Hop Flood
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Red Ale - American Amber / Red
Ranked #153
Ranked #32,771
3.77 | pDev: 10.61%
Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States
Very Good
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Notes: Amber IPA
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a dark cloudy brown .A foamy one inch off-white head forms and slowly dies to a film coating the top of the pint. Sticky lacing clings around the sides of the nonic. The smell has the hops up front with some light caramel and nuts coming more so in as the beer warms. The taste takes all of the previously mentioned flavors and adds a nice clean sweetness with a tinge of alcohol. The mouthfeel is about a medium with a nice smooth creaminess surrounding the mouth and tongue. This is moderately drinkable. Overall, I like this and would come back to it.

Jun 29, 2017
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Everydayoff from Thailand

3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Hazy deep chestnut amber hue with lots of sediment floating around, it tops with thick silky light brown head that very well retains itself with good retention before slowly subsiding to an everlasting fluffy crown and leaving some lacing on the glass-side.

Big maltiness in a nose with the array of caramel, toffee, toasted bread, molasses, brown sugar, and cracker. Hop provides its strength of tropical, citrus, grapefruit, herbal, and intense pine to balance.

The taste has good balance proportion between malt and hop. Malt takes the lead and acts as a base of the flavor structure with its caramel, toffee, toasted bread, molasses, brown sugar, and cracker while hop lends its strong pine, also citrus, grapefruit, herbal and solid bitterness through the taste buds. The end and aftertaste is pleasantly lingering with piney hop bitterness.

The body is medium to a bit full with some bold touch through the palate. The mouthfeel is quite smooth with some crisp and moderate lively carbonation, finish is dry.

Good amber ale with solid malt bill and plenty of hop character to make it crisp, tasty, and balance.

Mar 25, 2017
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Act25 from New Jersey

4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Outstanding, original, euro old styled amber ale. Red Ale was my first craft and this one amplifies the style.

A: Pours a muddy dark brown/amber color with an unending foamy, finger tall foamy beige head that lasts and laces mightily.

S: Among the sweetest, pine sap aromas, woody, and old in tone that I have sniffed. What I like about Arrogant Bastard I like about this. Followed by hops - orange, orange zest, herbs, and more pine. Bounded by syrupy caramel and toasted malts alongside the hop aromas.

T: Upfront there is a burst of wood, cedar, pine, with toasted and caramel malts pouring over a lovely, syrupy sweetness. Then develop aggressive stronger hops - cedar, orange, herbal, and lots of pine. Bitterness balances the sweetness.

M: Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly crisp with bitter dryness in the finish.

O: Aggressive hops and bitterness. Reminds me of Arrogant Bastard and would like to blind taste against.

Aug 20, 2016
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LuckyJohn from Colorado

3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours with a cloudy, dark, rich caramel color with a creamy medium head. The aroma is light with a notable hop presence. I actually expected something more in this area. Tastes great though. It has a more raw, bitter hoppieness and a solid, sweet maltiness to balance it out. I quite like it as a beer to be sipped and savored. Mouth feel is medium with a moderate carbonation. It finishes a little bitter with malt flavors lingering longer than the hops.

Jun 14, 2016
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rex_4539 from Greece

4.45/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Very dark amber color, one finger head, light carbonation.

S: Smells nice and sweet, kind of trademark of all Eviltwin beers I tried so far.

T: Really good taste. Hoppy, yet sweet. Heaven :)

F: Quite drinkable besides 7% ABV, could even session this one.

O: Once again, nicely surprised by Eviltwin Brewing. Great amber ale that I would more than happily drink on every occasion.

May 06, 2016
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Gajo74 from New York

4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown color with a hint of red. The head is creamy, thick and tan, with splotches of little red spots that look like the bitters in a Manhattan cocktail. This eventually dissipates; the lace not as thick but retains well.
The aroma initially has hints of dark fruit. This is followed up by darkly toasted malts and a strong raw cocoa aroma.
The taste is quite unique. The malt flavors give it a medium to full mouthfeel. The malts are darkly toasted and border on roasted as if it were a porter or stout. There is some chocolate and malty sweetness, however, the hops almost dominate the palate in this one. They are piny and resinous and provide a moderate to heavy bitterness that lingers in the aftertaste. There is also the bitterness of raw cacao and dark chocolate.
I'm not an expert on the amber ale style, but this is certainly different from anything else I've had. Unlike other amber ales, this one, in keeping with Evil Twin's M.O., is slightly extreme, especially on the hops. Truly unique. I liked it a lot and cannot wait to have another one.

