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Evil Twin Femme Fatale Brett - Evil Twin Brewing

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Reviews: 70
Hads: 400
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.38%
Wants: 21
Gots: 46 | FT: 0
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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 oline73
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
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. (939 characters)

Photo of ZethOfTheNorth
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle bought for $9.49 poured into a wine glass. Very excited to try this one.

A: A shade lighter than the usual copper of an IPA. This is the handsome opaque orange of a Belgian IPA. Unimpressive, one-finger head.

S: Smells like an IPA, and a damn good one. Very citrusy, with peach at the fore.

T: Very nice, but it drinks more like a traditional Belgian IPA than I wanted. Taste isn't quite as robust as the smell hints it will be and the Brett comes off more of a faint yeastiness; a friend described it more an "enhancer" than a singular component itself. This was slightly disappointing.

M: A wall of dryness at the back end. Medium carbonation. Light body with nice texture, but maybe too light.

O: I love the effort, but this didn't exactly come together for me. Seemed closer to, say, Cali-Belgique than anything, whereas I wanted a hopped-up Rayon Vert. If you're into the idea of this primarily for the Brett character, you may be disappointed. Regardless, it's a fun beer that demonstrates how an "everything has been done" adage totally doesn't apply to beer styles yet. (1,097 characters)

Photo of fmccormi
4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (2,698 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (869 characters)

Photo of mltobin
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Mikkeller Bar.

Appearance is a cloudy gold color with a thin white head. Its` nose mango, crackers, funk, pepper and hay. The taste of Femme Fatale is cake, brett, hops and grass. It is an interesting mix of flavors, but works well. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, a well carbonated brew. It finishes rather dry. This is a tasty beer and for those who enjoy some funk, pick it up ! It is cool to see it on the shelves in the U.S. now, when I tried it in Copenhagen during a brief stay, did not know if I would see this beer again. (544 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear medium yellow in color with light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall bright white head that quickly reduces to an extremely thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Wonderful moderate to strong aromas of tropical hops (mango and pineapple) with lighter notes of brett funkiness and grapefruit/citrus hops. Very inviting.

T: Moderate to strong flavors of tropical hops (mango and pineapple). Very light amounts of brett funkiness/sourness, much less than in the smell. Well balanced as there is very little bitterness.

M: Slightly heavier than light bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin.

O: Very easy to drink with the lighter body and lower ABV - drinks like it is sessionable but just a touch too strong to really be a session beer. Very enjoyable with wonderful tropical hop flavors and aromas and just enough brett. Definitely one I would recommend and have again. (1,074 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Modest head but it leaves excessive blanketing lace with a thicker ring of lace after each sip. Yellow straw color with a bit of a chill haze.

Very attractive and fresh grapefruit hop smell. Prickly.

Plenty of bitter hop presence, but there is a malt base in the background. A bit thin with a neutral level of carbonation. Long, long aftertaste. Overall, this is pretty straightforward--a bitter, neutral IPA. (412 characters)

Photo of jrenihan
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer is a very cloudy golden-yellow colour with a large white head. Good retention and lacing.

Wow, smell is great. Tonnes of tropical fruit. Mango, pineapple, peach. Actually smells a bit like mango lemonade! A bit of bretty funkiness is hidden underneath, not obviously apparent at first- comes out a bit more with a swirling.

The brett is much more prominent in the taste, though I don't find it as nice as the nose. Funky, a bit sour. Still a large dose of tropical fruit, mango and pineapple, among others. Moderate bitterness. Pretty darn complex. Interesting beer for sure.

Medium bodied, fairly strong carbonation level, but not irritatingly so. Dries the mouth a bit.

Overall, quite good indeed. A very interesting beer. (735 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden color with a one-finger, white head of bubbly foam. It left thin trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled floral and slightly funky.

T - Good funky bite from the Brett. Spicy and citrusy with some sweet caramel as a backbone.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A little lighter than I expected from an IPA, but it had a clean finish.

