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Evil Twin Disco Beer (Red Cap)Evil Twin Disco Beer (Red Cap)

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Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Special version of our infamous Disco Beer, this time brewed with a slight darker malt profile and aged on Chardonnay red wine barrels instead of the usual white wine barrels.

Added by rfgetz on 04-30-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 52
Photo of metter98
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at DBGB Kitchen & Bar, New York, NY

A: The beer is slightly hazy amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head, but has excellent retention properties and consistently covered the surface.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of citrusy hops in the nose—grapefruit and oranges stand out in particular.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is rather citrusy and has a moderate amount of bitterness and some flavors of caramel malts. Notes of red wine from the barrel aging are noticeable towards the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied, a bit crisp and somewhat sticky on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very well balanced between the malts and hops and is also very drinkable because the alcohol isn’t at all perceptible in the taste. I really like how this beer still tastes like an IPA and the wine barrel gaining was used to help add complexities to the flavors.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. Zero difference on the label between this and the 'regular' gold capped version, down to the mention of aging in Chardonnay barrels. The agent in these parts says that it's a different underlying beer, with the same barrel treatment, i.e., not CabSauv. Let me taste it first before I go nuts with a new listing.

This beer pours a hazy, dark reddish amber hue, with two broad fingers of tight foamy pink-tinged off-white head, which leaves some randomly sized specks of sudsy lace around the glass as it evenly and lazily subsides. At least it opens and pours a hell of a lot more sensibly than the gold-capped Disco Beer did.

It smells of sweet caramel/toffee malt, mild citrus cream, a slight vinous, sherry-like note, and some herbal, leafy hops. The taste is strong caramelized malt and toffee sweetness, bitter citrus and leafy herbal hops, with a pithy, not quite tannic wine dryness pulling at my palate - hard to discern whether it is red or white in origin - but it does tend towards the former after a spell. The 21-proof booze does a decent job of hiding in the confusion of the wine-barrel question, or so it would seem.

The bubbles are fairly tame and innocuous, the body a lifted medium weight, with an airy, metallic fruitiness providing said action, which plays havoc with any presumed smoothness. It finishes off-dry, the malt becoming increasingly muddled, as the barrel influence slowly morphs over it, as well as the hops, to a lesser degree.

I still can't shake the idea that this is a red wine barrel aged big IPA offering, despite local proclamations to the contrary. It looks, smells, and tastes like 'il vino rosso' had something to do with the product here, and it's actually rather good, origin befuddlement notwithstanding.

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Photo of oline73
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap during Baltimore beer week. Served in a sample glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a cloudy reddish dark amber color with a quarter finger of creamy light tan head. The head sticks around quite nicely.

Smell: Quite sweet with some malt and a mild red wine note. There is an overall fruity note that reminds me of sweet red berries.

Taste: This one reminds me of a mild red wine. I'm getting some oak from the barrels along with sweetness from the malt. There berry note shows up here as well. The finish has a hoppy bitterness to it along with the wine.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with really smooth carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I thought this beer was extremely interesting and very complex. Less hops than is usual for the style, but this is supposed to be an unusual beer.

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Photo of AlexFields
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a murky chestnut brown with an orange hue, thick beige head. Really unique colors and wonderful appearance.

Wow this smells like red grape juice. Thick, syrupy grape juice, and maybe tomato juice too? Like V8. Hints of brown sugary Barleywine type malts too. I've really never smelled anything like this in a beer, pretty wild, smells really good though.

Taste is similar but less pure fruit and more malty Barleywine character. Very complex, and again just a very unusual but very good beer. Finishes fairly bitter but otherwise bares little resemblance to an IPA.

Mouthfeel is super rich, thick and syrupy but also very well carbonated. Excellent.

Strange beer but I love it!


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Photo of MasterSki
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from West Lakeview Liquors. I've had decent success with Evil Twin recently so I figured I'd give this a shot. Served in a tulip.

A - Off-white foam settles to a thick cap with good retention, eventually leaving behind splotchy lacework. Somewhat murky dark brown body, so I'm guessing this was unfiltered?

S - This beer delivers exactly as promising - aged DIPA flavors with vinous notes and light oak. Residual hops are floral (orange blossom?) and occasionally catty, and there's a hint of alcohol, but the wine dominates. I've never had 'Red' Chardonnay, but the flavors here are more evocative of white wine than red.

