Yang | Evil Twin Brewing

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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 Sammy
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasty DIPA worth trying. A great foamy head, lacey. Pine, Honey dew, fruit and complex tastes. Average mouthfeel, not a big malt bill.Well carbonated. Very good drinkability. A good introduction to this this "new brewer".Liam's bottle from NYC.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: minimal head to speak of on a hazy amber with crimson hues body.

S: malty but very boozy with mild hops.

T: fairly malty with caramel and toasted malts. Hops are mostly candied fruits and sOme floral notes.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: malt forward IPA. fairly sweet. Not too memorable.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

another high alcohol hop bomb from the evil twin crew. this its a monster of an ipa, pours a thick sticky honey color with not much head, patchy lacing is really all, despite a rather aggressive pour. the nose is dank and in the west coast style, with more oily sticky hop presence. I smell some sweetness too, but somehow its a hoppy sweetness. the flavor is real bold and heavy hops, but they don't seem particularly unique to me. not sure the varietals here, but nothing stands out as fruity or piney or any other common hop family descriptor. some honey type sugars in the finish, and of course quite a bit of booze, especially once it hits room temp. a four pack provides about two appropriate servings. this stands out to me as an art form than some of the other evil twin beers, perhaps because of how heavy it is, thick almost, and a bit laborious to consume. still, excellent mix of flavors and a worthy buy for the lover of big hop beers.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 2/14/13.

Pours a hazy honey orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, grapefruit juice, and alcohol. Taste is much the same with caramel and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a high amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good that is tasty but strong and very bitter.

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Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Knapp85
4.11/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this one right before having the Yang. The pour was a murky copper color with a really good head on it. The lacing was very sticky and coated the glass really well with each sip. The smell was pretty hoppy and had some sweetness to it also. The taste was very good in my opinion. Lots of hops and some other flavors going on in there that i wasn't really sure of. I felt that it worked together though. The mouthfeel was on the thicker side and had a pretty nice oily feel to it. This beer was more enjoyable than the Yang in my opinion. I found that mixing them together is pretty good but I'd rather just have this IPA on its own.

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Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of nmann08
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of metter98
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is a deep shade of amber in color and clear with no visible carbonation. It poured with a thick ring of beige bubbles and some delicate lacing covering the surface.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of caramel malts and citrusy hops in the nose.
T: The hops contribute a moderate amount of bitterness and flavors of grapefruit to the taste, which also has some hints of malty sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is quite malty and tastes strong, but most of the alcohol is well hidden. There’s nothing overly special about the beer when it is tasted individually but it pairs very well when mixed in with the Evil Twin Yang, adding a nice amount of bitterness to the stout.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of biboergosum
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle - still have no idea what the hell 'taiji' is.

This beer pours a rather hazy, muddled bronzed amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and ebulliently bubbly off-white head, which leaves some pleasant randomly webbed lace around the glass as things duly recede.

It smells of sweet, sugary caramel and toffee malt, almost equally saccharine citrusy orange, grapefruit, and pineapple fruit, a twinge of biscuity breadiness, a touch of white pepper, and further herbal, leafy hops. The taste is acrid citrus fruit pith - the usual suspects, bereft of their sugary fruitiness at first, gritty, grainy, and bready caramel malt, a weirdly subsequent Belgian candi sugar sweetness, some middling earthy honey notes, the ironic recently-cut green onions of my still simmering Kung Pao dinner, and further musty, dank herbal hops.

The bubbles are rather understated, and barely perceptible after a wee spell, the body medium-light in weight, and surprisingly smooth, in an undisturbed by the expected alcohol and hops dirge manner. It finishes actually off-dry, the complexly sugared malt still generally in charge, but at the behest of the sassy citrusy, herbal hops.

A pleasantly quaffable DIPA, the hops heady and worthy, no doubt, but restrained enough to allow for circumspection without immediate overbearance. I didn't actually have this with the Yin - that one was many moons ago - but given recent introspection on the matter, that may not be the best of ideas. At any rate, a stellar strong IPA, the hops and malt duly present, and quite flavourful.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

If IPA's are supposed to the beer most lopsided type of beer where balance is concerned, then this beer does its part by propelling hop bitterness and suppressing malt sweetness like very few have. Evil Twin really knows how to make a hoppy beer.

Yang pours with a dense visual texture- coppery-amber hues are heavily hazed and is a testament to the beer's unadulterated, unfiltered character. A thick blanket of foam rises to top the beer like meringue. Ivory white in its color, the beer shows tremendous staying power and laces with well defined rings with each sip.

Deep aromas of citrus fruit, tropical fruit, and botanical herbs create a highly floral bouquet that dances upon a caramelly, biscuity, malty stage. A tinge of alcohol tickles the nose and then fades back into the sharp hop notes.

Malt sweetness rushes onto the tongue to buffer it from the massive hop flavors to come. Understated firmness of biscuit malt, honey, and caramel provides the supple support for more aggressive flavors of grapefruit peels, orange zest, fresh cut grass, chives, and light cannabis to pierce the malts and gain command of the overall flavors. More mellow pineapple and melon flavors follow along with the growing bitterness that leads to a heavy pith and resin intensity that grips the back of the throat. Alcohol flavors hide behind the hops and sparsely shows its strength- dangerous for the beer's drinkability.

