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Evil Twin Yang | Evil Twin Brewing

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Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by rfgetz on 04-22-2011

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle, pours a hazey Amber with a small white head that laces glass well.Aroma mango, pineapple, tropical fruits, pine, grapefruit. Taste sweetness, grapefruit, citrus, malt, very bitter. Very nice.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into IPA glass. It pours a clear orange-amber with a one-finger milk-white head and lacing. It has a nice dank smell with an aroma of tangerine, pine, and hops. You can really taste the tangerine/orange peel. It begins quite sweet and fruity but ends with a lot of hoppy bitterness. It's a really nice balance of sweet and bitter. It's a medium-bodied ale with moderate carbonation and it hides its 10% ABV quite well. Overall, it's a well-crafted and enjoyable IPA. Like Yin, it's not as good as some of its famous competitors but it is solid and worth trying.

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Photo of HotDogBikeRide
4.59/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle dated "302-15", dark gold with a white foamy head, smell was really dank right from the pour suggesting something unique, but settled down just as the taste reflects. Some malt, citrus, and quite a bit of hoppy resin to finish the gulp, leaving a dark sour tone on the back of the tongue. Nice! Actually turned out to be quite a nice change of pace and nicely represented a well thought out balance between the different attributes. A genuinely good, strong, drinkable beer.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This double IPA falls with the tangerine citrus end of the spectrum, with a kind of black tea, biscuit thing going on. It reminds me a bit too much of an amber ale in flavor profile so I'm not likely to want more than a serving of it. The booze comes across a bit strong in the bitterness, as if I had a shot of vodka not too long ago. I was hoping I'd like this more. I certainly like the concepts, marketing and the design of the brewery.

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Photo of Wasu
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice smell of orange peel but the taste is too bitter for me. Aftertaste is also very bitter and it stays for quite some time. This level of IBU is not my type.

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

Hazy dark amber color with beige head. Aroma is malty with some dank hops. Taste is malty and sweet at first but gets dank and bitter towards the finish. Long, bitter aftertaste. Alcohol is quite present. Not bad but definitely not my style of IPA.

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Photo of leadpaint76
2.86/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My rating is low because this beer is 225 days old. It is not Evil Twin's fault but I am rating the beer I am drinking. This is horrible malt bomb with very off flavors. Evil Twin makes good stuff I will update when I get a fresh bottle. Have a great day my friends.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Normal look to an imperial with good head. Carmel malty piney smell. Very floral hoppy malty well balanced. Medium body with a well carbonation. Fantastic beer!

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Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
4.39/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

APPEARANCE - 1FH that lasts, light, foamy, lacing, hazy.

AROMA/SCENT - Hops, citrus, pine, a little sweet

TASTE - Hops, very bitter, pine.

MOUTHFEEL/PALATE/TEXTURE - Dry smooth, long-lingering, astringent, acidic.

VALUE - $10 for a 12-oz pour. Pricey.

OVERALL/DRINKABILITY - I've never been a fan of Evil Twin, but I found this quite drinkable, with no annoying stunt additions.

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Photo of GrumD
4.6/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a small head and some fine lacing. Has a hazy appearance and big citrus hops on the nose. The taste is orange-like with a lingering dry finish. The malts are not lost here but this is a hophead beer that wins.

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Photo of HipCzech
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Serving: 12 oz bottle poured into a 9 oz Libbey Embassy snifter.

Appearance: Clear, pale amber with a froth of khaki foam; sparing lace.

Smell: Burnt caramel, peach, citrus zest, pine.

Taste: Lean malty backbone with pine, citrus and peppery hop notes. Bracingly bitter; slight alcoholic heat.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, lively carbonation.

Overall: Boozy and bitter Imperial IPA.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.42/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a half finger of head on a hazy straw body.
The aroma is boozy hay in a barn. Interesting.
The taste is a punch of lemon bitterness and malty sweetness all at once and together. Finishes with a bit of alcohol heat.
The texture is thicker.
It's an imperial pale ale for sure.

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Photo of drmeto
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

-pours a hazy amber with a big,frothy,offwhite head
-medium carbonation visible
-lots of floating particles
-long-lingering, almost cloying bitterniss
-medium carbonation
-medium to full body
-alcohol warmth
Good DIPA, but nothing more

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Photo of aquazr1
3.51/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle served in a tulip. Pours a dark amber color. Nose is somewhat lacking. I pick up the sweetness of the malts more than anything else. The taste confirms that this is very malt forward. Not bad, but not my style.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Fills a B-United Tiku with a hazy copper-orange glow (SRM 12-14), while modest lacing is deposited after the thick, long lasting, creamy, sherbet-orange head has departed.

