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Belhaven Twisted Thistle IPA (Europe) (Bottle)

Brewed by Belhaven (Greene King)
Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Dunbar, East Lothian, Scotland
Serve in Shaker, Tulip


on tap

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RATINGS: 568   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15/5   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
Bottle: Pasteurised.
previously 5.3%

Belhaven Breweryís flagship American-style IPA. A bold but refreshing ale using pale malt to provide sweetness and a little Crystal malt for extra toffee and a touch of astringency. Challenger provides clean bitterness and an underlying herbal hoppyness. Hersbrucker adds a little fruit, spiciness and floral character and Cascade as the late hop adds masses of grapefruit citrus aroma and taste and floral fragrance. All three hops contribute to the bold bitterness and satisfying finish as well as the huge ďhop storeĒ aroma.
Ingredients: Pale malt, Cascade, Hersbrucker and Challenger hops.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
erling1000 (595) - - OCT 10, 2016
A scottish, amber IPA with low, white head. Aroma is malt, caramel, hops, citrus, light juniper. Taste is bitter. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
varanid99 (1029) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 3, 2016
Amber pour with very little head. Malty, toffee aromas with a little citrus. Taste is predominantly malty, caramel, with a little citrus and fairly mild bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beer_rookie (419) - Arkansas, USA - SEP 23, 2016
12 oz brown bottle.

Pours an orange red color. About one finger bone colored head. Light head retention, poor lacing.

Aroma is very malty, surprisingly malty. Caramel, honey....light earthy hops buried in there someplace. Actual smells quite good, but not at all what I expected. Not at all true to style.

Taste follows the nose. Sweet, caramel, bread crust. A little nutty. Earthy hops deep in there. Low bitterness. Theres a flowery taste in there, I guess itís from the thistle.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Itís soft and creamy smooth. High drinkability.

Overall, itís decent. Itís not what I consider an IPA. Itís good, but itís not an IPA, too sweet. Itís interesting, itís different, itís not terrible. For that reason, itís worth a shot. I would probably try it again, and I would recommend it....although not highly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tstamba (748) - Maryland, USA - AUG 31, 2016
Pint at the Flodigiary restaurant on the Skye tour of Trotternish peninsula... After surviving the Quaraing, needed a bite and a pint. Clear cold, small white foamy head, ample carbonation. Floral and toffee on the nose. Sweet caramel and mild citrus... Sweet finish... ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Maracuja05 (734) - Mainz, GERMANY - AUG 30, 2016
[backlog] 11-07-15 / bottle at BierbŲrse Mainz. I started rating my beers with Untappd and a few basic notes. Now I want to rate them on ratebeer. So my rating sometimes lack some information. Just ignore it, it is for my personal statistics. Untappd-Rating 3.5/5

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MasDen (131) - Mahilyow, BELARUS - AUG 29, 2016
Aroma: hops floral. Appearance: golden clear with minimal head. Taste: mild hops bitterness with caramel, floral, a bit sweetness in the finish. Palate: dry finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
minutemat (4421) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - AUG 14, 2016
330ml bottle @ Loch Fyne, Shrewsbury. Pours clear amber, frothy white head. Aroma is floral and dark hedgerow berries. Taste continues, with a soft blackcurrant and floral fruitiness. Light bitterness. Not bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ficho (5) - - AUG 13, 2016 does not count
0.33 L bottle. Nice aroma. Taste is at first medium bitter, than leaves light sweet aftertaste with herbal notes.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
anzoanzo77 (75) - SLOVENIA - AUG 9, 2016
Low head, high carbonation. Wine and fruity aroma. Medium bitterness and short aftertaste with herbal notes. Overall great beer, but could be better with more hoppy notes and less sweet taste

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Orange_times (173) - UKRAINE - AUG 5, 2016
Pours in light amber colour with small white head. Aroma of flowers, elderflower. Highly bitter, ligthly sweet, no sourness. Medium body, thin feel, medium carbonization, strong bitter taste.

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