Bitter & Twisted | Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.

BA SCORE
84
good
447 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
Bitter & TwistedBitter & Twisted
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
Ratings:
447
Reviews:
277
Avg:
3.74
pDev:
12.83%
 
 
Wants:
21
Gots:
33
For Trade:
0
View: Beers | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 447 |  Reviews: 277
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.93/5  rDev -21.7%
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.

 634 characters

Photo of bloberglawp
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle says english blond ale, I'll review it as such and not the English IPA its been categorised as on this site.

Pours a light cooper almost dark yellow, big head dissipates to a steady film, some lacing, very mild carbonation.

Aroma of lemony citrus, a bit soapy and a hint of fresh musty hops, faint british ale yeast aroma as well. Flavor of lemon, english malt and a firm hop bitterness.

Apparently this has wheat malt in it. It must be a small quantity because its cristal clear and does not have much wheat beer caracter at all.

A tad accrid bitter to be sessioned, but deffinately something I'll have in the frisge on a hot summer day.

 649 characters

Photo of DoctorStrangiato
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 500-ml bottle into a draught glass.

Appearance - poured a very nice light orange colour with a short, foamy head. Small laces and heavy carbonation.

Smell - slightly oaked scent with deep citrus fruit aromas covered in a candy-bready malt. Fresh lemon grasses and jasmine.

Taste - taste is fully consistent with the smell. Nice bitters and very lemony indeed! Slightly astringent finish and memorable aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - interesting fizzy effect without being obnoxious, this brew is quite active.

Drinkability - it's definitely refreshing. I'm afraid that for the price and availability in my area it's a little prohibitive to have too often. Nonetheless, an enjoyable and very nice pint.

 707 characters

Photo of ghebel
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Pours very clear, yellow/gold color with a 1 inch foamy white head. Head dissipates quickly with no lacing to note.

S - Piney, citrusy hops. Mild malt aroma in the background. Maybe caramel and bisquit?

T - Moderate bitterness with citrusy hop flavor and fruity character. Mildly sweet and bready malt.

M - Thin to moderate body. Has noticable bite and lingering bitterness.

D - Drinkable.

Overall - This is a nicely balanced IPA that definitely leans toward hop dominance. The malt profile is light and the hops add good flavor, aroma, and bitterness.

 561 characters

Photo of GodOfBeer
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice golden colour with a thick white head, very nice retention.

Smells zesty, subtle grapefruit hop aroma, some grassy graininess and a bit metallic maybe?

Tastes malty and grainy, nice grapefruit citrusy hops, well balanced brew.

Low carbonated mouthfeel, making it pretty drinkable. This is one of the best light alcohol beers I've had.

 350 characters

Photo of demcorhip
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very nice looking pale ale. Somewhere between golden straw and amber in colour. A nice two finger white head with somewhat decent retention has subsided to leave a nice cap. Also leaves good lacings that want to stick around.

A good aroma of honeyed biscuit and a variety of hops with a nice citrusy and floral character with a bitter and spicy kick.

Simple, clean malt profile of bready, honeyed biscuit. The hopping is what provides for the bitter and twisted character, and is quite tasty. The hallertau provide for a nice touch of floral and citrus character, and the challenger and styrian goldings add a nice bitter punch with a woodsy character, there is even a hint of pine present. Some lemon zest overtop of orange marmalade yumminess. Some pungency and a mild skunkiness also present.

A nice light bodied brew that showcases the hops. Smooth and mildly carbonated with a slight creaminess and a touch of mineral.

A highly sessionable ale, needless to say one doesnt notice the 4.2% ABV, but does notice the bitter and twisted character from the hops. Note that this is perhaps more of a hoppy pale ale than an IPA, but what the hell, it is a hop forward session ale from the other side of the pond. Recommended, and something i would enjoy during summer if only i could get my hands on a fresh supply.

 1,318 characters

Photo of EatsTacos
4.48/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a bright copper with a one finger head. The head has great retention.

Aroma is very citrusy and spicy. Very aromatic hop profile, challenger and goldings are showcased.

