Bitter & Twisted | Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.

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Bitter & TwistedBitter & Twisted

Brewed by:
Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
Scotland, United Kingdom

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

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Ratings: 460 |  Reviews: 282
Reviews by Richie71:
Photo of Richie71
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a real nice clear golden color with a thin head thats gone in a flash,aroma is leafy with a slight hint of mint with a light yeastiness to it as well.Flavor is on the dry side with a herbal hopiness balanced out nicely with a firm maltiness in the finish very crisp.To me the perfect sociable pint very easy to drink low in alcohol but not flavor.

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Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Very light and clear orange in color with a decent head.

Smell – This one has a hoppy slightly bitter aroma complimented with a balancing malt. I can also pick up some grapefruit.

Taste – The three smells from the nose, floral hop, malt, and grapefruit, come out beautifully in the taste. This ale is well put together.

Mouthfeel – This is an exceptionally smooth and refreshing example of the style. This ale is creamy and dry and very nice.

Drinkability – This is a terrific session beer that went down well during the October playoffs.

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Photo of beerhunter13
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

41.2% Ipa?

A- Very nice burnt orange ipa look with more than enough floating sediment.(Tons) Mild frothy head that remains only on the edge of the glass. Has a good layer of lacing for the amount of head this beer has.

S- In one word FESTIVE. Very inviting spicy scent is the first thing I notice. Spicy and very pungent sweet grass, cloves, brown sugar, caramel, and sweet nectar.

T- Taste is mild compared to the smell but with the low alcohol content who can complain. The taste is excellent for an english ipa sweet fruity flavor of light plums, oranges and apples. Second is the raw flavor of light but whole hops with a nice bitterness to end.

M- Very smooth feel on the tongue due to light alcohol content. Mild astringent feel before the end. Dry finish.

D- As drinkable as they get. Nice all round beer with every reason to try, drink, and repeat. Great session.

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Photo of Shakerman
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of FadetoBock
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of DeanBB
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of R_Kole
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of shapudding
4.16/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lot A, drink by date of August 2004.

Pale golden with not much head. Bit of white head that reduced down and stayed at a slight cover and ring. Great scent of dark cherry. Very dry mouthfeel, nice. Hoppy but not intense. No fuit in the flavor, must be that you think you should taste it since you smell it...? Thin mouthfeel, low carbination. Decent flavors but not much jumps out. Very balanced and easy drinking.

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Photo of mverity
4.14/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Crystal clear pale gold color with tons of bubbles running up from the bottom of the pint glass. Head pours cream colored but fades almost immediately. Smells extremely earthy and bready with a very faint hop presence and a not too subtle sweetness. Although I LOVE the taste of this beer. The hop is noticeable but not anywhere near what I'm used to in American IPAs. Present but not over powering. The yeasty/biscuit notes are wonderful and there's a slight sweetness that has to be malt derived. It finishes extremely clean and has almost zero aftertaste. I could definitely see myself drinking more of this throughout the summer months because of the 4.2 ABV and easy drink-ability along with the great taste. Really glad I finally decided to pick this beer up for a try.

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Photo of merlin48
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, apricot hued body with a small, bone white head that quickly falls to a lasting collar. Extensive sheets of lace drape the dimpled pint glass. Aroma is a bit subdued, with spicy and floral hops atop a sweetish honey malt background. Mouthfeel is creamy and light medium bodied, with light carbonation. Taste has bitter floral and spicy hopping, with some pleasant fruity notes of pears and Rome apples. Hops are assertive but nicely balanced by crisp and biscuity malt sweetness. Finish and aftertaste are bitter with floral hops, and a hint of peppery spice. Very well constructed, and nicely drinkable. Very good example of an English bitter.

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Photo of olradetbalder
2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.07/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a regular nonic glass. A nice, vibrant golden, hardly any visible carbonation. Head doesn't last long, a thin ring and a bit of lacing.

The smell is nice and hoppy, with a bit of lemon to the back.

Taste is sweeter than most IPAs, but this isn't necessarily a bad thing. Very flavorful - a bit of herbs, lemon and bread. Tasty. Bitterness lingers on the tongue for a while.

Mouthfeel is lower carbonation, thin and slick.

Quite a drinkable little IPA. Crisp and refreshing. Not sure if it's "World Beer Awards: World's Best Ale" worthy, as it claims on the bottleneck, but it is pretty good.

