Evil Twin Yang - Evil Twin Brewing

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664 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 664
Reviews: 132
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 17
Gots: 68 | FT: 4
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Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: rfgetz on 04-22-2011)
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4/5  rDev +5%

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a medium to dark coppery orange amber. Half finger medium to fine white head that dissipates quickly to a ring, leaving spotty light lacing. Aroma of light fruit, citrus, sweet malt and herbal hops. Smells like a barleywine. Taste follows the aroma; light fruit, sweet malt followed by an herbal and citrus hop kick. Somewhat lighter flavored than the nose indicates, again like a somewhat tamed barley wine. Medium bodied. Nicely integrated and nice flavor progression. High ABV well covered. A nice hoppy IPA with decent malt, which I like in an IPA.

See my review of Evil Twin Yin for a review of a Evil Twin black and tan with the Yin

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of kojevergas
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap acquired at Wally's Wine in Westwood, California, and served into an EKU 28 snifter in low altitude Los Angeles, California. I purchased three of these bottles; one to try now/fresh, one to try aged, and one to try aged as part of a so-called "black and tan" (though please never go about using that term in the auld country). Reviewed live.

Best before date: 2015. No bottled on date.

I loved the Evil Twin Yin when I had it on draught in Rome, so my expectations are very high for this beer even though it's in a style that I find is often brewed without regard for balance.

Not paired with food. Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm during consumption.

A: Pours a half finger head of fair cream, good thickness, and bad retention - though the high ABV makes this excusable, particularly out of a snifter. Colour is a nontransparent (but not opaque) caramel-amber. Looks a bit like a quad actually; that's unexpected. Very appealing for the style. Not the usual bright yellow fare.

Sm: Quite hoppy, but not overly so. The bitterness doesn't come through anywhere near as much as the floral quality does. Chestnut. Amber hops. Fruit esters (mostly bright, but some dark). Maybe cherrywood. Raspberry and cherry. Some cream. A very pleasant, inviting, live aroma. I think this is going to be something special. Mild to moderate in strength.

T: Nowhere near as much hop character as expected, through it is present from the midpoint through the finish, and particularly on the climax. The chestnut and berry esters come through quite a bit, complemented by cream and perhaps cherrywood. Structurally quite imbalanced, with the bulk of the flavour after the 1st act (and much of it delayed until beyond the midpoint). The open is quite empty, with maybe a very light hint of vinegar. The open is also quite brief, and zips by straight to the second act. The effect is bit jarring. I like it, but it doesn't fulfill the promise of the aroma. Built quite strangely for the style, but nicely nonetheless. No real layering.

Mf: Smooth and wet, suiting the flavours generally. It's a bit too wet and slick, allowing the flavours to slide down too quickly. I want more of a chance to enjoy them. Too thin. More coarseness would be ideal. A bit undercarbonated actually - which doesn't bode well for aging. Maybe I'll handwax it.

Dr: Very drinkable for the style. Nowhere near as hoppy as you might expect - especially for an IPA that can purportedly age well for three years. It pales in comparison to the yin; I'd like to try the black and tan however. I'd definitely try this on draught; I imagine it'd be best that way. My expectations weren't met, but it's still an enjoyable little brew. Fans of the style should definitely give this one a go. The alcohol is extraordinarily well hidden; I'd say it's 6.5-7.0% tops in terms of feel.

She drank just grand out of me snifter. I'd say a snifter or tumbler is probably ideal for this beer. I wouldn't go with an oversized wine glass. A tulip would do in a pinch just grand like.


Photo of DaveONan
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap poured into tulip.
Golden amber honey color.
Smells of piney honey malts.
Sweet hop pine malty taste. Very sweet malty actuially.
Thick and chewey...really heavy.
Overall, full of flavor. This is probably the heaviest DIPA I have ever had. Worth trying for sure. But also worth splitting.

Photo of Ruds
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the Cask, Pimlico, Feb '12 into a half pint tulip style glass. Note - followed on from a half pint of ET Yin with this here Yang !

Pours a hazy dark orange verging on copper with a thin khaki coloured head.

On the Nose rich caramel aroma's come to the fore along with piney resin and citrus hop notes, but not as hoppy a smelling beer as I had anticipated!

On the palate, pineapple, peaches, pine, grass notes, sweet sugars, caramel infused malt, wood and alcohol.

Mouthfeel was OK - a little over carbonated for my liking though.

In summary a decent enough DIPA but a little too sweet for my liking and as mentioned a little over carbonated. Not well balanced enough to place itself in the premier league of DIPA's !

BTW - Yin won the contest - better balanced!

Do I attempt the black and tan ?!?

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5/5  rDev +31.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Immortale25
4.49/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Delirium Tremens snifter.

A- Pours a medium brown color with very little light coming through that has a full finger of off-white head retaining decently enough before resting at an 1/8 inch ring around the glass, sticky lacing and nice-looking surface foam.

S- Smells very herbal, like strong tea. There's also a sweetness to go along with the pungent hop aroma.

T- Tastes like a lot of other European Breweries' IPAs I've had (Nogne, Mikkeller, Norrebro to name a few), only I think this is stronger than the ones I've imbibed before and can hardly tell. The hops have a quality of freshness and power that I love with a strong malt base to boot. Yes it has a kick to it, but doesn't deter one from continuing to drink.

M- Doesn't come off as dry as expected. Medium carbonation. Ample body.

O- I don't know if it's the hops they're using, but it's obvious the Northern European breweries are becoming forces to be reckoned with on the beer scene.

Photo of metter98
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is a deep shade of amber in color and clear with no visible carbonation. It poured with a thick ring of beige bubbles and some delicate lacing covering the surface.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of caramel malts and citrusy hops in the nose.
T: The hops contribute a moderate amount of bitterness and flavors of grapefruit to the taste, which also has some hints of malty sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is quite malty and tastes strong, but most of the alcohol is well hidden. There’s nothing overly special about the beer when it is tasted individually but it pairs very well when mixed in with the Evil Twin Yang, adding a nice amount of bitterness to the stout.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear golden amber with minimal head - though the little head present is made up of very large bubbles and just off white. There is no visible carbonation in the beer.

S: Aromas of caramel malts and citrus hops, not as bold of a nose as I might have liked but quite pleasant.

T: Flavors of malty sweetness, caramel, grapefruit, slight amounts of alcohol, and a moderate bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with average amounts of carbonation and some crispness.

O: Not the easiest DIPA to drink, the beer tastes real strong.

Note: I did mix a black and tan with about the last third of the bottle, combining it with the Evil Twin Yin as recommended by the brewers. Once combined, the black and tan is very well balanced and better than either beer on it's own.

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber-orange with almost no head.
Smelling the beer is misleading because it's not incredibly aromatic. However, once tasting...the fruity sweetness and hoppy bitterness are intense. There are flavors that remind me of ripe passionfruit, citrusy grapefruit and a light caramel that pulls everything together at the end.
The bitterness is like napalm and it clings to the palate
Intense fruits do actually linger along with the bitterness
Mouthfeel is syrupy and incredibly bitter, although there is decent carbonation to help separate the rich flavors
This is a decently priced for an IPA, but id probably opt to try another beer in it's place. Next I hope to try ying...

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Evil Twin Yang from Evil Twin Brewing
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