IPA Kolata
Evil Twin Brewing

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Style:
American Imperial IPA
Ranked #2,989
ABV:
8%
Score:
89
Ranked #10,563
Avg:
3.97 | pDev: 11.34%
Reviews:
33
Ratings:
121
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Evil Twin Brewing
 
New York, United States
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IPA KolataIPA Kolata
Notes: IPA with lactose, pineapple and coconut.
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Photo of BeerGlassesCollector
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very refreshing and tropical IPA. It really does smell like Pina Kolkata so if Pineapple and/or Coconut is not your thing then avoid this. Tropical aromas and tastebof coconut, pineapple, and Mango with light to medium carbonation. Quite drinkable

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Photo of WickedBeer
3.47/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch #003 20:22

This beer is past its prime, but I expect it to have held up okay.

It pours a golden yellow with a small head of frothy white foam that settles slowly and leaves some spotty lace behind.

The nose gives off that “past-its-prime” nose of malty predominance. That said, tropical fruit, pineapple, and hints of vanilla still come out pretty noticeably. I think the tropical influence this beer was intended to have has helped it hold up.

A lot of the pineapple and coconut has faded .. malt coming out, hops taking the forefront. Still some fruity subtleties, light vanilla and some very mild creaminess from what lingering lactose was left.

Still a good mouthfeel, soft carb and a lightly sticky finish.

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Photo of Lucular
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It tastes exactly like a pina colada. Tons of fresh pineapple and coconut flavor with nice creaminess. How is this an IPA? I have no idea. At least it didn't have overwhelming vanilla sweetness like most milkshake IPAs.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted in a Rastal Teku from a one pint can on September 10, 2018. India pale ale brewed with lactose, pinapple and coconut. Nice blend of flavors without being too sweet.

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Photo of AdmiralOzone
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy bright lemon yellow with a thick white head that rapidly disappears and leaves no lacing. The aroma is basically a pina colada. Flavor is basically a pina colada with a slight hop bitterness in the finish. Feel is a little under carbonated for me. Overall a tasty beverage that drinks too easy for it's 8% AVB.

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Photo of CNoj012
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a hazy golden orange color with a one finger, loose white head. Retention is well below average and there is sparse spotted lacing on the glass.

Smell is pineapple, sweet coconut, vanilla, milk sugar and citrus hops.

Taste is the same with some bitter pine on the finish attempting to keep the sweetness in check.

Feel is medium with moderate high carbonation, very creamy with a resinous, oily finish.

Overall I'm pretty impressed with this. It is definitely a bit too sweet, but a very unique take on a pina colada IPA.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.33/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Can from Jeff, thanks for the opportunity!
Hazy deep yellow in color bubbly white head. Coconut tropical fruit and earthy grassy resinous hops with a touch of alcohol. Interesting at first but the more I drank the more it felt like hoppy suntan lotion.

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Photo of avalon07
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a tallboy can to a pint glass. Had a golden yellow color and a cloudy consistency. There was a half inch of foamy head that lasted an above average amount of time. Fantastic lacing.

S: A very good aroma of hops, coconut, tropical fruit, malt, and citrus.

T: Tasted of a good shot of tropical fruit (pineapple, mostly), a bit of citrus (orange, lemon), lots of hops (not too much), some malt, lots of coconut, and a hint of pine as well. This is one of those flavors that grew on me the more I drank it. The coconut adds an interesting dimension to. Delicious.

F: A well-carbonated beer with a smooth, creamy finish. Medium-bodied.

O: An unusual take on the IPA. Sweet and tasty. Well worth a try.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.81/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a hazy golden amber with a thin white head that dissipates to faint patches with no lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, coconut and pineapple, as advertised; I can't smell any identifiable hops. Flavor is caramel malt, coconut and pineapple with faint hop bitterness that is more like a mild astringency from an unknown source (aspirin in my drink?). Medium bodied with slight creaminess and good carbonation. I was not sure about getting this, but Evil Twin usually pulls off their weird ideas, so I pulled the trigger. To it's credit, this really does taste like a piña colada, albeit a watered down one, since the ABV is much lower than a mixed drink. It actually tastes more like a piña colada mixed with a nondescript ale. There is very little hop character, only hints of grassy hop bitterness that seems out of place in a fruity mixed drink. The level of lactose is well handled as well as the balance of coconut and pineapple, both strong flavors that can dominate. It is drinkable and the combination of pineapple and coconut is a great flavor treat, but it is not an IPA. It is a beer / piña colada hybrid, and I'll enjoy this one, but will not be revisiting it again.

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Photo of Brew_42
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours clearish gold with a thin white head

Smell is coconut and tropical fruits with some piney notes

Taste follows the nose. Sweeter than I expected but in a good way. Almost so sweet as to not seem like and IPA. Coconut, vanilla, pineapple and hoppy notes on the back end.

Mouthfeel is pretty crisp and carbonated.

