Retro IPA
Evil Twin Brewing

Retro IPARetro IPA
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American IPA
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3.59 | pDev: 10.03%
Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States
Retro IPARetro IPA
Notes: This is a tasty time-traveling tribute to an all time iconic beer style - the India Pale Ale. Though the style goes 200 years back this time around we re-created a 1985 style IPA - perhaps you remember the hip hop times. Enjoy a full on hoppy beer infused with everything you loved about the 80’s. The future is now.
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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: A hazy golden amber column filled with streams of tiny bubbles supports a 3" lacy off-white foam cap with good retention.

S: Popping the can releases an initial citrus and tropical fruit detectable aroma from an arm's length away

T: lightly sweet with light fruit and citrus up front while a light bitterness emerges on the sides with some biscuit and then the beer comes into balance just before the swallow.

F: creamy and smooth with a medium body and carbonation

O: a very well balanced and executed beer that is pleasant to drink

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

2016 release; drank 6/19/16 @ the Yarchives.

Semi-dull opaque orange appearance.

A rough pour yielded a big, noisy white head; frothy lace.

Baking soda, dry leather & mild grapefruit notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Dry leather & baking soda flavors up front; mild caramel & bitter grapefruit bite on the finish.

Super bitter American barleywine vibes here; I wouldn't recommend this to my worst enemy.

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Photo of oberon
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was 10 in 1985 so I couldn't verify this recipe.Pours into a standard pint a light to medium golden with a thinner bone white head atop.Earthy hops mixed with nutty malts in the nose,that smell is retro of an early 90's PW pale ale.Much more malt driven in my mind than hop driven,nutty with light caramel with some earthy hops coming in the back end.I like this beer and it would be great on cask but it's a "way back" retro IPA.

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Photo of Everydayoff
3.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can poured into a pint glass.

Hazy dark brass as a showcase, it tops with very thick creamy white head that stays with very good retention before slowly subsiding to everlasting foamy crown and leaving plenty of glorious lacing patch and spot along the way down. Carbonation seems to be high with lots of bubble pushing up.

Dull fruitiness aroma from hop reminds me of sharp citrus and lemon as well as some earthiness, herb, and dankness. Malt is there too with pure and straightforward breadiness without any hint of typical sweetness or caramel.

Malt as a flavor backbone with notes of bread, slight sweet and some nuttiness, hop provides slight touches of citrus, lemon, earthy, and herbal. Bitterness is moderate and yields pleasant aftertaste together with a note of resin. Overall, the taste is quite balance and very straightforward for both hop and malt.

The body is medium with rather smooth mouthfeel from its lively carbonation generated nice crispness and refreshing feel through the palate, dry finish.

The overall character is a bit dull and quite direct. I would say yes it is fruity and hoppy but not in kind of much juicy or fresh. Perhaps, it intends to be like this like its “Retro” name, nevertheless, still pretty good IPA in anyway.

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Photo of ChrisChris23
4.01/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: honey colored, light foamy head that quickly dissipates to a nice lasting lacing.

Smell: faint citrus notes a top what might most resemble the 80's, the aroma of parties past

Taste: smooth malty flavor mixed with piney notes, smooth finish with lingering bitterness and citrus tones

Feel: crisp and effervescent, well carbonated, maintains fresh feel to the tongue well after being comsumed

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Photo of Spikester
4.02/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear gold with three fingers of white head. Rings of lace.
Smell is malts and pine.
Taste is piney hops with a good amount of bread crust malts.
Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. Finish is sweet and bitter. Nice balance.
Overall a fine traditional IPA. Would enjoy again.

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Photo of PhillyB
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Darker yellow in color, thin but lasting white bubbly head.

Smell: Pine resin, pine nuts, floral (rose), whole grain bread.

Taste: Bitter pine hit at first, nutty, then malt on the finish.

Feel: More 'chewy' than the average IPA, lasting finish.

Overall: I'm not really sure what I was expecting from something called 'Retro IPA', but it actually tastes retro! I know that makes no sense, but there's something about the overall effect that lends itself to being 'retro. A solid IPA!

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Photo of rex_4539
3.64/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Hazy golden color, half finger white head, nice lacing, no carbonation.

S: Bread, booze.

T: Bready, sweet piny. Slightly malty aftertaste.

F: Very drinkable, medium body.

