Twist Of Fate Bitter Ale
Moonlight Brewing Company

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Moonlight Brewing Company
California, United States
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)
Ranked #6
Ranked #10,506
4.02 | pDev: 11.69%
Nov 23, 2021
Nov 28, 2004
Notes: None
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Rated: 4.13 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

Nov 23, 2021
Rated: 3.93 by dbauer from California

Mar 31, 2018
Rated: 4.45 by evanwoertz from California

Dec 30, 2017
Rated: 4 by MIrvine from California

Mar 19, 2016
Rated: 3.33 by Sazz9 from Texas

Nov 16, 2015
Rated: 4.02 by Tyecko from Minnesota

Sep 18, 2015
Rated: 3.99 by IRONRakkasan from California

Aug 18, 2015
Rated: 4.03 by GarrettFM from Illinois

Aug 02, 2015
Rated: 3.88 by vidisad from California

Feb 02, 2015
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Rated by Spreetaper from New York

3.4/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
On cask at Hopmonk Tavern in Sebastopol, CA
Jan 12, 2015
Rated: 3 by olradetbalder from Sweden

Nov 24, 2014
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Reviewed by DoubleJ from Wisconsin

4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
This strong bitter takes the more traditional route of the bitter ale with a soft hop presence, a pleasant fruity and diacetyl combo, and easy drinkability. It's great to find an American made bitter which takes the traditional route.
Nov 03, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by Hagbert from California

Oct 29, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by ronricorossi from California

Oct 24, 2014
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Reviewed by OrestesMethuon from Montana

4.34/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Sample via a sixteen-ounce pour off the hand-pump at Toronado.

This is a very nice bitter, obviously leaning taste-wise towards the ESB range, but possessing an extraordinarily—and surprisingly pleasing—thinness of texture. A very dark brown, with red tinting backed by light, belies the lack of sweetness or malt flavor. Only on the nose does one detect a hint of grain, but even then the odor is primarily vegetal bitterness. A very good ale for a dingy, dark pub—though perhaps better suited to colder weather than the climate San Francisco usually affords.
Oct 22, 2014
Rated: 4 by jeff1973 from California

Oct 17, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by augustgarage from California

Sep 20, 2014
Rated: 4 by Jtrigonis from California

Jul 23, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by JRod1969 from New York

Jun 13, 2014
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Reviewed by ArrogantB from Colorado

4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
On tap at Flavor bistro in Santa Rosa and served in a Moonlight brewing pint glass (which are really nice). Dark amber color, massive amazing head, it looks great and I usually don't weight much based on appearance (unless it looks like shit). Aroma was really nice and mild maltiness. Flavor was great, you don't find many delicious American bitters. This was bitter, sort of nougat and caramel, well balanced and just delicious.
May 04, 2014
Rated: 4 by InfernoBoss from California

Apr 27, 2014
Rated: 4 by Wezzle from California

Mar 06, 2014
Rated: 4 by Paccamacca from California

Feb 08, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by Joenajera from California

Jan 21, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by mattmarka1 from Minnesota

Jan 15, 2014
Rated: 3 by od_sf from California

Nov 19, 2013
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Reviewed by RaulMondesi from California

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
On Cask at Toronado in San Francisco, CA.

Raul's last brew for the night and he couldn't have thought of a better ending. Like The Disneyland fireworks that he hears from his pad every night, this dang sucker was just popping and blowing up at every chance it got. I mean, this sucker has it going on on all levels. It's smooth, it has a bite, there's some roast, but there is also this delicate caramel aftertaste... Like the plot of "The Big Sleep," there is so much going on, but in the end, it basically smooths out to almost perfection.

Don't just feel it, my children. Respect it. Respect it with your glorious little hearts.
Nov 12, 2013
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Reviewed by elNopalero from California

4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Twist of Fate pours an amber caramel color with great foam. There’s a subdued but well-defined malty caramel aroma. I get a taste of caramel and a light, sharp roast as I taste it, with a sweetish finish. I love Moonlight brews. This is another winner.
Sep 10, 2013
Rated: 3.75 by gueuzegossage from California

Sep 09, 2013
Rated: 3.75 by CheapBeerBuzz from California

Sep 09, 2013
Rated: 4 by OBeerMeGreatOne from California

Aug 19, 2013
Rated: 4 by mc4z from California

Jul 14, 2013
Rated: 4.25 by Texasfan549 from Texas

Jun 15, 2013
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Reviewed by flexabull from California

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
On cask at the SF Toronado.

Pulls a bright and clear amber color with a pretty sizable off white head. Looks inviting.

Aromas are muted, but pleasant. Notes of earthy hops and slightly sweet brewed tea.

Taste is like the nose. A bit hoppier than expected though. Starts of with light creamy caramel sweetness, then settles into some slightly spicy brewed tea flavors. Finish has a nice hop bite, mostly an earthy and somewhat resiny quality.

Mouthfeel is full, without being heavy at all.

A bit strong for a traditional bitter, but this is really flavorful, and very satisfying to drink. Yet another winner from Moonlight.
May 08, 2013
Rated: 3.75 by waddellc2 from Pennsylvania

May 06, 2013
Rated: 3.75 by spycow from Illinois

Jan 12, 2013
Rated: 4 by t0rin0 from California

Nov 04, 2012
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Reviewed by Morgan-makes-Cloud from California

4.68/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
This beer could easily become one of my favorites. Hade it on tap at beer revolution and it was exactly what I was looking for. Hoppy red beer with some bite. kind of kicks your ass in the beautiful way where it lasts for some time. Really glad it was recommended to me
Oct 04, 2012
Rated: 4 by tizride from California

Sep 22, 2012
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Reviewed by RblWthACoz from Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
It's interesting to me that this is more "abrasive" to me than the Bombay by Boat IPA. I suppose by that I mean more boisterous. Nice oily flavors to it. And I think I'll leave it at that. A well made beer. Intense on appropriate levels, but not really trying to be obnoxious. Another good one by Moonlight. An awesome brewery...apparently.
Aug 30, 2012
Twist Of Fate Bitter Ale from Moonlight Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 103 ratings