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Evil Twin Disco Beer (Red Cap) - Evil Twin Brewing

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Evil Twin Disco Beer (Red Cap)Evil Twin Disco Beer (Red Cap)

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

48 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 8.17%
Wants: 6
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Evil Twin Brewing visit their website
Denmark

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Special version of our infamous Disco Beer, this time brewed with a slight darker malt profile and aged on Chardonnay red wine barrels instead of the usual white wine barrels.

(Beer added by: rfgetz on 04-30-2012)
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Cold

Pennsylvania

4.83/5  rDev +16.1%

Disco Beer IIPA, Red Cap (Evil Twin)

A: Dark red/copper, very slight haze. Thick tan/beige head with good retention.

S: Fruity, with slight hints of cedar. Herbal. Salty.

T: Sweet, dark (charred?) wood, red apples & slight raisin flavor. Honey/molasses, cured/smoked meat. Wine-y. Flavors usually associated with dark, heavy stouts, porters, etc. but not a heavy beer. For an IIPA, the hop profile is subdued to the point of non-existence; even through the lens of a more balanced beer, the hop profile is distinctly modest and reserved.

M: Smooth, vinuous, velvety. Carbonation is perfectly balanced, serving as a vehicle for flavors rather than an element unto itself, or a mask of undesirable flavors. The 10.5% ABV is practically undetectable; I've had 5.5% beers with more of an alcohol presence.

A: Dark wood, winey fruitiness and ever-so-slight astringence/crispness. Slight honey sweetness balances a reserved hop profile for an extremely well-balanced aftertaste, while a slight dryness that sets in after the flavors have cleared leaves you ready for another sip.

Overall: First, the negative: Disco Beer is woefully mislabeled by Evil Twin. It is not even an English Pale, let alone an Imperial IPA. If anything, it's malt bill trumps it's hop profile, with seems present only as a flavor balance, or an afterthought.

That said, if you cast aside adherence to style guidelines, Disco Beer is absolutely stunning. An outstanding, interesting taste adventure that words simply won't do justice. It's got a little bit of everything going on, but the flavors are melded so well that it never leaves you feeling like the brewer tried to do too much, as often happens with beers like this.

The alcohol is big, to the tune of 10.5%, but it drinks like a session beer. As the beer is consumed, though, the alcohol makes it's presence known through a warmth in the chest, more familiar to a cocktail. That said, though, it's unlikely anyone would session this beer, given its availability, presumed cumulative effect, and price.

Really, I can't say enough good things about this beer. If you see it on a shelf, it's a must try.

12-05-2012 03:30:38 | More by Cold
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msarver16

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

06-26-2012 01:49:10 | More by msarver16
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mendvicdog

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

10-24-2012 20:11:03 | More by mendvicdog
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digita7693

Germany

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

03-03-2013 01:04:27 | More by digita7693
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jklecko2

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

09-25-2013 18:52:35 | More by jklecko2
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rogerdandy

Alberta (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

04-16-2014 17:54:06 | More by rogerdandy
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HoppyBastard2

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

02-16-2014 11:47:19 | More by HoppyBastard2
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tzolandz

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

02-14-2013 16:39:35 | More by tzolandz
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PopnLoads

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

01-12-2013 00:11:34 | More by PopnLoads
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deapokid

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

07-16-2012 14:22:26 | More by deapokid
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Rihup

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

06-01-2013 23:39:09 | More by Rihup
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

11-07-2012 00:44:53 | More by oriolesfan4
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Rickythejeweler

Maryland

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
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OF001


4.4/5  rDev +5.8%

330 mL btl. served at 7C.

Cloudy ruby amber pour with a 3 finger head that fades to a solid 5mm lasting head with spotty but bearably adequate lacing.

Nutty sweet malt with a tanniny acidity. Super complex, too much for my nose so it will have a slightly higher rating than would otherwise be noted (I think I'm getting a cold). Sweet stewed fruit, cooked grapes (not dried to raisins) especially considering the fresh residual sugar note. More of a white wine balance than red despite the chardonnay being done on skins, but it is a white wine grape for a reason.

Initial mild acidity (high for a non-lambics, but considering the YOUNG geuze I've had for elevated tastings lately its nothing, more like an earthy Rioja or a well breathed california pinot noir, or a medium oak Australian cab sauv.) red wine balance. Nice fruitiness, subtle, grape and under developed plums with plenty of good, balanced sugars. Super subtle, a lot that I'm not getting but is well condensed. Complex sugars are a delight and give a lofted rating.

Mouth feel is great. Medium-heavy, with the carbonation giving a creaminess that is perfectly counterbalanced to the acidity and finished with a very light oaking. PERFECT complement to the flavour profile.

White wine note, heavy on a red wine flavour, maybe 'on skins' white; or a super light pinot noir ( Mt. Boucherie perhaps, not as strawberry but fucking close). Just enough oaking but the acidity is not of this beer world. haha, shut up. There is really a blending of the worlds for this one. Its weird and wonderful if underwhelming, but not in a bad way. Few match the mouth feel balance this brings to the flavour, not an easy 5 in that regard but I cannot justify a 4.5.
* and 10.5, LIES! hateful lies! there is no fucking way, I've had 6% beers that are at least twice as boozy as this. I saw the ABV by accident after my initial posting, hence the stars*

Worth the taste, but if you expect beer go elsewhere. If you are a drinker of wines its a weird treat.

12-25-2012 11:25:47 | More by OF001
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JasonLovesBeer

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
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metter98

New York

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
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rfgetz

New Jersey

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
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ngeunit1

California

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

A - Copper-red with a finger of frothy off-white head. Fades fairly slowly.

S - Oak, red wine, pine, earthy, floral, grapefruit hops, sweet caramel and caramelized malts, touch of booze.

T - Oak, red wine, grapefruit, pine, earthy, floral hops, some mildly resiny bitterness, sweet caramel and caramelized malts, a bit of booze.

M - Medium-full bodied moderate carbonation. Smooth with a warming, dry, lightly bitter finish.

D - Nicely balanced. Better balanced than the regular version. Everything works together a bit better.

12-23-2012 04:57:49 | More by ngeunit1
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billyshears

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

07-25-2012 20:12:15 | More by billyshears
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philmen

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

08-08-2012 01:46:41 | More by philmen
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jacewg

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

08-07-2012 16:37:18 | More by jacewg
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Googs

New York

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

03-21-2013 16:34:44 | More by Googs
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duceswild

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

10-31-2012 05:25:54 | More by duceswild
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Beervana

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

04-15-2014 01:52:16 | More by Beervana
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taospowder

New Mexico

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

04-22-2013 05:15:43 | More by taospowder
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Evil Twin Disco Beer (Red Cap) from Evil Twin Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.