O - This is a very tasty Brett IPA. Another good one from Evil Twin. (441 characters)

Photo of popery
4.57/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Absolutely delicious. The beer pours hazy and yellow gold. The color is quite pale for an IPA. The head is foamy and white. The aroma is pretty wonderful. Loads of bright citric hops and a good deal of funky yeast character. It's all tangerine rinds and farmhouse. Some honeysuckle in there, as well. Taste starts sweet with more bright, fresh citrus but quickly dries out and gives a little bitter bite. If the beer were sweeter, I'm not sure that there would be enough bitterness for me, but as is, it's just incredibly refreshing. Sort of a funky twang in the finish. Feel is light and airy with some hop oiliness. This is very much a brett IPA. It's big on fresh, bright citrus, brett funk and dry very light malt. Great for a hot day. It's just wonderfully put together and makes me want to buy more of those pricey Evil Twin bottles. (839 characters)

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (1,708 characters)

Photo of PeterIngemi
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a duvel glass

A: pours a super hazy golden with a touch of orange, one reviewer said it reminded him of grapefruit juice, and that seems like a spot in description to me. Very little head after a somewhat gentle pour, and some light lacing.

S: nice citrusy hop notes, grapefruit and pinneapple in particular, along with a light pineyness blend together with slightly earthy Brett funk. Brett seems to give the. Items notes a very light tart note, along with the light earthyness, I think all the elements worked together very well in the nose here.

T: the flavor is much like the nose, full of nice citrusy hop notes, but as far as the Brett is concerned, I feel like the earthyness was dialed up a few notches from what was detected in the aroma, and I also feel like the brett adds a very light note of sour lemon to the citrus hops, overall I feel like everything worked very well here and there is a nice balance going on, if the earthyness was toned down just a bit this brew would be phenomenal.

M: light medium body with low carbonation, this beer goes down super easy, no real noticeable alcohol, a touch of bitter aftertaste.

O: if you are a fan of Brett beers I don't see why you wouldn't really enjoy this one, the citrus hops and the Brett work very nicley together in this very refreshing And drinkable brew. (1,358 characters)

Photo of Altenor
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
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. (1,342 characters)

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a super refreshing beer, especially now in early fall sitting at the sunlight bar at pizzaria paradiso in DuPont circle in DC.

The beer has a color I would expect to see more in a Belgian blonde or a saison, rather than a IPA but nice hazy look and head/lacing. The smell certainly has the fruity colors of Brett but also some nice pungent grassy hop aromas too, and it works. I think I wish it had a bit more hop edge in the smell overall, but nice.

The taste is really refreshing, nice big citrus notes and tropical notes too that are a great mix of the hops and the Brett, it really works in this case instead of being a conflict. Semi sweet and juicy in the feel, it strikes a great balance in flavor that just drinks really easy, a great beer on tap, could see how the flavors could be muted out of the bottle though. Some almost herbal notes in here also like a super slight flutter of lavender. Nice stuff! (924 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
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. (1,052 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Holding true to the American notion that IPAs should be a showcase for hop character, with varieties that put forth citrusy overtones, Evil Twin's brettanomyces fermented version does all this surprisingly well.

Like grapefruit juice, the beer pours strikingly similar. Hazy gold in color, the beer forms a medium-weight, creamy, eggshell white head. Crowded islands of lace adorn the glass as the beer falls. It's a very charming IPA appearance.

Aromas are spot-on white grapefruit juice, pulp, and pith. Accompanied by a dash of orange tangy orange juice, the beer takes a seriously citrusy step forward. Musty fruit, leather, and sandalwood give a glimpse into the wild yeast contributions, the beer remains relatively yeast-neutral.

