Evil Twin Before, During And After Christmas Beer - Evil Twin Brewing
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3.85/5 rDev -2.8%
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).
07-04-2011 05:38:24 | More by SFLpunk
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
3.73/5 rDev -5.8%
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.
05-21-2011 01:09:24 | More by brewski09
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
3.7/5 rDev -6.6%
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
05-16-2011 18:40:27 | More by ferrari29
4.1/5 rDev +3.5%
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.
05-13-2011 23:01:46 | More by jsvt
4.18/5 rDev +5.6%
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.
05-12-2011 01:16:15 | More by argock
4/5 rDev +1%
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.
05-09-2011 22:50:21 | More by BeerForMuscle
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
4.1/5 rDev +3.5%
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.
04-30-2011 01:14:51 | More by Neffbeer
4.25/5 rDev +7.3%
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.
04-22-2011 12:09:23 | More by rfgetz
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
3.9/5 rDev -1.5%
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!
12-25-2010 22:55:28 | More by baggio
Evil Twin Before, During And After Christmas Beer from Evil Twin Brewing
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