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Evil Twin Yang - Evil Twin Brewing

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607 Ratings
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Ratings: 607
Reviews: 126
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 16
Gots: 55 | 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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Photo of Arenbeer
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!!!


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
Photo of AgentZero
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
Photo of glid02
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
Photo of John_M
2.53/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Max's.

The yang pours a solid amber color with fairly good head retention and lacing. The nose is disturbing and shows very little hop character. This beer smells very sweet/malty and boozy, with a hint of underlying citrus. The flavor profile confirms my suspicions; this is a very sweet and boozy DIPA. There's something of a sweet caramel and candy corn flavor to this beer, which completely dominates what little hoppy bitterness I get in the finish. This beer is hot, heavy and very sweet, and frankly is nothing like what I want in a DIPA. It sort of reminds me of Founders Devil Dancer, and I'm guessing that fans of that beer would like this as well. As I don't care for that beer either, I guess it's no surprise I didn't like this stuff. Thank God I only ordered a sample size of this beer (which neither my buddy or I could finish off).

John_M, Jun 26, 2011
Photo of tempest
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a bottle at Queens' Kickshaw for $14. I had the Ying stout a couple weeks back, but I think this is my favorite of the two beers. There was a massive fruity pineapple and citrus punch aroma that reminded me of DFH 90 Minute. The flavor picks up the same big citrus, but with healthy backing a subtle caramel malt. I appreciate that the malt and sweetness doesn't diminish the hops, like many 10%+ DIPAs. However, for $14 there are plenty of less expensive options for hop lovers. This was a great beer, but not groudbreaking.

tempest, Jun 18, 2011
Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a tawny brownish read with one-finger offwhite head that dies quick w/ minimal lace on top of a very hoppy, citric aroma with a touch of sweet caramel. For a DIPA it is sweeter than all others I've had, and in fact a little bit of a sweet beer not accouting for stly at all. A residual stickiness and caramel (and I'm tasting a hint of chocolate but I know it's not in there...vanilla, figs, maple?) with a well-balanced medium body as I also get a bready dryness and a very large hop bite. Citric, grape, cherry, even some plush or tropical fruits with some earthiness make it in there. Passes real smooth, in fact was borderline creamy at times and while some hopheads might scoff at the malts being 50/50, if not dominant, in a DIPA, I found this one very pleasurable and dangerous sipper (that 10% is very well-hidden).

clayrock81, Jun 17, 2011
Photo of shand
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a nonic. Half drank for review, other half drank as a black and tan with Yin.

This brew pours a fairly deep hazy amber with a finger of head that retains and laces well. Aroma is huge grapefruit, piney hops, and tropical fruits. Just like I like my DIPAs. The taste here is just a smooth, enjoyable DIPA. There's a nice grapefruit and hop assault, the aftertaste is full of hop resin and a bit of pineyness. Not much of a malt presence beyond a bit of a caramel consistancy. Alcohol is present, but welcome. The mouthfeel is nice and coating, and the drinkability is quite good for the ABV. A great DIPA, but really doesn't live up to the price point.

Review for Taiji Black and Tan:


This one pours a perfect Black & Tan separation, with the stout perfectly floating on top of the DIPA base. The aroma primarily features the DIPA aspects, with the huge grapefruit and hops sitting on top of a solid roasted malt base. The taste here is easily the best Black & Tan I've ever had. This is seriously good, with the very strong roastiness and hoppiness blending together into a singular amount of deliciousness. The aftertaste is a delicious piney hoppiness over some burnt malts and coffee.Almost makes me wish I just drank both bottles as a Black & Tan, because the sum of the parts here is definitely greater than the whole. The mouthfeel almost feels thicker than either of the parts were by themselves. The drinkability? Superb. Overall, this was really a delicious treat. Any fan of Black & Tans and extreme beer really owes themselves to try this blend.

shand, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of gford217
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle.

The pour is very dark for a DIPA, deep reddish amber with a thick cream colored head that lingers on top for a while and leaves spotty lacing.

Big, fruity citrus nose with pithy grapefruit and mangos. There is a sweet caramel note behind the hops and as it warms there is some resinous pine and evergreen coming out.

The taste is heavier and sweeter than I was expecting. The hops take on a candied character, like dried oranges, with lots of sweet caramel malts and toffee. The finish is bitter with pine and burns with alcohol heat.

