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Evil Twin Disco Beer - Evil Twin Brewing

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Reviews: 48
Hads: 116
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 6.36%
Wants: 10
Gots: 15 | FT: 1
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Evil Twin Brewing visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: rfgetz on 04-22-2011

Disco Beer is a vinous IPA thoughtfully blended with 10 % Chardonnay white wine. This Champagne of beer is a real party starter, no more shy beer geek. Drink it and you will own the dance floor.
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Photo of nrbw23
2.35/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours a hazy dark amberish orange color with a huge head of foam. Foam had great retention and left some layered lacing. This brew looks nothing like a DIPA thus far.

S- Quite a bit of wood, wine, a bit of sweeter malts and a touch of spicy hops. Very odd so far.

T- The oddness continues into the taste. I'm picking up quite a bit of sweetness. Quite a bit of a bready type malt. Followed up by some spice from the hops. Then there was a really odd taste. Apparently that was the wine and oak coming through. I had no idea and couldn't put my finger on it until I read the description of this beer on this site.

M- Medium in body and quite a bit of carbonation here.

O- Very different for sure and I'm glad I tried this one, but I'm just not really digging this one. (776 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
3.02/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

330ml bottle poured into tulip 13/9/12

A umm, hmmm, there's a little foam with this one, oh no wait that little bits the liquid, seriously though I'm having issues getting this one in my glass. Nearly a glass of light tan foam with some murky dark amber liquid sitting at the bottom, very soapy head and a few patches of lace

S earthy woody vinous notes are strong and I get some faint fruit cake here and there, baking apples and baked pear I'm not sure If I should drink this or eat it for desert. floral and citric hops come out here and there but I'd never think this was a DIPA if tasted blind

T more of the same really but has some caramel to drizzle over my desert and a little funk, not bad but not I'm not really sure why you would age a DIPA in Chard casks, I'm drinking it easily enough but its not all that close to a DIPA

M its overly foamy, I don't even really get a chance to feel the weight before it turns too foam, no heat is impressive for 10.5% but the stuff just turns to air in the mouth

O a strange brew too say the least, it just falls short of what I was hoping for, perhaps I'm just disappointed because I was expecting a hop bomb

I'm not sure if the little bit of funk I could taste was intended, perhaps the onset of an infection? I wouldn't drop the money on this one again and perhaps if Ihad read the label I wouldn't have bought it in the first place. Not the best first impression but still quite drinkable for the strength, I just broke the bank on Evil Twin and I hope the other I grabbed are worth the price tag. (1,555 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
3.17/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a huge light tan head that rises three quarters of the glass, great retention and lace, a dark cloudy orange, a bit of wait but looks good... subdued light smooth hops, a little sweet oak but its the only vinous note I get... this is one weird and unique tasting beer, I’m attacked with so many different notes I’m almost at a lose for words, lots of dipa qualities of alcohol and liquid resin, a weird smokey quality to it, again I don’t get much of the wine, I’m assuming the Chardonnay gives it the smoke character, but I find it distracting... this is something worth trying because its so different, but its not something that I would have again (658 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.45/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Bruery Provisions in Orange, CA.

Pours a slightly hazy orange with a foamy 1 inch orange-white head that lasts. Thick streaks of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus and berry aromas. Taste is slightly sour with citrus and berry flavors along with some citrus zest. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but it doesn't really seem like an IPA to me. (462 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Bruery Provisions

Pours an amber color with a thick off-white head. The hop profile is very citric. The wine barrel comes through and there is a little bit of melon and vanilla to it. Slight pine and maybe even booze. The flavor is very grassy, but also quite bland. There isn't a ton of hop flavor. Maybe some melon and sweet citrus notes in there as well. Medium body with low to medium carbonation. (412 characters)

Photo of brewcrew76
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark hazy amber with a big tan head leaving a few patches of lace behind.

S - Sweet malts, caramel and a light citrus hop.

T - Sweet malt, caramel and some citrus hops. Maybe a little extra fruitiness from the Chardonnay but it wasn't obvious.

M - Medium body and well carbonated.

D - I have been really enjoying wine aged type beers lately but was somewhat disappointed with this one. Too malty and maybe a touch oxidized even though it just arrived this week at the store. (482 characters)

Photo of SFLpunk
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz brown glass pry-top bottle brewed at De Molen. "Best Before 2015."

Pours a deep, clear amber with 2 inches of thick, foamy light tan head. The bubbles are huge, but it has killer retention, never quite going away.

Woah, too cold. Needs to warm up a bit and loose some carbonation. (It feels like champagne yeast...explosive!)

Ok, now 15 mins in the glass. Nose is opening up with some caramel, tropical fruits and toasted oak.

