Evil Twin Hop Flood - Evil Twin Brewing

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85
very good

366 Ratings
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very good

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Ratings: 366
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 10.93%
Wants: 6
Gots: 37 | FT: 1
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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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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 Amalak
4.48/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought at Beer Street in Williamsburg, BK.

A. Looks like brown/caramel mud. Thick in its opaqueness with sediment. Nice foamy tan head that leaves a good amount of lacing.

S. Fantastic malty dark fruit scent, with a hint of charcoal in the back.

T. Very flavorful. It has a bit of caramel and a bit of bitterness. Some fruitiness like a watermelon. Malty and thick, with mild carbonation. Has a coffee taste at the end.

M. The aftertaste is a bit off, a bit sour. But not enough to detract from the brew as a whole.

O. This is one of those interesting beers that changes as it rolls over the palate. I thoroughly enjoyed this.

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 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 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 ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy amber-brown, finger of frothy tannish head. Fades fairly slowly.

S - Pine and grapefruit hops, sweet caramel malts, brown sugar, nuttiness, a touch of fruity yeast.

T - Grapefruit, pine, and grassy hops, some lightly resiny bitterness, sweet caramel and lightly bready malts, brown sugar.

M - Medium bodied moderate carbonation. Smooth, dry, bitter, sweet finish.

D - Nicely balanced. Good hoppy brown ale.

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 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 WineGuy3000
4.19/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Edit/update: This brew has really been growing on me, the monster hop is making more sense to me in the context of the other flavor components. It's actually a really cool, bold, bitter brew! My scoring has been adjusted accordingly.

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

With the name like "Hop Flood", why should anyone expect anything other than a tidal wave of pungent, dripping, resinous hop to wash over the palate? Maybe it's because that doesn't happen! Instead, the chocolaty foreground of flavor begins the shape the impressions of a brown ale. But that's not to say that hops aren't a big part of the game.

Pouring a dark, bark brown color with complete opaqueness, Its high effervescence builds a serious rocky heat that caps the beer much like the meringue on chocolate pie. With retention and lace on bold display, the beer sells the notion of American brown ale as well as any can.

Charred woods, burnt oranges, cocoa nibs, heavy toast and campfire"ish" char are just a few of the strong aromatics that shape the beer's nose. Clean and concise, other grassy, hay-like aromas bring up the rear, and do so as the beer warms. Hiding beneath is the presence of malted milk that pulls all the sharper toasted elements together.

Dry toast and bittersweet chocolates coat the palate with a broad earthen flavor. But then the sprite hop aromas of freshly peeled oranges awaken the taste buds and offer a highly drinkable taste to the savory overtones. Synged flavors of grass, pine, and stems offer a toasty flavor that's bold but doesn't extend into char, roast, or smoke flavor. Though the cocoa flavors offer a savory taste to accompany the starchy milkshake-like maltiness, they instead provide a very dry taste of toast that turns woody and mid palate and then grassy to close. This procession coincides with its hoppy orange-like start turn pithy, turn cleanly bitter in the finish.

Creamy and medium bodied to start, but the beer quickly sheds its carbonated creaminess and starchy malt textures in favor of dry toast mouthfeel. Nearly powdery late, the beer's dryness is aided by the fleeting malt presence, rising hop resins, and warming alcohols. Though it dries out wonderfully, there's an aftertaste of toast, cocoa, and charred wood.

Delicious as it is, there's few on the market that celebrate such hop character atop a stern brown ale base. Hop flood fits into the conversation with Dogfish Head's India Brown Ale and 8 Wired Rewired.

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a thick, full and rich light khaki head.

Nose is pure sweet dark chocolate with undertones of cherry and light pineapple. Really nice.

Mouthfeel is rich, full and bold and well balanced.

Flavor profile is a giant blast of bitter hop that goes to an assertive burnt toast and burnt chocolate that quiets down for a second and then goes to a big bitter pine/bitter lemon skin finish.

