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

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BA SCORE
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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Photo of UmbrellaWolf
1/5  rDev -74.7%

UmbrellaWolf, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of t0rin0
2.5/5  rDev -36.9%

t0rin0, Sep 26, 2012
Photo of jwat
3/5  rDev -24.2%

jwat, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of womencantsail
3.15/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at Beachwood Brewing

A: The beer pours a clear, golden-orange with a finger of white head and a little bit of lacing.

S: Starts off better than the Katz Pis. Actually has some citrus to it with some wood, herbal hops, and pine. There is a mild grapefruit note to go along with the intense sweetness of caramel and toffee.

T: Overall, the flavor of this beer is quite sweet. Toffee, caramel, and brown sugar really dominate the flavor. There is a bit of herbal and woody hops with a light touch of citrus.

M: Medium in body with a medium carbonation.

O: Not horrible, but just way too sweet without anywhere near enough hop character.

womencantsail, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of MrRockstar
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

MrRockstar, Oct 23, 2012
Photo of dodgerrigo
3.3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ the Trappist in Oakland.

Appeared to be a nice IPA but didnt live up to appearance.
Tha aroma was minimal and unfortunately so was the taste.
I wasnt expectin a west coast IPA but I do expect a little more hop flavor in an Imperial from any country. It wasnt difficult to drink but not worth 45 minute commute from SF on BART and walk.

dodgerrigo, Aug 10, 2011
Photo of sholland119
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

sholland119, Oct 03, 2011
Photo of tbeckett
3.3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle split at Pikkulintu in Helsinki. From notes.

A - Hazy dark copper pour with a mild eggshell head and a little visible carbonation.

S - Rich and malty with deep rich, juicy hops that tingle the nose quite well. Bready and fruity. Nice.

T - Underwhelming. Both malty and hoppy but seems mild in a sense. Juicy hops are there but not at all a hop bomb. Mostly the same as the aroma but a little bit more tame.

M - Tongue ripping bitterness. Medium to full body and tingly carbonation to go with it. Good.

O/D - Not bad at all. Standard for the style I think. Nothing to write home about and probably not worth seeking out. Just too tame IMO.

tbeckett, May 05, 2011
Photo of JohnK17
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

JohnK17, Feb 18, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

homebruontap, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of popery
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a rich golden shade of orange with a frothy, off-white head head. It's quite cloudy and lacing clings to the glass walls. The aroma is quite hoppy, though it could be punched up a notch or two. The hops tend toward tangerines, pineapples, strawberries, pine and marijuana. There's some sugary caramel underneath, but it's not too strong. The malt sweetness picks up on the palate, and the beer is fairly sweet. The hops don't quite reign things in enough, but they do their level best and the finish is fairly bitter. Unfortunately, the flavor also washes out a bit somehow towards the end. Mouthfeel starts full but thins a bit. Carbonation is relatively low. There's a touch of booze, not bad nor good for an 8% abv beer. This is tasty stuff, but it doesn't blow me away, and I'm a bit disappointed, given the high price tag.

popery, Aug 16, 2011
Photo of jsanford
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Distillery in Savannah, Ga.

Poured a hazy orange with a creamy white head that fades to a soapy haze. Nice aromas and flavors of pine resin, grapefruit, and moderately sweet caramel malt. Mouthfeel is crisp and smooth, with a medium body and good carbonation. Overall a very nice, West Coast-style DIPA that does everything well, but isn't too memorable or outstanding.

jsanford, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of ferrari29
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer poured from bottle into Pilsener shaped glass

A - Light gold colored body, cloudy; yeast sediment is visible, floats around and makes that body look viscous; 1 finger foam formed with a white/creme colored frothy head; some sticky lacing formed on the sides of the glass

S - Pine comb; citrus; hop rinse aromas; crispy and clean nose caramel malt backbone

T - Crisp and clean caramel malt taste starts in the middle and moves to the back of the palate; tip of the tongue starts with a pine and hop bite; some biscuit

M - Thin and slightly effervescent; retro-olfaction is in major effect here - heavy pine mucus flavor

D - Good and enjoyable; I expected more bite and better appearance from this beer; I've heard a lot of good things abut Evil Twin brewing so I'm willing to try more if it becomes available; slightly thin for such a thick and heavy body

ferrari29, May 16, 2011
Photo of RickS95
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.

RickS95, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of brewski09
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

an all around drinkable beer with NO SPICES

A - This was a little darker than the other two IPA's by evil twin, but pretty nice to look at. moderate head that stayed for a while.

S - nothing too special for a double ipa here. just a solid, pleasant aroma of hops.

T - again, nothing special here. the taste was even and balanced. not too aggressive, not to mellow.

M - light in mouthfeel, but pleasant.

D - drinkable anytime, but expensive again. this was my least favorite of the 5 offerings from evil twin, and still better than a lot of beers out there.

brewski09, May 21, 2011
Photo of MaxT
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

MaxT, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

DrBier, Jul 26, 2014
Photo of brethartt
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

brethartt, Dec 04, 2012
Photo of ejimhof
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

ejimhof, Jul 24, 2013
Photo of GRG1313
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear medium dark orange amber with a fast fading white head.

Nose is elegant with assertive esters but not overwhelming, refined and unlike some other Eviltwin brews where they are overwhelming. Stone fruit, pears and honey in the nose in a nice integrated floral blend.

Mouthfeel is medium to full with a thick, creamy and bold character. Some of the alcohol comes through but adds to the character of this one; does not distract.

Flavors are complex and sophisticated. Cooked oranges, cooked citrus, light honeyed carmel, all very well integrated, bold and appealing.

Finish is big bitter lemon/grapefruit skin oil but pleasant. A nice complex beer that's well integrated and appealing.

GRG1313, Aug 22, 2011
Photo of oline73
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.

oline73, Oct 17, 2011
Photo of Rifugium
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.

Rifugium, Oct 18, 2011
Photo of jono311
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.

jono311, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of SFLpunk
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A HuGe thanks to rtepiak for bring this up from NYC for me! 500mL brown glass pry-top bottle. 8% ABV, brewed at Fano Bryghus. No freshness date.

Pours a hazy orange amber with 2 inches of thick, fluffy white head that has good retention and leaves some spotting.

Nose smells like hop oils, lemon and lime essences, orange pulp and a suggestion of cereal grains.

Palate is pretty aggressively bitter, with huge hop extraction going on here! Lots of silky, juicy hop resin, leafy "bud" flavors, bitter lime zest, lemon balm and other earthy, leafy flavors. Palate is dry and the finish dries it out further with astringent hops. There is also an evergreen, pine-needle-like, juniper-like note way out on the finish.

Notes: Perhaps one of the best *imported* Double IPAs I've had. These guys understand the American IIPA category and I suspect that if this were 5 months younger, I would be giving it more "5's" (assuming of course that this was released in December/January).

SFLpunk, Jul 04, 2011
Photo of McNealc31
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!

McNealc31, Mar 04, 2012
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Evil Twin Before, During And After Christmas Beer from Evil Twin Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.