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Evil Twin Hop Flood - Evil Twin Brewing

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85
very good

352 Ratings
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85
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Ratings: 352
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 10.93%
Wants: 5
Gots: 36 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Evil Twin Brewing visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 01-09-2012

Amber IPA
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Ratings: 352 | Reviews: 55
Photo of WineGuy3000
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Quick review. Firstly, I love the carbonation here. It matches the slightly heavier body & creates some nice drinkability. I like the color as well, this is a good looking brew. That's about all that I like. To me, the flavor is completely out of balance - the absurd hop-bitterness & lingering woody notes dominate the palate so completely that any of the more nuanced flavors are rendered undetectable. The name is fitting, but to call this an amber might be a bit of a stretch given the flavor profile. I'd love to know the IBU on this puppy.

Photo of mothman
3.49/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Hoppy Amber. Furious like but resiny.

Photo of metter98
3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy very dark amber in color and has lots of visible particulates floating in suspension near the bottom of the glass. It poured with a half finger high beige head that died down, but left a coating of bubbles running down the sides of the glass and a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of pine resin hops and biscuit and caramel malts are present in the nose along with some faint hints of citrus.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, but starts off with hints of initial sweetness from the biscuit and caramel malts, which is then followed by increasing notes of piney hops and a light amount of corresponding bitterness, the latter of which is most noticeable towards the finish and aftertaste
M: It feels medium-bodied and quite malty on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The hops lend some crispness to the mouthfeel.
O: This beer has a really nice balance between the malts and hops, having a heavy dose of both. I liked its bold flavors, but think this would probably be best suited as a beer for the winter months given its fuller body nature.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of dcmchew
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours really dark amber with a small fluffy beige head.
Lots of tangerine and grapefruit on the nose, faint pineapple, bit of pine, bit of fresh tobacco, biscuit, sticky caramel, some woody-herbal notes (hard to pinpoint).
Rough grassy hops up front, really bitter from the get-go. Lots of bitter citrus peel too. Sweet caramel maltiness shows up, rounding up some tangerine and faint mango, but just for a short while. Strong grassy hops for the finish too, really rough and bitter, with some strong woodsy notes, like pine cone and spruce.
Aftertaste has lots of grassy hop, chewing tobacco, light citrusy notes, almost no malt sweetness. Medium body and carbonation.
Hops are too aggressive and don't deliver as much flavor as they do bitterness. Malts have that strong flash of caramel sweetness, but it's way too short. It's ok, but not my type.

Photo of beerinabottle
4.66/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A red ale with a good hop edge. Great lingering taste.

Photo of Westyn
3.01/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Good at hiding the alcohol content, but I feel like a lot of the cedar notes mask the rest of the flavors this could have.

Photo of Nutwood
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice woody cedar notes, a touch of toffee and orange, and a clean finish. Good balance of malt and hops. Body is substantial but not syrupy with a good level of carbonation to go with the aroma and flavor levels.

Photo of CrazyDavros
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Pours dark amber with a small head.
Nose shows sweet caramel malt with a bit of a bready note. Some spicy and piny hops.
More rich malt as a flavour. Loads of pine and spicy hop again. Finishes with an aggressive, sharp bitterness.
Great moderately high carbonation.

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

I purchased this today - it was bottled five months ago.
Light herbal notes announce a muted hop nose.
Big rocky finely bubbled lightly tan tinted off-white head tops a hazy dark amber to light brown column of beer.
The palate offers some dark sugars, dark caramel, with some malt notes seasoned by citrus rind and fresh cut grass from the hops that grow slightly astringent in the finish to end in a long lingering bitterness in the aftertaste.
The body is medium full with medium carbonation. the carbonation is soft.
The beer is very good but 5 months is a little old for a big hop beer.

Photo of pkalix
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%

thick. heavy. smell of some kind of urine....

Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single bottle poured into a tulip glass. Sort of a cloudy root beer-like bronze hue with an imposing honeycomb beige head that took a while to simmer down. Aroma is indeed a flood of hops, ample grapefruit/tangerine citrus along with tropical mango, hints of lychee and a guava-like musk, coupled with a rich toasted nut and toffee vibe from the malts. Smells beautifully resinous yet assertively malty at the same time. Hops are powerful on the tongue as well, a huge spicy burn along with robust citrus and dried tropical fruit flavors (same as on the nose). Some get toasted bread ... Sure, but I am getting a pronounced bitter walnut effect as well. Comes off as thick, with a moderate degree of carbonation and a pine resin element in the fruity, juicy, yet pungently bitter finish. I won't say this is the best hoppy amber or red IPA I've had to date but its right up there. The brash hops thrust themselves forward from beginning to end, with the malts skewing towards the dry and nutty as opposed to the caramel sweet. Not for the faint of heart.

