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Evil Twin Hop Flood | Evil Twin Brewing

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Evil Twin Hop FloodEvil Twin Hop Flood

Brewed by:
Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Amber IPA

Added by Jason on 01-09-2012

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Reviews: 65 | Ratings: 416
Photo of MadScientist
2.81/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: A very cloudy, medium copper. An average pour produces three fingers of thick, rocky foam. the head is long lasting and sticky.

S: A moderate citrus hops that is kind of flat quickly followed by a medicinal note that blends with a grassy dry hopped aroma. A bit of tropical fruit comes though in the hops aroma after it warms. There isn't much malt aroma what little is there smells of clean sweetness. There is light fruitiness and moderately-light alcohol aroma.

T: The moderately-strong tropical fruit hops flavor and strong hops bitterness are front and center on this beer although they are muted showing signs of age. The malt provides enough malt to support the hops and brings a light caramel flavor. There is a little bit of an herbaceous note and a light alcohol sweetness. The balance is fairly bitter and the aftertaste is of citrus hops and lingering bitterness. A slight bit of phenols come through in the flavor as well a slight vinegar flavor.

M: medium bodied with a moderately-strong carbonation. There is a light hops rerived astringency.

O: Well even after the flaws that could be from an infected bottle I might try and find a fresh bottle of this in the future because the underling beer is still pretty good.

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Photo of maximum12
3/5  rDev -21.3%
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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Photo of beerjunky413
3.06/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Attention Brewers: please put best by dates on your hop-forward beers. My intuition tells me I picked up a way too old bottle (if I know that for a fact, I won't review the IPA) but since I have no way of knowing when it was produced, I'll go ahead and review.

Pours a dark amber with just a thin lacing on my tulip. Aroma is mainly crystal type malts with some faint hop citrus in the background. Taste is like a barleywine-light, if such a thing exists. Almost 0 hop character, difficult to finish. Man, when IPA's are fresh they're unreal but when they start to age they fade like no other style. I'm going to say this debacle of a beer that I tasted was just an old bottle, as Evil Twin would not be around if their IPAs consistently tasted this bad. You've been warned so if you must buy this please ask how long its been deteriorating on the shelf.

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Photo of EvanJohnson
3.12/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was expecting a much different beer. Not the crisp hoppyness I enjoy normally. Lots of malt flavor reduce the true character of the hops. That said there is still a well rounded flavor that is different and kept me sipping through the whole bottle. Not a bad beer, but not in my personal style wheelhouse.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.17/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Specialty Beer Cellar. Served in a pint glass.

Appearance - Deep brown. Murky. Medium off white head. Great lacing. Well retained.

Smell - Very piney and grassy. Lots of deep caramel. Almost chocolatey.

Taste - Aggressive grassy hops. Intense caramel body. Grassy hops come back aggrwssively. Extremely bitter.

Mouthfeel - Heavy body. Excessively bitter. Difficult to drink.

Overall - Tastes ok, but this pint will take me forever.

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Photo of Viciousknishs
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- pours a murky brown with a light tan head.

S- leafy herbal hops on the nose with a toasty bread malt character with notes of pecan like nuttiness. Chaulky yeast character on the finish with a noticeable alcohol.

T- toasty bready malt with more nut flavors. Aspriny and herbal hop flavors with a decent amount of bitterness. Astringent alcohol flavor with a chaulky yeast on the finish.

MF- dusty astringent mouthfeel with a medium body. Average carbonation.

D- ok drinkability

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.31/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet.

A: Opaque, ruddy amber. Light head, gentle lacing.

S: Doesn't smell like a brown ale. This one's full of astringent, citrusy hops.

T: Hrm, tasty! I think I like it. It's super-hoppy with touch of toasty malt. Actually, I don't really like it. The brown ale nuttiness and light sweetness of the malt conflict with the aggressive hopping. Aftertaste is murky-hoppy.

M: Great! Carbonated, smooth, and pleasant.

O: An interesting beer, but not a success. I didn't really enjoy it, and I would neither recommend it nor drink another.

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Photo of FanofHefe
3.41/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber with no apparent freshness dating. Pours a cola-like brown color in the body with a two-finger tan head. Good lacing.

The aroma is very light, with only a slight hint of pine hops and toasted malt.

The flavor is a mixed bag of pine resin hops with only a light amount of toasted and slightly caramel malt. The hop flavor dominates but it is very one-dimensional.

The mouthfeel is relatively thin. Not an IPA, not a brown ale, but a reasonable mix of the two. Not a repeater for me, but interesting enough for a try.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.44/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A - A nice bouquet of head well over an inch with excellent lacing. A dark hazy amber brown with some sediment on the bottom so I am not sure of the age.
S - Smell is rather hoppy with a strong malt base. Not too sweet or skunky so hopefully it taste good.
T - Not bad very malt forward so I assume I got an old bottle. Says best by 2015 so I think by then it would be flavorless. Very little actual hop or citrus hop taste. Just taste like an average IPA.
M - Light to medium not overly smooth but not terrible.

