Evil Twin Brewing

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Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #2,363
Ranked #20,257
3.81 | pDev: 11.55%
Jan 11, 2022
Apr 22, 2011
Very Good
Notes: None
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Photo of Sigmund
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Sigmund from Norway

330 ml bottle, courtesy of Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 10.0%. Amber colour, large off-white head. Aroma of piney and fruity American hops, notes of orange marmalade. The flavour is medium sweet with loads of American hops, bitter of course, but not quite as extreme as expected. Mixing with imperial stout Yin is recommended.

Jan 11, 2022
4 by RiceOwls27 from Texas on May 13, 2020
4.46 by gooddaydiablo from Texas on Mar 23, 2020
3.77 by AC-Mivsek from Ohio on Mar 18, 2018
Photo of woodychandler
4.34/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

I am rather inCANredulous at how many CANs of Evil Twin Brewing's beer I have acCANumulated for inclusion in The CANQuest (tm)! I had begun running through them at the end of New Beer Sunday (Week 677) & CANtinued my efforts yesterday during NBS (Week 678) so now I am simply finishing up. I have a couple/few days' worth left, but since my 53rd birthday is next Sunday (Week 679) & I have plans that may curtail my involvement that day, I am getting them in while I CAN.

From the CAN: "This is one half of a Black and Tan drink. Not just any Black and Tan but the one where a toasted smug and hoppy fella get together to make a sublime Taiji style balance. Mix the Yin & Yang together (or enjoy this profoundly evil Imperial Stout solo)."

I am sticking with each one solo, especailly since it now seems that Yin & Yang exists as a separate beer. I would prefer to allow the brewery to mix the version that they envision.

I realized upon CANducting the Crack! that it was a brimful craft CAN since I got a spritz across my fingers, followed by some foaming through the vent. I then CANmenced a slow, gentle Glug into the awaiting glass. Unbidden, it formed just under two fingers of dense, foamy, tawny head with good retention that left nice lacing in its wake. Color was Amber to Deep Amber/Light Copper (SRM = > 9, < 13) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was Evil with a pungent pine dankness and wafting alcohol fumes to tickle my sinuses! OMFG, if I needed any reminder to go slow with this one after last night's Yin, this provided it. Mouthfeel was big, full & thick, like a dollop scooped onto my tongue where it instantly went to work, burning & jackhammering at the old, weak taste buds that were no match for its intensity. While this onslaught was happening, my sinuses filled with an unrelenting pine resin & dankness that seemed to spontaneously CANbust, burning my nose hairs & making my eyes sweat. Following that, my heart decided to begin beating unCANtrollably, as though it wanted to jump out of my chest & run off. Phew! And that was just the first sip ... What blend of Yin & Yang would be suitable for human CANsumption?!? I am VERY curious to try theirs as a result. In solemn CANtemplation, I licked my lips & really set off another wave of unrelenting pine. 8=O This ain't for real! Even as a self-avowed, self-described hophead, I began to do the Scooby Doo & shake & shiver. Phew. Okay, I was NOT expecting this! As a general euphoria slowly overtook me, followed by a nice mellowness, I took my time with the remainder of the CAN. Finish was CANtinued hot & dry, but just soooo gooood! I am soooo tired of tropical hops AIPAs & don't even get me started on NEIPAs. This CAN of pine resin was just what the doctor ordered. Or maybe he ordered me to come in because of it. I CAN never keep this stuff straight.

Feb 22, 2018
4.03 by buzzedup from Pennsylvania on Feb 02, 2018
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3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by VoxRationis from New York

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) can into a conical pint glass; batch 2 is the only production information.
A: Pours a cloudy amber color with a robust more than one inch, foamy off-white head, strong, fluffy retention and modest, disorganized lacing.
S: Aromas of caramel, lemon, and spice.
T: Taste follow the nose, which an occasional tropical fruit flavor breaking through. Bitterness understated and balancing well with other flavors.
M: Medium bodied with medium to strong carbonation.
O: A relatively light, refreshing DIPA. Construction does appear designed to be blended into Black and Tan. Cannot wait to see how that comes out.

Jan 28, 2018
Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

It pours amber with about a finger's worth of foam. The aroma is very malty with hardly any hops. Not sure how fresh it was as the only info at the bottom of the can was the word "batch". Not helpful. The taste was once again dominated primarily by malts with some late bitterness. Again no hops to be detected. Mildly carbonated.

