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

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Evil Twin Before, During And After Christmas BeerEvil Twin Before, During And After Christmas Beer

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Reviews: 45
Hads: 91
Avg: 3.97
pDev: 12.09%
Wants: 5
Gots: 7 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.05/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of jsanford
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.82/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of popery
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.16/5  rDev -20.4%
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.

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Photo of dodgerrigo
3.33/5  rDev -16.1%
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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Photo of thegodfather2701
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
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).

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of brewski09
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyable DIPA.
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.

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Photo of ferrari29
3.72/5  rDev -6.3%
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

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Photo of jsvt
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of argock
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a tulip, a hazy orange with a tall, sturdy head.

S - ALot of citrus and bitter hops in the aroma. Sweet and floral hop notes as well. Refreshing scents as most ipa's contain.

T - Alot of bitter hops up front with a sweet side to boot. Citrus flowing through but mostly the bitter green hops are prominent. Didnt detect the spice profile that this beer was explained to have. Seemed like a pretty straight forward imperial IPA.

M - Very crisp bodied, refreshing and clean like most IPAs. Semi dry finish.

O - Seems like the hop character could have been modified some, seemed mostly green and bitter to me. Maybe this wasnt supposed to have seasonal spices, unless they couldn't be detcted from the bottle I got.

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Photo of tbeckett
3.34/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

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Photo of Neffbeer
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of baggio
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


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!

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Evil Twin Before, During And After Christmas Beer from Evil Twin Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.