Evil Twin Yang - Evil Twin Brewing

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86
very good

746 Ratings
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very good

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Ratings: 746
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

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Beer added by: rfgetz on 04-22-2011

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Ratings: 746 | Reviews: 147
Photo of Jeffo
2.4/5  rDev -37%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Got these ones at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a bottle into a snifter.

Note: Part of the Yin-Yang pair, which are meant to be mixed. Decided to drink a bit of each separately first.

APPEARANCE: Pours a 1+ finger, medium looking, off-white head with very good retention. Head slowly fades to a good wisp and clings to the sides of the glass. Hazy burnt orange in color with medium carbonation evident. A nice wisp remains until the end and leaves some great lacing down the glass. Good looking.

SMELL: Good nose as well. Pale malts, caramel malts, pineapple and lemon notes. Some grapefruit for sure and touches of orange peel. Very citrus and fruity. Nice stuff.

TASTE: Nasty. Some pale malts up front and notes of sweet caramel, then a harsh boozy middle and finish. Lots of alcohol, some pine, as well as an off-putting burst of cough syrup. Pretty rough. Bold and unappealing aftertaste of alcohol, bitter hops and cough syrup. Perhaps some fain fruity melon and pineapple, but hard to detect with all the booze and cough syrup.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. A little rough on the palate, goes down alright but finishes quite harsh and hot. Slightly dry on the palate. This is pretty boozy and tough to get through.

OVERALL: This is like my favorite football team; a solid first half, then they fall apart in the second half. I had some high hopes for this one, but in really did suck. Lots of booze and cough syrup, and a harsh, hot feel to boot. Hopefully it’ll do better mixed with Yin.

EDIT: Mixed was actually pretty good. The hoppy nose from the DIPA still came through, which was probably the best part of the experience, and the cough syrup flavors were much more restrained. If I had to drink Yin and Yang again, I'd definitely mix them.

Photo of maximum12
2.48/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Evil Twin inexplicably showed up in the Twin Cities recently so hey! Let's try some. 12 oz. bottle with a smudged bottle date sometime in March 2014.

Pour is typical orange, hazed & confused, low level of carbonation. Nose isn't terribly appealing: orange juice that's had an extra three cups of sugar thrown in my a three-year old. No hint of hops.

Yang is a bitter orange to swallow. There seems to be a duality of tastes here: bitter hops & bitter oranges. Big taste of oranges infused with caramel is quickly overwhelmed by a harsh, scattershot bitterness, enough that it's clearing my allergy-ridden sinuses & scrubbing my papillae rather painfully. Light wildflower honey tries to balance the hops but fails. Drinkability? Now splitting with my wife, who seems to like it more than I do. Six ounces will be plenty, thanks.

Not impressed. Not bad, but completely out of whack. Too many aspirin-hops. Not a very good beer.

Photo of John_M
2.6/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Max's.

The yang pours a solid amber color with fairly good head retention and lacing. The nose is disturbing and shows very little hop character. This beer smells very sweet/malty and boozy, with a hint of underlying citrus. The flavor profile confirms my suspicions; this is a very sweet and boozy DIPA. There's something of a sweet caramel and candy corn flavor to this beer, which completely dominates what little hoppy bitterness I get in the finish. This beer is hot, heavy and very sweet, and frankly is nothing like what I want in a DIPA. It sort of reminds me of Founders Devil Dancer, and I'm guessing that fans of that beer would like this as well. As I don't care for that beer either, I guess it's no surprise I didn't like this stuff. Thank God I only ordered a sample size of this beer (which neither my buddy or I could finish off).

Photo of BARFLYB
2.61/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On Tap at Kraftworks.

