Evil Twin Before, During And After Christmas Beer - Evil Twin Brewing
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Ratings: 88 | Reviews: 44 | Display Reviews Only:
4/5 rDev +1%
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.
05-19-2011 02:57:17 | More by Sammy
3.95/5 rDev -0.3%
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.
09-22-2012 22:15:25 | More by metter98
3.15/5 rDev -20.5%
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.
08-14-2011 19:04:34 | More by womencantsail
3.85/5 rDev -2.8%
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.
08-22-2011 00:30:09 | More by GRG1313
3.85/5 rDev -2.8%
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.
10-18-2011 18:36:35 | More by Rifugium
3.85/5 rDev -2.8%
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.
10-17-2011 21:44:45 | More by oline73
3.9/5 rDev -1.5%
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.
10-17-2011 00:04:20 | More by lacqueredmouse
4.18/5 rDev +5.6%
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.
09-23-2012 15:45:54 | More by dbrauneis
4.15/5 rDev +4.8%
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.
01-09-2012 01:55:52 | More by akorsak
District of Columbia
4.03/5 rDev +1.8%
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.
12-25-2011 04:10:35 | More by Huhzubendah
4.2/5 rDev +6.1%
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!
10-14-2012 04:44:20 | More by LiquidAmber
4.25/5 rDev +7.3%
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.
12-31-2010 01:57:18 | More by jrallen34
4.33/5 rDev +9.3%
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!
11-08-2011 14:53:30 | More by thagr81us
4.03/5 rDev +1.8%
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.
05-26-2011 23:18:20 | More by bluejacket74
4/5 rDev +1%
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.
01-12-2013 14:46:32 | More by OWSLEY069
4.13/5 rDev +4.3%
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.
11-16-2011 04:08:26 | More by AgentZero
4.05/5 rDev +2.3%
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.
09-01-2011 01:46:18 | More by Cyberkedi
4.35/5 rDev +9.8%
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.
07-21-2012 18:41:35 | More by vfgccp
3.3/5 rDev -16.7%
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.
05-05-2011 17:41:52 | More by tbeckett
Evil Twin Before, During And After Christmas Beer from Evil Twin Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.