The taste is zesty and lemony. There is a lemon rind bitterness with the classic spicy flavour of the goldings. Oranges, and a slightly grapefruit finish.

Medium bodied, not as thick as an American IPA, with a pretty low carbonation. THe mouthfeel does a lot for the refreshing quality of the beer.

 477 characters

Photo of Stunner97
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- yellow brew with moderate white head, small bubbles with moderate carbonation, slightly murky in clarity,

Smell- Lots and lots of hops on this one with a bitter nose, lots of floral hops up front on nose

Taste- Light and almost hint of lemon up front with tons of floral hops, very hoppy and bitter in the back end, very flavor long lasting hop bitterness

Mouthfeel- medium to light bodied with average carbonation

Drinkability- very tastey hop beer from scotland, very aromatic and easy to drink, low alcohol makes it great season beer and one that does not come up short in the least in flavor and complexity long finish, give it a try worth shot

 664 characters

Photo of farrago
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thin creamy white head that evaporates swiftly, minimal lacing. Pale golden color with a fine gauzy haze to it, much brighter yellow around the rims. Very hoppy nose of of cracked bulgur wheat, lemon peel, dried pine oil, very light peach and apricot pit fruit, overall has a big initial punch then trails off after that. Medium-bodied with full, bubbly carbonation, fills the mouth through the attack. With grain, wheat, green grasses, bitters it's lean but stops short of turning biting. Moderate kick in the lemon, white grapefruit citrus. The apricot, peach, nectarine fruit livelier and sweeter here, almost teases out some malty cocoa notes. Once the foaminess subsides it's very smooth and creamy. Good unforced length.

 726 characters

Photo of laituegonflable
2.81/5  rDev -24.9%
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.

 1,568 characters

Photo of soulgrowl
3.57/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear and golden with big bubbles and an off-white head with poor retention. It almost looks like a pilsener.

Smell: It almost smells like one, too. Nice honey sweet malts and surprisingly Saaz-ish hops; spicy, herbal, and a bit citric, yet soft, allowing a delicate white wine fruitiness. Very similar to a Japanese lager.

Taste: This is quite lagery, like a British pale ale interpretation of a pilsener. Simple and crisp, with a nice, clean, lemony flavor. Possibly a good match for chicken?

Mouthfeel: Thin and dry with full, airy carbonation.

Drinkability: This is nice, an ale that drinks like a lager, even at cellar temperature!

 652 characters

Photo of CHILLINDYLAN
3.44/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours very pale yellow and very watery looking. In the glass it is a very hazy yellow with a small white head that fades fast. Very fizzy with lots of floating debris. Light lacing.

S: Fresh clean citrus and floral smell. Slight clover/honey smell.

T: The malts are very sparse and very light. The hops are light sour and zesty lemon-citrus and slightly spicy at the end. A little bitter, but not very. A sour citrusy drink with a little bite.

MF: Light bodied with lots of fizz, with a sour, bitter aftertaste.

D: A decent beer but nothing to really write home about. The initial smell was the best part. I bet it is a good cask conditioned beer (it won some awards for its cask variety), but out of the bottle it was very unimpressive. Won't be trying this one again unless i can find it out of the cask. A very light bitter ale, perhaps a good stepping stone into IPAs. But doesn't classify as one in my book.
So much debris left in my glass...

 956 characters

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

Pint served by handpump in the Cafe Royal in Edinburgh

A- Hazy blonde body with a 2 finger creamy head tha produces good lacing.

S- Very faint citrussy floral notes. not much else

T- Floral citrus sweet grapefruits up front fade to a biscuity malt undertone.

M- Light, refreshing and creamy.

D- A flavoursome refreshing pale ale. Interesting enough for a session and easy enough and refreshing to drink that you dont have to think too much about enjoying it!

