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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

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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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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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RickS95

Indiana

3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Comes out looking like the color of a peach. It's a light, orangey brown color. Enough stuff in it that it's opaque. The head is what held the score down a little. It's very fleeting. If you blink, all you see is a thing ring of white around the edge and a tiny bit of lace.

The smell is a bit strange. You'd guess it to be extremely hoppy with citrus, and that's there, but there's also an overwhelming malt flavor that I can't quite put my finger on.

The taste is similar in that there's a hoppy citrus presence, but a very malty backbone as well, maybe too malty. Despite this, the flavors are all a bit thin.

While the taste and smell were a bit unique, the mouthfeel was about what you'd expect. Slight fruity sweetness up front, followed by a gradual building of the hoppy bitter. There's still a subtleness to it all, kind of a watery, loose feel. Medium bodied, it's got a lingering bitterness that coats your tongue and lasts well into the swallow. It's not a palate-wrecker, so it's fairly easy to drink.

Overall, it's kind of a strange beer. Reminds me of a black IPA, where things just don't quite agree with me. This isn't a bad beer, just something I need more than one of to develop a liking for. I've got another 500 ml in the cellar, so maybe the next one will be better.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2013 03:42:34 | More by RickS95
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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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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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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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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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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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metter98

New York

3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very hazy yellowish orange in color. It poured with a half finger high dense off white head that hardly died down.
S: There are aromas of citrusy hops in the nose—grapefruit seems to stand out in particular with some notes of orange.
T: Like the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of citrusy hops but also has a noticeable presence of underlying caramel malts, especially given its high alcohol content. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has nice hop aromas and flavors but is easy to drink because the alcohol is well hidden and it isn’t overly bitter.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2012 22:15:25 | More by metter98
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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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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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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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McNealc31

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Don't let the name fool you, Evil Twin Before, During and After Christmas is not a winter warmer full of cinnamon and nutmeg, it's a monster Double IPA.

You'll know before the first sip from the hazy orange color, creamy white head, and huge hops aromas. Hops dominate the flavor, too. Lots of pine and citrus. A hint of caramel and bread. Outstanding lacing. Fantastically bitter, too. I wasn't able to find an IBU rating, but it would not surprise me if this is 100+.

If you like bruising IPAs, seek this one out!

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 03:14:52 | More by McNealc31
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jono311

Louisiana

3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-slightly orange straw color with a thin but solid head

S-grapefruit upfront with some faint pine resin in the background.

T-no doubt its an IPA, nice combination of citrus hop with pine like hops and a good does of caramel maltiness to retain balance.

M-a good rich mouthfeel with good balance especially for an IPA, solid drying from the hop bitterness and a lingering aftertaste that is downright awesome.

O-A great IPA, not over the top hops but definitely not lacking a quality representation of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2012 19:45:46 | More by jono311
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at POPE, Philly, PA

I'm not sure what, if anything, this beer has to do with Christmas, but either way, what I got was a solid IPA. Don't expect anything spicy or winter-warmer-y here.

Poured into a stem glass a slightly hazy golden-orange color with a small but solid white head that lingered right to the end. Woody aroma, resin and piney hops, and not much else. Pretty standard. Hoppy qualities carry over into the taste, overlaid on a solid caramel male base. Well-balanced. Typical American-style IPA profile. Nothing special, but certainly nothing bad. Medium-bodied and quite drinkable for the style.

Serving type: on-tap

10-18-2011 18:36:35 | More by Rifugium
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oline73

Maryland

3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on-tap at Max's during Baltimore Beer Week. Served in a sample glass.

Appearance: Pours mostly clear amber color with a layer of fluffy off white head. Good retention and lacing.

Smell: Malty background with citrus and pine hops up front.

Taste: Citrus peel hops dominate the middle and finish of each sip. Bready malt up front with mild pine and a mild butter taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with mild carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I thought this was easy to drink given the abv and the style. My only complaint it that the buttery flavor could go away.

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2011 21:44:45 | More by oline73
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from K&L Wine Merchants in Redwood City, CA.

Pours an extremely cloudy orange colour with a full and vibrant head of just yellowish white. Lacing is patchy, but clumping, and pretty persistent. Moderately light bodied considering the strength and style, but it's not bad. Looks pretty good.

Nose is bright and fruity, in a pretty standard IPA way. It's slightly more round than most, without the sharp citric tone that marks a lot of IPAs. Here, there's a softer stewed oranges character to it, and a touch of something earthier, with some tea and crushed vegetation. Not bad.

Taste is similar. Quite bright but rather light, and very rounded, without a sharp bitterness. Indeed, the ending comes across with a strong orange peel character that gives plenty of flavour but little bitterness or crispness. Otherwise, hints of musk and pine break through, but they're subtle.

Good, but it never really breaks any new ground, and while it's a solid IPA, it's not an astonishing one.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2011 00:04:20 | More by lacqueredmouse
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sholland119

Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a cloudy honey amber with a massive, rocky white head and spots of lacing everywhere.

S-Lots of malt in the nose with some resiny hops.

T-Sweet malt, minimal hops in the front, some bitter resinous notes in the finish.

M-Medium bodied, oily.

O-Fair enough, nothing special. Expensive for what it delivers.

HV

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2011 00:29:45 | More by sholland119
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Daniellobo

District of Columbia

3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice take on a US DIPA, nothing that memorable but hitting all the right notes.

Presentation: 10 oz draft serving. The menu notes the main characteristic of the brew and 8% Alc. by Vol. Served in a snifter.

A - Slightly hazy pale to medium amber pour with thin layer of froth… This thing is served to the rim… moderate retention, fair surface memory and lacing.

S - Citrus and resin, again nice although not too assertive, too cold a serving probably…

T - Taste follows nicely and expands with a rich resin and citric sense, sweet caramel malt holding it up nicely.

M - Medium body with fair carbonation, slightly oily with a nice lingering bitter finish.

O - Nice take on a DIPA, pleasing and quality if a bit perfunctory.

Notes: I was simply eager to try something from Evil Twin on tap and this fitted the bill…. Rather nice, but all things considered, available choices etc, and while nice, I would probably not choose it again, at least not while in the US.

Serving type: on-tap

09-21-2011 01:23:02 | More by Daniellobo
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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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Evil Twin Before, During And After Christmas Beer from Evil Twin Brewing
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