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Evil Twin Before, During And After Christmas Beer - Evil Twin Brewing

Evil Twin Before, During And After Christmas BeerEvil Twin Before, During And After Christmas Beer

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BA SCORE
88
very good

86 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 86
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 12.63%


Brewed by:
Evil Twin Brewing visit their website
Denmark

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

"The first batch made of this was in fact 10% abv. That batch was made last winter and only sold in europe. I then changed the recipe to 8% to lighten it and make it easier to drink. That is what the beer will be from now on and the bottles in the US are the 8% version."

(Beer added by: baggio on 12-25-2010)
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Rhynes2

Ohio

4.93/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Outstanding beer here. Had this on tap at the local Craft Beer bar. Listed as a double IPA but it has a name like a Christmas Ale. 8% abv makes this one a good sipper. Great Orangish red color with a dense thick head with plenty of retention. This brew leaves some great notches down the glass with every sip. Fruity aroma with notes of citrus and pine needles are very pleasant. Matches the flavor very well, tastes like it smells and has an awesome pine/grapefruit hop profile. The malts balance the bitterness perfectly with notes of caramel and grass. I'm in love with this one and Evil Twin is quickly becoming one of my favorite breweries.

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2012 00:33:50 | More by Rhynes2
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heymikew

California

4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found this in the back of the fridge after Christmas...guess we had more than enough to review at our annual winter brew tasting and bakeoff party.

Nice unfiltered yellow orange in the glass.

On first sip immediately hit by the resinous piney hops. Some citrus in there and a bit sweet. A really nice, balanced IPA2. This would have been in the top 5 at the tasting...

When I went to City Beer to get some more, the guy sold me the "all Occasion" which is brewed in Scotland not Denmark. Since I had them a week apart, they are similar but the BDA seemed a bit more complex to me.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2013 04:05:22 | More by heymikew
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vfgccp

New York

4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Nice retention and lace on a white head. Mixed bubble structure. Opaque body with chunky sediment even after giving it a few days to rest.

S - Smooth pine, spruce, thyme, and floral hops with an apricot sweetness.

T - Orange and apricot open for a bright bitter center of herbal and woody hops. Sweet honey finish with a lingering bitter character.

M - Full to style with nice carbonation.

O - Aggressively bitter with a profile that complements it beautifully.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2012 18:41:35 | More by vfgccp
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to my boys at The Charleston Beer Exchange for getting me this one and having it signed by Jeppe! "Vier alle onde!" Served from bottle into a Mikkeller stemmed tulip. Poured a deep reddish yellow-orange with a one finger off-white head that subsided to half a finger slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, caramel, caramel hop, pine, metallic, grapefruit, citrus, and citrus hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, pine, pine hop, metallic, caramel, earth, and grapefruit. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. This might be my favorite offering I have had to date from Evil Twin as far as enjoyment. The complexity on this one was absolutely insane to put it lightly. So much citrus going on that it almost dried out your palate after every sip. A good example of the style that should be tried by every hop-head!

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2011 14:53:30 | More by thagr81us
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ngeunit1

California

4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy amber-orange with a finger of frothy slightly off-white head. Fades at a normal pace.

S - Grapefruit, pine, grassy, orange, tropical hops, sweet caramel and biscuit malts, a hint of booze.

T - Grapefruit, orange, pineapple, tropical, pine, grassy, floral hops, resiny bitterness, sweet caramel and biscuit malts, some light booze.

M - Medium-full bodied, moderate carbonation. Smooth with a dry and bitter finish.

D - Nicely balanced hoppy DIPA. Great hop profile and bitterness from start to end.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 01:49:41 | More by ngeunit1
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jrallen34

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks again to Jeppe for sharing his brew. As he explained to us this is non-Christmas, Christmas beer, very clever...Pours dark gold with orange notes. A big off white head with good retention and lacing...The aroma is not the typical dipa as its balanced and not all alcohol or hops. A little malty with citrus notes and a hop finish. Alcohol is well hidden...The taste is more of a dipa with alcohol and hops coming more front and center, but still pretty balanced with some grapefruits and tangerines, a small pine resin finish.

