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Evil Twin - Heretic Brewing Company

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Reviews: 73
Hads: 338
Avg: 3.94
pDev: 24.62%
Wants: 32
Gots: 61 | 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

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Beer added by: womencantsail on 07-11-2011

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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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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 bbqwalt
4.37/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I love it on tap especially at the brewery. I did have one bottle that disappointed. Great IPA on tap. Not sure about the bottles after my first experience. See if one of the workers is the model for the labels.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear deep (almost opaque) garnet red in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and a faint cola brown highlight. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy dark tan head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of citrus/grapefruit, earthy, and pine/resin hops over the top of light to moderate aromas of caramel and toasted malts.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of slightly sweet toasted and caramel malts. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of citrus/grapefruit, earthy, and pine/resin hops which imparts a moderate amount of bitterness which lingers for quite a while.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Slightly better aroma than flavor to this beer but this is a highly drinkable hoppy red/amber ale. Easy to drink with well hidden alcohol.

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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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Photo of Fatehunter
3/5  rDev -23.9%

Pours two fingers of head on a clear dark straw colored body.
The aroma is rich grapefruit and lemon with some brown sugar in the background.
The taste starts with big lemon bitterness, but the (slightly caramel) malt quickly tames it. Great balance.
The texture is softer.
Great profile.

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Photo of Uncle_Jimmy
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
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)

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Photo of djuhnk
3.82/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of Tony49er
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type- on tap poured into a tulip glass

Appearance- Dark hazy reddish color, pretty solid lacing on the head and some alcohol legs, thick white head but goes away pretty fast

Smell - Roasted malts, smell caramel, hops, just a solid smelling amber ale

Taste- Roasted malts, caramel, hops, some citrus coming through from the hops but just enough not overpowering

Mouthfeel- Smooth, silky solid amber ale

Overall- A pretty solid amber ale just a good beer and for 8%Abv its hidden pretty well just a great beer...Cheers

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Photo of CapnTrav
3.34/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip

A: beautiful dark blood red. great hue, khaki head about a pinky high, dissipated fairly quickly

S: light caramel, light hops, allspice, smooth malt.

T: same as smell, very balanced in all areas. just hoppy enough, just malty enough. a little sweet, a little bitter. nice mix

M:little bit chewy. smooth cold sip with a lingering bubbles with a very slight post-milk flemmyness. haha.

O: good beer, not on of my favorites, probably would not buy again, although i got it in a trade with a friend. if someone offered it to me i would take it but not gonna be waiting in line for it anytime soon.

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Photo of jj139
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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Evil Twin from Heretic Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.