Evil Twin The Cowboy - Evil Twin Brewing

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Reviews: 53
Hads: 241
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 7.55%
Wants: 5
Gots: 29 | FT: 0
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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 UCLABrewN84
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
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. (599 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

No head really with decent lacing on a murky golden with slight copper hue body. Aroma is strongly smokey and hint of mesquite and only light smoked meat presence, some grass as well. Flavors present and interesting mix of orange and lemon citrus fading in and out with smoked meats and campfire flavors. A rapidly changing and dynamic flavor. medium body and moderate carbonation. Very unique and easy to drink for the style. definitely worth trying. (451 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear dark yellow in color and has slight hints of visible carbonation. It poured with a short head consisting of large bubbles that quickly died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of smoked malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has nice flavors of smoky malts (which linger through the finish) along with hints of underlying bready malts. It has a light amount of bitterness and hints of grassy hops.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found this beer to be very enjoyable and drinkable because the smoked flavors in the taste were not overpowering. This beer seems like it would pair well with barbecued food because it is clean and has some refreshing properties. (858 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a big, rocky head that delivers both in the retention and lacing departments

Smell: Smells just like what you would think a smoked pilsner would smell like; the smoke adds a subtle smoked sausage aspect

Taste: Bready, with the smoked sausage and grassy hop elements arriving simultaneously; somewhat sweeter than I would have expected, after the swallow, as if it were intended to be an imperial pilsner

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A little too sweet and lacks some crispness, but the smoked malts add an interesting dimension and were a nice complement to the pilsner malt (649 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (1,210 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
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. (1,403 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The label says a smoked pilsner,that doesn't seem to fit this beer much.Poured into a becker a slight hazed honey color with a large blooming sticky white head that left multiple broken rings of lace as it settled into a frothy mass.Citrusy hops and mild toasted grain stand out most with the smoke being pretty faint.Quite dry on the palate with leafy and citric hops standing out mostly with faint smoke in the finish.A full bodied beer it goes down pretty easy.I like this beer,it's not alot like a pilsner in the flavor and aroma department,and it's not very smokey,still it's pretty damn good and great on a hot humid day like today. (638 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

Home, home on the range... This stuff pours a very lightly hazy straw topped by over a finger of lightly off-white froth. The nose comprises dark smoke, light plastic, very light wheat, and very light grass. It's understandable that the smoke is front and center, but there isn't much else going on at all. Still, nice smoke... The taste brings in more of the same, though now the smoke is hammy, less plastic-y. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, an enjoyable smoked pilsner, something that shows that you can, indeed, smoke a pilsner without completely losing sight of the base (though, admittedly, the smoke seems meant to o'erpower all else). Not bad at all. (765 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (405 characters)

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

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, bottled on 11/13/2013. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy pale golden amber color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky white head with incredible retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon zest, orange zest, pear, biscuit, cracker, wood smoke, herbal, floral, grass, light pine, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance of malt, hop, and smoke notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon zest, orange zest, pear, biscuit, cracker, wood smoke, herbal, floral, grass, light pine, light honey, and yeast earthiness. Light floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon/orange zest, pear, biscuit, cracker, wood smoke, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance of malt, hop, and smoke flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and moderately crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice smoked pilsner. All around good balance of malt, hop, and smoke flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering. (1,330 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a mostly clear medium to dark golden yellow in color with light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation and very light hints of orange + apricot highlights. The beer has a quarter finger tall sudsy/soapy white head that quickly reduces to a medium sized thin patch of larger bubbles and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of smoke with some very light hints of iodine.