One of the best "Christmas" beers I've had, one of the best Euro IPA's too. Still a bit to go before its a top ipa overall but I like that its not super alcoholic or resiny which lends to great drinkability. Worth trying for sure.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2010 01:57:18 | More by jrallen34
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rfgetz

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed golden oranage color with cap of dense off-white foam, good retention and lacing. Scent is of bold tropical fruit and floral hops with a firm, sweet biscuity malt backbone. First sip is fruity and bitter, tropical mango, pineapple and grapefruit notes, some soft floral hops, malt backbone is quite sweet and biscuity, but not overbanringly full on the body, the end brings a slight hint of spicey and piney hops. Medium bodied, smooth, moderate carbonation (which is a plus), sweet tastes but dry finnish. A really nice full flavored dIPA that dare i say is balanced? While some "balanced" dIPAs have a carmely or faintly toasted malt presence, this one is bright and clean with decent sweetness.

Serving type: on-tap

04-22-2011 12:09:23 | More by rfgetz
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thegodfather2701

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A-Honey with a thick, rocky white head that I believe could last for eternity. This beer has the most floaties I've had in a beer.

S-Grapefruit, pine, lemon zest, and a hint of alcohol. Very hop forward with not much malt.

T-Similar to the nose. Grapefruit, lemon, some pine and caramel. There is also a little alcohol sweetness. Very easy drinking yet complex.

M-Thick for the style with a nice touch of carbonation.

D-Very drinkable and complex. The low abv for the style make it much more of a session beer.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. Its not the best example of the style, but has a great complexity and drinkability. I enjoyed it better on tap.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2011 15:32:14 | More by thegodfather2701
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LiquidAmber

Washington

4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a hazy pumpkin orange amber. One finger white head that dissipated fairly quickly to a thick film, but left a lot of lacing. Aroma of citrus and a bit of piney hops, grapefruit, light sweet malt. Flavor dominated by citrus and piney hops, an interesting and unfamiliar hop profile that I liked quite a bit. After my hop detecting taste buds were numbed by the (delicious) hop assault, the caramel malt flavors became more apparent. An interesting flavor progression of intense herbal hops followed by malt and finishing with flavorful bittering hops and a long hop aftertaste. Body is medium with a pleasant creaminess. Very enjoyable and well made IPA that I hope I can budget to have again. This was an excellent beer to commemorate my 1000th review. Woot!

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2012 04:44:20 | More by LiquidAmber
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argock

Virginia

4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a 10oz goblet at Local Option (Chicago, IL).

A: Attractive golden-amber with nice 1/2 finger off-white head with good retention and several thick rings of lace down the glass.

S: Tried next to Evil twin Yang, this has a more resinous nose, more pine and evergreen, with less floral character, still plenty of citrus with grapefruit and more of a lemongrass quality. The malitness is also a little more substantial in the nose with a bit more caramel to accompany the pale maltiness.

T: BDA has much more spunk than Yang with a bigger bitter bite and a more interesting caramel sweetness which is needed with the big hops blast. The hoppiness smooths to a more resin-filled flavor, piney without astringency, with nice accents of grapefruit, orange, and lemony contributions. The floral character of Yang is there but less pronounced. The ABV is again well-hidden.

M: I liked the easier feel of this beer, more smooth and less dry than Yang. Compared to most DIPAs, I think this still has a lighter body, although it is at the lower ABV end of the style.

O: I enjoyed Evil Twin BDA quite a bit and will be looking for it in bottles. It comes off as a balanced DIPA with a dangerous drinkability -- nice combination.

Serving type: on-tap

05-12-2011 01:16:15 | More by argock
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very hazy dark orange to copper in color. The beer has a finger tall white head that is made up of large bubbles and reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a medium sized thick patch and a thick ring near the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: The aroma is pretty strong and dominated by the citrus hop presence - grapefruit is the dominant hop with a lighter amount of orange as well.

T: Moderate caramel malt sweetness with a very strong flavor of citrus hops - grapefruit and orange are both present. Light amounts of lingering bitterness.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light dryness in the finish.

O: Very enjoyable and a great combination of different citrus hop flavors and smells. Easy to drink and one I would love to have some more glasses.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2012 15:45:54 | More by dbrauneis
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 500 mL bottle from The Wine Source. In a mini tulip.

A: The DIPA is a hazy orange, glowing a bit at the base of the glass. Looks like a golden barleywine, meaty, in my glass. The ale generates a white head, over two fingers, that laces nicely. Plenty of legs left behind in my glass.

S: Soft citrusy hops, resiny but not too strong. Grapefruiit, lemons, and pineapple are strong, matched with pepper and oranges. The tropical fruits get wrapped up with the alcohol, a formidable pairing. As an IPA, I really dig it.

