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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Disco Beer is a vinous IPA thoughtfully blended with 10 % Chardonnay white wine. This Champagne of beer is a real party starter, no more shy beer geek. Drink it and you will own the dance floor.

Added by rfgetz on 04-22-2011

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Reviews:
48
Ratings:
116
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
16.03%
 
 
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Photo of WanderingFool
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Disco pours a hazy amber with a medium sized white head that dissolves slowly. As the foam fades a fair amount of spots and lines of lace remain on the glass.

The aroma is malty with notes of caramel malt, bread and a hint of orange peel.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is light on the palate with an effervescent fizz and dry finish. The flavor is fairly well balanced, but leans towards malty. It begins with caramel and toasted malt before the hops present themselves with flavors of orange citrus. It finishes with a touch of clove and yeast.

This is a tasty beer with malty flavors and citrus hops. It almost reminds me of a Belgian Dubbel.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy amber-copper with a finger of frothy off-white head. Fades fairly slowly.

S - Oak, vanilla, chardonnay, pine, grassy, and earthy hops, sweet caramelized malts, a touch of brown sugar, and some booze.

T - Oak, vanilla, buttery chardonnay, pine, grassy, earthy hops, some lightly resiny bitterness, sweet caramel and lightly caramelized malts, touch of tart and sourness, a bit of booze.

M - Medium-full bodied, moderate carbonation. Smooth with dry, warming, lightly bitter finish.

D - Interesting blend of flavors. Barrel flavor a bit strong, but overall it works fairly well.

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Photo of nrbw23
2.35/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours a hazy dark amberish orange color with a huge head of foam. Foam had great retention and left some layered lacing. This brew looks nothing like a DIPA thus far.

S- Quite a bit of wood, wine, a bit of sweeter malts and a touch of spicy hops. Very odd so far.

T- The oddness continues into the taste. I'm picking up quite a bit of sweetness. Quite a bit of a bready type malt. Followed up by some spice from the hops. Then there was a really odd taste. Apparently that was the wine and oak coming through. I had no idea and couldn't put my finger on it until I read the description of this beer on this site.

M- Medium in body and quite a bit of carbonation here.

O- Very different for sure and I'm glad I tried this one, but I'm just not really digging this one.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Tried this last year on tap at a local beer bar, but it was a hazy night so glad to have the opportunity to try it again
A - ridiculous carbonation make this impossible to pour, or a least requiring a lot of patience, but finally appears to be a mildly cloudy cedar colour
S - peppery and sweet with touches of caramel and dark toast
T - significant caramel and nutty maltiness quickly backed up by peppery earthy hops
M - crazy how the alcohol is masked here, relatively lights and easy drinking, slight bitter, leaves your insides warm and toasty
O - the anticipation of the slow staged pour was worth it, very big and balanced while remaining easy drinking and complex, bravo

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Photo of CuriousMonk
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Local Option in Chicago poured into a snifter glass. Pours a dark amber hazy body with a khaki head that lasted very nicely throughout. Armoas of piney resinous hops and smooth oak. A touch of caramel malts and some spice. Flavors of piney hops, sweet grapefruit, bready malts and strong oak notes. Some hints of apple, grapes, vanilla, and spice in the background. Lightly bitter finish but it remains very smooth and robust. Creamy with a medium to full body with a nice level of carbonation throughout. The alcohol was well hidden. Overall a nice brew.

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Photo of IronDjinn
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a 330 ml brown bottle. Pours out deep cloudy amber hue, massive loose spongy light beige head that forced me half a dozen attempts in order to empty the bottle into the glass.

Earthy notes on the nose, along with some woody and vinous character, all of which are eventually parted by a hoppy grapefruit element. Brown sugar and some caramelized malt develop as it warms.

Flavour is rather intense and for the most part comes as one long cohesive rush from sip to swallow, no particular character seems to stand out beyond another. Still, let's try to pick it apart.... Toasty, grainy malt up front with some caramel highlights, with earthy, woody notes quick to follow in the middle, accompanied by a dry vinous character and even a hint of Bretts, finishing with earthy, spicy, grapefruit pith hops. That's the slo-mo rendition, since the actual delivery to my palate gives the impression of being quite seamless.

Lighter end of medium-bodied mouthfeel, texture is effervescent from the carbonation.

Finally a barrel-aged IPA that works, and one aged in Chardonnay barrels of all things. To be honest this whole experience leaves me with the impression of sampling a well put-together Saison, with the woody earthiness subbing in for peppery phenols. This is definitely one to experience, I'll be seeking out more for sure.

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Photo of rarbring
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer is foggy red amber, an off-white head with little lacing but god curtains.

Smelling vinous, tropical fruits, goose-berries, carambole. Mineral and metals..

