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Evil Twin Yang - Evil Twin Brewing

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BA SCORE
86
very good

625 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 625
Reviews: 128
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 16
Gots: 59 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Evil Twin Brewing visit their website
Denmark

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rfgetz on 04-22-2011)
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3/5  rDev -21.5%

AngusOg, Dec 05, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

DoctorB2B, Nov 19, 2011
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3/5  rDev -21.5%

cpinto6, Nov 18, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

JAHMUR, Nov 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

patm1986, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

justintcoons, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle - $6.99 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia. Best before 2015.

Appearance: Pours out a seriously hazed, caramel colored body with a finger's worth of slightly yellowed froth.

Smell: A blend of pale, biscuity, bready, and caramel maltiness with fair degree of intensity implying a beer with a dense maltiness, but it's cut by notes of tropical fruits, citrus, and a wafting shot of liquor.

Taste: Biscuity, bready malts sweetened with touches of caramel and toffee fold into tastes of honeydew, orange marmalade, pineapple, and a drizzle of peach schnapps. Robustly bitter. The gentler marmalade quality joins the bitterness for an altered taste of fresh-cut bitter orange peel. Being relatively lightly carbonated, the bitterness and warming alcohol presence just sorta sits on the tongue beyond the fruity finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium-light carbonation. Has a viscous, almost oily texture to it.

Overall: A big, sweet, slow-sipping DIPA that holds together well enough for a 10% brew.

ChainGangGuy, Nov 07, 2011
Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle to snifter. Produced and bottled by Evil Twin Brewing at Brewdog. This bottle is as fresh as one can be coming from the UK. Sampled 5/18/11.

A: Pours with a small off-white head that disappears quickly. Relatively speaking, the body is a dark shade of amber orange. Lacing is spare to none.

S: The malt foundation is very sturdy, presenting aromas of caramel and lightly toasted grain. Above average hop content with notes of wet grass, dried pine wood and an orange underneath. Slightly mossy.

T: Mimicking the nose with a sweet honey or light brown sugar inclusion. There is a nice backdrop of orange flavor although the taste comes across as slightly artificial. Small trace of alcohol with a mellow warming sensation for the belly up.

M: Full bodied with a thick and sticky texture. Well carbonated.

O: Nothing special...BUT a better than average attempt at an American DIPA by a European brewer. Still, my curiosity is what drives me to make purchases like this. Someday I'll learn to let these beers stay on the shelf.

FeDUBBELFIST, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of Jeffo
2.28/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Got these ones at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a bottle into a snifter.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jeffo, Oct 26, 2011
Photo of jzeilinger
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep copper amber color with an off-white head that's big bubbled, and no carbonation.

S - Pungent tropical fruit, overripe pineapples, orange rind, sweet malt, and spices.

Very malt forward with caramel up front, followed by a wave of pungent tropical fruit, pineapple, grapefruit, mangos, and a peppery spice. On the fruit side, the taste is overripe tropical fruit that's almost on the dark side of the fruit flavor. Lingering grapefruit bitterness that's very dry and spicey.

M - Thick, syrupy, smooth, and heavy body with alcohol warming on the way down.

O - A fabulous beer that's dark, fruity, and potent.

jzeilinger, Oct 07, 2011
Photo of laituegonflable
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a burnished amber colour with lovely off-white-to-yellow head, fluffy and thick with a finger and a half remaining after a while. Lace is pretty special. Slow movement of bead. Looks pretty magical.

Smells lovely. Lots of floral hops giving rose and citrus characters. Nice, sweet nuttiness comes through as well, with marzipan notes. Maybe a slight metallic character but sweet and fresh.

Taste is a bit disappointing. Nice, but there's less to it. Quite malty with caramel and peanut brittle nuttiness to it. Nice hoppy notes come through midway with some rosewater character, maybe some citric twang and woody notes late. Mildly bitter, yeah definitely citric, and overall quite pleasant. Could definitely use more bitterness though, as it's ultimately a bit sweet.

Syrupy and thick mouthfeel, with a bit of a pull from the hops on the back. Not bad, can't say it's wonderful though.

