Evil Twin Before, During And After Christmas Beer | Evil Twin Brewing

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Evil Twin Before, During And After Christmas BeerEvil Twin Before, During And After Christmas Beer
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
"The first batch made of this was in fact 10% abv. That batch was made last winter and only sold in europe. I then changed the recipe to 8% to lighten it and make it easier to drink. That is what the beer will be from now on and the bottles in the US are the 8% version."

Added by baggio on 12-25-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
91
Reviews:
45
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
12.09%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
7
For Trade:
1
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Photo of baggio
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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A: Golden orange with a hugh, white, head and some lacing.

S: Caramel, Citrus, Peach, Flowers.

T: Caramel, Hint of alcohol, Tropical fruits, Grapefruit.

M: Quite thick and resiny with lots of bittering hops. Easy drink with lots of carbonation.

A good DIPA that could use a bit less alcohol and more hops at the end of the boil and some additional dryhopping. A solid effort!

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Photo of Daniellobo
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice take on a US DIPA, nothing that memorable but hitting all the right notes.

Presentation: 10 oz draft serving. The menu notes the main characteristic of the brew and 8% Alc. by Vol. Served in a snifter.

A - Slightly hazy pale to medium amber pour with thin layer of froth… This thing is served to the rim… moderate retention, fair surface memory and lacing.

S - Citrus and resin, again nice although not too assertive, too cold a serving probably…

T - Taste follows nicely and expands with a rich resin and citric sense, sweet caramel malt holding it up nicely.

M - Medium body with fair carbonation, slightly oily with a nice lingering bitter finish.

O - Nice take on a DIPA, pleasing and quality if a bit perfunctory.

Notes: I was simply eager to try something from Evil Twin on tap and this fitted the bill…. Rather nice, but all things considered, available choices etc, and while nice, I would probably not choose it again, at least not while in the US.

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Photo of McNealc31
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Don't let the name fool you, Evil Twin Before, During and After Christmas is not a winter warmer full of cinnamon and nutmeg, it's a monster Double IPA.

You'll know before the first sip from the hazy orange color, creamy white head, and huge hops aromas. Hops dominate the flavor, too. Lots of pine and citrus. A hint of caramel and bread. Outstanding lacing. Fantastically bitter, too. I wasn't able to find an IBU rating, but it would not surprise me if this is 100+.

If you like bruising IPAs, seek this one out!

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from K&L Wine Merchants in Redwood City, CA.

Pours an extremely cloudy orange colour with a full and vibrant head of just yellowish white. Lacing is patchy, but clumping, and pretty persistent. Moderately light bodied considering the strength and style, but it's not bad. Looks pretty good.

Nose is bright and fruity, in a pretty standard IPA way. It's slightly more round than most, without the sharp citric tone that marks a lot of IPAs. Here, there's a softer stewed oranges character to it, and a touch of something earthier, with some tea and crushed vegetation. Not bad.

Taste is similar. Quite bright but rather light, and very rounded, without a sharp bitterness. Indeed, the ending comes across with a strong orange peel character that gives plenty of flavour but little bitterness or crispness. Otherwise, hints of musk and pine break through, but they're subtle.

Good, but it never really breaks any new ground, and while it's a solid IPA, it's not an astonishing one.

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Photo of hozersr
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very hazy yellowish orange in color. It poured with a half finger high dense off white head that hardly died down.
S: There are aromas of citrusy hops in the nose—grapefruit seems to stand out in particular with some notes of orange.
T: Like the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of citrusy hops but also has a noticeable presence of underlying caramel malts, especially given its high alcohol content. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has nice hop aromas and flavors but is easy to drink because the alcohol is well hidden and it isn’t overly bitter.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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

Enjoyable DIPA.
Bottle at Ginger Man NYC shared with George. Big hops, lts of orange flabour, above average carbonation. Big in face hops. A nice sweetness that made it dangerously drinkable, some cardomon perhaps contributed to sweetness as well. Above average mouthfeel.

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Photo of nimrod979
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into a tulip glass. There was a bottled on date perhaps but it was mostly rubbed off.

Appearance: Poured a slighty hazy and glowing orange with a big two finger white foamy head. Excellent retention and lacing all the way down.

Aroma: Grapefruit citrusy hops. Some piney resin. Mostly dominated by the tropical fruit aromas.

Taste: Grapefruit-y and tropical hops bitterness. Slight sweetness. A touch of pine resin. Some biscuit malts for a little balance. Pretty good.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation. Lingering grapefruit citrus bitterness. Easy and tasty. Would be enjoyed by any hop head.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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

500 ml (1 pint 0.9 fl oz.) bottle, with a bottled on date that looks like it might have said 11/16/2012. It's smeared and illegible after all this time. Not sure how old this beer is exactly, but I'm not worried. My local beer store still had a few of these sitting around, so I took the plunge for $14.99 and got a bottle. My second beer from Evil Twin Brewing.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Pours two and a half fingers of fluffy creamy off-white head on top of a brilliant bright orange colored body. Head retains itself well. Some thin strands of lace, and lots of fine specks of light and dark sediment suspended in the glass. Looks very nice.

S - Smell is of sweet caramelized malt, tea leaf sweetness, and freshly baked bread loaves. Earthy, twiggy sort of hop character is still present, but has definitely fallen off some. Still, there are some zesty pineapple, mango, and peach notes present. Maybe some faint yeasty presence in there also.

T - Taste is still great. Sweet caramel malts, bitter pungent grapefruit / blood oranges, tea leaf sweetness, floral, dirty, earthy, and bready. Very smooth, sweet, and easy drinking.

M - Feel is creamy, smooth, clean, sticky, and dry, with some slight hop bitterness clinging to the palate. Perfect carbonation.

Overall, I'd say this is a winning IPA from Evil Twin, one that has held up exceptionally well. Definitely not worth the fifteen dollar price tag, but I'm still glad to have tried it. A nice beer, smooth, creamy, and ridiculously easy drinking for being 8.00% abv, but it is mainly just a slightly above average DIPA without many distinctions to set it apart from the rest of the pack. Still, give it a try if you can find and afford a bottle.

Evil Twin Before During And After Christmas Beer ---4/5.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, orange citrus rind hops and a note of gingerbread like maltiness. In the taste, orange citrus rind hops, gingerbread like malt, and a small alcohol presence. A mellow hop bite, and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a lightly dry orange juice citrus, small gingerbread malt and a touch of alcohol. Big hops, somewhat malty, and a note of alcohol all the way through.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Evil Twin Before, During And After Christmas Beer from Evil Twin Brewing
3.97 out of 5 based on 91 ratings.
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