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Evil Twin - Heretic Brewing Company

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very good

254 Ratings
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Ratings: 254
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.65%
Wants: 27
Gots: 25 | FT: 1
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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Ratings: 254 | Reviews: 55 | Display Reviews Only:
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

mhaugo, Apr 02, 2013
Photo of dertyd
4/5  rDev +1.3%

dertyd, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of Beerswag
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Beerswag, Mar 21, 2013
Photo of GuzzLah
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a hazy dark brown-red with a tan head and no lace. Too dark to see any bubbles.

S - nice aroma of citrus and soft pine hops with a mild chocolate malt character and a hint of roast.

T - is just like the aroma. Very nicely balanced flavor. Nothing is individually extreme, but all the flavors complement each other very well. The aroma suggests you are about to drink a fairly bitter Imperial Red, but the flavor is malt forward with a pleasant hoppiness that saves it from being a sweet malt bomb. Basically perfect for the style.

M - medium-full with an average carbonation for the style. Soft bitterness with a medium sustain supported by chocolate roasted malt.

O - super impressed with my first Heretic beer even though I secretly wanted to say it was meh. The brewer was a top notch, award winning homebrewer who recently turned pro. He has educated a legion of homebrewers . I've learned quite a bit from him over the years and his generous sharing of knowledge has enabled me and many others to brew quality beer. Thank you Jamil, for this beer and for everything you've done for home brewing.

GuzzLah, Mar 20, 2013
Photo of LSMroz
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

LSMroz, Mar 14, 2013
Photo of BGsWo22
3/5  rDev -24.1%

BGsWo22, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of Bnoise11
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Bnoise11, Mar 08, 2013
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 Paige
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Paige, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of jesus808
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

jesus808, Feb 16, 2013
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Texasfan549, Feb 13, 2013
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +1.3%

kjkinsey, Feb 13, 2013
Photo of Johnnyramirez
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Johnnyramirez, Feb 05, 2013
Photo of SmashPants
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: big 650mL dark brown bottle, funky and funky, 'dark' label. A good package.

Appearance: very, very impressive. A quality, copper-red colour with a good three-finger head on top. Head drops to one-finger with fantastic lacing and great staying power. Carbonation looks mid leveled. Enticing!

Aroma: a highly hopped aroma - grapefruit citric and lemon, with a good dose of pine. Good United States hops. A light but noticeable caramel / bread malt backs up.

Taste: follows the nose very closely, with extra emphasis on the pine hops and sweet malts. A fantastic, mouth-filling beer.

Aftertaste: lingers for a good long while - this really is a fantastic beer. Good for a sessional wipe-out, or for a lonely sipper. Great quality.

Mouth feel: medium in body with a moderate but fine carbonation. Carries the flavour through nicely. Topping the glass up resets the great head too.

Overall: a great quality American red, one of the best I've had. Full in flavour without being overly hopped, reasonably expensive at AU$12-15 a bottle (2013), but hey - you get what you pay for.

SmashPants, Feb 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

brotherloco, Jan 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Hellyeahimdrinking, Jan 24, 2013
Photo of BaronRogue
4.53/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark red with a meaty head that diminishes fairly quickly, leaving a bit of lace.

The smell almost hit me faster than the color... absolutely mouth watering and ultimately beckoning... apricots and sheer fruity hops abound. I've been searching for a beer like this.

Taste is top notch, leaning heavily on the hop end but with biscuity malts bringing up the rear. Can feel a bit like a fruit juice at times, but you won't find me complaining.

Mouthfeel saves it from feeling too juicy, nice and crisp with a slight dry hop sting on the tongue.

Overall, it's like Heretic pulled this recipe from the deep recesses of my brain and fashioned it just for me. I did get a very fresh bottle which I'm sure helped. Would definitely recommend this to anyone who wants a beer a few flavor notches up from a pale ale but not quite an IPA.

BaronRogue, Jan 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Papabeans, Jan 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

cletusdog, Jan 21, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

gshackles, Jan 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

EgadBananas, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of facundoCNB
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

facundoCNB, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

scot959, Jan 07, 2013
Photo of bnes09
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful dark amber toffee colored ale. Huge head on the pour maintains a half finger of froth throughout the drink and blankets the glass in rich, sturdy foam.

Toasty wheat and rye aroma, lots of malt character. Piney, earthy hop tones. Exceptional balance and plenty to savor in the nose.

Flavor is malty, earthy, piney, toasty, spicy and sweet all at the same time without anyone getting out of line.

Sturdy medium to full body. Plenty of lively bubbles spread the flavors around well.
Finishes semi dry from the hops with lingering malt texture.

As far as amber ales go, this is about as good as it gets. Tons of depth and complexity with perfect balance, great appearance and feel.

bnes09, Jan 05, 2013
Evil Twin from Heretic Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 254 ratings.