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Salopian Hop Twister

Brewed by Salopian
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Shrewsbury, England


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RATINGS: 58   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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Cask: Regular.
The palate is fresh, piercing and focused, with soft malt overtones and pronounced citrus flavours. A strong focus of taut, lemony, grapefruit on the finish which is balanced by a dry bitterness. Original gravity is 1044; the colour is Gold
Hoptwister was originally brewed by us for Stourbridge based Brewers Wholesale under it’s Blackwater label and it was agreed that a beer this good should go out under the Salopian label! Our original golden 4.5%, Heaven Sent was an excellent example of a midlands style lightly hopped golden ale, however we decided that tastes were changing and that a more characterful beer was required. Hoptwister has a much more pronounced hop flavour and aroma, and a distinct ‘bite’ to it, and we felt that this was the beer to fill the niche.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (7938) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - MAY 28, 2014
Gravity dispense at the Happy Man May ’14 BF, Englefield Green, 22/05/14. Clear golden with a moderate off white covering. Nose is citric fruits, bitter orange, mandarin, straw, light floral hoppage, fresh waftings all round. Taste comprises light caramel, floral hops, citric rind, orange peel. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close. Decent GB.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Kavu (2149) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 27, 2014
0,5l in cask @ St. Urho’s Pub. Pours clear golden with a medium soapy head. Aroma is fruity malts with some hops. Flavor is pretty similar. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hermod (3077) - Vantaa, FINLAND - MAY 14, 2014
Cask@ Angleterre. Clear golden, thin white head. Citrusy, very fruity, hoppy aroma. Watery palate. Citrus, malt, hops. Simple but quite drinkable.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Finwe (412) - Grankulla, FINLAND - FEB 28, 2014
Cask @ Kitty’s, Helsinki. Clear golden with a white head. Floral, malty, sweetish, honey-like aroma. Malty and hoppy flavour with a bitter finish that features a hint of bread. A delightful golden ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
VastActiv (2651) - Oulu, FINLAND - FEB 15, 2014
Cask at Black Door, Helsinki. Colour is clear light orange with small foamy white head. Aromas and flavours: Fruits, dryness, floral and some hops. Pretty nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
minutemat (1373) - Ford, Shropshire, ENGLAND - FEB 15, 2014
Cask @ The Admiral Benbow. Nice, full-flavoured, pleasantly hopped session ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gegwilson (971) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2014
Cask in the Admiral Benbow, Shrewsbury. Amber ale with a fresh hoppy taste. Lots of grapefruit. Quite sweet at first with some caramel before a more bitter finish. Good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jmgreenuk (4082) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 30, 2013
Cask at the Birmingham Beer Festival 2013. Poured a crystal clear medium amber with a thin white head. The aroma is citrus fruit with some watery melon and malt. The palate is weak bitter with a weak bodied watery palate and nothing much in the finish. Given the name of the beer I expected more and this beer disappointed. There were plenty of weak flavours but nothing strong enough to define the beer and certainly no hops!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichTheVillan (2509) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 28, 2013
Cask at The Barton Arms; straw yellow pour with thin white head, pine and citrus aroma, zesty citrus taste and grapefruit decent level of bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hirigalzkar (2258) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 22, 2013
Cask @ Akkurat. Pours golden, hazy with a small white head. Notes of gooseberries, white grapes, grapefruit and honey. A bit dry in aftertaste. Soft carbonation. I’m really starting to like this Salopian brewery!

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