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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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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 7.91%
Wants: 7
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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New York, United States

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

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: rfgetz on 04-30-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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.
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Ratings: 51 | Reviews: 18
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4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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3.99/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from West Lakeview Liquors. I've had decent success with Evil Twin recently so I figured I'd give this a shot. Served in a tulip.

A - Off-white foam settles to a thick cap with good retention, eventually leaving behind splotchy lacework. Somewhat murky dark brown body, so I'm guessing this was unfiltered?

S - This beer delivers exactly as promising - aged DIPA flavors with vinous notes and light oak. Residual hops are floral (orange blossom?) and occasionally catty, and there's a hint of alcohol, but the wine dominates. I've never had 'Red' Chardonnay, but the flavors here are more evocative of white wine than red.

T - The taste has less overt wine influence, and the bready and crackery malts show up a tad stronger. Again, fruity and floral, slightly aged, hops, some orange citrus, minimal oak, and not much alcohol. The wine flavor has a dry white character to it. Bitterness is fairly restrained.

M - Medium bodied, pleasant carbonation, dry and oaky finish, and minimal alcohol warmth. Pretty nice.

D - As far as barrel-aged DIPAs go, this is one of the best (Jim & Jimmy excluded). Probably not worth $9.50, but easy to drink and delivers exactly what it promises. I wish Evil Twin would date their bottles though, as I can't tell if this is from April or if it's been made a few times.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Draft at Tørst in Brooklyn.

Pours a dark ruby red color with plum edges and a one finger, off-white head that quickly settles into a thin ring.  Splotchy lacing left behind.  

Sweet vinous aroma with a strong grape-like presence likely resulting from the combination of piney/citrusy hops, sweet malt and red wine barrel.  Subtle dry oak with a very prominent vinous grape/red wine flavor but still has some sweet malt and a surprising hop presence.  Resinous and piney with tropical and citrus fruit notes along with caramel, biscuit, toffee, grape, plum and currant.  Smells really good.

Medium bodies and really complex with nice balance of bitter, earthy hops, tropical fruit, sweet malt, dry oak and vinous dark fruit notes.   Aggressively hoppy wih resinous pine needle and grass countered by sweet citrus grapefruit and pineapple. Sweet malt backbone with hints of caramel, toffee and a nice barrel presence giving off hints of subtle toasted oak and a strong vinous red wine character.   Lots of grape, dark cherry, plum, raisin and currant.  Really well balanced with great barrel flavor but you can still tell it's an IPA.  Goes down way to smooth for 10.5.  Abv perfectly masked.  

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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!


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4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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