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Evil Twin The Cowboy - Evil Twin Brewing

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Reviews: 55
Hads: 246
Avg: 3.82
pDev: 24.87%
Wants: 5
Gots: 29 | FT: 0
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Evil Twin Brewing visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Smoked Beer |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: LiquidAmber on 10-13-2012

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Photo of ryanhooks81
4.24/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

fantastic beer. golden color, smoky. tastes like an awesome campfire. perfect for a hot summer day, perfect for drinking while smoking some meat or grilling. one of my favorite everyday drinkers. i keep this stocked in the fridge.

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Photo of Moose90
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

A — Pours a straw colored golden hue into the glass. There is a bit of a light white head on it that manages to stick around and leave some lacing behind.

S — Smells lightly smoky at first, similar to a campfire, not like an ashtray, its just a nice light smoky balance to the sweet and crisp pilsner malt character underneath.

T — Tastes nice and clean, notes of pilsner malts, little bit grainy and a touch of sweetness. The smoke component is very well balanced and not overdone, just a bit of an essence of smoke without dominating the palate.

M — Light in body, crisp and clean.

O — Very nice overall, a great example of what smoke can do for a beer.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a half finger of head on a hazy straw body.
The aroma is smoked lemon, pretty nice.
The taste is a nice smoky lemon and pine bitterness.
The texture is crisp.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Short Review, I had a few sample of this and I thought it was pretty nice, it had a nice balance of hoppy Pilsner and smokey flavors with the smoke showing up just enough and it doesn't seem to cover up any of the nice hop flavors while working well with them. I would buy this if I saw bottles of it. I liked it.

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Photo of infinitebruner
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

January 25, 2015

12 oz bottle, kolsch-type cylindrical glass

A – Light gold and very high effervescence. About 2-3 inches of foamy, craggy white head with long, long retention, similar to a traditional hefeweiss. Somewhat hazy, chill but appears to be unfiltered as well.

S – Bread dough, a mix of uncooked and freshly baked. Beechwood smoke is light to moderate, present but only one component of many, very nice complement to the other malts. Floral, somewhat spicy hops, are moderate to mildly assertive.

T – Bready, grainy malts, with spicy hops and touch of floral flavor. Hop bitterness is pronounced. Smoke flavor is pretty low in the mix, the majority of its impression coming from the aroma.

M – Very full-bodied for a pilsner, presumably from being unfiltered. Bitter up front and quite juicy. The bitterness lasts throughout and the finish ends up dry. Moderate to high carbonation, this one was a gusher but not necessarily in the mouthfeel once it settles down.

O – Pilsners are a dime a dozen, but quality pilsners are not. Even without the smoke component this is an interesting, flavorful, satisfying beer, standing out partly because it is unfiltered. The smoke adds additional complexity. Very good.

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Photo of pat61
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

There is some light smoke on the nose but it is not Schlenkerla or even Spezial intensity. Pours hazy gold under a 2” finely bubbled white foam collar. A very creamy palate with rich malt flavors, light smoke preceding a herbal, dry finish. Medium body and a very, fine soft carbonation that is short of prickly. Its a good beer but it could use a touch more smoke.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

i have not had much smoked pils, this is only the second or third i can recall, but its probably my favorite of the lot. its less smoke heavy, not so rauch and german and intense and campfire based. its a pils first and a smoked beer second, which lets the light grain still be light, and the mouthfeel not smolder into something much heavier than the style asks for. just a slightly brown hue to the golden beer, but definitely more hazy than most pilsener beers out there. the head is small but easily resurrected with a whirl of the glass. the nose and taste both show some sweetness, not as dry as others, and the lager yeast is totally lost along with the crisp finish it usually brings. the smoke, as light as it is here, still drags it on quite a ways in the finish. woody as it is smoky, i like that, and i still taste all the grain, which is really fresh. carbonation is high even though the beer looks flat. a combination of two styles i dont unconditionally love, but this is a great beer, very well balanced for what it is, and as good in terms of overall quality as we all now expect out of evil twin. i could drink several of these in a sitting, which may be the greatest testament to its appeal.

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Photo of tbraun1
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

A: Pours golden amber with a slight bit of haze. Rich white two finger head and concentric rings of lacing.

S: Lemon. Spice. Slight smoke essence.

T: Citrus, biscuity, very faint smoke taste on the finish...Adds nicely to the overall dryness to this brew and compliments the lemon/citrus tones. Very well built.

M: Wonderful. Slightly carbonated like most of the pilsners I have tasted but it has a very nice finish. Slightly dry but pleasant from the hops used and the biscuity malts.

