Evil Twin Femme Fatale Brett - Evil Twin Brewing

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Evil Twin Femme Fatale BrettEvil Twin Femme Fatale Brett

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Ratings: 390
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 20
Gots: 43 | FT: 0
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Evil Twin Brewing visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Auracom on 06-18-2012

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Photo of Beaver13
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. Pours hazy golden orange with a huge rocky white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is straw malts, Belgian yeast and some tangy tropical fruits and some musty brett.

The flavor is sweet sugary doughy malts with some tangy tropical fruit and light green apple and some earthy Belgian yeast leading to a lightly bitter finish that dries it out some and lingers in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a very nice brett beer, but not a lot of hop character other than some bitterness late in the finish.

Photo of Billolick
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bomber w/o freshness info

$10.99 at DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY

Pours heavily yeast clouded dull tangarine, under a medium khaki head, that leaves plenty of thicker sheeting and bands of lacing.

Grapefruit, tangarines and orange in the nose, with just a hint of the forest floor.

More orange notes on the palate, very dry with near puckering grapefruit notes and hop resins. Brett chacteristics fairly muted. Just picking up some earthyness and perhaps some dusty cellar.

Carbonation on point

Nicely crafted, super citrusy IPA, brett on the quite subtle side. Roll it all together and its a tasty, citric IPA with a soft and smooth mouthfeel. Highly enjoyable and well worth giving a try.

Photo of Altenor
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy, pale yellow with some orange brightness, similar to pineapple juice. Head was about a finger thick that dissipated quickly leaving small traces of lace. Not a common appearance for an IPA.

S: Tropical, mango, guava, some grapefruit and sweet orange. So much fruit, I even get some cantaloup. Very interesting smelling IPA. I've smelled some fruity ones but this is completely different. The Brett gives it a whole other dimension. Awesome.

T: Pretty much all that was in the nose plus some hints if chocolate. I know it sounds weird but it must be some of the malt that wants to come out from the explosion of the hops and the Brett that gives this flavor illusion to my palate. But the mango us why dominates. Very interesting. Now I am getting some bananas. It seems as the longer I wait to let it warm up a little, the more complex it becomes.

M: Very smooth. Light to medium body with some small bubbles. Goes down very easy. Very crisp and leaves you with a dry finish that just begs you for another sip. A little sticky. I don't think you can get better than this.

O: Wow, great job by the brewer. This is just a great made beer and have to take off my hat for the creativity involved. This brings IPA's to another level. It is very balanced and would definitely recommend if you're looking for a different take on IPA.

Photo of dogfishandi
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. No freshness info.

Pours out a hazy light golden, straw yellow/ orange color. A small 1/4 inch layer of white head. Decent head retention, only spotty lacing.

Lots of phenolic aromas, very floral, lemon zest citrus, resiny, spicy hops, grassy, fresh dirt.

Very nice tasting beer. I'm loving the combination, the Brett and hops mingle so nicely. Lemon zest citrus, floral and earthy, fresh dirt, ripe tropical fruits, a bit of pine, spicey yeast phenols play off a resinous bitter finish. Great drinkability and a great ABV, finished the bomber way too quick.

A great light mouthfeel, carbonation is just right, not a very high amount like most Brett beers tend to be, more on the level of an IPA. Maybe the most sessionable, drinkable Brett beer I've had to date.

A great beer, different than the one other beer I've had of this style. Most people say this was super funky, but I actually didn't think the Brett was super noticeable at first. Almost comes off as a Belgian IPA with all the spicey, yeasty phenols. I'd drink this again.

Photo of CloudStrife
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle split and poured into a a snifter.

A: Pours a very cloudy light yellow orange with a one finger white head. Leaves some nice lacing on the sides while the head dissipates quickly.

S: Initially Brett with a backing of hops. Reminds me of a citra hop with a lemongrass accent. Just a touch of sweet malts. Saisoniness from the yeast. Earthy and grassy tone to it.

T: Certainly a hoppy brew, with a strong compliment of Brett yeast. They play out well together and provide a bit of spice. The blend has a refreshing tone to it

M: Light body with a very crisp finish from the yeast. Has a dry finish from both the hops and yeast, interesting combination.

Overall love the direction and intention of this style of IPA. Can't wait to see it developed further. Brett and hops are a tremendous compliment to one another.

Photo of biboergosum
3.57/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle. Note to brewer (or at least their marketing department: 'ones' does not equal 'once'. Just sayin'.

This beer pours a very hazy medium golden yellow hue, with two fingers of puffy, chunky off-white head, which leaves a rather consistent array of randomly pocked painted lace around the glass as it slowly abates.

