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IPA Kolata | Evil Twin Brewing

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IPA KolataIPA Kolata

Brewed by:
Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
IPA with lactose, pineapple and coconut.

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Ratings: 115 |  Reviews: 33
Reviews by DamienArk:
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4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a super murky dark burnt golden orange in color with significant amounts of light colored sediment, moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising along the edges of the glass, and moderate orange + deep golden yellow colored highlights. The beer has a finger tall sense foamy off-white head that slowly reduces to couple of small patches of medium thick film surrounded by a large patch of thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Slightly stronger than moderate aromas of juicy tropical/pineapple and citrus/grapefruit hops with moderate aromas of sweet coconut (lactose sweetened). Light aromas of biscuit malts.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of biscuit malts with a moderate amount of caramel + lactose sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of sweet coconut and tropical/pineapple. Finally there are moderate to strong flavors of juicy tropical/pineapple and citrus/grapefruit hops which impart minimal amounts of bitterness which fades away quickly leaving a lingering juicy hop + lactose sweetness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp with a hint of dryness in the finish.

O: Easy to drink with extremely well hidden alcohol. I really enjoyed the combination of pineapple, coconut, and lactose in an NEIPA. Really enjoyed it and would definitely have another of these.

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Photo of ADesus
3.17/5  rDev -19.1%
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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Photo of BeerGlassesCollector
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
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 woodychandler
3.56/5  rDev -9.2%
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 BEERchitect
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It was just a matter of time before the IPA converged with the popular tropical mixed drink of pena colada. Pineapple and coconut converge for a tantalizing taste of the Caribbean but with the bitter dryness that's most known in the pacific northwest.

IPA Kolata swoons the nose with the usual suspect hop notes of citrus, pine and tropical fragrances, but also with the suntan lotion component of coconut and added pineapple. Pale gold and hazy, the beer's frothy cap crowns the ale in a typical but good IPA appearance. Its early taste is gentle with honey, graham cracker and mild caramel, all suggestive of angel food cake.

The soft malty support shakes loose its sweetness quickly and the structure of creamy malts and light cakiness remains to support the hops, fruit and nutty flavors that align on the middle palate. Bold citrus flavors of tangerine control the taste while the periphery of the tongue picks up on grapefruit, pineapple, mango, apricot and lemon. As the gentle coconut flavors join the mix, a creamy late palate seems of a milky vanilla-like softness even as the finish favors a bitter, piney and resinous spice.

Medium bodied, crisp and refreshing throughout, the beer tries to suggest boldness in body with its creamy, lactose and vanilla-like nuances. But it tightens its textures with the aid of hop resins, alcohol drying and the tartness from pineapple. So, if you can't get to the beach, Evil Twin helps a taste of the beach to come to you.

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Photo of psweendogg
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of TLA
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of deereless
3.54/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of schoolboy
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a novelty drink, for sure. I wonder if the ridiculous amount of suspended matter is for real (or faked).

It pours light yellow with very nice lacing and all kinds of matter suspended in it. The aroma is just as the name indicates, IPA with a pina colada thrown in - very sweet and pungent.

The taste is a boozy mashup of pineapple and slightly bitter beer. It is actually well balanced and easy drinking, but it seems rather boozy (more so than the ABV).

Recommended, but rather pricey.

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Photo of stephens101
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As a beer and coconut lover I would say if I wanted a mixed drink I would buy a fucking Evil Twin IPA Kolata.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of peabody
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
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 johnnnniee
3.33/5  rDev -15.1%
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 322wingedfoot
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of biboergosum
3.84/5  rDev -2%
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 avalon07
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
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 cwd
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of swierczt
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of cbutova
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
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 LiquidAmber
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
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 Rifugium
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of PicoPapa
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16oz can. Pours a clear golden straw color with a thin layer of head. The aroma is lots of sweet coconut and pineapple but also some citrus hops. The taste is just as advertised by the name. Some lacing. Coconut, pineapple and lime. Definitely tastes like a Pina Colada. Toasted malts and toasted coconut towards the end with a lime zest finish. Borders on being too sweet but some of the citrus hop bitterness helps balance it out a bit more. Medium to light body. Overall, it’s an IPA that tastes like a Pina Colada.

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

16 oz can poured into a shaped IPA glass.

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

Coconut and pineapple. Straight up pina colada.

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

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

Hit the nail on the head, they did.

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IPA Kolata from Evil Twin Brewing
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 115 ratings