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

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89
very good

89 Ratings
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Ratings: 89
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 4
Gots: 6 | FT: 1
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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5/5  rDev +26.3%

swolfe81, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of Rhynes2
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.

Rhynes2, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of BenTherHppedThat
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

BenTherHppedThat, Nov 20, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

cestlavie, Dec 29, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

freduardo, Aug 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

andyschaps, Dec 28, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

alalvarez75, Jan 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

bcuz7, May 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

polishkaz, Jan 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

EyePeeAyBryan, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of heymikew
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.

heymikew, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of vfgccp
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.

vfgccp, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of thagr81us
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!

thagr81us, Nov 08, 2011
Photo of ngeunit1
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.

ngeunit1, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of rfgetz
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.

rfgetz, Apr 22, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

SFC21, Jul 27, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

sendbeer, Oct 30, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

smithj4, Sep 22, 2012
Photo of jrallen34
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.

jrallen34, Dec 31, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

dsuedbeck, Dec 05, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

KimenTshom, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of LiquidAmber
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!

LiquidAmber, Oct 14, 2012
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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.

thegodfather2701, Jul 21, 2011
Photo of dbrauneis
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.

dbrauneis, Sep 23, 2012
Photo of argock
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.

argock, May 12, 2011
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Evil Twin Before, During And After Christmas Beer from Evil Twin Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.