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Evil Twin Femme Fatale Yuzu Pale - Evil Twin Brewing

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Ratings: 322
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 7.54%
Wants: 25
Gots: 47 | FT: 2
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Greywulfken on 09-04-2013

To take up the challenge and make a 100% true Brett IPA with Yuzu fruit can very easily become a fatal attraction for the Brewmaster. Once you get acquainted with the Yuzu fruits irresistible and seductive personality, along with Bretts overpowering, alluring and very charming nature, it will ensnare you and drive you mad obsessing over how exactly you can create the perfect desirable tangy, funky, crisp, tart flavor in ya mouth.
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Photo of metter98
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high off white head that died down but never completely faded away, leaving a thin head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of orange and tangerine citrus zest are present in the nose along with notes of sourness from the brett.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste starts out with flavors of zested yuzu citrus, which are followed by notes of sourness towards the middle of the taste. A light to moderate amount of hop bitterness is present.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found this beer to have a nice balance between the yuzu fruit and brett as you can smell and taste both of them in nearly equal proportions.

Photo of Beaver13
3.43/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. Pours hazy golden orange with a big meringue white head that retains and laces the glass.

The aroma is tropical fruits with some musty funk and some sharp brett.

The flavor is sweet wheaty malts with tropical fruit and a musty yeasty hoppiness with a bit of brett. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with sharp carbonation.

Overall, a nice brett ipa with some unique tropical fruit from the yuzu.

Photo of tastybeer
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Quite pretty straw-gold colored smoothly hazy beer with a nice soft foam white pile atop. I haven't brought it in for a close smell yet, but it's already wafting fruity, juicy aromas my way. Aroma is loaded with pleasant stinky fruit and flowers. Yuzu seems to be fitting its description that I looked up well. Sweet candy lemon, red grapefruit, lime, and tangerine/tangelo. Tropical funk and earthy floral aromas mixed in. Light simple pale bread dough malt smoothly underneath. Intoxicatingly tantalizing aroma... Taste is sweet, perky, and evenly bitter. Tropical kind of citrus, brisk pine, and earthy, juicy, whacky fruit. Lime, citrus skins and pulp. Acidic kind of bitterness kicks in at the finish after a not overwhelming surge of sweetness. Mouthfeel is slick and soft with spicy carbonation. Smacky. Easy to drink and interesting. I think I would like yuzu fruit a lot. Very nice beer here.

Photo of russpowell
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazed bronze with w thumb of pearl colored head. Very good head retention & lacing

S: Tons of grapefruit, pineapple & orange

T: Grapefruit peel, slight hints of melon, lemon rind, a little bready sweetness & pineapple up front. Dryness, more pineapple & grapefruit as this warms, a little brett tartness/sourness sneaks in as well. Finishes with grapefruit, restrained brett presence & a little lemon zest, & other cirtrus notes ( the yuzu? )

MF: Medium bodied, lively carbonation, nice balance

Drinks very easy, would drink this often if not for the price

Photo of Rutager
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale gold with two fingers of thick white head, good retention.

Amazing nose on his. Sweet tropical fruits, dry brett, dried pineapple, apricots and so many other fruits.

Dry brett with juicy tropical fruity hops play nicely together. Great stuff.

Medium body, strong carbonation.

Really hitting the spot.

Photo of smakawhat
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

A nice apricot orange to peach color for the body, slightly cloudy, with some rising fast carbonation. Head is soapy with a touch of cream, and some real interesting puck formation and retention. Peaks and valleys and a giant mountain of white creamy in the middle four finger tall head, surrounded by soapy moats of lacing.

Real interesting notes on the nose. Hints of pepper and fruit, seems tropical. Real interesting smokey like embers coming off of this too, kind of wood and splintery strangely. Bit of earthy quality too, an interesting mix of stuff in there.

Weird palate. With all this diversity on the nose, you'd think it would be interesting. Mid palate fills with a chalky and solid hop bitterness, hinting at dried pine needles. Simple malted mouth coating, but not much fruit quality or flavor. Brett action seems quite subdued and hardly noticeable at all

Overall an interesting take, but it comes off as just another ordinary IPA.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.64/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got a pour of this funky oddity of a beer at the Old Toad, in Rochester, NY.

Pours a light orange, bit of gold. Very, very hazy. Nice 2 finger head, the beer laces very strongly down the glass throughout my entire time drinking it. Very beautiful.

Lots of citrus in here. I don't know what yuzu tastes like on it's own- but I assume it figures strongly into the flavor. I smell and taste mango, passionfruit, orange, grapefruit, and a bit of welcome mustiness that is derived from the use of brett. Gives it a slight tart twang at the end of each sip. A bit grassy, too. I bet if you aged this beer, the citrus flavors would go away and the musty twang would come to forefront. As it is, I like the balance of flavors now, fresh. The funk is there, but nicely restrained. Low bitterness, just waves of tropical flavor.

