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

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88
very good

91 Ratings
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Ratings: 91
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 12.12%
Wants: 4
Gots: 6 | FT: 1
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Evil Twin Brewing visit their website
New York, United States

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

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: baggio on 12-25-2010

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."
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Ratings: 91 | Reviews: 45
Photo of Daniellobo
3.88/5  rDev -2%
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.

Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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.

Photo of mfnmbvp
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.

Photo of sholland119
3.33/5  rDev -15.9%
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

Photo of RickS95
3.72/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Photo of SFLpunk
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
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).

Photo of ferrari29
3.72/5  rDev -6.1%
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

Photo of bishopdc0
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of Neffbeer
4.12/5  rDev +4%
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.

Photo of thegodfather2701
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.

Photo of baggio
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle@Home

A: Golden orange with a hugh, white, head and some lacing.

S: Caramel, Citrus, Peach, Flowers.

T: Caramel, Hint of alcohol, Tropical fruits, Grapefruit.

M: Quite thick and resiny with lots of bittering hops. Easy drink with lots of carbonation.

A good DIPA that could use a bit less alcohol and more hops at the end of the boil and some additional dryhopping. A solid effort!

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!

Photo of nimrod979
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.

Photo of Rhynes2
4.92/5  rDev +24.2%
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.

Photo of heymikew
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Photo of jono311
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Photo of brewski09
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Photo of jsvt
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.

Photo of dodgerrigo
3.33/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

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