Overall I guess this is why my bottle shop marked it down from 15 bucks, to 8 bucks, then put it on the 5 dollar shelf. Over 6 months old doesn't make for a good IPA.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Read that label carefully. In bold print is "Twelve Percent LLC", which immediately provokes the thought that this beer is 12% ABV. BUt that isn't the case; you see that's the importer's name. The ABV is listed is small white print, at 7%. Given the beer's name, I'm anticipating some hops. So, on to the beer:

A few chuncks of sediment are visible in this leather brown colored beer. The head is halfway between soapy and fluffy, retains well on top and leaves strings of lace around. Hoppy nose, check. Raw piney notes spring out, tiny tofee aromas appear. Basically a one dimensional aroma.

The hops are worked quite well. Pine, grapefruit, and resin flavors show that the Danes can do that famous American style justice. The one thing that I'm still missing is some brown ale. The brown ale component is minimal, it seems to be there for "filler" than for flavor. Now don't get me wrong, the overall flavor is quite appetizing, but it could be a little better. It's medium bodied, not difficult to drink, and leaves slightly bitter citrus in the aftertaste.

Reasonably good beer, not so reasonably priced (I paid $9 for this 500 ml bottle). Then again, it is a Danish beer, did I really expect to come across a bargain?

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Photo of cvm4
3.54/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a deep amber, almost brown. Has a tan two finger head with good lacing.

S - Pine hops, caramel malts, brown sugar and a bit of nuttiness.

T - To me, the taste really mimics the aroma except there's a bit of citrus involved.

M - Medium bodied and carbonation. Very smooth and easy drinking.

O - The name on the bottle and what comes out of the bottle is really different. Miss leading label with more maltiness than hops. It's an easy drinking beer, but not one that really excites.

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
3.54/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of barczar
3.54/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.54/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a cloudy, raisin color with a small tan head.

Aroma of brown sugar and caramel malts..

The taste was malty and a coffee bite, and a boozy note.

Medium bodied and creamy with a lighter carbonation.

I liked this one but didn't love it. It is called Hop Flood...I really expected more from the hops side.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A-Pours a dark brown. Head is a fairly dense layer of tan, sudsy matter. It leaves sticky, patchy lacing marks.

S-Aroma is heavy on the pine. A lot like a Black IPA. Definitely toasty and lightly chocolatey. I can tell this one is going to be pretty bitter.

T-Intense bitterness is born from a mix of piney hops and charred and roasty mealtimes. The hoppiness is bitter without much actual hop flavor besides said bitterness. Some nuttiness.

M-Very, very bitter. Took me a while to drink it. Body isn't even that heavy but the bitterness slows me down,

O/D-It wasn't bad but it was definitely an overpriced 4 pack. I think I dropped around $13 for what is essentially a Brown IPA.

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.64/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into DFH footed pint glass; ruddy chestnut brown with a massive fluffy tan head that sticks around for a long time, and leaves great piebald lacing as it descends into a thick puck of foam topping.
Smells of crisp bitter piney and herbal hops, some citrus rind, and dry bread malt.
Taste follows nose very well; crisp pine and citrus rind hops mix very well with dry brown malt, bit of nuttiness.
Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied and crisp, semi-dry finish with lots of lingering bitterness.
Overall, this is definitely a surprise. I usually avoid brown ales because I find them boring and generally lacking in flavor, but this one is different. Lots of hop flavor that works very well with the malt.

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

Recent bottle from Lakeview Liquor, Chicago. A Danish style ale, also well hopped by American style citrus orange hops. Not too bitter, but the balance is leaning that way, with juicy orange ipa on the finish that contains some sweetness. Decent drinkability, but still overpriced. Cloudy. A tad above average mouthfeel.

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Photo of Mikeluzzjr
3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours darker than I expected. Maybe I just don't know what anything is supposed to look like anymore with black-browns and brown-ambers and whatever else. Anyway. Very citrusy-piney and somewhat sweet aroma. Very hoppy, again with the pine and citrus flavors, some caramel-malt sweetness, some coppery hints. Good amount of lingering bitterness.

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Photo of Tone
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy, dark brown color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of hops, slight citrus, roasted malt, slight sweet malt, and a hint of biscuit. Fits the style of an American Brown Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is also a noticeable dryness. Tastes of citrus hops, slight roasted malt, hint of sweet malt, and a hint of alcohol. Overall, great appearance, good aroma, and blend.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 2/18/14.

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grapefruit juice, citrus zest, and slight herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with earth and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty, but has a fairly assertive bitterness that lingers after each sip.

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Photo of outdoor7or24
3.77/5  rDev -1%
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

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Photo of smcolw
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Caramel amber-brown color. Light haze. Good bar-pour head. Nice lace on the glass. Blanketing initially.

Some brown malt smells. Very little hop nose although there's a bit of prickliness too.

The taste is far more bitter than the smell suggests. Good Brown Ale base though. The hop is unusual because it reminds me of grapefruit rind which typically I only pick up in the smell. Good body and low carbonation. A bit harsh.

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