Evil Twin Yang pours a fairly amberish/orange with a small amount of haze to it, though that could of been the line. A small dense stryofoam white cap on top leaving small notches. Smell is way on the toasted malty side with some pine backing and a whiff of alcohol. Some bready essense with a bunch of warming. Taste is not to my liking. The citrus is there with just grapefruit along with some pine. The yeast is probably effing this one up. Some bready malt towards the end. I get some imperial ESB out of this. Feel is a steady medium with ample carb and a small crisp bite towards the end.

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 AndreasDif
2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

Helt ok, kraftfull och besk. Ingen jag skulle ta två av på samma kväll.

Photo of FFreak
2.81/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Decanted to a beer glass. A gorgeous clear orange-copper color with a one-finger off-white head that dissipates quickly leaving minimal lacing. Very little hop aroma. The taste is overwhelming bitter citrus peel with a small amount of sweet malt returning on the finish. Under-ripe grapefruit dominates. The bitterness dissipates a little as the beer warms. Paired with a sweet food, it improved dramatically.

Photo of dgilks
2.83/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clearish amber-red colour with no real head. Okay.

Sweet malty aroma with some citrussy hops. Mild acetaldehyde that accentuates the sweetness.

Malty sweetness with more acetaldehyde. Some bitterness and touches of tropical hops. Not amazing.

Medium-full body with moderate carbonation. A bit thick.

A disappoint DIPA. Okay I suppose but the acetaldehyde kills it.

Photo of Trilogy31
3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a muddy, hazy amber brown with slight gold highlights and no head to speak of. The nose is very malty upfront, with sweet caramel, buttery toffee, with a touch of cherry and bourbon tinged booze. The taste is a malt bomb that very much follows the nose and finishes with a hop bite, though the hops dont bring much else to the table. Evil twin is way to expensive and not very impressive with so much to choose from. I feel that this drank more like a barleywine though in fairness i have a tendency to feel that way about most dipas.

Photo of TX-Badger
3/5  rDev -21.3%
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.

Photo of cpetrone84
3.08/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pour is dark copper, strong haze and a dense yellowish white head with some large bubbles. Nose is strong pine, light citrus, notes of caramel and a touch of cardboard. Taste has more pine, cardboard, lots of malt, caramel, brown sugar, a touch sticky. Full bodied with assertive carb. Some residuals left.

Photo of beertunes
3.1/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I split a bottle of this with a friend who is a brewer and our opinions were drastically different. He thought it was a hop bomb and a pretty good beer, I found this brew to be good and tasty, but lacking in much of a hop profile.

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a light mahogany color with just a thin ring of off-white head that very low (almost non-existent) retention and lacing. The aroma was very sweet for the style, and the hops seemed almost an after thought.

The flavors suffered the same fate, malty and sweet, with very subtle hops. The taste reminded me most of a several year old Sierra Nevada Bigfoot, a Barleywine that is over-hopped to start but after a few years starts to taste like a BW.

The body was fairly typical, but sweeter and stickier than most ImpIPAs. Drinkability was very nice, the beer went down smooth and easy. Overall, a good, tasty beer that just didn't meet the expectations of the style for me. Still, a good brew that's worth trying if you see it.

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

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 are_doubleyou
3.21/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

L: Nice deep and bright orange color and some carbonation bubbles. It pours a decent head that turns quickly into a very thin lace. The beer is also somewhat hazy.

A: Strong grapefruit with some light resin and alcohol notes.

T: Very crisp with strong grapefruit notes up front. Some pine resin mingles with the grapefruit in the body and there are some bready malt notes to balance out the hops. The finish has a pretty strong alcohol kick. There is no date on this and it might have been sitting too long, but the boozy finish and aftertaste is rather off-putting. A solid DIPA taste until the finish.

F: Moderately thick and well balanced for a DIPA. Unfortunately the finish leaves your mouth feeling like you drank some hard liquor.