Light, crisp mouthfeel.

Wonderful beer from one of my favorite breweries.

Photo of wedge
4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Glowing gold color with some nebulous wisps of yeast and a gorgeous, thick, creamy head. Aromas of what I assume is Yuzu fruit, kind of like lime and pink grapefruit...very bright and flowery. Some herbs, spicy yeast, citrus rind, and sourness. Flavor is a blend of citrus rind and Brett with a dry, tart, slightly funky yeasty finish. Bright, colorful, tropical hoppy flavor...very zesty and tart with slight pine and wood. A lot Brett-ier as it sits around. Medium-light bodied, a little creamy, and super dry, almost chalky. Funky, bright, and tangy. Very interesting and tasty!

Photo of Greywulfken
4.65/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: in a tulip, pale gold body with a slight haze, capped by a couple of thick fingers of white head; a filmy cap persisted all the way down, leaving sparse motes behind

S: two aromas will draw your attention immediately, as I'm sure was intended: the funky "wet horse blanket" and "barnyard" funk of the brettanomyces, and the tart and tangy fruit of the yuzu, which reminded me of grapefruits and limes

T: a terrific taste combination, not completely unlike their Femme Fatale Brett, but with much richer fruit flavors, owing to the yuzu fruit. The fruits and malt blend seamlessly, bringing all sorts of tropical and citrus fruits to mind - grapefruit, lime, and orange, and maybe even some something a bit more sweet, perhaps tangerine and un-ripened mango. Meanwhile, the brett works its magic, imparting dusky, dank, and earthy flavors, rounding out the tart and juicy components with a profound rustic, barnyard character.

M: crisp and juicy, medium-to-light body; ample, brisk carbonation; slightly tart and bitter all at once, with a great finishing aftertaste that will definitely leave you wanting more - and at a modest 6% abv, there's no reason not to indulge.

O: one of my favorite brett IPAs - just does a tremendous job of marrying flavors that complement each other exceptionally well. If you like tangy, barnyard IPAs, this is a must-have. If you aren't sure if you like tangy, barnyard IPAs, this is a great beer to try.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a hazy golden amber with a massive three finger white head that had good retention and left pillowy lacing. Aroma is very citrusy lemon and orange with hints of tropical fruit, faint biscuit malt, quite pleasant and estery. Flavor is also citrus forward, dominated by a mildly tart grapefruit citrus, presumably the yuzu, with peripheral exotic fruit flavors; light to moderate brett and a light bready, biscuit malt body. Medium bodied with a bit of nice creaminess. My second Femme Fatale with a new Japanese citrus fruit, and like the Sudachi version, the fruit really has some interesting, pleasant unidentifiable flavors. This one seems to lean towards grapefruit and lime with some woody, earthy herbal notes. Once again, not my go to style, but this completely won me over for the exotic citrus flavors and light touch of brett and mild tartness. These ales are the best chance to win me over to sour styles, but I'm not there yet. Nicely done. Looking forward to the Kabosu and whatever they think of next.

Photo of buschbeer
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

1 PT. 6 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a snifter

A - It is a gold, almost amber, color. There is a slight haze to it. On top sits several inches of fluffy white head with good lacing.

S - Now I dig the smell. I get some orange, grapefruit, and funk with a little tartness.

T - This beer starts out sweet and fruity. Then immediately gives way to some bitterness. After that I taste orange and grapefruit with a pine finish. There is a musty taste through the middle into the finish as well. This beer has a lot going on, and it is all good.

M - Champagne like effervescence and body.

O - I like it. I had no idea what yuzu was or tasted like, but it works for me. I love funky IPA's.

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a Goose Island tulip. Beautiful pour. The beer is very hazy and light orange in color with a massive, majestic white head that reduces down to some big, snowdrift-like clumps of lacing. The nose is really nice. Lots of pineapple and orange and a tart brett-like sour note.

Light-medium body with a nice bitter and tart flavor profile. There's a light cracker-like graininess up front and a quick rush of fresh, citrusy hop bitterness. Flavors include oranges, lemons, and grapefruit. Arriving with the bitterness and carrying through the finish is a definite sour note as well. The sour note goes well with the fruit flavors and gives the impression of orange pith and lemon zest. It's subtle and not enough to disturb the enjoyability, but enough to make one take note. Dry, tart finish lingers nicely.

This is the third ``sour IPA'' I've enjoyed (Anchorage's Bitter Monk is definitely one worth seeking out). I hope to see more beers like this in the future. The combination of bitter and sour with just enough malt sweetness to hold it together is an intriguing and refreshing combination.