This is probably one of the best Evil Twin I've had. Big, big all around. I want this one with BBQ, grilled meats rich dishes. Nice.

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 avalon07
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick, murky consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that lasted a fair amount of time. Good lacing.

S: An interesting aroma of hops, malt, and the brown ale nuttiness.

T: Tasted of hops (a pretty large amount considering this is a brown ale), some malt, a little coffee, and the nuttiness. A different kind of flavor for the style, but it somehow works.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a super dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Definitely an unusual brown ale, but well made and drinkable.

Photo of jsanford
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased as a recommendation from Scott at CBX. Poured into a Tulip Glass.

Pours a dark mahogany with a dense mocha head that fades to a craggy haze, leaving lots of soapy lacing. Intense hop aromas of pine resin, grapefruit, orange peel, and pineapple with a solidly sweet coffee and roasted nut malt backbone. More resinous hops with a nice caramel, amber, roasted nut, and chocolate malt profile. Very fresh, pungent hops. Balanced and delicious, right up there with Sublimely Self-Righteous. Smooth mouthfeel, a bit creamy, with a medium body and good carbonation. Overall an incredibly delicious Black/Brown IPA, this was a nice suggestion. Thanks Scott!

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a dark, hazy, ruddy brown amber. A half finger light brown head dissipates rather quickly to a film and ring around the glass, with great lacing. Aroma dominated by piney and citrus hops with light dark malt and a hint of caramel. Flavor is a neutral malt developing pine hops, finishing somewhat dry and hop bitter. A slightly astringent aftertaste fleetingly on the finish due to not being supported by the low key malt flavor. The hops are interesting, but not bright and fresh. Medium to heavy bodied with decent creaminess. An interesting take on a brown ale, although I would hope for more distinctly flavored malt and hop elements.

Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, dark, dark brown color with a one-finger, tan head of bubbly foam that left thin trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of chocolate, roasted malt and a touch of toffee.

T - Good chocolate flavor with a roasted malt backbone. There was a nice piney bitterness that added balance.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is really tasty brown ale. Very enjoyable.

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap

Pours a dark mahogany/brown. Hazy. Not a whole lot of light getting through this guy. The head was about two fingers, beige in color and fell to a little under a finger. Chunky sip marks all the way down the glass.

The aroma is of lightly toasted toffee and sticky caramel with a hearty dose of pine resin and ruby red grapefruit. Some earthy notes.

Sticky toffee and caramel up front before a rush, and I mean a rush, of pine resin and grapefruit. The finish is dry and bitter with a lingering herbal spiciness.

Sticky, chewy body. Medium feel, but drinks heavier due to just how chewy this guy is.

There is a balance of huge, sweet, sticky malt with bitter, fruity hops. I typically like to see my hoppy ambers with a thinner/smoother malt bill but this one works in a unique way.

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 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 facundoCNB
3.91/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

pours a murky brown (with an amber hue), finger of white head which dissipated rather quickly but left behind nice creamy lacing. smells malty sweet, toffee, caramel, barleywine-like. an earthy/toasty bitterness, lots of dark grain flavor - tobacco, dirt, burnt coffee. an herbal/bitter lingering hop profile stands out. medium in body with low carbonation, this gets a bit nicer when it warms up.

overall, not a bad brown ale by any means - pretty thick for the style, which i appreciate.

Photo of liamt07
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Steve, 650ml into a tulip.

Burgundy brown, with a tan head. Light bubbles serve as retention - minimal lacing. Nose of toffee, caramel and a whole bunch of malt. Citrusy hops are peripheral, some dank pine character in the background as well. Taste has some toasty, almost lightly burnt malts, toffee/tootsie-like character and bitter citrus and pine in the back. Lighter body than the nose suggested (which is a relief), medium carbonation. A nice hoppy brown ale, light and relatively flavourful.

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.

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Evil Twin Hop Flood from Evil Twin Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 366 ratings.