Photo of laituegonflable
4.36/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, but vibrant, red colour. Beige head - cream rather - small, fairly dense, but a bit lacklustre unfortunately. Lacing sticks around OK but not brilliantly. Still, I love the colour.

Smells very, very hoppy. Floral bouquet with a touch of rosewater, lots of tangy citrus though, plus passion and lychee. Touch of toffee malt underneath. Beautiful stuff.

Taste is fairly sticky at first. Has a note of burnt sugar before hops take a stranglehold. Yeah, lemon, grapefruit, notes of tangerine and passionfruit, then bitterness gets quite woody on the back with a dry cedar character. Really melts away at the end, astonishingly well since it seems headed for mega-alpha territory. Amazing, really. Tangy, bold, even brash, but ultimately amiable as anything.

Bit of pull from the hops but body is there to save the day. Not bad.

Really packs a powerful, knockout punch, yet holds back from delivering it and just lets you, too, savour that moment before the kill. Then the kill doesn't come, and relief comes flooding in. My kind of beer.

Photo of CHickman
4.23/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 4/9/14: Pours light chestnut brown with reddish hints and has a ton of sediment floating in it that looks like a picture of a snow globe; foamy 1 finger light tan colored head that has a ton of bubbles in it and faded extremely slowly, leaving excellent foamy lace coating the sides and creamy layer on top. Looked like a great IPA or stout out of the bottle, very impressive overall.

Smells of fresh citrus hops and grapefruit up front, followed by bread crust, caramel, lemon zest, graham cracker and malt. The malt is slightly more dominant with toasted Italian bread coming to mind, piney hops and herbs or light spices similar to dry tea leaf. Balance is pretty nice and this has a lot more bold flavors than most amber ales, I prefer hoppy brews in most styles so this scores very high in my book.

Tastes of roasted or smoked grains, toffee, burnt toast, piney hops, syrup, brown sugar, grapefruit, dry grass, lemon zest, pepper and other mild spices and something chalky which is like a very dry cracker. Flavor is much maltier than the nose, but the hops add nice balance and complexities that add sweetness and keep it interesting. The heat is evident as the 7% shows throughout, but the cracker taste lingering is like a Saltine dipped in an IPA and actually quite nice.

Mouthfeel is on the heavier side, with mild carbonation, a chewy body and a very dry finish that leaves a sweet bready taste hanging around with some nutty aspects and a yeast-like powdery coating.

I assume the hops would have stood out more if I drank this bottle 2 months ago when I bought this beer, but either way I found it really tasty and enjoyable. Another winner from Evil Twin, I urge giving it a try as it was not your standard amber ale, this was an amber zapped by gamma rays and hulked up with flavor.

Photo of smakawhat
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Dark copper brown body, with some very fine carbonation. Head is tan yellow and a nice four fingers tall. Big small swiss cheese retention, and some speckled lacing as it settles. Real nice color and take on an IPA.

Light juice tropical hop aromas abound. Not much malt sensations, but some faint candy caramel and toffee comes out a bit. Hints of treacle and molasses slightly.

Palate comes with a nice hop forward quality. Toasty bread crust and warm grapefruit hop action trickles in nicely in the mid palate. Good thick hop bitterness, even a little bit of a black pepper finish with a resiny coating. Light hints of caramel, as the hops move forward.

Overall not bad, pretty straightforward and solid.

Photo of beerjunky413
3.06/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Attention Brewers: please put best by dates on your hop-forward beers. My intuition tells me I picked up a way too old bottle (if I know that for a fact, I won't review the IPA) but since I have no way of knowing when it was produced, I'll go ahead and review.

Pours a dark amber with just a thin lacing on my tulip. Aroma is mainly crystal type malts with some faint hop citrus in the background. Taste is like a barleywine-light, if such a thing exists. Almost 0 hop character, difficult to finish. Man, when IPA's are fresh they're unreal but when they start to age they fade like no other style. I'm going to say this debacle of a beer that I tasted was just an old bottle, as Evil Twin would not be around if their IPAs consistently tasted this bad. You've been warned so if you must buy this please ask how long its been deteriorating on the shelf.

Photo of FFreak
4.34/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My bottle was labeled as an Amber Ale, not a brown, or brown IPA. Poured into a standard pint glass. It's dark reddish amber in color with about a finger of tight, nearly white head. Lots of floral and citrus hops on the nose with just a bit of dank. Flavor is also floral, citrus, dank and slightly bitter with gorgeous malt undertones. Smooth and full mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation. I really liked this beer right down to the last drop. It was pricey at $3.69 for a single bottle, but I'd definitely buy it again.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.17/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Specialty Beer Cellar. Served in a pint glass.

