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Evil Twin YangEvil Twin Yang

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Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by rfgetz on 04-22-2011

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Photo of Rhynes2
4.92/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Im a total hop head and this beer is one of the best DIPA's i have had the chance to try. Pours a deep golden color with al alright head. Smell is very centered around pine with some nice malt sweetness on the nose. Very nice caramel flavor and it probably wins as best caramel flavor in a beer i have ever had. I will be returning for this beer for sure if i can get my hands on it.

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4.65/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served On tap.Oversized glass.Enjoyed on jun´11.Pours orangish amber in color.Chill haze.Off white small bubbled froth.Crown is creamy & lasting.Large lacings on sides.Mildy malty aroma,sweet malt hues,estery notes -ripe plums & strawberries- & resiny hops to the nose.Sweet bitter flavor with an slightly fruity touch masking hops. Creamy & buttery mouthfeel.Flavorful body, moderate carbonation.Piney & woody aftertaste.High ABV not warming at all remains well hidden.Two great partners in conjuction to create a big one!

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Photo of GrumD
4.6/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a small head and some fine lacing. Has a hazy appearance and big citrus hops on the nose. The taste is orange-like with a lingering dry finish. The malts are not lost here but this is a hophead beer that wins.

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

12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a hazy copper color with a half finger head and some lacing.

S: Citrus hops along with some sweet bready malts to balance it out. A hint of alcohol.

T: Very much like the nose with some caramel flavors as well. Hides the alcohol well.

M: Medium to heavy bodied with good carbonation. Smooth!

O: I enjoyed this beer quite a bit. It's my first Evil Twin brew, and I'm definitely satisfied. It almost tastes like an Oak Aged Double IPA. Nice balance and flavor.

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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 sk8man121
4.54/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2 oz pour into tasting glass. The rest made it into the suggested "black and tan."

A: Pours a brilliant translucent copper with bright apricot highlights. 1-finger head settles quickly and leaves a bit of creamy lacing.

S: Tons of melon, grapefruit, honey and citrus. A small amount of mint comes through in the tail. Whatever the hop bill on this is, it's beautiful.

T: Lush melon up front, followed by citrus and strawberry. Honey and an extremely bitter hop flavor dominate the middle and end of this. Very sweet, as well.

M: Mild carbonation, yet very thick and resinous.

O: On its own, I liked this a bit better than the "Yin," although the blended combo is fantastic.

A solid standalone IPA, but blend em' up!

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Photo of Mar02x
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had the opportunity to buy this beer in Germany.

A - A brown orange haze is looking at me through the glass as a hat it wears an orange, white and yellow tainted foam. Or does this sound i had to many beer, :)

S - A lemon-grass field with some flowers andpine trees along the edges.

T - There is an unexpected mango and pineapple flavor in the taste, very nice and superbly done. Sweet and bitter too.

M - Medium carbonation, the bitter finish is a bit to strong and almost murky.

O - A superb imperial IPA, a truly lovely taste.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.49/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Delirium Tremens snifter.

A- Pours a medium brown color with very little light coming through that has a full finger of off-white head retaining decently enough before resting at an 1/8 inch ring around the glass, sticky lacing and nice-looking surface foam.

S- Smells very herbal, like strong tea. There's also a sweetness to go along with the pungent hop aroma.

T- Tastes like a lot of other European Breweries' IPAs I've had (Nogne, Mikkeller, Norrebro to name a few), only I think this is stronger than the ones I've imbibed before and can hardly tell. The hops have a quality of freshness and power that I love with a strong malt base to boot. Yes it has a kick to it, but doesn't deter one from continuing to drink.

M- Doesn't come off as dry as expected. Medium carbonation. Ample body.

O- I don't know if it's the hops they're using, but it's obvious the Northern European breweries are becoming forces to be reckoned with on the beer scene.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is seriously hoppy with just a hint of sour citrus, a mix of orange and grapefruit. It pours a nice clear coppery brown with a respectable off-white head. Flavor is very hoppy, with a firm undertone of grapefruit that has a touch of orange; bitterness is minimal, and there is more than a whisper of fruity sweetness. There is also a bit of maltiness. Texture is quite fizzy and lively, while finish is hoppy and a little fruity.

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Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.46/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Pours a very dark clear orange amber color with a nice off-white head and thick, wet lacing that quickly slides down the glass.

Smell – There’s a sweet maltiness here, which I really like. Has a light pine and lemon scent; not overdone like many California DIPAs. Some floral notes with a touch of honey.

Taste – Really malty, with pine, honey and a hops. I like that this doesn’t have an overpowering hoppiness to it.

Mouthfeel – Medium carbonation, some bitterness, and smooth. Somewhat creamy for an IPA. The 10% abv is amazingly well hidden.

Drinkability – One of the better IPAs I’ve had. Not overly hoppy, with a touch of malt that definitely works. It's not your typical DIPA, so I think that hurts the score a little. But I think it's very good.

