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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Photo of Sammy
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
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 jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.37/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

this is what the label says it is, a refreshing citrusy pale ale with a classic english or shall i say scottish grain bill. golden and clear in color, with a honey shine and a big white head. it looks pretty solid really. the nose on it is a little citrusy, but way too sweet for me, more earthy grain than is really necessary, and a stale bread profile that may reflect the age of this bottle. the taste is about the same, but there is a very definite lemon flavor in the finish before the sweetness sets in. its a nice breakup of the heavier flavors, but the sweetness still comes back in the end and really kind of ruins the refreshment the hop profile had set up. fuller body for low alcohol is also a little unflattering in this one, but not a bad beer overall, probably delicious on tap at the source ice cold and fresh on a hot day.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tried this from a Cask at Tap & Table in Emmaus PA the first time I was there. I wouldn't have said that this beer was an IPA when I first had it. I thought it was along the lines of an English Bitter with the twist of lemon added to it. After seeing that it's an IPA I suppose the citrus quality it has isn't such a drastic jump from one stlye to another for the beer. The color was a light copper with a nice smooth looking head that left lacing down the glass. The beer was ultra smooth going down. I'm not sure if I really liked the flavor of this so much. The lemon was a little overwhelming for me personally. This beer would be ideal for summer time drinking.

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Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of metter98
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is relatively clear and yellowish amber in color with a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that quickly died down, leaving some lacing on the surface and a ring of large bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of fruity yeast in the nose along with some hints of herbal hops.
T: Like the smell, the taste is rather fruity and has notes of herbal hops, although the hops are most noticeable from the light to moderate amount of bitterness that they contribute.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a bit of dryness in the finish.
O: This beer is extremely easy to drink and very sessionable.

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

500ml bottle from the LCBO, downtown Toronto hotel room stylin'. The Scottish Danger Mouse (and his big acorns, um, I mean hop cones) adorn the label of this 'World's Best Ale'.

This beer pours a clear, glassy medium golden amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, weakly foamy, and bubbly dirty white head, which leaves a bit of radio frequency pattern lace around the glass as it evenly recedes.

It smells strongly of biscuity pale cereal grains, lemon zest, orange bitters, and punchy grassy, floral hops. The taste is exactly as advertised on the nose, with one major caveat - a pleasant black pepper dust spiciness - one which sort of hovers over the still heady cereal maltiness, simmering citrus notes, and sassy floral, grassy hops.

The carbonation is fairly low-key, and averagely bubbly, the body a decent medium-light weight, and dulcet in its smoothness. It finishes on the dry side, a bit of grassy, herbal bitterness dominating.

Maybe not the 'World's Best', but a nicely bitter and drinkable English-style ESB/IPA hybrid. The peppery character was a bit of a surprise, but a nice one at that. I would definitely have this again.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

With balanced earthy/spicy bitterness and sharp floral aromas, this English IPA holds all of the halmarks of classic Brittish varieties.

A murky, dirty peach/golden color forms a fluid off-white head that soon enough falters under its own weight and reduces to a lace around the edges. Good lacing, but the retention could prove better.

Aromas of fresh cut grasses, herbs, flowery notes, and mild citrus all rest upon a hearty, biscuity/buttery grain scent.

Sweeter in malts than the nose suggests, the beer carries a sweet bread and yeasty taste along with the sharp, earthy, and weedy taste of English noble hops along with secondary pine and citrus. Lightly fruity and minty going into the finish.

Very mild for an IPA. Where a creamy upstart is expected, the quick transition to dryness and crispness just doesn't happen, leaving the beer somewhat flat in taste and texture.

The flaovr of the IPA comes through in a very English kinda way. But the strength and dryness speaks only timidly of an English Pale Ale or strong Bitter.