The mouthfeel is pretty full for the style and sits heavily on the palate. Sugary sweet on the tongue.

This is a very sweet but tasty DIPA. I probably prefer mine a little brighter with citrus, but this isn't too bad for a sipper.

gford217, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of kawilliams81
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Bavarian Lodge.

A- burnt orange sunrise. some lacing and retention in the glass.

S- lots of citrus (orange, pineapple), some sweetness and hint of pine hops

T- Not a huge malt sweetness but enough. Lots of citrus hops here, orange, grapefruit, pineapple. Nice pine bitterness at finish.

M- On the lighter side for a DIPA. slightly dry yet has a little creaminess to it.

O- Probably one of the best DIPA's I have had from Europe. Good balance of sweet malts, citrus hops, and bitterness. If you find this it is worth a try.

kawilliams81, Jun 10, 2011
Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 2015 on the label.
Red/orange color, very pretty. Spotty head.
Sweet malt aroma predominately. Citrus hops, and a little bit of herbal hops.
Strong sweet malt taste. Grapefruit, orange, pineapple. Some late piney hops.
This was a very smooth and drinkable DIPA.
A little bit on the expensive side ($6.99 for the bottle).

lordofthewiens, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of Cyberkedi
4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is seriously hoppy with just a hint of sour citrus, a mix of orange and grapefruit. It pours a nice clear coppery brown with a respectable off-white head. Flavor is very hoppy, with a firm undertone of grapefruit that has a touch of orange; bitterness is minimal, and there is more than a whisper of fruity sweetness. There is also a bit of maltiness. Texture is quite fizzy and lively, while finish is hoppy and a little fruity.

Cyberkedi, Jun 04, 2011
Photo of bluejacket74
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 ounce bottle, best before 2015 (as stated on the label). Served in a snifter, the beer pours a murky copper color with about a half inch off-white head that went away quickly. There's a small amount of lacing left behind on the glass. Aroma is citrusy (grapefruit, orange peel, apricot) and pine hops, and some caramel malt. It's a nice aroma, but it's a bit weak. The taste is mostly citrusy hops (grapefruit flavor is strong), along with some pine hops and bready and caramel malt. Lingering bitter hoppy finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit sticky and slick, and is well carbonated. I think it's a solid brew, but it's not my favorite of the Evil Twin beers I've had so far. Also, I've saved a bit of this Yang to mix with the Yin stout like they recommend, I'll have to see how that tastes later!

bluejacket74, Jun 03, 2011
Photo of kscaldef
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Very small head when poured into a tulip, rapidly dissipating. Very nice copper color

S: Sticky, piney, citrusy hops. Some pineapple. Hiding under all the hops, a little bready contribution from the malts.

T: Pineapple hits first, then citrus. Great hops flavor with a nice balanced sweetness.

M: Good carbonation, medium body. Long, slightly sticky, linger.

O: Very tasty, best IIPA I've had recently.

kscaldef, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of JayS2629
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A coppery beer with an oily, slick mouthfeel. Creamy white head that leads a smooth bodied beer down the hatch. Full of pine and citrus. Notes of pineapple, citrus rind, and resiny pine in the taste. A great IPA on its own, but much better mixed with the yin.

JayS2629, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing this one, Bobby.

A: The beer pours a fairly dark color for an IPA. I'll call it copper. There's a short lived off-white head.

S: A sweet nose with a lot of toffee and caramel, and even a bit of candied citrus peel. Some decent hop character to it. Sort of woody and piney, slightly herbal. A little bit of alcohol heat is noticeable.

T: Very resinous and piney with an almost rosemary-like herbal quality. Candied orange peel along with some brown sugar and pineapple. A moderate to high bitterness is present.

M: Medium to full in terms of the body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: Despite being a bit sweet, I liked the flavors a fair amount. I don't know if this is a repeat drinker, but not bad.

womencantsail, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of sweethome
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Local Option. Pour is a hazy amber with medium off white head. Piney resin nose, decent entry of floral hops. Rather full mouthfeel - alcohol burn on finish.

Hop flavors are decent - a real hop soup. Lacked definition there. Bitterness gives quite smack. Alcohol dominates.

A decent double Ipa, but not strong in any one area.

sweethome, May 31, 2011
Photo of MbpBugeye
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I felt it might be appropriate to pour this into my Mikkeller oversized wine glass.