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Photo of ferrari29
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer poured from bottle into Dogfish Head pint shaped glass

A - Beer pours with a golden colored body; small amount of head formed; head held very well; solid body in appearance

S - Very citrus and hop centric in scents; pine; hop notes come up from a mile away, very prevalent; grapefruit sour notes; touch of pleasant nice citrus aromas at the start of the whiff; fruity

T - Citrus; hop; pine; subtle hints of caramel; fantastic IPA flavor; stingy at times

M - Bitter back-end; hop sweetness & overwhelming deep hop flavors; rich IPA flavor overwhelming the taste buds

D - Part of Ying & Yang; great blend; so good, you can have alone or together; the other half of the Ying; fantastic blend of two great brews

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Photo of Amalak
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Extremely cloudy gold with some sediment. There's a nice foamy white head with some lacing. Very nice, strong hoppy and wheat scent to it.

Orange and lemon mixture. Very unique. There's almost like a floor cleaner taste to it...but in a good way. Some bitterness and a mild floral. It almost feels like there's rye in there. Extremely complex.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

OK, I bought a bottle of Yin and one of Yang. I will try them separately and then together, but I am thinking separate will be the better.

It's a huge brew, but not too thick. It pours like it knows that it has a ton of ingredients in it. Hops, of course, but tons of malt too. The color is typical as is the aroma for a huge double (triple?).

The taste is right where it should be. It is over the top hoppy yet full of malts to "balance" it. It can handle the malt nicely. You will not forget that you are drinking a monster brew. The booze is prominent in the taste and the aftertaste.

This is worth buying again.

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Photo of smcolw
4.39/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Good head from the bar pour (into a tulip glass). Great ring lace that leaves a blanket in many areas. Cloudy liquid with a dark amber/light brown color (light passes through easily).

Very well-balanced for the style. The use of crystal malt is evident in the nose. While the hop is certainly present, it does not dominate.

Quite sweet but still holds true to its IPA roots. It is not sugary; it's just that the malt really stands out. The bitterness comes through late--well after the swallow. The aftertaste certainly demonstrates the hop presence, lasting a very long time. In a word: Complex. The body and carbonation are true to what one would expect.

This could easily be one of my "desert island" beers.

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Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
4.39/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

APPEARANCE - 1FH that lasts, light, foamy, lacing, hazy.

AROMA/SCENT - Hops, citrus, pine, a little sweet

TASTE - Hops, very bitter, pine.

MOUTHFEEL/PALATE/TEXTURE - Dry smooth, long-lingering, astringent, acidic.

VALUE - $10 for a 12-oz pour. Pricey.

OVERALL/DRINKABILITY - I've never been a fan of Evil Twin, but I found this quite drinkable, with no annoying stunt additions.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on-tap and served in a chalice, the beer pours a deep, dark copper-brown color with a thick, tall, heavy, off-white head that settles into a half-inch, small bubbled head. There is a heavy aroma of sweet malt and spicy hops highlights. There is a slight citrus highlight, also. The flavors are sweet molasses initially, with hops spice all around it. The beer is extremely smooth and light, with a good level of carbonation for the body and style. There is a citrus sweetness, and an almost buttery character, in the aftertaste, with a slick, smooth, and clean finish. Extremely tasty!

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Photo of kscaldef
4.36/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Very small head when poured into a tulip, rapidly dissipating. Very nice copper color

S: Sticky, piney, citrusy hops. Some pineapple. Hiding under all the hops, a little bready contribution from the malts.

T: Pineapple hits first, then citrus. Great hops flavor with a nice balanced sweetness.

M: Good carbonation, medium body. Long, slightly sticky, linger.

O: Very tasty, best IIPA I've had recently.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a one finger off-white head that fades quickly to a ring leaving a good lace. Cloudy amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Light grapefruit hop nose and flavor has enough caramel to offset the grapefruit hops. Decent Imp IPA. High ABV is hidden. Could have waited until 2015 for this but its very good now. $7.70 for a 330ml bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

Update 9/2013 12oz bottle brewed in Stratford, CT, seems to have more grapefruit and less caramel. and it is $4.99 from Julio's Liquors Westborough, MA.

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Photo of Tone
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy, brown color. One inch head of an off-tan color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of citrus hops, sweet malt, hint of floral, hint of grass, slight roasted malt, alcohol, hint of pale malt, and a hint of citrus. Fits the style of an Imperial IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and creamy, with an average carbonation level. There is also a noticeable bitterness. Tastes of alcohol, sweet malt, slight roasted malt, slight caramel malt, slight citrus, citrus hops, and a hint of floral hops. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, blend, and feel.

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Photo of flyingpig
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy, bright orange to red colour with some sediment in the glass and a thin, wavy foam head.

Tropical fruit aroma up front and closely followed by some pine and grapefruit with touches of citrus, orange and from right out of left field, a little caramel as well. Hops, spice and alcohol and closed out with some subtle malts.

Tropical fruits, apricot and orange mixed with a background alcohol taste and a lot of spice to begin with. There is a good hop character and lots of pine and grapefruit flavours along with some caramel and peach.