 464 characters

Photo of StJamesGate
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy pale yellow with a puffy head that fades fast but leaves good lacing. Lots of action on the nose: floral, golden syrup or lemon barley. Taste follows the nose with a sweet-sour hops tang like lemondrops or sherbet. Cloves, too and some herbal sourness. Toasty, grainy malts are there, with clover honey, but in the back. Woody bitter almond/lemongrass at the end from late hopping. Creamy mouthfeel - the label says oats added so that would explain. Light bodied and fizzy.

Did this get it's beer style changed? I don't remember it being an English IPA when I first looked it up here.
No complaints; even though this doesn't call itself an IPA, it's probably a better example of that style than plenty of other British beers with "IPA" on the label.

Noticeable differences from bottle to bottle ranging from lemony to woody - is there some bottle conditioning here? Balanced and very drinkable. Good hops fix in the UK.

 935 characters

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

Somewhat yellowy-orange in the glass, this develops a decent, bright-white head containing loose bubbles before fizzing away leaving behind a small amount of lace. There's a bitter aroma that has some citrus, and a sharp lager-like twang to the smell that was rather unexpected. The taste, however, is nothing short of wonderful. Moderately sharp hops all around with a pointed flavor of grapefruit and lemon, falling mercifully short of the brutally over-hopped pale ales that seem to be everywhere these days. Nicely understated, and beats the pants off of just about any ale of this type I've ever had, American or British. Light carbonation and low alcohol make this superbly drinkable, and there's plenty of complexity to warrant several return trips.

 756 characters

Photo of Madigan
4.42/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was really impressed with this. I've often lamented the inability of brewers to capture the zesty hoppiness of good draught beer in their bottled efforts but Bitter & Twisted, and a handful of others, come very close. The beer carbonates naturally in the bottle so you get a very measured sparkle, not the hyperactive fizz of some more well-known brands. It has a strong IPA bitterness and aroma but it's never overwhelming and it holds its flavour very well, making it a good accompaniement to your evening meal.

Put simply, you'd be hard pushed to find a bottled beer more full of character - the polar-opposite of bland commercial lager.

 643 characters

Photo of albern
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a really interesting and nice spritzy little beer that is very well worth seeking out. The beer pours a slightly hazy golden color with a thin white head that laces like mad. The nose on the beer is like grapefruit, some bittering hops, perhaps a bit of the bready malts as well.

The beer itself is quite light bodied, very refreshing, and only modestly carbonated. The lemony spritz, which the bottle dubs as zesty, says it all. The beer has a lemony, slightly grapefruity, and maybe a bit of orange burst as its most pronounced characteristic. There is a very nice bittering English hop right underneath the zest, and just a tad bit of cracked grain huskiness lingering around the edges. This is a really enjoyable, very drinkable, English Pale Ale, that is definitely nouvelle-ish, and not traditional in its interpretation at all. Worth seeking out, nice mouthfeel, with a nice English style bittering hop aftertaste. L'Chaim.

 940 characters

Photo of bilyboy65
3.2/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a pilsner glass.

This is the story of a little beer that lost its way. After being bottled, the brew master promised it would go to a good home. However life would not work out so well for this crisp golden beer with a very thin covering. I say its a good thing it leaves a quickly dissolving lacing and film on the glass to add extra protection. Without much carbonation that protection seems to wear out quickly and leaves it vulnerable to the likes of me. A beer loving-drinking enthusiast. I was first attracted to this beer by its very floral, hoppy and citrusy scents. Loured me into pouring it into a glass and to try some. Unfortunately this is where the story gets ugly. At first sip it was intriguing with its combination of sour lemons and hoppy vibrance. But the bitterness that is left when it leaves is a bad note to go out on. So be it to say that this beer didn't find a good home for I didn't really enjoy it because of the real bitterness finish makes this hard to drink. Even with its delectable scent and light bodied smoothness in your mouth.

 1,096 characters

Photo of mkabull
4.53/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On getting my glass beer is light golden in color , no head evident par for serving style .
The aroma is full of grapefruit (my favorite).The taste is great like grapefruit juice but no extreme pithe bitterness , hop bitterness does linger but not for long . The mouthfeel is light and refreshing . Drinkability is off the charts for me grapefruit light beer no extreme pithe bitterness loved this beer .

