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Evil Twin The Cowboy - Evil Twin Brewing

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60 Reviews
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Reviews: 60
Hads: 260
Avg: 3.81
pDev: 24.15%
Wants: 6
Gots: 32 | FT: 0
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Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States | website

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 MAB
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm not a fan of smoked beers, nor of lagers (pilsners) but this one was actually quite good.
It was hazy as hell, though. I didn't get any flavors that I associate with whitbiers, so I don't know why the haze was there.
The smoke was very subtle, and did not distract from the overall flavor.
I must say, this was the perfect choice of beverage for the tacos that I ate with it. They paired spectacularly well.

Color me surprised-- I'm giving this one a thumbs up!

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Photo of D-HopSupreme
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a pearly white large head with a slightly clouded, straw-coloured body. The scent is surprisingly flowery with a bit of citrus, and a slight undertone of noble hops. The taste is very smoky, completely like a campfire, with a bit of woodiness and a bit of sourness. The feel is alright though the smokiness really clings around longer than it's pleasant. Overall it's a pretty good beer though I can't quite grasp the hype.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, day 13 of the Craft Beer Advent Calendar - hmmmm, a smoked pilsner, interesting, and somehow initially appropriate for this thing we're doing here. The usual self-indulgent label text reminds me of 'I Wanna Be a Cowboy'.

This beer pours a hazy, pale golden yellow colour, with one finger of puffy, loosely foamy, and well-bubbly off-white head, which leaves a bit of splotchy collapsing iceshelf lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of meaty and grainy pale malt, a bit of wet ash, some wee band-aid phenolic notes, musky apples and pears, and softly singed lemon wedge citrus. The taste is smoky, sure, but in a campfire meets dead cow or pig sort of way, with some middling earthy and slightly edgy yeast, a mixed bag of ash-tinged fruit bowl esters, and an emerging gasohol (not a good idea around this smoke, eh?) laced pale malt graininess.

The bubbles are adequate in their supportive and occasionally probing frothiness, the body a so-so medium weight, and trying oh so hard to be smooth, but c'mon, there's SMOKE abounding, people! It finishes off-dry, surprisingly, as that base pils seems to just want to cast off the yoke of smoke (new band name?), and spread its wings.

Overall, not a bad smoked beer, the potential in your face smokey acridity kept mostly in check, while the Continental-style pilsner actually gets to have a say, much in the manner of the Bamberg greats. After a modicum of acclimatization, this becomes easy enough to drink, and makes me want a cigar and some Bridge Mix. Oh, and Jeppe - you can be my cowgirl!

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Photo of Bunman3
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I really like how the smoke complements the nice pilsner character of The Cowboy. This is a quality brewery and they get this beer right. The hazy yellow body, fluffy white foam and archipelago lacing make this a good looking beer. There is enough hop bite to be true to the style and the smoke adds character. Tasty stuff, indeed.

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Photo of Trosevear
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Day 13 of the Craft Beer Advent Calendar.

L: A Hazy yellow with a nice white head, and a slight red tinge to it.

S: A smokeyness, that overpowers most things but there a slight hop smell to it as well.

T: Crisp with a fair amount of smoke to it. Slight bitterness from the hops but you can't taste very much hops.

F: Light bodied with a slight amount of carbination and leaves a nice smokey taste in your mouth.

O: A good beer by evil twin but kinda upset again that this beer wasn't made for just the calendar like it was supposed to be.

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Photo of ryanhooks81
4.24/5  rDev +11.3%
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 +2.6%
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%
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.
Enjoyable.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
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 +4.7%
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%
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 -1.8%
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 +11.5%

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 -1.6%

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 -10.8%

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 -21.3%

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%
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 +0.5%
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 -4.2%
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 +4.2%
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 +0.3%
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 +1.8%
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 -6.6%
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 +6.3%
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 -1.6%
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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Evil Twin The Cowboy from Evil Twin Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.