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: 420   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
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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.

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   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrDrood (22) - GERMANY - DEC 18, 2014
Eher unauffällig im Geruch für ein IPA. Die Nase sucht vergebens nach fruchtigen Noten, dafür gesellt sich ein ausgeprägter Geruch von Malz ein. Auch im Antrunk zurückhaltend fruchtig. Angenehm frisches Mundgefühl mit ausgewogener Herbe. Malznoten überwiegen gegenüber Frucht und Zitrus.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (3538) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 15, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours clear amber, nose is herbal, toffee, taste is dry, sweet, pine, herbal.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Leighton (11855) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 10, 2014
Bottle shared in London. Pours totally clear gold with a foamy white head. The aroma holds doughy pale bread with nips of white grape and white citrus. Medium sweet flavor with grainy pale bread, vague citrus, hay. Medium bodied with fine to average carbonation. Moderately sugary bready malt finish, some husky grains, candied sugars, bitter straw. OK.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mR_fr0g (3939) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 10, 2014
Bottle shared at Leightons pre Christmas tasting. Clear golden/ orange coloured pour with a halo of off white head. Aroma is chive, hedgerow hop, little skunk, chive hop. Little diacetyl. Flavour is composed of nutty caramel malts, berry / hedgerow hops. Little soapy and floral and highish carbonation. Grassy hop.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HippyHop (257) - Quebec, CANADA - DEC 7, 2014
This bottle is so old it’s still 5.3% (I actually don’t know when they made the switch, but I assume). Pour is a pretty dark gold with no head. Nose is....weirdly like smelling Labatt Blue. More reason for me to assuming this is an old bottle. Taste is a sweet fruity malt with a moderately bitter finish. There is absolutely NOTHING distinctive here, to my palate. And yet....this is weirdly quaffable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
King_Alex_II (106) - SWITZERLAND - DEC 7, 2014
Gold clear color with little foam. Sweetish taste with little bitterness yet hoppy and very well carbonated. This is a very nice balanced beer.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
puren (68) - POLAND - DEC 3, 2014
Piana: ładna drobna, redukuje się do kożuszka, dobry lacing; Aromat: słód i drożdże, lukrecja; Smak: słodowy, toffi, ciasteczkowy, metaliczny posmak; Odczucie: puste, bardzo słodkie, zero goryczki; Ogólnie: co to za IPA bez goryczki?? raczej amber ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gowdy (748) - Erskine, SCOTLAND - NOV 15, 2014
Bottle at home. A dark brown colour, perhaps a touch of gold. Pours with a little head.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rostosto (31) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 14, 2014
Very mixed reviews on this one and I don’t understand why. Belhaven are far beyond the coolest brand out there but sometimes simple beer is the best. Why eat bread when you can have caviar all the time? Cos bread can be as good at the right time. Malty, hoppy balanced IPA. Nothing mind blowing here folks but get your mates round for the football, serve this up with some pizza and chill the funk out. Nice herbs on the nose, simple flavours on the tounge and inviting feel on the palate that makes you want to keep slurping. Not terrible not particularly memorable but really drinkable. Not trendy, so that makes it cool in my mind. 500ml bottle, good sheet!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Akatyzja (70) - POLAND - NOV 9, 2014
Piana biała, drobno i średnio pęcherzykowa, bardzo szybko opada. Kolor złoty. W aromacie słodko-kwiatowe nuty i cytrusy. W smaku grejfrut, amerykańskie chmiele i lekka goryczka. Wysycenie średnie.

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