Evil Twin Yang - Evil Twin Brewing

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Reviews: 137
Hads: 760
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 28
Gots: 110 | 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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Photo of stephens101
3.62/5  rDev -6%
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. (621 characters)

Photo of buschbeer
3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
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. (687 characters)

Photo of RickS95
2.65/5  rDev -31.2%
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. (876 characters)

Photo of TX-Badger
3/5  rDev -22.1%
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. (160 characters)

Photo of Cylinsier
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
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. (532 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (259 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
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. (447 characters)

Photo of gabrielsyme
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very hazy as there was quite a bit of yeast in the bottle. Smell is slightly of honey malt. Taste is malt first, then quite the bitter punch. Some earthy and floral hop undertones. This stays interesting throughout. (215 characters)

Photo of doktorhops
3.41/5  rDev -11.4%
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. (2,108 characters)

Photo of GregJ
3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
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. (232 characters)

Photo of are_doubleyou
3.21/5  rDev -16.6%
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.) (1,860 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%

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. (353 characters)

Photo of CHickman
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%

Bottled 3/6/2014. Pours very hazy chestnut brown/copper color with a thick 1 finger foamy light tan head that was full of bubbles and faded slowly, leaving minimal lacing and a layer on top.

Smells of pineapple, caramel, citrus hops, piney hops, grapefruit, roasted grains, malty sweetness, fruity candy like Razzles or Skittles, herbs and a red wine like aroma.

Tastes sweeter than it smells with a lot more malt and booze in the mix. Flavor includes graham cracker, toffee, pineapple, orange juice, red grapefruit, caramel, roasted grains, citrus hops, piney hops, a buttered biscuit, tea leaf, fruity candy, spices like pepper and cinnamon and hint of booze like rum. A lot sweeter than I expected and relatively well balanced, however the booze does get more noticeable as it warms and the malt complexities seem to get stronger in the finish. The hop bitterness is powerful but tames the ABV to a manageable level.

Mouthfeel is thick and chewy with a medium body, light carbonation and a slick feel that trails off bitter, leaving a grainy sweetness and some citrus aftertaste lingering.

I should have had this bottle sooner when it was fresher to get the most out of the hops, but besides that regret I enjoyed this beer. Not the smoothest or most sessionable DIPA, but it had a nice variety of hops balanced by a pronounced malt profile which kept the 10% ABV in check. Evil Twin always pushes the boundaries and this was another interesting brew from them. (1,472 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Poured from bottle into a snifter


Appearance – The beer pours golden amber color with a two finger head formed upon pouring. The head has a lighter level of retention, fading over about a one minute time period to leave a decent level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.


Smell – The aroma of the beer is biggest of a bready malt smell mixed with some more dank herbal and earthy hop smells. Along with these smells comes some other hop aromas of a grapefruit nature as well as a little bit of a floral hop smell. A rather decent sum of a boozy aroma is there as well giving an overall slightly more warming smell.


Taste – The taste begins with a strong bready flavor mixed with a good showing of an grapefruit and earthy hop right from the start. There is also a good showing of a caramel malt right from the start, which as the taste advances is joined by some lighter and tropical fruit tastes, although these remain relatively light throughout the taste. The earthy hop increases in intensity and is joined by some flavors of an herbal and floral hop taste more toward the end bringing a bit of dank, greenness to the tongue. Toward the end a booziness really starts showing up strong and mixes with the malty and hopped taste to leave somewhat off (but not too off), rather warming and dank hopped taste to linger on the tongue.


Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. Both are rather fitting for the style, although a little too much for the dank tastes of the brew, with a slightly thinner body possibly having been better for the “greener” flavors of the brew.


Overall – A decent double, but a little too boozy and dank for my taste. Just alright and for the larger price tag, really not worth it overall. (1,834 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%

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. (1,152 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.69/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: medium orange hue with a light haze and a moderately strong effervescence. Head is a thin finger of frothy ivory foam. Not too bad.

Smell: strong hop aroma which is mostly floral but has some citrusy and earthy character too. It works for me!

Taste: caramelly malt flavor with a big hop character which is floral, green and a little dank. Bitterness is a little light for the style but OK. Not too bad, but kind of muddled.

Mouthfeel: medium-rich body with a great carbonation and creaminess. Bam!

Overall: the flavor is muddled and not well balanced in my opinion. Not a terrible beer, but also not one that really grabs me. (680 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
3.08/5  rDev -20%
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. (306 characters)

Photo of mrfrancis
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear, ruddy amber with a fluffy, thick whitish head. Head retention is only so-so, though lacing is moderate.

S: Aromas of biscuit, lemon, lime, bitter orange, grapefruit, juniper berry, herbs, pine, papaya, pineapple, and tangerine fill the nose.

