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Evil Twin The Cowboy | Evil Twin Brewing

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Evil Twin The CowboyEvil Twin The Cowboy

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Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States | website

Style: Smoked Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by LiquidAmber on 10-13-2012

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Reviews: 61 | Ratings: 270
Photo of udouche
4.46/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a Chalice

A - Slightly cloudy dark orange. A solid 3 finger head on a medium pour. Thin yet full lacing.

S - Campfire, fresh bread, a sweet caramel, some ginger, and a slight scent of citrus.

T - Lots of smoke upfront, but not in the overbearing sense of a rauchbier. It settles well showing its light pilsener character with touches of sweet malt and crisp hops. Washes with a hint of smoke, but otherwise very clean.

M - Fairly light body, yet heavier than your normal pils. It is full of creamy carbonation. Leaves your mouth clean.

O - For those who can't handle or feel overpowered by super smokey beer, but still appreciate smoke, this is a create place to look. It pairs well with, as the name suggests, cowboy food. I'll probably grab a couple more since I'm a fan of southwestern US food.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle purchased as a single from somewhere localish.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" off-white head over the slightly cloudy golden amber brew. Head recedes gradually, with lasting lace. Aroma is sweet with obvious smoke presence. Cool. Everyone always seems to scrimp on smoke.

Taste has smoke from head to tail, to my utter surprise. Beyond that, sweet upfront, touch of citrus in the middle, reasonably balanced closed, bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is soft and smooth, and drinkability is easy. Nice brew, and delivers the advertised smoke. Two thumbs up!

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Photo of Bung
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. Cloudy orange pour, thin layer if white which laced pretty well.

Aroma, some spicy biscuit. Light caramel, way light smoke. Some crisp hop notes, citrus and lighter pine. It is quite interesting, just not sure what to make of it.

Taste, Nails it. The smoke is light and works very well with the lighter pilsener type malts. Light bread and citrus. A beach wood like smoke underpins the entire time.

Just heavy of light body. Good carbonation, very easy drinking. Reminds me a bit of the Holy Smoke and lesser bit of the Shenklera Weizen.
If it wasn't for the price point if these Evil Twin brews I would have them in the fridge much more often.

Anyone with an appreciation of the smokes will like this one. Worth the dollars to try once, maybe more.

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Photo of tbraun1
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

A: Pours golden amber with a slight bit of haze. Rich white two finger head and concentric rings of lacing.

S: Lemon. Spice. Slight smoke essence.

T: Citrus, biscuity, very faint smoke taste on the finish...Adds nicely to the overall dryness to this brew and compliments the lemon/citrus tones. Very well built.

M: Wonderful. Slightly carbonated like most of the pilsners I have tasted but it has a very nice finish. Slightly dry but pleasant from the hops used and the biscuity malts.

O: Fantastic. I wish I had bought a sixer of this. One you could drink easily in a session with friends. Prost.

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Photo of ryanhooks81
4.24/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

fantastic beer. golden color, smoky. tastes like an awesome campfire. perfect for a hot summer day, perfect for drinking while smoking some meat or grilling. one of my favorite everyday drinkers. i keep this stocked in the fridge.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.14/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

No head really with decent lacing on a murky golden with slight copper hue body. Aroma is strongly smokey and hint of mesquite and only light smoked meat presence, some grass as well. Flavors present and interesting mix of orange and lemon citrus fading in and out with smoked meats and campfire flavors. A rapidly changing and dynamic flavor. medium body and moderate carbonation. Very unique and easy to drink for the style. definitely worth trying.

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Photo of Jetulio
4.11/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

650 ml bottle poured into a Tulip glass
Appearance... cloudy orange beer with head colour white of almost 2 fingers
Aroma... grass, floral very smokey. Fresh and strong smell with a little touch of malty aroma too
Taste... citrus and herbal, touch of malt with smokey wood in mouth, bitterness appears lately to complete a complex beer
Mouthfeel... medium/full body and medium/soft carbonation
Overall... a very nice beer, bitterness is present in a light style, refreshing beer being a smoked pilsner. Well executed idea. To repeat.

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Photo of Resuin
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Golden-brown in color with a nice, white one-inch head. Very pleasant appearance.

Smell: A punch of smoke, some bacon, caramel, perhaps a little citrus.

Taste: While smoke is certainly the predominant flavor, it is actually quite well balanced. This is a tasty beer. Little to no alcohol taste, but the smoky taste lingers a bit.

Mouth-feel: Very well bodied; nice texture. Very enjoyable mouth-feel, one of the best parts of this beer.

Overall: I enjoyed this beer, it was a pleasurable and memorable experience. This is an extremely well balanced beer, and if I find it I will definitely go for another.

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Photo of FLima
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Milky amber orange color with a head with short retention.
Nice bold and predominant aroma of bacon that would not go away.
Flavor of smoked malts with notes of bacon, citrusy hops and pepper. Dry and slightly acid aftertaste.
Excellent beer, perfect level of smokiness that still gives room for other flavors, definitely an experience that paid off.

