Established in 1719, Belhaven is Scotland’s oldest working brewery. With abundant local barley, fine water from the brewery well , Belhaven was the perfect place for a brewery back then, and it still is today"
Just imagine the history and heritage a brewery approaching its 300 hundredth birthday would possess. Methods steeped in generations of brewing, a product so refined and perfected that it would be a matter of national pride to the intensely proud Scottish people. Well, Belhaven has just that, in its Stouts and Ales. What's surprising is the line of outside the box thinking craft beers the brewery also produces.
Take for example, TWISTED Grapefruit IPA. Grapefruits wouldnt exactly be native to Scotland and neither do they readily fit with the stuffy image that you assume the second oldest brewery in Scotland should have. But then, just look what happens when you assume.
I'm not a big fan of flavoured beer or cider for that matter, although I am softening to the latter. To be honest I mulled over this purchase for longer than I usually would when beer shopping. Somehow though it found its way into the trolley and was soon nestled into the Liquorjunky fridge.
It pours a fairly rich golden colour almost like a light mahogany. This IPA has a very generous white head that covers the beer below. On the nose its, well it's like nothing I have ever smelt from a can of beer. Fruity, grapefruity, incredibly fragrant and sweet. I actually spent a good bit of time taking in the scent of the beer. Yeah sure it's a bit of a novelty and that's the whole twisted appeal, but it works well and I found that it ramped up the anticipation of the tasting itself
I don't want to say it let itself down in its taste, as I have no other Grapefruit IPA to compare to, however it was a little false to drink. It was refreshing and the IPA base was strong however the grapefruit didn't work as well as the aroma lead me to believe. Ok perhaps false isn't entirely fair, it's a twisted infused fruity IPA after all. After finishing this off I concluded that it tastes exactly as its meant to and that wasn't half bad. It's sweet, very sweet and that's what would stop me drinking more than one. This is a fun brew for sure and one I would buy for the surprise of the initial smell in itself.
I picked my my 330ml 3.5% ABV can up in Tesco