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

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3.96/5
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91 Ratings
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
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
45
Ratings:
91
pDev:
12.12%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
7
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 91 |  Reviews: 45
Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +1%
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 jaydoc
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of GRG1313
3.82/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear medium dark orange amber with a fast fading white head.

Nose is elegant with assertive esters but not overwhelming, refined and unlike some other Eviltwin brews where they are overwhelming. Stone fruit, pears and honey in the nose in a nice integrated floral blend.

Mouthfeel is medium to full with a thick, creamy and bold character. Some of the alcohol comes through but adds to the character of this one; does not distract.

Flavors are complex and sophisticated. Cooked oranges, cooked citrus, light honeyed carmel, all very well integrated, bold and appealing.

Finish is big bitter lemon/grapefruit skin oil but pleasant. A nice complex beer that's well integrated and appealing.

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Photo of t0rin0
2.5/5  rDev -36.9%

Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
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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Photo of oline73
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on-tap at Max's during Baltimore Beer Week. Served in a sample glass.

Appearance: Pours mostly clear amber color with a layer of fluffy off white head. Good retention and lacing.

Smell: Malty background with citrus and pine hops up front.

Taste: Citrus peel hops dominate the middle and finish of each sip. Bready malt up front with mild pine and a mild butter taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with mild carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I thought this was easy to drink given the abv and the style. My only complaint it that the buttery flavor could go away.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of dbrauneis
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very hazy dark orange to copper in color. The beer has a finger tall white head that is made up of large bubbles and reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a medium sized thick patch and a thick ring near the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: The aroma is pretty strong and dominated by the citrus hop presence - grapefruit is the dominant hop with a lighter amount of orange as well.

T: Moderate caramel malt sweetness with a very strong flavor of citrus hops - grapefruit and orange are both present. Light amounts of lingering bitterness.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light dryness in the finish.

O: Very enjoyable and a great combination of different citrus hop flavors and smells. Easy to drink and one I would love to have some more glasses.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Nice retention and lace on a white head. Mixed bubble structure. Opaque body with chunky sediment even after giving it a few days to rest.

S - Smooth pine, spruce, thyme, and floral hops with an apricot sweetness.

T - Orange and apricot open for a bright bitter center of herbal and woody hops. Sweet honey finish with a lingering bitter character.

M - Full to style with nice carbonation.

O - Aggressively bitter with a profile that complements it beautifully.

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Photo of smithj4
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at POPE, Philly, PA

I'm not sure what, if anything, this beer has to do with Christmas, but either way, what I got was a solid IPA. Don't expect anything spicy or winter-warmer-y here.

Poured into a stem glass a slightly hazy golden-orange color with a small but solid white head that lingered right to the end. Woody aroma, resin and piney hops, and not much else. Pretty standard. Hoppy qualities carry over into the taste, overlaid on a solid caramel male base. Well-balanced. Typical American-style IPA profile. Nothing special, but certainly nothing bad. Medium-bodied and quite drinkable for the style.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.16/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at Beachwood Brewing

A: The beer pours a clear, golden-orange with a finger of white head and a little bit of lacing.

S: Starts off better than the Katz Pis. Actually has some citrus to it with some wood, herbal hops, and pine. There is a mild grapefruit note to go along with the intense sweetness of caramel and toffee.

T: Overall, the flavor of this beer is quite sweet. Toffee, caramel, and brown sugar really dominate the flavor. There is a bit of herbal and woody hops with a light touch of citrus.

M: Medium in body with a medium carbonation.

O: Not horrible, but just way too sweet without anywhere near enough hop character.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Churchkey in D.C.

The beer is golden to orange in color, with a finger of head that leaves ample lacing on the snifter. The aroma brings abundant citrus, fresh hops, hints of tropical fruit, a touch of malt, and pine. Nice flavor. Fresh hops, with dominant citrus flavors throughout. Alcohol is hidden well with just a light warmth in the finish. Overall, a very good beer. I would certainly have this again.

