All Occasions IPA - Evil Twin Brewing
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Reviews by jpro:
4.1/5 rDev +5.1%
330mL single from Northbridge Pig. Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass...
A: Cloudy orange; one finger of cream head; a few strands of wispy lace.
S: Grapefruit rind; citrus aroma, but more of the pith variety; some light floral / grassy notes, too; not much malt aroma.
T: Minimal malt presence - perhaps some bread crust; orange / grapefruit peel; quite bitter; soapy finish.
M: Full bodied; moderate-high carbonation; even if abv is low for a double IPA, the mouthfeel is sufficient.
O: Nothing over the top - kind of like an imperial English IPA; nice flavor and great feel; I guess it really is an IPA for all occasions.
10-11-2013 01:37:34 | More by jpro
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4.14/5 rDev +6.2%
Coppery orange in color. Head dissipated quickly. Aroma is slightly vanilla, earthy/tangy hops. An uncommon sweetness, for a DIPA; but that's not what throws me off. The hops is appropriately bitter, but has a chrmical quality as well. Very boozy. Too much alcohol for the 8%. Mouthfeel is actually great though.
08-01-2013 00:14:16 | More by mverity
4.05/5 rDev +3.8%
11.2 ounce bottle for $4.99 !?! No bargains from Evil Twin!
Pours clouded typical almond amber. Moderate khaki cap, going rapidly to a tiny bubble film, thin collar and respectable looking strands and minor fields of fine lace.
Mild hop leaf nose, with some malts lingering in the background.
Rich and malty is what I get up front, then more then a bit of smoke and then hops seriously drying things out and adding to the complexity. Smooth and flavorful.
Worth a try if you can get past the sticker shock....
09-09-2013 00:44:26 | More by Billolick
3.99/5 rDev +2.3%
330ml bottle. The label details a rather humorous rejoinder to the brewer's famous brother's Christmas ale (one of them, anyway). I'm not waiting for the occasion of my firstborn for this, so here goes.
This beer pours a hazy medium golden amber colour, with two fingers of densely foamy, kind of bubbly, caked off-white head, which leaves some nicely ghoulish Swiss cheese patterned lace around the glass as it slowly and evenly abates.
It smells of bitter white grapefruit, orange, and kiwi rind, a hearty dose of pine resin, and hefty caramel, biscuit, and bready malts, all underscored by a leafy, herbal liqueur warmth. The taste is pungently bitter, as the pine spruce tips, orange and grapefruit pith, and wild grass essences rush to the front, only to slowly give way to a cradling bready caramel malt backbone, some further herbal, leafy hops, and a touch of metallic alcohol.
The bubbles are a tad peppy, but generally just worthy of Best Actor in a Supporting Role, the body an adequate medium weight, and mostly smooth, just an echo of hops and heat tugging at the edges. It finishes off-dry, the undeservedly second-fiddle malt now wielding some newfound power over those decidedly waning hops. Or maybe my bitterness receptors have just reset themselves.
A rather agreeable big-boy Imperial IPA, with an eventual nod to all things balanced, and well, repeatable. As the label goes on to say, it is Monday after all, and there's big fluffy flakes of snow lazily falling outside, so let us be thankful for the non-denominated sort of situations in life, shall we?
01-14-2013 23:57:47 | More by biboergosum
3.43/5 rDev -12.1%
Served from bottle into a Mikkeller oversized wine glass (semi-proper!). Poured fluorescent yellow-orange with a one finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount very slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, earth, earth hop, grain, medicinal, and metallic. The flavor was of sweet malt, fruit, pine, spice, spicy hop, fruit hop, and earth. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. This brew was another case of first inspecting the nose and not liking what I found really that much. The flavor was actually fairly decent though as it brought a decent bit of complexity to the party. This made it fairly easy to drink, but didn’t really make it stand out too much from other brews in the style. I wouldn’t mind having this one again, but it wouldn’t be my number one pick if other brews from the style were available.
12-31-2012 13:12:02 | More by thagr81us
4.33/5 rDev +11%
I am creating a new entry for this beer, although Evil Twin's gypsy nature makes differentiating between "different" beers difficult. This is apparently intended to be the same recipe as Before, During and After Christmas Beer. However, that beer was apparently brewed in Denmark at Fanø Bryghus; this states that it is brewed in Scotland at Brew Dog. I was going to skip creating a new entry until I poured the beer. I had reviewed Before, During and After Christmas Beer a few weeks ago and this one is a different color, had a much different (much bigger and persistent) head and tasted somewhat different. It has a new name and brewer, so I made an entry. They are both great beers.
Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a clear, medium golden amber. Fine two finger yellow tinted white head with great retention and massive lacing. Aroma of grassy, lightly citrus hops, stone fruit; aromatic. Flavor follows, dominated by zesty grassy and citrus hops, citrus rind, grapefruit, stone fruit (apricot and peach), slightly sweet. Medium bodied with light creaminess. Very nicely integrated and complex, this is very tasty and I could hardly put the glass down. I gave the similar (same?) Before, During and After Christmas Beer high ratings, but I think I like this a little better and it is nicer looking. I hope I can find another bottle of both for a side by side.
11-02-2012 04:39:25 | More by LiquidAmber
4.03/5 rDev +3.3%
I got at Beer Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
A. It has a beautiful caramel color, with a descent white foamy head and some lacing. It is basically clear, but there's a bit of a haze to it.
S. Hop scent and something sweet.
T. It has a sweet honey taste, there's a floral feel to it. A nice, not overpowering, bitter hop undercurrent. A bit of a grape aftertaste.
M. Smooth and thick and carbonated.
O. It is well-balanced. Very easy to drink and easy on the palate.
12-21-2012 01:40:00 | More by Amalak
3.8/5 rDev -2.6%
A: The beer is very hazy yellowish amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige head that died down, consistently leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and lots of lacy webbing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of caramel malts are present in the nose along with some hints of citrusy and pine resin hops.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of caramel malts along with citrus and pine resin hops as well as some hints of earthy yeast. While there are some initial hints of malty sweetness, a light to moderate amount of bitterness is present throughout the taste. Hints of alcohol are also present towards the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The alcohol contributes some hints of warming.
O: This beer has a good balance between the malts and hops. It's not that difficult to drink, although it is hind of heavy on the palate to have more than one in a single sitting.
05-17-2013 18:26:14 | More by metter98
3.94/5 rDev +1%
Pours very cloudy orange gold color with a big foamy 2 finger off white head that was very thick and looked like a cloud, dissipating very slowly and barely moving as it went down. The head had a ton of bubbles in it and left a foamy layer on top and good spotty lacing.
Smells very herbal, like floral hops, tea leaf, mint, piney hops, grapefruit, pineapple, grapes, biscuit, wheat bread, caramel, malt and grains. The initial herbal hop aroma gives way to malt and grains, balancing out quite well and coming off as tame for a DIPA.
Tastes of floral hops and piney hops up front, followed by herbs like tea leaf, mint, grass, grapefruit, pineapple, orange peel, grapes, biscuit, wheat bread, caramel, strong malt, grains, and fruits like apple or pear. The hops start strong but then fade as the malt charges forward, and this ends up tasting like Razzles or Skittles were dropped into an American lager. This is not a hop bomb, but very tasty and interesting in its composition. The more I drank it and the warmer it got, the better it got. It masks the ABV almost to perfection.
Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, with a medium chewy body, average carbonation, and a bitter herbal finish that has a bready taste like a lot of yeast is in the mix.
Not your typical DIPA as the hops were not obnoxiously aggressive, but there was an element of fun and confusion which added to the overall experience of this beer as the flavors got better and expanded as it warmed up. I liked this and would definitely have it again (if I can find it) because it tasted good and was very easy to drink. It didn’t blow me away, but it was so smooth that it scores extra points for being an “All Occasions” beer.
02-24-2013 05:47:44 | More by CHickman
3.85/5 rDev -1.3%
A: Pours a hazy golden amber in color with some light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some dark orange highlights. The beer has finger tall foamy/sudsy beige head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.
S: Moderate aromas of caramel malts with slightly lesser aromas of citrus/grapefruit rind and pine/resin hops.
T: Upfront there are slightly stronger than moderate amounts of caramel malts with a light to moderate amount of sweetness. That is followed by some light amounts of earthy yeast and moderate flavors of pine/resin hops and citrus/grapefruit rind. Moderate amounts of lingering bitterness.
M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly crisp upfront. Light amounts of alcohol warming in the finish.
O: Slightly heavier than I expected for the style which makes it a little tougher to drink - not quite as easy as some others. Also, the bitterness is a little stronger than I prefer and the hop flavors are a little too dank for me.
05-23-2013 22:57:17 | More by dbrauneis
4.28/5 rDev +9.7%
Cloudy, orange-dark amber color. Starts with a two-finger head. Settles slowly. Leaves some streaky web lace.
Smell: Very nice blend of alcohol, pale malt and mild citrus hop.
More bitter than the smell suggests. And the alcohol is more muted. The body is reasonably full and the carbonation is above average. The aftertaste is raw hop bitterness. Slightly warming. Not an over-the-top IPA, which I guess is why it's called "All Occasions".
I think this is a very good cross-over IPA to DIPA.
03-24-2013 20:10:17 | More by smcolw
All Occasions IPA from Evil Twin Brewing
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