Evil Twin - Heretic Brewing Company

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Ratings: 313
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 32
Gots: 54 | FT: 2
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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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Ratings: 313 | Reviews: 70
Photo of JeffBlue
2.75/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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

Photo of Fatehunter
3/5  rDev -24.1%

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.

Photo of mactrail
3.09/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Lovely appearance with red under the brown color in the Stella tall glass. About the longest-lasting and most attractive foam as you'll find. Full carbonation and mouthfilling.

Dank, dark, and hoppy flavor greets the tongue. The IPA mongrel from the Amber bitch. Harsh and bitter. Quite acidic and sharp. Blindfolded you'd say it was a Black IPA from some industrial park near Portland. I'm looking for a can of Simpler Times to soak up some of the IBUs, which the brewery rates at 45. It tastes more bitter than that. Very murky and musty. Great, if you like that particular hop profile.

22 oz bottle from Best Damn Beer Store in San Diego. My review #1111 - die, infidel!

Photo of CapnTrav
3.34/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

Photo of magictacosinus
3.35/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Thanks for the bottle, John. Poured into a nonic pint glass from a 22oz bottle. Split with another person. Bottled on "03/04/13."

Pours a deep, dark reddish color with light amber streaks at the edges, in an almost opaque appearance until held towards the light. Carbonation is plentiful at first, with pockets sticking around the inner edges, as well as an initial 3-4 finger of head that dies down to about a ring with bubbles on top. Lacing is alright. Looks a lot like a decent homebrew, to be perfectly honest.

At the nose, there's an immediate burst of strongly roasted malty aromas, as well as alcohol soaked floral and slightly herbal hops. Slight notes of red berries, maybe apples arise. Smells a lot like a rather toned down American Strong Ale, in fact, without the aggressive hops or graininess, and instead comes off as part the classic rising West Coast red ales - maybe even Scottish-style red ales - coming around. For what it's worth, the hops ARE slightly muted, and there's a strong syrupy sweetness that definitely is a bit strong overall.

The flavor is luckily a little less intense, and rather than the hops smelling muted or too overblown with the alcohol, they are still very lively up to this point and add balance to the rather large malt profile. Blood oranges are one flavor as a result, but I'm getting light raspberries, apples, and toasted grains right at the finish combined with caramel. The malts are large enough but not to the point where they become predominant, and the hops contain a pretty long lasting astringency in the aftertaste. Slightly boozy and soapy towards the finish as well, and with all sad, sort of thinned as well in spite of the malts. It's not a bad aftertaste, but it isn't the most pleasant kind.

A solid local red ale, if only lacking a bit in body and balance. It's almost like it wants to be a stronger ale but doesn't ever get there, which leads to a frustrating ascension of big flavors that never gives up or turns to anything else. I'm glad I split this, because it's a little too astringent, maybe even acrid, to have all by myself. Pairing this with food is highly recommended. It's a strong American red, but not my favorite so far in the style.

Photo of dgilks
3.42/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Somewhat cloudy red colour with a small and short lasted head. Not all that impressive.

Fruity aroma with some sweetness and notes of pine. There are some good tropical fruit notes but the overall impression is a little muddy and dull.

Punchy hop flavour with a firm bitterness and almost tea like tannic hop note. Some earthiness and fruity hops. Mild acetaldehyde. A little disappointing really as the thin malt fails to build the beer.

Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Thin.

I want to like this beer but the malt backbone is just a bit thin to make it work. The hop character doesn't amaze either and it just sort of collapses into a heap.

Photo of Tony49er
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
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

Photo of largadeer
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

04-01-14:

This beer has gone back to being pretty pedestrian. Blah.

05-01-12:

Heretic has really dialed this one in. Great tropical fruit aromatics backed by just enough malt to make it taste like a hoppy red rather than an IPA. Scores have gone up accordingly.

08-01-2011:

On tap at Beer Revolution. Muddy red appearance with no head, though it does have moderate carbonation. Resinous, piney hop aroma backed by semi-sweet caramel malt. Smells quite good, though you have to dig a bit to get much aroma out of it. The palate is very solid, too; grapefruit and orange, pine, a bit of breadiness and caramel from the malt. Sticky, moderately bitter finish that doesn't linger too much - very nicely balanced for a hoppy red. Thankfully it's not especially sweet, it just has a touch of caramel to balance the hop bite. Nice stuff, I'm looking forward to trying more beer from this new brewery.

Photo of ElSid
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Beers of California

#40

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.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.59/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Field Of Drafts held at The Hanger in Lancaster, CA.

Pours a hazy dark orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a citrus forward hop presence that is slightly better in the smell.

Photo of PeterM
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: dark dense brown, creamy 1 finger head, leaving a nice cap.

S: Great! Pine-y citrus-y, with a hint of honey.

T: Kinda unbalanced for my taste. I like a hoppy beer, but the malts seem overwhelmed here. I like the complex collection of fruits, and the lingering bitterness.

M: nice weight and long lasting lively carbonation

O: Overall, a fine beer, just not stellar.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.69/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from Whole Foods in Los Altos, CA.

Pours a quite dark reddish-brown colour, with a hint more towards amber than truly red, with a bubbly, minimal head of yellow-mocha foam. Lacing is solid, but the head itself dissipates to a filmy scum atop the glass. Body has nice weight to it. Not bad overall.

Ooh, nose is just lovely: clear, clean zesty hoppy fragrance, above a solid malty fullness, but never overly sweet—it neither devolves into the candied orange sweetness you can get from some West Coast hops, or the overt toffee-caramel sickliness that can come from too much malt. It's a lovely balance.

