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Evil Twin Yang - Evil Twin Brewing

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147 Reviews
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Reviews: 147
Hads: 809
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 smcolw
4.39/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Good head from the bar pour (into a tulip glass). Great ring lace that leaves a blanket in many areas. Cloudy liquid with a dark amber/light brown color (light passes through easily).

Very well-balanced for the style. The use of crystal malt is evident in the nose. While the hop is certainly present, it does not dominate.

Quite sweet but still holds true to its IPA roots. It is not sugary; it's just that the malt really stands out. The bitterness comes through late--well after the swallow. The aftertaste certainly demonstrates the hop presence, lasting a very long time. In a word: Complex. The body and carbonation are true to what one would expect.

This could easily be one of my "desert island" beers.

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Photo of sleazo
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Torst

A_hazy orange brown with an off white fluffy head. Lacing is very good

S_Orange peels and pine cones coming in strong

T_Sweet caramel malt is the first sensation upon sipping followed by an intense wave of piney bitterness. This lingers for quite a bit and also leaves a bit of citrus on the tongue. The sweetness up front is a good counterpoint to the very intense hop bitterness

M_viscous body as can be expected by the abv and style but with a very aggressive carbonation to avoid leaving the stickyness in the mouth.

O_Very hoppy, well balanced and good overall. I haven't been drinking double iPas much recently but this is a well constructed one

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Arrives a cloudy, dark honey/amber color. No head to speak of, just the faintest of rings, off white in color.
Smell is citrus and evergreen hops, light malt and very little else. Complex? No. Well balanced? Oh, yeah.
Taste is citrus, evergreen/pine, fresh wood, and malt. Again, well balanced but not overly complex.
Medium bodied, medium effervescence up front but drops away quickly. Warming decently but not as sweet, smooth or warming as most Dips. Would have gotten. 5 more on most ratings if it had been. Still beats a regular IP, though.

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Photo of MacQ32
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours a great amber/orange (quite reddish) with 2 fingers of light caramel colored head, decent retention, absolutely fantastic lacing.

S - Can literally smell the sweet malts from ~3 feet away as the beer sits in front of me for a few minutes. Lots of sweet caramel malts, orange/pineapple grapefruit citrus. Smells great

T - Lots of bitter resinous hops up front, the sweet malts make a split second appearance before the citrusy deliciousness kicks in. Finish and aftertaste is astrigent alcohol and bitter hops. Definitely a palate wrecker. Spicey/very peppery at the finish.

M - Lighter bodied, good carbonation, quite drinkable, its really just the bite that holds me back a wee bit.

O - I feel bad, I may have wrecked my dog's palate with this one. We'll see how she enjoys the molotav cocktail afterwards. Tasty but super overpowering at the finish.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled March 2013. Opened August 2013.

A - Nice looking off-white, yellowed paper head with nice retention and lace. Beautiful tangerine body.

S - Deep, herbal hop with an earthy and marmalade sweet overtones. Touch of booze as it warms.

T - Sweet caramel and bread crust center, with a clean, earthy herbal hop finish.

M - Smooth and thick.

O - A distinctively European style IPA, with more malt and balance than American varieties.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

4.5 A: Moderately hazed medium amber color. Three big fingers of pillow off-white head. Retention is good and tons of lacing is left.

4.0 S: This is a BW type DIPA. Big floral hop aroma right from the start. Citrusy orange, mango, pineapple, and grapefruit too. Layers of caramel sweetness on the malt side. Hints of toffee as well. Can't complain, it smells great.

3.75 T: Resiny hoppy stickiness. Floral notes foremost once again, then orange, mango, and grapefruit. Moderate bitterness. Plenty of caramel sweetness to balance along with a hefty neutral malt maltiness. Again, quite nice.

4.25 M: Heavier body. Good moderate carbonation. Big creaminess with a moderate sticky chewiness.

4.0 D: Really tasty malty DIPA. Not much else to say. Pick it up.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
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?

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Photo of barczar
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a somewhat opaque deep, deep copper with a billowing frothy cream head that slowly dissipates, leaving sticky lacing.

