Evil Twin Disco Beer - Evil Twin Brewing

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Reviews: 48
Hads: 116
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 6.36%
Wants: 10
Gots: 14 | FT: 1
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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 n2185
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a clear orange with two fingers of white head that fades into a thin ring with no lacing

S: Lots and lots of sweet citrus--lemon, orange, pineapple, and grapefruit. It has a candy-like aroma and smells absolutely great.

T: Similar to the aroma, though not quite as sweet and with a strong grassy hop presence to go with the citrus. Only lightly bitter.

M: Medium-light body with medium carbonation, this beer is light, clean, and dry.

O: A very good DIPA, and definitely the best I've had from outside of the States. Hell, it's better than most from the States. It's a tasty citrus bomb that I could smell for hours. (629 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 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 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 TheHoppiest
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 333 ml bottle into a tulip glass. I'm curious what a "Danish Ale" is. The label describes it as a "vinous IPA, thoughtfully aged on Chardonay wine barrels." It also bears a statement that it is best enjoyed before 2015, so I hope I am not enjoying it too early.

This Disco Beer certainly must like to party, because it pours with almost five inches of head, even with a gentle pour, and keeps rocking that foam until the break of dawn. Foam so sticky and thick, it would pass for 80's mousse. The foam is a light coffee-brown color, and sits atop some very dark, silty beer. The casking must have been extensive, because this looks a lot more like an olde ale rather than an IPA.

It is difficult at first to get a good whiff of this beer, given the two inches of dense soapy fluff between my nose and the beer. A good swirl helps break down some of the cap, revealing an earthy, yeasty, oaky smelling brew, with notes of burnt sugar, sweet grapefruit, and tar. And yes, a vinous aroma is clearly present.

Whoah, this is definitely not your father's IPA. Tangy, hoppy, sweet and yeasty, think barleywine meets olde ale with a bit'o'wine added for flavor. Starts with a tart grape tang (these must have been pretty fresh Chardonay barrels), mellowing to a malty middle before cranking up some sweet citrus hops to finish. A bit resinous and buttery to finish, the Chardonay tang never truly leaves this one as you sip it down.

Medium bodied, this will curl your tongue and leave your gums tingling.

This is a hard one to peg. The varying tastes are intense and very present, almost too much so; I think it could have done with another year or two of aging before cracking it open. Still, I'm loving the vibrancy of the casking, which rather than simply mellow this IPA, added another dimension to it. Further, it clearly had some aging, as there is a yeasty quality you'll get in an IPA only after it has had a while to stew in itself. Still, this is a unique brew in a crowded field. If you can find it, snag it and try it. (2,042 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that never died down.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of citrus and pine resin hops in the nose.
T: The taste has citrusy flavors of grapefruit.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is relatively easy to drink because there is a good balance between the malts and the hops. (478 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 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 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 AgentMunky
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a Teku glass at the BrewDog bar in Edinburgh. Best before 2015. From notes. Reviewed 29 May 2011.

A: Huge head with good retention. A dull orange-brown, opaque brew.

S: White wine and HOPS. Vegetal, dry, interesting, and strong.

T: Super-good! Jarringly so. Light and dry, with lingeringly pleasant hops. A bit sour -- that must be the Chardonnay ageing coming through. The aftertaste is woody, dry, and brief.

M: Sparkly-good and spicy. Drying and delicious.

O: A really interesting, engaging beer. Tasty and recommended. Overpriced, but very, very fun. (590 characters)

Photo of WanderingFool
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Disco pours a hazy amber with a medium sized white head that dissolves slowly. As the foam fades a fair amount of spots and lines of lace remain on the glass.

The aroma is malty with notes of caramel malt, bread and a hint of orange peel.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is light on the palate with an effervescent fizz and dry finish. The flavor is fairly well balanced, but leans towards malty. It begins with caramel and toasted malt before the hops present themselves with flavors of orange citrus. It finishes with a touch of clove and yeast.

This is a tasty beer with malty flavors and citrus hops. It almost reminds me of a Belgian Dubbel. (653 characters)

Photo of Casey10
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I liked this one as it is very different from any other dipa's I have had aged on chardonay barrels this is one nice little beer.

I poured this into a nonic pint glass super head with hazy orange copper color body.

S - smell is like sticky candy like smell.