Full bodied and smooth with a nice alcohol burn and a fruity, sweet bitterness and creamy, slightly bitter finish and a good balance.

This one was an excellent beer with a lot of depth and character and ended up being a lot easier to drink than I would have imagined. It was definitely a strong beer although I didn't think it felt like a 10% one with at least some of the alcohol hidden and there being a good balance between flavours.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.34/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden color with Amber and orange tones. A cream lace retains throughout.
An ever present but not explosive aroma of tropical fruit, mango, pineapple and light citrus, is present in the nose. Then I detect a strong cracker malt aroma which alternates with the fruit throughout. I also detect a strong presence of,oily hops.
This is an intense tasting brew that bursts with flavors that could be too much for the faint of heart. As for me, I loved the taste. I would describe it as malt forward at times, with a sweet caramel feel. The tropical fruits, which feel like they have been soaked in alcohol, are also present. It is almost cloyingly sweet. However, this is balanced just in time by the hops. Thus, I could also describe this as a hop bomb; it is leafy, piney, resiny, and is really felt in the dry finish that leaves a lingering hops aftertaste.
The feel is medium to full bodied. Creamy, oily and chewy at the same time.

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Photo of Oxymoron
4.31/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a orangy color with good clarity and a soft white head. Good retention and ok lacing through out the tasting.

Hop forward aroma with good west coast citrus and orange notes. Minor pineapple and herbal notes. Some caramel notes from the grain. Light yeast note that is a touch distracting.

Flavor is right on par with a good hop note. The citrus and orange really come out with more grapefruit flavors. Bitterness has a nice balance and lingers into the finish. There is an odd caramel note on the back end but overall great balance.

The body is moderate with a good carbonation backing. Some astringency from the hops that linger. Overall a really nice DIPA.

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Photo of shand
4.29/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a nonic. Half drank for review, other half drank as a black and tan with Yin.

This brew pours a fairly deep hazy amber with a finger of head that retains and laces well. Aroma is huge grapefruit, piney hops, and tropical fruits. Just like I like my DIPAs. The taste here is just a smooth, enjoyable DIPA. There's a nice grapefruit and hop assault, the aftertaste is full of hop resin and a bit of pineyness. Not much of a malt presence beyond a bit of a caramel consistancy. Alcohol is present, but welcome. The mouthfeel is nice and coating, and the drinkability is quite good for the ABV. A great DIPA, but really doesn't live up to the price point.

Review for Taiji Black and Tan:


This one pours a perfect Black & Tan separation, with the stout perfectly floating on top of the DIPA base. The aroma primarily features the DIPA aspects, with the huge grapefruit and hops sitting on top of a solid roasted malt base. The taste here is easily the best Black & Tan I've ever had. This is seriously good, with the very strong roastiness and hoppiness blending together into a singular amount of deliciousness. The aftertaste is a delicious piney hoppiness over some burnt malts and coffee.Almost makes me wish I just drank both bottles as a Black & Tan, because the sum of the parts here is definitely greater than the whole. The mouthfeel almost feels thicker than either of the parts were by themselves. The drinkability? Superb. Overall, this was really a delicious treat. Any fan of Black & Tans and extreme beer really owes themselves to try this blend.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass.

A real nice creamy off caramel yellow colored head sits with a really nice cloudy amber orange. Quite nice looking.

Nose is juicy orange citrus, airy apricot, sense of fresh squeezed orange juice. Real nice.

Taste on the palate is really bringing the nose notes nicely. Orange juicy hop, mellow bitterness on the finish. A real nice caramel creamy malty action in the mid palate. Body is big and bold but not an alcohol bomb or syrupy sweet.

Overall really also in control and enjoyable. A great controlled and sweet density between juicy hop citrus and malt sugar rush. Really liked this one.

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Photo of zac16125
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

8 oz pour from a bottle into a snifter
Bottled on: 3/13/13

A: Pours a dark caramel color with reddish hues. 1/2 a fingers width of tan head builds then quickly fades. Leaves only the faintest hints of lacing.

S: Dank resinous hops, sappy pine, citrus rind. Malt sweetness to balance it out, and some booze to add to the complexity. I'm surprised by how great this smells. Love the aroma.

T: Malty, boozy. Hops take a back seat, which was not the case in the aroma (but may be partially due to the age, although at 2 months its not that old). I also get burnt sugar, piney hop bitterness, and citrus rind. This is really booze, although being a fan of boozy beers I actually like it. More of an American Barley than DIPA in my opinion, or reminiscent of a not as good version of DFH 120. That being said I actually really dig it.

M/D: Full bodied, not necessarily thick, and def not syrupy. Carbonation on the higher end. ABV is certainly noticeable but I think it adds nicely to the beers complexity. Drinkability is good.

O: Overall, Im a big fan of this one. Its not the typical DIPA, but if you like big, bold, boozy beers you will be a fan of this one. Now that its available in 4 packs (at less than half the price of the old singles!) I will def look to purchase this one again.

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