O: Fantastic. I wish I had bought a sixer of this. One you could drink easily in a session with friends. Prost.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

A: Pours a hazy gold with a pillowy white head.
S: Mild aromas of smoke, grain, straw, lemon, lime, herbs, grass, biscuit, crackers, and hay.
T:Notes of grain, straw, hay, minerals, biscuits, crackers, grass, herbs, lemon, and lime wash across the palate with just a hint of smoke noticeable in the background. The finish is interesting, presenting an odd, yet appealing combination of smoke, grass, lemon, lime, and herb flavors.
M: Full-bodied and dry. Carbonation is crisp and firm.
O: This is a really interesting lager. I doubt that I could drink more than one or two of these at a time, but I could see myself reaching for a beer like this when I wanted something tasty and relatively unique.

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Photo of beergoot
3.4/5  rDev -11%

Bottling stamp on the bottle is 04/22/14

Strong golden color to the body and a thick, rocky, white head sits atop (3.75). Faint aroma all around with no noticeable smoke and a mild malt graininess (3.25). A mild smokiness reveals itself in the taste along with an equally mild malt and ester flavors; good bitterness (3.25). Medium bodied; dry finish (3.5).

Not a bad beer for a pilsner but the smoke component is pretty much missing-in-action. I would give this a higher score for a pilsner (3.75), but if you're looking for a more prominent smoke aspect, you won't find it here, so therefore, a relatively low score.

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Photo of jbertsch
3/5  rDev -21.5%

On tap. Proper yelllow goldn color.

Aroma is very mild. Expected a bit more smoke.

Flavor is just okay. I want either (or both) more smoke, or a more clear pilsener taste from the malt bill. The malt profile tastes a but too generic. No real hop profile to make note of (didn't get any saaz, that's for sure). A sweet note is noticeable on the finish, which throws me a bit.

As a whole the beer doesnt taste bad, and some people will probably be content with it. But it just doesn't serve up what I want in either a smoked beer or a pils.

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Photo of dcmchew
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours shiny golden, small white head that turns to a nice lace, kept alive by some small fizzy strings.
Mild smoke in the smell, neck and neck with some hops, also crackers, grains, bit of smoked cheese, some spiciness.
The pilsener notes are really out there, starting with the specific maltiness, the herbal acidity, the spicy hops with the dry finish. Add some nice smokey flavours with some nice wood notes, also a touch of enhancing fruity hops, mostly giving off some citrus, floral hints too.
Light body, nicely carbonated, helps the dry finish. Some charcoal smoke left in the aftertaste, burnt straw and leaf, spicy hoppy bitterness.
Something a German Texan might really love, nice job choosing the name. A really nice smoked beer, with a kinda rough aftertaste that invites (urges!) you to take another sip.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle with BTLD 04/22/14 stamped on the neck. Pours a cloudy amber color with a half inch of head. Looks like an IPA, basically. Lots of lacing. The aroma is smokey with some meat and cherry wood aromas. Some booze and maybe even some apricots. The taste is lots of smoke, charred wood, cherry, and malts. Very woody and earthy. Finishes with some more wood and smoked malts. Some floral hop notes. Medium bodied with not much of an alcohol presence. Overall, solid Smoked Beer I'd certainly buy again. Not quite up there with some of the better Rauchbiers but a Smoked Pilsner is an intriguing take on the style.

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Photo of barczar
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear golden with a modest frothy ivory head that slowly dissipates.

Aroma is crackery malt, floral hops, and a barely noticeable whiff of smoke.

Flavor reveals more crackery malt character than anything up front, with a touch of citrus at the finish and phenols in the aftertaste. Light smoky notes emerge. Citrus and malt dominate.

Body and carbonation are moderate.

One of the lighter smoked beers I've had. Nothing spectacular, but a fairly drinkable brew.

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Photo of TheFizzinator
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a light smoky golden pale color. Not much head or retention. Has that smoky woody character in the aroma but also has that pilsner clean and bright smell out of it. Maybe some noble hopping. The taste is interesting for its smoked character that you get out of it. Yet also retains that clean and easy drinkability known in pilsners. Lovely light and refreshingly thin body that makes for easy drinking.

Cool style and punch given to the ordinary pilsner, but its flavor profile isn't overwhelming and still stays firmly in the pilsner territory.

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into pilsener glass; clear golden in color with a nice fluffy white head. Picture perfect lager pour.
Smells of clear malt, grassy hops, and a hint of dry woody smoke.
Taste follows nose; dry crackly grass and hints of woody smoke intermingle with clean, crackery pilsener malt. Very drinkable.
Mouthfeel is light and semi-dry.
Overall, an interesting beer. I thought the smoke would come into play more, but it's well-balanced and tasty regardless. Evil Twin succeeds very well at making unique and surprising beers, while keeping them balanced and drinkable.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Paid $3.09 for the single. On the fence with this beer I hate Pilsners but love smoked beers. Into a pint glass.

A - As expected a ton of sediment floaties grace my golden orange hue beer. Head is decent a 1/4 inch of head that seems to stick around for a while. Good lacing.
S - The aroma has crackery malt, grassy hops, a hint of smoke in the end. No skunk.
T - The flavor follows with lemon zest, bready malt, lightly smoked malt on the finish. Actually surprised how herbal and balanced the flavor is.
M - Rather smooth a medium bodied beverage. Dry and herbal.

