Raceday | Evil Twin Brewing

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Race Day is the reward for the work put in—the early mornings, the venture through your limits, all of what you sacrificed to get across the finish line. A sour IPA brewed with pineapple and aloe vera salt.

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8
Ratings:
19
pDev:
6.35%
 
 
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Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 19
Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Evil Twin Brewing "Raceday"
1 pint can contract brewed by Westbrook Brewing Co., Mt. Pleasant, SC without production codes or freshness dating

Notes via stream of consciousness: So this sounds interesting: pineapple and aloe salt. Of course I'm not even sure what aloe salt is, so... ? Anyway, it's poured a hazy golden body beneath a finger-thick head of off-white foam. For a sour beer the head seems to be holding quite well. The aroma is interesting. It's sweetish and fruity, but also somewhat acidic. It reminds me of Sweet Tarts candies. Knowing that there's pineapple in there I can pick some out, but basically the fruitiness is kind of generic. On to the flavor... well it's tart alright! I guess I should have said sour as it's more than just tart. The fruitiness isn't quite there like it is in the nose though. I'm mostly getting pear, apple, and berries. Ahhhh, there's a little bit of orange and muddled tropical fruits as well. There's some sweetish malt behind the acidity, and not a lot of bitterness, and it balances well. It finishes dry, acidic, gently mineralish, and lightly fruity. Ha! It actually tastes a bit like a Sweet Tarts candy. In the mouth it's medium-light in body with a bite from the acidity and a gentle caress from the carbonation. It's refreshing, and interesting, and in the end, satisfying. I see this as more of a summer beer myself, but at the same time I could see drinking one of these throughout the entire year.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.29/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

It is my New Training My Evil Stoned Dragonne Twins Sunday (Week 732), but I am CANsidering a ChANge in direction after this. I have one of my several crock pots fired up & I am warming beers in the face of an unrelenting end to Winter 2018-'19. Actually, I appreciate Winter as it makes all of the other seasons so much more pleasant by CANparison. [Shrug].

From the CAN: "Race Day is the reward for the work put in—the early mornings, the venture through your limits, all of what you sacrificed to get across the finish line. A sour IPA brewed with pineapple and aloe vera salt."

How oddy-knocky! A sour AIPA that may be akin to a Gose!

I beCAN with a Crack! of the vent which revealed a spritzer across my fingertips. No matter, I have dealt with this before. It is actually kind of exciting. My Glug resulted in just over a finger of fizzy, foamy, rocky, bone-white head that quickly fizzled its way down to wisps. 8=( Color was an oh-so-slightly-hazy Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5). Nose raised the question of am I a Travel Agent or an agent who travels? 8=O My cover may be blown! No, the real Q was is this a sour/tart AIPA or a hoppy Gose? Hmm. It had the citric quality of spoilt milk (lactic acid, anyone?), but at the same time, there was a saltiness and a hoppy pungency. Hmm. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium. I could have used a bit more body. The taste was quite tart, very puckering with a salty astringency, but not really of an AIPA. In licking my lips, I really beCAN to taste the pineapple, which was less sweet than one might expect. Still, not an AIPA. Finish was dry, tart, salty, but simply NOT an AIPA. YMMV. It was more of a Summer beer in that it was quite thirst-quenching. It was a curiosity & a diversion, but not something with which I would fill my cooler. I definitely liked the juxtaposition of the sweetart pineapple & the aloe salt. I CAN see cooking with that CANbination. Mmm. Pineapple, sea salt & possibly fish, read "salmon" with this as an acCANpaniment. Oooh. BUT … NOT an AIPA. 8=(

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Photo of metter98
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short white head that settled down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass. The head eventually completely faded away.
S: Moderate aromas of which I must presume to be aloe are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and somewhat tastes a little like a simple sour with some hints of pineapples. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. No crispness is perceptible.
O: This tastes much more like a sour ale than an IPA, but if I had a choice in drinking this or a Gatorade after a race, I would definitely choose Raceday! It is very drinkable.