All the brightness of sunny summer mornings that are met with fresh squeezed orange juice is met with the first sip of Femme Fatale. But with a thin substrate of malt, the beer has a creamy starch taste that allows the citrusy hop notes to wallow inside. Light on sweetness, and mild honey-like character rather reinforces the "juicy" character of fruit from American hops. Mild tropical hop notes of pineapple rise as the beer warms and more sweetness emerges. With all this, the earthiness of vine-ripened fruit allows a thin veil of must, perfumy woods, and lime peel bitterness to assist hop flavor in finish. It's a disciplined IPA that boastfully showcases its hop flavor.

Medium bodied to start, but the beer gives lighter impressions as the creamy carbonation digresses and the resinous hop dryness takes hold. But that creamy-dry hop texture on the middle palate is powdery and saturating at the same time. With low astringency and clean bitterness, the beer finishes decidedly dry, warming, and very crisp. The mouthfeel of an IPA doesn't get much better than this.

If citrus is what you want, then citrus is what this beer delivers. Even as the brettanmyces contributes background notes of earth, the hop character found in this beer won't be denied. All of the juicy and vibrant taste translates to the cleanest and most crisp bitterness imaginable. Dry as a bone, this is one masterfully crafted beer from nose to finish. (2,176 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap at Memphis Taproom in a tulip glass during their IPA DAY.

Femme Fatale in the tulip looks bright yellow with some straw coloring in there as well. a slight haze to the liquid with bubbles forming a very thin head up above that clang to the glass some. A very attractive looking beer with life. The smell was a bit muted to say the least. Not pimped out with a lot of citrus hops this was a floral scent mixed with a small spike of brett funk that complimented nicely. A bit of grain pops up but none too much and a touch of perfume. Taste is quite nice. I try not to think of this as a souped up IPA but more like a hoppy regular ale with brett. Some funk with some lemon, small pine, floral quality with lemon grass. The body is below medium the carb is tame and the aftertaste is big but not lingering with some brett in the finish. All in all, a good beer with low alcohol that I would drink more of in a hurry. (922 characters)

Photo of phishdaly
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a 1 Pint, 6oz bottle from Cannibal in NYC. Was enticed bt a potentially sour IPA brewed with Brett. Noted on the bottle this beer is produced and bottled for Evil Twin Brewery by Westbrook Brewery in Mount Pleasant, NC

Appearance - Dark hazy yellow. Small off white head

Smell - subtle floral and citrus, sour brett hints

Taste - sweet upfront with floral and citrus. dry hop finish. 6%abv is well balanced. little to know brett sourness or earthy flavors. Not overly hoppy, but its still predominately an IPA

mouthfeel - light carbonation, smooth and creamy, thick

overall - Refreshing, but forgettable IPA. Was expecting a greater expression from the brett yeast. (680 characters)

Photo of TheDoorman
4.94/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at The Proletariat. Told this was an American IPA brewed with Brett.

Pours a cloudy yellow body with bright floral aromatics. Smooth and creamy feel with only a touch of carbonation, reminiscent of a cask ale. Tasty citrus notes define the palate with alcohol barely noticeable. Great summer beer. Extremely drinkable. (326 characters)

Photo of Auracom
2.57/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Descrip - Danish: IPA gæret 100% med brettanomyces og humlet med Galaxy, Citra, Summit og Cascade.

Tried out a small sampling of this non-American IPA at Poor Phil's. 1.5 oz. served in a pint taster on June 15th, 2012.

A - Pours a slightly hazy, light yellow. Appearance is saison or pilsner-like. Eggshell white head with good edge-clinging retention and okay lacing.

S - Very floral aromatics. There is a slight grassy Brett undertone, some lemon citrus, and a touch of a bready malt bill.

T - Weird, weak front-palate of wheat and grass transitions into a strong hop note at mid-palate. The hop quality pushes through the rest of the drink and overpowers everything else beyond recognition. Heavy lemon residue aftertaste.

M - Light body, fair carbonation, dry resiny finish.

D - Smell was vastly superior to the taste. Not likely to revisit even though the additions in this one make it "sound" appealing. (930 characters)

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Evil Twin Femme Fatale Brett from Evil Twin Brewing
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