Sweet, tropical fruit soup, white vine marmalade and grape-fruit peel.

Medium carbonation, oily with a smooth and soft texture, a long mild dryness.

A well balanced, fruity brew with a smooth dryness.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark hazy amber with a big tan head leaving a few patches of lace behind.

S - Sweet malts, caramel and a light citrus hop.

T - Sweet malt, caramel and some citrus hops. Maybe a little extra fruitiness from the Chardonnay but it wasn't obvious.

M - Medium body and well carbonated.

D - I have been really enjoying wine aged type beers lately but was somewhat disappointed with this one. Too malty and maybe a touch oxidized even though it just arrived this week at the store.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: This is a gusher. Immediately upon opening, I saw the foam bursting out and started pouring immediately. It took four attempts to get the beer in the glass without it overflowing. The color is cranberry brown with copper edges and very hazy.

Smell: Some caramel malt, with a subdued floral and citrus hop presence. Chardonnay.

Taste: The flavor starts fairly sweet, with a generous amount of caramel and biscuity malt. The flavor turns bitter and dry, with some oak and pepper before the hops come in. Spicy pine and some citrus create the hop profile. White grape comes in at the end, adding a little more fruit depth. The finish is bitter with some oaky wine flavors mixed in.

Mouthfeel: It starts out sweet and finishes quite dry. The barrel aging clearly has a big impact on the mouthfeel. Very bubbly carbonation and a fuller than medium body. There is a tingly hoppiness and alcohol bite.

Overall: I am kind of disappointed in this. It is just a decent DIPA and the Chardonnay barrels did not do anything amazing to it either.

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz brown glass pry-top bottle brewed at De Molen. "Best Before 2015."

Pours a deep, clear amber with 2 inches of thick, foamy light tan head. The bubbles are huge, but it has killer retention, never quite going away.

Woah, too cold. Needs to warm up a bit and loose some carbonation. (It feels like champagne yeast...explosive!)

Ok, now 15 mins in the glass. Nose is opening up with some caramel, tropical fruits and toasted oak.

Palate is crisp and closed up still. There's tons of hop bitterness up front, which fades out to what I could call a chardonnay-like buttery-ness, but that might be reaching a bit. Finish is short and somewhat lacking.

Notes: I was really hoping to like this beer more. I traded for it and the guy drove it up from NYC to VT. The description sounds AMAZING...the beer is decent. Maybe it needs time in the bottle? Maybe I need another one to lay down. (Beermail me!)

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had the pleasure of trying this on tap. The beer arrived in a snifter-like glass with minimal foam. The reddish brown color prepares the mind for a strongly flavored, high ABV beer. The aroma is distinctive: grapefruit rind, fruit, sweet malt, and white grapes--vinous as it were. The flavors meld into an unusual combination. The fruit and citrus and sweet malt some how mix with chardonnay to produce a pleasantly tasting brew. Unlike anything I have tasted before.

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Photo of davey101
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best Before 2015. 12 oz bottle into a DFH signature glass.

A - Dark amber hazy body with a massive khaki foam. Very dirty and soapy and it took forever to settle down to a three finger high head. Crazy amounts of lacing and retention.

S - Piney resinous hops and smooth oak. A touch of caramel malts and some spice.

T - Piney hops, sweet grapefruit, bready malts and strong oak notes. Some hints of apple, grapes, vanilla, and spice in the background. Lightly bitter finish but it remains very smooth and robust.

M - Creamy with a medium to full body with a nice level of carbonation. This has to be bottle conditioned. Alcohol is really well hidden.

O - I'm really digging oak aged IPA's, and the fact that its a white wine barrel really plays well with the base beer. It may be a few months old but the hops are still present and the bitterness really offsets the smoothness of the oak notes. Reminds me a lot of DFH Burton Baton. Superb beer!

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Photo of TheHoppiest
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 333 ml bottle into a tulip glass. I'm curious what a "Danish Ale" is. The label describes it as a "vinous IPA, thoughtfully aged on Chardonay wine barrels." It also bears a statement that it is best enjoyed before 2015, so I hope I am not enjoying it too early.

This Disco Beer certainly must like to party, because it pours with almost five inches of head, even with a gentle pour, and keeps rocking that foam until the break of dawn. Foam so sticky and thick, it would pass for 80's mousse. The foam is a light coffee-brown color, and sits atop some very dark, silty beer. The casking must have been extensive, because this looks a lot more like an olde ale rather than an IPA.

It is difficult at first to get a good whiff of this beer, given the two inches of dense soapy fluff between my nose and the beer. A good swirl helps break down some of the cap, revealing an earthy, yeasty, oaky smelling brew, with notes of burnt sugar, sweet grapefruit, and tar. And yes, a vinous aroma is clearly present.

