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

Added by xlperro on 07-22-2002

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Ratings: 458 |  Reviews: 281
Photo of TrickkyGangsta
1/5  rDev -73%

Photo of BogAl
2/5  rDev -46.1%

Photo of vauxhaulastra
2/5  rDev -46.1%

I disagree with all these mostly positive reviews.
The taste is acrid to the point of it being like eating the pith of an lemon, not the zest that so many have clamored.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.11/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Reviewed from notes taken during a January 2011 trip to Glasgow, Scotland. Served from a cask in the Bon Accord pub.

A: Pours a clear hold with a thick head of fair retention. Appealing.

Sm: Malt and barley; pretty standard.

T: Clean open, balanced body, crisp finish. Nothing remarkable.

Mf: Coarse where it needs to be. Grand.

Dr: It's nice enough, but pricey. Won't have it again.

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Photo of interzen
2.21/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

330ml bottle poured into a chalice glass

Look: Fairly dark, golden yellow - almost orange. Clear, with no hint of haze or sediment. Thin white head which quickly disappeared leaving a foam ring and little or no surface foam. No lacing to speak of.

Smell: Not much - what little I could detect suggested a reasonable balance of malt and hops, plus their attendant resin/citrus notes, but picking them out was hard work, even after the beer had warmed up a wee bit.

Taste: Again, not much - certainly not bitter and not in the least bit twisted. Slightly sweet taste with some toffee and caramel notes, malts and a hint of hops. Very, very subdued, though.

Feel: Body isn't too bad, and despite the distinct lack of smell and taste it manages to have a dry, refreshing finish.

Overall: Really not sure what to make of this - I'm going to err on the side of caution and state that I might have had a 'bad' bottle. Smell and taste were subdued to the point of almost being non-existent, particularly the former, with the net result being like fizzy, hop and malt-flavoured water. Disappointing, and Harviestoun are capable of much, much better.

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Photo of Kwak
2.23/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

this one poured nice with a melted butter color and rocky white head that didn't stay very long.

smell was pine like and with hints of spicy citrus.

the taste was a bit of a let down it was not bitter or twisted it was a little watered down with a slight hint of spice, their was a little hoppy aftertaste but nothing to good

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2.25/5  rDev -39.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

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 Faustgeist
2.53/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A slight dissapointment for me.

The beer began by pouring a light amber, leaning toward red. The carbonation was light and the glass did not develope a head at all.

Both the nose and plate were dominated by hops, yet they seemed single dimentional. With the rest of the aroma and finish unengaging.

I found the drinkability negligible, and tossed half the glass. Bummer.

I believe I shall try another bottle in a month, as the evening in questions may have been dominated by beers, which did not let the Bitter and Twisted shine in its own element.


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Photo of aaronh
2.53/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Dark golden color with a creamy head. Almost has a euro-lager aroma. The taste is bitter, but with a bit of malt to support it. However, the flavor profile is not pleasing to my palate. It's also a bit thin and astringent on the tongue. I was a bit disappointed by this offering, as it's a less than enjoyable brew.

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Photo of dansmcd
2.58/5  rDev -30.5%
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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Photo of hdofu
2.59/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I didn't know what to expect with this one being used to AIPA ADIPA and BIPA, but I was expecting something a bit... hoppier.. this almost tastes like bitter orange rinds with a tiny hint of mollasses in the finish. Smell is is almost like an a citrus wheat beer. This beer is almost too mild. It poured quite bubblely with a thick white head and an brownish orangeish color. Mouthfeel is sort of watery, not alot feel too it.. I just couldn't get into this beer, I wonder how other beers in this style compare though.