T - Can really taste some pine, but malt comes through a bit as well as the slight after taste of the chardonay barrel in the backgound really nice.

M - mouthfeel sticks with you and give it a slight resionous feel.

O - Again really liked this price a bit steep but for what you get well worth it. (562 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 mikesgroove
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poired a deep dark orange amber with a nice average size white head, Very quick fade left behind adecent film ontop and a really awesome lace. Very gooey and thick on the sides of the glass.

Nice clean smell and hop character here, very citrus profile, lots of oranges, tangerine and pineapple..Nice slightly grain back trying to poke out and balances it very nicely not letting the hop character overtake it. Very lean and sweet. Extremely smooth, but with a slight tingling from the alcohol, and a tiny burn on the lips, but it faded away nicely as it warmed up. Bigtime hop bomb kool aid with sugar type of taste. This was a damn strong brew!

overall this was very nice and definatly my type of brew. Would love to try one again, as I really thought this was a fine ale. (776 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle cost split with funkydelic and beeruser for one of our weekly tastings. Served from bottle into a Mikkeller flute. Poured a hazy yellow-orange with a one finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, and caramel. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, fruit, fruit hop, wood, caramel, and slight peat on the followthrough. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. I was really surprised by the complexity of the flavor going on in this one. Just so much stuff going on for the style. The aroma was quite good as well on this one. My only gripe is that the mouthfeel was kind of thin based on my preference for the style, but that is just me being picky. Definitely worth trying without a doubt. (889 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is firm and hoppy with a yeasty undertone and a citrus hint. The sample I got fizzed like nobody's business, so be careful if you have this in a bottle! It pours a hazy dark honey-golden that is barely translucent and has a thick, frothy, rather persistent light golden tan head. Flavor is decently hoppy with a firm touch of evergreen, a subtle citrus undertone that mainly grapefruit plus a little sour orange, and a whisper of sweetness. Finish is hoppy, a little fruity and just slightly bitter. Texture is quite fizzy and lively, leaving a nice tingle. OK, maybe on the overpriced side, but still a more than adequate Imperial IPA. (642 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a cloudy burnt orange/brown color with about an inch frothy off-white head. Head retention is very good, and there's a lot of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is mostly pine and citrusy (grapefruit) hops, along with some wood, grapes/Chardonnay and caramel malt. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some herbal flavors and peppery spice noticable. Also, all the flavors seem to mesh well together, with no one flavor really overpowering the others. There's both hops and grapes/wine noticable in the finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and creamy with good carbonation. I think this is an interesting brew, I liked it a lot. (705 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew rocks! The pour needs patience because the head is very lively here. The beer looks to be a murky brown color and the head is a tan or light brown. The smell is wonderfully hoppy with some aged wood in the mix. The taste is hoppy too of course, but with the addition of the barrel aging it adds a whole new element to the beer. The aging and the hops work very well together. The mouthfeel is a bit bitey and yet has a smooth oily texture to it. The lacing is very nice on here too. Overall well worth trying for sure. Really enjoyed this on alot. (557 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a dull orange color and a thick consistency. There was a comically huge amount of foamy, long-lasting head. Surprisingly average lacing.

S: A good aroma of hops, citrus, and the advertised chardonnay.

T: Tasted of hops, though not as much as with American made DIPAs. Also had some citrus and a bit of malt. The chardonnay was there, but not obvious. Somewhat more subtle than other beers of the style. A generally well done flavor.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a super dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: On the whole, a slightly different, yet drinkable DIPA. (607 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 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 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 rfgetz
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The description read: "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."

Pours a hazed and dulled gold color, cap of champagne like white head, moderate retention and lacing. Scent is of floral and herbal hops, the wine comes through with a kiss of alcohol, touches of pine and grapefruit, notes of wood with a lightly sweet carmely and nutty malt backbone. First taste again brings floral and herbal hops, the chardonay taste is very true and not just vinous notes with slcohol and is slightly buttery, notes of slightly musty oak before a moderate backbone of lightly sweet and nutty malt comes through, finishes very wine/champagne like in taste. Body is lighter side of medium, with some sprtizy carbonation keeping it in check, finnishes dry.

Adding actual chardonay to the blend gives it a completely different charachter than a few others which are aged in chardonay barrels. The wine truly does make itself present and obvious, and the IPA is formulated in a way to allow this to happen. Nice work. (1,159 characters)

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