Bitter & Twisted
Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.

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English Pale Ale
Ranked #22
Ranked #32,928
3.74 | pDev: 12.83%
Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
Scotland, United Kingdom
Bitter & TwistedBitter & Twisted
Notes: 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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Reviews by acrawf6:
Photo of acrawf6
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a light and slightly hazy orange amber with a small white head. The bottle said low carbonation, and I see that (or lack of that).

Smell. Has a nice light and crisp citrus hoppiness to it, like a lemon zest. There is just a small touch of a yeast breadyness to it as well. I also get a bit of a bandaid character to it, but does not seem to be an off flavor as it strangely smells quite appetizing.

Taste. A very mild and subtle beer initially with just a touch of the citrus biting my tongue, but after a few seconds, the flavors come stronger. It has a distinct creaminess to it, almost like a yogurt like flavor. The flavor is dry but has no puckering bitterness to it. I find the lemon citrus bit of the hops get muted out to a stronger malt character. The yeast comes through well, but admittingly, I see i poured some of the sediment into my glass. Aftertaste has some more of the creaminess filling out, with just a little citrus note to top it off.

Mouthfeel. Boy is around a medium level; maybe a little light. However, it still fills my mouth well, especially with the lower carbonation and the low alc. content.

Overall, a very nice beer. I would be a great one to have on tap at you local pub as it has a nice rounded flavor, yet low on alcohol. Too bad I will probably never have it again.

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Photo of merlin48
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
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 NJpadreFan
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Harviestoun- Bitter and Twisted

Appearance- Light orange/ yellow with a weak soapy head. heavy carbonation. Looks pissy.
Smell- very little going on in this department. Light flora aroma with a touch of citus.
Taste- Lighter than what I was expecting but nice. Hops, peach/ lemon fruit, and malt evenly blended.
Mouthfeel- Watery but a nice flavor lingers. Slight bitterness, very slight.

Overall- A beer that tastes much better than its initial presentation. Not as big as an American IPA but an easy drink. I enjoyed!!

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Photo of flyingpig
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A light amber colour that forms a pink sized, bubbly white head, settles to a thickish lacing and leaves a little lacing on the glass too.

Very fruity on the nose straight away with a lot of grassy hops in there too. It is pretty sweet smelling and I can also detect some citrus and perhaps a little pine too. An nice smelling, fruity ale.

A sweet, fruity flavour up front that also contains a little lemon. The finish is a very nice one that goes easy on the bitter.

Light side of medium bodied & was very smooth indeed. It went down so easily & was refreshing.

A real treat & probably a beer I will purchase again, it had an excellent fruity taste that matched the smell & was well balanced. This could be a real session ale.

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Photo of cypressbob
4.17/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle

Pours with a light amber body, slight fuzzy head sits atop, some retention and little lacing

Smell, strong hops aromas, floral, u can really get the challenger hops coming through

Taste, crisp and hoppy, nice citric bitterness from the goldings

A very nice ale

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Photo of bryehn
3.52/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes taken during a power outage 07/17/2011.

Pours a bright golden colour with an amber tinge. Medium-sized white head gets retained as a collar, minimal lacing.

Mild, but spicy ginger-like aroma with hints of brewed tea and a honey sweetness.

The taste has a strong bitter bite with a really solid malt backing that reminds me of rye bread.

Medium-bodied with a light carbonation. Crisp at first, syrupy and malty on the tongue with a crisp and bitter citrus finish.

A highly sessionable ale that would be a perfect accompaniment to salty, spicy or fatty foods. Would pick up regularly if it was available in my area.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lightly foggy sunshine gold with lemon curd highlights. The pale ivory cap picks up a modest glimmer of yellow from the beer beneath and displays a gently pocked surface that is falling at a leisurely pace. Thick hunks of bubbly lace stick to the glass in haphazard fashion.

The nose is interesting without being all that wonderful. It smells somewhat buttery and more citrusy than British ESBs customarily smell, but it's more of a lemon-lime soda (7-Up) aroma than it is a hoppy one. While still better than average, it isn't up to par given the rest of this beer's attributes.

Better on the palate. Still though, I'd expect a beer called Bitter & Twisted to be a little more bitter than this. It is tasty stuff though, a snappy conglomeration of buttery pale malt, tangy fruit, sweet grass, bitter hops and a spritz of lemon juice. The first two dominate right out of the gate and then give way to a lovely bitter lemon tweak at the wire.

The body is on the lighter side of medium, yet holds its structure throughout, and there's a subdued amount of carbonation that still mananges to provide a mild tongue tingle. The neck label proclaims 'Champion Beer of Britain 2003', but is prefaced by the qualifier, 'in its cask-conditioned form'. There's no doubt that this stuff would be killer on-cask.

All in all, Bitter & Twisted is a close to classic English (although brewed in Scotland) ESB. Friendly, drinkable and the very definition of sessionable, it's a beer that most everyone should enjoy.

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Photo of Wattsox
4.07/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle, consumed Mar 2011, BBE Jun 2012.

A - Pale yellow body with little retention leaving almost no lacing.

S - Grainy and grassy with hop undertones.

T - Sweet balance of grainy malts and some hop underbite. Slightly spicy, a little citrusy and lives up to its "zesty" claim from the bottle.

M - Light body, light punchy carbonation, pretty smooth.

D - Extremely drinkable, on its own or as a session.

