit hoppy but not as strong as I thought it would be, malt presence is nice.

Mouthfeel is nice and smooth, medium body and near perfect balance.

Drinkability is good. Better than I thought. It's closer to a nut ale or pale ale, but thats for the better. I couldn't pair this with much but its definately a good beer.

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Photo of jmbranum
4.83/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

bought at a liquor store in suburban St. Paul, MN

Beautiful amber brew with giant, very fluffy, very substantial creamy head.

Great smell that pulls you in. The taste is great. I don't know if I would call it an IPA (at least by American standards) but it is a very well-balanced Pale Ale. Great malty flavor that reminds me faintly of the taste of a copper penny. Quite dry and just absolutely perfect. Very smooth mouthfeel.

Extremely drinkable. I wish I bought more than one bottle. This is the best beer I've had in some time.

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

A: Pours golden with a big, foamy head. Good sustain and lots of lacing.

S: A strong biscuity smell with light aromas of honey and vegetal hops.

T: Quite malty with flavors of biscuits and a good dose of diacetyl. Hop flavor is quite low - even for an English IPA - but a subtle bitterness provides a nice balance.

M: Medium-bodied with a soft, silky mouthfeel. The thick, creamy head gives a great texture to each sip.

D: Solid all-around and very easy to drink. I'll buy this one again.

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Photo of naterock
4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a nice orangy clear with a nice foamy head. head stays and makes a wonderful lace.

Smells like a grassy and Grapefruity hops, slightly malty in the back of the nose. smells very english.

Tastes very flavorful with the hop bitterness. spicy and crisp this is a very well balanced IPA. Very typical for an English IPA but still one that is to be enjoyed. truly a score when you aren't expecting to find it.

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Photo of cvstrickland
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The drink pours a clear orange-amber with a thick creamy white cap that recedes to a ring and leaves thin lacing on the glass.

The smell is toasty and malty with a bit of herbal pine and grapefruity hops. A husky malt note provides heft.

The taste is very similar to the smell, with a touch of honey sweetness and just a touch of grapefruit bitterness.

A smooth, medium-bodied drink with a flavor profile that doesn't blot out senses and pound the palate, giving Belhaven's IPA excellent drinkability for style.

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Photo of WonderfulSam
4.42/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mostly clear, light orage color with one finger of bubbly white head that hangs around a while. Smell is REALLY nice. Clean, crisp, slightly bitter, with a grape finish! Taste is nicely bitter, VERY well balanced with a mild honey malt backbone and flavors that match the aromas very well. Mouthfeel is somewhat light, definitely crisp, pleasant. So clean and balanced, I could drink this all day. A very interesting beer without being over the top or "extreme."

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Photo of atsprings
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crisp orange with a nice frothy head that lasts as a thin layer and leaves great lacing. Aroma is some mild citrus hops and sweet malt. The taste a nice crisp medly of citrus hops with sweet malts right behind creating a nice balance. The beer is on the light side of medium and while there is some stickiness, it's not overbearing. This is a very enjoyable example of the style.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Single bottle just copped from Gary's in Madison...
Pours a hazy, orange hue with a decent-sized foamy head that soon receded and left a copious amount of lacing around the edge of the serving glass...
Thick, hop-filled aroma, sweet, with honey in the nose...
Taste: Flavor, likewise, was sweet and malty with a strong touch of hops thrown into the mix along with sweet sugars, honey, vanilla, and slight caramel...
Different than the usual IPA...
Worth a try...

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Photo of pwsoldier
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a Belhaven pint glass.

A - Pours a clear amber with a decent rocky white head that sticks around for a while. Plenty of lacing.

S - Floral hop aromas mixed with buttered bread and a hint of citrus.

T - Whoa! This is a very different IPA compared to what I'm used to. I like it though. It's a tad off-balance in favor of the malts, but I like what the added sweetness does to this beer. And the hops are definately present. The dominant flavor is a mix of red apple and citrus with something else there that I can't quite put my finger on.

M - Medium-Bodied, slightly wet finish. The carbonation does a good job of offsetting the sweetness. The malts leave a subtle sweet aftertaste of candied apple.

D - I love this one! It's very smooth and enjoyable. Some die-hard hopheads may be disappointed, but I can definately see myself drinking more of this in the future. A great beer from a great brewery.

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Photo of nasty15108
3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 1pt. .9oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Poured copper with a nice head of white foam. Decent carbonation and lacing.

S - Herbal and earthy with slight hints of citrus.

T - Slightly medicinal and soapy with hints of citrus. Finishes off bitter and dry. As it warmed up a bit, it got a little sweeter and a little more of a caramel malt flavor was detected.

MF&D - Over all I was very impressed by this IPA, I guess I expected more after drinking Belhaven Scotch Ale. Not horrible, but I wouldn'd buy it again.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a clear copper color, nice sticky and clumpy lacing from a pure white moderate head, the lacing is also sticky and hangs around nicely.

The scent is very herbal with complex healing herbs and spices. Wet barn yard smell, mossy, earthy with allspice. This one is not at all fruity or floral.

The taste is also very herbal but spicey too and a rich malt with a tangy veggie edge. The malt is mildly smokey. Not much depth, but very interesting.

Light to medium feel, crisp carboantion over a soft body feel.

A rather strange and unique IPA.

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Photo of GoreStorm
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this is and IPA i can actually drink. there is a good malt balance here that makes it better than most IPAs that just taste like i'm swallowing hairspray.

the color and appearance are both good, makes a nice pretty pint. smell is of course hoppy but with a malty sweetness present.

this is a solid beer, nothing spectacular, but it's worth checking out.

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

Pours a nice 2 finger head with a good retention that last s for a nice while. Color is orange and clear. The intial head was awesome, but it doesn't stick around as long as I would like (about half way through the glass).

Smell is of buttery and caramel malts. Hops are also there but the malts dominate over the citrusy hops. There is a honey grape undertone as well that adds a little bit to the smell.

Taste has a caramel malt sweetness that provides a nice moderate sweetness. This is balanced by cascade and challenger hops which provide a nice citrusy hoppy bitterness to balance. Again there is a honey grape undertone to the beer which rounds it out.

Mouthfeel is slightly creamy and moderately carbonated. I'd like it to have more carboantion and a little less malt sweetness. However, judging by the style, everything is fairly decent.

This is a good english IPA. I'd like a little more hop bite and a little less malt sweetness. But then again, my preference is for American IPAs over English IPAs. That said, I could session this beer.

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Photo of Ben4881
3.89/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Twisted Thistle IPA
Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.

The Twisted Thistle is a transparent pale golden color with touches of amber. A frothy billowing slightly off white head erupts from this brew. This beer has great head retention and very nice, unbelievable lacing is left behind as the head slowly retreats to a half inch above the surface. The almost all encompassing lacing persists throughout the drinking experience.

This IPA does not have a very strong scent. What little aroma is present is well balanced between yeast, malt, and hops. No single fragrance takes over. Barely any fragrance is detectable.

Dry, bitter hops take center stage right up front. An excellent caramel malt backbone picks up the slack and eases the bitterness. Then the malt flavor exits for the clean, crisp, and dry hop finish. The bitterness creeps back in the aftertaste, which can be detected in the back of the throat, roof of the mouth, and the back of the tongue. This beer has a great balance.

The Thistle has a light to medium body with a healthy dose of carbonation. The carbonation does not completely take over, but it is definitely noticeable. It is a pretty good feel for the style.

The balanced flavor and light body make this IPA very drinkable. With only 6.1% ABV, this is an excellent session beer.

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Belhaven Twisted Thistle IPA from Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 837 ratings
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