Evil Twin Yang | Evil Twin Brewing

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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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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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Photo of leadpaint76
2.86/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My rating is low because this beer is 225 days old. It is not Evil Twin's fault but I am rating the beer I am drinking. This is horrible malt bomb with very off flavors. Evil Twin makes good stuff I will update when I get a fresh bottle. Have a great day my friends.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Normal look to an imperial with good head. Carmel malty piney smell. Very floral hoppy malty well balanced. Medium body with a well carbonation. Fantastic beer!

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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 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 HipCzech
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Serving: 12 oz bottle poured into a 9 oz Libbey Embassy snifter.

Appearance: Clear, pale amber with a froth of khaki foam; sparing lace.

Smell: Burnt caramel, peach, citrus zest, pine.

Taste: Lean malty backbone with pine, citrus and peppery hop notes. Bracingly bitter; slight alcoholic heat.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, lively carbonation.

Overall: Boozy and bitter Imperial IPA.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.42/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a half finger of head on a hazy straw body.
The aroma is boozy hay in a barn. Interesting.
The taste is a punch of lemon bitterness and malty sweetness all at once and together. Finishes with a bit of alcohol heat.
The texture is thicker.
It's an imperial pale ale for sure.

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Photo of drmeto
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

-pours a hazy amber with a big,frothy,offwhite head
-medium carbonation visible
-lots of floating particles
-long-lingering, almost cloying bitterniss
-medium carbonation
-medium to full body
-alcohol warmth
Good DIPA, but nothing more

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Photo of aquazr1
3.51/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle served in a tulip. Pours a dark amber color. Nose is somewhat lacking. I pick up the sweetness of the malts more than anything else. The taste confirms that this is very malt forward. Not bad, but not my style.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Fills a B-United Tiku with a hazy copper-orange glow (SRM 12-14), while modest lacing is deposited after the thick, long lasting, creamy, sherbet-orange head has departed.

Clams? Wow that was unexpected, and unwelcome. Some grapefruit is present, only after forcing the search. As the shack wares off, one detects some grassy aromas.

Clean citrus lemon/lime, with some caramel and a quick modest finish. Bitterness is well below the expectations of an IIPA, but does rally for a token appearance in the finish.

The body is light to medium with high alcohol presence, yet short of my expectations from a 10% beer. Light carbonation adds to the silky texture.

This was rather underwhelming for a spectacular, cool September afternoon. I enjoyed it with a sublime live harp performance out on the deck.

I enjoyed Yin & Yang separately via a side-by-side comparison, then as a Black-&-Tan. What follows are notes as the Black & Tan:

- Tremendous side-by-side long lasting creamy heads above black and copper in a Pretentious Beer ½-n-½ glass.
- Clamminess of Yang is eliminated, allowing the hops to show.
- Alcohol mellows out, while the bitterness is cleaned-up. Sweetness emerges, along with citrus over a light roasted flavor.
- Creamy, with light carbonation and more balanced alcohol.
- As a tandem Yin & Yang is undoubtedly improved. Still not something to rave about, but the experiment produced dramatic and positive results.

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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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