The Flava Influencer IPA | Evil Twin Brewing

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The Flava Influencer IPAThe Flava Influencer IPA
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The Flava Influencer IPAThe Flava Influencer IPA
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Brewed by:
Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States
eviltwin.dk

Style: New England IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
his is The Flava Influencer IPA and it is an IPA brewed with oat, lactose, vanilla, pineapple and gooseberry.

Added by superspak on 05-22-2018

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10
Ratings:
29
pDev:
5.74%
 
 
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Photo of BEERchitect
3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

As a brewery that's never shied away from a trend, Evil Twin Brewing turns to the "smoothie" IPA with tropical intent. But not simply stopping with copious pineapple fruit additions, they reinforce the notion with oats, gooseberry, vanilla and lactose for extra measure to not just chase a trend but to lead it.

Pale and honey gold, The Flava Influencer IPA floats a rich and cottony froth to start the show. The tropical scent of pineapple is obvious, but stone fruit, citrus and a kiss of white wine add elements of curiosity and uniqueness. The honey impressions continue with a supple sip, along with hints of cream and candy.

As the sweetness slowly dissipates, the middle palate opens up the rich and rife taste of musty pineapple, seemingly of the over ripened variety. Lemon, green apple and berries tease the palate with a subtle suggestion of tartness for a full fruity sensation on the tastebuds. As the bitterness sets in, the spice of peach skins offers a light smoky and peppercorn balance to both the fruit and lingering malts.

Medium bodied, the vanilla spice and starchiness of grain intertwine for a pillowy support for fruit, bitterness and that slightly tannic peppery bite. A medium long linger of pineapple rinds, fresh grassiness and freshly shaven spruce extends with a spicy series of echoes on the throat.

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Photo of Gkruszewski
4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of dbrauneis
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a relatively clear pale to medium yellow in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass, moderate amounts of fine to medium light colored particles in suspension, and moderate pale golden yellow colored highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense sudsy foamy white head that reduces to a couple of small to medium sized patches of medium thick film surrounded by a large patch of very thin 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 vanilla over the top of light to moderate aromas of grainy + oat malts with a light to moderate amount of lactose sweetness. Light aromas of tropical/pineapple and gooseberries.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of biscuit + grainy + oat malts with a light to moderate amount of lactose sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of vanilla and light to moderate flavors of tropical/pineapple and gooseberries. No discernible hop presence and minimal amounts of bitterness leaving lingering vanilla + lactose + gooseberry flavors.

M: Light to medium bodied with slightly heavier than moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp upfront with a light amount of softness/fluffiness mid-body.

O: Definitely an interesting milkshake IPA since the hops are hidden behind the fruit additions, vanilla, and lactose. Easy to drink with well hidden alcohol and enjoyable.

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Photo of dsshuck
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of djrn2
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light-yellow body with great carbonation and quick-dying head. Mainly a tropical fruit aroma with some berries, floral hops and hints of vanilla and oat. A juicy, tropical fruit taste, not much really pineapple to me, although there is a sharp berry edge which I assume is the gooseberries, has a fuller body and easy to drink with good balance and then touches of vanilla sweetness on finish add a little pizazz.

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Photo of 322wingedfoot
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GreenMind
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of patre_tim
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big, juicy, pineapple juice yellow. Very hazy. Topped with two fingers of yellow head.

Smells of pineapple, coconut, piña colada, with some dank, earthy, Greenleaf notes.

The taste of follows the nose. Falls a little flat.

Medium juicy body, with a little carbonation.

Got this in Reading August 28, 2018 where I’m drinking it.

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Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a one pint can on August 22, 2018. IPA brewed with oat, lactose, vanilla, pineapple and gooseberry. A nice blend of fruity flavors.

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Photo of Zazzi82
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of grantlar
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SebastianOwl
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gehille
4.44/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very good juicy IPA.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.62/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I CAN't really say much more about how happy I am that Evil Twin Brewing has truly embraced the CAN since it really helps The CANQuest (tm), but I'll try. Great graphics, great beers, evil prices! Whoops. Well, every hobby has its high horse, or am I high & on my hobby horse, Dada? I will now take my Hobby into the Lobby in search of some CANtraception so that this madness CANnot be passed on. CAN you dig it?

From the CAN: "India Pale Ale brewed with Oat and Lactose with Vanilla, Pineapple and Gooseberry Puree Added".

