Calypso Single Hop Imperial India Pale American Wheat Lager
Evil Twin Brewing

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Pilsner - Imperial
3.78 | pDev: 8.73%
Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Calypso Single Hop Imperial India Pale American Wheat LagerCalypso Single Hop Imperial India Pale American Wheat Lager
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OrestesMethuon from Montana

4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great burnished golden-brown color; excellent limpid shine, crowned by thin but persistent ecru swirls of head. Big, dry-sticky aromatics follow, first asserting wheaty sugars and mild, blanched breadiness; there are some difficult-to-place herbal qualities lying behind those carbohydrate plumes, however, with notes of cilantro, pickled tea-leaf, dill-weed, and some slightly-bitter forest-floor-rot, akin that one note sometimes expressed by the more dankly-herbal Pinots. The flavor, meanwhile, is not quite as expansive or expressive, with the Calypso's bitter marjoram components predominating. There is, nonetheless, a presiding and refreshing dryness, thanks to the wheat-base and lager yeast—as well as a bit of that expected grain-fruit attendant to lagering—and this dryness nicely cuts the aforementioned bitter majoram and grass-jelly taste-elements, at least to a degree. The textures aid in this endeavor, too, with excellent buoyancy and bubbliness, a medium-thin viscosity, and a touch of lager-bite all elevating the cleanliness and keeping the "Imperial" bent from becoming imperious.

Tasty experiment—and a nice litmus of Calypso's complexities—but also lacking that balance, and smack of a little something else, that would render it truly great. Even amongst hoppy Imperial Lagers—one of my favorite styles—this Evil Twin effort is a minor cut below.

Apr 01, 2016
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle - so this is another overt 'meeting of styles', an IPA blended with an AWL (FWIW). Fuck - poor decisions all around, eh?

This beer pours a hazy, medium copper amber colour, with a near teeming tower of puffy, finely foamy, and sort of creamy dirty white head, which leaves some sudsy layered lace around the glass as things eventually subside.

It smells of zingy mixed domestic citrus rind, gritty and grainy pale and wheaty malt, a touch of earthy yeast, and further leafy, herbal, and weedy hop bitters. The taste is bready and doughy caramel malt, a separated wheaty graininess, more muddled orchard fruitiness (pear, orange, and underripe red apple), hovering malevolent yeast, and a consistent earthy, piney, and leafy hoppiness.

The bubbles are quite active in their probing and game-setting frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and so-so smooth, as both of the titular inputs' typical astringencies put down their unwelcome roots here. It finishes off-dry, the grainy and now somewhat biscuity mutt-ish malt combining with the big hoppy citrus and green forest floor essences to fend off the encroaching inherent booziness.

Overall, this is a veritable kitchen sink of kitschy brewing, um 'character', as there is just too much going on here to really define anything in or of itself. Yeah - ok, this is indeed a hopped-up, boozy wheat lager (hah, almost got ya there, didn't they?), which ain't no great thing in concept, but in reality, I could easily drink up the rest of this bomber, if I could simply forgo using my words - all righty then!

Mar 18, 2016
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Jmamay22 from New York

3.22/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a cloudy amber with a full fluffy ecru colored head. Faint scent featuring grassy citrus hops and a candy sweet caramel to balance it out. Maybe a hint of sulfur that is very fleeting.

Flavor is malt forward initially. Some caramel sweetness gives way to a fairly strong hop bitterness. Sharp nearly astringent finish. Hop flavor comes across as grassy with citrus overtones. Mouthfeel is medium plus. Lingering sweetness.

Overall an interesting amalgam of a beer. I'm not sure what the lager qualities added to the beer as it seemed under attenuated. The wheat seemed to reduce clarity and increase head stability, but I had difficulty picking it up in the flavor. Enjoyable.

Mar 13, 2016
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TjMosby from Arizona

4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

What a silly over ambitious style of beer! ... is what you might think until you try it.
Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into snifter.

Look - What an imperial american wheat ipa single hop ... fuck it this beer is golden wheat and beautiful!
Smell - has a sweet grain /. hop smell to it. Maybe slight more booze should be expected.
Taste- I mean it is spot on for every single descriptor in is name ! Has a great wheat taste, a nice hop bitter, and a super smooth finish that you'd expect from the combo.
Feel - feels like a slightly more hoppy wheat beer. Which ends up being spectacular (especially in that finish) . I don't know for certain but I feel like they hit the perfect carbonation on this one.

Overall. It's a damn good beer. I've read some of the lesser reviews, and I hate to say it , but you're wrong.
This is true to whatever style it decided to go after with all those styles in the name. And for that it has to be noted job well done.

Oct 23, 2015
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Immortale25 from North Carolina

3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a semi-hazy medium amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a jagged ring behind.

S- Earthy hop presence with some grainy, semi-toasty malt. The calypso has a bit of a spiciness to it.

T- Bitter in front, sweet in the back with more earthy hops.

M- Bitey from both the hops and booze. Also kind of oily with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- I really enjoyed the mosaic version of this but this one isn't as good. More bitter with less actual hop flavor. Still decent.

Sep 25, 2015
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superspak from Ohio

4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass; no bottle dating, but is a recent release. Pours hazy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon, lime, melon, pear, apple, black tea, wheat, cracker, biscuit, light honey, pepper, and herbal/floral earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of fruit/earthy hops and moderate bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big lemon, lime, melon, pear, apple, black tea, wheat, cracker, biscuit, light honey, pepper, and herbal/floral earthiness. Good amount of herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, lime, melon, pear, apple, black tea, wheat, cracker, biscuit, pepper, and herbal/floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice robustness, complexity, and balance of fruity/earthy hops and moderate bready malt flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Very clean on lager flavors with zero yeast ester notes present. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately sticky, and lightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice imperial pilsner style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/earthy hops and moderate bready malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Sep 19, 2015
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Building complexity and removing complication leads to a powerfully flavored beer that places the distinctive "Calypso" hops on a prominent stage. The bone dryness of IPA takes on imperial strength but not imperial body or confusion with the backbone of a lager rather than an ale base, but then the additions of wheat give a creamy smoothness to round the alcohol and hop bite into a a piquant but bready series of tastes.

Its bright but hazy straw pour builds a tall and cottony column of foam. Its billowing scent is spicy with fruit tang, exotic herbal tea, dried lemon and lime and juicy melon character. Its taste is supple and fleeting of sweetness while its taste of light bread and freshly kilned grain offer tepid balance before the hops creep onto the tongue.

At that point, the malts are quickly overcome with the bright and citrusy taste of lemon, lime, under-ripened orange and the peels of white grapefruit. Peppery and herbal, notions of sassafras, lemon verbena and peppercorn resonate on the palate with virtually no malty rebuttal. Hints of juniper and white wine offer a slight Belgian-esque grassiness.

With the beer nearing closure, its bitterness grows into a sharp and citrusy bite. Unincumbered by much malt influence or unnecessary body, the hops are supported with the slim creaminess from wheat, but trends dry and lighter-bodied than an imperial hop-bomb should.

Aug 27, 2015
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davyjoneslocker from New York

3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Big malty baby here. Malt up front and some sweet citrus and apple in the back from the calypso. I had this fresh enough where the maltiness was not from aging but from how the beer was intended to be made. Hop Heads may be disappointed , but know what you're going to get. 12.99 a bomber a little pricey didn't really blow me away but a good brew. Honestly, evil twin is better for stouts and lagers, there are much better tasting and less expensive IPAs out there, but I'm always happy to try.

Aug 22, 2015
Calypso Single Hop Imperial India Pale American Wheat Lager from Evil Twin Brewing
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 43 ratings