Evil Twin Disco Beer (Red Cap) - Evil Twin Brewing
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Reviews by nimrod979:
3.58/5 rDev -13.9%
330ml bottle poured into a Schlafly snifter.
Appearance: Murky light brown with a slight reddish hue. Big two finger beige foamy head. Retention never quits. 10 mins later and I've still got almost a quarter inch. Spotty lacing here and there.
Aroma: Interesting one here. Picking up everything from some oak, some tannic red wine thing going on, bright citrus hops and deep woody malts.
Taste: First sip walks the line of some tart red fruit and a slightly sweet malt bill. Not unlike some red wines. Some mild orange citrus hits mid-palate. Finishes with a nice oaky woody alcohol. Let this baby warm up. Flavors really start to come out.
Mouthfeel: Rather light and airy given the 10.5% ABV. Light side of medium with some delicate carbonation. I really think this beer would benefit from a thicker mouthfeel.
Overall, I'm not really sure what I should be expecting. Not sure if it's just a little old and losing some hop kick (it is an IPA afterall). Bottle says best before 2015, Puts me to mind of a lighter barleywine. Nothing too over the top, but an interesting beer nonetheless. Not sure if the price point makes it worth seeking out though.
11-01-2012 22:46:47 | More by nimrod979
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3.85/5 rDev -7.5%
330ml bottle. Zero difference on the label between this and the 'regular' gold capped version, down to the mention of aging in Chardonnay barrels. The agent in these parts says that it's a different underlying beer, with the same barrel treatment, i.e., not CabSauv. Let me taste it first before I go nuts with a new listing.
This beer pours a hazy, dark reddish amber hue, with two broad fingers of tight foamy pink-tinged off-white head, which leaves some randomly sized specks of sudsy lace around the glass as it evenly and lazily subsides. At least it opens and pours a hell of a lot more sensibly than the gold-capped Disco Beer did.
It smells of sweet caramel/toffee malt, mild citrus cream, a slight vinous, sherry-like note, and some herbal, leafy hops. The taste is strong caramelized malt and toffee sweetness, bitter citrus and leafy herbal hops, with a pithy, not quite tannic wine dryness pulling at my palate - hard to discern whether it is red or white in origin - but it does tend towards the former after a spell. The 21-proof booze does a decent job of hiding in the confusion of the wine-barrel question, or so it would seem.
The bubbles are fairly tame and innocuous, the body a lifted medium weight, with an airy, metallic fruitiness providing said action, which plays havoc with any presumed smoothness. It finishes off-dry, the malt becoming increasingly muddled, as the barrel influence slowly morphs over it, as well as the hops, to a lesser degree.
I still can't shake the idea that this is a red wine barrel aged big IPA offering, despite local proclamations to the contrary. It looks, smells, and tastes like 'il vino rosso' had something to do with the product here, and it's actually rather good, origin befuddlement notwithstanding.
08-09-2012 03:26:45 | More by biboergosum
4.1/5 rDev -1.4%
Served from bottle into a Mikkeller oversized wine glass (almost proper!). Poured a deep red orange with a two finger off-white head that subsided to one finger very slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, wood, subtle spice, vinous, and floral. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, floral, spice, wood, and vinous. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was pretty good brew. If I am honest I was really pleasantly surprised with what I found on this one. There was a definitely vinous note going on here which mixed really well with the citrus and flora note that I found here. This made it quite well balanced and kept me guessing on what my palate would experience next. This is always a good thing by the way. Definitely glad I got the chance to try this one as it is a nice twist on the regular version. A must try.
09-21-2012 10:45:17 | More by thagr81us
4.35/5 rDev +4.6%
On-tap at DBGB Kitchen & Bar, New York, NY
A: The beer is slightly hazy amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head, but has excellent retention properties and consistently covered the surface.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of citrusy hops in the nose—grapefruit and oranges stand out in particular.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is rather citrusy and has a moderate amount of bitterness and some flavors of caramel malts. Notes of red wine from the barrel aging are noticeable towards the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied, a bit crisp and somewhat sticky on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very well balanced between the malts and hops and is also very drinkable because the alcohol isn’t at all perceptible in the taste. I really like how this beer still tastes like an IPA and the wine barrel gaining was used to help add complexities to the flavors.
06-14-2012 22:56:42 | More by metter98
4/5 rDev -3.8%
I had this on-tap during Baltimore beer week. Served in a sample glass.
Appearance: The beer pours a cloudy reddish dark amber color with a quarter finger of creamy light tan head. The head sticks around quite nicely.
Smell: Quite sweet with some malt and a mild red wine note. There is an overall fruity note that reminds me of sweet red berries.
Taste: This one reminds me of a mild red wine. I'm getting some oak from the barrels along with sweetness from the malt. There berry note shows up here as well. The finish has a hoppy bitterness to it along with the wine.
Mouthfeel: Medium body with really smooth carbonation and a dry finish.
Overall: I thought this beer was extremely interesting and very complex. Less hops than is usual for the style, but this is supposed to be an unusual beer.
11-06-2012 22:22:32 | More by oline73
British Columbia (Canada)
3.81/5 rDev -8.4%
A: Pours a ruby copper colour with 1-2 fingers of bone white head leaving minimal lacing along the sides of the glass.