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Photo of Byeast
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: golden , blonde color , with a creamy white head of a 1/4 inch that sticks around , and some nice spotty lacing.

Smell: the aroma is lightly citric , lemon rind , slight grassy herbal /lemongrass.

Taste: fairly light and refreshing flavors , slight bit of malt has trouble pushing through all the hop flavors. Nice mix of hops ( Hallertau Hersbrucker , Challanger , Styrian Goldings). The hop flavors take their turns on the palate. Herbal grassy , then spicy , and some tart , sharp citric lemon in the end.

Mouthfeel: smooth , small amount of carbonation ( "a third less than average").

Drinkability: An interesting and refreshing brew. I really liked the way they used the hops. This one would go great with fresh seafood.

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Photo of Sergiomendolia
3.59/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of innominat
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of fionn13
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of stephenlee
4.04/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 500ml bottle with a BB of June 2013. The label mentions that this ale is hopped with Hallertau, Challenger and Goldings.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A clear golden-amber colour with light carbonation. Forms a large head of white foam that lasts for a couple of minutes before subsiding. Aroma of grainy malt with grassy, citrus hop notes. Slightly sweet.

Tastes of fruity aromatic hops and grainy malt with a dry bitter finish. Notes of subtle grapefruit, citrus, grass, hay and stewed hops. Hints of grain and earthy yeast underpin the hop aroma. A restrained bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with a spicy quality (citrus). Nice body. Slightly astringent, with an aftertaste of bitter aromatic hops and yeast.

Good - a tasty blonde! The aroma could be a tad more pronounced, but the flavour is nice and hoppy while retaining balance. Would perhaps benefit from bottle-conditioning to improve depth. Crisp, refreshing and well worth sampling if you have the chance.

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Photo of BGDrock
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

From notes:

Appearance: golden, slight haze; large suds

Aroma: citrus hops, lemon, grapefruit

Taste & Mouthfeel: definitely got the "twisted" aspect with lemons popping out, and the bitterness shows up after a second or two; lightly carbonated, perhaps too much so; there is some subtle sweetness that comes with the citrus flavours

Overall: the flatness really hurt the beer, and the lemon flavour is nice, but the overall taste get's tired

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Photo of ADR
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chill hazed darker gold appearance, nice very white head that lasts well and rises to 1/2 an inch. Complex and fairly complete lacing. Aroma hops on the smell, lightly citrusy but with more of a floral sense that melds well with biscuity maltiness. Nice body, sub-medium, smooth and creamy. Malt and hop balance very well early, a combination of classic hop style and a nice sense of butter and syrup on flapjacks. Both the sweetness and the hop contribute to the finish and aftertaste, very nice. Tightly balanced and drinkable brew here. One of those beers that straddles styles, has a nicer sense of balance than many American IPAs...

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Photo of chinchill
3.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

undated 500ml bottle served in a standard pint glass. [Revised with serving on tap in Edinburgh in August 2016].

Pours a hazy, medium-light amber with very little head. What little head there is is short-lived, leaving but a ring. Eventually, some sediment accrues on the bottom of the glass. {better looking on tap].

Bready, grassy, floral and fruity aroma; there is a clear contribution of malts.

Although called Bitter & Twisted and classified on BA as an IPA, this beer is only very mildly bitter. It is flavorful, with a mix of sweet pale malt, tangy fruit, some hops and hints of butter and lemon. The hops come through, weakly, in the tart and fruity finish.

Nice semi-dry, nearly dry, feel, with a medium-light body bordering on watery. Smooth.

O - enjoyed this more than my description seems to indicate.

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Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cask at the Brick Store.

Pours a slightly hazy dark golden color with a two-finger white head. The head recedes into a rocky layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of slightly grainy pale malts with large amounts of earthy hops. Also present are lighter amounts of light citrus.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Grainy pale malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by hints of breadiness. Joining in shortly thereafter are earthy and slightly grassy hops. Near the end of the sip faint hints of lemon and orange peel work their way into things, fading out into a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I had no problems finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall I enjoyed this beer, as I have most of the beers the Brick Store has put on the beer engine recently. Better with cask conditioning than on tap in my opinion, it's very easy-drinking and well worth a shot.

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Photo of djcreepshow
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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