Nice beer, great flavours and so forth, just lacking a bit in the synergy between sweet and bitter, sweet and dry.

laituegonflable, Oct 04, 2011
Photo of NWer
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into tulip glass. Bronze color. Cleer.
Balanced malt and hop notes blend well. Nothing overpowering.
The taste is balanced up front with a mild citrus aftertaste.
A delicious beer that I enjoyed very much.
A nice clean IPA that is very enjoyable.

NWer, Oct 03, 2011
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4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served alongside the Yin, and with the two combined.

Pours a brilliantly clear and deep amber-orange colour, with a phenomenally thick and frothy yellow-white head. Lacing is sticking and clumping. Body is extremely thick, and forms in gorgeous reverse-cascades through the head when poured. It's a heavy and brutal beer, there's no denying that. Looks great.

Nose is fresh and gorgeously hoppy, with big and aromatic citric characters, with a freshness I associate with Citra or New Zealand varieties. The malt is actually well hidden, but with the pure power of the hops, I'm sure it will be there to cushion and balance it enough on the palate. Wonderful.

Yeah, the palate is also big, and it has a green, clipped freshness, especially on the back that speaks to some of the new hop varieties. It also, however, has a rather hot character to it, and the bitterness is pronounced. It's as though the malt went a bit further towards dryness than was intended, and now we have extra alcohol and not quite enough balance.

It's a very nice double IPA, and to be fair, the additional heat and bitterness really does delineate it as a double. I really do like it a lot, and I almost feel like I'm being harsh on it, by not calling it spectacular.

lacqueredmouse, Oct 01, 2011
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2.55/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On Tap at Kraftworks.

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

BARFLYB, Sep 17, 2011
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3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a shaker pint glass.

Well if you're gonna have the Yin, you've gotta follow it up with the Yang, right? It pours a mostly clear amber-straw topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises pine, grapefruit peel, light leek, and buttery toffee. The taste brings in more of the same, though the leek is a bit stronger, and some spicy mint and light menthol notes find their ways in as well. A general sweetness falls across the tongue, coating everything thereupon like mosquitoes in amber. The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation, a syrupy feel, and a kinda dry finish. Overall, a fairly solid DIPA, but one that's too viscous and 120 Minute-esque for its own good.

TMoney2591, Sep 07, 2011
Photo of HotHabanero
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled. Pours clear amber with a medium sized off-white head. Fair lacings. Nose of citrus, pine needles caramel notes. Sweet flavour of caramel, citrus and pine needless. Medium to full bodiet. Creamy texture. Soft carbonation. Nice bitter finish. Not very complex but enjoyable anyway.

HotHabanero, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of philbe311
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A fingers worth of moderately foamy slightly airy light-to-medium tan colored head... Decent retention gives why to a sleek glossed lacing that is even and a slight collar... The color is a deeper darker than expected earthy amber... There are also some red highlights mixed in... While not opaque, it is much less translucent than it's American Double IPA counterparts... Very lightly carbonated... A decent bit of lacing clings to the sides of the glass...

S - Very nice aroma... Loaded with citrus and complimented by a touch of earthy hops... Simcoe perhaps... Bread crust... Crackers... Some mild caramel tones... A very faint whiff of booze...

T - Hop resins... Citrus... A light touch of pine... Earthy... Some bready malt undertones... Light caramel... The slight burn of the 10% ABV lingers for a while...

M - Medium bodied... A bit thick... A bit chewy... Quite sticky... Brisk carbonation...

D - Even though all the ratings above are > than "3.5" the sum of the parts don't equal the whole... Still a very solid respectable American Double IPA... However, there is something that I can't quite place my finger on the keeps this from being the next step beyond very good...

Yin & Yang Blend (Black & Tan):
A - 3.5 S - 3.5 T - 3.5 M - 3.5 D - 3.0
Overall - Wasn't the most seemless of pours (my fault), but the red highlights of the Yang really standout... Most of the complexities of the respective aromas and tastes get lost in one another... I would much prefer to drink these brews separately as they stand quite nicely on their own and lose something when combined... Overall, the drinkability scores go down as the 10% ABV is tough to take once all the nuance is lost...

philbe311, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of Trilogy31
3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Trilogy31, Aug 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 Fl oz bottle into a Tulip Glass

A- Pours a nice golden orange with a thin 1 finger white head. Leaves some sticky lacing with decent legs on the side of the glass.

