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Evil Twin - Heretic Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

264 Ratings
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Ratings: 264
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.65%
Wants: 28
Gots: 29 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: womencantsail on 07-11-2011)
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

t0rin0, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Nov 11, 2013
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Texasfan549, Feb 13, 2013
Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

GRG1313, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +1.3%

kjkinsey, Feb 13, 2013
Photo of brentk56
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy russet with a perky cap that leaves a nice pattern behind

Smell: Hop forward, though well balanced; the earthy and piney hops are underpinned by an intriguing blend of toffee and toasted bread

Taste: The interplay between the hops and the malts distinguishes this beer; with the toffee and toasted bread interspersed with with earthy and piney hops; the blend creates a complex malt base that avoids sweetness and a hop blend that is nicely bitter without every developing a citrusy edge (not that I dislike citrusy bitterness)

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: It is not everyday that I get excited about a beer in this genre but this beer breaks some new ground in both the malt and hop dimensions; kudos to the brewers at Heretic

brentk56, Sep 13, 2012
Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +1.3%

jaydoc, Feb 12, 2014
Photo of womencantsail
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

womencantsail, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 09, 2013
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.

largadeer, Aug 01, 2011
Photo of jlindros
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

jlindros, Nov 11, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

XmnwildX12, Dec 05, 2013
Photo of mactrail
3.08/5  rDev -22%
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!

mactrail, Mar 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

DrunkinYogi, Jun 04, 2013
Photo of drewone
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

drewone, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev +1.3%

GClarkage, Jul 07, 2014
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

lacqueredmouse, Jun 17, 2012
Photo of ejimhof
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

ejimhof, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of Zorro
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear reddish amber beer with a small yellowish tan colored head. Deep amber color you could call this a shade of brown.

Smell is intensely hoppy. Scents of grapefruit, eucalyptus, pine, pineapple and willow tree.

Starts off smoother than it smells, grapefruit and mango at first. Little bit woody, but grapefruit really is strong in this one. Little bit of caramel and onion flavor here. One REALLY funky tasting West Coast hop-bomb.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a damn tasty beer, but mainly for hopheads. Tasty beer but it is a no kidding hop-bomb.

Zorro, Dec 10, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

BillRoth, Dec 11, 2013
Photo of JohnGalt1
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first Heretic beer.... picked up tonight at Bier Thirty... Seems pricey at $7.50... but oh well. Poured into my little Cigar City goblet... nice sandy head... good retention and lacing... the brew is polished deep amber.

Nose shows plenty of big pine hops and some grapefruit zest... good balanced malt profile leaning toward caramel but still seems nicely dry.

Decent bitterness up front that quickly moves into the toasty/caramel malts... hops are again more piney than anything else... but some definite citrus zest raises its head...

Body and carbonation are about perfect for the style... This is very very well done... probably the best Amber that I've had in a LONG time. Kudos.

4/4/4.5/4.5/4

JohnGalt1, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of LiquidAmber
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a dark reddish mahogany amber with a two finger light tan head with good retention and lacing. Nicely aromatic pine and lightly citrus hops, sweet malt and citrus. Flavor is a well melded caramel malt and piney hops, citrus and light fruit juice. Finishes with lingering citrus and earthy hops. Very nice medium body with great creaminess. A very pleasant and well made red ale. I'm particularly impressed because I forgot this at the back of the refrigerator for several months and was expecting the hops to be destroyed. Despite my neglect, the hops are aromatic and great tasting. I'll have to amend for my error by getting another bottle of this to try even fresher hops. I will also watch for other ales from Heretic.

LiquidAmber, Feb 27, 2013
Photo of ccrida
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draught at Zeitgeist, Evil Twin is a dark, brownish amber, with a small off-white head leaving scatteded lace.

Smell is hoppy, pine forest. Spicy, flirting towards ginerbread.

Taste is malty, a little caramel, and agressively hoppy, loads of pine. I love the fierceness, and trhe cleanliness of execution.

Mouthfeel is oily and dry, medium bodied.

Drinkability is good. My kind of amber. Enough *cleanly executed* malt to provide texture, and lots of hops to bring it home.

ccrida, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of GraduatedCashew
4/5  rDev +1.3%

GraduatedCashew, Aug 28, 2013
Photo of claspada
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark amber/copper color, almost brown, with a frothy off-white head and excellent soapy/sticky looking lacing. Freakin' amazing looking beer.

Aromas begin with nice hoppy burst with lots of citrus and grapefruit notes as wellpine decent accompanying amount of floral and pine. A bit of sweet caramel, toasted malts and toffee as well.

The tastes follow the nose with a nice grapefruit bite with a bit of tangerine and and lemon zest.  Bitter piney hops, sweet toffee and a little bit of toast make up a substantial part of the flavor and provide a nice base.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a medium carbonation. Lightly bitter through into the finish.

Overall this is my first Jamil/Heretic offering after being a huge fan of his books and work in the home brew community, and I am definitely pleased so far. Extremely drinkable and full of hop and malt flavors. Very balanced but the flavor profile still leans toward the hoppy end. Hopefully my first of many from Jamil going forward.

claspada, Jan 01, 2012
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Evil Twin from Heretic Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 264 ratings.