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Evil Twin | Heretic Brewing Company

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Heretic Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by womencantsail on 07-11-2011

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

i didnt care for this all that much when i was drinking it this weekend, but i was under the impression that it was supposed to be a red ipa, and i kept looking for the hops that never really came. now that i see it listed as an ambler ale, i like it a lot more. its dark for the style, deep brick red, more grain color to this than is common in the reds and ambers of today, and i like the depth it brings. toasty and nutty more than caramelized and sweet. good amount of body on it too, and nice and dry. it just doesnt have a ton of flavor, seems muffled or muted or just a lot less interesting than i thought it would be. i did not see a date on the bottle, so maybe its a little older, but there isnt any old beer flavors to this. maybe a hint of wet cardboard in the nose, but other than that it seems fresh enough in terms of the malt. dried red fruits, maybe cherries, but dry as they go. carbonation is fine, and it went really well with some smoked pork, but it wasnt quite robust enough in flavor for me, even though the darker red color suggests a little more heft to this. i felt it but i didnt taste it. better than average but not by much.

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Photo of Beerbogan
3.74/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Purchased a few cans, and a disclaimer they were a few month old as I purchased in Australia. It poured very dark with a good head and lacing, the head maintained most of the time that it took to drink. I loved the heavy malty body of the beer, maybe a little to sweet in terms of balance with hops. The nose was not as strong as I expected but that may have to do with the age of the cans.

Overall a nice beer and would love to have one fresh from the brewery as that would probably fix the slightly over malty balance for me (I love a malty beer so it was not that).

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Photo of Flounder57
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can was poured into a nonic glass.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a puffy layer. It is an amber red color with some clarity of bubbles coming up through the glass. Super frothy lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Toasted, biscuity, caramel malts with some citrus and herbal hop notes.

Taste: Still malt dominant with the hops in the rear. Light chewy and bitterness in there too.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium bodied, a little chewy, medium carbonation, and slight bitterness.

Overall: Not a bad red ale. A little more citrus or piney hops would make this beer better. Still would revisit this one again though.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.79/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The preponderance of beer in CANs is/has been spiraling out of CANtrol! I am leading The CANQuest (tm) & I CAN't keep up! I am ecstatic that they have begun CANning this one & Evil Cousin & I was happy to pick up one of each recently at The Fridge.

From the CAN: "All who would win joy, must share it; happiness was born a twin. - Lord Byron"; "Always brewed and packaged only by Heretic Brewing Co. - Fairfield, CA"; "Looking for something other than your typical IPA? This blood-red ale has a rich malt character, without being overly sweet. It has a huge hop character, without being overly bitter. It is a bold, rich, balanced craft beer. Our Evil Twin is only bad because it is too good to resist."; "Don't follow the crowd. Be a Heretic and drink responsibly."

I Crack!ed it open and reveled in the majesty of the sound. It was a very fresh CAN and I was flush with excitement at the very proposition, so I let fly with an inverted glug. It began a pseudo-cascade, which signaled to me that I needed to begin to back off. This eventually resulted in two fingers of dense, rocky, tawny/light-tan head with great retention. Color was Coppery-Brown (SRM = > 17, < 22) with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled of pine tar! This is a Red/Amber?!? Yay! Mouthfeel was big, full & unexpectedly creamy. Oh my. The taste was the Amber that I always wished for in the early days of craft/microbrewing. Back then, an Amber/Red Ale was on everybody's menu, and they were all malt bombs. I somehow intuited that more hops would = better. For a while, the style was CANsidered dead/dormant, but now it has roared back to life in an exciting way. This was pine hops underlain by a caramel/nutty sweetness. Yum! Finish was dry, clean, slightly minty and just what I now want in the style.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can poured into antique German pilsener

Clear mahogany , off whiteout finger foam cap, good lacings

Toasted malts, caramel , orange and citrus hops

Taste of pine, orange hops, toasted malts,

Good sudsing that quickly settles, dry finish

Good beer

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Photo of tone77
3.76/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A thanks goes out to the captain of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a dark amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Citrus hops dominate the aroma. Taste is citrus hops, light malts and bitterness, very easy drinking. Feels medium bdied in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer.

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Photo of FLima
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark amber copper color with a thick light caramel head with decent retention.
Good aroma anticipating that this might be rewarding. Good balance between pine and grapefruit with hints of caramel and toasted malts, passion fruit and figs jam.
Flavor with notes of grapefruit, pine, toasted malts, American yeast, a bit of charcoal, pineapple juice, drops of passion fruit, lemon peel, spices and sure mango. Dry aftertaste with a long but controlled bitterness. Decent productivity on its 45 IBUs.
Light bordering medium body with appropriate carbonation with tiny bubbles. Alcohol of 6.8% is well hidden.
Very good Red IPA, not arrogant nor super complex, but still very vocal and assertive. I wouldn’t change a tick on split between malt and hops. The end result did not sweep me off my feet, but it was very pleasant.

