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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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Reviews: 160 | Ratings: 865
Photo of GarthT
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Deep tawny gold with shallow head

S: Citrus and tropical fruit, not overly forward

T: Great balance between bitter and sweet

M: Fairly clean but though alcohol does come through faintly

O: Surprisingly drinkable given the ABV, could easily have had another.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.2/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Pours hazy reddish gold with a big rocky off white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is piney grapefruity hops with sweet caramel malt.

The flavor is sweet sugary caramel malts with fruity hops that have a pretty harsh bitter aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and a bit watery.

Overall, an OK sweet and fruity DIPA, but it's a bit watery with a harsh aftertaste.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
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 Treyliff
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A- poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy dark ruby color with a two-finger foamy off-white head with decent retention, leaving behind a few small patches of lace

S- The nose it a bit more sweet than a typical DIPA with some sugary caramel notes. The hops are herbal and peppery, with some pine and citrus peel

T- The sweetness follows in flavor as well, with candy-like sugar with some caramel. Hops kick in around mid-palate with some herbal, piney and floral flavors. Sweet finish with a long hop linger

M- Medium-heavy body with moderate carbonation, the mouthfeel is pure silky cream and finishes velvety and smooth. ABV is hidden quite nicely among the big mouthfeel, just a touch of alcohol warmth on the finish

O- Sweeter than expected, which is uncommon for this style. It actually makes is seem somewhat 'balanced' if that is even possible with this style. However the sweetness makes it a bit hard to finish

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy orange from bottle dated 2/14/13 with a one finger fluffy head. Aroma if lots of grapefruit and caramel malts, maybe a bit of orange peel. Bitter pine up front fades into bitter grapefruit. A lingering pine on the palate. Medium to heavy slick mouthfeel. Medium plus carbonation. A nice example of the style, with lots of bitter.

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Photo of ONUMello
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, bottled 3/12/13 (in CT, not imported) poured into a tulip
A: Light brown with a two-finger head
S: Hay & malt up front with some candied citrus & dried pine sap underneath
T: Just the opposite of the nose. Candied orange peel first, then pine, with malt & florals coming through later. Fairly long finish
M: Medium-bodied, a bit viscous but not overly alcoholic
O: Solid DIPA, very good but not in my top 10
I tried the Black & Tan with the Yin but I think the beers are better on their own

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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 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 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 StonedTrippin
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
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 Axnjxn
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle 5/8/13 bottling date into a snifter.

pours a copper color with a nice head. appropriate and typical ipa pour. the smell is of grapefruit / citrus fruits with a good amount of hops, but not overwhelmingly so. taste is also full of grapefruit and citrus, ends dry and quite bitter. no sweetness at all to this IPA. drinkability is alright, real bitter so you know what youre getting into to. full bodied.

overall a good IPA, not great.

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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 BlurryVisi0n
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served in a snifter glass.

Appearance: Slight hazy body due to the heavy bubbles comin off amber with a white head riding I maybe 1/2" off the body.

Smell: floral scent that is very pleasing. It's strong but leaves you hanging a bit wanting a little more.

Taste: Oh so bitter, strong woody and piney feel with a mess hops that is very very strong. As I get towards the end of the glass and the beer warms up that is when you will really like it at its best.

Mouth: Without a doubt heavy carbonation. I do give this brew respect with its subtle stickiness.

Overall: I took chance on this brewery and beer and there is definitely room for improvement. I mean it was good but there is so much out there considering how you're paying per bottle or 4-pack that you buy. I will give some of Eviltwin's other DIPAs a shot, because I know there's potential. Salud!

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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 sleazo
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Torst

A_hazy orange brown with an off white fluffy head. Lacing is very good

S_Orange peels and pine cones coming in strong

T_Sweet caramel malt is the first sensation upon sipping followed by an intense wave of piney bitterness. This lingers for quite a bit and also leaves a bit of citrus on the tongue. The sweetness up front is a good counterpoint to the very intense hop bitterness

M_viscous body as can be expected by the abv and style but with a very aggressive carbonation to avoid leaving the stickyness in the mouth.

O_Very hoppy, well balanced and good overall. I haven't been drinking double iPas much recently but this is a well constructed one

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Arrives a cloudy, dark honey/amber color. No head to speak of, just the faintest of rings, off white in color.
Smell is citrus and evergreen hops, light malt and very little else. Complex? No. Well balanced? Oh, yeah.
Taste is citrus, evergreen/pine, fresh wood, and malt. Again, well balanced but not overly complex.
Medium bodied, medium effervescence up front but drops away quickly. Warming decently but not as sweet, smooth or warming as most Dips. Would have gotten. 5 more on most ratings if it had been. Still beats a regular IP, though.

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Photo of MacQ32
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours a great amber/orange (quite reddish) with 2 fingers of light caramel colored head, decent retention, absolutely fantastic lacing.

S - Can literally smell the sweet malts from ~3 feet away as the beer sits in front of me for a few minutes. Lots of sweet caramel malts, orange/pineapple grapefruit citrus. Smells great

T - Lots of bitter resinous hops up front, the sweet malts make a split second appearance before the citrusy deliciousness kicks in. Finish and aftertaste is astrigent alcohol and bitter hops. Definitely a palate wrecker. Spicey/very peppery at the finish.

