Evil Twin Hop Flood - Evil Twin Brewing

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85
very good

366 Ratings
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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

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Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recent bottle from Lakeview Liquor, Chicago. A Danish style ale, also well hopped by American style citrus orange hops. Not too bitter, but the balance is leaning that way, with juicy orange ipa on the finish that contains some sweetness. Decent drinkability, but still overpriced. Cloudy. A tad above average mouthfeel.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 2/18/14.

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grapefruit juice, citrus zest, and slight herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with earth and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty, but has a fairly assertive bitterness that lingers after each sip.

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 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 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 StonedTrippin
3.54/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

for some reason i thought this was an india brown ale, what little i know. its good beer though, even if its been on shelf awhile now. i like an amber that isnt real sweet, and this certainly isnt, and i also like one thats rich and frothy in feel, creamy and rising, and this is that as well, so it wins in those regards. the hops on it are insane though, and not all the way in a good way, like very singular and overdosed. i get simcoe mostly, or something like it, not real outside of the box there, and s much as the beer drinks fine, i wonder the point. sometimes, most of the time even, evil twin gets all weird and gnarly with ingredients and processes and all of that, but here we have such a basic beer, just hopped beyond reason. doesnt really fit their usual. a hint of staleness to it, this came out a little while ago now, and quite a high degree of bitterness coming through the red malt, but a tasty beer nevertheless, a fine nightcap, and something i would drink again if the circumstances called for it. not life changing, and by the evil twin standards i know, its a let down in some ways.

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 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 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

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

Caramel amber-brown color. Light haze. Good bar-pour head. Nice lace on the glass. Blanketing initially.

Some brown malt smells. Very little hop nose although there's a bit of prickliness too.

The taste is far more bitter than the smell suggests. Good Brown Ale base though. The hop is unusual because it reminds me of grapefruit rind which typically I only pick up in the smell. Good body and low carbonation. A bit harsh.

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 dbrauneis
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear dark amber in color with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and strong copper highlights. The beer has a half finger tall dense foamy beige head that slowly reduces to a very large patch of thin film covering almost the entire surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of hops - citrus/orange, citrus/orange zest, herbal, and very light hints of pine. There is also a light amount of caramel and toasted malts underneath the hop aromas.

T: Upfront there is a just shy of moderate flavors of slightly toasted and caramel malts with barely any hints of sweetness. There are aggressive slightly stronger than moderate flavors of hops - citrus/orange, herbal, and some light hints of pine. Moderate amounts of bitterness which lingers for quite a while.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly crisp with hints of dryness in the finish.

O: As I would expect in a beer named Hop Flood, there is a very nice presence of hops in this beer which are slightly aggressive - really enjoyable from my perspective. Alcohol is well hidden and the beer is enjoyable though not the easiest drinker with the aggressive hops and bitterness.

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 DoubleJ
3.52/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Read that label carefully. In bold print is "Twelve Percent LLC", which immediately provokes the thought that this beer is 12% ABV. BUt that isn't the case; you see that's the importer's name. The ABV is listed is small white print, at 7%. Given the beer's name, I'm anticipating some hops. So, on to the beer:

A few chuncks of sediment are visible in this leather brown colored beer. The head is halfway between soapy and fluffy, retains well on top and leaves strings of lace around. Hoppy nose, check. Raw piney notes spring out, tiny tofee aromas appear. Basically a one dimensional aroma.

The hops are worked quite well. Pine, grapefruit, and resin flavors show that the Danes can do that famous American style justice. The one thing that I'm still missing is some brown ale. The brown ale component is minimal, it seems to be there for "filler" than for flavor. Now don't get me wrong, the overall flavor is quite appetizing, but it could be a little better. It's medium bodied, not difficult to drink, and leaves slightly bitter citrus in the aftertaste.

Reasonably good beer, not so reasonably priced (I paid $9 for this 500 ml bottle). Then again, it is a Danish beer, did I really expect to come across a bargain?

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 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 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 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 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 Tone
3.72/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy, dark brown color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of hops, slight citrus, roasted malt, slight sweet malt, and a hint of biscuit. Fits the style of an American Brown Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is also a noticeable dryness. Tastes of citrus hops, slight roasted malt, hint of sweet malt, and a hint of alcohol. Overall, great appearance, good aroma, and blend.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.44/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A - A nice bouquet of head well over an inch with excellent lacing. A dark hazy amber brown with some sediment on the bottom so I am not sure of the age.
S - Smell is rather hoppy with a strong malt base. Not too sweet or skunky so hopefully it taste good.
T - Not bad very malt forward so I assume I got an old bottle. Says best by 2015 so I think by then it would be flavorless. Very little actual hop or citrus hop taste. Just taste like an average IPA.
M - Light to medium not overly smooth but not terrible.

Overall I guess this is why my bottle shop marked it down from 15 bucks, to 8 bucks, then put it on the 5 dollar shelf. Over 6 months old doesn't make for a good IPA.

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 VelvetExtract
3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A-Pours a dark brown. Head is a fairly dense layer of tan, sudsy matter. It leaves sticky, patchy lacing marks.

S-Aroma is heavy on the pine. A lot like a Black IPA. Definitely toasty and lightly chocolatey. I can tell this one is going to be pretty bitter.

T-Intense bitterness is born from a mix of piney hops and charred and roasty mealtimes. The hoppiness is bitter without much actual hop flavor besides said bitterness. Some nuttiness.

M-Very, very bitter. Took me a while to drink it. Body isn't even that heavy but the bitterness slows me down,

O/D-It wasn't bad but it was definitely an overpriced 4 pack. I think I dropped around $13 for what is essentially a Brown IPA.

Photo of thagr81us
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a Samuel Smith imperial pint. Poured a massively murky red-brown with a two finger khaki colored head that subsided to one finger very slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, dark chocolate, caramel, and caramel hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate, citrus, citrus hop, and pine resin. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. If I am completely honest the dark chocolate aspect on this one was really quite a pleasant surprise. It really added a nice layer to the complexity going on in this one and tied the citrus aspect into the roastiness going on here. I’ve been trying to tick as many Evil Twin brews as possible and so far have been fairly impressed. This one is not an exception. I suggest you give this one a shot for yourself if you get the chance.

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