Bitter & Twisted | Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
Scotland, United Kingdom
harviestoun.com

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
English Golden Ale

Bitter & Twisted is a superbly-balanced, refreshingly-lively beer. It has a malty-sweet aroma with a floral, fruity hoppiness and a zingy, zesty flavour. Complex, rounded, sweet and dry; this is the connoisseurs' session beer par excellence!

HOPS: Hersbruker, Celeia, Perle, Bobek
MALTS: Lager malt, crystal malt, malted wheat & oats

34 IBU

Added by xlperro on 07-22-2002

BEER STATS
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#28,544
Reviews:
282
Ratings:
460
pDev:
12.94%
 
 
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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

(1 pint, simple silver can with wrap-around sticker label, no packaging info/dates... poured into a Belhaven pub pint)

L: pale, yellow-amber liquid, slight haze; huge, tall, loose, sudsy head... haze kicks up a bit when final 1-2 oz poured into glass once head receded, added a little bit of speckled sediment... foam retains in craggy slopes... looks like a live beer

S: ruby grapefruit flesh, orange; prominent spicy/floral pungency, with a mildly soapy quality... very subtle honeyish pale malt in the back; nose is predominantly hops, overall intensity moderate

T: dry malt background up front with a swell of flowery and bitter citrus peel hop flavors, which give way to a brief swell of lightly-toasty cookie and cereal malt in the finish, before charging back to the front in the aftertaste, leaving a lingering pungent fruity spice... in subsequent sips the malt trades pops with the hops, but mostly maintains a pleasant subtle background nuttiness supporting the bright grapefruity hops... little sweetness, but far from bone dry; bitterness mild... flavors becomes more balanced as it goes; great overall flavor intensity for its abv

F: light, but not thin or dry; relatively resiny-oily with a touch of plushness; little bit of a sudsy wash on the edges... hop spice seems to ignite a mild warmth at the back of the palate... has a bit of substance, lightly filling

O: purchased cold from Top Hops in NYC (didn't maintain chill on transit back home); haven't seen fresh bottles in PHL area for awhile... haven't had this in years, first time from can and it seems to have been good quality... a nice treat, but pricey

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Photo of Brycezawada
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JonnyGoldsbrough
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Harviestoun Bitter & Twisted Golden Ale | bottle | 4.2%

L3.25 nice golden. Not a bad head for a bottle.
S3.75 good nose - promising!
T4.0 big flavor. No distinguishable notes particularly but nice.
F4.0 perfect fizz
O4.0 very pleasing. Golden ales work much better in a bottle than a bitter.

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Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SlainteAlbanyNY
3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On cask at the Allen Street in Albany, NY. One of the only bars in the Albany area to serve cask. Love his beer on cask. It's called Bitter and Twisted, but it's neither. A nice smooth English beer!

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Photo of tottel
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of TheCrowsEye
3.57/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of John_Beeryman
3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Colmfallon
4.82/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of marcrech
3.03/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of dandy14
2.86/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of CPAles
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of VoxRationis
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Decanted from a 16.9 oz (500 ml) bottle into conical pint glass; no production information.
A: Pours a hazy dark straw to amber color with a rapidly clearing quarter inch head. No lacing to speak of.
S: Spicy, floral, and peppery nose initially; as warms caramel becomes more evident.
T: Dry and bready with caramel and fig/raisin notes. Moderate to strong bitterness gives it a crisp, almost tobacco
taste.
M: Medium bodied with low carbonation. Refreshing.
O: I enjoyed it although it was not the most stand out version of the style.

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Photo of Sweffin
2.5/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Sexmortus
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Treefig33
3.44/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Momon
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Martine
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ssilverm1958
4.23/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Spike
3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 330ml bottle.

L: Orange/gold, perfectly clear with several streams of carbonation. Two finger, white head reduces slowly to a patchy cap.

S: Herbal, slightly medicinal.

T: Earthy, woody taste . Something metallic as well. Don't get the lemon mentioned on the label.

F: Medium body with a soft, foamy mouthfeel. Light coating on the tongue and some carbonated tingle. Dry finish.

O: Much more robust and hoppy than your typical golden ale. Made with lager and pilsner hops which gives it an unusual, herbal characteristic. Not an IPA (even the label says "golden ale"), this is a reasonable, if not outstanding, sessionable, Scottish bitter. Not as sharp or refreshing as other golden ales.

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Photo of andpit
3.18/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kofukasho
3.09/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of avalon07
3.31/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a copper-yellow color and a clear texture. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. A below average amount of lacing.

S: A very underwhelming aroma of malt, caramel, and light hops.

T: Tasted of a light amount of hops, a little bit of citrus (orange), some caramel notes, a lot of bready malts, and a splash of toffee as well. Like a lot of English IPAs, this one is much heavier on the malt than other ingredients. This makes it much less multi-dimensional than it could be. Tastes more like an ESB than anything an IPA.

F: A low amount of carbonation with a smooth, yet lively finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Ultimately, this is a pretty forgettable beer. Could have been more interesting than it is.

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Photo of Roguer
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful golden ale, transparent and shot through with orange highlights.

Pine and citrus on the nose, with grainy pale malts.

Flavor is about what you'd expect: it's both hoppy and grainy, with plenty of pale malt character, and a crisp hoppy bite. Lighter resin, lemon citrus, slightly grassy.

Lively; fairly light bodied; oily hops, but otherwise slightly dry. Very drinkable

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Photo of tone77
3.37/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, malts, a touch of hops. Taste is also mild, malty, light hops, a bit of lemon, very little bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer, but nothing special.

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Bitter & Twisted from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
Beer rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 460 ratings