Evil Twin Brewing

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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #3,773
Ranked #19,853
3.84 | pDev: 11.46%
Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States
Very Good
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Photo of woodychandler
4.34/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of VoxRationis
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of Everydayoff
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of rex_4539
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of BB1313
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of LAp
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of bobv
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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!

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Photo of MikeWard
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of The_Beergery
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.29/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

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Photo of q33jeff
3.44/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25


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.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Suds
3.42/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Bombelsky
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of BWood
3.46/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Dark orange and hazy. Almost a Amber look.

Smell is nice. Nice floral character.

Taste is bitter with a decent hop profile.

Feel is syrupy. So so.

Ok DIPA. I think it would have been better if I had it colder.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.13/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Four-pack copped from Bottle King. After much touting, I was rather disappointed by this brew. Needless to say the high ABV gets in the way of drinkability, and the alcohol is certainly detectable, not very well hidden. Strong malt backbone makes this beer impart something of a slight caramel flavor. Not a huge fan.

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Photo of josanguapo
4.26/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From 32GP. In Teku glass. Watchin Los Soprano 1x07-08. Great DIPA. Lots of fruityness with the adequate amount of bitterness, just what I expected. Very pleasant in mouth. Dangerously drinkable

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a Savor snifter.

Pours a clear amber color with a full finger of foam that laces the glass as it recedes. Aroma has a nice biting hoppiness to it, but the smell doesn't permeate the room like some hop bombs do. Also detecting some alcohol heat in the nose.

First sip has a familiar rush of floral hoppy flavor with a very long, lingering bitter finish. This beer doesn't hold back on the IBUs, but it comes off a touch harsh and a touch hot. This could maybe use some more body or something to keep the aftertaste in line.

A serviceable IIPA, but a bit too boozy and harshly bitter.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle, pours a hazey Amber with a small white head that laces glass well.Aroma mango, pineapple, tropical fruits, pine, grapefruit. Taste sweetness, grapefruit, citrus, malt, very bitter. Very nice.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into IPA glass. It pours a clear orange-amber with a one-finger milk-white head and lacing. It has a nice dank smell with an aroma of tangerine, pine, and hops. You can really taste the tangerine/orange peel. It begins quite sweet and fruity but ends with a lot of hoppy bitterness. It's a really nice balance of sweet and bitter. It's a medium-bodied ale with moderate carbonation and it hides its 10% ABV quite well. Overall, it's a well-crafted and enjoyable IPA. Like Yin, it's not as good as some of its famous competitors but it is solid and worth trying.

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Photo of HotDogBikeRide
4.59/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle dated "302-15", dark gold with a white foamy head, smell was really dank right from the pour suggesting something unique, but settled down just as the taste reflects. Some malt, citrus, and quite a bit of hoppy resin to finish the gulp, leaving a dark sour tone on the back of the tongue. Nice! Actually turned out to be quite a nice change of pace and nicely represented a well thought out balance between the different attributes. A genuinely good, strong, drinkable beer.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This double IPA falls with the tangerine citrus end of the spectrum, with a kind of black tea, biscuit thing going on. It reminds me a bit too much of an amber ale in flavor profile so I'm not likely to want more than a serving of it. The booze comes across a bit strong in the bitterness, as if I had a shot of vodka not too long ago. I was hoping I'd like this more. I certainly like the concepts, marketing and the design of the brewery.

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Photo of Wasu
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice smell of orange peel but the taste is too bitter for me. Aftertaste is also very bitter and it stays for quite some time. This level of IBU is not my type.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy dark amber color with beige head. Aroma is malty with some dank hops. Taste is malty and sweet at first but gets dank and bitter towards the finish. Long, bitter aftertaste. Alcohol is quite present. Not bad but definitely not my style of IPA.

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Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 901 ratings