Dec 30, 2017
3.5 by AyatollahGold from Indiana on Dec 13, 2017
3.58 by travelguy from Ohio on Nov 30, 2017
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3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Everydayoff from Thailand

12oz bottle poured into a snifter at Hair of the Dog, Bangkok.

Very deep amber orange color, it tops with relatively thin frothy off-white head that stands for a while before sinking to some bubble atop and leaving some lacing patch and spot on the glass-side.

In a nose, it is rich of malt with its toasted bread, biscuit, dough, caramel, toffee, honey, and sweet molasses. Hop also provides notes of fruity citrus, pine, intense peppery spice, and grass. Alcohol is there too with subtle pungent touch.

Hop and malt is quite balance through the palate sensation, it is led by fruity hop with its citrus, pine, resin, pepper, spice, and grass while malt with its bread, biscuit, toasted husk, roasted, caramel, honey, and toffee together with some warming and sweet alcohol. The end and aftertaste is quite lasting with bitterness mostly from hop and partially from roasted and toasted flavor.

Bold and full body with rather smooth mouthfeel and moderate carbonation that is enough to carry all the things well, the finish is dry.

Bold and intense with lots of malt and hop character to make it deep and strong, alcohol is not much hidden here but to your face with real pleasure.

Nov 23, 2017
4 by uncleotis from Illinois on Nov 21, 2017
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4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by rex_4539 from Greece

L: Hazy amber color, one finger white head, messy lacing, good carbonation.

S: Tropical fruits, hops. Nice.

T: Hops, tropical fruits, grapefruit, tangerine, slightly bitter finish.

F: Medium bodied, carbonated mouthfeel. Not easily drinkable.

O: Decent DIPA but not a standout.

Sep 25, 2017
4.09 by Shortbox81 from Washington on Aug 29, 2017
Photo of BB1313
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by BB1313 from Ohio

Batch #2. 12oz can poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy glowing copper with a big chunky off-white head that slowly falls leaving great thick retention and very sticky lacing. The aromas have lots of malts along with some citrus. Lots of orange along with some caramel. The flavors follow the nose. Lots of orange along with some hints of lemon and grapefruit. A nice amount of pine resin. Subtle hints of black pepper. Strong malt backbone with an equally solid bitterness. It's not that sweet at all. It finishes slightly spicy with a mild warmth. Mouthfeel is nice. It's full-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's fluffy, smooth and dangerously drinkable.

This is a solid DIPA. It's malty and bitter. The craftsmanship is on point. It's fun to drink.

Aug 01, 2017
Photo of LAp
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by LAp from Ohio

Pours a burnt orange with a large foamy off-white head. Nose is faintly dank, but biscuity (the malts come through strongly on the nose). Palate opens with the same weed and fresh whole wheat bread. A touch of pine on the back of the palate. Medium mouthfeel.

A brew that will almost certainly make a great ale half of a black and tan, but on its own comes off as a dated, far-too-malty, East Coast IPA.

Jul 31, 2017
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3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by bobv from Vermont

Brewed for Evil Twin Brewing by Dorchester Brewing Company, Boston, MA.
Poured from a 12 ounce can.
Moderate pour yields a one inch plus white head over an amber body with sticky lacing. Nose of tropical fruit, dank pine, and citrus. Taste of dank bitterness and not much else. Good feel and overall? I like the nose, but the flavor is all bitter!

Jul 01, 2017
3.67 by DVMin98 from North Carolina on Jun 30, 2017
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3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

12oz can into a pint glass. " smudged BAT O stamped on the bottom, so no clue as to freshness.

murky orange body, very good creamy foamy head, excellent lacing.

only getting very faint malt on the nose.

malt more powerful than the hops on taste, though both are present. so the balance here is ok in my book.

between medium and full on the mouth, bittersweet on the finish.

overall, given the unhelpful freshness dating, this one may be a bit past its prime. still, it turns out as a well balanced dipa. also of note, the 10.0 abv is dangerously well hidden.

Jun 26, 2017
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by The_Beergery from Singapore

6 month old 12 oz bottle. Upon pouring, it appears a rich amber tone with a good head of white froth with good retention, and which regenerates upon swirling later. The froth releases a breadth of aromas, but for some reason, no specific aromas are distinct over the floral and citrus hops. Tastewise, grapefruit dominates the fruity flavours, but there are a lot of tropical fruits in there as well, as well as some pine and floral flavours. Again, like in the aromas, a lot is going on, but somewhat indistinct. The sweetness of the medium bodied brew is mixed with the intense bitterness which lingers well into the finish.