It smells of bitter herbal, citrusy hops, ever so mild barnyard funk - really, really understated for what one maybe was expecting - some pale grainy malt, a slight peppery spice, and earthy herbal notes. The taste is mildly musty funk (sensing a trend here), grainy pale malt, soft citrus and pine notes more reminiscent of a newbie central coast IPA, a hovering angst-ridden yeast, and earthy, indeterminate drying notes.

The carbonation is quite active, and frothy in a fairly generous sense, the body medium light in weight, and smooth enough once the bubbles dial is back a bit. It finishes mostly off-dry, the yeast, fruit, and pale malt all vying for space, and providing a pretty agreeable balance of flavour.

Overall, this works as a pretty enjoyable Belgian-style IPA, a bit yeasty here, a bit fruity there, and a bit hoppy everywhere, but nowhere does it get to the promised funk. A good thing, truth be told from my little peanut gallery, but hardly worth all of the heady marketing. Like the titular character - it's disappointingly lacking once you get too close.

Photo of joeseppy
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazy light gold pour with a white head.

Aroma is light with sweet grapefruit.

Taste is light citrus, peach and light malts. Background has a slight funkiness.

Smooth IPA with a nice hop bitterness bite.

In fact, when I received from on-tap, I had to ask the bartender if he poured the right brew because at first I detected no Brett at all. Anyway, I've had the bottle which showed more of the Brett characteristics. $$$

Photo of Sammy
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Premiere recent trip. Lots of brett balanced with the hoppy IPA.Subdued pine, orange, lemon,tropical fruit, pineapple, mango. Very good drinkability. Above average smooth mouthfeel. Light yellow with a beige tinge. Mild hop aroma. Mild funky taste.

Photo of tdm168
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jtd1969 for sharing this one with me

A - dark orangish gold with a thin, white head that has good retention

S - incredibly musty, some apples and citrus

T - piney, herbal, pineapple, alcohol, bitter finish

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

I am a bit disappointed with this beer. The Nelson Sauvin hops clash tremendously with the Brett. The yeast and malt fight for attention and clash with the intense herbal hop character. This was a hard one to enjoy for that reason. I'll avoid this one in the future.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. Shared by schen9303.

Pours a rich 2.5 finger white head with good retention. Beer is a clear pale yellow. Lacing is thick and layered with great stick. A real nice looking beer.

Nose is lemon, citrus and pine with a distinct, Brett funk in the back. Cane sugar and citrus malt aroma makes this one pretty sweet. Real aromatic too.

Opens citrus and lemon rind bitterness. Sap and seedy hops in the middle. Brett funk and foamy at the back end with just the smallest bit of cane sugar sweetness at the finish. Aftertaste is bitter and dry. There's just something missing here.

Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Prickly and lively in the mouth and goes down frothy and sweet with a slightly messy finish and a clean aftertaste. Drinkable. Pretty good.

A decent beer overall but for an IPA, even one with Brett, there's a certain freshness and crispness that's missing. In a stacked style, that really dooms this one to being just another offering.

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.54/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass- pours a hazy straw color with two fingers is head, exceptional retention and nice sheets of lacing.

Smell is very floral and pine hoppy with funky Brett undertones- intriguing.

Taste is spectacular- the same hop characteristics with a nice pale malt backbone and Brett is mixed in really well and leaves a long earthy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is typical for an IPA- medium body and moderately well carbonated. This is an excellent beer that I would get again.

Photo of russpowell
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up at Liquor World in Fayetteville, AR

Pours an effervescent bronze with 3+ fingers of pearl white head. Stellar head retention & lacing, clouds up a bit

S: Breadyness, melons & grapefruit, plus pineapple

T: Pineapple, grassiness & pears, a whisper of Brett at the most, plus a little grapefruit up front. More pineapple & grapefruit, plus dryness & pears as this warms, plus minute Brett sourness. Finishes tart, Brett finally shines through along pineapple & grapefruit

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation that smooths out over time, nice balance

A good AIPA, not a hell of a lot of Brett in this though, I wanted more to be sure. Very drinkable & enjoyable

Photo of thagr81us
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a Mikkeller Teku (proper!). Poured golden yellow with a one finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, bubblegum, citrus, citrus hop, floral, and funk. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, earth, earth hop, orange zest, bubblegum, and funk. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. There was something on this one that I really liked and a few other things that I did not. Upon first inspection of the aroma I was really intrigued by the note of bubblegum that I picked up on as it was quite refreshing and inviting. I was hoping that it would carry over into the flavor, but it was only a minor player in the game. There was a big earthy and funky character going on that dominated most of the brew and disrupted the balance of the overall brew. It was fairly easy to drink my glass without hesitation and I would likely suggest this to others as well.