This is a very dark, bruised looking IIPA. Quite ugly, but the lacing is this beer's saving grace. Lots of perforated sheets of lacing run most of the way down the glass. The color is a fully hazed, figgy brown.

This aroma is very nice. Lots of fresh pine bough. A sugary sweet citrus bouquet explodes from below. A slight spike of clean alcohol laces it all together.

This one is quite aggressive. Lots of bitterness right from the start all the way through to the end. Its a very citrus rind type of bitterness with lots of grapefruit throughout and notes of pine sap appearing intermittently. It leaves the palate coated in an oily resinous bitter flavor that is only sweetened by faint notions of citrus juice and doughy malts.

Despite this beer's resinous hoppiness, the body isn't all that heavy. Its nearing full, but not anywhere near syrupy. The beer's body is cut down by a lively carbonation that fizzes sharply. A result of the combination of stripping bitterness, hight alcohol and sharp carbonation is a numbing sensation that builds quickly, keeping this one firmly secured within sipping territory.

A real sipper. I wouldn't have a problem sharing this 11.2fl oz bottle. Its aggressive, with little to balance it. A sure-fire palate wrecker.

MbpBugeye, May 30, 2011
Photo of ferrari29
4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer poured from bottle into Dogfish Head pint shaped glass

A - Beer pours with a golden colored body; small amount of head formed; head held very well; solid body in appearance

S - Very citrus and hop centric in scents; pine; hop notes come up from a mile away, very prevalent; grapefruit sour notes; touch of pleasant nice citrus aromas at the start of the whiff; fruity

T - Citrus; hop; pine; subtle hints of caramel; fantastic IPA flavor; stingy at times

M - Bitter back-end; hop sweetness & overwhelming deep hop flavors; rich IPA flavor overwhelming the taste buds

D - Part of Ying & Yang; great blend; so good, you can have alone or together; the other half of the Ying; fantastic blend of two great brews

ferrari29, May 30, 2011
Photo of Bendurgin
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip. Pours a relatively dark copper color with about three fingers of rocky beige head. Lots of sticky lacing on this one here.

Lots of sappy piney hops here with a nice citrus profile rounding it out. A little bit of caramel sweetness in the aroma mixes with orange zest. A little bit of orange marmalade with caramel on the pallet. A bigger malt body on this one than the aroma let on. The hops are here. And they are full of pine and citrus but I'd love to get a little more hops on this one than what we're getting. This one is kind of sweet but it's not too much.

The body on this is a bit sticky and full. I know it's a double IPA but I'd like to see a little bit of a lighter body. Overall, for the seven bucks I paid for this I could have picked up a hand full of beers I would enjoy more. Glad to give this a whirl and I think it's worth a try. Tone down the malts and up the hops a bit and we're kickin' here.

Bendurgin, May 25, 2011
Photo of ccrida
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A bit less then 1/2 the bottle poured into a shaker (I understand the brewer's intent the yin & yang black & tan, which I will do with the rest after having it solo), Yang is auburn with a big-bubbled, thin off-white head leaving thin smatterings of lace.

Smell is impressive relative to low expectations - I'm skeptical of hop-forward beers that aren't locally made and consumed fresh, but this one still has a resiny punch in spite of it's journey from Scandinavia, with a little oxidized biscuit malt as well.

Taste is pretty malty, iced tea crystal with modest hops, more in-line with what I expected from a well traveled export DIPA priced with all the tariffs. The fusels are fairly dominant as well, battling the hops on the lingering finish.

Mouthfeel is oily, medium bodied.

Drinkability is okay, it's an DIPA I'd ever by again compared to our local offerings, but aside from the QPR, which I knew going into it would be bad due to the journey it took to get here, it's not bad by any means.

As part of the Yin & Yang B&T: Pretty good, more balanced, but really, just a hoppier, watered down version of the RIS. Note: I don't pour B&Ts ever, and my sloppy back-of-spoon technique was a fail, so it was a true blend, rather then layered, if that wasn't the intent...

ccrida, May 22, 2011
Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottel poured into a tulip.

Appearance - carmel brown, with a thick, large bubbled cream colored head.

Smell - Pine, that is it.

Taste - Sweet carmel.

Drink - good Carbonation, very sweet.

Overall - A bit dissappointed, saved some for a Yin/Yang Black and Tan whic was nice.

HuskyinPDX, May 22, 2011
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