Jun 06, 2017
3.75 by RMW66 from Australia on May 26, 2017
3.75 by alexsergio from New York on Apr 29, 2017
4.5 by JavierGC from Spain on Apr 27, 2017
Photo of Bruno74200
4.29/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Bruno74200 from France

L - Amber with a big and beautiful white head

S - Pineapple, toffee

T - Big grapefruit bitterness, pineapple, toffee, almost roasted. Herbal

F - Moderate to high carbonation, oily body

O - A real nice offering. A big dipa. Can't wait to try the yin and yang mix

Apr 25, 2017
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3.44/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25
by q33jeff from New Jersey


Cans to snifters, sampling Yin, Yang, and the combination black and tan simultaneously, while trying to achieve a higher state of consciousness.

(%) YIN
LOOK: dark black, pretty tan head that constantly reforms upon agitation.
AROMA: quite light, mineral, roasted malt, slightest touch of coffee.
TASTE: all malt, very simple but tasty.
FEEL: very light and airy, though not completely like a guinness. Was looking for the separation in the black-n-tan, but it just mixed right up with the IPA. Ok carbonation for a stout.

(%) YANG
LOOK: orange with light brown, above average off-white head, lacing lasts throughout a long sip session.
AROMA: light touches of fruit and pine...in a crazy fractal way of looking, the Yang itself has both the YIN (dank/resin/pine/wood) and YANG (fruit/citrus/grass) of the IPA dichotomy.
TASTE: pine, tea, unflavored syrup. Slight little hairspray.
FEEL: light to medium body. Subtle, but above average carbonation.


Like a black IPA.
Nice mix of hoppy and malty.
Hops win out in the aroma, but the malt dominates the flavor.

Cool concept.

Apr 22, 2017
3.94 by Abe_Froman from Massachusetts on Apr 16, 2017
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4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

So apparently the base beer here is OK Black and tan version is Great and the Yin stout is amazing also on all fronts. Appearance is good very epic looking full inch of frothy head atop a very clear deep amber brown. Smell is a bit light but balanced no ethanol smells but no real citrus or fruity hop notes tantalizing the nose. Taste is better than expected good hop to malt profile no biting bitterness and a rounded sweet finish. Body is on par for 10% it is smooth and drinkable. Overall a nice clear Yang to that excellent Yin and together make a pretty tasty black and tan. Overall not sure why it took me so long to try this but for the 4 dollars plus I spent on the single I am not too disappointed.

Apr 13, 2017
3.56 by nmann08 from Virginia on Apr 07, 2017
3.91 by Stofko1992 from Pennsylvania on Mar 26, 2017
3.94 by tbeer40 from New Jersey on Mar 24, 2017
3.75 by dcotom from Iowa on Mar 20, 2017
Photo of Suds
3.42/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Suds from Missouri

My wife bought the Yin and the Yang, to share on a fun evening. We tried, unsuccessfully, to make black and tans. The beers, on their own, though, were worth the try. Yang is a golden hued, caramel-colored liquid with a relatively thin white head. The aroma is of hops and booze, and the taste is intense, but a little one-dimensional. A bit of fruit, some malt, and bitterness, but not really a depth of complexity. Full in body and warming. Just okay.

Mar 05, 2017
3.6 by Mikexw from New York on Feb 17, 2017
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3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Bombelsky from Poland

12 FL. OZ. 10% bottle poured into a tulip glass. Hazy golden color with frothy, three fingers tall off white foam. Excellent lacing. Aroma is dominated by sweet malts and plenty of fruity hops, mainly apricots. There is some toasted bread and honey. Some floral hops. Flavor follows aroma. Long lasting, heavy sweetness balanced with pleasant amount of bitterness. Medium body, oily texture, average carbonation and some spiciness best describe a mouth feel. Long dry finish.

It is a very, very tasty beer. Alcohol is well covered so be careful with that one. Missing some IBU in my opinion. I love malty characters of imperial IPA's, but in this case some more bitterness would be welcomed.

Feb 10, 2017
3.69 by Timtac from New Jersey on Feb 01, 2017
3.81 by MykeJ from Minnesota on Jan 27, 2017
3.84 by Rilesmiles from Wisconsin on Jan 07, 2017
2.46 by YvesB from Belgium on Dec 31, 2016
3.73 by AJmon13 from Ohio on Dec 22, 2016
3.58 by Molson2000 from Canada (ON) on Oct 24, 2016
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