Belhaven Twisted Thistle IPA (USA)

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58
38
style
Brewed by Belhaven (Greene King)
Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Dunbar, East Lothian, Scotland
Serve in Shaker, Tulip

bottling
unknown

on tap
available

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RATINGS: 720   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25/5   EST. CALORIES: 183   ABV: 6.1%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle; Pasteurised. Has been seen on draught.
A refreshing example of an India Pale Ale from the master brewers at Belhaven. The blend of Cascade and Challenger hops combine to produce an abundance of fresh hop aroma that preludes a bitter-dry taste explosion. Crafted from nearly three centuries of brewing heritage at Scotlands oldest independent brewery, this ale from Belhaven will have your taste buds tingling.
6.1% USA export version. The Europe version is 5.3%.

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2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cajun (523) - Lafayette, Louisiana, USA - MAR 22, 2017
Bottle - Pours amber, white head. Aroma of fruit, refrigerated flowers, some grain malt. Flavors of pale malts, fruity, floral, melon, grape, mild hops, crackers / toasted bread.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
IslandHaole (1250) - Misawa, JAPAN - FEB 16, 2017
330 ml bottle @ 5.6%, crystal clear golden color with large frothy off-white head. Very sweet smelling, floral, peaty. Soft feel, dough, mild mineral salts, hints of caramel with a light bitter follow. After becoming accustomed to the industrial hops of US Left Coast IPAs, this is very mild and leaves me wanting something more substantial.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bierdimpfe (624) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 31, 2017
Clear dark gold color with dense activity. Slightly creamy and bubbly beige 2 finger head, lasting around 5 minutes, with moderate lacing. Flavors of soft pine, mint, sweet grains, cherries, caramel, lemon, vegetables, flowery spices. Bread and cereal feel with thick sugars, slightly bitter from floral hops. Creamy full body with light prickly carbonation. Medium strength finish, soft leafy spices and citrus, with a thick burnt sugary malty candy like feel. Heavy in the mouth thus lacking some sharpness and zest, a little dull and weird. The flavors are pretty good, but its too sugary in the bad candy/medicine kinda way. More of an English style IPA than American, with ester fruits and not tropical. Overall decent quality craft.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
greenclansman (905) - Nicosia, CYPRUS - APR 27, 2016
Deep amber color, malty aroma, caramel taste with some bitterness at the end. Nothing special to remember.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerRenter76 (904) - Texas, USA - MAR 19, 2016
Originally rated on 6/3/08. A dark golden amber apperance and a nice white head. Very little aroma but it was of grapefruit/ citrus, as for the flavor it didnt have as many hops as i expected, it tasted more like a pale ale than an india. Other than that, it is a quality brew definetley worth a try.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ContemplateBeer (2077) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 6, 2016
Pint at Nicholsons. Aroma: Light to moderate lemon curd; slight grass; very light caramel biscuit. Appearance: Rich, gold pour with soft carbonation holding up a cap of white head. Flavor: Lemon curd up front with malts becoming more butterscotch-like and obtrusive; grass shows up more towards the finish, which is lightly bitter. Palate: Medium body, sticky texture, soft carbonation, bitter finish. Overall: Thought the malts mucked things up ultimately; not bad, but needs some cleaning up.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jow (3821) - New York, USA - JAN 31, 2016
Tap at an English pub with fish and chips. Light copper pour nose is Brady and floral. Tastes flora, of shortbread, light caramels, and hops. Smooth palate. Tasty enough

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
maxwelldeux (4373) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - OCT 28, 2015
Draught from Nicholsons. Pours a clear light amber color with a smallish white head on there. Nose has some light citrus elements to it with a bit of grassiness coming off it. Taste is slightly bitter, yet finishes smooth and easy. All in all, pretty drinkable.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
martin00sr (3436) - Haderslev, DENMARK - SEP 30, 2015
Clear golden, small offwhite head. Malty aroma, light notes of citrus. Flavour is malty with grapefruit and a herbal note. Some caramel perhaps and slightly rough, not entirely well balanced bitterness.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
floydslip (383) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 11, 2015
Copper beer with a medium foamy bright white head. Nose of lemongrass, mandarin orange, and grass. Flavor is a little strange with a bitter lemon tinge followed by a metallic bitterness. Some grassy flavors come through at the end. Kind of unusual, but nothing Id search out.


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