Whoah, this is definitely not your father's IPA. Tangy, hoppy, sweet and yeasty, think barleywine meets olde ale with a bit'o'wine added for flavor. Starts with a tart grape tang (these must have been pretty fresh Chardonay barrels), mellowing to a malty middle before cranking up some sweet citrus hops to finish. A bit resinous and buttery to finish, the Chardonay tang never truly leaves this one as you sip it down.

Medium bodied, this will curl your tongue and leave your gums tingling.

This is a hard one to peg. The varying tastes are intense and very present, almost too much so; I think it could have done with another year or two of aging before cracking it open. Still, I'm loving the vibrancy of the casking, which rather than simply mellow this IPA, added another dimension to it. Further, it clearly had some aging, as there is a yeasty quality you'll get in an IPA only after it has had a while to stew in itself. Still, this is a unique brew in a crowded field. If you can find it, snag it and try it.

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Photo of Beerandboards
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, with a best before date of 2015.

A - pours a very cloudy peachy white. Good amount of white foam.

S - lots of fruity citrus, with the wine barrel character coming though quite a bit. Peaches, lemony citrus.

T - interesting. No hops (not necessarily a bad thing, but its a IPA, so unusual). Lots of peach. Wine barrel character comes through with more white wine notes than barrel notes. Some white wine sourness almost, refreshing, interesting.

M - a little bit on the medium thickness to almost creamy side. Medium carbonation.

O - a very interesting beer. A buddy opened this to share. I have to say, although I didnt pay for it, the price tag on this bad boy is ridiculous. Glad I got to try it and, overall, its a solid beer. However, its definitely an odd ball of an IPA. I dont know what exactly I would call it. Worth a try, if you dont mind the price.

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Photo of acevenom
4.59/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip. Pours copper with an immense white head that dissipates very slowly, leaving lacing on the side of the glass as it recedes. I recommend using a large tulip glass or large snifter because it will take a long time to pour this into a small tulip glass or a small snifter glass due to the fact that the slowly dissipating head is so massive. There are many tiny bubbles visible in the beer. The aroma is of citrus and piney hops, white grapes, and sweet and bready malt. The barrel aging lends a great white grape aroma to this beer. The taste is of bready and sweet malts with the citrus and piney hop notes playing with the white grape flavor in the mouth. The Chardonnay the beer picked up from the barrel aging doesn't overpower the other flavors. As it stands, the flavor is pretty balanced for a DIPA. The body is full with moderate carbonation. The finish is dry and this beer is dangerously drinkable. This is an excellent beer.

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

12oz bottle into a tulip:

A: When I popped the cap there was a big woosh, but no gush. It poured a deep copper color with mahogany hues when held up to the light. The whoosh was foreshadowing to the billowing foamy head that ensued. Huge rocky white caps, quite cloud-like, with tons of sticky lacing coating the glass. It was slightly over-carbed so pour gently.

S: It smells of resinous hops, pine cones and citrus, with some hints of peaches and grapes thrown in for good measure. The chardonnay barrels come through in a toasty nutty way, there is no mistaking the oak. For this beer clocking in at 10% there is no hint of alcohol anywhere to be found.

T: The hops hit the palate first with a graceful burst of citrus and pine. As the brew warms some more the hops become more pronounced revealing a pleasant peach jammy-ness. It is really a smooth brew for being a double, not overly bitter or boozy. The chardonnay barrels are distinctly present, but refrain from being overpowering. It finishes pretty dry with some toasted oak.

M: Medium bodied with ample carbonation.

O: I enjoyed this beer immensely. It does not fall in line with what I tend to look for in a DIPA, but interesting non the less.

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Photo of Casey10
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I liked this one as it is very different from any other dipa's I have had aged on chardonay barrels this is one nice little beer.

I poured this into a nonic pint glass super head with hazy orange copper color body.

S - smell is like sticky candy like smell.

T - Can really taste some pine, but malt comes through a bit as well as the slight after taste of the chardonay barrel in the backgound really nice.

M - mouthfeel sticks with you and give it a slight resionous feel.

O - Again really liked this price a bit steep but for what you get well worth it.

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Photo of DersOne
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A-Pours a hazy copper color with a finger of malt ball colored head, big bubbles and a good amount of lacing and retention.

S-Malty sweetness, a bit of pine maybe, mellow hopping with hints of dark fruit and citrus.

T-Sweet malt and dark fruits washing away to mellow dry hops and citrus, minimal bitterness. The white wine adds a nice subtle sweetness to the blend that makes for easy drinking.

M-Low carbonation, an appropriate amount of dryness for my palate, some stickiness, rather light-bodied for the style.