Palate is crisp and closed up still. There's tons of hop bitterness up front, which fades out to what I could call a chardonnay-like buttery-ness, but that might be reaching a bit. Finish is short and somewhat lacking.

Notes: I was really hoping to like this beer more. I traded for it and the guy drove it up from NYC to VT. The description sounds AMAZING...the beer is decent. Maybe it needs time in the bottle? Maybe I need another one to lay down. (Beermail me!) (905 characters)

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap, served in a pint glass

A hazy amber body with a firm, bubbly cap that sits at two fingers and falls slowly to a thin collar. Some clingy lace here and there.

Notes of earth, caramel, citrus, white wine, and a touch of oak underneath. Interesting combination of aromas.

Sweet malts up front--caramel and biscuit--before a mild citrus bitterness of grapefruit, lemon, move in. Grapes and oak mix with a mild earthy bitterness in the finish. A touch of resiny, earthy spice lingers.

Medium body, a bit chewy, with a dry finish.

A balanced DIPA with an added layer of complexity from the white wine addition. This beer didn't wow me, but it was fairly tasty. (667 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.66/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

330ml bottle, something about 'owning the dance floor' on the label blurb. I thought we got past that shit long ago when we moved away from beer tub girls and Stella Artois.

This beer pours, and I use that term loosely - it generates a crazy amount of tumultuous, airy, puffy, rising beige head, on the order of 20:1 foam/liquid - a hazy dark apricot hue, and settles way too slowly, eventually leaving some chunky swaths of lace around the glass.

In the meantime, it smells of grapefruit cocktail, bready caramel malt, a bit of dessert wine sweetness, and a slight acrid woodiness. The taste is bitter pine needle and citrus rind, a slight tart white wine fruitiness, and some subtle second-hand barrel-aged woodiness. Pretty decent no-show by the booze, I gotta say.

The bubbles, well the bubbles are a pain in the ass up front, and once they deign to settle, it's only temporary, but you get a frothy, faintly fizzy mouthfeel, which fights at middleweight, and is somehow, more or less smooth. It finishes with an uptick in the hop oil bitterness, though the caramel malt and woody notes hold steady.

An interesting, and tasty enough big ABV DIPA, the barrel characteristics coming through in their predictably low-key manner. Too bad about the beginning to end carbonation debacle - there's no indication of any bottle refermentation on the label, but it sure seems like it plays out that way. (1,401 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Palate cleanser. Hoppy citrus and floral aroma. Citrus, honey dew and melon flavours. Drying finish. In your face hops hits the style. Big and boozy, more abv than 2 standard deviations of the style. Not complex tasty as I had anticipated. Bottle at Ginger Man NYC shared with George. (284 characters)

Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: This is a gusher. Immediately upon opening, I saw the foam bursting out and started pouring immediately. It took four attempts to get the beer in the glass without it overflowing. The color is cranberry brown with copper edges and very hazy.

Smell: Some caramel malt, with a subdued floral and citrus hop presence. Chardonnay.

Taste: The flavor starts fairly sweet, with a generous amount of caramel and biscuity malt. The flavor turns bitter and dry, with some oak and pepper before the hops come in. Spicy pine and some citrus create the hop profile. White grape comes in at the end, adding a little more fruit depth. The finish is bitter with some oaky wine flavors mixed in.

Mouthfeel: It starts out sweet and finishes quite dry. The barrel aging clearly has a big impact on the mouthfeel. Very bubbly carbonation and a fuller than medium body. There is a tingly hoppiness and alcohol bite.

Overall: I am kind of disappointed in this. It is just a decent DIPA and the Chardonnay barrels did not do anything amazing to it either. (1,091 characters)

Photo of VWBuggirl
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This brew has a nice hazy caramel color, with a tan foamy head.

S: This has a piney smell, with hints of raisins.

T: This is weird as it doesn't have a biting bitterness, but the hops are very present and flavorful. I don't pick out any individual flavors here. The wood flavors imparted by the barrel aging have run roughshod over the delicate flavors of the hops. I expect a fair amount of alcohol flavor to be present in such a high gravity beer. In this particular example, the alcohol isn't as obvious in the first sip, but becomes more and more present and overwhelming as the sips go on.

M: Appropriate carbonation to the style. It isn't overly thick from the sugars, giving it a medium body.

O: I really enjoy the flavors of this, but unless sipped slowly, the alcohol flavor can be a bit overpowering. This is a very different take on a DIPA and I enjoy that about it most. (893 characters)

Photo of Agent1
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - First off, this beer is virtually impossible to pour. Not that this is a bad thing per se, but the yeast is extremely intense. The head is volatile and it takes a number of pours in small stints to get it all into the glass. Small bubbles with and beige white. Unattractive lacing. A deep ruby brown/ orange. Opaque with a little sediment residing at the bottom.