Photo of Cresant
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Poured this 22 oz. brown bottle into a Sam Adams glass. No date. The body was golden with a light haze. The head was white and clingy.

The smell was candy and pine needles. Damp bricks and clementines. Bold delicious aromas.

The taste was citrus and kiwi fruit. Ground pepper and lemons. There was a gentle funky bite I attribute to Belgian yeast. Hints of soap. Grapefruit pith and a drying finish.

The body was light to medium and a bit dreamy. I would seek this out again.

Photo of CHickman
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Pours hazy bright yellow color with a 2 finger foamy white head that was full of very tiny bubbles, it faded very slowly leaving great foamy lacing and rings as it went down and a layer on top. The head was so thick that craters formed as it went down, and the second half of the bomber had a much bigger head and was a lot cloudier. Very impressive beer.

Smells of strong lemon zest up front, which I assume is the yuzu, followed by orange peel, tangerine, red grapefruit, piney hops, citrus hops, faint spices, and light yeast. Completely lopsided aroma that is all citrus fruit with lemon being particularly strong smelling.

Tastes of lemon, grapefruit pith, orange peel, tangerine, citrus hops, coriander, piney hops, apple, fruity candy (the dry crunch kind…), light grains, spices like pepper or very dry tea, dry grass and earthy notes. There is a chalky yeast flavor, like very dry toast that lingers with the lemon/yuzu in the aftertaste, and the finish is on the dry and clean side.

Mouthfeel is smooth and almost slick, with average carbonation, a medium body that was almost chewy and a very bitter grapefruit/lemon-like finish that is near dry and was like licking on a lemon.

Overall it was a good IPA that was slightly too bitter for my taste and liking, but the yuzu experiment works and makes for a very different IPA. There is no balance, but the flavor is full of citrus with just enough grainy flavor to keep the bitterness at a manageable level. I liked the Femme Fatale Brett better, but this was a nice refreshing IPA that had a nice zesty bitter bite.

Photo of cbutova
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Foundry, Northampton, MA on NYE. Really cool to see a beer like this on draft locally; thanks Sonny and Sally.

A- Fairly hazy golden yellow pour tap to tulip. White cap to about four fingers with a thick frothy texture and good retention. Lacing forms in webs and blankets everywhere.

S- Citrus and juicy stone fruits like tangerine, passion fruit pulp, orange and apricot. A hint of dry Brett straw and bready pale malts.

T- Brett comes into its own here. It is not a funk bomb but has a refined hint of spicy tropical funky Brett notes. Joining that are apricot, tangerine, passion fruit minus the tarts, yogurt, orange zest and floral notes. Pale cracked cereal grains and something wheaty.

MF- Medium bodied with a texture of creaminess and foaminess. Carbonation is fairly high as the appearance hinted with a crisp edgy finish. Slightly bitter finish as the juicy tropical notes linger.

Juicy with just enough Brett feel to not take over but rather a subtle dry spicy tropical feel from the non-traditional beer yeast.

Photo of dbrauneis
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a hazy medium apricot in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and some peach + golden orange highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy beige head that slowly reduces to a large patch of finger tall thick cap and a half finger thick layer covering the remainder of the surface of the beer with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of citrus/grapefruit, citrus/lime, and citrus/yuzu hops along with a moderate aroma of barnyard funkiness from the brett. There is a lighter aroma of pale malts underneath.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of pale malts with some moderate to significant amounts of barnyard funkiness. There is a moderate flavor of citrus/grapefruit, citrus/lime, and citrus/yuzu from the hops which imparts a light to moderate amount of lingering bitterness. Slightly sour/tart.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp upfront with light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Easy to drink and very enjoyable, especially for someone that really enjoys brett beers. I like the additional flavors of yuzu and the funkiness. Definitely one that I would pick up again.

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.38/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: a deep orangish yellow. Very hazy and opaque. Less than a finger of a white head that fades to a small lacing

Smell: strong yuzu fruitiness. Bitter citrus peels. And some tangy fruitiness. Mostly fruity overall with little to no malt presence.

Taste: opens up with yuzu fruit. Neither overly bitter or sweet. Transitions to some citrus peel- bitter hops. Fairly weak taste for all the smell.

Mouthfeel: sticky and Brett influenced. Quite bitter and very dry

Overall: kind of disappointing. I expected a lot more funky yeast in the taste and the taste was way too weak for all that could have been. All the Brett influence I found was in the mouthfeel when I would prefer to taste it. Also the second beer with yuzu I have had and neither was spectacular.

Photo of dar482
3.81/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours out in a golden straw color with a large white head.

The aroma has big grapefruit, a hint of that bright Yuzu, a slight bit of funk, and bready malt.

