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Evil Twin Yang - Evil Twin Brewing

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148 Reviews
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Reviews: 148
Hads: 811
Avg: 3.84
pDev: 27.34%
Wants: 28
Gots: 134 | 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 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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Photo of gabrielsyme
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of doktorhops
3.41/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

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Photo of GregJ
3.46/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

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Photo of are_doubleyou
3.21/5  rDev -16.4%
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.)

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Photo of KYGunner
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%

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.

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Photo of CHickman
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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.

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Evil Twin Yang from Evil Twin Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 148 ratings.