Smell - After letting the head settle down, one can definitely pick up more aroma when not trying to get through a thick layer. A nice, sharp yeast smell with citrus fruits and orange peel. A tiny amount of toffee and wood.

Taste - A slightly sour finish, but tasty. Lemon, grapes, grapefruit, brown sugar and a strong use of Nothern hops. Mild woody falvor, but it is barely noticeable. Having a hard time picking up the used Chardonnay barrels in this. Nicely balanced beer, though. Not sure if there is Citra hops in this. Nice malts, too.

Mouthfeel - Highly carbonated, this beer is intense on the tongue. Aside from the carbonation, the malts, sugars, and bittering creates a decent feel but nothing too amazing, in my opinion.

Overall - Perhaps a little too hoppy for me, I find it doesn't allow for the sugars and malts to shine through enough. But everything is here! Very impressive indeed. Not one of my favorite DIPAs, but I would buy this again for sure. (1,348 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy dark orange with darker amber hues in the middle. Two fingers of light, bubbly cream coloured head formed and slowly receded to a thin layer.

S - Grassy hops up front with a fairly sweet caramel presence. Light oak notes in the backgroung. 3.5

T - Grassy hops up front with a good but not overwhelming bitterness. Some white wine flavours are introduced in the middle with a sweet malt backbone coming through. Some lighter oak flavours are also present.

M - Medium body. Moderate carbonation. (507 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle picked up today at Brewforia.... Paid $11ish... damn. Poured into my small Cigar City snifter.... The brew is a very hazed orange... with a very nice small bubble head that leaves drapes of lacing.

Aromas are thick .... nose hair coating resinous citrus hops pummel the ample malty sweetness.

Not as bitter as I was expecting, still a great hop presence... citrus zest and a bit of tropical fruits... a fair amount of malt sweetness, but it is still balanced heavily to the hops... The barrel presence leans more toward the oak than the wine... sorta tannic grape skins.

A bit on the heavier side of medium with plentiful carbonation.. small bubble and never abrasive.

Surprised about this one for sure.... not worth the pricetag IMO, but still cool to try relatively fresh.

3.5/4/4/4/3.5 (808 characters)

Photo of rarbring
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer is foggy red amber, an off-white head with little lacing but god curtains.

Smelling vinous, tropical fruits, goose-berries, carambole. Mineral and metals..

Sweet, tropical fruit soup, white vine marmalade and grape-fruit peel.

Medium carbonation, oily with a smooth and soft texture, a long mild dryness.

A well balanced, fruity brew with a smooth dryness. (369 characters)

Photo of rudzud
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Recently stumbled across my notes from The Festival 2012. Lets do this!

A - Poured a cloudy orange hue with a thin white head. Nice nice retention here.

S - Aroma has lots of nice orange and grapefruit, gentle chardonnay barrel notes as well. Very pleasant and inviting.

T - Taste is right up there with the nose, though the hops are a bit fainter. Getting flashes of stone fruit though oddly enough, must be from the barrel. Good vinous notes too.

M - Mouthfeel was just over carbonated. Really a shame.

O - Overall, a nice beer. Like the white wine notes here and how it interplays with the hops. Really solid. (617 characters)

Photo of Beerandboards
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, with a best before date of 2015.

A - pours a very cloudy peachy white. Good amount of white foam.

S - lots of fruity citrus, with the wine barrel character coming though quite a bit. Peaches, lemony citrus.

T - interesting. No hops (not necessarily a bad thing, but its a IPA, so unusual). Lots of peach. Wine barrel character comes through with more white wine notes than barrel notes. Some white wine sourness almost, refreshing, interesting.

M - a little bit on the medium thickness to almost creamy side. Medium carbonation.

O - a very interesting beer. A buddy opened this to share. I have to say, although I didnt pay for it, the price tag on this bad boy is ridiculous. Glad I got to try it and, overall, its a solid beer. However, its definitely an odd ball of an IPA. I dont know what exactly I would call it. Worth a try, if you dont mind the price. (877 characters)

Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had the pleasure of trying this on tap. The beer arrived in a snifter-like glass with minimal foam. The reddish brown color prepares the mind for a strongly flavored, high ABV beer. The aroma is distinctive: grapefruit rind, fruit, sweet malt, and white grapes--vinous as it were. The flavors meld into an unusual combination. The fruit and citrus and sweet malt some how mix with chardonnay to produce a pleasantly tasting brew. Unlike anything I have tasted before. (469 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a murky deep copper to amber in color with minimal amounts of visible carbonation and some orange + amber highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy dark beige head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Upfront there are some earthy notes over the smell of the malts with some light to moderate aromas of citrus/grapefruit rind and pine hops. The hop aromas become more pronounced as the beer warms.