Clams? Wow that was unexpected, and unwelcome. Some grapefruit is present, only after forcing the search. As the shack wares off, one detects some grassy aromas.

Clean citrus lemon/lime, with some caramel and a quick modest finish. Bitterness is well below the expectations of an IIPA, but does rally for a token appearance in the finish.

The body is light to medium with high alcohol presence, yet short of my expectations from a 10% beer. Light carbonation adds to the silky texture.

This was rather underwhelming for a spectacular, cool September afternoon. I enjoyed it with a sublime live harp performance out on the deck.

I enjoyed Yin & Yang separately via a side-by-side comparison, then as a Black-&-Tan. What follows are notes as the Black & Tan:

- Tremendous side-by-side long lasting creamy heads above black and copper in a Pretentious Beer ½-n-½ glass.
- Clamminess of Yang is eliminated, allowing the hops to show.
- Alcohol mellows out, while the bitterness is cleaned-up. Sweetness emerges, along with citrus over a light roasted flavor.
- Creamy, with light carbonation and more balanced alcohol.
- As a tandem Yin & Yang is undoubtedly improved. Still not something to rave about, but the experiment produced dramatic and positive results.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.34/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden color with Amber and orange tones. A cream lace retains throughout.
An ever present but not explosive aroma of tropical fruit, mango, pineapple and light citrus, is present in the nose. Then I detect a strong cracker malt aroma which alternates with the fruit throughout. I also detect a strong presence of,oily hops.
This is an intense tasting brew that bursts with flavors that could be too much for the faint of heart. As for me, I loved the taste. I would describe it as malt forward at times, with a sweet caramel feel. The tropical fruits, which feel like they have been soaked in alcohol, are also present. It is almost cloyingly sweet. However, this is balanced just in time by the hops. Thus, I could also describe this as a hop bomb; it is leafy, piney, resiny, and is really felt in the dry finish that leaves a lingering hops aftertaste.
The feel is medium to full bodied. Creamy, oily and chewy at the same time.

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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into pint glass in August 2015.

Appearance: Golden with light tan head. Head is thick and sticks to the glass.

Smell: Strong aroma of hops, pine, and citrus, like grapefruits, with a little peppery spices as well. Overall the citrus aroma dominate the others.

Taste: There is a strong hop flavor with hints of citrus flavor and a little pepper flavors as well. There is not much sweetness from the malts.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied.

This is a strong IPA. It has an interesting mix of grapefruit, hops, and other flavors, which makes it interesting. Overall the hops do dominate the flavor.

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Photo of stephens101
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Explosive carbonation results in two-fingers of firm tan froth. Amber in color with faint orange hues. Smells malty more than anything. Perhaps some faint apricot and gum. Tastes sweet with an effete background of herbal hops and slowly evolving notes of candy and various fruits. A hint of orange peel lingers. There may be a slight chemical essence.

With all its faults Yang doesn't lay too heavy on the palate, and there's enough flavor to get you through, so I won't assume any guilt in recommending a pint. Any more than that and a person might be inclined to start counting the bills left in their wallet.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.61/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a tulip glass

This beer pours a hazy amber color with golden highlights. Chunks of yeast are visible in the bottom of my glass. It is topped with three inches of creamy, beige head that sticks around for a while leaving a little lacing.

I smell some caramel malt with some tea aromas. The hops have faded leaving me to believe that this is an old bottle that my girlfriend picked up for me.

I taste plenty of caramel malt. The hops seem to have completely faded.

Pretty full mouthfeel for an IIPA

I was a little bummed out about getting an old bottle from such a great brewery. I will revisit this one and teach my girlfriend how to read Julian dating.

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Photo of RickS95
2.65/5  rDev -31%
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.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a darker amber color with off-white head. Caramel malt, some pine and a very earthy note on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finish is earthy mushrooms.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz.

Pours a clear amber orange, an inch of off-white head that is very fluffy and retains well.

Smells of bready malts and floral and citrus hops. Hints of rose.

Tastes of maple, bready malts, citrus, and floral and piney hops. Nice hop bite in the finish.

Full body with stinging carbonation on the tongue.

Very good double IPA, very tasty and certainly deserves recognition. There are still a few in the style I'd take before this, but not many and I certainly wouldn't turn this one down. Hope to have it again.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Yang pours a hazy dark golden color with a big lacing head. There is a huge hoppy aroma. The taste is also big hops, very bitter, very bold, with some earthy notes. Big flavors, good body. Overall its very strong, alcohol comes through, good sipping beer.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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Photo of 57md
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper in color with a nice hoppy nose. Full bodied with the malt backbone well represented. However, the finish was definitely too boozy and astringent.

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Evil Twin Yang from Evil Twin Brewing
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