 404 characters

Photo of TerryW
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Moderate head on pouring, settles to a film and leaves good lace. Hazy, apricot-orange - a good looking beer.

Sweet, hoppy nose is quite appetizing. Immediately bitter mouthfeel overlaid on malt sweetness. Nice lingering bitterness, nice balance of malt and fruity hops.

Smooth and easy to drink, very well made. A fine brew definitely worth an imbibe.

 354 characters

Photo of khiasmus
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bubbly, slightly chill-hazed golden strawy color with a couple fingers of white, frothy head that drops to a single layer after a bit, and leaves a bit of lacing.

Aroma is pale malt, bready, biscuity, with a good hop character. Hallertau is obvious, along with a slight citrus note, almost lemony. The sweetness and light bready notes really dominate the nose, only overridden at the very end by an almost belgian spice... sounds strange, but it's the notes from the citrusy hops that are giving it a crazy lemon tone. Interesting, and quite refreshing. Screams, "Drink me!"

Flavor is much like the nose, with the hallertau and citrus actually overriding the maltiness in the finish, leaving a nice tang in the end, which makes you want another sip. Or gulp, as the case may be.

Mouthfeel is medium-thin with low carbonation and a very slightly dry finish, lingering with the minor sourness.

This beer seems meant to be guzzled. Every gulp makes you want another, and the slight hoppiness leaves the hallertau flavor in your mouth long after each swallow. I'd stroll to a pub and have many a pint of this. Cheers!

 1,126 characters

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light yellow gold colour, with a very slight haze. Lots of foaming, rambunctious carbonation feeds a pure white head of small thick bubbles. Head turns a bit filmy after a while, but still leaves good carbonation. Nice looking beer.

Light metallic and citrussy hop characters on the nose. Coppery sweat character and a bit of barnyard funk. Otherwise just a light zesty sharpness - not a big nose, and not an entirely pleasant one. But not bad.

Light, clean sharpness on the palate - a clean bite of fresh hop character, which leavens into a dry but flat aftertaste. Mouthfeel is surprisingly round for something with a low ABV, and this much carbonation, feels quite slick and solid. It's a shame the palate just drops off.

At the end of the palate, it's quite watery, which is a shame, but it's a very drinkable brew. Of course, this beer is just another example to draw a firm line between the English IPAs and their American cousins (distant cousins). Still, this is one of the better examples, and it turns out surprisingly clean and refreshing.

 1,061 characters

Photo of joepais
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at the Pepperland served in a Tulip glass large white head that goes to a thin lace that lasts thorough the brew . The body of the brew was a pale yellow and clear.

Aromas of citrus comes out I first thought this might be a Belgian the citrus is that strong. The malts sweetness is present as well in the nose.

Not a terribly bitter brew for being called a bitter. The flavor of sweet citrus is very present. The hops make a light showing in the end note. This brew has a light mouthfeel and good carbonation.

This brew has great drinkability, and very sesionable. I had a few tonight with dinner and it was very enjoyable experience

 643 characters

Photo of Antilochus
3.42/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500mL bottle in a pint glass. 4.20% abv.

Lots of bubbles in this one; rocky head, amber-orange body.

Some citrus hops upfront, noble hop spice. Thin malt presence for an EPA, perhaps a bit of sugary sweetness to it.

Palate is quite nice - spice, sugar, citrus, in roughly equal proportion. Might be a bit too sweet for me though. Feel is bubbly and expansive, would prefer it more neutral. A bit of yeast.
Finishes on a cloying/piney note. Hmm.

 447 characters

Photo of pirate252
3.52/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not at all what I expected from something called bitter and twisted, as its not at all bitter, its a light bodied slightly hoppy beer. Almost no hop nose to it, and its a little light on the hop taste for me especially since I expected it to be a bold IPA of some sort.

But overall a good beer, just needs a new name.

 318 characters

Bitter & Twisted from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
3.74 out of 5 based on 447 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.