O: Interesting beer but nothing I will look for.

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Photo of Act25
3.74/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Love the brewer. Nothing exceptional about this, just great drinkability.

look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear apricot body with moderate amounts of visible carbonation. Not much retention or lacing.

S: Dominant aromas of bready, biscuit, followed by caramel malts with too faint aromas of citric pith and orange zest hops with herbs, grass, pine.

T: Upfront there is a dominant flavor of bread, biscuit, and caramel malts balanced then by lemon zest, then building with herbal hops and a light, lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Dry finish.

O: More like a pale ale, where red-tail and first IPAs, ballentine? were 20 years ago?

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Photo of MikeyBadnews
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

I wont lie and pretend I'm an expert on retro style of IPAs so I don't have much history to compare it to.

The beer pours nicely hazy orange honey with a effervescent heads that retreats quickly.

Smell is disappointing, very bready some resinous pine notes but rather uninvolved and uninspired.

Taste is like a higher quality malt liquor, high carbonation malty, malty, malty with a pine sap inspired bitterness that is a little strong.

Dry, high carbonation

Not much to say, again I'll freely admit in 1985 I was drinking Kool Aid and New Coke so not sure how indicative this is of the style, and I cant give it any nostalgia points either.

Mild recommendation to avoid.

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Photo of gutbuster
3.54/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark straw in color. Head is white with a moderate amount of retention that eventually dwindles to a scattered and broken lacing atop the beer. A moderate amount of loose lacing is present.

Earthy and somewhat musty with a mix of orange and grapefruit.

Up front we have bready and caramel sweetness. Mid palate the hops begin to unfold with grapefruit, orange, and lemon. finishes piney, musty and lemony.

Dry, with a medium body and moderate amount of carbonation.

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Photo of ordybill
4.31/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 OZ can into a pint glass. The appearance is a dark amber to orange with a small white head. The aroma is a really good blend of malt and hops. The taste matches the aroma. An outstanding beer.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.04/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The aim of this brew is to recreate the ipa style of 1985. I think they succeeded because there is a sense of deja vu as you drink it.

It's a slightly dirty yellow, with OK lacing and good continuous bubbles. The aroma is the evocative part. It smells like I smelled it before, and very appealing. The taste is much tamer than most aipas in 2016. Everything is toned down, especially hops and bitterness.

Overall this is a worthwhile experiment and a nice change of pace. Recommended as a good way to mix things up a bit.

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Photo of weaselface89
3.74/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Looks copper in color, and crystal clear. Nice full white head.

Smells balanced. Not super hoppy. Smelling pale malt.

Tastes about like the smell. Balanced. On the mild side for a modern ipa. This is about the level of happiness I would expect in a beer labeled retro. Refreshing.

Feels light to medium. Nice amount of carbonation.

Overall a good beer.if I remember correctly it is not priced three or four dollars more than all the other craft six packs so I'm happy about that. Evil twin is usually alittle expensive for my budget.

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Photo of mac31
3.22/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bitter (as an bitter beer face), lemon, grapefruit pith-lots of it, pale malts, a touch of honey in the malts, rough around edges, unrefined, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale like bitterness; simple. Minor vegetal hops in the finish. Bone dry finish. Thin bodied. Carbonation feels a little amplified because of the dry finish. This is what "craft" beer used to be. I'm glad I live in the here and now. Craft beer, especially the IPA style has come so far since then. Any other time this would be a drain pour, but I'm drinking for the "experience" of the what this style used to be. I bought and experienced. I would only recommend for the experience, not the flavor profile. BTW, my wife says it taste like dirty feet. I can't totally dispute that.

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Photo of Kinger22
3.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a can this beer pours a clear orange with a quickly dissipating frothy head. The smell is strong and pleasant, but lacks in aromatic hops. To me the malts overpower the hops in the taste, although there are some hints of piney hops. Overall an easy-drinking IPA

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Photo of Skrumpy
3.46/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured 12 oz can into standard pint glass. Golden amber in color. Clear, moderate carbonation, & a decent, white bubbly head with moderate lacing. The aroma is definitely malty, bread and some herbal/earthy aspects. The flavor is malt forward with some woody/pine hops in the finish. A little grapefruit and grassy notes as well, bitter aftertaste. A medium body, with a resinous mouthfeel. Overall a decent IPA

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Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down, leaving a patch of bubbles in the center, a thin collar around the edge, and lacing in between and down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of herbal hops are present in the nose along with some hints of pine.
T: The taste has flavors of herbal hops along with hints of biscuit and cracker malts. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied, a little rough, and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This IPA is interesting. From the name, I had expected a heavy dose of piney hops and some notes of caramel as was typical of the IPAs of "retro" times, but with the noble hops and biscuity hops, it almost tastes like a Czech IPA if there was such a style.

