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Evil Twin Hop Flood - Evil Twin Brewing

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Reviews: 58
Hads: 381
Avg: 3.8
pDev: 27.11%
Wants: 7
Gots: 42 | FT: 1
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Evil Twin Brewing visit their website
New York, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Jason on 01-09-2012

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

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Photo of maximum12
3/5  rDev -21.1%
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.

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.64/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
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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Photo of SerialTicker
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
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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Photo of Tone
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of Mikeluzzjr
3.66/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours darker than I expected. Maybe I just don't know what anything is supposed to look like anymore with black-browns and brown-ambers and whatever else. Anyway. Very citrusy-piney and somewhat sweet aroma. Very hoppy, again with the pine and citrus flavors, some caramel-malt sweetness, some coppery hints. Good amount of lingering bitterness.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.44/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

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Photo of cvm4
3.54/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a deep amber, almost brown. Has a tan two finger head with good lacing.

S - Pine hops, caramel malts, brown sugar and a bit of nuttiness.

T - To me, the taste really mimics the aroma except there's a bit of citrus involved.

M - Medium bodied and carbonation. Very smooth and easy drinking.

O - The name on the bottle and what comes out of the bottle is really different. Miss leading label with more maltiness than hops. It's an easy drinking beer, but not one that really excites.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured cloudy, dark caramel brown with a super tall head that would not fall. Left craggy rocky lace. Frothy and sticky. Nose is pine and grapefruit, deep caramel malt, brown sugar and as it warms some nuts and pear. Nose is delightfully sweet and tempting. Taste is piney, nutty, caramel, dry toast. Pear and fruits all sensualize the perfect toasted sugar and bitter that caress the palate in the finish. A little alcohol and char. Ends dry with a touch of oily resin and a lasting sweetness that stays right under the bitter. This was a real treat.

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Photo of EvanJohnson
3.12/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was expecting a much different beer. Not the crisp hoppyness I enjoy normally. Lots of malt flavor reduce the true character of the hops. That said there is still a well rounded flavor that is different and kept me sipping through the whole bottle. Not a bad beer, but not in my personal style wheelhouse.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

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Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Into a nonic glass:

A: dark cloudy brown colored body leaving a foamy one finger tan/white head forms and slowly dies to a film coating the top of the pint. Beautiful sticky lacing clings very nicely around the sides of the nonic

S: hops up front very powerfully with some light caramel and nuts coming more so in as the beer warms. Some pears come in too as it warms

T: all of the previously mentioned flavors and adds a nice clean sweetness with a tinge of alcohol, but an acceptable amount for the strength of this beas

M: medium with a nice smooth creaminess surrounding the mouth and tongue. Since the ABV is fairly high for a brown, this is moderately drinkable

O: I like this and would come back to it. Though different for its style, its still good.

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Photo of MadScientist
2.81/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: A very cloudy, medium copper. An average pour produces three fingers of thick, rocky foam. the head is long lasting and sticky.

S: A moderate citrus hops that is kind of flat quickly followed by a medicinal note that blends with a grassy dry hopped aroma. A bit of tropical fruit comes though in the hops aroma after it warms. There isn't much malt aroma what little is there smells of clean sweetness. There is light fruitiness and moderately-light alcohol aroma.

T: The moderately-strong tropical fruit hops flavor and strong hops bitterness are front and center on this beer although they are muted showing signs of age. The malt provides enough malt to support the hops and brings a light caramel flavor. There is a little bit of an herbaceous note and a light alcohol sweetness. The balance is fairly bitter and the aftertaste is of citrus hops and lingering bitterness. A slight bit of phenols come through in the flavor as well a slight vinegar flavor.

M: medium bodied with a moderately-strong carbonation. There is a light hops rerived astringency.

O: Well even after the flaws that could be from an infected bottle I might try and find a fresh bottle of this in the future because the underling beer is still pretty good.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet.

A: Opaque, ruddy amber. Light head, gentle lacing.

S: Doesn't smell like a brown ale. This one's full of astringent, citrusy hops.

T: Hrm, tasty! I think I like it. It's super-hoppy with touch of toasty malt. Actually, I don't really like it. The brown ale nuttiness and light sweetness of the malt conflict with the aggressive hopping. Aftertaste is murky-hoppy.

M: Great! Carbonated, smooth, and pleasant.

O: An interesting beer, but not a success. I didn't really enjoy it, and I would neither recommend it nor drink another.

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Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of liamt07
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Evil Twin Hop Flood from Evil Twin Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.