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Evil Twin - Heretic Brewing Company

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very good

247 Ratings
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Ratings: 247
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.62%
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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mugly, Jan 01, 2012
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4.05/5  rDev +2.3%

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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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

rob133, Dec 27, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

drewone, Dec 24, 2011
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4.15/5  rDev +4.8%

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.

aasher, Dec 14, 2011
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4.2/5  rDev +6.1%

This hopped up red ale comes from Heretic which is a newer brewery from Pittsburgh, California and they make some serious brews. Evil Twin pours a really dark amber color with lots of ruby and garnet hints, really sexy color. A nice finger of foamy head sits atop that leaves some great lacing and has a nice layer of thick film on the top of the glass throughout the session. Hops pour out in the nose, really strong resinous pine notes and subtle citrus mix with some rye-like spicing and a strong malt presence. The flavors are really bold and aggressive. Big hops right off the bat bring forth big pine flavors, nice big malty flavors come forward as well with hints of caramel and toffee, rounded with some citrusy sweetness. It has a nice big body, but unfortunately has a bit of an acidic feel at times that wasn’t pleasant, but it wasn’t always apparent thankfully.

Verdict: This is a really solid red ale. Big hops, bold flavors, aggressive but still approachable and really pleasant.

kevanb, Dec 14, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

inflatablechair, Dec 12, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1%

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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4.28/5  rDev +8.1%

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.


JohnGalt1, Dec 02, 2011
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4.35/5  rDev +9.8%

First had this beer with my great friend Ed of 35 plus years. I have turned him in to a craft beer dude and we both loved this beer. had it again yesterday at the same alehouse and it was a sgood as i remebered it. deep amber color, fresh hop smell of pine. Taste is very IPA like with piney notes. just an outstanding beer overall and this brewery will be on the big time map sometime very soon.

Mark, Dec 01, 2011
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5/5  rDev +26.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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4/5  rDev +1%

Adamostella, Nov 14, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%


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.

largadeer, Aug 01, 2011
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5/5  rDev +26.3%

On Tap @ Orcutt Brewing Co. (07.20.11)

I've been noticing promotional posters all over my area for this beer the past couple weeks so after enjoying a nice lunch I decided it was time to see what all the "hype" was about.

The beer poured a DARK amber with a nice off white, thick head.

The smell consisted of strong hops almost what you would find in an IPA scent. Along with the great hoppy scent you get a real earthy smell with hints of citrus.

The taste was so well balanced. The scents you were presented with are very noticeable in the taste. This Amber is not for the faint at heart. Its presence of hops and bitterness go so well with the citrus notes and sweet malts which linger on the palette.

Overall this beer lived up to the local "hype" and I'm very satisfied with it. Highly recommended!

GFabMedia, Jul 21, 2011
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4.18/5  rDev +5.6%

SERVED: ON-TAP (Cato's Ale House, Oakland CA 7/17/11)

good stuff here -- this is my first awareness of HERETIC BREWING CO. this is my first review of a beer not right in front of me -- no notes but i enjoyed it quite a bit -- so please excuse my freeform review.

this pours a little like a black lager, fine tan head over a dark brown fizzy brew. but it has a good rich aroma -- a good deep malt body gives itself away to a good stiff drink of ALE with really fine bitterness and a little roasty caramel -- my firts impression was - a solid well made beer.... half way to a black ipa.

this beer was served right, but really opened up as it warmed -- more fruity complexities and sweetness developed -- true to the style this is a great American Amber -- a richer, more bitter and complex Dead Guy Ale -- i liked it! more heretic please.

colforbin73, Jul 18, 2011
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3.9/5  rDev -1.5%

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
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Evil Twin from Heretic Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 247 ratings.