Evil Twin Yang - Evil Twin Brewing

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745 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 745
Reviews: 147
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 28
Gots: 106 | FT: 4
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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

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Reviews by CrazyDavros:
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours amber with a creamy head.
Nose shows heavy clean malt, pine, resinous hops and some lychee. Massive malt hit too.
Very aggressive flavours, full of pine and grapefruit with a high, sharp, biting bitterness. Some booze too along with some malt that doesn't match the bitterness.
Could use more carbonation.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a small tulip glass a deep copper/bronze with a nicely formed 1/2 finger head that left a few broken chunks of lace as it settled.Big pine notes in the nose,quite resiny,sweet honey and sweet alcohol stand out as well.A big sweet DIPA like way to many out there on the palate,brown sugar,alcohol, and drunken fruit mixed with underlying resiny hops,the alcohol really hits after the beer warms.It's a DIPA like many it's sweet and alcoholic,par for the course.

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

Best by 2015 on the label.
Red/orange color, very pretty. Spotty head.
Sweet malt aroma predominately. Citrus hops, and a little bit of herbal hops.
Strong sweet malt taste. Grapefruit, orange, pineapple. Some late piney hops.
This was a very smooth and drinkable DIPA.
A little bit on the expensive side ($6.99 for the bottle).

Photo of NWer
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into tulip glass. Bronze color. Cleer.
Balanced malt and hop notes blend well. Nothing overpowering.
The taste is balanced up front with a mild citrus aftertaste.
A delicious beer that I enjoyed very much.
A nice clean IPA that is very enjoyable.

Photo of Beaver13
3.2/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Pours hazy reddish gold with a big rocky off white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is piney grapefruity hops with sweet caramel malt.

The flavor is sweet sugary caramel malts with fruity hops that have a pretty harsh bitter aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and a bit watery.

Overall, an OK sweet and fruity DIPA, but it's a bit watery with a harsh aftertaste.

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at the Pig & fiddle and from a one month old 12 oz. bottle.
A: Brilliant copper amber under a 1” sudsy white foam collar that leaves thin sheets of lace.
S: malt, earthy hops, some caramel and citrus.
T: Big and rich and hot, dry with light fruit at the start of the tongue getting hot and spicy and citrus bitter as it moves to the back.
F: Warming, Some astringency in the finish from the hops.
O: a big aggressive Imperial IPA.

Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +10.5%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Brooklyn chalice.

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About two fingers of off white head which settle into a thin patchy layer.

Smell: A juicy and earthy hop forward aroma with hints of citrus fruit and grass. Citrus hop presence with hints of grapefruit, orange peel, mango, lemon, and melon. Earth hop hints of grass and some subtle pine. Sweet bready malt hints of caramel, biscuit, cracker, and yeast. Also some tea like hints and a sweet scent of sugar. A solid hoppy aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a juicy and earthy hop forward taste with somewhat rustic notes of citrus and grass. Citrus hop notes of orange, grapefruit, mango, lemon, and melon. Earthy and floral hops with notes of wet grass and a little pine. Good backing presence of sweet malt with notes of caramel, cracker, biscuit, and yeast. On the sweeter side of IPAs. A pretty solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy, oily, and fairly chewy. Finishes dry. Alcohol heat is mild.

Overall: A solid take on an Imperial IPA. Nice notes of citrus and earthy hops.

Photo of glid02
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a clear deep copper color with a cream-colored head leaving solid lacing.

Smells of pale and heavier caramel malts with large amounts of bright hops, herbal, citrus, and hints of pine.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Grainy pale and caramel malts up front that are quickly overtaken by loads of hops, more herbal and pine than anything else. The ending is solidly bitter. Mouthfeel is very good with grainy carbonation.

Overall this is far from a balanced beer however I thought the hop choices played well off of each other. Worth a shot.

