Evil Twin - Heretic Brewing Company

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Reviews: 67
Hads: 318
rAvg: 4
pDev: 9.75%
Wants: 32
Gots: 56 | FT: 2
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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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Photo of pkalix
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

super dark red, browninsh even. minimal head.
smell is pine. maybe some toffee, if you might....
taste is a bitter pine tar. almost a bitter kind of sweetness to it which lasts a bit after swallowing.
overall, i guess it's your typical 'red ale from the west coast'. hops over power the malts, bitter pine is the dominat aroma and flavor.

2nd tasting, 8/9/13 . . . .not as bitter as I remember it this time around. says it was bottled on 2/18/13. I didn't check the first bottle. seems much smoother, also... (509 characters)

Photo of gpogo
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark amber with a red tint when light hits it. Tan foam head and a sparse lacing.

A- Citrus and pine hops with a light touch of chocolate.

T- Chocolate and citrusy hops, nice bitterness throughout. Nice malty flavor.

M- Medium body very smooth and clean tasting.

D- This is a wonderful beer. (298 characters)

Photo of GuzzLah
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (1,114 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.12/5  rDev +3%
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. (767 characters)

Photo of SmashPants
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (1,086 characters)

Photo of BaronRogue
4.54/5  rDev +13.5%
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. (844 characters)

Photo of facundoCNB
3.84/5  rDev -4%
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. (681 characters)

Photo of bnes09
4.73/5  rDev +18.3%
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. (693 characters)

Photo of ElSid
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Beers of California

#40

Bottled Date: 3/26/12

A: Deep burgundy brown with two fingers of khaki foam which sticks around for a while.

S: Strawberry jam, caramel, brown sugar along with a nice earthiness and fresh pine needles.

T: Strong sweetness which follows the nose: strawberry syrup, caramel, and brown sugar. There are moments of fresh, pine, and earthy bitterness that attempts to balance the brew but overall the brew favors sweetness with a strong phenolic quality, that, intertwined with the strawberry syrup, is reminiscent of cough medicine.

M: Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation and syrupy linger.

O: This beer was a bit of let down being overly sweet with overbearing phenolic notes that were reminiscent of childhood illness and unpleasant cough syrup experiences. Was not mindful of the bottle date when picking this up and will try and get a fresher bottle and revisit this brew in the future. (935 characters)

Photo of Dope
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (935 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (2,111 characters)

Photo of BryanCarey
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark reddish brown in color, Heretic Evil Twin Red Ale pours to a reddish brown color with a head of foam that is nice and solid, leaving some lace on the glass as you consume. The nose on this beer is quite pronounced, with scents of pale malt, fruit, pine, and alcohol.

Heretic Evil Twin offers tastes of caramel, pine, toasted malt, some zesty hop character, and some citrus/orange peel flavor that dominates the finish. I found the flavor more pronounced and more flavorful as the beer warmed up just a bit with the flavors coming through well at the temp of about 50 degrees. But regardless of temperature, the taste was well represented and certainly better than the average beer.

Heretic Evil Twin is a medium to full bodied brew with a solid flavor that is complex and interesting. The taste might be a little more bitter than some may prefer and a little more flavorful than some may expect, but I find it a tasty beer overall with many good things to offer. (970 characters)

Photo of chsanders
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was pleasantly surprised with this beer. It is probably one of the most balanced beers (flavor wise) that I have ever had.

A - dark red with a small head that left a small amount of lace on the glass as it went down

S- a mixture of pine, citrus, and other more subtle aromas that sneak through as you go along

T - a very well balanced malty/hoppiness with the flavors of red grapefruit and apricots being the most pronounced

M - very pleasant, it covers everything with a smoothness that leaves you wanting more

O- I'm very pleased with this beer, I got it as part of a variety pack from Heretic Brewing through beerjobber.com (Halloween special) and wasn't sure what to expect. I hope the other beers are just as enjoyable. (731 characters)

Photo of heygeebee
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Jim's. No BB

Pours a dark red brown, - half finger head looks good but dies. Also does the inverted head bubble thing when poured. Nice! Spotty lace.

Aromas of malts, some treacle, hint of citrus.

Taste is very integrated and complex. Hops and malts don't fight but accept each other for balance. Add in caramels, roast elements, slight toffee. Not sure if this would be a lot hoppier if fresh ? Tastes of a little ageing.

Mouthfeel on the money - moderate carbonation and medium weight.

This was gifted to me by a mate who doesn't like Amber ales much. Nor do I, but I like this. Nuff said. (601 characters)

Photo of colts9016
4.26/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass at 45 degrees.

Appearance: A monster three finger head that is very persistent and lasting. The head is a creamy ivory color with foam and bubbly. The color of the beer is a dark amber copper color with reddish orange hues. The clarity of the beer is slightly opaque. Carbonation bubble exist with the beer. The head left quite a bit of lacing on the glass.

Nose: A medium malt aroma with some caramel, toffee, and toasty notes. The hops is equally medium with grapefruit, floral, and some wood. This a slight note of diacteyls.

Taste: A solid malt back bone with some cooked caramel notes, toffee, biscuit, and toasty. The hops melds well with the malt, the hops is grapefruit, floral, and resin. Other flavors is yeast and some diacteyls.

The mouth feel of the beer is sticky, carbonated, and astringent.

Overall: The body of the beer is medium and the finish is medium full. This Red Ale is just wonderful. A solid malt backbone that hold the hops into check. Great flavors is almost fits the style very well. I really am enjoying drinking this beer. (1,087 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
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 (793 characters)

Photo of PeterM
3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: dark dense brown, creamy 1 finger head, leaving a nice cap.

S: Great! Pine-y citrus-y, with a hint of honey.

T: Kinda unbalanced for my taste. I like a hoppy beer, but the malts seem overwhelmed here. I like the complex collection of fruits, and the lingering bitterness.

M: nice weight and long lasting lively carbonation

O: Overall, a fine beer, just not stellar. (373 characters)

Photo of grittybrews
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a ruddy amber with a finger of off-white head. Aroma of biscuit and caramel with some juicy citrus and pine.

Moderate carbonation and a full mouthfeel. Solid malt backbone with plenty of biscuity caramel and a nice balance of grapefruit and pine on the finish.

Nothing flashy here, but everything is well-executed, tasty, and balanced. (344 characters)

Photo of ccrida
4.36/5  rDev +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. (484 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.69/5  rDev -7.8%
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. (1,357 characters)

Photo of srandycarter
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (278 characters)

Photo of alexgash
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
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. (518 characters)

Photo of dansmcd
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (561 characters)

Photo of Toffman
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (900 characters)

Photo of dgilks
3.42/5  rDev -14.5%
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. (658 characters)

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Evil Twin from Heretic Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.