Serving type: can

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tasted in a Rastal Teku from a one pint can on August 21, 2018. A sour IPA brewed with pineapple, aloe vera and electrolytes derived from aloe salt. Designed to be consumed after rigorous exercise. Interesting.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

the thing about these guys, that i find true with a lot of my favorites like jolly pumpkin and jester king and the like, is that even when the beers are really weird, you still know who made the beer you are drinking, so while evil twin continues to put some of the strangest ingredients ever into their beers, they still have an extremely identifiable element. i wish this wasnt sour, thats really my only critique of it, and its not too sour, plus, its a clean and refined sourness, like, as well done as it could be, but i want to taste these odd ingredients without the acidity. this is a tart ipa that has a cool hop profile, but is brewed with pineapple and aloe vera and aloe salt! its hazy but golden and bright and heady from the can, with a sweet canned or even candied pineapple aroma, a lush and botanical flavor, not sure i have tasted aloe before, but there is this vegetal wetness, almost like i imagine cactus being, pulpy and hearty and clean and refreshing, that must be it, awesome with the hops, not salty at all either, just enough to make the finish dry. this feels to me more like a hangover cure than the source of one. lush and juicy is how i describe it, but the lacto sourness is distracting even in moderation, and so is the pineapple sweetness, although that part i really dig with the hops. great carbonation but more body than it needs. this fascinates me probably more than i like it, but man, i love the fact that every time i have a beer from these guys i am so thoroughly entertained. dont miss this one while its out! there really is nothing like it...

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Photo of Korbynlehr
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy with a white head and it disperses quickly. Nose is a bit hoppy but with a bitterness hint. Taste is all bitter, then it fades slowly with a pineapple aftertaste. Good beer. Not one of their best.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.09/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Getting all the tastebuds involved, Evil Twin Brewing jumps on all the summer trends at once with sourness, bitterness and scant sweetness leading the way and with the exotic succulence of pineapple for extra flavor measure.

Pale gold and cast in a mild hoppy haze, the beer's racy carbonation springs to life a fuels a loose and fizzy froth along with the piquant scent of citrus, cider, tropical fruit and a herbaceous array of aromas. Light sweetness greets the tongue with the soft maltiness of honeysuckle and agave.

As the sweetness recedes, the citrus flavors come out with a bold display of orange juice on the heels of pineapple, guava, lime, lemon, crabapple and sour grape. Tropical with gooseberry and yuzu character, the IPA brings a bitterness of white grapefruit to the late palate with a light brine, grasy and faint must character trailing into finish.

The dryness of sour ale couples with the dryness of IPA for a beer that ensures a crisp, light and clean after palate. The brisk acidity ends quickly while the botanical bitterness lingers nearly into the next sip. Grapefruit becomes the lasting memory as the ale's citrus component rings louder than does its tropical influences.

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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 6/5/2018. Pours fairly hazy medium golden yellow color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of juicy pineapples, orange, lemon, grapefruit, peach, pear, melon, red apple, aloe vera, salt, citrus zest, light pepper/pine, cracker, white bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/fruity hops, pineapple, aloe salt, and moderate pale malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of juicy pineapples, orange, lemon, grapefruit, peach, pear, melon, red apple, aloe vera, salt, citrus zest, light pepper/pine, cracker, white bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very mild pine/zesty/herbal/grassy bitterness, and fruity/aloe tang/tartness on the finish. Lingering notes of pineapples, orange, lemon, grapefruit, peach, pear, melon, red apple, aloe vera, salt, citrus zest, light pepper/pine, cracker, white bread, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity hops, pineapple, aloe salt, and moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness and tart/tangy fruit/aloe balance; and zero astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering bitterness and tart/tangy fruit. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy, and lightly sticky/acidic/tangy/saline mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol for 6%. Overall this is a very nice fruited IPA. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity hops, pineapple, aloe salt, and moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the mildly bitter/tart/tangy/drying finish. Somewhat like a NEIPA, fairly soft feel. Juicy hops/fruit and balanced pale malts. Nothing is overwhelming, not overly salty. It all comes together very well. A very enjoyable offering, and unique style example.

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Raceday from Evil Twin Brewing
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 19 ratings