Over all this is a tasty and tropical IPA that is great foe the summer.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16oz can - ok, at least this one makes a lick of sense, trying to create a 'piña colada' IPA.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium golden yellow colour, with four fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and somewhat bubbly off-white head, which leaves a bit of splattered sudsy lace around the glass as it slowly but surely dissipates.

It smells of sweet coconut milk, canned pineapple syrup, bready and doughy caramel malt, some muted domestic citrus rind, and rather faint earthy, musty, and floral hop bitters. The taste is more sugary and creamy coconut, overripe pineapple flesh, a further orange and red grapefruit citrus fruitiness, grainy and bready cereal malt, and some still very tame leafy, weedy, and piney green hoppiness.

The carbonation is fairly restrained in its palate-satiating frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and mostly smooth, with a wee airy creaminess evolving as things warm up a bit out of the ol' cellar fridge. It finishes sweet, the coconut and pineapple pretty much hogging the lingering show.

Overall - yup, 'if you like 'piña coladas', then you'll probably like this. There is really very little off-setting bitterness to balance the scales, especially for an IPA. Flavourful, sure, but by the end, I just wanted a beer, not a frooty mixed drink.

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Photo of dertyd
4.07/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer pours out a lightly hazy golden color, with 2 fingers of white head------------- the aromas are of pineapple and coconut(smells just like a pina colada)-------------- the flavors are of coconut, pineapple, pine, orange and grapefruit, the beer has full mouthfeel with little to no bitterness on the finish--------------- overall this beer was delicious it taste like a hoppy pina colada--

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Photo of TijuanaTovar
3.17/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This has faint pineapple/coconut. Equal parts ipa, p/c and soap. Not really impressed here. It’s ok. Not worth seeking out again. This brewery is hit and miss. Seems inconsistent.

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Photo of TooManyGlasses
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Single can imported from Siciliano’s in Grand Rapids MI. Pours a somewhat hazy golden with one and a half finger white head that dissipates fairly quickly. Aroma is strongly of pineapple with a bit of sweet citrus and hints of coconut. Taste follows with malty pineapple sweetness, coconut, nectarine and sweet caramel malt. As warms primarily get the sweet pineapple/pina colata effect. Really minimal bitterness, remarkably creamy mouthfeel - perhaps just a little too sweet. The 8% ABV well hidden.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hazy golden color with off-white head. Aroma has nice coconut water notes, floral hops and vanilla sugar. Taste follows with coconut but it tastes a bit artificial. Mostly sweet and tropical with bubblegum notes. Medium body and carbonation. Quite nice but a bit artificial.

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Photo of SebastianOwl
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

No canning date so unsure how fresh this beer is; I like lots about this beer (look, aroma, mouthfeel) But the overwhelming coconut taste just reminds me of drinking suntan lotion, never again for me

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy golden ale. Great lacing. Smells like a standard juicy ipa. Flavors turn a different direction with coconut, some citrus, sweetness. Light bodied, crisp finish.

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Photo of cbutova
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- Tallboy into two snifters with a mostly clear golden yellow body. The crown rises up to a centimeter with a thick and frothy texture and decent retention. A thin island remains in the middle and a small belt drops small sheets and spotty lacing.

S- The aroma comes off as a bit confused with nothing really jumping out to be the star of the show besides pineapple and general hops. The coconut feels secondary here or just blends in and transforms with the strong citrus (grapefruit, orange), pine and fruity hops. The coconut is there but it doesn't feel distinct at all.

T- Apparently all of the coconut was saved for the palate; an absolute coconut massacre of the taste buds with that rich oily flavor and an almost perfumy aspect to it. Trying to scrape by the coconut are notes of grapefruit, orange, pineapple, floral, pine and earthy hops. A light sweetness and generic pale barley flavor comes and goes.

MF- Medium bodied with a rich creaminess and a very slick and oily finish. The carbonation is moderately high and the bitterness is right down the middle for an 8% IPA. Silky lactose.

In the end the coconut is just overbearing and takes away from just about every other aspect of the brew. The hops are citrusy and fruity with pine and floral hints as well but get ready for the coconut bomb.

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Photo of superspak
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16 ounce can into tulip glass; no can dating, but is a recent release. Batch #001. Pours slightly hazy medium golden yellow color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with great retention that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big juicy and lightly tart/tangy pineapples, coconut, tangerine, lemon, grapefruit, peach, pear, apricot, mango, melon, citrus zest, light pine, honey, vanilla, cream, white bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/fruity hops, pineapple, coconut, lactose, and pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big juicy and lightly tart/tangy pineapples, coconut, tangerine, lemon, grapefruit, peach, pear, apricot, mango, melon, citrus zest, light pine, honey, vanilla, cream, white bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very mild pine/zesty/herbal/grassy bitterness and fruit tang/tartness on the finish. Lingering notes of pineapples, coconut, tangerine, lemon, grapefruit, peach, pear, apricot, mango, melon, citrus zest, light pine, honey, vanilla, cream, white bread, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity hops, pineapple, coconut, lactose, and pale malt flavors; with a solid malt/bitter/tartness balance; and zero cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering bitterness and fruit tartness. Medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready, and lightly sticky/tangy mouthfeel that is awesome. Minimal warming alcohol for 8%. Overall this is an excellent fruited DIPA. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity hops, pineapple, coconut, lactose, and pale malt flavors; very smooth and extremely easy to drink, with the very mildly bitter/drying finish. Delicious dessert-like DIPA, tastes just like pina colada as advertised. Extremely juicy pineapple, coconut, and citrus/fruity hop complexity; sizable bready malt/lactose backbone, but not overly sweet/heavy feeling. A really enjoyable offering.