Photo of Onemoresolo
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I thought it'd be a bit funkier, but this is still an excellent brew.

Photo of BuccoFan
2.87/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The initial look is that of solid IPA. Aroma is almost pure white wine. Taste is as well, with what is either an oaky or sour finish. Hard to tell the difference. Unfortunately, this was one that was not finished. A little too experimental this one was.

Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle. The beer pours a bright gold color with about an inch white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is nice, the brew smells mostly like citrusy hops (grapefruit, pineapple), along with some brett, floral hops and bready malt. Taste is mostly like the aroma, but I think the brett comes out stronger in the taste. There's some citrusy and floral hop flavors noticeable, and bready malt is in there too. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's slick with moderate carbonation. I liked this brew, I might have to pick up another bottle in the future. $8.99 a bottle.

Photo of Greywulfken
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: in a tulip, hazy pale gold beer with thick white head that left ample lacing down the sides

S: characteristic brettanomyces musk, suggesting the usual horse blanket/barnyard notes, paired with dark citric aromas

T: following the nose, lots of citrus hop action, akin to grapefruit pith and peel, but with a musty tone emphasized by the brett fermentation, which creates layers of dank and musty flavors - and I even tasted that Band-Aid-ish flavor I've read others describe... Beneath the hops and yeasts are pale and delicate malt grains, as if culled from wet fields

M: light and crisp, slight tartness and mild bitterness compete, moderately drying clean finish

O: a fairly straightforward American IPA, but the use of brett, to me, suggests farmhouse ales as well - not terribly complex, it is nonetheless sure to please the brett-influenced IPA fans out there.

Photo of buschbeer
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

1 PT. 6 FL. OZ bottle
Served in a snifter

L - It is orange/amber in color with golden highlights. It is topped with a giant eggshell head.

S - I get citrus, mainly orange, to start. Then some tart and funky aromas come through.

T - It starts out tart and citrusy. It has a bitter finish.

F - Medium

O - I would like it better without the bitter finish. I like the citrus, tartness, and funk. The bitterness overwhelms the flavors I like and leaves a lingering bitter aftertaste. I would probably be better with a little age.

Photo of Immortale25
4.82/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had on-tap at The Local Miami where it was served in a Sixpoint Resin snifter.

A- Pours a semi-hazy medium golden color with a 1/4 inch white head that doesn't retain long before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and thin surface foam.

S- Wonderful tropical fruit aroma from the hops. Sharp and slightly funky due to the Brett but it's not overly apparent.

T- The tropical fruit gushes out of the flavor with reckless abandon. Notes of lemon, pineapple, orange and a bit of grapefruit. Totally astounding. The bitterness is exactly on point with the malts being minimal yet providing the perfect amount of balance.

M- Snappy yet light. Medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- Nearly seamless melding of IPA and Saison-like Belgian. Sublime combo of hop funk and Brett funk. Se magnifique.

Photo of metter98
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has some hints of amber hues and no visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high white head that died down and left a large patch of bubbles on the surface. As you get near the bottom of the bottle, the beer becomes very cloudy due to the yeast.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of sourness in the nose along with some hints of tropical fruits from the hops.
T: The hops stand out prominently in the taste of this beer and contribute flavors of tropical fruits—mangoes seem to stand out in particular. There is a light amount of bitterness and sourness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. No crispness is detectable.
O: This IPA is very well balanced with the underlying malts because it exhibits lots of interesting hop flavors without lots of bitterness.

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a New Belgium snifter. The beer is a hazy light orange-yellow with practically no head whatsoever. The nose is really nice. I get notes of ripe tropical fruits like sweet oranges, peaches, and pineapples. I could occasionally detect the brett, but could never convince myself that I was getting it every time. Usually, it was after the beer had sat undisturbed for several moments. Swirling just brought forward hoppy notes and buried the brett. Brett or no brett, this is a nice-smelling IPA.

The beer has a medium body and a firm, slick mouthfeel. The flavor is one of the most unique I have come across. It has the typical flavors one associates with IPAs, and it also has a mild, tart acidity. On the front of the palate, there is a bready, biscuity sweetness that is quickly joined by a smack of hops in the form of lemon, grapefruit, and orange flavors. The hop flavors intensify across the palate, and become mildly vinegary on the back of the tongue. The resulting finish is dry, yet acidic, refreshing, and lasting. The beer is quite drinkable with all that citrusy hop flavor and relatively low ABV.

