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The Twisted Hop Challenger (Cask)

Brewed by The Twisted Hop
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Christchurch, New Zealand
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 31   MEAN: 3.47/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
A well hopped and full bodied special bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kiwianer (3428) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 13, 2014
The head is medium, the body brown and cloudy. It smells fruity, bit peach, hoppy. The taste is hoppy, fruity, peach, aromatic, bit grassy, peel. Bit more bitter in the aftertaste. 3.5

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (19938) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 17, 2013
Cask handpump in Woolston. Hazy dark amber color, light tan head, good retention. Aroma of earthy citrus. Taste is wet earth, brown bread dough. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
beer-yum (1213) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 8, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2015 Enjoyable brew from handpump at cellar temperature. Restrained aroma and golden brown in colour. Fruity malt flavour with a mild bitter finish makes this an enjoyable (and sessionable) brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
lisagirl (264) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - APR 18, 2013
what i got from this was a ludicrous amount of fruit. a tropical punch bowl in a way. guava, pineapple, orange, and i donít know what else. oddly i got a very mild hop bitterness here, and the sweetness was a little over the top, almost like fruit juice, but the complexity of the fruit made up for it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
scrowlerAA (6) - - MAR 2, 2013 does not count
Right, Iíve had this beer before and enjoyed it but this time- "handpump" at Volstead (put into bags)- it does nothing for me. For a real ale, its clarity is as clear as it could be. Head retention was good despite being served from a bag. The aroma is of diacetyl and vinegar, which surprised me. Taste is malt, complex fruits, but is unfortunately dominated by diacetyl/butterscotch. I know British ales are allowed a certain diacetyl level, but the amount of it in this beer over powers all else, makes me wonder whether it was neglected and ignored it the fermenter, and leaves me missing the $11 I paid for it. Step it up Hop, and stop selling in bags!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
deusax (459) - Grenoble, FRANCE - MAY 25, 2012
Cask from the brewery. Golden amber colour, with light sparkling. Strong hoppy flavour. Medium-strong bitterness

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TimE (4773) - Tokyo, JAPAN - OCT 31, 2011
fairly carmelly with decent hop character and good bitterness, but feels a bit worn down. Moderate bitter finish. Canít blame them it is not fresh. Just glad I got to try this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KapitiCritique (379) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JUN 5, 2010
Beer engine at Hashigo Zake Aroma: aromatic floral hops and hint of yeast; Appearance: Amber, short head, fine foam and minimal lacing; Taste: robust bitterness, some bread or toffee undercurrents, rounded but no real hint of salt, sour or sweetness; Palate: medium bodied, mild carbonation; Overall: Quite a pleasant drink

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (33459) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - APR 22, 2010
Draft. A hazy red-amber beer with a t hin beige head. The aroma has notes of malt and caramel. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt, caramel, and butterscotch.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
eczematic (1325) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - DEC 28, 2009
as with the grandmaster below i always prefer ordinarys to special bitters. this one is no exception - more toffee and hop resin added to the mix, and things get chewier and messier. more sliminess from diacetyl too, although not over the top. peppery-fruity finish. either go with the hops or go with the sweetness i say, this one is everything at once.

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