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Photo of lochef81
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am so excited to taste this particular ale. Not because of the notoriety of its brewer, but due to the unorthodox nature of an offering as odd as a smoked pilsner. All of the smoked beers I've tried have been heavier darker ales but this is a light pilsner style beer, I am quite perplexed. The pour is that of a traditional pilsner, golden straw yellow color with a white head and little lacing. The nose of this beer is my favorite thing about it. There is all the sweet simple aromas of a well made pilsner accented by the very natural organic smell of smoke. The aroma makes me salivate and beg to taste. The flavir is exactly what the nose promised, just not as dynamic. The beer is balanced and very well reminiscent of the style and the smoke is natural and adds complexity unlike the smoke on many lesser beers. This is a great beer that begs to be drank and enjoyed. Unorthodox does not always work....This time it does.

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Photo of Trosevear
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Day 13 of the Craft Beer Advent Calendar.

L: A Hazy yellow with a nice white head, and a slight red tinge to it.

S: A smokeyness, that overpowers most things but there a slight hop smell to it as well.

T: Crisp with a fair amount of smoke to it. Slight bitterness from the hops but you can't taste very much hops.

F: Light bodied with a slight amount of carbination and leaves a nice smokey taste in your mouth.

O: A good beer by evil twin but kinda upset again that this beer wasn't made for just the calendar like it was supposed to be.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall pint glass. Bottled on 02/10/14.

Appearance: Pours a hazy straw golden orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Solid two fingers of white head with decent retention. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smell: A bready and earthy malt forward aroma with good hints of smoke and cracker. Pale malt with hints of grains, wheat, biscuit, straw, crackers, and yeast. Hints of smoke and wood that are noticeable but not overly strong. Earthy and floral hop presence with some hints of noble hops. Also some subtle citrus fruit hints of lemon and orange. A pretty interesting and solid aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a bready and fairly earthy malt driven taste with good notes of smoke, biscuit, and cracker. Upfront pale malt with notes of biscuit, straw, grains, wheat, crackers, and yeast. Solid taste of smoke and wood notes that are nicely balanced with the pils flavor. Floral and earthy hops with some noble notes. Citrus fruit notes of lemon and orange. A pretty nice and interesting taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp, clean, and pretty smooth and drying.

Overall: A pretty solid twist on a Pilsener. The smoke adds an interesting kick without overwhelming the soft pils malt notes.

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Photo of Hopswagger
4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

P: Pours a pale golden body with a milky white cap.

S: Aroma is similar to a tweed couch. Pilsner malt, musty hops, leather, stone fruit, chalky esters and bonfire ash. Has a barnyard aroma to plays nicely with the delicate smoke.

T/M: Follows the nose with a nice profile of smoky wheat, a healthy dose of spice, chalky yeast, salt and old leather. Medium body with a sting of carbonation that erupts on the tongue. Finishes semi sry with a plastic aftertaste.

O: Hands down one of the best smoked beers I have tried. Crisp clean and a refined smoke that enhances the flavor rather than resemble liquid smoke. Easy drinkability that really delivers.

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Photo of Tone
4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, gold color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Good retention and great lacing. Smells of smoke, hops, hint of citrus, sweet malt, and a hint of pale malt. Fits the style of a Smoked Beer. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes sharply of smoke, pale malt, sweet malt, and slight hop. Overall, the smoke is distinct but not overwhelming, and other flavors are distinguished. This is a very session-able beer.

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

Served from bottle into a COAST Willi. Poured a slightly hazy red-orange with a one finger white head that subsided to half a finger slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, wheat, smoke, smoked meat, and grain. The flavor was of sweet malt, smoked meat, smoke, wheat, and spice. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. The smokiness on this one really stands out and makes it quite intriguing upon first investigation. I am a big fan of smoked brews when they are done correctly and this one seems to be spot on for what I enjoy. Nice smoky flavors with a nice kiss of sweetness to keep your palate from getting overwhelmed easily. This made it quite easy to drink and would make it easy to drink in large quantities at a cookout. An absolute must try for any fan of the smoke. You won’t regret doing so.

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Photo of ocelot2500
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with a frothy, white head that leaves little chunks of lacing.

Smells of smoke notes and and some grainy malts.

Tastes of the smoke layered over a grainy malt base. Smoke leads off with mesquite notes. Next comes grainy malt with some sweetness. This gives way to some light, lemon zest. Earthy bitterness makes it way towards the end and lingers through thee finish along with some smoke.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a lightly smoky beer that hits plenty of good notes.

