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Evil Twin | Heretic Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Heretic Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by womencantsail on 07-11-2011

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Photo of Dope
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of BryanCarey
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of chsanders
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of colts9016
4.26/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
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

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Photo of PeterM
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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Photo of grittybrews
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of ccrida
4.36/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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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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Evil Twin from Heretic Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.