Appearance - Deep brown. Murky. Medium off white head. Great lacing. Well retained.

Smell - Very piney and grassy. Lots of deep caramel. Almost chocolatey.

Taste - Aggressive grassy hops. Intense caramel body. Grassy hops come back aggrwssively. Extremely bitter.

Mouthfeel - Heavy body. Excessively bitter. Difficult to drink.

Overall - Tastes ok, but this pint will take me forever.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330ml brown bottle purchased from Leura Cellars. Shared with Sam and Chris on a brewday.

Pours a lovely reddish amber colour, with a very fine bead to it. Head is an extremely fine gauze of off-white, pocked in places that leaves fine, intricate streaky lacing. Body has a bit of heft to it as well. Looks great.

Nose is awesome. Big, powerful, but extremely fresh US hops that give wonderfully clinging resin and citrus characters, but pinned down by a robust almost meaty malt character that adds weight and gravitas. The confluence is something semi-savoury, but still extremely bright fresh and delicious—it's almost the perfect aroma for a hop-forward amber ale.

Taste is lovely and light for the most part, with a clean, strident hop bitterness right through the centre. The malt is certainly lacking a little, leaving the beer craving a touch of sweetness, but it does provide a robust grain-forward character that balances the hops nicely. Feel has a fichness to it, but it still manages to stay fairly light. Nice stuff.

Overall, this is an absolutely cracking brew, and one of the best beers I've had from Evil Twin. It's also possibly one of the best American Amber Ales I've had. And I've had some awesome beers from both categories.

Photo of maximum12
3/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Been picking up a bottle of Evil Twin here & there since they randomly began showing up & I've been a bit underwhelmed to date. But hey, I like hops, let's try another. My glass is half-full. 12 oz. bottle.

Pour is a ruby orange with active carbonation & enough floaties to warrant a fine particle filter. The nose is, well, not there. Really. I can barely distinguish the air in the glass from the air floating all around me. Srs.

Hop Flood would be a great first beer when you got out of prison, or came out of a coma. Hop bitterness does indeed flatten the palate, but there's not much to back up that flattering first impression. Leafy hops, lingering aspirin, harsh bitterness. Took half of this small bottle from my wife & that's plenty.

A very one-note beer. The arms race that is ever-increasing IBUs has to have something to back it up, otherwise you may as well go lick a lemon, without the taste. Mediocre.

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.64/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into DFH footed pint glass; ruddy chestnut brown with a massive fluffy tan head that sticks around for a long time, and leaves great piebald lacing as it descends into a thick puck of foam topping.
Smells of crisp bitter piney and herbal hops, some citrus rind, and dry bread malt.
Taste follows nose very well; crisp pine and citrus rind hops mix very well with dry brown malt, bit of nuttiness.
Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied and crisp, semi-dry finish with lots of lingering bitterness.
Overall, this is definitely a surprise. I usually avoid brown ales because I find them boring and generally lacking in flavor, but this one is different. Lots of hop flavor that works very well with the malt.

Photo of biboergosum
4.04/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle - this is an apparent ode to certain stocks of Danish beer that failed to survive a typical regional flood.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, dark bronzed amber hue, with three fat fingers of densely puffy, rocky, and bubbly off-white head, which leaves a decent array of sudsy spray pattern lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of bready, crackery caramel malt, a pleasant oily nuttiness, and rather acrid pine and citrus rind hops, if somewhat muddled in their origin stories. The taste is more nicely supportive caramel and toffee-flecked malt, wet brown bread, flaky bar-top nuts, and still perky pine resin, orange and grapefruit pith citrus, and leafy, weedy hops.

The bubbles are pretty tight in their rendering, and way beyond yer basic frothiness, the body a decently solid medium weight, and so-so in the smoothness department. It finishes off-dry, sure, the bready caramel malt keeping my attention via various palate-grabs, while the heady west coast American hops seem incapable of finding another venue to display their youthful vigour - s'alright by me.

A pleasantly hopful and hopeful IPA disguised as a brown/red/amber ale, whatever, this just seems to work, all the furor and sturm und drang of the hops well met by the bigger than expected malt contingent. If you're a fan of fair and balanced IPAs, and the general aiding of beer in need, give this one a go.