Overall-4/5, an interesting variation of an IPA that will be frequenting my collection.

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Photo of CookstLiquor
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330ml bottle. Pours a cloudy orangey red colour with a little thin, off-white head. The nose is pretty distinctive. There's lots of big citrus hop notes as well as a strong scent of fresh squeezed fruit juice. For a hopped-up, high ABV brew, this beer is very drinkable. There's definitely a grapey flavour in there. but it blends remarkably well with whatever hop varieties were used to make this. There's also a nice persistent bitterness on the palate. For such a unique beer, it is surprisingly cohesive and coherent.

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Photo of Shroud0fdoom
4/5  rDev +1.8%

First off let's look at this brew. Looks nice like some murky iced tea brown body, nice off white head. Time to smell the old girl. She's an aged one comrades, with a simple "Best before 2015". Ok back to the aroma. Huge toffee notes with that burnt sugar aroma. Also some dark fruit characters pull through with a nice touch of French Vanilla in the back ground. Very nice! Now fourth with the flavor! Very fruity and toffee with almost a noble hop floral bite. This brew is very interesting with almost a sour bite yet not enough to make it's self known. It grabs on the sides of the palate. There isn't huge notes of Chardonnay barrel, yet it finishes dry and clean with a lingering toffee, vanilla and subtle hints of fruits in the aftertaste. The feel of the beer is Medium-light smooth body, par carbonation that tickles the tongue instead of abusing it.

Overall: Since I seen that this was a barrel aged DIPA, I thought it was going to be a Vinegar Bomb! Yet it's not. It's more of a BarleyWine/Strong Ale and a damn fine one at that. This brew is 10.5% ABV nicely masked. No booze in the aroma nor taste. I don't know how much of a hop bomb this was at fresh, but age has done this brew wonders. This brew is Recommended!

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Photo of VWBuggirl
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This brew has a nice hazy caramel color, with a tan foamy head.

S: This has a piney smell, with hints of raisins.

T: This is weird as it doesn't have a biting bitterness, but the hops are very present and flavorful. I don't pick out any individual flavors here. The wood flavors imparted by the barrel aging have run roughshod over the delicate flavors of the hops. I expect a fair amount of alcohol flavor to be present in such a high gravity beer. In this particular example, the alcohol isn't as obvious in the first sip, but becomes more and more present and overwhelming as the sips go on.

M: Appropriate carbonation to the style. It isn't overly thick from the sugars, giving it a medium body.

O: I really enjoy the flavors of this, but unless sipped slowly, the alcohol flavor can be a bit overpowering. This is a very different take on a DIPA and I enjoy that about it most.

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Photo of Agent1
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - First off, this beer is virtually impossible to pour. Not that this is a bad thing per se, but the yeast is extremely intense. The head is volatile and it takes a number of pours in small stints to get it all into the glass. Small bubbles with and beige white. Unattractive lacing. A deep ruby brown/ orange. Opaque with a little sediment residing at the bottom.

Smell - After letting the head settle down, one can definitely pick up more aroma when not trying to get through a thick layer. A nice, sharp yeast smell with citrus fruits and orange peel. A tiny amount of toffee and wood.

Taste - A slightly sour finish, but tasty. Lemon, grapes, grapefruit, brown sugar and a strong use of Nothern hops. Mild woody falvor, but it is barely noticeable. Having a hard time picking up the used Chardonnay barrels in this. Nicely balanced beer, though. Not sure if there is Citra hops in this. Nice malts, too.

Mouthfeel - Highly carbonated, this beer is intense on the tongue. Aside from the carbonation, the malts, sugars, and bittering creates a decent feel but nothing too amazing, in my opinion.

Overall - Perhaps a little too hoppy for me, I find it doesn't allow for the sugars and malts to shine through enough. But everything is here! Very impressive indeed. Not one of my favorite DIPAs, but I would buy this again for sure.

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Photo of brewski09
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one was interesting...

A - This beer was almost a little cloudy, but only when the light hit it right. It was pretty clear overall. the head was not really pronounced here.

S - the 10% chardonnay blended in really made this one intriguing to me. I could smell the luscious buttery oak of the chard, but it was balanced out by the malts and hops. The chardonnay must have been aged in american oak barrels for the sharpness. It was a complex smell and i took a while on this one.

T - I picked up chardonnay notes that were balanced by the ipa malts and hops. This was a beer that kept going back and forth on me to the last sip. unique and impressive.

M - maybe a little thin in body, but i had such a good time drinking it that it went down well.

D - drink this one early in the lineup so people can tell the subtleties of it. this is one that would be easy to drink and not pick up the small variations that make it special. again, at over $7 for a single 12oz bottle, a little steep in price, but a good beer.

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