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Evil Twin - Heretic Brewing Company

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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

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Beer added by: womencantsail on 07-11-2011

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Reviews: 74 | Hads: 344
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.59/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
4.42/5  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

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Photo of largadeer
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


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


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.


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.

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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 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 womencantsail
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.09/5  rDev -21.6%
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!

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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 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 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 Zorro
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.69/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
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.


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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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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 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 dgilks
3.42/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

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Photo of claspada
4.06/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of ccrida
4.36/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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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 alexgash
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle.

Marginally cloudy dark amber to garnet body. Thumbs-width of dense, creamy, light sandy head. Good lacing. Big aromas of juicy fruit and caramel malt blend nicely with piny, minty, herbal hops.

Toasted, slightly grainy malt up front. Herbal, bitter hops come on soon enough. Backed by big caramel and fruit malts. Pine, resin, and some juicy citrus flavors come through. Dry, bitter finish, with lingering caramel-fruit malt. Medium bodied with a nice, creamy feel. Very well done and very drinkable.

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Photo of ADZA
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark copper hue which leaves a two finger creamy head and lacing everywhere,the smell is citrus,piney hops,ocean breeze,boiled candy and grapefruit,the mouthfeel is medium bodied and has tastes of piney resinous hops,caramel candy,sherbet,grapefruit,lychee and finished with a piney hop bitterness that is very bitter but for someone who likes their hops its not a bad thing and overall its definately a great example of what a nice American Amber/Red Ale should be cheers.

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Photo of Dope
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 10.15.12 so almost 2 months old.

A: Dark crimson pour with a good sized fluffy tan head. Fades slowly, leaving very thin lines of lacing behind. Decent retention.

S: Grapefruit and pine initially. Pungent onion/garlic as it warms. A little bit of herbal quality and some decent caramel malt.

T: Lots of pine, grapefruit and herbal hops up front. Garlic/onion mixes in later, followed by caramel malt in the middle. Herbal hops primarily in the finish. Caramel malt fades into the finish leaving just the bitter herbal hops and a little garlic/onion. Garlic/onion really stands out once it fully warms, especially in the aftertaste.

M: Medium but full bodied. Feels bigger than it is.

O: A very hoppy red ale. Has the traditional caramel/herbal flavors of a normal red but the strong west-coast style hops really amps it up and unblands it. Nice variety of hop flavors and excellent balance to boot. A very enjoyable brew.

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