Evil Twin - Heretic Brewing Company
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3.65/5 rDev -7.6%
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.
06-17-2012 02:34:48 | More by lacqueredmouse
3.93/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
06-09-2012 06:14:50 | More by srandycarter
4.5/5 rDev +13.9%
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.
06-08-2012 01:39:06 | More by alexgash
4.4/5 rDev +11.4%
A - Pours a dark red brown under two fingers of tan cream densely packed head with incredible retention and sloppy French Mastiff drools of lacing.
S - Heavy piney hops and strawberry jam.
T - All hops in the first touch but evens out nicely when the citrus hops and orange peel bitterness is joined by raspberry, cranberry and nutty biscuit.
M - Oily full body, low to medium carbonation. Just the right carriage for the flavours within.
O - Fantastic hoppy red ale. Very encouraging for the brewery and I'll be looking for more fresh stuff in the future.
06-07-2012 07:27:17 | More by dansmcd
3.95/5 rDev 0%
Sampled in bottle in Australia. Bottle on 27.2.12
a - Deep red-brown, thin but tight head.
s- Citrus hop character dominates with a notable dark malt aroma present as well. Possibly some chocolate malt.
t - Sweet malt profile compares nicely to the solid hop presence. Not agressively bitter but the bitterness does linger a little. Amber malts flavours provide nice foundation with possibly dark crystal and chocolate malts rounding out the finish. Clean with no significant yeast derived flavour present.
m - medium body with decent carbonation
Overall, this beer is an interesting ale that is both refreshing and easy to drink given the 6.8% abv. It has lasted well on the journey south to Australia (No surprises there!). However, the Red Ale labelling is possibly just a partial marketing gimmick as I can't really see this being any different from a well made, stock-standard American IPA.
06-06-2012 09:34:05 | More by Toffman
3.43/5 rDev -13.2%
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.
05-30-2012 06:42:38 | More by dgilks
3.83/5 rDev -3%
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.
05-26-2012 16:18:03 | More by tlazaroff
4.1/5 rDev +3.8%
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.
05-26-2012 13:07:03 | More by ADZA
Evil Twin from Heretic Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 244 ratings.