Evil Twin Hop Flood - Evil Twin Brewing
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4.03/5 rDev +7.2%
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.
Serving type: bottle
05-20-2014 05:02:52 | More by biboergosum
3.91/5 rDev +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.
Serving type: bottle
05-20-2014 04:52:13 | More by LambicPentameter
3.9/5 rDev +3.7%
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.
Serving type: bottle
04-29-2014 01:42:20 | More by superspak
Evil Twin Hop Flood from Evil Twin Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 223 ratings.