S: Wood, red grape skins, tannins with slight notes of herbs and pine.
T: Follows the smell together with dark fruit of plums and grapes. Finishes with a fair amount of alcohol esters.
M: Medium bodied and dry, finishes like a dry red wine, quite a bit of tannins.
O: This tastes more like an american barleywine then an IPA to me. The red wine tannins are a bit too strong for me, and I would prefer the white chardonnay version.
06-03-2013 05:43:11 | More by FondueVoodoo
4.33/5 rDev +4.1%
Described as a special version of their Disco Beer with a darker malt profile and aged on red wine barrels.
Pours a dark golden amber with full cap of frothy white head, good sticky lacing. Scent brings strong floral and tropical hop notes, juicy tangerine, grapefruit and orange, light notes of toasted grain and light caramel malts, biscuity, vinous notes of fresh pressed grapes, faint oak. Taste brings a solid but not overly bitter juicy tropical fruit and floral hop profile, malts are lightly sweet and toasty, vinous notes notable but not overly strong, faint oak. Dry on the palate at the end, medium bodied with lightly bubbly carbonation. Very nice character from this beer.
04-30-2012 17:22:16 | More by rfgetz
British Columbia (Canada)
4.36/5 rDev +4.8%
Well I bought this bottle without much thought (a few months ago) and didn't even pay attention to what style it was until I was opening it tonight. I think that ended up being a wise choice, as I see that many hop-heads have been disappointed by it. I mean, a 10.5% ABV "IPA" has to be a BIG IPA, no?
A: The ruby red body is beautiful though not what you'd expect from anything calling itself an IPA. The head is cream in both colour and texture, thick and healthy. Reduces to a thin coat after a little while.
S: A fruit bowl of sweet, red fruits like plum, cherry, and raspberry. Still an earthy character remains as well a vinous acidity but it is overall quite sweet.
T: Caramel sweetness combined with the cherry and plum that overtakes but doesn't erase the oak, pine, and earthy bitterness that the muted but obviously notable hops presence brings. It's on the sweet side but not at all cloying. Also, this beer's alcohol is ridiculously well hidden and if I am not deliberate about spacing out my sips, the bottle will disappear real quick.
M: Full bodied for what calls itself an IPA and the carbonation is great. Slightly acidic and slightly dry towards the finish.
O: Between this and Burton Baton I've come to realize that wine barrel aged IPA's are very much up my alley. Maybe not for everyone, and yes it's like a baby barleywine, but it's a damn good style in itself if you ask me.
11-26-2013 05:23:00 | More by JasonLovesBeer
4.08/5 rDev -1.9%
A- This one pours exactly like expected from a cab aged ipa (not that I've ever had one before). But it has a reddish tint with a nice looking white head.
S- Some citrusy, herbal hops with a definite wine presence, slightly vinegary but not off putting.
T- Actually quite good. Some sweetness to start, but balanced by citrus, pine and moderate bitterness. This combination works surprisingly well.
M- Great carbonation, great drinkability.
O- Much better than I expected. Evil twin once again proves he's the better, if more expensive brewer of the two brothers
06-15-2012 02:26:24 | More by PerHops
4.45/5 rDev +7%
A - Hazy ruby, 2 fingers off white head, great lacing.
S - Mango, funky pineapple, white grapes, yeast, cherry.
T - Juicy hops, peach, white grapes, mango, strawberry, caramel, funk, slightly bitter/grainy finish.
M - Medium-full bodied, moderate carbonation.
O - Very complex, very drinkable, a must try!
01-29-2013 21:44:09 | More by Rickythejeweler
4.05/5 rDev -2.6%
Pours a murky chestnut brown with an orange hue, thick beige head. Really unique colors and wonderful appearance.
Wow this smells like red grape juice. Thick, syrupy grape juice, and maybe tomato juice too? Like V8. Hints of brown sugary Barleywine type malts too. I've really never smelled anything like this in a beer, pretty wild, smells really good though.
Taste is similar but less pure fruit and more malty Barleywine character. Very complex, and again just a very unusual but very good beer. Finishes fairly bitter but otherwise bares little resemblance to an IPA.
Mouthfeel is super rich, thick and syrupy but also very well carbonated. Excellent.
Strange beer but I love it!
02-19-2013 03:07:32 | More by AlexFields
3.13/5 rDev -24.8%
The label says Chardonnay barrels, but it has a red cap so I'm not entirely sure what I'm drinking. Right off the bat the color screams barleywine to me. It's hazy with a decent head. The aroma is moderately dark, fruity malt, leaning much more towards malt than hops. The alcohol is apparent in the aroma, as is a hint of oak. Vinous is a good discription in the flavor, with tons more dark fruit, a bit of caramel and more oak. There is an odd, complex and maybe a little bit sour flavor in the finish, with a lingering sweetness that overpowers the hops. The bitterness is moderate for the strength.
Overall, as an Imperial IPA this beer falls flat. If judged as a barleywine, it's good but not great. The hops are lacking and the best before date of 2015 should have been a clue that this might be the case. I'm glad I dropped $5 on the 12 ounce and not even more on a bomber.
03-25-2013 03:26:37 | More by ericj551
Evil Twin Disco Beer (Red Cap) from Evil Twin Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.