O: I really liked this beer until I swallowed it. I honestly have a feeling that it was sitting at the store for bit too long because of its high price point ($13 for a 4 pack) and the advertisement that you should buy the equally priced Yin for a black and tan. I would love to try some that I knew was fresh and see if the somewhat ruinous alcohol notes are still there (if they weren't you could send taste, feel and overall up a point). As it is I can't recommend this beer to anyone who isn't a whiskey drinker and a hop lover. I don't consider it undrinkable (in fact as both of those I kind of like it in a weird way), but it cannot compete with a good DIPA without the alcohol notes from a style perspective.

This beer was poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Blind Pig mug and enjoyed at apx. 55F.

(Side note: After submitting the initial review I attempted the black and tan recommendation of the brewer. The aroma is more strongly alcoholic, but the roasted malts of the Yin stout balance out the booze finish much better. Still too alcoholic, but it does work better. Individual Yang review to follow soon.)

Photo of ccrida
3.29/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A bit less then 1/2 the bottle poured into a shaker (I understand the brewer's intent the yin & yang black & tan, which I will do with the rest after having it solo), Yang is auburn with a big-bubbled, thin off-white head leaving thin smatterings of lace.

Smell is impressive relative to low expectations - I'm skeptical of hop-forward beers that aren't locally made and consumed fresh, but this one still has a resiny punch in spite of it's journey from Scandinavia, with a little oxidized biscuit malt as well.

Taste is pretty malty, iced tea crystal with modest hops, more in-line with what I expected from a well traveled export DIPA priced with all the tariffs. The fusels are fairly dominant as well, battling the hops on the lingering finish.

Mouthfeel is oily, medium bodied.

Drinkability is okay, it's an DIPA I'd ever by again compared to our local offerings, but aside from the QPR, which I knew going into it would be bad due to the journey it took to get here, it's not bad by any means.

As part of the Yin & Yang B&T: Pretty good, more balanced, but really, just a hoppier, watered down version of the RIS. Note: I don't pour B&Ts ever, and my sloppy back-of-spoon technique was a fail, so it was a true blend, rather then layered, if that wasn't the intent...

Photo of MbpBugeye
3.29/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I felt it might be appropriate to pour this into my Mikkeller oversized wine glass.

Appearance
This is a very dark, bruised looking IIPA. Quite ugly, but the lacing is this beer's saving grace. Lots of perforated sheets of lacing run most of the way down the glass. The color is a fully hazed, figgy brown.

Aroma
This aroma is very nice. Lots of fresh pine bough. A sugary sweet citrus bouquet explodes from below. A slight spike of clean alcohol laces it all together.

Taste
This one is quite aggressive. Lots of bitterness right from the start all the way through to the end. Its a very citrus rind type of bitterness with lots of grapefruit throughout and notes of pine sap appearing intermittently. It leaves the palate coated in an oily resinous bitter flavor that is only sweetened by faint notions of citrus juice and doughy malts.

Mouthfeel
Despite this beer's resinous hoppiness, the body isn't all that heavy. Its nearing full, but not anywhere near syrupy. The beer's body is cut down by a lively carbonation that fizzes sharply. A result of the combination of stripping bitterness, hight alcohol and sharp carbonation is a numbing sensation that builds quickly, keeping this one firmly secured within sipping territory.

Overall
A real sipper. I wouldn't have a problem sharing this 11.2fl oz bottle. Its aggressive, with little to balance it. A sure-fire palate wrecker.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to krkearney. Served in a Mikasa tulip side-by-side with Yin, and also blended into a black and tan.

Pours a fairly-hazy copper-orange color with an insignificant white head and a thin collar. The nose brings some malty sweetness and alcohol plus some citrus hops. The flavor isn't quite as malty, but the hops still aren't quite there; it's more booze and malt. Bitterness is higher than would be expected from the flavor, but still not enough to counteract the sweetness. No real discernible alcohol presence. Decent enough, but I liked the stout portion better.