After I had tasted this beer a few times I found myself wishing there was someone else drinking it with me that I could talk to about it. I highly recommend this beer (as a palate-educating experience if not as a pleasant beverage). It's not the most enjoyable IPA out there, I wouldn't want to drink it regularly (the only reason I'm not giving it higher marks), and I'm sure many people will not like it, but it does suggest that a lot more can be done with the style. There are interesting combinations of flavor and character here that I have not encountered before.

Photo of eric5bellies
3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank from my Ciney sniffer

A - Pours a pale hazy golden straw colour with a thick white head that retains and laces.

S - A combination of citrus hop and malt, not much sour character.

T - Up front some decent hop notes that are balanced not overpowering, the brett kicks in on the finish but is superseded by the bitterness at the end.

M - Medium body and low to medium carbonation.

O - Recommended and Interesting as a one off but not enough brett for me.

Photo of fmccormi
4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Straight pour from 1 pint 0.9oz / 500ml pry-off bottle to an oversized wineglass (HF stemware). The only freshness information is a note on the label at the end of the beer description that says “Best before 2013.” Well, there’s about two months left in 2012, so you’re welcome, Evil Twin. Still, anticipating this to be much more brett-focused, rather than hop-focused. Fine by me!

Appearance (3.0): Not a ton of head here, maybe a finger of off-white foam that dies down to a thin collar on the surface of the beer and an good-sized patch of thin but chunky foam toward one side. The body, however, looks like old orange juice, in the best way possible: opaque, peachy-amber colored, and a dark orange hue against the light. Almost no lacing to speak of, just a couple of suds here and there.

Smell (4.5): Very nice blend of bretty, musty funk and some moderately catty, sweet citrus character, pineapple and fresh orange leading the way. Some sweet crystal and pilsner type malts make up the base, which blend well with the hop and funk character coming up from the glass.

Taste (4.0): This is . . . something else, to say the least. Very odd kind of peppery spice that comes off the back end of the yeast note, which starts off with a moderately tart funk and moves into something reminiscent of the rind of some soft or semisoft cheese, like a funky brie. To be clear though, this is NOT to imply any presence of lactic acid. Sounds weird, but it’s interesting and (as it warms up) I dig it. The hops are definitely there, too, but mostly in bitterness: a sharp, citric bite leads into a modestly juicy, fruity citrus character, and then finishes off on the back end with a pronounced grapefruit zest kind of bitterness. The malt profile remains bready and plain, just simple and crackery, supporting the good hop bite and the spicy, fruity, funky brett character.

Mouthfeel (4.5): Hey, great mouthfeel. Sharp carbonation that’s not aggressive or coarse, just a solid tingle that slowly turns into a soft foaming action as it goes down. The body is oily and somewhat viscous, just on the full side of medium-weight, and finishes extraordinarily dry (hi there, brett).

Overall (3.5): This one sure is an oddball to start out. But, it really, really smooths out as it warms up, integrating the brett and hop characteristics almost seamlessly, and that weird kind of cheese-rind funk dissipates substantially. The overall effect is not something that will have me running back to the store exactly, but I would like to try this on tap and / or much fresher, because I suspect the brett had just gone too far for this beer to retain much coherence of character by this point.

Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.57/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from growler into glass. Not much head at all...golden clear color. Not much aroma at all. Some sweet malts with a dose of hop and ever so slight funk; but mostly crisp water like aroma...pretty bland. Taste is very very mild crisp pale malt and ever so slight hop. A bit overly sweet and "clean" with no body or tru flavor. Its actually vordering a kolch for me...
I really wished this had way more brett characteristic and just more flavor in general.
I love Evil Twin, but this didnt hit the mark for me.

Photo of oline73
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on-tap at Max's during Baltimore Beer Week. Served in a sample glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a clear golden amber color with a half finger of fluffy white head. The head covers the glass as you drink the beer.

Smell: Citrus hops up front, they seem to be super fresh. There is a light, slightly sweet malt note behind the hops along with a hint of brett.

Taste: This reminds me a lot of a west coast IPA. Light and mildly sweet malt show up but the star is the aggressive citrus peel hop flavor. I'm getting a touch of brett in the background that's quite refreshing. The finish is full of west coast IPA hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium with tingly carbonation. The carbonation could use a small boost. The finish is dry.

Overall: I thought this was a fantastic IPA and the brett just took it over the top. I thought it was very interesting and fun. I would definitely have more of this one in the future.

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Evil Twin Femme Fatale Brett from Evil Twin Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 390 ratings.