T: Upfront there is a moderate amount of grainy malty sweetness with some lighter notes of caramel and toffee. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of citrus/grapefruit rind hops and slightly lighter pine hops. Light amounts of bitterness towards the finish that fade quickly.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with slightly more than moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: This beer is fairly easy to drink considering how big the ABV is (10.50 %), the alcohol is fairly well hidden and there is a good balance between the sweetness of the malts and the bitterness from the hops. Definitely enjoyable. (1,194 characters)

Photo of Neffbeer
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a tulip:

A: When I popped the cap there was a big woosh, but no gush. It poured a deep copper color with mahogany hues when held up to the light. The whoosh was foreshadowing to the billowing foamy head that ensued. Huge rocky white caps, quite cloud-like, with tons of sticky lacing coating the glass. It was slightly over-carbed so pour gently.

S: It smells of resinous hops, pine cones and citrus, with some hints of peaches and grapes thrown in for good measure. The chardonnay barrels come through in a toasty nutty way, there is no mistaking the oak. For this beer clocking in at 10% there is no hint of alcohol anywhere to be found.

T: The hops hit the palate first with a graceful burst of citrus and pine. As the brew warms some more the hops become more pronounced revealing a pleasant peach jammy-ness. It is really a smooth brew for being a double, not overly bitter or boozy. The chardonnay barrels are distinctly present, but refrain from being overpowering. It finishes pretty dry with some toasted oak.

M: Medium bodied with ample carbonation.

O: I enjoyed this beer immensely. It does not fall in line with what I tend to look for in a DIPA, but interesting non the less. (1,213 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Explodes out of bottle with a five+ finger off-white head that fades very slowly to a thin layer leaving chunks of lace. Cloudy amber color with some yeast left in bottle. Grapefruit hops and alcohol nose. Good carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Flavor has some caramel with grapefruit hops and alcohol. Expensive at $10.10 for a 330ml bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me. Best by 2015. (394 characters)

Photo of brewski09
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one was interesting...

A - This beer was almost a little cloudy, but only when the light hit it right. It was pretty clear overall. the head was not really pronounced here.

S - the 10% chardonnay blended in really made this one intriguing to me. I could smell the luscious buttery oak of the chard, but it was balanced out by the malts and hops. The chardonnay must have been aged in american oak barrels for the sharpness. It was a complex smell and i took a while on this one.

T - I picked up chardonnay notes that were balanced by the ipa malts and hops. This was a beer that kept going back and forth on me to the last sip. unique and impressive.

M - maybe a little thin in body, but i had such a good time drinking it that it went down well.

D - drink this one early in the lineup so people can tell the subtleties of it. this is one that would be easy to drink and not pick up the small variations that make it special. again, at over $7 for a single 12oz bottle, a little steep in price, but a good beer. (1,022 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy amber-copper with a finger of frothy off-white head. Fades fairly slowly.

S - Oak, vanilla, chardonnay, pine, grassy, and earthy hops, sweet caramelized malts, a touch of brown sugar, and some booze.

T - Oak, vanilla, buttery chardonnay, pine, grassy, earthy hops, some lightly resiny bitterness, sweet caramel and lightly caramelized malts, touch of tart and sourness, a bit of booze.

M - Medium-full bodied, moderate carbonation. Smooth with dry, warming, lightly bitter finish.

D - Interesting blend of flavors. Barrel flavor a bit strong, but overall it works fairly well. (589 characters)

Photo of Shroud0fdoom
4/5  rDev +1.8%

First off let's look at this brew. Looks nice like some murky iced tea brown body, nice off white head. Time to smell the old girl. She's an aged one comrades, with a simple "Best before 2015". Ok back to the aroma. Huge toffee notes with that burnt sugar aroma. Also some dark fruit characters pull through with a nice touch of French Vanilla in the back ground. Very nice! Now fourth with the flavor! Very fruity and toffee with almost a noble hop floral bite. This brew is very interesting with almost a sour bite yet not enough to make it's self known. It grabs on the sides of the palate. There isn't huge notes of Chardonnay barrel, yet it finishes dry and clean with a lingering toffee, vanilla and subtle hints of fruits in the aftertaste. The feel of the beer is Medium-light smooth body, par carbonation that tickles the tongue instead of abusing it.

Overall: Since I seen that this was a barrel aged DIPA, I thought it was going to be a Vinegar Bomb! Yet it's not. It's more of a BarleyWine/Strong Ale and a damn fine one at that. This brew is 10.5% ABV nicely masked. No booze in the aroma nor taste. I don't know how much of a hop bomb this was at fresh, but age has done this brew wonders. This brew is Recommended! (1,232 characters)

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Evil Twin Disco Beer from Evil Twin Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.