Aroma is resiny, bready, caramelly sweet, and citrusy. Notes of pine and mint accompany grapefruit and orange.

Flavor is decidedly bitter. There's an initial punch of lemon, grapefruit, and lemon peel, but bitter, resiny hops take over mid palate and carry into the dry finish. Sweet, caramel malt accompanied the initial citrus flavor, but also falls to the bitter, earthy hops. Alcohol is evident mid palate.

Body is moderate to a tad syrupy, with carbonation a bit on the low side and significant alcohol warmth.

Slightly cloying at first, with decent citrus flavor, but the brutal bittering hops overwhelm. Doesn't suit my palate. The alcohol is a bit overwhelming, as well.

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Photo of dar482
4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a deep amber orange color.

The aroma has caramel malt, citrus hops, lots of sweetness.

The flavor follows with a good malt backbone, but also citrus and piney bitterness. It does a decent job with hiding the alcohol and holding back the bitterness with a good compliment of caramel sweetness.

It reminds me almost of a refined Hoptimum with things toned down a bit. It has a full, almost creamy mouthfeel for a DIPA.

An interesting and delicious brew.

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Photo of russpowell
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 03/12/12

Pours an effervescent copper/orange with 3 fingers of cream colored head. Crazy lacing & nice head retention

S: Doughy with leafy hops, pears & toffee

T: Doughy, leafy & piney hops, some tea like tannin & a touch or orange rind up front. Some pear notes once warm, more pineyness & woody hops, a bit of toffee sweetness, loads of pineyness too. Finishes oaky dry, with sweet maltyness, faint cherry, slight booze heat, woody hops that really brings puckery bitterness

MF: Chewy, fairly lively carbonation, good balance, sticky, some booze warmth

An interesting DIPA with an English slant, but no game changer. Would've love to try this about 3-4 months fresher

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Photo of patpbr
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a deep amber, almost brown with a big foamy head.
S - Carmel malts and a bit sweet.
T - like the scent the taste starts off the good malt body. Hops are pine, herbal, citrus and a little fruit. A good balance
M - medium body and moderate carbination. Bitter finsh
O - turns out they want this to be part of a black and tan using yin. Will try sometime

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

A: Into my tulip, poured a deep amber/amber brown ale with three fingers of dense frothy foam.

S: brown sugared malts and herbal pine; almost medicinal; lightly floral and slightly dank

T: strong malt backbone - slightly chewy - full of deep caramel and toffee sugars, while bittered by notes of pine resin and earthly musk. At times, almost buttery, and then darkly bittersweet and smooth.

M: Left a slight coat across the tongue; medium-full bodied with modest carbonation.

O: a well-balanced DIPA - doesn't come on too strong, allows the malts and hops to express themselves equally

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Photo of utopiajane
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This poured a hazy copper orange that was murky and deep. Opaque with highlights around the edges and had bubbles coming up from the bottom . A scant head of loose bubbles that fell pretty fast to a film o'er top and a pretty thick ring. I would say this one was pretty and had great legs. Left good lace but it was fleeting. Nose is bright orange and sweet pink grapefruit. really delightful. Pine and herbal hops. A deeply sweet caramel malt base that strikes me as smooth already and with more bread that it boasts. Taste is really well done. Everything in it's place. A hop forward bitter greets the palate and then the sweet pink grapefruit with a little pith. Just like a real grapefruit. The orange is light over top of that and some catty hops. There is the very lightest pine oil and resin and a nice subtle warming from the alcohol that is leans in to a toasted nutty malt finish that's not as sweet as the nose.

What a superb and delightful IPA. Nothing loud or rambunctious. Finely crafted and everything deliberately well done to give you the finest possible experience in the drink. The abv is 10 percent but it doesn't feel like it. Smooth and satisfying. What a treat compared to all the very loud and egregiously bitter ipa's one is bound to sample. This one had class and was completely captivating. Stately and played down. What character.

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Photo of Simont
3.57/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Ripe orange citrus hop aroma followed by caramel malt sweetness. Herbal hop undertones with gooseberry and pine, slightly catty.

