Beer Review: Bitter & Twisted – Harviestoun Brewery

Today’s beer is another gracious gift from my grandparents and as such another brewery from up in Scotland. This beer is from Harviestoun Brewery. ‘Bitter and Twisted’ is part of their core range and is a golden ale at a lovely sessionable 4.2% ABV. Probably my favourite traditional style of beer, I always look forward to trying a new one.

Pours a crystal clear gold colour, with a light white head. A heavy citrus on the nose initially but it surprisingly dissipates quickly to a much more faint aroma. On the flavour you get lovely, crisp citrus in the front end. There’s a light malty sweetness to the beer throughout with a minor bitter finish. Perhaps what might surprise someone most is how similar it reminds you of a real quality lager.

A quick note on the bottle art: Super, simple and rather classic style I think. I enjoy the devilish little mouse logo as well.

A really interesting golden ale this one. It really does taste very much like a lager. The list of malts used included lager malt so I imagine that’s where much of this flavour is originating from. There is loads of citrus in this making it really lovely drinking. Despite not being the traditional golden ale I was expecting it is a solid beer. If the sun was out you’d find yourself very easily sinking a few of these.

Score: 7/10

Thanks for reading! Cheers!

Additional Information:

  • Hops: Perle, Challenger, H.Hersbrucker, Celeia, Bobek
  • Malt: Lager Malt, Wheat Malt, Pinhead Oats, Crystal Malt
  • IBU: 34
  • ABV: 4.2%
  • Gluten Free: No
  • Vegan: No
  • Purchase Location: Lidl

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