Photo of Brenden
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Yang's color is basically medium orange. A light tan head rises up to over a finger and develops some heft. It remains resiliently, dropping plenty of leggy and patchy lacing well on down the glass.
The aroma is big on pine and fruits (tropical and citrus) notes with a bit of herbal dryness that's all bitterness and overpowers malts. Some biscuit and caramel sneak out, but barely.
To be honest, though, it's sweeter than I anticipated after smelling it before the pine and herbal hops bitterness comes out, and they play better together in the flavor. There's even a honey-like note in the sweetness. Citrus, tropical fruits and some interesting additional herbal notes play out as well. Dryness lends itself to a pithy, not quite chalky character in a lingering finish that sits at the back of the throat a bit.
The body is medium, semi-dry as it all melds together. It's crisp up front, yes, but surprisingly smooth and creamy.

Photo of biboergosum
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle - still have no idea what the hell 'taiji' is.

This beer pours a rather hazy, muddled bronzed amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and ebulliently bubbly off-white head, which leaves some pleasant randomly webbed lace around the glass as things duly recede.

It smells of sweet, sugary caramel and toffee malt, almost equally saccharine citrusy orange, grapefruit, and pineapple fruit, a twinge of biscuity breadiness, a touch of white pepper, and further herbal, leafy hops. The taste is acrid citrus fruit pith - the usual suspects, bereft of their sugary fruitiness at first, gritty, grainy, and bready caramel malt, a weirdly subsequent Belgian candi sugar sweetness, some middling earthy honey notes, the ironic recently-cut green onions of my still simmering Kung Pao dinner, and further musty, dank herbal hops.

The bubbles are rather understated, and barely perceptible after a wee spell, the body medium-light in weight, and surprisingly smooth, in an undisturbed by the expected alcohol and hops dirge manner. It finishes actually off-dry, the complexly sugared malt still generally in charge, but at the behest of the sassy citrusy, herbal hops.

A pleasantly quaffable DIPA, the hops heady and worthy, no doubt, but restrained enough to allow for circumspection without immediate overbearance. I didn't actually have this with the Yin - that one was many moons ago - but given recent introspection on the matter, that may not be the best of ideas. At any rate, a stellar strong IPA, the hops and malt duly present, and quite flavourful.

Photo of Mar02x
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had the opportunity to buy this beer in Germany.

A - A brown orange haze is looking at me through the glass as a hat it wears an orange, white and yellow tainted foam. Or does this sound i had to many beer, :)

S - A lemon-grass field with some flowers andpine trees along the edges.

T - There is an unexpected mango and pineapple flavor in the taste, very nice and superbly done. Sweet and bitter too.

M - Medium carbonation, the bitter finish is a bit to strong and almost murky.

O - A superb imperial IPA, a truly lovely taste.

Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasty DIPA worth trying. A great foamy head, lacey. Pine, Honey dew, fruit and complex tastes. Average mouthfeel, not a big malt bill.Well carbonated. Very good drinkability. A good introduction to this this "new brewer".Liam's bottle from NYC.

Photo of RickS95
2.65/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Quite the looker with it's dark orange color. Cloudy for the style, but a beauty. A bright white head, no more than a finger thick lives up top. The head has short legs, but looks great before it gives way.

Disappointing nose in that you have to search for the scents, you'd think an IIPA would be spewing out aromas, but here that's not the case.

All I can pick up is alcohol and pine. No citrus, no fruit of any sort, just some standard malts and one dimensional hops. Oh yea...and alcohol. Very medicinal, almost like Listerine.

It's a mouth warmer. The alcohol heat is very pronounced. Lacks complexity, no balance. Due to the strong alcohol presence, it feels more full bodied than it probably is.

Very disappointed in this. Not much different than taking a shot of Vodka. Lacks smell and flavor, even as the beer warms nothing evolves. It's just hot.

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

Had a bottle at Queens' Kickshaw for $14. I had the Ying stout a couple weeks back, but I think this is my favorite of the two beers. There was a massive fruity pineapple and citrus punch aroma that reminded me of DFH 90 Minute. The flavor picks up the same big citrus, but with healthy backing a subtle caramel malt. I appreciate that the malt and sweetness doesn't diminish the hops, like many 10%+ DIPAs. However, for $14 there are plenty of less expensive options for hop lovers. This was a great beer, but not groudbreaking.

