Harviestoun Bitter and Twisted

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9 to 12°C
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Famed for the great but more common Bitter and Twisted and Schiehallion, we believe Harviestoun's best beers are their darker Porters and Stouts. It's either in the pure Scottish water of the Ochi hills or something in the Scottish Malts, either way we love 'em. Their icon and mascot is a "fractious mouse" which appears on each of the labels and was apparently the inspiration for the first brew.

Bitter and Twisted is a classic English golden ale--and a former Champion Beer of Britain--with a superb hop profile of Hersbrucker, Challenger, and Styrian Goldings. Spicy, zesty, bitter and with a twist of lemon, this delicately carbonated ale finishes clean and dry. It's quite refreshing!

Founded in 1984 by Ken Brooker, Harviestoun Brewery eventually became a reality in 1986 when it received planning permission to convert a 200-year-old farm in Scotland into a brewery. Harviestoun Brewery focusses on brewing accessible beers with a high level of drinkability and have won multiple awards in the process!

Brewery Info

Harviestoun are about as Scottish as you can get - based in Clackmannanshire, they’ve been brewing small batch craft beer for over 30 years. They’re extremely innovative, and successful - rather impressively for a UK brewer, they’ve been a well-respected player on the US craft scene since 1999.

One of their most famous brews - Old Engine Oil Ola Dubh - is aged in whisky barrels and they’ve also created a special edition beer - Bitter & Twisted Zymatore - aged in gin and Pinot Noir barrels. For delicious session ales and lovely Scottish heritage, you can’t go wrong with Harviestoun.


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This beer is all about the hops and carbonation mingling to provide a truly refreshing beer.
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The pour releases a grapefruit nose with just a hint of something herbal and spicy, then on the tongue it’s tingly and thirst quenching and ends with a pleasant spike of citrus twist.
Very nice
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Aroma is a nice balance of malt and citrus like character. Refreshing. Malt fronted flavor. Light beer, but plenty of flavor. Love the citrus going on.
Wheres the citrus
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A very flavoursome beer
Not bad
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Very tasty brew, not very many citrus notes coming through
Bitter indead
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Golden and clear with a fast diminishing head. A tasty bitterness that is clean and crisp.
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did not really get the Citrus notes leaving an average beer with bitter aftertaste
Better in the can
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Bought both the bottled version and can. The canned version had more flavor and bite.
An unusual ale - grapefruit bitter with a pepper twist
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A golden ale with a frothy loose head. It was quite unusual as it has a bitter aftertaste to it, so I think if you closed your eyes you would expect to have been drinking an amber bitter. It has a lovely grapefruit aroma and almost a hint of spice that I couldn't put my finger on - having visited the Harviestoun website I have since found out it was pepper.

An unusual ale, perfect for summertime drinking.
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It wasn't bad but not great. Still drinkable but leaves a lot to be desired. I am a fan of Harviestoun brewery but this beer is not the greatest. Still okay to drink but i was expecting more.
Just alright
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This is the kind of beer you wouldn't think twice about if someone handed it to you. It's a clean, refreshing ale. You won't be disappointed, but you probably won't be amazed either.
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