I was kinda fired up about this one, invoking Flava Flav, Hobby Lobby, Dadaism & my past history as a teacher. I'd kinda like to follow in Ron Jeremy's (ahem!) footsteps at this point, since as a former teacher, nothing that I do is going to shock many people. I've met both Ginger Lynn & Christy CANyon (my personal fave, for obvious reasons) & they seemed amiable, if not amenable. Is that still a viable profession? Or too many amateurs? Did you read about p**sy beer? Mmm. John Maier made his Beard Beer & I am now thinking a p**sy/beard hybrid homebrewed by yours truly after a night involving CANnilingus (don't ask).

Onward! The Crack! was nice & loud & a Gussie Busch center-mass/centerline Glug CANtinued the festivities. The head came rushing up like a little duck to form two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, eggshell-white head with decent retention that slowly receded, leaving me with lacing that would require a jackhammer to remove. Color was a cloudy Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5). 8=( Nose was unique in that I had NEVER smelled such a cacophony of scents! It was not at all unpleasant & please do not take my last sentence in that light. No, instead, it had an earthiness from the oats, a tropical sweetness from the pineapple, a berry-like quality that I would have attributed to Mosaic hops, had it not been for their mention of gooseberry & the faintest use of vanilla that I have enCANtered in all of my reviews. As to the last, I learned very early on, as a teenage budding baker, a little vanilla CAN go a LONG way! It is a very powerful taste, hence it being sold as an extract & usually calling for only a modicum in recipes. I applaud their restraint in its appliCANtion in this case. All of that being said, it was still just (yes, I said JUST) a hazebro. Where was the bitterness? Why so many adjuncts? Why so spendy? Why are they doing this to me? 8=( Finish was in that Bizarro World-realm between semi-sweet & semi-dry. This does NOT align with the AIPA style, sorry. YMMV.

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

Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce can into tulip glass; no can dating, but is a recent release. Pours very hazy/cloudy deep golden amber color with a 1 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big tangerine, orange juice, grapefruit, lemon, lime, peach, pear, pineapple, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, guava, gooseberry, strawberry, light pepper/pine, vanilla, cream, wheat, white bread dough, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/tropical hops, fruit puree, lactose, vanilla, and bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big tangerine, orange juice, grapefruit, lemon, lime, peach, pear, pineapple, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, guava, gooseberry, strawberry, light pepper/pine, vanilla, cream, wheat, white bread dough, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very mild pine/herbal/grassy bitterness and fruit tang/tartness on the finish. Lingering notes of tangerine, orange juice, grapefruit, lemon, lime, peach, pear, pineapple, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, guava, gooseberry, strawberry, light pepper/pine, vanilla, cream, wheat, white bread dough, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical hops, fruit puree, lactose, vanilla, and bready malt flavors; with a nice malt/bitter/tartness balance; and no cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering bitterness and fruit tang/tartness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready/grainy, and lightly sticky/tangy/acidic mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 7.8%. Overall this is an excellent fruited milkshake IPA! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical hops, fruit puree, and bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the very mildly bitter/tart/tangy/frying finish. Awesomely balanced juicy hops/fruit puree with a touch of dankness; perfect wheat/lactose/oat/malt backbone, with mild lingering sweetness. Awesome soft feel. Probably Citra/Galaxy hops, complements the fruits perfectly. A very enjoyable offering, and spot on style example as expected.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16 oz can poured into a Pilsner glass.

Appearance
Hazed-out, cloudy, & yeasty blonde. 1/2 finger of white head.

Nose
Pineapple, mango, papaya, gooseberry, orange, and lemonade.

Taste
Pineapple, mango, and papaya. Lemonade, navel orange, and gooseberry. Light dankness and sappy pine. Bready maltiness with drizzles of honey. Slight earthy and grapefruit bitterness.

Mouthfeel
Medium-plus bodied, crisp, silky, and juicy with a medium-light bitterness.

Overall
Extremely tropical and awesome!

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Photo of Beck83
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Franziskaner
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Gold with a heavy amount of haziness. There's a fingernail of eggshell white. The aroma is of gooseberry and pineapple. I'm tasting pineapple, which is dominating. There's also gooseberries and spruce like hops. The mouth is smooth and creamy.

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Photo of VeganUndead
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of teamwiggum
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is clear light yellow in color and has a very slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that left a film of bubbles covering the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of vanilla are present in the nose along with hints of pineapples.
T: The taste has light flavors of gooseberries and pineapples along with hints of vanilla in the finish.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied and a little smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This IPA is quite unique with its light-bodied and smooth mouthfeel. You need to let it warm up to let the fruity aromas and flavors become stronger.

Serving type: can

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The Flava Influencer IPA from Evil Twin Brewing
Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 29 ratings