Overall this beer does seem to be just a bitter Pilsner with hints of smoke. Really wanted more smoke but I did enjoy it regardless.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ideally suited for most carnivore suited entrees, Evil Twin's smoked lager is mild enough to grace a dish of smoked salmon, but its robust smoke character would easily stand up to roast beef. Or even as a stand alone beer, there's enough intrigue to ignite the passion of the staunchest enthusiast and drinkable to quench the thirst in quantity.

The medium-boded lager greets the tongue with bready sweetness that's just off-dry. Even with a cloud of campfire that floats just above the palate, the beer's more delicate honey and floral side shines through.

Intensifying smoke carries across the middle and brings with it a peppery, meaty and earthy identity. The floral tones back off as the sweetness fades. Its doughy taste and texture dissolves and allows the hops to develop an herbal and grassy tone. Playful sulfurs highlight an apple and lemon taste- all of the slightly grilled variety of course.

Its mostly clean and crisp finish lightens considerably but leaves a mild oil on the mouth that gives the smoke something to latch onto. Far after the bitterness subsides, the spiciness retreats and the soft sweetness dissolves, echoes of brisket and mesquite return wave after wave.

Surprising to see such a clean golden color from the beer, the notions of smoke evokes images of brown beer. Its modest haze and cottony froth never lets the eye in on its darker and rewarding secrets within.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall pint glass. Bottled on 02/10/14.

Appearance: Pours a hazy straw golden orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Solid two fingers of white head with decent retention. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smell: A bready and earthy malt forward aroma with good hints of smoke and cracker. Pale malt with hints of grains, wheat, biscuit, straw, crackers, and yeast. Hints of smoke and wood that are noticeable but not overly strong. Earthy and floral hop presence with some hints of noble hops. Also some subtle citrus fruit hints of lemon and orange. A pretty interesting and solid aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a bready and fairly earthy malt driven taste with good notes of smoke, biscuit, and cracker. Upfront pale malt with notes of biscuit, straw, grains, wheat, crackers, and yeast. Solid taste of smoke and wood notes that are nicely balanced with the pils flavor. Floral and earthy hops with some noble notes. Citrus fruit notes of lemon and orange. A pretty nice and interesting taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp, clean, and pretty smooth and drying.

Overall: A pretty solid twist on a Pilsener. The smoke adds an interesting kick without overwhelming the soft pils malt notes.

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Photo of fgmiele
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Smoky.. Light in color and relatively foamy. Smell is definitely smoky with some light maltiness in the background. Pilsner flavor is there but overpowered by the bitterness of the smoke. I dig it... Although if you're not into rauchbiers or smoke you won't like this. Overall.. A very pleasant surprise.. Look forward to trying the ashtray heart now.

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Photo of dar482
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a clear golden straw color.

The aroma has crackery malt, grassy hops, a hint of smoke.

The flavor follows with lemon zest, bready malt, lightly smoked malt on the finish along with lager yeast notes.

A refreshing pilsner with an interesting hint of smoked malt.

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Photo of Mdog
3.16/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Yellow-gold, lots of particles, good head.

Smell: Skunky, bit of smoke.

Taste: Hits first with citrus and some skunk, then some breadiness. Just a little bit of smoke is noticeable.

Overall: I like smoked beers so picked up one of these as Evil Twin just started distribution in Minnesota. Not a very good first impression, kind of a mixed bag taste with only a hint of smoke flavor.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clean golden yellow pour wtih a finger of head which quickly dissipated. Smells of pilsner malt, lemongrass, frosted flakes, slight smokiness, bread. The flavor is awesome. Think a hoppy pils with a subtle smoke touch. Bready, grassy bitterness, sweet malt, campfire smoke.
Light body with high carbonation, this is a very crushable beer.
Easy to drink, appealing to people that normally don't drink pilsners because they're boring (aka me!).. This is full of flavor, and although it seems absurd to have a sweet, hoppy, smoky beer all in one - it works, and it works well.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into an IPA glass (best I could do).

Look: A lighter shade of burnt orange. A white sudsy head recedes to a modest film, while a wide band of foamy lacing sticks to the glass.

Aroma: Subdued, but general grassy notes abound. Faint hops, and even fainter smokiness.

Taste: A decently thick malt presence up front, followed by the typical grassy pilsner body. A decent amount of smokiness coats the body, and surprisingly adds a nice flavor to it. Just a bit of citrus an bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, a little dry.

Overall: I wasn't even in the mood for this and I really enjoyed it. It's definitely not something I'd want more than once though.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a hazy gold with a one-finger foamy white head. Sticky lacing.

S - Aroma of light smoke, malt, and grain.

T - Taste follows the aroma. Flavors start off like a typical pilsner with strong malt and grain. There is a heavy smokey flavor in the finish along with a sharp hop bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation. Very crisp with a dry finish.

O - A decent beer. The smoke tends to overpower the other flavors. Still worth trying.

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