T: Notes of crackers, caramel, biscuit, herbs, lemon, lime, kumquat, bitter orange, grapefruit, papaya, pineapple, cedar, juniper berry, and tangerine swirl across the palate. The finish is mostly bitter and resinous with just enough caramel sweetness from the malt to provide a semblance of balance.

M: Medium-bodied, firm, and oily. Carbonation is delicate. Alcohol presence is noticeable. This is definitely an ale to be sipped and savored.

O: For the most part, this is a really nice DIPA. I appreciate the fact that the malt is emphasized a bit more than usual and the bitterness is not so overwhelming. I can see this being a beer that would be appreciated by those who are trying to move away from the over-the-top bitterness of many contemporary American DIPAs. (1,033 characters)

Photo of SerialTicker
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled 3/06/14 and poured 6/03/14. Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint. $3.99 for a single bottle.

Appearance: A deep orange/copper sort of color... one of the darker DIPAs I've seen, I think. Aggressive pour yielded a sand colored, soapy head with a fair amount of lacing.

Smell: Very interesting. Unusual, even. There's a sweet malt character that I notice right away, but then there's also a sort of tea characteristic as well. There's a lot of fruitiness that I can't pinpoint specifically to a particular fruit. Hoppy tea and caramel malt... that's about the best way I can describe this beer.

Taste/feel: Wow, well that's smooth as hell. The 10% is hidden incredibly well with no hints of it anywhere as far as taste or warmth. The taste on this one is just unique as hell, and I feel I could easily pick this out of a line up. I'm struggling to find words to describe it. First of all, it's one of the maltiest *tasting* DIPAs I've had, I think, but it's not the sweetest, because there's a nice bitterness on the end that makes you crave another sip. The tea sort of flavor I get in the smell follows through into t he taste. Maybe it's not REALLY a tea flavor to most people, but it's how I describe it... it's unusual, but very, very nice. There's also an autumn leaf (yes, that specific) flavor to this beer as well as, dare I say, weed. Again, the finish is bitter and a bit dry, which is nice, considering the front of this beer is pretty malty sweet. The body of Yang is medium, almost full, with a moderate carbonation.

$4 for a bottle of this is asking a lot, considering 29 cents more could net me a bottle of their absolutely legendary I Love You With My Stout. Still, this is no doubt a damn good IPA, and it was bottled almost three months ago. If you can find it, try it, because it is most definitely a unique sort of DIPA. (1,851 characters)

Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a hazy deep amber with a two-finger foamy white head. Light sticky lacing.

S - Aromas of orange peel, grapefruit, caramel malts, and piney hops.

T - Starts sweet with a strong amount of caramel malts and citrus. The piney hops come in mid-palate bring a strong lasting bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O - A nice DIPA. The finish is a touch to bitter for me, but still enjoyable. (452 characters)

Photo of FFreak
2.81/5  rDev -27%
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. (409 characters)

Photo of maximum12
2.48/5  rDev -35.6%
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. (932 characters)

Photo of fgmiele
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
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. (423 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 12/13/2013. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy deep orange copper color with a 2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big tangerine, grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, floral, grass, pine, caramel, biscuit, light toffee, and floral earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity of juicy citrus hops and nearly balanced malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, pineapple, orange peel, citrus rind, pine, floral, grass, caramel, biscuit, light toffee, and floral/grassy earthiness. Sizable pine/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, pineapple, citrus rind, pine resin, caramel, biscuit, light toffee, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity of juicy citrus/pine hops with moderate malt sweetness; with a very crisp malt/bitterness balance and some lightly cloying pine resin bitterness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a lightly slick, crisp, and very sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice DIPA. All around good complexity of citrus/pine hops and moderate malt sweetness; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering. (1,530 characters)

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I eschewed the whole black and tan experience in favor of trying this dialectic in sequence, "life" first. I am rather left-brained you see. An orange-bronze hue like dark honey, with a huge beige head (pour accordingly). Fantastic aroma that really stands out, toffee and candied grapefruit, tangerine, slightly funky tropical fruit juice, ripe mango. Tastes well-attenuated with a deceptively thin body given the aroma, but does not taste mellow. This one is quite boozy folks, and not for the meek. The alcohol is pretty astringent and the whole tannic, woody package dries out the palate. Whereas the smell is sweet and fruity, the taste is pine, black and white peppercorns, green banana, tobacco, some grapefruit and lime rind but this latter element is nearly swamped by the bitterness. Does get a little sweeter as one proceeds, evoking some orange breakfast drink, and the mouthfeel is smooth. In an universe of rather sweet malty DIPAs this represents a different spin and really manages to trigger the bitter receptors. Perhaps I'd try to skew things away from the medicinal woodiness and back toward the hop aromas preserved so beautifully on the nose, but what do I know? I get to drink and enjoy these things and write some reviews as a labor of love. I can see how the unbridled bitterness of this brew would indeed mesh well with the roasty sweetness of Yin (review forthcoming). (1,395 characters)

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Evil Twin Yang from Evil Twin Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.