S- Fruity hops up front that is quickly followed by strong alcohol and a mix of caramel malts. Smells huge!

T- Caramel malts and sugars up front with Earthy hops that produce a really nice array of tropical fruits and citrus. Definitely some alcohol in there that fills out the flavor.

M- Medium body with moderate carbonation and a nice bitter finish.

Overall its a pretty solid DIPA but the booziness really shines through on this one as well as the strong sweetness from the malts. Almost a little bit to much but not bad. Looking forward to mixing it with the Yin.

Blending the Yin and the Yang

A- Looks like the Yin

S- Dark roasted malts and coffee with a strong sweet sugary note from the yang. Yin dominates overall.

T- Really nice and smooth. On the tip of the tongue you get all that is the yin but behind it the hops and fruity flavors come out in the finish. So damn good!

Overall I'm giving the Yin Yang Black and tan a A-. Really great combo and if you love hoppy Imperial stouts this is definitely for you!!!

SkÅL!

Arenbeer, Aug 09, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
3.4/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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

Thorpe429, Aug 02, 2011
Photo of GarthDanielson
4.4/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on-tap and served in a chalice, the beer pours a deep, dark copper-brown color with a thick, tall, heavy, off-white head that settles into a half-inch, small bubbled head. There is a heavy aroma of sweet malt and spicy hops highlights. There is a slight citrus highlight, also. The flavors are sweet molasses initially, with hops spice all around it. The beer is extremely smooth and light, with a good level of carbonation for the body and style. There is a citrus sweetness, and an almost buttery character, in the aftertaste, with a slick, smooth, and clean finish. Extremely tasty!

GarthDanielson, Jul 14, 2011
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3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at Redlight Redlight in Orlando.

A - Orange colored beer with a two finger off-white head that had some nice, stickly lace left behind.

S - Citrus, tropical fruits, some caramelized sugar, a little heat. This smells pretty big and quite nice.

T - Lots of sugar, some alcohol burn. Sweet caramel and sugar backbone combined with the alcohol gives this one some heat. Almost tastes like a triple IPA. Some fruity hops and a little bit of bittering on the end.

M - Gritty, medium bodied, prickly carbonation.

O - Good beer, liked this one quite a bit and it's a fairly solid take on a big American IPA coming out of Europe. Would drink again.

AgentZero, Jul 08, 2011
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4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a clear deep copper color with a cream-colored head leaving solid lacing.

Smells of pale and heavier caramel malts with large amounts of bright hops, herbal, citrus, and hints of pine.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Grainy pale and caramel malts up front that are quickly overtaken by loads of hops, more herbal and pine than anything else. The ending is solidly bitter. Mouthfeel is very good with grainy carbonation.

Overall this is far from a balanced beer however I thought the hop choices played well off of each other. Worth a shot.

glid02, Jun 30, 2011
Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had an amber color and a somewhat cloudy consistency. There was an inch of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Good lacing.

S: A sharp aroma of hops, citrus and caramel.

T: Tasted of citrus (a little grapefruit), caramel, lots of hops, and some malt. A good, solid flavor with a nice focus.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: On the whole, this is a well made, though not spectacular Imperial IPA.

avalon07, Jun 29, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this one right before having the Yang. The pour was a murky copper color with a really good head on it. The lacing was very sticky and coated the glass really well with each sip. The smell was pretty hoppy and had some sweetness to it also. The taste was very good in my opinion. Lots of hops and some other flavors going on in there that i wasn't really sure of. I felt that it worked together though. The mouthfeel was on the thicker side and had a pretty nice oily feel to it. This beer was more enjoyable than the Yang in my opinion. I found that mixing them together is pretty good but I'd rather just have this IPA on its own.

Knapp85, Jun 28, 2011
Evil Twin Yang from Evil Twin Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 625 ratings.