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

A - Poured into a tulip, a hazy orange with a tall, sturdy head.

S - ALot of citrus and bitter hops in the aroma. Sweet and floral hop notes as well. Refreshing scents as most ipa's contain.

T - Alot of bitter hops up front with a sweet side to boot. Citrus flowing through but mostly the bitter green hops are prominent. Didnt detect the spice profile that this beer was explained to have. Seemed like a pretty straight forward imperial IPA.

M - Very crisp bodied, refreshing and clean like most IPAs. Semi dry finish.

O - Seems like the hop character could have been modified some, seemed mostly green and bitter to me. Maybe this wasnt supposed to have seasonal spices, unless they couldn't be detcted from the bottle I got.

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Photo of ejimhof
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a hazy, caramel coloring, with a steady flow of carbonation bubbling, and a frosty, clingy, light, off white head. Aromas of tangy caramal sweetness,tropical fruit sweetness including pineapple and melon, subtle hops bitterness,some berry sweetness,brown sugar, old world fruit sweetness including date and fig, and a toasted backbone. Flavors are bitter and resinous hops forward, with a tropical fruit follow of pineapple, melon, and mango. Rich and roasted caramel sweetness in the backbone, with some pine tassel, evergreen, and pine pitch bringing a bitterness to the palate. Effervescent on a mid-body, with a tangy sweet, citrus tart, and resinous hops bitter aftertaste. The finish is slick, oily, and slightly dry. Solid beer.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a hazy pumpkin orange amber. One finger white head that dissipated fairly quickly to a thick film, but left a lot of lacing. Aroma of citrus and a bit of piney hops, grapefruit, light sweet malt. Flavor dominated by citrus and piney hops, an interesting and unfamiliar hop profile that I liked quite a bit. After my hop detecting taste buds were numbed by the (delicious) hop assault, the caramel malt flavors became more apparent. An interesting flavor progression of intense herbal hops followed by malt and finishing with flavorful bittering hops and a long hop aftertaste. Body is medium with a pleasant creaminess. Very enjoyable and well made IPA that I hope I can budget to have again. This was an excellent beer to commemorate my 1000th review. Woot!

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
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 rfgetz
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed golden oranage color with cap of dense off-white foam, good retention and lacing. Scent is of bold tropical fruit and floral hops with a firm, sweet biscuity malt backbone. First sip is fruity and bitter, tropical mango, pineapple and grapefruit notes, some soft floral hops, malt backbone is quite sweet and biscuity, but not overbanringly full on the body, the end brings a slight hint of spicey and piney hops. Medium bodied, smooth, moderate carbonation (which is a plus), sweet tastes but dry finnish. A really nice full flavored dIPA that dare i say is balanced? While some "balanced" dIPAs have a carmely or faintly toasted malt presence, this one is bright and clean with decent sweetness.

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Photo of hozersr
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of bluejacket74
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a cloudy orange/amber color with an inch and a half frothy off-white head. Head retention is good, and there is a lot of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is citrusy (grapefruit, orange peel), pine and a bit of floral hops, along with some sweet malt. It tastes mostly like citrusy (grapefruit, lemon and orange peel) and pine hops, and a bit of malt. There's also a nice lingering bitter hoppy finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's somewhat sticky and slick with good carbonation. I think this is a good brew, now I'm looking forward to trying their other beers.

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of bylerteck
3.34/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle split at Pikkulintu in Helsinki. From notes.

A - Hazy dark copper pour with a mild eggshell head and a little visible carbonation.

S - Rich and malty with deep rich, juicy hops that tingle the nose quite well. Bready and fruity. Nice.

T - Underwhelming. Both malty and hoppy but seems mild in a sense. Juicy hops are there but not at all a hop bomb. Mostly the same as the aroma but a little bit more tame.

M - Tongue ripping bitterness. Medium to full body and tingly carbonation to go with it. Good.

O/D - Not bad at all. Standard for the style I think. Nothing to write home about and probably not worth seeking out. Just too tame IMO.

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Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 91 ratings
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