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Hilden Twisted Hop

Rating: 3.15

Another beer that I picked up and sampled over Christmas while in the north of Ireland, this one was a beer that was originally brewed as an exclusive for the Weatherspoon pubs real-ale festival as a cask offering but has since been introduced in bottles. I grabbed the beer as part of a multi-buy offer in a Tesco supermarket in the country and drank on Christmas day. The beer is my second from the brewery and follows on from the bottle of their Belfast Blonde that I sampled back in early 2014, a beer that proved to be quite average on the whole and not one that I’ve went back to since, despite it being readily available on each of my subsequent visits to Ireland.

Hilden Twisted Hop

Appearance (4/5): Light amber to orange with a fairly clear body and a thin, quarter centimetre tall head that’s foamy and white looking with a little lacing left round the edges of the glass.
Aroma (5/10): The beer was a very light one on the nose and it was tough to get much of anything from it, I did manage to detect some subtle pale malts and touches of citrus along with a few floral notes but nothing was particularly pronounced. There was some lemon before a couple grassy hops and hints of hay started to come through around the middle. These were followed by some light pine and a background sweetness but it was fairly standard, if a little light.
Taste (6/10): Thankfully this taste of this one was a little stronger than the nose but the two were quite similar after that, with the taste being kicked off with some light malts and a basic citrus taste that was followed by some subtle sweetness and touches of grain. There was some bread malts in the mix along with a little pine and floral flavours that seemed to carry on from the nose but again it was quite a basic beer in truth.
Palate (3/5): Light medium bodied and quite well carbonated with a crisp feel that comes through with a subtle tang from the citrus and also helps give the beer a slightly dry feel. It definitely wasn’t as strong a taste as I’d been expecting but it was easy enough to drink with a touch of acidity and some faint sweetness coming through as well.

Overall (13/20): This one started ridiculously weak, particularly with the nose and it was a struggle to notice anything early on but it did pick up some when it came to the taste at least. There was some citrus and pine coming through alongside some lighter malts and just enough hops and bitterness to be noticed but it wasn’t a great beer by any stretch; drinkable but not worth seeking out I’m afraid.

Brewed In: Lisburn, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
Brewery: Hilden Brewing Co.
First Brewed: 2011
Type: Golden/Blond Ale
Abv: 4.7%
Serving: Bottle (500ml)
Purchased: Tesco (Enniskillen)
Price: £1.63

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