Medium amber, light tan foamy head persists. Beer is fairly hazy.

Big caramel malt followed by herbal then citrus hop flavor. Malt seems to have a vanilla quality under the dominating caramel sweetness. Bittering hop is high and clean and does a good job matching huge malt profile.

Med-full body with creamy character; alcohol noticeable but not harsh. Somewhat enjoyable sensation of pine sap on the back of my tongue.

Overall this is nicely balanced for a huge IIPA. Wish I could have opened it 2 months earlier - date on the bottle clearly marked 3/12/13. The moderate age didn't help, this had the bitterness-over-aroma hop character that my big hoppy beers take on after a few months. Not quite oxidation but similar, with hop aroma and flavors dropping out and crystal malts becoming magnified. Still, a delicious and very well made IIPA.

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Photo of mxchap
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: amber with a thick, dense, creamy head. [4.5]
Aroma: toffee, pine, grapefruit, pineapple, and floral. [3.75]
Taste: Big malt backbone, pine, tropical fruit, and grass [4.0]
Feel: Surprisingly light, bit of resiny finish. Doesn't linger too long [4.0]
Overall: Like the malt backbone. Feels a bit thin though. [4.0]

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Photo of Brenden
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Yang's color is basically medium orange. A light tan head rises up to over a finger and develops some heft. It remains resiliently, dropping plenty of leggy and patchy lacing well on down the glass.
The aroma is big on pine and fruits (tropical and citrus) notes with a bit of herbal dryness that's all bitterness and overpowers malts. Some biscuit and caramel sneak out, but barely.
To be honest, though, it's sweeter than I anticipated after smelling it before the pine and herbal hops bitterness comes out, and they play better together in the flavor. There's even a honey-like note in the sweetness. Citrus, tropical fruits and some interesting additional herbal notes play out as well. Dryness lends itself to a pithy, not quite chalky character in a lingering finish that sits at the back of the throat a bit.
The body is medium, semi-dry as it all melds together. It's crisp up front, yes, but surprisingly smooth and creamy.

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Photo of jpro
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Westbrook tulip...

A: ruby-tinged copper; light almond, two-finger head of thick suds; nice retention leaves some webby chunks of lace.

S: piney; light-resin; light grapefruit rind; toasted malt; and some alcohol.

T: hoppiness is a touch dull (more than expected, at least); light touches of bread crust; seems to be missing some character.

M: medium-full; moderate-high carbonation; finishes dry and not quite as tasty as hoped for...

O: a nice imperial IPA, but nothing that stands out.

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Photo of zac16125
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

8 oz pour from a bottle into a snifter
Bottled on: 3/13/13

A: Pours a dark caramel color with reddish hues. 1/2 a fingers width of tan head builds then quickly fades. Leaves only the faintest hints of lacing.

S: Dank resinous hops, sappy pine, citrus rind. Malt sweetness to balance it out, and some booze to add to the complexity. I'm surprised by how great this smells. Love the aroma.

T: Malty, boozy. Hops take a back seat, which was not the case in the aroma (but may be partially due to the age, although at 2 months its not that old). I also get burnt sugar, piney hop bitterness, and citrus rind. This is really booze, although being a fan of boozy beers I actually like it. More of an American Barley than DIPA in my opinion, or reminiscent of a not as good version of DFH 120. That being said I actually really dig it.

M/D: Full bodied, not necessarily thick, and def not syrupy. Carbonation on the higher end. ABV is certainly noticeable but I think it adds nicely to the beers complexity. Drinkability is good.

O: Overall, Im a big fan of this one. Its not the typical DIPA, but if you like big, bold, boozy beers you will be a fan of this one. Now that its available in 4 packs (at less than half the price of the old singles!) I will def look to purchase this one again.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 2/14/13.

Pours a hazy honey orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, grapefruit juice, and alcohol. Taste is much the same with caramel and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a high amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good that is tasty but strong and very bitter.

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

A: Copper orange, very clear.

S: Citrus, grass, typical hop aromas.