Serving type: can

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Photo of russpowell
3.81/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours an effervescent bronze with 3 fingers of cream colored ( got a little carried away with the pour ). Vey nice lacing & good head retention

S: Breadyness & a little pine

T: Bready with piney and woody hops, just a little grapefruit as well up front. Dryness creeps in as this warms, along with herbal hops, a little cakeyness. Finishes piney, woody, with some pear, dryness & cakeyness

MF: Medium body with somewhat lively carbonation, love the balance

Solid IPA without all the citrus & tropical going one, very drinkable, nose could use some improvement

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Photo of tone77
3.07/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A thanks goes out to the founding father of the canquest woodychandler, for this beer. I wasn't familiar with IPA's in 1985. I was 15 years old and happy with drinking 40's of O.E., Colt 45, or Red Bull with my crew. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a dark golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is mild, some malts. Taste is bitter, some mint, none of the flavors I associate with an IPA are present. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall, if this represents mid-80's IPA's, I guess not all things were better back in the day.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.46/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

LOOK: Pours a deep gold color, a bit more than straw. Good clarity, and a soapy foam froth is there leaving plenty of lacing.

SMELL: Fairly average nose, just a little floral hops, perhaps cascade.

TASTE: A nice balanced beer of light caramel malt and hop bitterness. Coarse bitterness, some herbal elements, muted ale yeast fruityness, and a more or less bitter occasion.

FEEL: Full bodied, well rounded beer with a rather smooth, bittersweet finish, more bitter than sweet.

OVERALL: Imagine pilsner malts used in combination with light caramel malts and nondescript but substantial hop flavor. I don't know if this is the old Ballentine recipe, its ok.

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Photo of vabeerguy
3.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a growler into a IPA glass. The color is somewhat on the clear orange side. The smell was nice. A very good taste. Not to strong of a hop presence to be overwhelming. Overall, a good beer.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.23/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a fairly clear pale gold with a medium sized head. The aroma offers up black pepper, dried leaves, lavender, mushroom, dried honey, and cereal grains. The flavor leads with dried leaves and grass, followed by floral lavender and peony notes, with a strongly peppery finish. The mouthfeel is pleasantly dry, leaving a slight natural astringency. Overall this a a superb and different beer. It reminds me of almost a super pilsner, plenty of German and English hop notes, a nice dry body, and great drinkability. Definetly a nice break from so many fruity IPA.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a relatively clear medium apricot in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and some moderate copper + golden yellow highlights. The beer has a two finger tall foamy light beige head that slowly reduces to a couple of small patches of medium thick film surrounded by a large patch of thing film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of bready, biscuit, and caramel malts with light to moderate aromas of citrus/grapefruit pith and citrus/orange zest hops with a light hint of herbal hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of bready, biscuit, and caramel malts with a light to moderate amount of sweetness. That is followed by light to moderate flavors of citrus/grapefruit pith, citrus/orange zest, and herbal hops which contribute a moderate amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light hints of dryness in the finish.

O: Definitely a throwback beer, reminds me of the IPAs I was drinking like 15-20 years ago. Lacks the dry hopping and really fruity flavors of today's IPAs but sometimes it is nice to have something different. Enjoyable but not quite as refreshing/easy to drink as today's IPAs.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.16/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About a finger of off white head that settles into a thin patchy layer.

Smell: An earthy and juicy aroma with a balance of hops and caramel malt. Earthy and grassy hops with some pine and citrus hints of orange and lemon. Pale malt with a scent of caramel, biscuit, grains, and yeast. A solid aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a juicy and earthy balanced taste of hops and bready malt. Citrus hop notes of orange and lemon. Earthy hop notes of grass and slight pine. Malt notes of caramel, grains, and biscuit with some yeast. A solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Fairly chewy and smooth.

Overall: A solid take on an older style of IPA. Nice balance of hops and malt.

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