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: 488   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
Bottle: Pasteurised.
previously 5.3%

A stunning India Pale Ale (IPA), don’t think that Belhaven’s Twisted Thistle has anything jaggy, spikey, prickly or otherwise pain-inflicting in its nature. Quite the opposite. Your taste buds will tingle with pleasure after a sip or two of this golden nectar. A real treat from our master brewers in Dunbar.
Ingredients: Pale malt, Cascade and Challenger hops.

Veer's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Veer (362) - Landskrona, - NOV 7, 2009
Aroma: yum! Different hops that all come together beautifully. Biscuity malt. Delicious. Somewhat soapy and neste-like. Definitely my type of aroma. Very faint scent of liquorice.
Flavour: Initially sweet and reminiscent of cookies – in a delicious way. Mild hop bitterness kicks in and makes it a very palatable albeit mild beer. I think of getting inside a cosy cabin at winter, fresh baked cookies and some fluffy beer. Some of that liquorice again, and it doesn’t fit the taste as well as the aroma. Slightly roasted aftertaste. Overall much breadier than expected.
Appearance: Clear, yellowish orange body w/ some pale, frothy head.
Palate: Fluffy, delicious.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
LasseVPedersen (312) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - OCT 2, 2015
Bottle, 33cl. Pours clear and golden with an off-white head. Nose is lots of exotic grapefruits, oranges, Cascada hops and pine. Simple mediumsweet flavour with pine, oranges, grapes, pine, light caramel, butter and bitter hops. Oily texture. Fine balance. Short, bitter finish with an average carbonation. Pretty ordinary, good IPA without being perfect or near the top of range.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
donniemillan (99) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 25, 2015
It’s hard to rate this beer because it’s just not an IPA. It has a very sweet aroma, thin lacing, the taste is fruity but has very little bitterness at all, absolutely no grassy hops taste to it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (3600) - Michigan, USA - SEP 20, 2015
330 ml bottle into pint glass, bottled on 9/10/2014. Pours crystal clear golden orange color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon zest, orange peel, pear, apple, pepper, pine, honey, light caramel, toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/earthy hops, moderate bready malt, and restrained fruity yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon zest, orange peel, pear, apple, pepper, pine, honey, light caramel, toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate amount of herbal/piney/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon/orange peel, pear, apple, pepper, pine, honey, toasted bread, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/earthy hops, moderate bready malt, and restrained fruity yeast flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitterness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately sticky, and lightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice English IPA style. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/earthy hops, moderate bready malt, and restrained fruity yeast flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
kgalias (28) - - SEP 9, 2015
Malty aroma. Pours clear pale with decent head. Not bitter. Tastes like a lager. Really disappointing. Date on bottle: MAR 2016.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hopmaestro (707) - Örebro, SWEDEN - AUG 25, 2015
Re-tried this sucker the other day and I’ve forgotten that it tasted like this! Aroma of malty straw & grass soup. Some spice. Dry and bitter finish with some forest notes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
redders1974 (449) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - AUG 21, 2015
Honey sweet in the mouth hints of strawberry sweet plum in taste decent lasting ok if a little sweet needs a good dose of hops and less carbonation to make it really interesting

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
pijepiwo (240) - - AUG 14, 2015
Barwa złota, piwo klarowne. Piana srednio oczkowa szybko znika. Waromacie slodow,ziołowe. Smak słodowy goryczka ziołowa dosc niska jak na ipa. Wysycenie ciut zawysokie

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Marek13 (206) - Brzesko, POLAND - AUG 12, 2015
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrewBulldog (1) - OSLO, NORWAY - AUG 9, 2015 does not count
I open a bottle of this when it´s raining outside, and I´m back in Scotland,, despite not having visited it since the late 80´s!! Perfect for a windy, Norwegian autumn day, when all you want to do is snuggle up in a corner of the couch with the fiancée to get warmed up..

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
michalmachpl (245) - Rudnik nad Sanem / Rzeszów, POLAND - AUG 9, 2015
Bottle: 330ml, The term of validity to/Termin ważności: ??? Kolor/Color: złoty, przejrzysty, klarowny, jak lager, Piana/Foam: biała, drobno i średnio pęcherzykowa, pozostawia bardzo delikatny ślad na szkle, opada do bardzo małego kożuszka, Zapach/Aroma: słodki, słodowy, może trochę kwiatów, ogólnie bardzo mało intensywny, Smak/Taste: głównie słód i może trochę ale jednak nie wiele chmielu i w sumie tyle, bardzo mało treści, goryczka niska lekko żywiczna, pijalne ale bardzo słabe, Wysycenie/Carbonation: średnie, Opakowanie/Package: może być, dupy nie urywa,

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