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Evil Twin Yang - Evil Twin Brewing

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Evil Twin YangEvil Twin Yang

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149 Reviews
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Reviews: 149
Hads: 811
Avg: 3.84
pDev: 27.08%
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 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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Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%

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.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.08/5  rDev -19.8%
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.

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Photo of mrfrancis
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.84/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of FFreak
2.81/5  rDev -26.8%
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.

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Photo of maximum12
2.48/5  rDev -35.4%
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.

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Photo of fgmiele
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
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).

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Photo of lochef81
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This ale pours a deep copper color with a small white head and alot of lacing. The nose is hoppy with tons of citrus, pine, and grass. There is a little malt running through the finish and a definite alcohol vibe. The mouthfeel of this is standard dipa medium bodied with a resiny mouth coating and smooth sippability. The flavor is a delicious blend of citrus/pine hops and malty sweetness. There is a not so subtle alcohol bite on the end. This dipa is not for the faint of heart but those that enjoy a boozy bitter bite will love this ale.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of GarthT
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Deep tawny gold with shallow head

S: Citrus and tropical fruit, not overly forward

T: Great balance between bitter and sweet

M: Fairly clean but though alcohol does come through faintly

O: Surprisingly drinkable given the ABV, could easily have had another.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.2/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
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

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy orange from bottle dated 2/14/13 with a one finger fluffy head. Aroma if lots of grapefruit and caramel malts, maybe a bit of orange peel. Bitter pine up front fades into bitter grapefruit. A lingering pine on the palate. Medium to heavy slick mouthfeel. Medium plus carbonation. A nice example of the style, with lots of bitter.

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Photo of ONUMello
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, bottled 3/12/13 (in CT, not imported) poured into a tulip
A: Light brown with a two-finger head
S: Hay & malt up front with some candied citrus & dried pine sap underneath
T: Just the opposite of the nose. Candied orange peel first, then pine, with malt & florals coming through later. Fairly long finish
M: Medium-bodied, a bit viscous but not overly alcoholic
O: Solid DIPA, very good but not in my top 10
I tried the Black & Tan with the Yin but I think the beers are better on their own

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Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.46/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Pours a very dark clear orange amber color with a nice off-white head and thick, wet lacing that quickly slides down the glass.

Smell – There’s a sweet maltiness here, which I really like. Has a light pine and lemon scent; not overdone like many California DIPAs. Some floral notes with a touch of honey.

Taste – Really malty, with pine, honey and a hops. I like that this doesn’t have an overpowering hoppiness to it.

Mouthfeel – Medium carbonation, some bitterness, and smooth. Somewhat creamy for an IPA. The 10% abv is amazingly well hidden.

Drinkability – One of the better IPAs I’ve had. Not overly hoppy, with a touch of malt that definitely works. It's not your typical DIPA, so I think that hurts the score a little. But I think it's very good.

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Photo of Oxymoron
4.31/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a orangy color with good clarity and a soft white head. Good retention and ok lacing through out the tasting.

Hop forward aroma with good west coast citrus and orange notes. Minor pineapple and herbal notes. Some caramel notes from the grain. Light yeast note that is a touch distracting.

Flavor is right on par with a good hop note. The citrus and orange really come out with more grapefruit flavors. Bitterness has a nice balance and lingers into the finish. There is an odd caramel note on the back end but overall great balance.

The body is moderate with a good carbonation backing. Some astringency from the hops that linger. Overall a really nice DIPA.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a one finger off-white head that fades quickly to a ring leaving a good lace. Cloudy amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Light grapefruit hop nose and flavor has enough caramel to offset the grapefruit hops. Decent Imp IPA. High ABV is hidden. Could have waited until 2015 for this but its very good now. $7.70 for a 330ml bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

Update 9/2013 12oz bottle brewed in Stratford, CT, seems to have more grapefruit and less caramel. and it is $4.99 from Julio's Liquors Westborough, MA.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

another high alcohol hop bomb from the evil twin crew. this its a monster of an ipa, pours a thick sticky honey color with not much head, patchy lacing is really all, despite a rather aggressive pour. the nose is dank and in the west coast style, with more oily sticky hop presence. I smell some sweetness too, but somehow its a hoppy sweetness. the flavor is real bold and heavy hops, but they don't seem particularly unique to me. not sure the varietals here, but nothing stands out as fruity or piney or any other common hop family descriptor. some honey type sugars in the finish, and of course quite a bit of booze, especially once it hits room temp. a four pack provides about two appropriate servings. this stands out to me as an art form than some of the other evil twin beers, perhaps because of how heavy it is, thick almost, and a bit laborious to consume. still, excellent mix of flavors and a worthy buy for the lover of big hop beers.

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Photo of Axnjxn
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle 5/8/13 bottling date into a snifter.

pours a copper color with a nice head. appropriate and typical ipa pour. the smell is of grapefruit / citrus fruits with a good amount of hops, but not overwhelmingly so. taste is also full of grapefruit and citrus, ends dry and quite bitter. no sweetness at all to this IPA. drinkability is alright, real bitter so you know what youre getting into to. full bodied.

overall a good IPA, not great.

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Evil Twin Yang from Evil Twin Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 149 ratings.