Evil Twin - Heretic Brewing Company
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Reviews by jlindros:
4.08/5 rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I've been waiting to try the original Evil Twin for a long time. I've made a few similar style beers myself over my homebrewing career, since I started listening to BN at least. Now I finally get to try the original thanks to gockets (Reddit).
Unfortunately I don't see a date. It does pour a light fizzy 1/2 finger off white slightly reddish brown colored head that fades semi slowly, some lacing that leaves a high water mark. The beer itself is much darker than I expected, hazy very dark maroon mahogany colored beer with a bit of light streaming through.
Nose is where it's at! Great hops right out, little earthy and spicy, bit of pine, bit grassy, and even a little citrus orange peel. It seems to do almost all the variety of hops a bit of each, even a little flora, and some light candy hops. The malt backbone is plenty as well, with a light sweet caramel toasty reddish malt that adds to the candy aroma.
Taste starts with a light malt base, it's obvious but definitely balances the beer and props up the hops well. A nice toasty reddish malt with hint of toasted caramel and juicy even. Then hops galore, a mild but decent bitterness overall that grows as it goes. They bring a variety of flavors again, light earthy and spicy hops, some grassy and floral again, a bit chewy with a hint of pine, citrus, candy hop flavors, little orange peel, etc. The candy hops and candy like sweet caramel malts make another nice profile. A touch of yeasty taste as well due to the bottle conditioning. The finish is dry and fairly bitter as the bitterness ramps a lot as the dryness pulls it out, a big bitter punch at the end that lingers for what seems like eternity, more earthy and slight spicy hops, little sticky syrupy malt with it.
Mouth is med to fuller bodied, decent carb.
Overall quite nice, great hops and a nice malty balance. It's essentially a great east coast style imperial red ale almost, but made on the west coast so jazzed up a bit. Nice earthy hops, and quite a variety of hops, nice hops, with a nice malt profile and great balance. Tasty beer that is not easy to get through a lot.
Serving type: bottle
11-11-2012 02:33:56 | More by jlindros
More User Reviews:
3.86/5 rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Appearance-poured from a bottle into a brandy glass, dark ruby read sparkling with a half a finger of white head that dissipated rather quickly.
Aroma- sweet traces of maple syrup and jolly rancher fruit candy. With an all too familiar tropical hop aroma. I smell this in a lot of beers I like. Slight traces of chocolate or carob.
taste- wow rather smooth i would say that this beer is the closest i have ever tasted to a cherry tootsie pop. honestly its not sticky sweet but has almost a cordial type taste to it. the hops take on a medicinal ( but not unpleasant note think jagermeister)). I know this description wouldn't sell it for me but it is a very good tasting beer.
Mouthfeel- medium to dry, it could be a very fast drinking beer because i perceive a slightly lower level of carbonation. There is a slight alcohol warmth as well.
Overall- it s a very unique beer, I think calling it a west coast red under sells it. This beer taste like it has some depth or age to it. The on the bottle description is more accurate " its malty with out being too sweet and hoppy without being too bitter" paraphrased. I would gladly grab another! I would pair it with a pork tenderloin that had some sort of fruit compote garnish, thanksgiving turkey ( as a sub for cranberries), or after getting a flat top in the old barbershop (that's when i would always have a tootsie pop)
Serving type: bottle
05-05-2014 04:20:50 | More by Uncle_Jimmy
3.79/5 rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A- Deep red color. Very clear. Not a huge head, but lacing around the outside sticks around.
S- Very distinct grapefruit/ tropical fruit aroma dank and resiny
T- Grapefruit and tropical fruit right away, with moderate bitterness. Ends with sweet caramel malty notes. A touch of grassiness in there too which i didnt care for.
M- Velvety, carbonation was spot on.
overall i really liked the beer, if i lived in cali i would be buying this beer a lot.
Serving type: bottle
04-20-2014 03:28:43 | More by djuhnk
Evil Twin from Heretic Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 227 ratings.