Photo of russpowell
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 03/12/12

Pours an effervescent copper/orange with 3 fingers of cream colored head. Crazy lacing & nice head retention

S: Doughy with leafy hops, pears & toffee

T: Doughy, leafy & piney hops, some tea like tannin & a touch or orange rind up front. Some pear notes once warm, more pineyness & woody hops, a bit of toffee sweetness, loads of pineyness too. Finishes oaky dry, with sweet maltyness, faint cherry, slight booze heat, woody hops that really brings puckery bitterness

MF: Chewy, fairly lively carbonation, good balance, sticky, some booze warmth

An interesting DIPA with an English slant, but no game changer. Would've love to try this about 3-4 months fresher

Photo of fgmiele
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Visually this beer is ideal .. nice amber color and rich foamy head. Constant bubbles like champagne. Aroma is very sweet and boozy, bready. Deep pine and floweriness on the tongue, bitterness developing the more you sip. Beer is creamy and sticks to your mouth.. Overall a very solid IPA that hides it's 10% extremely well..the florals are not overbearing but showcase what is hoped for when drinking a beer of this style.

Photo of thagr81us
4.14/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Massive thanks goes out to beeruser for sharing this one with funkydelic and I at an impromptu tasting! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller sampler wine glass. Poured yellow-orange with a minimal off-white head. There was no lacing evident throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, fruit, citrus, citrus hop, and pot. The flavor was of sweet malt, fruit, citrus, and citrus hop. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a really good brew. The aroma on this one was the best part about it in my opinion. Took me quite awhile to take my first sip due to this fact. The flavor itself was pretty good but nowhere near as complex as the aroma. Granted everything in the flavor was very nicely balanced and quite tasty. Definitely worth your time and also try mixing Yin and Yang as this was quite good when I tried it.

Photo of Ruds
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the Cask, Pimlico, Feb '12 into a half pint tulip style glass. Note - followed on from a half pint of ET Yin with this here Yang !

Pours a hazy dark orange verging on copper with a thin khaki coloured head.

On the Nose rich caramel aroma's come to the fore along with piney resin and citrus hop notes, but not as hoppy a smelling beer as I had anticipated!

On the palate, pineapple, peaches, pine, grass notes, sweet sugars, caramel infused malt, wood and alcohol.

Mouthfeel was OK - a little over carbonated for my liking though.

In summary a decent enough DIPA but a little too sweet for my liking and as mentioned a little over carbonated. Not well balanced enough to place itself in the premier league of DIPA's !

BTW - Yin won the contest - better balanced!

Do I attempt the black and tan ?!?

Photo of Treyliff
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A- poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy dark ruby color with a two-finger foamy off-white head with decent retention, leaving behind a few small patches of lace

S- The nose it a bit more sweet than a typical DIPA with some sugary caramel notes. The hops are herbal and peppery, with some pine and citrus peel

T- The sweetness follows in flavor as well, with candy-like sugar with some caramel. Hops kick in around mid-palate with some herbal, piney and floral flavors. Sweet finish with a long hop linger

M- Medium-heavy body with moderate carbonation, the mouthfeel is pure silky cream and finishes velvety and smooth. ABV is hidden quite nicely among the big mouthfeel, just a touch of alcohol warmth on the finish

O- Sweeter than expected, which is uncommon for this style. It actually makes is seem somewhat 'balanced' if that is even possible with this style. However the sweetness makes it a bit hard to finish