Apr 07, 2016
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Back_in_the_Saddle from Vermont

3.54/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

It pours a dark cloudy brown. A foamy one inch off-white head forms and slowly dies to a film coating the top of the pint. Sticky lacing clings around the sides of the nonic. The smell has the hops up front with some light caramel and nuts coming more so in as the beer warms. The taste takes all of the previously mentioned flavors and adds a nice clean sweetness with a tinge of alcohol. The mouthfeel is about a medium with a nice smooth creaminess surrounding the mouth and tongue. This is moderately drinkable. Overall, I like this and would come back to it.

Nov 19, 2015
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Ciocanelu from Romania

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

Murky, dark amber color with beige head. Caramel and some earthy hops, sweet at first but gets pretty bitter in the finish and lingers in the aftertaste. Not bad but nothing really special.

Nov 08, 2015
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Mike_Aguirre from Mexico

4.24/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a very good beer, but almost every aspect of it is out of style. Color is a few srm above max for a red ale, it´s deep brown. Smell is hoppy and a little bit malty, taste is hoppy as well, alcohol is higher than it should be, its a good and tasty beer, but not if you´re looking for a red ale.

Nov 07, 2015
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jhavs from New York

4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter tasting glass.

A= Pretty deep amber color and pretty clear, small bubbles rising in the glass that form a thick white head. The head settles to a thin layer and ring around the glass, lots of clingy lacing.

S= Caramel and some roasty malts with a bit of pine and earthy hops.

T= Sweetness from the malt and slightly roasted caramel flavor, decent amount of hop bitterness and piney hop flavor, fairly clean tasting overall.

M= Lighter side of medium body with moderate carbonation.

O= Clean flavors, nice hoppy ale with lots of malt character.

Aug 28, 2015
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dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle stamped "338:14/15:50" (whatever THAT means) into pint glass. Very attractive clear, deep amber. Thick, persistent tan head. This is not a hop bomb, which is kinda what I expected from the name. Hops are very well-balanced by the malt, with little residual bitterness. Medium mouthfeel. Good stuff.

Aug 25, 2015
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barczar from Kentucky

3.54/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is resiny and piney, with toasted malt notes, specialty malt fruitiness, and muted citrus. There's a bit of a stinky feet note.

Flavor reveals big floral hop character throughout, finishing very bitter. Pine resonates late. Citrus is again muted. The specialty malt backbone provides a lightly sweet, toasted malt backbone. Just too bitter for me, and the floral hops are not my favorite.

Jul 24, 2015
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outdoor7or24 from Georgia

3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into snifter. Purchased at CBX in Charleston.
A: pours a ruby brown body, heavy lacing ,two-finger white foam head, some chunks suspended in the brew, carbonation
S: toasted malt, caramel, slight earthy hop
M: medium light body, wet finish
T: earthy/herbal hops, biscuit, toasted malt, heavy grain taste
O: good brew, heavy earthy hops

Jul 23, 2015
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oberon from North Carolina

4.06/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 12/14/14.Pours into a becker a hazed and murky amber/brown with chunkies and floaties swirling all about,a sticky off white head atop.Grass and pine stand out in the nose along with a touch of grapefruit rind,it's hop forward for sure.some caramel gives off some sweetness.Very earthy at the onset of the palate with like "others have noted"some orange/citrus giving off some mild sweet hop notes,some caramel and alcohol in the finish.I gotta say I like this beer alot although Iam partial to a hoppy red.A damn good beer,to me a ...hop flood.

