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Evil Twin The Cowboy | Evil Twin Brewing

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Brewed by:
Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States

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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Photo of dandy14
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pilsener glass, the appearance was a semi-glossy ruddy orange color with a touch of carbonation seen rising to fill a finger and a half’s worth of foamy white head quickly dieing off. Messy lace. The aroma starts off with sweet grassy and citrusy hops. Subtle crisp earthy sweetness. Light malt contour. The flavor insists upon the smoke first and then ends up developing on into a nice blend between the grassy and citrusy bitter and earthy hops. Touch of sweet at the bottom. Crisp smoked to citrusy aftertaste and finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a pretty good sessionability about it. Fairly low carbonation. Good ABV, felt appropriate. Overall, pilsener with a smoked aspect about it, I see. Sure, why not. I get it Evil Twin and this is quite good.

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Photo of harpus
3/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Rice_Nate_25
3.34/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of psmith161
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This nicely balanced brew pours a
lightly cloudy amber tinged golden with a modest head of white foam that
settles to a thick ring, thin layer, and light lacing. Nose of subtle citrus notes
of lemon peel, sweet honey malts, and light smoke. Flavors follow the nose with
a citrus laden lemon zest flavor that carries into the middle with light smokey notes
and sweet honey malts with light breaded malts resting firmly on the rear. Nice mouth
feel, crisp, refreshing, medium high carbonation, and a bitter hop finish that rounds
it all out with a light smoke tinge. Nicely balanced and quaffable.


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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.32/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle

Pours hazy golden amber with a creamy frothy white foam head. Smells lightly smoked and roasty with a subtle grilled meat quality to it, some dark toasted crackery bread malt, mild dried fig, pear, candied citrus, sweet spice, floral earthy grass and pine, with smoky roasted woody grains. Tastes smoky and roasty with some grilled meat, some dark toasted crackery bread malt, roasted woody grains, dried fig, fruity citrus, pear, some spice, with floral earthy grass and bitter pine. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy with moderate carbonation. Overall a nice smoked pilsner.

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Photo of alucard
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Erik-P
3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ocelot2500
4/5  rDev +7.2%
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 h4ger
3.52/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MasterRigger
3/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of brocktune
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of grue_soda
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kmat10
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Zazzi82
4.04/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chimneysweep
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of HarveyBerger
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MAB
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm not a fan of smoked beers, nor of lagers (pilsners) but this one was actually quite good.
It was hazy as hell, though. I didn't get any flavors that I associate with whitbiers, so I don't know why the haze was there.
The smoke was very subtle, and did not distract from the overall flavor.
I must say, this was the perfect choice of beverage for the tacos that I ate with it. They paired spectacularly well.

Color me surprised-- I'm giving this one a thumbs up!

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Photo of sherpahigh
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tivlavrie
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of D-HopSupreme
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a pearly white large head with a slightly clouded, straw-coloured body. The scent is surprisingly flowery with a bit of citrus, and a slight undertone of noble hops. The taste is very smoky, completely like a campfire, with a bit of woodiness and a bit of sourness. The feel is alright though the smokiness really clings around longer than it's pleasant. Overall it's a pretty good beer though I can't quite grasp the hype.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, day 13 of the Craft Beer Advent Calendar - hmmmm, a smoked pilsner, interesting, and somehow initially appropriate for this thing we're doing here. The usual self-indulgent label text reminds me of 'I Wanna Be a Cowboy'.

This beer pours a hazy, pale golden yellow colour, with one finger of puffy, loosely foamy, and well-bubbly off-white head, which leaves a bit of splotchy collapsing iceshelf lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of meaty and grainy pale malt, a bit of wet ash, some wee band-aid phenolic notes, musky apples and pears, and softly singed lemon wedge citrus. The taste is smoky, sure, but in a campfire meets dead cow or pig sort of way, with some middling earthy and slightly edgy yeast, a mixed bag of ash-tinged fruit bowl esters, and an emerging gasohol (not a good idea around this smoke, eh?) laced pale malt graininess.

The bubbles are adequate in their supportive and occasionally probing frothiness, the body a so-so medium weight, and trying oh so hard to be smooth, but c'mon, there's SMOKE abounding, people! It finishes off-dry, surprisingly, as that base pils seems to just want to cast off the yoke of smoke (new band name?), and spread its wings.

Overall, not a bad smoked beer, the potential in your face smokey acridity kept mostly in check, while the Continental-style pilsner actually gets to have a say, much in the manner of the Bamberg greats. After a modicum of acclimatization, this becomes easy enough to drink, and makes me want a cigar and some Bridge Mix. Oh, and Jeppe - you can be my cowgirl!

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Evil Twin The Cowboy from Evil Twin Brewing
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 277 ratings
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