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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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Reviews: 277 | Ratings: 441
Photo of tonyf55
3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle into an oversized wine glass

Visual (2): Hazy golden color with a light white head, quickly disappated. Little to no visible carbonation.

Aroma (4): Citrus hops are dominant. Hop spice and light caramel scents hide as undertones.

Taste (3.5): Lightly bitter lingering flavour. Citrus and pine hops seem present. Manages to provide a good hop flavour without being a "hophead" beer.

Mouthfeel (3): Light carbonation with a light body. Hop bitterness adds an abrasiveness to the feel while still being light enough to not detract from the drinkability.

Overall (3.5): A hoppy beer that caters to both the pro-hop and anti-hop crowds. Not overpowering hop flavour but definitely not shy or hidden. A drinkable and refreshing offering.

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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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Photo of ADZA
3.13/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden copper hue which leaves a creamy fast vanishing two finger head and creamy lacing,the smell is herbal grassy hops and some honey malts thats it,the mouthfeel is light and watery and has tastes of honey malts,herbal grassy hops,fresh cut grass,pale malts and finished with a mix of herbal grassiness and toffee and overall i definately would not buy again and the bitterness is only very light avoid cheers.

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Photo of Zimbo
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light fluffy lacy head.
Light gold colour.
A round and satisfying bitterness makes this a bit of a clinger. Grapefruit without the intense sweetness but a grown up sweetness. Fairly long coating of dusty chalkiness.
Stands and delivers without the extremities of other loud attention seeking beers.

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A decent summer ale with more flavour than I'd expected in a British light beer.

Hazy golden amber with little carbonation and an oilier mouthfeel than anticipated for the low alcohol. Pleasant aroma of grains and malts. The flavour adds caramel and resin notes along with a decent dose of bittering hopes. Ends with a nice, dry finish.

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Photo of rinhaak
2.73/5  rDev -27%
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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Photo of chinchill
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
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 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.

Featured in the 1001 Beers to Try list:

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

500ml bottle poured into pint glass 28/7/11

A slight haze in a golden body, just a few bubbles feeding a finger of foam that retains well leaving some random lace

S a little grassy with some bread and citric hops

T mimics the smell very well, lots of hops and enough caramel malt to keep things in check

M mild bite to it, pretty crisp and medium bodied and a fairly clean finish

O something I'd drink again for sure, pretty well rounded bitter

would make a good summer session beer, priced right at 4$ here in Calgary

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a nonic)

A- This beer pours a slightly hazy glowing orange body with a gentle carbonation and a bubbly creamy white head that stick to the glass a bit.

S- The pale malt wort aroma is fresh with a green woody hop note to the finish both aromas are well balanced.

T- The sweet pale malt wort flavor has some dry lightly toasted hints to it and a juicy earthy green robust hops with no bitterness. There is a nice spice to the hops finish.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a slightly creamy texture with no alcohol heat and a touch of fizz that enhances the hops.

O- The fresh pale malt sweetness is a nice support to the full hops flavor that has nice depth and no bitterness. This is a very easy to drink session beer.

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

A - Colouring is a warm golden-amber topped with a half-finger of head.

S - Smell is quite bready, add spicy floral notes, with lemon and earthiness.

T - Follows the nose, and I also strongly detect peach. The earthiness/breads really come through and pair nicely with the hops for a wholesome bittersweetness.

MF - From the back - "Bottled for less carbonation for better taste" - and I heartily agree. MF could hardly be better and suites the component flavours well.

O - This is a surprisingly tasty English IPA, it's flavorful, sweet and zesty, and has quite a nice kick to it. I could easily have another.

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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 KarlHungus
4.68/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On Cask at Town Hall Tap in Minneapolis. This beer arrives a bright golden-yellow color. The head is one inch of bright white foam that never recedes, and leaves rings of lacing down the glass until the beer is gone. The aroma is of lemons and limes with a hint of pale malt. The taste is similar to the aroma. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a silky texture, and appropriately low carbonation. Overall, this is a great beer that I could drink all day long without growing tired of it. This is the kind of beer that I wish more American breweries would produce.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Handpump half-pint at the Green Man.

A: Clear pale amber body; thin, persistent white head. Good lacing, too. Nice.

S: Strongly herbal, vegetal, fruity hops: cannabis, gooseberry, bell pepper, and pine. Almost no malt. Crazy, and great.