T - The taste has less overt wine influence, and the bready and crackery malts show up a tad stronger. Again, fruity and floral, slightly aged, hops, some orange citrus, minimal oak, and not much alcohol. The wine flavor has a dry white character to it. Bitterness is fairly restrained.

M - Medium bodied, pleasant carbonation, dry and oaky finish, and minimal alcohol warmth. Pretty nice.

D - As far as barrel-aged DIPAs go, this is one of the best (Jim & Jimmy excluded). Probably not worth $9.50, but easy to drink and delivers exactly what it promises. I wish Evil Twin would date their bottles though, as I can't tell if this is from April or if it's been made a few times.

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Photo of corby112
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Draft at Tørst in Brooklyn.

Pours a dark ruby red color with plum edges and a one finger, off-white head that quickly settles into a thin ring.  Splotchy lacing left behind.  

Sweet vinous aroma with a strong grape-like presence likely resulting from the combination of piney/citrusy hops, sweet malt and red wine barrel.  Subtle dry oak with a very prominent vinous grape/red wine flavor but still has some sweet malt and a surprising hop presence.  Resinous and piney with tropical and citrus fruit notes along with caramel, biscuit, toffee, grape, plum and currant.  Smells really good.

Medium bodies and really complex with nice balance of bitter, earthy hops, tropical fruit, sweet malt, dry oak and vinous dark fruit notes.   Aggressively hoppy wih resinous pine needle and grass countered by sweet citrus grapefruit and pineapple. Sweet malt backbone with hints of caramel, toffee and a nice barrel presence giving off hints of subtle toasted oak and a strong vinous red wine character.   Lots of grape, dark cherry, plum, raisin and currant.  Really well balanced with great barrel flavor but you can still tell it's an IPA.  Goes down way to smooth for 10.5.  Abv perfectly masked.  

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Photo of rfgetz
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Described as a special version of their Disco Beer with a darker malt profile and aged on red wine barrels.

Pours a dark golden amber with full cap of frothy white head, good sticky lacing. Scent brings strong floral and tropical hop notes, juicy tangerine, grapefruit and orange, light notes of toasted grain and light caramel malts, biscuity, vinous notes of fresh pressed grapes, faint oak. Taste brings a solid but not overly bitter juicy tropical fruit and floral hop profile, malts are lightly sweet and toasty, vinous notes notable but not overly strong, faint oak. Dry on the palate at the end, medium bodied with lightly bubbly carbonation. Very nice character from this beer.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a Mikkeller oversized wine glass (almost proper!). Poured a deep red orange with a two finger off-white head that subsided to one finger very slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, wood, subtle spice, vinous, and floral. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, floral, spice, wood, and vinous. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was pretty good brew. If I am honest I was really pleasantly surprised with what I found on this one. There was a definitely vinous note going on here which mixed really well with the citrus and flora note that I found here. This made it quite well balanced and kept me guessing on what my palate would experience next. This is always a good thing by the way. Definitely glad I got the chance to try this one as it is a nice twist on the regular version. A must try.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Copper-red with a finger of frothy off-white head. Fades fairly slowly.

S - Oak, red wine, pine, earthy, floral, grapefruit hops, sweet caramel and caramelized malts, touch of booze.

T - Oak, red wine, grapefruit, pine, earthy, floral hops, some mildly resiny bitterness, sweet caramel and caramelized malts, a bit of booze.

M - Medium-full bodied moderate carbonation. Smooth with a warming, dry, lightly bitter finish.

D - Nicely balanced. Better balanced than the regular version. Everything works together a bit better.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark cloudy, dark red color with a large off-white head with a reddish-pink hue. Head hangs around for a bit. Scent has some chardonnay notes...although I'm not too sure where the red color comes from. Lovely oak aromas with some fruit notes that aren't necessarily standard for IPAs. Taste is initially slightly tart with some sweet fruity notes... I pick up strawberry. There are some sweet wine-like flavors with flavorful oak. Mouthfeel is full-bodied and slightly creamy. Drinkability is good with ABV well-masked. Overall, a very interesting take on a DIPA. Hefty price tag, but definitely worth a try.