M - Lighter bodied, good carbonation, quite drinkable, its really just the bite that holds me back a wee bit.

O - I feel bad, I may have wrecked my dog's palate with this one. We'll see how she enjoys the molotav cocktail afterwards. Tasty but super overpowering at the finish.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled March 2013. Opened August 2013.

A - Nice looking off-white, yellowed paper head with nice retention and lace. Beautiful tangerine body.

S - Deep, herbal hop with an earthy and marmalade sweet overtones. Touch of booze as it warms.

T - Sweet caramel and bread crust center, with a clean, earthy herbal hop finish.

M - Smooth and thick.

O - A distinctively European style IPA, with more malt and balance than American varieties.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

4.5 A: Moderately hazed medium amber color. Three big fingers of pillow off-white head. Retention is good and tons of lacing is left.

4.0 S: This is a BW type DIPA. Big floral hop aroma right from the start. Citrusy orange, mango, pineapple, and grapefruit too. Layers of caramel sweetness on the malt side. Hints of toffee as well. Can't complain, it smells great.

3.75 T: Resiny hoppy stickiness. Floral notes foremost once again, then orange, mango, and grapefruit. Moderate bitterness. Plenty of caramel sweetness to balance along with a hefty neutral malt maltiness. Again, quite nice.

4.25 M: Heavier body. Good moderate carbonation. Big creaminess with a moderate sticky chewiness.

4.0 D: Really tasty malty DIPA. Not much else to say. Pick it up.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

bottle picked up locally, enjoyed from tørst wine glass.

a - brew poured a transparent orange amber with a finger of foamy head that coated the glass and hung out for a while. the brew definitely has a rich almost syrupy look.

s - dank hops with a crisp almost mentholated vibe. resin and pine. barleywine-ish.

t - bam...pow...zing! bitter hop assault. fairly boozy with a bite. resembles a barleywine.

m - bitter and thick with some booze.

o - overall, evil twin has been doing some very interesting things and with more and more of their brews popping up lately, i have been enjoying exploring the catalog. this one just showed up so wanted to try it on the fresh side despite the mixbag of reviews. not a bad beer, but in the world of IIPAs...this one can't hang with the big boys. there is a unique twist with the bigness of this one and for that it is worth checking out (esp if you like those "extreme" beers)...but this isn't one i'd look for on its own again...perhaps i'll try the black and tan though?

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Photo of barczar
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a somewhat opaque deep, deep copper with a billowing frothy cream head that slowly dissipates, leaving sticky lacing.

Aroma is resiny, bready, caramelly sweet, and citrusy. Notes of pine and mint accompany grapefruit and orange.

Flavor is decidedly bitter. There's an initial punch of lemon, grapefruit, and lemon peel, but bitter, resiny hops take over mid palate and carry into the dry finish. Sweet, caramel malt accompanied the initial citrus flavor, but also falls to the bitter, earthy hops. Alcohol is evident mid palate.

Body is moderate to a tad syrupy, with carbonation a bit on the low side and significant alcohol warmth.

Slightly cloying at first, with decent citrus flavor, but the brutal bittering hops overwhelm. Doesn't suit my palate. The alcohol is a bit overwhelming, as well.

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Photo of dar482
4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a deep amber orange color.

The aroma has caramel malt, citrus hops, lots of sweetness.

The flavor follows with a good malt backbone, but also citrus and piney bitterness. It does a decent job with hiding the alcohol and holding back the bitterness with a good compliment of caramel sweetness.

It reminds me almost of a refined Hoptimum with things toned down a bit. It has a full, almost creamy mouthfeel for a DIPA.

An interesting and delicious brew.

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

Bottled 03/12/12

Pours an effervescent copper/orange with 3 fingers of cream colored head. Crazy lacing & nice head retention

S: Doughy with leafy hops, pears & toffee

T: Doughy, leafy & piney hops, some tea like tannin & a touch or orange rind up front. Some pear notes once warm, more pineyness & woody hops, a bit of toffee sweetness, loads of pineyness too. Finishes oaky dry, with sweet maltyness, faint cherry, slight booze heat, woody hops that really brings puckery bitterness

MF: Chewy, fairly lively carbonation, good balance, sticky, some booze warmth

An interesting DIPA with an English slant, but no game changer. Would've love to try this about 3-4 months fresher

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

A - pours a deep amber, almost brown with a big foamy head.
S - Carmel malts and a bit sweet.
T - like the scent the taste starts off the good malt body. Hops are pine, herbal, citrus and a little fruit. A good balance
M - medium body and moderate carbination. Bitter finsh
O - turns out they want this to be part of a black and tan using yin. Will try sometime

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Into my tulip, poured a deep amber/amber brown ale with three fingers of dense frothy foam.

S: brown sugared malts and herbal pine; almost medicinal; lightly floral and slightly dank

T: strong malt backbone - slightly chewy - full of deep caramel and toffee sugars, while bittered by notes of pine resin and earthly musk. At times, almost buttery, and then darkly bittersweet and smooth.

M: Left a slight coat across the tongue; medium-full bodied with modest carbonation.

O: a well-balanced DIPA - doesn't come on too strong, allows the malts and hops to express themselves equally

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Evil Twin Yang from Evil Twin Brewing
3.84 out of 5 based on 865 ratings.
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