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Photo of CStang67
2.7/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Beer poured a nice light clear orange color with a white head the quickly disappeared. The bottle clamed "Aromatic" however I found there to be little aroma. A nice balance of malt and citrus notes, just really had to search for them. Taste was nice with a touch of sweetness from caramel malts balanced by a good dose of bitterness. Some citrus notes at the back of the palate. Medium body that finished a little bit o the dry side making the beer very refreshing. Overall a very sessionable, balanced beer.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.73/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a blonde color ale with a small foamy head with limited retention. Aroma of subtle floral malt. Taste is a mix between some floral malt with some sweet notes. Body is average with some average carbonation. I was expecting something more complex or bitter based on the name of beer but I really thought this was bland.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
2.73/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Brown 500ml bottle, the front label claims it is a 'Blond beer' which is Spicy, Aromatic and Zesty. The rear label told me to drink it cold, so I did.

Poured into a Gordon's Finest Golden thistle glass (well it is Scottish).

Very light for an IPA, about right for a blonde, an old, dull gold colour with a small white foaming head.

Stale bread smell, the beer was too cold to smell anything else, it is their fault, they told me to drink it cold.

Sour, with citrus flavours, would have been good in a sunny beer garden, sadly it is raining and cold this evening.

Dry from start to finish, with the citrus taste staying around also.

This is trying to be that little bit different from the normal beers brewed in Scotland and isn't unpleasant, it is just not really for me. The scores are my honest results, I would have loved to give it higher marks for each cat, but it isn't a great beer in my eyes.

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2.73/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On cask at the King's Head in Huddersfield, England.

Pours a pale piss yellow with a full, thick head. Not a very rich color.

The nose is uninteresting with only a subtle hop aroma.

The taste is pleasant enough with flavors of lemon, banana peel, citric acid, and hops. Nothing overwhelming, as each of the flavors are rather modest.

Overall a very drinkable, simple, (and not terribly interesting) session ale.

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2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of QCABeerTour
2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of laituegonflable
2.81/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a fairly standard amber colour with a decent, generous white head of dense foam that disappears after a fair while. Bit of carbonation running through its mostly transparent body. This glass doesn't have the full bottle in it so I'm not sure if there's cloud further down. Nice bit of lacing when tilted, a very good-looking blonde.

A generous aroma of hops on the nose with a very sweet character behind it, sort of in a cinnamon-sugar mix kind of way. It's fairly aromatic but also fairly simple, doesn't really leap out of the glass in the way that your mirror image does on level 4 in the original Prince of Persia game.

There is definitely that sweetness on the palate, only here it's not a pleasant character that backs up the hops but rather a stickiness that lingers throughout the palate, taking away precious taste-time from those other beer flavours. There is a slight bitterness on the back palate but not as much as I would expect from something with bitter in its name. Front palate is a bit dusty and then that slight sweetness kicks in which actually just has the effect of toning down the flavour a bit. This isn't a very fat-flavoured beer (or phat-flavoured beer, for that matter), there's a simplicity that makes it not so drinkable - although the mouthfeel is a bit fuller than the flavour and quite nice actually. Nothing particularly nasty in it, just a whole lot of meh. At the risk of raising a few Scottish nationalist hackles, it's really typically English ale-y. Tasting this after Old Engine Oil I'm quite disappointed, I must say.

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Photo of Chambic
2.85/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: not too impressive with its slightly opaque yellow hues, but has a nicely frothed head

S: doesn't smell that much better, since it seems really light and friendly, with an oddly foamy skunkiness about it

T: surprisingly bitter upfront

M: all needly from the hops, with a clean finish

D: much better IPAs are out there

Notes from 02.16.10 at Oliver Twist in Stockholm

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

Photo of ScarletLady
2.87/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Tried this on on tap. nothing overly exciting or remarkable about the head or lacing. Pouring a blonde color the nose hinted at peaches and pepper. I found this to be a little thin but highly carbonated. I nice slightly peppery and spiciness hits you. Was there supposed to be a bitter something there? If so I couldn't find it. The smell was the best part. Totally drinkable, there's nothing about it that stands out.

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Bitter & Twisted from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
Beer rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 458 ratings