Photo of cosmicevan
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

bottle picked up locally, enjoyed from tørst wine glass.

a - brew poured a transparent orange amber with a finger of foamy head that coated the glass and hung out for a while. the brew definitely has a rich almost syrupy look.

s - dank hops with a crisp almost mentholated vibe. resin and pine. barleywine-ish.

t - bam...pow...zing! bitter hop assault. fairly boozy with a bite. resembles a barleywine.

m - bitter and thick with some booze.

o - overall, evil twin has been doing some very interesting things and with more and more of their brews popping up lately, i have been enjoying exploring the catalog. this one just showed up so wanted to try it on the fresh side despite the mixbag of reviews. not a bad beer, but in the world of IIPAs...this one can't hang with the big boys. there is a unique twist with the bigness of this one and for that it is worth checking out (esp if you like those "extreme" beers)...but this isn't one i'd look for on its own again...perhaps i'll try the black and tan though?

Photo of doktorhops
3.41/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

If you want a beer that conjures up thoughts of Satan starting a brewery to try and imbibe mortals to death (with tasty beers) for his ever-growing army of the undead, nothing beats Evil Twin... or Heretic... err, in any case Evil Twin does well to invoke images of hangovers the day after with brews that generally sit above double digits ABV and Yang is no exception at 10%. An IIPA that promises a skull-crushing Black & Tan with the sister Yin Imperial Stout, a combination “I surely would if I could”.

Poured from a 355ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: You know I love it when yeast flocculates in my glass and Yang brings it to the table (literally) with a classic amber yeasty body and thin but-we-expected-that white lace ring. 8/10.

S: More on the funky/malty side than other Imperial IPAs. The aroma is: sourdough, black tea, dry malt and an earthy note. Not as pleasant as it sounds, I do enjoy the above flavours but for some reason as an aroma it is a touch discordant. 6/10.

T: The palate shifts across towards a sharp resin and alcohol note, yes it is 10% ABV but after the delightfully even 8.8% 8 Wired Super Conductor I feel a tad deceived here. Flavour is: Caramel malt, dry crackers, earthy hops, hints of black tea and a bitter orange aftertaste accentuating that wine spirit character. Another sip helps it come through considerably better given my initial impression... actually this isn’t bad, not great but still at 10% ABV... yeah, I could go another. 8/10.

M: Medium bodied with a light carbonation, could be heavier (and fizzier). 5/10.

D: Yeah, I change my mind, this beer is a monster - overly bitter and sharp with alcohol in the aftertaste... there’s a white wine (almost Grappa) spirit flavour riding my tongue like the devil, I’m already reaching for the Ibuprofen and Codeine tablets with a glass of water. If it wasn’t so sharply alcoholic this would be an excellent brew, regrettably it’s too much for me... and I don’t say that often. 6/10.

Food match: Ibuprofen and Codeine tablets with a glass of water... I’m already getting a hangover dammit.

Photo of Ghrymm
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The alcohol overpowered anything else for me. Strong bitter taste i guess its just not my style.

Photo of mel79
3.44/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

overall it had a strong aftertaste but I got a good buzz I was recommended

Photo of rfgetz
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Yang portion of the Yin & Yang partnership, designed to be blened to create a black & tan style beer.

Pours a hazed amber oranage color with minimal
head. Scent is of pungent grapefruit and sweet biscuity malt... not much else going on. First sip brings the pungent grapefruit notes with a big bitter taste, quite palate scorching but sweet biscuty malt comes through befoe the finnish. Medium bodied, dry finnish, lingering bitterness on palate.

As i described the Yang, as a stand alone beer, its not exactly what one would seek out in a dIPA, but when blended with the Yin, it works very well. Each beer is bold and aggessive, and when they are blended, the harsh qualities become quite muted.

Photo of GregJ
3.46/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy reddish orange. Aroma of caramel, toffee and orange. Very light astringent and boozy taste, grass, caramel and strong pine dominates. Fades to a modest resin and pleasant pine on the palate. Medium body and carbonation.

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!

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Evil Twin Yang from Evil Twin Brewing
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