T: Follows the nose: lots of bittersweet, herbal, vegetal hop notes. It tastes as much like a dry Riesling or Sauvignon Blanc as a beer. Biscuity malt does show up on the tail end to close things out with a bit of graininess, but this is all about the wildly herbal hops. Fun.

M: Light body, plenty of soft carbonation. Pleasant.

O: As strange as this beer was, I absolutely loved the fact that a 4.2% real ale was able to blow my mind with its bizarre hoppiness. Terrific.


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Photo of Jazzcrop
3.41/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has tastes of lemon zest, hops, malt, yeast, plastic, rubber, more hops, bacon grease and honey. A little too small in abv for an IPA, in my opinion. Could've been fruitier too and cleaner and dryer but it the trick justly. Be patient with this one, ok?

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Photo of Franz4
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Golden color, slightly hazy, head that's there doesn't last long.

S- lemon notes with grass as well, very inviting.

T- Lemon is present, slight bit of diacetyl seems to be present as well. No freshness info, could be an old bottle.

M- Smoother than expected, light bodied

O- a nice brew, I could see myself cracking one of these on a summer day. Freshness info would be nice, as I imagine this was quite an old bottle.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours yellow to goldenrod with a light white head, solid lace, average head retention.

S: Light grassy hopping, some bready malt, not too intriguing.

T: Grass and lemon with some assorted citrus from the hops. Malt is very light though it does balance everything out.

M: Medium-bodied, firm, pretty smooth.

O: I had no idea the ABV was this low in this beer, it drinks more like 6%, it has the body weight. A nice session pint, but nothing super interesting.

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

Poured into a 14.9 nonic. Big head that quickly recedes but leaves some lacing. Golden straw color. Smells of lemony citrus. Taste is definitely of lemon zest and juice, with a ridiculously long finish. Refreshing and a great palate cleanser. The bitterness is nearly subsumed by the citric lemon taste. This is not a typical English bitter. It doesn't make your mouth pucker or dry out. It makes your mouth happy. I bet this would taste great with seafood. I can tell you it tastes fine with hot dogs and mustard. Cheers.

Purchased at Stoney's -- $5.99 each Grade B+
Serving temp. 44 degrees F.

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Photo of paulozanello
3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy pale golden color with a creamy white head that sticks fairly well to the glass.
Aroma is grainy malts, bread, and lots of aromatic, floral and earthy/spicy hops (goldings).
Taste somewhat follows nose with light sweet malts combined with spicy and earthy hops towards the end.
Crisp and dry finish with a medium bitter aftertaste. Body is moderate to light with medium carbonation.
Overall a nice refreshing bitter where the spicy hops dominate the pale malts.

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Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +7%
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 Knapp85
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
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 tempest
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On cask at Tap and Table in Emmaus. It's always a pleasure to find a lovely cask ale and this didn't disappoint. Sure I've had better, but it was a fine session beer at 4.2%. There was mellow toast malt flavor with spicy lemon and grapefruit hops. It's mild and drinkable, but still quite satisfying.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the cask into a small snifter at Church Key DC.

Seems a slightly cloudy body with a pale amber to gold color. Super soapy looking bubbles out of the cask but they don't seem to go away what little ones there are.

First whiff on the nose is a pleasant aromatic soap but more like shampoo, it is mild I must say and comforting. It almost puts me at ease. There is a sense of some sort of garden floral grassyness with this one.

Out of the cask she has that butter dense feeling but also a chewy wet hop sensation. Great combination of bread and bitterness with a tolerable hop presence. Extremely teeth coating and chewy, but a small bitter hop feel on the swallow. It's mouthfeel is a little borderline wet however.

Still this is a great mild packed with flavor and aroma right out of the cask.

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

Poured a golden blonde with a small head that turned to film rather quickly. Smelled pretty unassuming with slight malt character and soem zest, nothing impressive. Tasted crisp, bit of sharp bitter bite right off the bat, bit of citrus and some biscuity malty dough flavours. Light bodied but not watered down at all, nice crisp, refreshing and leaves the palette clean and dry. Overall a solid beer to have with food, or on a nice day. Nothing special but very well crafted and a great Drinkable beer for anyone.

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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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Bitter & Twisted from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
3.74 out of 5 based on 441 ratings.
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