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Photo of Sammy
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a yellow body with significant white foam. A neutral aroma. A medium mouthfeel that leaves the tongue tingling. A good straightforward bitterness. Very drinkable.This English style IPA is another demonstration of very respectable beer under 5%. One can still be productive after this session pint.
Several weeks later, and bitterness is odd and British, but overall nice at this ABV.

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Photo of PEIhop
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.52/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Tried this on cask at the Romsey Beer Festival in the New Forest in Hampshire UK.

Pours a pale gold color with a moderate head and good lacing. The aroma is of lemony hops and some malts. The taste is very interesting, a very hoppy mix of fresh mown hay and pronounced lemon. This beer is brewed with both German and English hops, that might have something to do with the unique hop profile. The finish is very bitter and citrusy. An Excellent and very unique beer.

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Photo of afsdan
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of blitheringidiot
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big stubby Imperial 500 mL pint brown bottle, pours a clear golden straw hued tulip with a top of foamy ivory settling to a frothy collar leaving some spotted lace in its wake.

Red apples aroma standard of any bitter ale. Some steeped tea & citrous notes as well.

First swigs: Gentle home brewed sun tea iced tea notes lead to a citrous softness that overtakes the palate. Easy dissolved table sugar texture melds with a somewhat orange juice bittering and finishing with an exceptionally clean aftertaste, leaving no fingerprints.

Refreshingly easy sipper with a light to medium body and taunt bounteous carbonation. For 4.2 % ABV, this was a flash in the glass.

Last swigs: Homemade porch swing lemonade. No tartness or offputting tannins. What a great bitter ESB to introduce those who may be hesitant as this is a tasty bitter. Too bad that this one is a tough grab in Yuenglingville. This will get the Stamp of the Champ for a must try Bitter in my book.

Beer is good. Happy beering. 39/3.93

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Photo of dansmcd
2.58/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Perfectly clear pale amber body, two fingers of frothy white head that quickly dissipates leaving no lacing.

S - Grass, lemon, corn.

T - Follows the faint nose with the same faint bland flavours, predominantly a tart lemon.

M - Crisp. Light body, moderate carbonation.

O - Yeah, I cant recommend this but it's not horrible.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Ralphs66
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of cubedbee
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap, served in a pint glass, it's a light hazy golden orange, a thin head, some light lacing on the glass. Nose is an earthy slightly doughy malt overlaid with a fairly strong grassy note. Taste is a sweet, slightly buttery malt, a fairly strong spicey hoppiness, a slightly citric finish. Medium bodied with a fairly low carbonation, this is a nice smooth easy drinker. Overall this is a pretty nice ESB, hoppier than most, but still a balanced good session beer.

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Photo of TheBeeraholic
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of bark
4.45/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The colour is gold, the liquid is clear. The two finger head is airy and off-white topped with a nice crater. Some lacing.

The smell is hoppy with distinct notes of lemon and lemon peels and lemon/lime candy. There are also some notes of fresh herbs and a hint of earth and meat. Some sweetness in the background.

The taste is fresh and clean with lots of lemon flavours. Some broth and rye bread. Medium body. The long dry aftertaste got notes of lemon acid, resin and lemon peels.

The carbonation is mild; the fresh bubbles are medium sized. The liquid is mid smooth.

A highly refreshing and drinkable beer with a unique lemon twist. I really enjoy this one.

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Photo of doktorhops
4.17/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first try of the Harviestoun. Never heard of it even though I lived for a time in Scotland... Bitter & Twisted, sounds like my kind of ale!

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a 500ml Stein glass.

A: This ale poured well with a 3cm white head, however it soon sank down to finish at 0.5cm... is there something wrong with the glass I'm using? The body is pleasingly cloudy (evidence of bottle-conditioning), and resembles honey (also pleasing).

S: A bouquet of floral hops hit you at first and leave just an ounce of a hint of some grainy malts... mmmm.

T: This is a real ale! Lemon on the front, sweet malt toffee middle followed by a spicy hop finish. The flavour is simple yet delightfully effective.

M: Again: this is a real ale! None of this carbonation guff, we don't need it, just an ale doing what it does - cramming your gullet with good old fashioned beer! There is a cloying honey feel to it as well.

D: In a word: session! This sort of ale takes me back to my time in the UK drinking every night in a different pub meeting locals and watching the football on the telly... are my thoughts tinted by an ale of nostalgia? Of course. Does that mean you would like this beer anymore/less? Depends on the above factors... I would recommend it if you don't mind an ale that is flat and bold flavoured, because that's just how the poms like it.

Food match: I dare say the national food of the UK would go down well with this (i.e. a Curry). The previous national food (Fish and Chips) would also work well.

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Photo of shapudding
4.16/5  rDev +11.2%
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 brm300
3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PartyHatjo
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1/2 liter bottle from Sainsbury's in Northumbria Park--Tyne and Wear

Appearance: Brilliant, clear straw color with a fluffy head. Looks more like a pils than an ale.

Aroma: Grassy, hoppiness. Some noble hop character, again reminding a bit more of good bavarian lager. Slight breadiness comes through, as well as some fruity yeast esters.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Spicy noble hop character is immediately evident. Very crisp pale malt, character with a touch of biscuit. As I go through the beer, I get some taste of peach coming through as well. Not your typical English bitter, but flavorful nonetheless. Body is a bit lighter than your typical real ale, and carbonation slightly higher in bottle. I would enjoy having this on cask.

Drinkability: Quaffable, quite high in alcohol for an English-style ale, but all the better. Definitely could drink this as a session beer.

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Photo of olradetbalder
2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

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