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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 superspak
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy golden straw color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon zest, orange zest, pear, apple, grape, floral, grass, light honey, cracker, bread, herbal, and floral earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance of bright hop and malt notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon zest, orange zest, pear, apple, grape, floral, grass, light pine, bread, cracker, light honey, and floral earthiness. Light floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon zest, pear, apple, grape, floral, grass, light pine, bread, cracker, light honey, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance of bright hop and malt flavors; with a great hop/malt balance, solid robustness, and no cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with no warming present after the finish as expected of 4.2%. Overall this is a very nice English pale ale. All around well balanced hop and malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of brentk56
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Medium golden, clear body with a small white head; some lacing

Smell: Citrus hops on the nose

Taste: A slight touch of sweetness on the front of the tongue is quickly assaulted by the assertive lemony bitterness of the hops

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a nice bit of carbonation

Drinkability: A refreshing brew for a hot summer's day; just enough bitter hoppiness to make things interesting but nothing to ponder over for too long

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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 NeroFiddled
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A clear, deep golden body is topped by a creamy off-white head that holds quite well and leaves some very nice lace throughout the glass. The nose is fresh and bright with lemony, floral and grassy hops. It's not overtly bold, but it is quite welcoming and gently refreshes the senses with each sip. The body is light, and the fine carbonation wakes up the tastebuds with a gentle tingle on the tongue. The flavor offers a lightly sweet malt that's solidly infused with gently spicy and lemony hop flavors, and backed by a firm bitterness. It finishes crisp and dry with a swirling note of sweetish malt that fades to lingering bitterness. A refreshing pint! And at only 4.2% abv it makes a great session beer. For fans of English bitter, this one's a charmer!

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

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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 TheManiacalOne
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 4/10/08 at British Beer Company in Walpole, MA, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a murky gold color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light caramelized malts and decent amount of pale hops.

T: The taste starts with a good burst of pale hops up front and then some flavors of citrus and caramel come in next to balance things out. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not filling at all, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a good beer to drink several of, if you're looking for a milder version of an IPA.

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2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

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

Pours very light compared to the American counterparts--dark straw with a very mild haze. Modest head that remains quite rocky and leaves spotty lace on the glass.

Good pellet hop aroma (pineapple). Crisp malt base that is mostly in the background.

The body is distractingly thin. The flavor profile is decent with lots of citrusy hop throughout the taste and particularly strong in the aftertaste. The malt flavors consist of lighter grain without any hints of toasting. The carbonation is okay, perhaps slightly high for the body.

This may be a case of the North American palate not being fond of our brethren's style across the pond. But I do believe that other English IPA's (like Samuel Smith's) are rounder and richer than those in the States.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.06/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden pour, very thin white head fades fast to a thin lace. Lasting bubble strings.
Lots of citrus fruit in the smell, mainly lemon, some oranges too. Pale English malts and a mild floral presence.
Taste follows the nose, zesty citrus with a extra aromatic tangerine and grapefruit. Bready, slightly biscuity malts. Finishes with bitter citrus peel and mild perfummey floral hops.
Medium body, carbonation, has an appealing drinkable quality.
Really refreshing, they need to make 1l bottles of this.

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

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.93/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

16 ounce pint - $6.00 at Trappeze Pub in Athens, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazed, straw-colored body with a foamy, white head.

Smell: Sharp, zesty aroma of lemons and grapefruits. A bit soapy.

Taste: Slight malt character of biscuit dough with no more than a light sweetness. What follows is a very strong, fairly citric, even zesty Meyer lemon and pine grapefruit tastes. Moderate hop bitterness. Final taste of sweetened lemon juice on the otherwise bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Not recommended. A bit like Lemon Pledge. Finishing off the pint was a long, grueling task.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.09/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

From 07/28/10 notes.

a - Pours an amber color with one inch of white head.

s - Smells of wheat, grass, caramel malts, and a hint of citrus. Has a littler bit of a weird smell I can't put my finger on as well; almost like it's gone bad. It's not overpowering, but doesn't help the cause.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, sour fruity malts, and wheat. Mediocre.

m - Light to medium body and low carbonation, smooth and very easy to drink.

d - A very easy to drink beer you could have a few of, but I won't really want to. I didn't think it was bitter at all really, and thought the smell wasn't very enjoyable. Wouldn't order again.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
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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Bitter & Twisted from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
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