Jul 08, 2015
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.54/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

for some reason i thought this was an india brown ale, what little i know. its good beer though, even if its been on shelf awhile now. i like an amber that isnt real sweet, and this certainly isnt, and i also like one thats rich and frothy in feel, creamy and rising, and this is that as well, so it wins in those regards. the hops on it are insane though, and not all the way in a good way, like very singular and overdosed. i get simcoe mostly, or something like it, not real outside of the box there, and s much as the beer drinks fine, i wonder the point. sometimes, most of the time even, evil twin gets all weird and gnarly with ingredients and processes and all of that, but here we have such a basic beer, just hopped beyond reason. doesnt really fit their usual. a hint of staleness to it, this came out a little while ago now, and quite a high degree of bitterness coming through the red malt, but a tasty beer nevertheless, a fine nightcap, and something i would drink again if the circumstances called for it. not life changing, and by the evil twin standards i know, its a let down in some ways.

Jun 17, 2015
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StoutHunter from Michigan

3.31/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Short Review, I had few samples of this one and I didn't care for it too much, it just seemed too malty for the style and I wish the hop profile was nicer and showed up more. It's not bad, but it's far and away for being a stand out example of the style. I don't think I would buy this unless I knew it was pretty fresh.

May 18, 2015
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MUTINY from Virginia

4.19/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Quick review. Firstly, I love the carbonation here. It matches the slightly heavier body & creates some nice drinkability. I like the color as well, this is a good looking brew. That's about all that I like. To me, the flavor is completely out of balance - the absurd hop-bitterness & lingering woody notes dominate the palate so completely that any of the more nuanced flavors are rendered undetectable. The name is fitting, but to call this an amber might be a bit of a stretch given the flavor profile. I'd love to know the IBU on this puppy.

Edit/update: This brew has really been growing on me, the monster hop is making more sense to me in the context of the other flavor components. It's actually a really cool, bold, bitter brew! My scoring has been adjusted accordingly.

Apr 26, 2015
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metter98 from New York

3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy very dark amber in color and has lots of visible particulates floating in suspension near the bottom of the glass. It poured with a half finger high beige head that died down, but left a coating of bubbles running down the sides of the glass and a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of pine resin hops and biscuit and caramel malts are present in the nose along with some faint hints of citrus.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, but starts off with hints of initial sweetness from the biscuit and caramel malts, which is then followed by increasing notes of piney hops and a light amount of corresponding bitterness, the latter of which is most noticeable towards the finish and aftertaste
M: It feels medium-bodied and quite malty on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The hops lend some crispness to the mouthfeel.
O: This beer has a really nice balance between the malts and hops, having a heavy dose of both. I liked its bold flavors, but think this would probably be best suited as a beer for the winter months given its fuller body nature.

Serving type: bottle

Feb 14, 2015
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dcmchew from Romania

3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours really dark amber with a small fluffy beige head.
Lots of tangerine and grapefruit on the nose, faint pineapple, bit of pine, bit of fresh tobacco, biscuit, sticky caramel, some woody-herbal notes (hard to pinpoint).
Rough grassy hops up front, really bitter from the get-go. Lots of bitter citrus peel too. Sweet caramel maltiness shows up, rounding up some tangerine and faint mango, but just for a short while. Strong grassy hops for the finish too, really rough and bitter, with some strong woodsy notes, like pine cone and spruce.
Aftertaste has lots of grassy hop, chewing tobacco, light citrusy notes, almost no malt sweetness. Medium body and carbonation.
Hops are too aggressive and don't deliver as much flavor as they do bitterness. Malts have that strong flash of caramel sweetness, but it's way too short. It's ok, but not my type.

Jan 30, 2015
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Nutwood from Kentucky

3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice woody cedar notes, a touch of toffee and orange, and a clean finish. Good balance of malt and hops. Body is substantial but not syrupy with a good level of carbonation to go with the aroma and flavor levels.

Dec 25, 2014
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CrazyDavros from Australia

4/5  rDev +6.1%

Pours dark amber with a small head.
Nose shows sweet caramel malt with a bit of a bready note. Some spicy and piny hops.
More rich malt as a flavour. Loads of pine and spicy hop again. Finishes with an aggressive, sharp bitterness.
Great moderately high carbonation.