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Photo of ericj551
3.13/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

The label says Chardonnay barrels, but it has a red cap so I'm not entirely sure what I'm drinking. Right off the bat the color screams barleywine to me. It's hazy with a decent head. The aroma is moderately dark, fruity malt, leaning much more towards malt than hops. The alcohol is apparent in the aroma, as is a hint of oak. Vinous is a good discription in the flavor, with tons more dark fruit, a bit of caramel and more oak. There is an odd, complex and maybe a little bit sour flavor in the finish, with a lingering sweetness that overpowers the hops. The bitterness is moderate for the strength.

Overall, as an Imperial IPA this beer falls flat. If judged as a barleywine, it's good but not great. The hops are lacking and the best before date of 2015 should have been a clue that this might be the case. I'm glad I dropped $5 on the 12 ounce and not even more on a bomber.

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a ruby copper colour with 1-2 fingers of bone white head leaving minimal lacing along the sides of the glass.

S: Wood, red grape skins, tannins with slight notes of herbs and pine.

T: Follows the smell together with dark fruit of plums and grapes. Finishes with a fair amount of alcohol esters.

M: Medium bodied and dry, finishes like a dry red wine, quite a bit of tannins.

O: This tastes more like an american barleywine then an IPA to me. The red wine tannins are a bit too strong for me, and I would prefer the white chardonnay version.

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Photo of Rickythejeweler
4.44/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy ruby, 2 fingers off white head, great lacing.

S - Mango, funky pineapple, white grapes, yeast, cherry.

T - Juicy hops, peach, white grapes, mango, strawberry, caramel, funk, slightly bitter/grainy finish.

M - Medium-full bodied, moderate carbonation.

O - Very complex, very drinkable, a must try!

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Photo of PerHops
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- This one pours exactly like expected from a cab aged ipa (not that I've ever had one before). But it has a reddish tint with a nice looking white head.

S- Some citrusy, herbal hops with a definite wine presence, slightly vinegary but not off putting.

T- Actually quite good. Some sweetness to start, but balanced by citrus, pine and moderate bitterness. This combination works surprisingly well.

M- Great carbonation, great drinkability.

O- Much better than I expected. Evil twin once again proves he's the better, if more expensive brewer of the two brothers

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Photo of nimrod979
3.6/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured into a Schlafly snifter.

Appearance: Murky light brown with a slight reddish hue. Big two finger beige foamy head. Retention never quits. 10 mins later and I've still got almost a quarter inch. Spotty lacing here and there.

Aroma: Interesting one here. Picking up everything from some oak, some tannic red wine thing going on, bright citrus hops and deep woody malts.

Taste: First sip walks the line of some tart red fruit and a slightly sweet malt bill. Not unlike some red wines. Some mild orange citrus hits mid-palate. Finishes with a nice oaky woody alcohol. Let this baby warm up. Flavors really start to come out.

Mouthfeel: Rather light and airy given the 10.5% ABV. Light side of medium with some delicate carbonation. I really think this beer would benefit from a thicker mouthfeel.

Overall, I'm not really sure what I should be expecting. Not sure if it's just a little old and losing some hop kick (it is an IPA afterall). Bottle says best before 2015, Puts me to mind of a lighter barleywine. Nothing too over the top, but an interesting beer nonetheless. Not sure if the price point makes it worth seeking out though.

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Photo of JasonLovesBeer
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Well I bought this bottle without much thought (a few months ago) and didn't even pay attention to what style it was until I was opening it tonight. I think that ended up being a wise choice, as I see that many hop-heads have been disappointed by it. I mean, a 10.5% ABV "IPA" has to be a BIG IPA, no?

A: The ruby red body is beautiful though not what you'd expect from anything calling itself an IPA. The head is cream in both colour and texture, thick and healthy. Reduces to a thin coat after a little while.

S: A fruit bowl of sweet, red fruits like plum, cherry, and raspberry. Still an earthy character remains as well a vinous acidity but it is overall quite sweet.

T: Caramel sweetness combined with the cherry and plum that overtakes but doesn't erase the oak, pine, and earthy bitterness that the muted but obviously notable hops presence brings. It's on the sweet side but not at all cloying. Also, this beer's alcohol is ridiculously well hidden and if I am not deliberate about spacing out my sips, the bottle will disappear real quick.

M: Full bodied for what calls itself an IPA and the carbonation is great. Slightly acidic and slightly dry towards the finish.