The flavor follows the citrus and grapefruit hitting you first. There's a bit of bready malt and then it turns into a funky barnyard flavor as the beer warms up. The finish is long and bittering of Yuzu and lemon peel.

The beer is a bit pricey, but interesting. The funk isn't prominent for those who are worried. Instead, this is a good citrusy IPA.

Photo of von_kaiser
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4



Photo of jrenihan
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Cask in London.

Beer is golden with a large white head. Good retention.

Nice fruity smell, which is obviously yuzu. Not much else gets through to my nose, but the yuzu smell is very nice on its own.

I cannot pretend to be sure what yuzu tastes like, but the beer features a prominent fruit flavour that is obviously yuzu. Quite dominant, but nice. A bit of additional citrus flavours as well, and some sight malty backbone. Moderately bitter.

Medium bodied, moderately to highly carbonated.

Overall, quite nice, but a bit one-dimensional in terms of flavour.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The trend of "funky-fresh" ales shows no sign of slowing down as Evil Twin gets into the game. With its earthen tartness, dried citrus taste and acute bitterness, this Pale Ale is certainly more than pale.

It starts with a light orange-tinged golden color and with a serious haze. The ale builds a creamy and airy knit of foam that easily lasts the session and sheets the glass with lace in the beer's wake.

Bright and juicy aromas are bursting with citrus- pink grapefruit, oranges, and lemons lead the way, but then the more tropical aromas arise- mango, apricot and passion fruit. All the ripe fruit character is wrapped in a cocoon of musty attic-like woods, cork and sandalwood.

Its sweet and tart taste, coupled with a certain dry sourness gives the ale a taste of "Sweetheart" candies. A musty citrus seems of over-ripened oranges, grapfruit, and limes especially after its grassy bitterness sets in. But with the citrus comes a tropical fruit taste of pineapple and apricot for added complexity and vibrancy. Its finish is bitter and lightly piney, much like sawdust, oak aged chardonnay, weathered wood and saddle leather.

Its mouthfeel is light and powdery throughout. Its early sweetness quickly dissolves as the fruity taste dries with ease. Its dehydrated fruit character is effortless on the palate as the beer turns to an arid, tannin-rich and feathery finish.

The notion of new-wave American hops and the powdery earthy taste and texture of Brettanomyces gives Pale Ales a distinct funky and fresh attitude that's simply irresistible.

Photo of superspak
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy bright gold color with a 2 finger dense and rocky white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice dense foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lime, orange zest, lemon peel, hay, straw, grass, light pine, musty funk, light pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Incredible aromas with awesome complexity and balance of fruity/funky/spicy yeast, hops, and yuzu fruit notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lime, orange zest, lemon peel, hay, straw, grass, light pine, light pepper, musty funk, bread and herbal/yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy yeast spice/pine hop bitterness on the finish with some slight earthy tartness; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lime, orange zest, lemon peel, hay, straw, grass, light pine, light pepper, funk, bread, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and balance of fruity/funky/spicy yeast, hops, and yuzu fruit flavors; with a crisp malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome fruited brett IPA. All around great complexity and balance of fruity/funky/spicy yeast, hops, and yuzu fruit flavors; and extremely smooth and crisp to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

Photo of Zach136
4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draught at the Porter in Atlanta

Appearance: Hazy yellow with good lacing.

Aroma: Big yellow starburst fruitiness. Touch of bubblegum brett ester.

Flavor: Touch of hop bitterness, with bubble gum and fruity notes from the nose, but less intense.

Mouthfeel: Light and dry

Photo of derftron
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap 2015

Had no idea what to expect as I do not know what Yuzu tastes like

Very impressive in a style that I haven't had much from Evil Twin (Brett,saison,IPA -ish)

Juicy, nice Brett character, very sessionable which is a problem given that it's not cheap.

Golden color, nicely carbonated, and very well balanced.

Photo of brentk56
3.84/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: The cloudy goldenstraw colored liquid pours with a multi-inch head of foam; excellent stickage and the head leaves a few shards of lace behind

Smell: Citrus, tropical fruit and funky Brett tones; not sure what yuzu smells like but I presume this is it; very floral, too

Taste: The funk, which tastes a bit like mothballs, is very much up front and personal on the tastebuds and it overwhelms other elements of the beer; the other flavors (citrusy grapefruit, lemon/lime and blood orange) and a growing bitterness build into the middle; the funk lingers, however, in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: This would be a much more interesting beer to me if the funk were dialed back; I generally like Brett beers but there is something in this recipe that I just don't really enjoy

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Evil Twin Femme Fatale Yuzu Pale from Evil Twin Brewing
92 out of 100 based on 322 ratings.