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Evil Twin - Heretic Brewing Company

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Evil TwinEvil Twin

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very good

74 Reviews
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Reviews: 74
Hads: 344
Avg: 3.94
pDev: 24.37%
Wants: 33
Gots: 63 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Heretic Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: womencantsail on 07-11-2011

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Reviews: 74 | Hads: 344
Reviews by BaronRogue:
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4.54/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark red with a meaty head that diminishes fairly quickly, leaving a bit of lace.

The smell almost hit me faster than the color... absolutely mouth watering and ultimately beckoning... apricots and sheer fruity hops abound. I've been searching for a beer like this.

Taste is top notch, leaning heavily on the hop end but with biscuity malts bringing up the rear. Can feel a bit like a fruit juice at times, but you won't find me complaining.

Mouthfeel saves it from feeling too juicy, nice and crisp with a slight dry hop sting on the tongue.

Overall, it's like Heretic pulled this recipe from the deep recesses of my brain and fashioned it just for me. I did get a very fresh bottle which I'm sure helped. Would definitely recommend this to anyone who wants a beer a few flavor notches up from a pale ale but not quite an IPA.

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Photo of aasher
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This bottle was courtesy of BrewerB in a box I received last Friday. Thanks Brian!

This beer pours a light to medium body cherried, stained wood brown in color with a slight beige lacing around my glass. The aromas are very sharp and fresh. I instantly got a really nice and aromatic hop profile, similar to that of a fresh hop or dry hopped IPA. The malt bill finishes off the aromas nicely with a touch of sweetness and a touch of chocolate (maybe some crystal malts perhaps?). The flavors are fresh and hoppy with a mellowing ESB-esque quality that makes this one very drinkable. The bitterness is moderate and the malts again come through to smooth it all out. I again get a touch of chocolate which makes for a nice finish. This beer is very, very drinkable and has near perfect body. I don't tend to appreciate ambers as much as some other people but this beer is really nice and worth your while.

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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 kevanb
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This hopped up red ale comes from Heretic which is a newer brewery from Pittsburgh, California and they make some serious brews. Evil Twin pours a really dark amber color with lots of ruby and garnet hints, really sexy color. A nice finger of foamy head sits atop that leaves some great lacing and has a nice layer of thick film on the top of the glass throughout the session. Hops pour out in the nose, really strong resinous pine notes and subtle citrus mix with some rye-like spicing and a strong malt presence. The flavors are really bold and aggressive. Big hops right off the bat bring forth big pine flavors, nice big malty flavors come forward as well with hints of caramel and toffee, rounded with some citrusy sweetness. It has a nice big body, but unfortunately has a bit of an acidic feel at times that wasn’t pleasant, but it wasn’t always apparent thankfully.

Verdict: This is a really solid red ale. Big hops, bold flavors, aggressive but still approachable and really pleasant.

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Photo of DoctorEvil
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4


UPDATE: Bought another bottle from a different lot/batch and it was MUCH better. Only a hint of wortish smell... raised Smell score from 1 to 3.75... Taste from 3.75 to 4.5

ORIGINAL: 22 Ounce Bottle poured to a Sam Adams beer glass - Recommended by another IPA lover. Great color, fine head, and it had a balanced malty-hoppy taste, but unfortunately it had a really bad acrid/acidic smell that detracted from the experience. Perhaps due to the bottle version rather than draft. I will give it another chance, since I may have just had a bad bottle...

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Photo of oberon
3.76/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a deep reddish tinged brown with a sticky tightly formed half finger beige head atop,just rich looking.The aromas just don't jump out like I was hoping,I get some earthiness and faint resin.What a great creamy feel wich I really was taken back by.Malt driven up front with some caramel and brown sugar notes before earthy and more of a leafy hopped finish,not a big left coast citric red.Wow this beer is all over the place...in a pretty good way,it looks and feels great and the flavors are not typical.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of ElSid
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Beers of California


Bottled Date: 3/26/12

A: Deep burgundy brown with two fingers of khaki foam which sticks around for a while.

S: Strawberry jam, caramel, brown sugar along with a nice earthiness and fresh pine needles.

T: Strong sweetness which follows the nose: strawberry syrup, caramel, and brown sugar. There are moments of fresh, pine, and earthy bitterness that attempts to balance the brew but overall the brew favors sweetness with a strong phenolic quality, that, intertwined with the strawberry syrup, is reminiscent of cough medicine.

M: Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation and syrupy linger.

O: This beer was a bit of let down being overly sweet with overbearing phenolic notes that were reminiscent of childhood illness and unpleasant cough syrup experiences. Was not mindful of the bottle date when picking this up and will try and get a fresher bottle and revisit this brew in the future.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

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4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Minivan
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Awesome Red hoppy local sweet finish

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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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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

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4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at the Brewery

A - Dark reddish/brown with an one-finger tan/beige head. The head takes a bit of time to diminish leaving long lasting streaky-white lacing down the entire glass.

S - Plenty going on here - Toasty/yeasty malt with hints of grapefruit, pine, and dark caramel. There are also some earthy notes in there that I couldn't quite put my finger on.

T - Sweet and dark caramel malt right off the bat. The taste finishes with just a touch of hop bitterness to round things off and make you want another sip. Very balanced with no one taste taking the lead.

M - Medium carbonation and body. Full flavor but this beer does not feel heavy in any way.

O - This is fast becoming one of my favorite Red Ales. Well crafted and everything is nicely balanced. And the bonus is that the brewery is about 20+ minutes away.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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Evil Twin from Heretic Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.