T: Starts off with some unexpected malt sweetness. Hops jump in midway through, With a very clear piercing sort of bitterness. There's a sort of earthiness to the aftertaste.

M: Moderate, fairly frothy carbonation.

O: a decent double IPA, Not bad but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

If IPA's are supposed to the beer most lopsided type of beer where balance is concerned, then this beer does its part by propelling hop bitterness and suppressing malt sweetness like very few have. Evil Twin really knows how to make a hoppy beer.

Yang pours with a dense visual texture- coppery-amber hues are heavily hazed and is a testament to the beer's unadulterated, unfiltered character. A thick blanket of foam rises to top the beer like meringue. Ivory white in its color, the beer shows tremendous staying power and laces with well defined rings with each sip.

Deep aromas of citrus fruit, tropical fruit, and botanical herbs create a highly floral bouquet that dances upon a caramelly, biscuity, malty stage. A tinge of alcohol tickles the nose and then fades back into the sharp hop notes.

Malt sweetness rushes onto the tongue to buffer it from the massive hop flavors to come. Understated firmness of biscuit malt, honey, and caramel provides the supple support for more aggressive flavors of grapefruit peels, orange zest, fresh cut grass, chives, and light cannabis to pierce the malts and gain command of the overall flavors. More mellow pineapple and melon flavors follow along with the growing bitterness that leads to a heavy pith and resin intensity that grips the back of the throat. Alcohol flavors hide behind the hops and sparsely shows its strength- dangerous for the beer's drinkability.

Again, the firm malt underpinnings show a stern creamy weight in mouthfeel as well. But like in taste, the malt structures soon quiver and fall apart- leaving the strong drying compounds of hops to refresh the palate and provide a high rate of drinkability. Warm but not hot, the beer concludes with mild leaf astringency and an echo of caramel and bread.

The long lingering bitterness begins to showcase the hops more like classic American IPA, but with its elevated strength, this hoppy side of karma is ideal for an Imperial Black & Tan.

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Photo of babaracas
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy dark amber, one finger thick dense white head, settles to a thin ring, with a few dots of lace on the glass. Smell: apricot, white grape, sugar soaked grapefruit. Taste: sweet but with a nice bitterness throughout... dried stone fruit, candied citrus peel, fading into herbal notes with lingering sweetness, citrus, and evergreen. Creamy feel into syrupy/sugary. It's good, but it doesn't distinguish itself.

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Photo of Tone
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy, brown color. One inch head of an off-tan color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of citrus hops, sweet malt, hint of floral, hint of grass, slight roasted malt, alcohol, hint of pale malt, and a hint of citrus. Fits the style of an Imperial IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and creamy, with an average carbonation level. There is also a noticeable bitterness. Tastes of alcohol, sweet malt, slight roasted malt, slight caramel malt, slight citrus, citrus hops, and a hint of floral hops. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, blend, and feel.

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

12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a hazy copper color with a half finger head and some lacing.

S: Citrus hops along with some sweet bready malts to balance it out. A hint of alcohol.

T: Very much like the nose with some caramel flavors as well. Hides the alcohol well.

M: Medium to heavy bodied with good carbonation. Smooth!

O: I enjoyed this beer quite a bit. It's my first Evil Twin brew, and I'm definitely satisfied. It almost tastes like an Oak Aged Double IPA. Nice balance and flavor.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Had at the Independent. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Deep hazy copper, with a good white head and moderate visible carbonation.

S: Caramel and sweet malts, pine and citrus rind hops.

T: Follows the nose, with the addition of grapefruit and bitter pine hop profile to the mix. The caramel malts come to the front of the palate more than I would like.

M: Medium to slightly heavy bodied, alcohol well-hidden given the ABV. Adequate carbonation sensation.

O: This is a decent offering, but I'm not overly impressed with it. The caramel malt flavors clash with the hop profile. That said - I did follow it up with a black and tan (Yin & Yang), and the flavors meshed very well with the stout and were more enjoyable. But on its own Yang fell a little short.

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Evil Twin Yang from Evil Twin Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 147 ratings.