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

Photo of jrallen34
4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks again to Jeppe for sharing his brew. As he explained to us this is non-Christmas, Christmas beer, very clever...Pours dark gold with orange notes. A big off white head with good retention and lacing...The aroma is not the typical dipa as its balanced and not all alcohol or hops. A little malty with citrus notes and a hop finish. Alcohol is well hidden...The taste is more of a dipa with alcohol and hops coming more front and center, but still pretty balanced with some grapefruits and tangerines, a small pine resin finish.

One of the best "Christmas" beers I've had, one of the best Euro IPA's too. Still a bit to go before its a top ipa overall but I like that its not super alcoholic or resiny which lends to great drinkability. Worth trying for sure.

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Photo of drpimento
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good beer for the "Before" and I let it warm some before pouring a healthy sized, foamy, frothy, fluffy, thick, off-white head that lasts a while and plenty of lace. Color is a slightly hazy amber apricot with a number of bubble trails. Aroma is classic, heavy duty American IPA - lots of grapfruit, pineapple, citrus, resin, malt, caramel. yeast. Flavor's like nose with just more of everything, although there's a slight muting of carbonic tang and corresponds to likewise slightly soft carbonation. Body is good and full. Finish is like flavor, very long and has only an indication of alcohol. Nice beer if you're in need of a hop fix.

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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 Cyberkedi
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Strong aroma is quite hoppy with a subtle evergreen undertone and a hint of sour citrus that is not quite grapefruit and not quite orange. It pours a beautiful clear dark golden amber with a thick, frothy, off-white head. Hoppy flavor has hints of evergreen, sour orange and even malt. Full-bodied texture is edgy and lively, leaving behind a hoppy tingle.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to my boys at The Charleston Beer Exchange for getting me this one and having it signed by Jeppe! "Vier alle onde!" Served from bottle into a Mikkeller stemmed tulip. Poured a deep reddish yellow-orange with a one finger off-white head that subsided to half a finger slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, caramel, caramel hop, pine, metallic, grapefruit, citrus, and citrus hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, pine, pine hop, metallic, caramel, earth, and grapefruit. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. This might be my favorite offering I have had to date from Evil Twin as far as enjoyment. The complexity on this one was absolutely insane to put it lightly. So much citrus going on that it almost dried out your palate after every sip. A good example of the style that should be tried by every hop-head!

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Photo of popery
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a rich golden shade of orange with a frothy, off-white head head. It's quite cloudy and lacing clings to the glass walls. The aroma is quite hoppy, though it could be punched up a notch or two. The hops tend toward tangerines, pineapples, strawberries, pine and marijuana. There's some sugary caramel underneath, but it's not too strong. The malt sweetness picks up on the palate, and the beer is fairly sweet. The hops don't quite reign things in enough, but they do their level best and the finish is fairly bitter. Unfortunately, the flavor also washes out a bit somehow towards the end. Mouthfeel starts full but thins a bit. Carbonation is relatively low. There's a touch of booze, not bad nor good for an 8% abv beer. This is tasty stuff, but it doesn't blow me away, and I'm a bit disappointed, given the high price tag.

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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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Photo of AgentZero
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Jeppe for the share.

A - Darker, golden colored beer with a pretty big off-white head that had nice retention and left some good lace on the sides. Pretty nice looking beer.

S - Lots of resin in this one, some good pine and pine tar here. You also get a bit of floral hops and some citrus surrounding a strong malt backbone.

T - Good bitterness and resin. Has some decent citrus fruit flavors to it which help to balance out the resiny hops.

M - Smooth, moderate carbonation, medium bodied.

O - I like this beer quite a bit. Good balance with some strong flavors. Alcohol is fairly well hidden making this one go down fairly easily.

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Photo of argock
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a 10oz goblet at Local Option (Chicago, IL).

A: Attractive golden-amber with nice 1/2 finger off-white head with good retention and several thick rings of lace down the glass.

S: Tried next to Evil twin Yang, this has a more resinous nose, more pine and evergreen, with less floral character, still plenty of citrus with grapefruit and more of a lemongrass quality. The malitness is also a little more substantial in the nose with a bit more caramel to accompany the pale maltiness.

T: BDA has much more spunk than Yang with a bigger bitter bite and a more interesting caramel sweetness which is needed with the big hops blast. The hoppiness smooths to a more resin-filled flavor, piney without astringency, with nice accents of grapefruit, orange, and lemony contributions. The floral character of Yang is there but less pronounced. The ABV is again well-hidden.

M: I liked the easier feel of this beer, more smooth and less dry than Yang. Compared to most DIPAs, I think this still has a lighter body, although it is at the lower ABV end of the style.

O: I enjoyed Evil Twin BDA quite a bit and will be looking for it in bottles. It comes off as a balanced DIPA with a dangerous drinkability -- nice combination.

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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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Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
4.4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy amber-orange with a finger of frothy slightly off-white head. Fades at a normal pace.

S - Grapefruit, pine, grassy, orange, tropical hops, sweet caramel and biscuit malts, a hint of booze.

T - Grapefruit, orange, pineapple, tropical, pine, grassy, floral hops, resiny bitterness, sweet caramel and biscuit malts, some light booze.

M - Medium-full bodied, moderate carbonation. Smooth with a dry and bitter finish.

D - Nicely balanced hoppy DIPA. Great hop profile and bitterness from start to end.

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Photo of durlta
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of jsanford
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Distillery in Savannah, Ga.

Poured a hazy orange with a creamy white head that fades to a soapy haze. Nice aromas and flavors of pine resin, grapefruit, and moderately sweet caramel malt. Mouthfeel is crisp and smooth, with a medium body and good carbonation. Overall a very nice, West Coast-style DIPA that does everything well, but isn't too memorable or outstanding.

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Photo of JohnK17
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of jwat
3/5  rDev -24.4%

Photo of SFC21
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of sholland119
3.33/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a cloudy honey amber with a massive, rocky white head and spots of lacing everywhere.

S-Lots of malt in the nose with some resiny hops.

T-Sweet malt, minimal hops in the front, some bitter resinous notes in the finish.

M-Medium bodied, oily.

O-Fair enough, nothing special. Expensive for what it delivers.

HV

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Photo of HopStoopid120
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of salthemonster
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of RickS95
3.72/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Comes out looking like the color of a peach. It's a light, orangey brown color. Enough stuff in it that it's opaque. The head is what held the score down a little. It's very fleeting. If you blink, all you see is a thing ring of white around the edge and a tiny bit of lace.

The smell is a bit strange. You'd guess it to be extremely hoppy with citrus, and that's there, but there's also an overwhelming malt flavor that I can't quite put my finger on.

The taste is similar in that there's a hoppy citrus presence, but a very malty backbone as well, maybe too malty. Despite this, the flavors are all a bit thin.

While the taste and smell were a bit unique, the mouthfeel was about what you'd expect. Slight fruity sweetness up front, followed by a gradual building of the hoppy bitter. There's still a subtleness to it all, kind of a watery, loose feel. Medium bodied, it's got a lingering bitterness that coats your tongue and lasts well into the swallow. It's not a palate-wrecker, so it's fairly easy to drink.

Overall, it's kind of a strange beer. Reminds me of a black IPA, where things just don't quite agree with me. This isn't a bad beer, just something I need more than one of to develop a liking for. I've got another 500 ml in the cellar, so maybe the next one will be better.

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Photo of polishkaz
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of mjtiernan
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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