Hop Flood
Evil Twin Brewing

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Style:
American Amber / Red Ale
Ranked #139
ABV:
7%
Score:
85
Ranked #27,948
Avg:
3.77 | pDev: 10.61%
Reviews:
67
Ratings:
420
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Evil Twin Brewing
 
New York, United States
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Notes: Amber IPA
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Reviews: 67 | Ratings: 420
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

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Photo of pkalix
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%

thick. heavy. smell of some kind of urine....

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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

12oz bottle - this is an apparent ode to certain stocks of Danish beer that failed to survive a typical regional flood.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, dark bronzed amber hue, with three fat fingers of densely puffy, rocky, and bubbly off-white head, which leaves a decent array of sudsy spray pattern lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of bready, crackery caramel malt, a pleasant oily nuttiness, and rather acrid pine and citrus rind hops, if somewhat muddled in their origin stories. The taste is more nicely supportive caramel and toffee-flecked malt, wet brown bread, flaky bar-top nuts, and still perky pine resin, orange and grapefruit pith citrus, and leafy, weedy hops.

The bubbles are pretty tight in their rendering, and way beyond yer basic frothiness, the body a decently solid medium weight, and so-so in the smoothness department. It finishes off-dry, sure, the bready caramel malt keeping my attention via various palate-grabs, while the heady west coast American hops seem incapable of finding another venue to display their youthful vigour - s'alright by me.

A pleasantly hopful and hopeful IPA disguised as a brown/red/amber ale, whatever, this just seems to work, all the furor and sturm und drang of the hops well met by the bigger than expected malt contingent. If you're a fan of fair and balanced IPAs, and the general aiding of beer in need, give this one a go.

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Photo of Nordbier
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear dark amber in color with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and strong copper highlights. The beer has a half finger tall dense foamy beige head that slowly reduces to a very large patch of thin film covering almost the entire surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of hops - citrus/orange, citrus/orange zest, herbal, and very light hints of pine. There is also a light amount of caramel and toasted malts underneath the hop aromas.

T: Upfront there is a just shy of moderate flavors of slightly toasted and caramel malts with barely any hints of sweetness. There are aggressive slightly stronger than moderate flavors of hops - citrus/orange, herbal, and some light hints of pine. Moderate amounts of bitterness which lingers for quite a while.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly crisp with hints of dryness in the finish.

O: As I would expect in a beer named Hop Flood, there is a very nice presence of hops in this beer which are slightly aggressive - really enjoyable from my perspective. Alcohol is well hidden and the beer is enjoyable though not the easiest drinker with the aggressive hops and bitterness.

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Photo of Phigg1102
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick, murky consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that lasted a fair amount of time. Good lacing.

S: An interesting aroma of hops, malt, and the brown ale nuttiness.

T: Tasted of hops (a pretty large amount considering this is a brown ale), some malt, a little coffee, and the nuttiness. A different kind of flavor for the style, but it somehow works.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a super dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Definitely an unusual brown ale, but well made and drinkable.

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Photo of leitmotif
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of nmann08
3.39/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Moses_Malone
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of maximum12
3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Been picking up a bottle of Evil Twin here & there since they randomly began showing up & I've been a bit underwhelmed to date. But hey, I like hops, let's try another. My glass is half-full. 12 oz. bottle.

Pour is a ruby orange with active carbonation & enough floaties to warrant a fine particle filter. The nose is, well, not there. Really. I can barely distinguish the air in the glass from the air floating all around me. Srs.

Hop Flood would be a great first beer when you got out of prison, or came out of a coma. Hop bitterness does indeed flatten the palate, but there's not much to back up that flattering first impression. Leafy hops, lingering aspirin, harsh bitterness. Took half of this small bottle from my wife & that's plenty.

A very one-note beer. The arms race that is ever-increasing IBUs has to have something to back it up, otherwise you may as well go lick a lemon, without the taste. Mediocre.

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of dcmchew
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Smakawhat
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Dark copper brown body, with some very fine carbonation. Head is tan yellow and a nice four fingers tall. Big small swiss cheese retention, and some speckled lacing as it settles. Real nice color and take on an IPA.

Light juice tropical hop aromas abound. Not much malt sensations, but some faint candy caramel and toffee comes out a bit. Hints of treacle and molasses slightly.

Palate comes with a nice hop forward quality. Toasty bread crust and warm grapefruit hop action trickles in nicely in the mid palate. Good thick hop bitterness, even a little bit of a black pepper finish with a resiny coating. Light hints of caramel, as the hops move forward.

Overall not bad, pretty straightforward and solid.

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of AD17
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of CrazyDavros
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.

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Hop Flood from Evil Twin Brewing
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 420 ratings