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Photo of teromous
3.57/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the bottom of the can: "BATCH #001 14:34"

Appearance: The body is a hazy light gold. It has a short white head with decent retention.

Aroma: It has a nice coconut aroma which is pretty strong. It smells really nice.

Taste: There is a clear coconut flavor that comes through and there is a light bit of pineapple flavor. There is a bit of a bread crust flavor that follows. The aftertaste is coconut.

Mouthfeel: It feels light and a bit watery. There is a light bitterness to the beer which is touch lighter than how grapefruit juice feels.

Overall: There's really two sides to this beer. It touts itself as an IPA and the "kolata" references its likeness to a piña colada. As an IPA it doesn't give off any hop aroma or flavor. There is some bitterness there but there isn't much else for the IPA lover. As a drink which parallels a piña colada it does a pretty good job. It certainly has a lot of coconut flavor and there is a near enough approximation to pineapple along with some of the bitterness to give it that extra kick. The body of the beer feels a bit thin given that it is brewed with lactose (according to the can). In the end I would recommend it to a person who enjoys mixed drinks more than beer.

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Photo of justintcoons
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can poured into a shaped IPA glass.

Appearance
Blonde. Slight haze. 1/2 finger of tight white head.

Nose
Coconut and pineapple. Straight up pina colada.

Taste
Again, straight up pina colada. The coconut and pineapple flavors are yuge. Light dankness underneath with a pine needle linger.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, smooth, and oily with a light bitterness.

Overall
Hit the nail on the head, they did.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.56/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I am rather inCANredulous at how many CANs of Evil Twin Brewing's beer I have acCANumulated for inclusion in The CANQuest (tm)! I had begun running through them at the end of New Beer Sunday (Week 677) & CANtinued my efforts yesterday during NBS (Week 678) so now I am simply finishing up. I have a couple/few days' worth left, but since my 53rd birthday is next Sunday (Week 679) & I have plans that may curtail my involvement that day, I am getting them in while I CAN. This is another cocktail-inspired beer, following up from the previous beer.

From the CAN: "India Pale Ale Brewed with Lactose and Pineapple and Coconut Extract Added"; "Inspired by an iconic tropical cocktail with a twist of what a modern beer should taste like. An IPA shaken up with lactose and with coconut extract and pineapple added. It's creamy, fruity, comforting and annoyingly good."

Ah, nothing like the sound of a Crack! after a long day in the classroom! I was very gentle with my Glug since I had read CANflicting reports of haziness versus clarity in previous reviews. I left some liquid in the CAN for a final Glug, ala last night's Sumo In a Sidecar, which revealed a goodly amount of lees. Color here was Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5) with NE-quality clarity, calling forth The Gelt Gang of Mammon, Midas & Croesus for a taste. An in-glass swirl raised a brief finger of dense, foamy, bone-white head with limited retention that quickly fell back to wisps. Nose kind of made me laugh - this was VERY evocative of coconut & pineapple, but when rating to style, it is nowhere near spec. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was quite sweet, mounds of coconut followed by loads of pineapple & while it was spot-on in terms of what they were going for (a Piña Colada beer), it lacked bitterness, which is a hallmark of the style. Finish was amusingly sweet, very much like a Piña Colada, but it was hard for me to take it seriously. This more of a novelty than a sustaining AIPA for this self-described, self-avowed hophead. I CAN understand people's rating to taste, but it causes CANfusion for users like ADesus. The last bit of Gluggery was slightly-hazy, so if clarity is your thing, go with a gentle Glug, initially. The taste slightly increased in its coconuttiness, but I did not discern any change worth forfeiting the initial clarity.

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Photo of VeganUndead
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I knew going into this it was going to go well, or really bad. Nose was surprisingly pleasant, and the flavors come together about as well as I could expect. If this sounds like something you might like, it comes together very well

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Photo of Korbynlehr
3.74/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Hoppy beer and coconut, what the what!!!! Pours very orange in color. Nose hints at citrus hops, with a coconut waft. Taste is best described as a peachy coconuty hoppy goodness. Hard to describe properly, but it is ok.

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Photo of ADesus
3.17/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

I got this based on ratings, now I'm confused. This is a complete miss for me. Has a off putting taste that reminds me of oak barrels and whiskey. I see good ratings, maybe it's just me, but this stuff blows! Bad!

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IPA Kolata from Evil Twin Brewing
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 121 ratings