Oct 27, 2014
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

I purchased this today - it was bottled five months ago.
Light herbal notes announce a muted hop nose.
Big rocky finely bubbled lightly tan tinted off-white head tops a hazy dark amber to light brown column of beer.
The palate offers some dark sugars, dark caramel, with some malt notes seasoned by citrus rind and fresh cut grass from the hops that grow slightly astringent in the finish to end in a long lingering bitterness in the aftertaste.
The body is medium full with medium carbonation. the carbonation is soft.
The beer is very good but 5 months is a little old for a big hop beer.

Sep 24, 2014
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CalgaryFMC from Canada (AB)

4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single bottle poured into a tulip glass. Sort of a cloudy root beer-like bronze hue with an imposing honeycomb beige head that took a while to simmer down. Aroma is indeed a flood of hops, ample grapefruit/tangerine citrus along with tropical mango, hints of lychee and a guava-like musk, coupled with a rich toasted nut and toffee vibe from the malts. Smells beautifully resinous yet assertively malty at the same time. Hops are powerful on the tongue as well, a huge spicy burn along with robust citrus and dried tropical fruit flavors (same as on the nose). Some get toasted bread ... Sure, but I am getting a pronounced bitter walnut effect as well. Comes off as thick, with a moderate degree of carbonation and a pine resin element in the fruity, juicy, yet pungently bitter finish. I won't say this is the best hoppy amber or red IPA I've had to date but its right up there. The brash hops thrust themselves forward from beginning to end, with the malts skewing towards the dry and nutty as opposed to the caramel sweet. Not for the faint of heart.

Aug 13, 2014
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laituegonflable from Australia

4.36/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, but vibrant, red colour. Beige head - cream rather - small, fairly dense, but a bit lacklustre unfortunately. Lacing sticks around OK but not brilliantly. Still, I love the colour.

Smells very, very hoppy. Floral bouquet with a touch of rosewater, lots of tangy citrus though, plus passion and lychee. Touch of toffee malt underneath. Beautiful stuff.

Taste is fairly sticky at first. Has a note of burnt sugar before hops take a stranglehold. Yeah, lemon, grapefruit, notes of tangerine and passionfruit, then bitterness gets quite woody on the back with a dry cedar character. Really melts away at the end, astonishingly well since it seems headed for mega-alpha territory. Amazing, really. Tangy, bold, even brash, but ultimately amiable as anything.

Bit of pull from the hops but body is there to save the day. Not bad.

Really packs a powerful, knockout punch, yet holds back from delivering it and just lets you, too, savour that moment before the kill. Then the kill doesn't come, and relief comes flooding in. My kind of beer.

Aug 11, 2014
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CHickman from New York

4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 4/9/14: Pours light chestnut brown with reddish hints and has a ton of sediment floating in it that looks like a picture of a snow globe; foamy 1 finger light tan colored head that has a ton of bubbles in it and faded extremely slowly, leaving excellent foamy lace coating the sides and creamy layer on top. Looked like a great IPA or stout out of the bottle, very impressive overall.

Smells of fresh citrus hops and grapefruit up front, followed by bread crust, caramel, lemon zest, graham cracker and malt. The malt is slightly more dominant with toasted Italian bread coming to mind, piney hops and herbs or light spices similar to dry tea leaf. Balance is pretty nice and this has a lot more bold flavors than most amber ales, I prefer hoppy brews in most styles so this scores very high in my book.

Tastes of roasted or smoked grains, toffee, burnt toast, piney hops, syrup, brown sugar, grapefruit, dry grass, lemon zest, pepper and other mild spices and something chalky which is like a very dry cracker. Flavor is much maltier than the nose, but the hops add nice balance and complexities that add sweetness and keep it interesting. The heat is evident as the 7% shows throughout, but the cracker taste lingering is like a Saltine dipped in an IPA and actually quite nice.

Mouthfeel is on the heavier side, with mild carbonation, a chewy body and a very dry finish that leaves a sweet bready taste hanging around with some nutty aspects and a yeast-like powdery coating.

I assume the hops would have stood out more if I drank this bottle 2 months ago when I bought this beer, but either way I found it really tasty and enjoyable. Another winner from Evil Twin, I urge giving it a try as it was not your standard amber ale, this was an amber zapped by gamma rays and hulked up with flavor.

Aug 09, 2014
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Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 420 ratings