Again, the firm malt underpinnings show a stern creamy weight in mouthfeel as well. But like in taste, the malt structures soon quiver and fall apart- leaving the strong drying compounds of hops to refresh the palate and provide a high rate of drinkability. Warm but not hot, the beer concludes with mild leaf astringency and an echo of caramel and bread.

The long lingering bitterness begins to showcase the hops more like classic American IPA, but with its elevated strength, this hoppy side of karma is ideal for an Imperial Black & Tan.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap acquired at Wally's Wine in Westwood, California, and served into an EKU 28 snifter in low altitude Los Angeles, California. I purchased three of these bottles; one to try now/fresh, one to try aged, and one to try aged as part of a so-called "black and tan" (though please never go about using that term in the auld country). Reviewed live.

Best before date: 2015. No bottled on date.

I loved the Evil Twin Yin when I had it on draught in Rome, so my expectations are very high for this beer even though it's in a style that I find is often brewed without regard for balance.

Not paired with food. Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm during consumption.

A: Pours a half finger head of fair cream, good thickness, and bad retention - though the high ABV makes this excusable, particularly out of a snifter. Colour is a nontransparent (but not opaque) caramel-amber. Looks a bit like a quad actually; that's unexpected. Very appealing for the style. Not the usual bright yellow fare.

Sm: Quite hoppy, but not overly so. The bitterness doesn't come through anywhere near as much as the floral quality does. Chestnut. Amber hops. Fruit esters (mostly bright, but some dark). Maybe cherrywood. Raspberry and cherry. Some cream. A very pleasant, inviting, live aroma. I think this is going to be something special. Mild to moderate in strength.

T: Nowhere near as much hop character as expected, through it is present from the midpoint through the finish, and particularly on the climax. The chestnut and berry esters come through quite a bit, complemented by cream and perhaps cherrywood. Structurally quite imbalanced, with the bulk of the flavour after the 1st act (and much of it delayed until beyond the midpoint). The open is quite empty, with maybe a very light hint of vinegar. The open is also quite brief, and zips by straight to the second act. The effect is bit jarring. I like it, but it doesn't fulfill the promise of the aroma. Built quite strangely for the style, but nicely nonetheless. No real layering.

Mf: Smooth and wet, suiting the flavours generally. It's a bit too wet and slick, allowing the flavours to slide down too quickly. I want more of a chance to enjoy them. Too thin. More coarseness would be ideal. A bit undercarbonated actually - which doesn't bode well for aging. Maybe I'll handwax it.

Dr: Very drinkable for the style. Nowhere near as hoppy as you might expect - especially for an IPA that can purportedly age well for three years. It pales in comparison to the yin; I'd like to try the black and tan however. I'd definitely try this on draught; I imagine it'd be best that way. My expectations weren't met, but it's still an enjoyable little brew. Fans of the style should definitely give this one a go. The alcohol is extraordinarily well hidden; I'd say it's 6.5-7.0% tops in terms of feel.

She drank just grand out of me snifter. I'd say a snifter or tumbler is probably ideal for this beer. I wouldn't go with an oversized wine glass. A tulip would do in a pinch just grand like.


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Photo of oline73
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a mostly clear reddish amber with a half finger of fluffy off white head that fades to a thin layer on top of the pour.

Smell: This is a very sweet smelling beer. Citrus hops with some apricot and grapefruit peel. There is a strong malt presence with some brown sugar and dark fruit. Mild warming alcohol in there as well.

Taste: Sweet malt hits you first. Some date/raisin notes as well as brown sugar. The hops show up shortly after and add citrus peel and fruit notes. There is a strong bitterness in the finish along with some alcohol.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thick side and a bit syrupy. The carbonation is very smooth with a slick finish.

Overall: This is an intense beer. The finish is really bitter and biting. I still enjoyed it, but I'm not sure that I would want another.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 12/13/2013. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy deep orange copper color with a 2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big tangerine, grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, floral, grass, pine, caramel, biscuit, light toffee, and floral earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity of juicy citrus hops and nearly balanced malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, pineapple, orange peel, citrus rind, pine, floral, grass, caramel, biscuit, light toffee, and floral/grassy earthiness. Sizable pine/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, pineapple, citrus rind, pine resin, caramel, biscuit, light toffee, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity of juicy citrus/pine hops with moderate malt sweetness; with a very crisp malt/bitterness balance and some lightly cloying pine resin bitterness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a lightly slick, crisp, and very sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice DIPA. All around good complexity of citrus/pine hops and moderate malt sweetness; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of zeff80
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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

A: Pours a crystal clear golden amber with minimal head - though the little head present is made up of very large bubbles and just off white. There is no visible carbonation in the beer.

S: Aromas of caramel malts and citrus hops, not as bold of a nose as I might have liked but quite pleasant.

T: Flavors of malty sweetness, caramel, grapefruit, slight amounts of alcohol, and a moderate bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with average amounts of carbonation and some crispness.

O: Not the easiest DIPA to drink, the beer tastes real strong.

Note: I did mix a black and tan with about the last third of the bottle, combining it with the Evil Twin Yin as recommended by the brewers. Once combined, the black and tan is very well balanced and better than either beer on it's own.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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