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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: 33 | 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 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 rdilauro
3.08/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour like any normal light beer ... No really detectable aroma, nothing for the nose to pick up on.
The first taste and all I could feel is carbonation, a bit too much for my liking.
Then, I can taste smoke, lots of it. Now I know what it feels like to be a ham inside a smoker!
The smoked taste and the light carbonated style was very balanced for me.

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Photo of Mdog
3.16/5  rDev -17.1%
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 macrosmatic
3.19/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into an Upland pint glass.

A: Hazy gold with a huge fluffy white head and mild visible carbonation.

S: Smoky like an old campfire. Maybe some light pilsner malt aroma…but mostly smoke. Not particularly pleasant - very much one note.

T: Smoke, pilsner malts, smoke, some grassy and citrus hops, and more campfire smoke in the hang.

M: Light body, modest carbonation sensation, no alcohol presence to speak of.

O: There's just too much smoke here with no other flavors big enough to hang with it or balance it out. I suspect it may have been a tasty pilsner, but instead it ended up as a glass of smoke that you needed to hunt around for any other flavors, rather than the smoke being an integrated part of the beer's flavor profile. Not recommended.

EDIT - Having now read some of the reviews below describing the smoke flavor as "light", I'm wondering if there may be some batch variation or perhaps something with the particular bottle I drank.

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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 smakawhat
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pilsner glass.

Huge hiss when opening. Doesn't gush, but way over carbbed. Head is 80% of the glass even with a slow pour. Settles with thick soapy retention and thick clumping lace. Body color is a neat opaque looking mix of gold lemon at the bottom and light chestnut through the middle, with micro carbonation.

Faint smoke, not particularly noticeable, some soft white bread but quite closed. There's next to nothing going on here.

The phenols are coming out on this sucker. A good subtle hint of smoke, but a real nice sweet peach like quality of fruit. The phenolic action is getting a bit novocaine medicine like on the finish though. Carbonation is quite large, no surprise but gives an almost champagne mimosa quality with the fruit angle. Mouthfeel is solid malt backbone and coating, pretty straightforward.

A little bit out of control, but also perhap a bit old possibly. Still there's something to enjoy here, it's a neat combination though, just wish the smoked quality was much more rich and noticeable.

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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 CrazyDavros
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours amber with a fading head.
Nose shows heavy smoke and campfire with soft ham alongside a faint fruity hop note.
The smoke is not as powerful as a flavour although it's still definitely there. Some herbal and spicy hops show instead.
Carbonation could be higher.
Needs more malt or less smoke.

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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 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 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 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 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 UCLABrewN84
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 2/10/14.

Pours a hazy yellow with a foamy orange-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. A foamy lattice of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, citrus fruit, and slight smoke aromas. Taste is much the same with malt, citrus zest, and slight smoke flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with fairly subdued smoke qualities and an interesting citrus presence that I wasn't expecting.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Cloudy gold in color, with a nice, bright head of foam.
Aroma-Pale malt
Taste-Pale malt,sharp noble hop note,wispy, barely there smoked malt, but enough to provide a nice depth of flavor. Price is a bit prohibitive, but a nice match for a loaded hot dog or burger.

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Photo of smcolw
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dirty gold color--cloudy. Moderate head with lasting power. Leaves plenty of lumpy lace on the glass.

Plenty of smoke to the nose. Seems to be quite dry.

If you like smoke, you'll really love this beer. After the initial flavor of paler malts, the smoke completely takes over. The swallow features a strong medicinal flavor--a real shame. Full body, particularly for the pilsner style. Good carbonation.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
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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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 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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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 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 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 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 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 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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Evil Twin The Cowboy from Evil Twin Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.