Photo of LambicPentameter
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes after drinking on 1/22/14. Enjoyed out of a 12 oz brown bottle with a bottling date of 12/9/13 stamped on the base of the neck in yellow ink. Poured into a 16 oz nonic style tumbler glass.

Appearance - Body is a beautiful dark burgundy hue with a slight haze to it. the light has trouble penetrating, but not entirely, allowing for some rust colored highlights down at the bottom of the glass, far away from the massive three-finger head shadowing the liquid. Foam is khaki colored and resembles Lorraine swiss cheese as the bubbles begin to grow and expand. Retention is outstanding, and after about five minutes, there is still a healthy two fingers of foam, with a pillowy, uneven surface that looks like melting meringue pie topping. Lacing is pronounced and leaves mottled sheets along the sides of the glass.

Smell - Surprising notes of citrus, with grapefruit flesh and orange zest coming through at first, as well as less acidic notes of herbs like thyme and basil. After the initial hop characteristics are some profiles more expected from a brown ale, with lightly toasted malt and a slightly-sweet nutty component.

Taste - Here, the blending of style expectations continues, as the citrus is still present, but in a less aggressive form. Grapefruit is the predominant element, but it's more of a bitterness than the citric acid freshness you might get from fresh fruit. Here, the earthy grains and nuttiness are more present, but not in a way that overpowers the hoppy herbal characteristics. Some brown sugar and caramel malt is detected as well.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied and moderate-to-high carbonation, with a dry finish that has just a kiss of grainy sweetness lingering on the palate.

Overall, a very unique beer for which the style "American Brown Ale" doesn't quite do justice. This one is far more complex and interesting that most brown ales I've had, and it isn't just a hop bomb, as the name implies. The hops are a wonderful complement to the nutty, malty flavor profiles.

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 2/18/2014. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy deep ruby red color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, light pine, caramel, toast, brown sugar, light chocolate, and floral/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus hops and dark malt notes; with good strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, pine, caramel, toast, brown sugar, light chocolate, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fair amount of earthy floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, pine, caramel, toast, light chocolate, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity of bright citrus/pine hop flavors with light-moderate dark/bready malt sweetness; with a crisp malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice amber ale. Good complexity of bright citrus/floral hops and light-moderate malt balance; and very smooth and crisp to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of Alextricity
3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 2/18/14 and poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint on 4/17/14. $3 single, so it's a reasonable price for an Evil Twin beer.

Appearance: Well. If you get the whole bottle in, say hello to a massive amount of huge floaters and some serious sediment. Very hazy color that looks like diarrhea water with all of the floaties. Nice and sustained three finger off-white soapy head. Looks rather unappealing with the color and floaters. I like the head on it though (Who doesn't like some good head!?).

Smell: Hop Flood indeed. Pure, ripe, sharp pine and grass hops with a lot of resinous smells. Some good caramel malt in there as well, but this is an amber? It really smells like an IPA to me. The only thing making me think otherwise so far is the appearance.

Taste/feel: Hm. Well. Yeah, hm... alright. I don't know. Interesting, I suppose. My immediate thought is that this beer has more bitterness than actual flavor. There's a nice pleasant little rush of hops initially, maybe a trace of malt, and then a bitter, bitter, bitter finish. No idea what the IBUs are on this, but it's gotta be high. The burps are tasting like straight up hop cones. I'm not sure just why this is listed as an amber, because it really tastes nothing like an amber to me. It's hops through and through with an intense bitterness -- not much balance to speak of. It's a good beer, and an extreme one, but so is Molotov Cocktail... that beer from Evil Twin had some balance to it. The feel here is moderate all around with texture and carbonation.

All-in-all, disappointed, and probably my least favorite Evil Twin beer. The hops are bursting fresh and tasty, but where's the malt? Going by the color of this beer and then the flavor, the amount of hops in this brew must be off the chart. It's a pretty good beer, but not what I'd expect from Evil Twin (...greatness, basically).

The malt comes through a bit more as Hop Flood warms up, but it's still not something I'd pick up if I wanted an amber.

Photo of russpowell
3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours an effervescent & slightly hazed caramel/orange with a pinky of cream colored head. Never clears up, very good lacing & head retention

S: Pineapple, leafy hops & grapefruit

T: Follows the nose, plus breadyness, some pineyness & a little bit of caramel & boozeyness up front. More leafy & woody hops as this warms & just a little bit of brown sugar dryness/sweetness, plus boozeyness. Finishes dry with woody hops, boozeyness & a little pineapple

MF: Medium bodied, creamy carbonation, some sticky notes

A nice hoppy brown, bordering on amber

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Evil Twin Hop Flood from Evil Twin Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 352 ratings.