Taste is also solid, although the lack of sweetness here actually makes it feel like it's a little limp and empty. Still, the zesty hop character translates well here, leaving a pithy orange peel and clean leafy freshness on the palate. Malt is minimal, only leaving a slight grainy character in a crescendo through the middle that dips out to a roasty flatness. Feel is the main culprit, although the lack of sweetness and body also makes it feel a little unbalanced for the style.

Overall, it's a decent beer, and maybe I'm just a little narrow-minded in the parameters I like in my ARAs. Without the extra malt, and with the hop flavours being the main driving force, it doesn't taste dissimilar to a middling IPA. I've had much better.

Photo of jmarsh123
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Ultraman9000 for the bottle

Pours deep rusty red with a 2 finger off-white creamy head leaving lacing down the glass.

Smells of caramel malt with some bready malt. The nose isn't terribly hoppy. Maybe a bit of pine.

Starts off with a little bit of caramel malt. Some strong earthy hops invade near the end with a tad bit of metallic flavor as well. Very bitter finish.

Light-medium bodied with ample carbonation.

Really expected a bit more out of a strong amber which I usually love. The finish is a little harsh decreasing drinkability. Pretty good flavors, but could be even better.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours brown with a large head.
Nose shows herbal, spicy and piny hops along with some biscuity malt and a minty note.
Very similar flavours: herbal, minty and piny hops alongside some toasty malt hidden underneath followed by a sharp, aggressive bitterness.
Carbonation is a little over the top.

Photo of oberon
3.76/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Photo of tlazaroff
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Subtle aromas are they key here. Pine and citrus mostly, with light caramel background to sit upon. Nothing is overwhelming, and the aromas are nice, but I wish they were less subtle.

Dark dark amber in color, almost looks brown until a ray of light touches the glass. It's almost like a rusty ruby color. The head is a very fluffy and persistant light tan that leaves some pretty lacing.

A nice punch of floral and grassy hops right when you sip. Firm bitterness that lasts well through the finish. The hops are really all you taste until the finish which leaves a nice lingering caramel flavor to accompany the bitterness.

Overall, I think this is a nice solid beer. The carbonation and body are both medium to moderate, and despite it's almost 7%ABV, it goes down easily. I'm quite pleased.

Photo of djuhnk
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Photo of Philousa
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an earthy brown with thin one finger tan head, thick at first but dwindles to thinly cover the beer. Strong piney hops hit the nose first with some citrus and floral hop aromas as well. A faint glimpse of dark malt is there, but no characteristics of the malt are discernible. Roasty malt and chocolate flavors up front. Creamy. Piney, earthy hops turn it bitter, but malt comes back with burnt chocolate; kinda subtle. Middling feel, balanced and drinkable.

This was a surprisingly complex beer. Although labeled as an amber, I'd call it a brown due to its color and chocolate flavors. The hops really come through in the aroma, but the malt is clearly the star of the taste in this beer. I like that both are showcased in different ways. You don't see that much. In addition, it's very well balanced and easy to drink. Recommended.

Photo of facundoCNB
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a really deep amber in color with 2 fingers of foamy head which give off some pretty nice lacing. smells hoppy! citrus, pine, grass, grapefruit, caramel.. tons of sweetness coming from this.. hope it tastes as good! hoppy at first but not what i was hoping for.. has a bit of a fruit taste of strawberry that kind of throws me off. earthy bitterness balances the fruity sweetness. the base of it is pretty bready, although sweet. medium in body with a nice amount of carbonation. i feel like if this beer tasted like it smelled, i would have been in love with it. to its defense, it looks like it was bottled in july, which makes this six months old.. not so great for a hoppy ale.

Photo of Uncle_Jimmy
3.85/5  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)

Photo of flexabull
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark garnet red color, clear, with a pretty nice bubbly off white head.

Aromas are earthy, with some hard candy notes, pine needles, and a bit of resin.

Taste starts out slightly grainy. Some cereal and caramel maltiness, light cream and slightly sweet, with some brewed tea. Finish is earthy, gritty, with some pine needle bitterness.

Mouthfeel is smooth, crisp, with lighter body.

Overall, a solid beer. Far from "Evil", because I found this to be pretty well balanced, tasty, and enjoyable. Nice first beer from Heretic.

Photo of heygeebee
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Jim's. No BB

Pours a dark red brown, - half finger head looks good but dies. Also does the inverted head bubble thing when poured. Nice! Spotty lace.

Aromas of malts, some treacle, hint of citrus.

Taste is very integrated and complex. Hops and malts don't fight but accept each other for balance. Add in caramels, roast elements, slight toffee. Not sure if this would be a lot hoppier if fresh ? Tastes of a little ageing.

Mouthfeel on the money - moderate carbonation and medium weight.

This was gifted to me by a mate who doesn't like Amber ales much. Nor do I, but I like this. Nuff said.

Photo of srandycarter
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Beautiful mostly red, some brown, fairly clear beer. TONS of head, TONS of lace.

S - Malty, but somewhat boring.

T - Big malt up front, fat, very fat, hops come in for the kill in the end.

M - Medium body, good carb, fair balance.

D - Enjoyable beer. I would have a few.

Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of womencantsail
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Blue Palms

A: The beer pours a dark amber color with a frothy off-white/khaki head and excellent lacing.

S: A nice hoppy aroma with lots of citrus and grapefruit notes as well as some tropical fruit and pine.  A bit of sweet caramel and toffee, too.  A little bit of toasted malts on the back end.

T: The flavor has a nice grapefruit bite with a bit of tangerine and and lemon zest.  Bitter piney hops and sweet toffee and bread with a little bit of toast make up a substantial part of the flavor and provide a nice base.

M: Medium in body with a medium carbonation.

O: The aroma was really great though the flavor fell a bit short.

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Evil Twin from Heretic Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 313 ratings.