T: Upfront there are light flavors of bready malts along with a light amount of grassy hops. All of that is underneath a light to moderate flavor of smoke with just a hint of fatty pork BBQ-ing. There are light hints of iodine as well. Light amounts of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: I really enjoyed the fact that the smokiness of this beer was not overly intense or too over the top, it kept the beer approachable and easy to enjoy. The aroma of the beer is slightly one dimensional but the flavors are more complex and interesting - this is just what I would expect a smoked pilsener to be. A little too intense to be an easy drinker or a sessionable beer but I would definitely like to have this one again, preferably with some BBQ. (1,253 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.47/5  rDev -9.6%
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. (1,051 characters)

Photo of dcmchew
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (818 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle purchased as a single from somewhere localish.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" off-white head over the slightly cloudy golden amber brew. Head recedes gradually, with lasting lace. Aroma is sweet with obvious smoke presence. Cool. Everyone always seems to scrimp on smoke.

Taste has smoke from head to tail, to my utter surprise. Beyond that, sweet upfront, touch of citrus in the middle, reasonably balanced closed, bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is soft and smooth, and drinkability is easy. Nice brew, and delivers the advertised smoke. Two thumbs up! (585 characters)

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

Poured into a Stone gargoyle pint. Pours a orange golden amber with a thin, fine light white head with great persistence and lacing. Light aroma of smoke, smoked meat and faint sweet malt. Flavor starts with nice wood smoke which gradually reveals pleasant biscuit malt and hops. Nice persistant smoky after taste. Great flavor progression and integration. Medium bodied with good creaminess. This is a very nicely made smoked ale. I would definitely return to this if the bomber price point weren't so painful. (511 characters)

Photo of Tone
4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, gold color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Good retention and great lacing. Smells of smoke, hops, hint of citrus, sweet malt, and a hint of pale malt. Fits the style of a Smoked Beer. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes sharply of smoke, pale malt, sweet malt, and slight hop. Overall, the smoke is distinct but not overwhelming, and other flavors are distinguished. This is a very session-able beer. (454 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.88/5  rDev +1%
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. (700 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a COAST Willi. Poured a slightly hazy red-orange with a one finger white head that subsided to half a finger slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, wheat, smoke, smoked meat, and grain. The flavor was of sweet malt, smoked meat, smoke, wheat, and spice. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. The smokiness on this one really stands out and makes it quite intriguing upon first investigation. I am a big fan of smoked brews when they are done correctly and this one seems to be spot on for what I enjoy. Nice smoky flavors with a nice kiss of sweetness to keep your palate from getting overwhelmed easily. This made it quite easy to drink and would make it easy to drink in large quantities at a cookout. An absolute must try for any fan of the smoke. You won’t regret doing so. (913 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
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. (297 characters)

Photo of mrfrancis
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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. (698 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
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. (472 characters)

Photo of pat61
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (367 characters)

Photo of dar482
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (283 characters)

Photo of Bung
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. Cloudy orange pour, thin layer if white which laced pretty well.

Aroma, some spicy biscuit. Light caramel, way light smoke. Some crisp hop notes, citrus and lighter pine. It is quite interesting, just not sure what to make of it.

Taste, Nails it. The smoke is light and works very well with the lighter pilsener type malts. Light bread and citrus. A beach wood like smoke underpins the entire time.

Just heavy of light body. Good carbonation, very easy drinking. Reminds me a bit of the Holy Smoke and lesser bit of the Shenklera Weizen.
If it wasn't for the price point if these Evil Twin brews I would have them in the fridge much more often.

Anyone with an appreciation of the smokes will like this one. Worth the dollars to try once, maybe more. (759 characters)

Photo of jera1350
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Lightly hazed pale gold with a short head of clean white foam that clings to the glass.

A mix of pilsner with a good dose of hops and smoked malt. Sweet and smokey with hops.

A very hoppy pilsner flavor up front with the bitterness coming in even more at the end. The smoke is not real strong and is noticed at the back end and in the aftertaste.

Crisp with a light to medium body. Very clean and dry finish on the palate.

I'm not a pilsner fan, but a huge smoked beer fan. This is a mix of both, but leans quite a bit more towards the pilsner end. A very hoppy one at that. An interesting beer and well done. Worth a try. (627 characters)

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86 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.