Breaking The Waves | Evil Twin Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States
eviltwin.dk

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A double dry-hopped imperial IPA brewed with lactose.

Added by superspak on 10-18-2017

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#5,695
Reviews:
37
Ratings:
98
pDev:
8.82%
 
 
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1
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Photo of jgunther71
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SierraNevallagash
3.23/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very pale untarnished brass hue. This is the definition of hazy. Not turbid. Not murky. Not opaque. Hazy. Light shines through, but you can't really make out details or shapes through it. Less than a finger of white head recedes fairly quickly, and refuses to build back up with any agitation.

Nose: This is an IPA? A DOUBLE DRY HOPPED IPA?? Sure does not smell like it. This smells like a lightly hopped Belgian Golden Ale. Fruity and musty Belgian yeasts. Almost like a saison. I can't believe how contradictory this nose is. I do pick up on the lactose, but it smells like a "milk saison", and nothing like any sort of IPA, let alone double dry hopped.

Palate: Okay, now I'm really beginning to think they put the wrong label on here. This tastes nothing like Any sort of IPA. This is a Belgian Pale Ale to the core. Really disappointed here. No hop character, no dank, fruity, floral, sticky, grassy hops anywhere. Just some Belgian yeast and a touch of bittering hops. Even the lactose they claim is dimissable. And I'm still not convinced that this isn't mis-labeled. It tastes like bad Allagash Hoppy Table Beer.

Mouthfeel is medium light and moderately carbonated. Semi dry in the finish, with a lingering medicinal bitterness. Warming going down.

Overall: If this is the right stuff in the right can, this is one of the biggest fails I've encountered. I am an undeestanding and often generous rater, as anyone can check, but this is just bad beer. Very poorly executed. I'm honestly even contemplating a drain pour, which has only ever happened 2 or 3 times. Not good. If you want a DDH DIPA with or without lactose, this is not the answer. I'm sorry. My numbers here are generous.

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Photo of Hayley_86
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of krome
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of monkist
4.39/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This was my first lactose beer - and maybe the last. Just needed to try it, to know how it is like. Well:
This double dry-hopped double IPA had plenty of hops, both in the aroma and in the flavor but "thanks" to the added lactose, the feeling became mild, creamy and lost all that raw hoppiness for me that I like so much in IPAs. Somehow this milky creaminess also started to make me feel sick somewhere halfway through the beer. It's like adding milk to tea - some people might like it, some don't but it is okay. But adding milk to beer is, hmm, not for me, for sure. The base of this diuble IPA was okay though, that enough was plenty to save the day.

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Photo of Aurascoper
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bplogarbo
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of biboergosum
3.91/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16oz can - another entrant in the unnecessary milkshake IPA marathon, it would appear.

This beer pours a hazy, medium banana yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and rather bubbly off-white head, which leaves some stellar latticework pattern lace around the glass as it slowly seeps away.

It smells of bready and doughy caramel malt, a lesser biscuity toffee thing, some orange, red grapefruit, and lemon citrus rind, a bit of hard water flintiness, ethereal milky notes, and further leafy, weedy, and piney green hop bitters. The taste is gritty and grainy caramel malt, treacle syrup, some generic lactic character, a muted domestic citrus fruitiness, some damp minerality, and more leafy, herbal, and gently soused-up floral hoppiness.

The carbonation is fairly tame in its ennui-inducing frothiness, the body an adequate middleweight, and mostly smooth, with that lurking milkiness contributing to the cause here. It finishes off-dry, the malt actually kind of reeling it in, while the mixed hoppy essences flit about in their lingering chicanery.

Overall - yup, this is certainly made in that new-fangled, low-bitterness manner, with a soupcon of lactose to even things out even more. Add to that the virtually undetectable 10 points of the ol' wowee sauce, and what we have is one dangerous (but in the attractive sense) offering. Worth checking out, almost.

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Photo of Cythrawl
5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of cwd
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of emincems
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of abb610
1.8/5  rDev -55.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.75

Bought this from a highly reputable local bottle shop that keeps FRESH beer. It tastes like a 2 year old IPA. No juicy dry hopped flavor. Hard to recognise the lactose because it is only sweetening a shitty flavor. Can code reads
ETBW3-AH
8361
I have no idea what the production date is based on that kind of stamp but Im guessing Evil Twin doesnt want people to know when their beer was produced because it sits around too long. I do not blame the bottle shop as this was the first time I have seen this beer. However i do believe this beer either sat on the distributor's floor or Evil Twin is cool with releasing shitty beer. Either way, drinking this beer reminds me of drinking non-local IPAS available 10 years ago.....past freshness, malty AF, antiquated hop profile and an overall flavor and smell that reminds me of what the IPA shelf at Total Wine would be like if liquefied.

Terrible beer.

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Photo of Billolick
4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tall silver can, has some info stamped on the bottom, but none of it makes any sense to me.

Ripe fruity sniff, with some bubblegum.

Yeasty, tasty, big, bold,heady and complex brew with more and more ripe fruity notes, again yummy bubblegum,and assorted yeasty goodness.

Dangerously easy drinking for a 10% brew.

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Photo of winehead247
3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of swierczt
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of smithj4
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Patches826
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of alexsergio
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeckTheBeerGuy
3.36/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of eddiefl
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ecxeeder616
4.57/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of 322wingedfoot
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bruno74200
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy peach colour with a very thin head.
The whole thing is about the tropical fruits: mango, papaya, passion fruit, the stone fruits like peach and some citrus are noted.
Soft mouthfeel due to the lactose.
Nice

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Photo of zimm421
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Breaking The Waves from Evil Twin Brewing
Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 98 ratings