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

Poured into a Stone gargoyle pint. Pours a orange golden amber with a thin, fine light white head with great persistence and lacing. Light aroma of smoke, smoked meat and faint sweet malt. Flavor starts with nice wood smoke which gradually reveals pleasant biscuit malt and hops. Nice persistant smoky after taste. Great flavor progression and integration. Medium bodied with good creaminess. This is a very nicely made smoked ale. I would definitely return to this if the bomber price point weren't so painful.

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

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, bottled on 11/13/2013. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy pale golden amber color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky white head with incredible retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon zest, orange zest, pear, biscuit, cracker, wood smoke, herbal, floral, grass, light pine, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance of malt, hop, and smoke notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon zest, orange zest, pear, biscuit, cracker, wood smoke, herbal, floral, grass, light pine, light honey, and yeast earthiness. Light floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon/orange zest, pear, biscuit, cracker, wood smoke, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance of malt, hop, and smoke flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and moderately crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice smoked pilsner. All around good balance of malt, hop, and smoke flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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

A - Fairly clear golden orange with a finger of frothy white head. Fades at a normal pace.

S - Smoke, vanilla, pilsner malts, lemon zest, noble hops, some lager yeast esters.

T - Smoke, vanilla, pilsner malts, lemon zest, citrus and noble hops, a hint of bitterness, some lager yeast esters, bit of hop bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a smokey, warming, and lightly sweet finish.

D - Interesting mix of pilsner and smoked beer, but it works. Pretty good balance.

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Photo of infinitebruner
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

January 25, 2015

12 oz bottle, kolsch-type cylindrical glass

A – Light gold and very high effervescence. About 2-3 inches of foamy, craggy white head with long, long retention, similar to a traditional hefeweiss. Somewhat hazy, chill but appears to be unfiltered as well.

S – Bread dough, a mix of uncooked and freshly baked. Beechwood smoke is light to moderate, present but only one component of many, very nice complement to the other malts. Floral, somewhat spicy hops, are moderate to mildly assertive.

T – Bready, grainy malts, with spicy hops and touch of floral flavor. Hop bitterness is pronounced. Smoke flavor is pretty low in the mix, the majority of its impression coming from the aroma.

M – Very full-bodied for a pilsner, presumably from being unfiltered. Bitter up front and quite juicy. The bitterness lasts throughout and the finish ends up dry. Moderate to high carbonation, this one was a gusher but not necessarily in the mouthfeel once it settles down.

O – Pilsners are a dime a dozen, but quality pilsners are not. Even without the smoke component this is an interesting, flavorful, satisfying beer, standing out partly because it is unfiltered. The smoke adds additional complexity. Very good.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clean golden yellow pour wtih a finger of head which quickly dissipated. Smells of pilsner malt, lemongrass, frosted flakes, slight smokiness, bread. The flavor is awesome. Think a hoppy pils with a subtle smoke touch. Bready, grassy bitterness, sweet malt, campfire smoke.
Light body with high carbonation, this is a very crushable beer.
Easy to drink, appealing to people that normally don't drink pilsners because they're boring (aka me!).. This is full of flavor, and although it seems absurd to have a sweet, hoppy, smoky beer all in one - it works, and it works well.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

Home, home on the range... This stuff pours a very lightly hazy straw topped by over a finger of lightly off-white froth. The nose comprises dark smoke, light plastic, very light wheat, and very light grass. It's understandable that the smoke is front and center, but there isn't much else going on at all. Still, nice smoke... The taste brings in more of the same, though now the smoke is hammy, less plastic-y. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, an enjoyable smoked pilsner, something that shows that you can, indeed, smoke a pilsner without completely losing sight of the base (though, admittedly, the smoke seems meant to o'erpower all else). Not bad at all.

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Photo of TheFizzinator
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a light smoky golden pale color. Not much head or retention. Has that smoky woody character in the aroma but also has that pilsner clean and bright smell out of it. Maybe some noble hopping. The taste is interesting for its smoked character that you get out of it. Yet also retains that clean and easy drinkability known in pilsners. Lovely light and refreshingly thin body that makes for easy drinking.

Cool style and punch given to the ordinary pilsner, but its flavor profile isn't overwhelming and still stays firmly in the pilsner territory.

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pilsner glass- beautiful golden color, three fingers of foamy white head and great retention and lacing. Couldn't ask it to look any better.

Smell is interesting- not a refined scent but interesting and earthy. I smell some yeasty funk along with a sort of burnt campfire thing.

Taste is equally unusual but better blended- yeast funk remains throughout the taste, campfire tastes longer towards the end, earthy grains up front and a pretty clean dry finish.

Mouthfeel is good- medium light body, crisply carbonated. This is certainly a very interesting take on a pilsner and perhaps something a cowboy would drink.

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Photo of dar482
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a clear golden straw color.

The aroma has crackery malt, grassy hops, a hint of smoke.

The flavor follows with lemon zest, bready malt, lightly smoked malt on the finish along with lager yeast notes.

A refreshing pilsner with an interesting hint of smoked malt.

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86 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.
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