O: Between this and Burton Baton I've come to realize that wine barrel aged IPA's are very much up my alley. Maybe not for everyone, and yes it's like a baby barleywine, but it's a damn good style in itself if you ask me.

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Photo of OF001
4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

330 mL btl. served at 7C.

Cloudy ruby amber pour with a 3 finger head that fades to a solid 5mm lasting head with spotty but bearably adequate lacing.

Nutty sweet malt with a tanniny acidity. Super complex, too much for my nose so it will have a slightly higher rating than would otherwise be noted (I think I'm getting a cold). Sweet stewed fruit, cooked grapes (not dried to raisins) especially considering the fresh residual sugar note. More of a white wine balance than red despite the chardonnay being done on skins, but it is a white wine grape for a reason.

Initial mild acidity (high for a non-lambics, but considering the YOUNG geuze I've had for elevated tastings lately its nothing, more like an earthy Rioja or a well breathed california pinot noir, or a medium oak Australian cab sauv.) red wine balance. Nice fruitiness, subtle, grape and under developed plums with plenty of good, balanced sugars. Super subtle, a lot that I'm not getting but is well condensed. Complex sugars are a delight and give a lofted rating.

Mouth feel is great. Medium-heavy, with the carbonation giving a creaminess that is perfectly counterbalanced to the acidity and finished with a very light oaking. PERFECT complement to the flavour profile.

White wine note, heavy on a red wine flavour, maybe 'on skins' white; or a super light pinot noir ( Mt. Boucherie perhaps, not as strawberry but fucking close). Just enough oaking but the acidity is not of this beer world. haha, shut up. There is really a blending of the worlds for this one. Its weird and wonderful if underwhelming, but not in a bad way. Few match the mouth feel balance this brings to the flavour, not an easy 5 in that regard but I cannot justify a 4.5.
* and 10.5, LIES! hateful lies! there is no fucking way, I've had 6% beers that are at least twice as boozy as this. I saw the ABV by accident after my initial posting, hence the stars*

Worth the taste, but if you expect beer go elsewhere. If you are a drinker of wines its a weird treat.

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Photo of Cold
4.8/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Disco Beer IIPA, Red Cap (Evil Twin)

A: Dark red/copper, very slight haze. Thick tan/beige head with good retention.

S: Fruity, with slight hints of cedar. Herbal. Salty.

T: Sweet, dark (charred?) wood, red apples & slight raisin flavor. Honey/molasses, cured/smoked meat. Wine-y. Flavors usually associated with dark, heavy stouts, porters, etc. but not a heavy beer. For an IIPA, the hop profile is subdued to the point of non-existence; even through the lens of a more balanced beer, the hop profile is distinctly modest and reserved.

M: Smooth, vinuous, velvety. Carbonation is perfectly balanced, serving as a vehicle for flavors rather than an element unto itself, or a mask of undesirable flavors. The 10.5% ABV is practically undetectable; I've had 5.5% beers with more of an alcohol presence.

A: Dark wood, winey fruitiness and ever-so-slight astringence/crispness. Slight honey sweetness balances a reserved hop profile for an extremely well-balanced aftertaste, while a slight dryness that sets in after the flavors have cleared leaves you ready for another sip.

Overall: First, the negative: Disco Beer is woefully mislabeled by Evil Twin. It is not even an English Pale, let alone an Imperial IPA. If anything, it's malt bill trumps it's hop profile, with seems present only as a flavor balance, or an afterthought.

That said, if you cast aside adherence to style guidelines, Disco Beer is absolutely stunning. An outstanding, interesting taste adventure that words simply won't do justice. It's got a little bit of everything going on, but the flavors are melded so well that it never leaves you feeling like the brewer tried to do too much, as often happens with beers like this.

The alcohol is big, to the tune of 10.5%, but it drinks like a session beer. As the beer is consumed, though, the alcohol makes it's presence known through a warmth in the chest, more familiar to a cocktail. That said, though, it's unlikely anyone would session this beer, given its availability, presumed cumulative effect, and price.

Really, I can't say enough good things about this beer. If you see it on a shelf, it's a must try.

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Evil Twin Disco Beer (Red Cap) from Evil Twin Brewing
4.08 out of 5 based on 52 ratings.
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