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Photo of detgfrsh
3.56/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a bomber bottled on 1/15/16. Pours a dark red color with maybe a half finger of head. Intense hop smell. Medium body, taste is mostly hop bitterness. Might have overdone it a bit on the hops. The style usually has more malt than hop flavors. There might be malt flavors in this, but they're completely overwhelmed by the hops. If you like hops, this is the beer for you. I like hops too, but for the sake of a review, I'm comparing it to others in the style. In that regard, this one is kind of one-dimensional.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Delirum Tremens snifter. Bottom of can says Canned 12/18/15

A- Pours a reddish light brown color with a 1/2 inch light tan head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves small clots behind.

S- Vibrant hop aroma contains notes of orange, grapefruit and a bit of dank grass. Toasty malt is there to back it up.

T- Interesting bitter-sweet combo with a unique earthy hop flavor. Very drinkable with a restrained hop bitterness that goes well with the toasty malt presence.

M- Slightly sharp with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- A really nice hoppy red from a brewery that has not disappointed thus far.

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Photo of Stevem68
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice Amber color. Has a Carmel aroma with light hop notes. Flavor is lightly toasted, Carmel and a hoppy aftertaste. Drinks pretty smooth. Overall very nice beer

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Photo of fscottkey
3.28/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: [4.00] Hard pour formed a 1 finger off white head. The bubbles seem uniform and small. The beer really grabs the glass when tilted and leaves some decent lacing. The beer itself is a dark mahogany color. The can lists the ABV (6.8%) and the born on date (08/06/15)

S: [2.75] Slight hop character towards pine. Maybe a hint of metallic.

T: [3.50] Not like the nose. Has an opening of piney and resiny hops - not overpowering though. Mild malt finish.

M: [3.25] Seems under carbonated. The finish is very abrupt.

O: [3.25] I wanted to like this one but it seemed to miss in almost every category. The nose is "off" a bit. It just doesn't come through with any discernible scents. The taste is one note of mild hops with nothing behind it really. Finally the beer seems under carbonated.

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Photo of chippo33
1.6/5  rDev -59.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.25

Poured from a 2 week old can into a glass. Bought from a beer store that was tricked by their distributor into thinking it was a Evil twin Brewing beer. I bought it out of pitty, and wish I hadn't. This is absolutely disgusting. Pure cardboard and sawdust.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

bottle purchased from Barley Mow, enjoyed in a glass from chilled.

The color is dark crimson with hazed appearance and 3 finger voluminous rocky tan head with lots of lace stickage with small bead and visible carbonation. The smell has a dank hop smell with somewhat woody/herbal quality with light tropical accent and mild toasted malt in the nose with light fruity yeast element which brings to mind a ruby red grapefruit. The feel is bitter yet still resinous with slight malt body yet mostly hop dominant with mild alcohol as it finishes on the dry side with lasting bitterness.

The taste of hops really envelopes the mouth with herbal and dank flavors which follow the smell in that there is a spicy woody taste with light citrus complimentary flavor with gently bitter yet not harsh taste mid palate not grassy yet full of floral/tropical citrus and pepper blend of flavor with subtle malt providing the backdrop with mild caramel and slight toast with a peppery bitter finish. Overall I think this is a very good Imperial Red ale -a bit intensely bitter at times yet still within the realm of great drinkability with enough malt to suppport. This is not a subtle beer but certainly is what you would expect from a West Coast Red ale this is excellent, but might not be what I would recommend if you aren't a fan of hops.

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Photo of Bugs318
3.67/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reddish brown with a thick off-white head of solid retention. Nose is caramel and piney hops with hints of cat piss. Odd blend of mildly faded hops and caramel malt. Taste is a bit similar in its mildness, but bitterness kicks in quickly after initial caramel with a piney resinous finish if fairly muted. Body is medium.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

My extremely good and awesome buddy Jon Passow, who is the Barrel Operations Manager at Anderson Valley Brewing Company, sent me this in a package from northern, CA about a month and a half ago. Poured for a 22 oz. bomber bottle into a point glass of mine, this beer pours a clear, deep amber red color with a slightly off-white/tan, fluffy looking head that is certainly over an inch thick when first poured. Head settles very slowly and leaves excellent lacing as it begins to slowly fade. Aromas of piney, resinous, citrusy hops to be sure along with slightly toasted, bready caramel malt sweetness that is followed by a some fruits notes of figs and mango. Tastewise, the aforementioned pine, citrus, and resinous hop notes hit the palate first followed by the slightly toasted, bready caramel malt sweet notes that are rounded out with the fig and mango fruit notes. Has a somewhat first, somewhat smooth and frothy, biscuit, bready, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Has a clean and slightly dry finish. Very good balance of flavors, yet the hops do tend to dominate the flavor profile just slightly. Quite drinkable in the excellent manner well crafted beer should be. I am glad I got the chance to try this one.


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Photo of IllNate
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep red with a finger of off-white head with good retention. Aroma is citrus and pineapple with a hint of pine and a touch of dark roasted malt. Taste follows with a hop forward citrus, pineapple, pine. However the malt is more pronounced with alight body but a bit of roasty. Mouthfeel is pretty good, well bodied and smooth, but bitter. Overall a great red ale or red IPA or whatever this is.