T: Caramel and biscuit malts, resiny sweet hops, mild alcohol (notwithstanding the nose). The hops drip with citrus: grapefruit and lemons, tropical from mid-sip through to the end. The sweetness of the hops is deceiving, not bitter in the least. Instead, sugary sweetness, a little something extra no doubt, takes the edge off of the hoppiness. Lush citrus is a lasting flavor, bitter but not blindingly so. The sediment-laiden last sips are rich with caramel, biscuit and hops.

M: A deceptively mild double IPA. Citrus is plentiful but never too strong. Damn, I'm really digging this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 01:55:52 | More by akorsak
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AgentZero

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Jeppe for the share.

A - Darker, golden colored beer with a pretty big off-white head that had nice retention and left some good lace on the sides. Pretty nice looking beer.

S - Lots of resin in this one, some good pine and pine tar here. You also get a bit of floral hops and some citrus surrounding a strong malt backbone.

T - Good bitterness and resin. Has some decent citrus fruit flavors to it which help to balance out the resiny hops.

M - Smooth, moderate carbonation, medium bodied.

O - I like this beer quite a bit. Good balance with some strong flavors. Alcohol is fairly well hidden making this one go down fairly easily.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2011 04:08:26 | More by AgentZero
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Neffbeer

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: It pours a light amber color with orange hues when held up to the light. There is a two finger white head that clumps itself to the sides of the glass and leaves behind chunky foam. Good retention and generally poor clarity (hops galore I am guessing).

S: Wow, this smells super fresh. Mango, pineapple, grapefruit, and pine resin assert their hoppy goodness. There are some hints of some biscuit/toasty malt, but they are buried beneath the lupulin haze.

T: The taste actually lives up to the nose. Funky citrus, resinous pine cones, and dank tropical fruits shine bright. It is really juicy and jammy with no trace of the booze. The malt takes a huge back seat to the hops on this one. It finishes extremely dry and bitter, quite puckering.

M: Medium bodied, lush, and well carbonated.

O: I was surprised with the hop forwardness of this beer. From some of the other reviews I expected more malt and balance overall. Perhaps this was a really fresh bottle.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2011 01:14:51 | More by Neffbeer
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jsvt

Vermont

4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle pored into a New Belguim snifter

Pours a cloudy copper with a 2 finger off white head with great lacing and retention.

Smells of a super rich nose of American DIPAS. Has the resinous pine, grapefruit and citrus zest you expect and true to type.

The alcohol is well balanced by a background of perfectly balanced malt and hops that follow through with pleasant bitterness and a great finish of grapefruit pineapple and ever so slight tangerine.

Truly chewy and fills the mouth with great texture.

A first from this brewery and looking forwad to trying the disco beer in the fridge.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2011 23:01:46 | More by jsvt
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Strong aroma is quite hoppy with a subtle evergreen undertone and a hint of sour citrus that is not quite grapefruit and not quite orange. It pours a beautiful clear dark golden amber with a thick, frothy, off-white head. Hoppy flavor has hints of evergreen, sour orange and even malt. Full-bodied texture is edgy and lively, leaving behind a hoppy tingle.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2011 01:46:18 | More by Cyberkedi
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bishopdc0

Maine

4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Server in a tulip at novare res Xmas event
The look is Orange with a dense white head. Very nice.

The aroma is subtle sweet citrus spicy and floral very nice.

The taste is again subtle but very nice. Sweet at first then becomes hops Orange and citrus flavor. With a little bitter on the back nice.

This isn't a hit you in the face ipa but subtle and nice I like it.

Serving type: on-tap

12-13-2011 21:51:54 | More by bishopdc0
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a cloudy orange/amber color with an inch and a half frothy off-white head. Head retention is good, and there is a lot of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is citrusy (grapefruit, orange peel), pine and a bit of floral hops, along with some sweet malt. It tastes mostly like citrusy (grapefruit, lemon and orange peel) and pine hops, and a bit of malt. There's also a nice lingering bitter hoppy finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's somewhat sticky and slick with good carbonation. I think this is a good brew, now I'm looking forward to trying their other beers.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2011 23:18:20 | More by bluejacket74
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drpimento

Wisconsin

4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good beer for the "Before" and I let it warm some before pouring a healthy sized, foamy, frothy, fluffy, thick, off-white head that lasts a while and plenty of lace. Color is a slightly hazy amber apricot with a number of bubble trails. Aroma is classic, heavy duty American IPA - lots of grapfruit, pineapple, citrus, resin, malt, caramel. yeast. Flavor's like nose with just more of everything, although there's a slight muting of carbonic tang and corresponds to likewise slightly soft carbonation. Body is good and full. Finish is like flavor, very long and has only an indication of alcohol. Nice beer if you're in need of a hop fix.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2011 23:57:39 | More by drpimento
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Churchkey in D.C.

