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Evil Twin - Heretic Brewing Company

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Reviews: 73
Hads: 337
Avg: 3.94
pDev: 24.37%
Wants: 32
Gots: 61 | 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: 73 | Hads: 337
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 srandycarter
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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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 dansmcd
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

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Photo of Toffman
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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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 tlazaroff
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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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 KevinBrewer
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark rusty brown with a tall tan head that dissipates to a covering, leaving patches of lacing behind.

N- Big bitter grapefruit aromas with some light tropical fruit in the background. Pungent floral hops, earthy resins, and toasted malt come out once the head dies down.

T- Deep bready malt with some burnt toast and a touch of caramel and toffee. Big pine resin bitterness clings to the tongue, quickly wiping out the caramel sweetness of the malt. Herbal, floral hops with some hints of juicy citrus, biscuit, and caramel carry the beer through the mid-palate. The finish is long, dry, and bitter, dominated by pine resin, herbs, light floral hops, and lingering dry caramel and toffee.

M- Medium-to-full bodied, chewy, and sticky. I would guess a lot of the body comes from the delicious hop tannins. Moderate carbonation with a lingering dry, bitter finish.

O- Very bold malt character for only 6.8% ABV, and very drinkable for how full-bodied and full-flavored it is. A must-try for any hophead!

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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 ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark mahogany red with a finger of frothy khaki colored head atop. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some good lace.

S - Aroma is mix of strong citrus and tropical hops with some sweet toasted caramel and biscuit malt and a bit of pine.

T - Starts off with some citrus hops and some sweet toasted caramel malts with a bit of pine. Through the middle some more tropical fruits and pine come through with stronger bitterness and some biscuit malts. The finish is a mix of citrus hops, bitterness, and some sweet caramel and biscuit malt.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet, bitter, and lightly dry finish.

D - Very drinkable. Really nice balance between rich malt flavor and hops and bitterness. The body is just right as well and matches the boldness of the flavor nicely.

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Photo of jmarsh123
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Ultraman9000 for the bottle

Pours deep rusty red with a 2 finger off-white creamy head leaving lacing down the glass.

Smells of caramel malt with some bready malt. The nose isn't terribly hoppy. Maybe a bit of pine.

Starts off with a little bit of caramel malt. Some strong earthy hops invade near the end with a tad bit of metallic flavor as well. Very bitter finish.

Light-medium bodied with ample carbonation.

Really expected a bit more out of a strong amber which I usually love. The finish is a little harsh decreasing drinkability. Pretty good flavors, but could be even better.

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Photo of Philousa
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an earthy brown with thin one finger tan head, thick at first but dwindles to thinly cover the beer. Strong piney hops hit the nose first with some citrus and floral hop aromas as well. A faint glimpse of dark malt is there, but no characteristics of the malt are discernible. Roasty malt and chocolate flavors up front. Creamy. Piney, earthy hops turn it bitter, but malt comes back with burnt chocolate; kinda subtle. Middling feel, balanced and drinkable.

This was a surprisingly complex beer. Although labeled as an amber, I'd call it a brown due to its color and chocolate flavors. The hops really come through in the aroma, but the malt is clearly the star of the taste in this beer. I like that both are showcased in different ways. You don't see that much. In addition, it's very well balanced and easy to drink. Recommended.

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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 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 kevanb
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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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 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 Mark
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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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 GFabMedia
5/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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!

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Photo of colforbin73
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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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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Evil Twin from Heretic Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.