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Photo of leaddog
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a dark copper brown with a finger of foamy tan head.

Smell - citrus and piney hops, pine resin, bready caramel malts, fig, hint of mango.

Taste - The hops are at the forefront with the citrus and piney hops providing a nice punch. The pine resin follow suit. The bready caramel malts, fig, and hint of mango play a pleasant supporting cast.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes dry with a lingering bitterness from the pine resin.

Overall - A tasty American Amber. Hits the mark on all fronts of the style. The fig and hint of mango help to make this brew stand out.

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Photo of guityler83
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep red almost maroon in color with a dark cream colored head made of chunky bubbles. Great clarity when held to the light. head retention is moderate.

S: Moderate pine resin and citrus notes with medium dank hops and an underlying current and fig malt note with a biscuity aroma at threshold levels.

T: Firm moderate bitternness with pine tree and citrus hop flavors in the start. reisiny hops in the middle give way to a biscuity, doughy malt character that washes away to more pine and a little bit of mango and citrus. The balance is on the hops with a clean finish with more pine.

M: Medium body that seems to finish dry with medium carbonation. No alcohol warming. no astringancy. a sticky reisiny hop oil sensation coats the pallet after a few sips.

O: I picked up this in Seattle after being very familiar with Jamil Z and it did not disappoint. The big pine and citrus hop character never gets overwhelming and the malt profile which comes through nicely, never gets sweet. Very well brewed.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BOD 11/21/14. Pours a clear deep dark ruby. World class head volume, lacing and retention. A truly beautiful beer.

Rich complex nose of malt and hops. A somewhat dank, but also light citrus, hop aroma over a rich malt base of biscuit and caramel. Hints of pine and chocolate are also present.

Medium body with a very smooth texture that has creamy aspects. Slightly above normal carbonation with a bit of effervescence in the middle and a reasonably strong finish.

The outstanding flavor profile is intense, complex and very well balanced. It begins with a complex mix of flavors. Grainy biscuit and caramel lead, but with a laid back light sweetness. Citric, pine and grapefruit rind hop flavor follows. A mild bitterness arrives in the middle which is a complex of dank, pine and rind with a citric note. As the finish approaches, bitter dark chocolate notes are present. The finish is slightly dry with a lingering dank bitterness.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Brilliant deep amber brown with a 1” cream to tan colored foam collar that hugs the side of the glass.
S: Malty nose with traces of caramel and chocolate.
T: Strats with rich malts and light caramel supported by traces of chocolate and light espresso finishing with a citrus rind coffee-like bitterness on the end.
F: Creamy smooth with medium carbonation and medium to medium full body.
O: A full flavored red ale with an assertive hop finish.

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Photo of wLcz0rz
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Red Amber in color with beige head, reduces to thin layer and lasts throughout glass. Smell is weak, hops and citrus peel. Very malty then hops kick in with a semi dry finish with lingering citrus hops aroma. Bitterness is low but very obvious, increases as temp rises. Lacing throughout glass. Good beer for IPA lovers looking for something different throughout the night.

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Photo of Bunman3
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

To quote the Kool Aid guy from the 80's..."Oh Yeah". It looks good - nice colour, a bit of foamy head, blah blah blah. This beer starts to kick it up when you get a whiff - pine, hops, and a hint of citrus. The flavour and mouthfeel are excellent - malt, plus everything the aroma hinted would happen. I love this style of hoppy red ale - full credit to Heretic for creating a delicious beer!

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Photo of elNopalero
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This pours a warm amber color. Piney dank aromas abound.
It’s sticky sweet with a hint of dank malts.

I guess I don’t have much more to add to this review right now.

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Photo of JeffBlue
2.75/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

(Draft, Handles, Pleasanton CA). Dark amber/red color. Thick foamy head, hoppy aroma, mellow and neutral taste, decent but nothing grabs you.

Evil Cousin (favorable)

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Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Who is this an 'evil twin' to, one might wonder?

This beer pours a clear, dark red-brick amber colour, with three fat fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly tan head, which leaves some spooky, howling ghost-esque cobwebbed lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of mildly dank pine resin, bitter white grapefruit and underripe orange pith, grainy caramel malt, muddled dark orchard fruit, brown sugar, ethereal wet ash, and further leafy, earthy hops. The taste is semi-sweet bready, lightly roasted caramel malt, forest floor pine acridity, more mixed citrus bitterness, a touch of damp stone path, and plain leafy, earthy hops coming 'round the back.

The bubbles are mostly kept under lock and check, barely registering on the ol' frothometer, the body a solid medium weight, and verging on heavy, with an attendant smoothness, one that has a few wrinkles to iron out. It finishes off-dry, and not as sweet as I was expecting, the hops and so far unremarked-upon alcohol doing well to create a semblance of balance.

A properly hoppy, and elevated American red ale, is all I can really relate about Evil Twin, in summary. No off-flavours (a common affliction for the style, sadly), as the near 7 points of booze slowly seep into my pleasure centers, at just the right time, winter making its seasonally unwelcome return today.

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Evil Twin from Heretic Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.