The beer is golden to orange in color, with a finger of head that leaves ample lacing on the snifter. The aroma brings abundant citrus, fresh hops, hints of tropical fruit, a touch of malt, and pine. Nice flavor. Fresh hops, with dominant citrus flavors throughout. Alcohol is hidden well with just a light warmth in the finish. Overall, a very good beer. I would certainly have this again.

Serving type: on-tap

12-25-2011 04:10:35 | More by Huhzubendah
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BeerForMuscle

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a tulip, a hazy orange with a tall, sturdy head.

S - ALot of citrus and bitter hops in the aroma. Sweet and floral hop notes as well. Refreshing scents as most ipa's contain.

T - Alot of bitter hops up front with a sweet side to boot. Citrus flowing through but mostly the bitter green hops are prominent. Didnt detect the spice profile that this beer was explained to have. Seemed like a pretty straight forward imperial IPA.

M - Very crisp bodied, refreshing and clean like most IPAs. Semi dry finish.

O - Seems like the hop character could have been modified some, seemed mostly green and bitter to me. Maybe this wasnt supposed to have seasonal spices, unless they couldn't be detcted from the bottle I got.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2011 22:50:21 | More by BeerForMuscle
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyable DIPA.
Bottle at Ginger Man NYC shared with George. Big hops, lts of orange flabour, above average carbonation. Big in face hops. A nice sweetness that made it dangerously drinkable, some cardomon perhaps contributed to sweetness as well. Above average mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2011 02:57:17 | More by Sammy
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nimrod979

Maryland

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into a tulip glass. There was a bottled on date perhaps but it was mostly rubbed off.

Appearance: Poured a slighty hazy and glowing orange with a big two finger white foamy head. Excellent retention and lacing all the way down.

Aroma: Grapefruit citrusy hops. Some piney resin. Mostly dominated by the tropical fruit aromas.

Taste: Grapefruit-y and tropical hops bitterness. Slight sweetness. A touch of pine resin. Some biscuit malts for a little balance. Pretty good.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation. Lingering grapefruit citrus bitterness. Easy and tasty. Would be enjoyed by any hop head.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2012 18:25:39 | More by nimrod979
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, orange citrus rind hops and a note of gingerbread like maltiness. In the taste, orange citrus rind hops, gingerbread like malt, and a small alcohol presence. A mellow hop bite, and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a lightly dry orange juice citrus, small gingerbread malt and a touch of alcohol. Big hops, somewhat malty, and a note of alcohol all the way through.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2013 14:46:32 | More by OWSLEY069
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mfnmbvp

Illinois

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml (1 pint 0.9 fl oz.) bottle, with a bottled on date that looks like it might have said 11/16/2012. It's smeared and illegible after all this time. Not sure how old this beer is exactly, but I'm not worried. My local beer store still had a few of these sitting around, so I took the plunge for $14.99 and got a bottle. My second beer from Evil Twin Brewing.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Pours two and a half fingers of fluffy creamy off-white head on top of a brilliant bright orange colored body. Head retains itself well. Some thin strands of lace, and lots of fine specks of light and dark sediment suspended in the glass. Looks very nice.

S - Smell is of sweet caramelized malt, tea leaf sweetness, and freshly baked bread loaves. Earthy, twiggy sort of hop character is still present, but has definitely fallen off some. Still, there are some zesty pineapple, mango, and peach notes present. Maybe some faint yeasty presence in there also.

T - Taste is still great. Sweet caramel malts, bitter pungent grapefruit / blood oranges, tea leaf sweetness, floral, dirty, earthy, and bready. Very smooth, sweet, and easy drinking.

M - Feel is creamy, smooth, clean, sticky, and dry, with some slight hop bitterness clinging to the palate. Perfect carbonation.

Overall, I'd say this is a winning IPA from Evil Twin, one that has held up exceptionally well. Definitely not worth the fifteen dollar price tag, but I'm still glad to have tried it. A nice beer, smooth, creamy, and ridiculously easy drinking for being 8.00% abv, but it is mainly just a slightly above average DIPA without many distinctions to set it apart from the rest of the pack. Still, give it a try if you can find and afford a bottle.

Evil Twin Before During And After Christmas Beer ---4/5.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2013 05:17:47 | More by mfnmbvp
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Evil Twin Before, During And After Christmas Beer from Evil Twin Brewing
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