Photo of KYGunner
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%

From the maker of one of my favorite IPAs, Molotov Cocktail, this obviously borrows some of the key hops. Huge tropical fruit punch flavor with a mix of oranges and kumquats, this keeps a rather stiff toffee malt backbone. It doesn't have all the complexity of Molotov Cocktail but it keeps the alcohol heat tempered so that drinking it is a bit easier.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 ounce bottle, best before 2015 (as stated on the label). Served in a snifter, the beer pours a murky copper color with about a half inch off-white head that went away quickly. There's a small amount of lacing left behind on the glass. Aroma is citrusy (grapefruit, orange peel, apricot) and pine hops, and some caramel malt. It's a nice aroma, but it's a bit weak. The taste is mostly citrusy hops (grapefruit flavor is strong), along with some pine hops and bready and caramel malt. Lingering bitter hoppy finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit sticky and slick, and is well carbonated. I think it's a solid brew, but it's not my favorite of the Evil Twin beers I've had so far. Also, I've saved a bit of this Yang to mix with the Yin stout like they recommend, I'll have to see how that tastes later!

Photo of philbe311
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A fingers worth of moderately foamy slightly airy light-to-medium tan colored head... Decent retention gives why to a sleek glossed lacing that is even and a slight collar... The color is a deeper darker than expected earthy amber... There are also some red highlights mixed in... While not opaque, it is much less translucent than it's American Double IPA counterparts... Very lightly carbonated... A decent bit of lacing clings to the sides of the glass...

S - Very nice aroma... Loaded with citrus and complimented by a touch of earthy hops... Simcoe perhaps... Bread crust... Crackers... Some mild caramel tones... A very faint whiff of booze...

T - Hop resins... Citrus... A light touch of pine... Earthy... Some bready malt undertones... Light caramel... The slight burn of the 10% ABV lingers for a while...

M - Medium bodied... A bit thick... A bit chewy... Quite sticky... Brisk carbonation...

D - Even though all the ratings above are > than "3.5" the sum of the parts don't equal the whole... Still a very solid respectable American Double IPA... However, there is something that I can't quite place my finger on the keeps this from being the next step beyond very good...

Yin & Yang Blend (Black & Tan):
A - 3.5 S - 3.5 T - 3.5 M - 3.5 D - 3.0
Overall - Wasn't the most seemless of pours (my fault), but the red highlights of the Yang really standout... Most of the complexities of the respective aromas and tastes get lost in one another... I would much prefer to drink these brews separately as they stand quite nicely on their own and lose something when combined... Overall, the drinkability scores go down as the 10% ABV is tough to take once all the nuance is lost...

Photo of smakawhat
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass.

A real nice creamy off caramel yellow colored head sits with a really nice cloudy amber orange. Quite nice looking.

Nose is juicy orange citrus, airy apricot, sense of fresh squeezed orange juice. Real nice.

Taste on the palate is really bringing the nose notes nicely. Orange juicy hop, mellow bitterness on the finish. A real nice caramel creamy malty action in the mid palate. Body is big and bold but not an alcohol bomb or syrupy sweet.

Overall really also in control and enjoyable. A great controlled and sweet density between juicy hop citrus and malt sugar rush. Really liked this one.

Photo of shawnchong
3.13/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Just my very feeling, maybe I not double IPA kind of person

3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle to snifter. Produced and bottled by Evil Twin Brewing at Brewdog. This bottle is as fresh as one can be coming from the UK. Sampled 5/18/11.

A: Pours with a small off-white head that disappears quickly. Relatively speaking, the body is a dark shade of amber orange. Lacing is spare to none.

S: The malt foundation is very sturdy, presenting aromas of caramel and lightly toasted grain. Above average hop content with notes of wet grass, dried pine wood and an orange underneath. Slightly mossy.

T: Mimicking the nose with a sweet honey or light brown sugar inclusion. There is a nice backdrop of orange flavor although the taste comes across as slightly artificial. Small trace of alcohol with a mellow warming sensation for the belly up.

M: Full bodied with a thick and sticky texture. Well carbonated.

O: Nothing special...BUT a better than average attempt at an American DIPA by a European brewer. Still, my curiosity is what drives me to make purchases like this. Someday I'll learn to let these beers stay on the shelf.

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Evil Twin Yang from Evil Twin Brewing
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