All Occasions IPA | Evil Twin Brewing

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All Occasions IPAAll Occasions IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States
eviltwin.dk

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by LiquidAmber on 11-02-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
69
Reviews:
22
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
8.16%
 
 
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Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of metter98
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is very hazy yellowish amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige head that died down, consistently leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and lots of lacy webbing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of caramel malts are present in the nose along with some hints of citrusy and pine resin hops.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of caramel malts along with citrus and pine resin hops as well as some hints of earthy yeast. While there are some initial hints of malty sweetness, a light to moderate amount of bitterness is present throughout the taste. Hints of alcohol are also present towards the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The alcohol contributes some hints of warming.
O: This beer has a good balance between the malts and hops. It's not that difficult to drink, although it is hind of heavy on the palate to have more than one in a single sitting.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deliciously hoppy and dry to the core, the Evil Twin mindset celebrates all-things-hops for Christmas! ...and New Year! ...and President's Day! ...and Valentine's Day! ...and!, ...and!, ...and- well, shoot. It's a fine IPA for all of the beer drinking days. Let's face it folks, we must take advantage of these, for we only get about 375 of these each year!

All Occasions pours into the glass with a malty creaminess that gurgles as the beer decants. Its rich bready amber textures releases a creamy eggshell white foam that is slow to recede and laces the glass with decorative rings while the beer fades. Hazy gold to medium amber, the beer has a sturdy IPA appearance that evokes the sense of richness.

It's cascade of hoppy perfume whaffs over the nose with tons of citrus, tropical, and earthen scents that cover the spectrum of red grapefruit, oranges, pineapples, mangoes, pine needles, and a pungent scent of a freshly mowed lawn. Laced with esters of marmalade and lemon, a cocoon of biscuit and caramel soothes the sense of smell and ushers in a quick attempt to taste.

Semi-sweet caramel flavors rise first, just as the richer biscuit taste provides a supportive richness. But then, there's a quick interruption of hops that changes the course of the beer for the better. Assertive citrus flavors of red grapefruit juices, freshly zested oranges, ripe mangoes, apricots, and pineapple all round out the middle palate and prepares the back of the mouth for the finish. That's where the juicy fruit character turns acutely bitter and closes the taste with fine refreshment and drinkability.

A lighter than usual early palate seems to creamy-up on the middle portion of the tongue and gives the beer a firm yet quick creaminess that entertains the mouth briefly before turning decidedly bitter, zesty, and sharp in finish. With surprisingly minimal warmth for an 8% beer, the beer is highly drinkable and thirst quenching from start to finish.

All Occasions really is a beer for every step in life. Its refreshing body and supple sweetness soothes the mouth while the citrusy bitterness challenges with surprise and wonderment. Plus, the easily consumable alcohols never show in its taste.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. The label details a rather humorous rejoinder to the brewer's famous brother's Christmas ale (one of them, anyway). I'm not waiting for the occasion of my firstborn for this, so here goes.

This beer pours a hazy medium golden amber colour, with two fingers of densely foamy, kind of bubbly, caked off-white head, which leaves some nicely ghoulish Swiss cheese patterned lace around the glass as it slowly and evenly abates.

It smells of bitter white grapefruit, orange, and kiwi rind, a hearty dose of pine resin, and hefty caramel, biscuit, and bready malts, all underscored by a leafy, herbal liqueur warmth. The taste is pungently bitter, as the pine spruce tips, orange and grapefruit pith, and wild grass essences rush to the front, only to slowly give way to a cradling bready caramel malt backbone, some further herbal, leafy hops, and a touch of metallic alcohol.

The bubbles are a tad peppy, but generally just worthy of Best Actor in a Supporting Role, the body an adequate medium weight, and mostly smooth, just an echo of hops and heat tugging at the edges. It finishes off-dry, the undeservedly second-fiddle malt now wielding some newfound power over those decidedly waning hops. Or maybe my bitterness receptors have just reset themselves.

A rather agreeable big-boy Imperial IPA, with an eventual nod to all things balanced, and well, repeatable. As the label goes on to say, it is Monday after all, and there's big fluffy flakes of snow lazily falling outside, so let us be thankful for the non-denominated sort of situations in life, shall we?

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a hazy golden amber in color with some light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some dark orange highlights. The beer has finger tall foamy/sudsy beige head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of caramel malts with slightly lesser aromas of citrus/grapefruit rind and pine/resin hops.

T: Upfront there are slightly stronger than moderate amounts of caramel malts with a light to moderate amount of sweetness. That is followed by some light amounts of earthy yeast and moderate flavors of pine/resin hops and citrus/grapefruit rind. Moderate amounts of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly crisp upfront. Light amounts of alcohol warming in the finish.

O: Slightly heavier than I expected for the style which makes it a little tougher to drink - not quite as easy as some others. Also, the bitterness is a little stronger than I prefer and the hop flavors are a little too dank for me.

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Photo of mendvicdog
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of billab914
3.08/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 330ml bottle into ma Mad Fox glass. It poured hazy pale amber color with a thin, sticky white head covering the top. Decent head retention and a little lacing as I drank it.

The aroma has some notes of orange zest and citrus rind flavor to the hops. It's got a pretty big malt base to it as well with some grainy and slight caramel flavors. The hops are pretty decent in it, but they don't stand out enough for me given the style. The aroma seemed relatively balanced, almost APA like to me at least in the aroma. If I didn't know this was a new beer I'd assume it was old and the hops have faded, at least from the aroma.

The taste shows more of the bitter, resiny, citrus rind hoppiness to it. I get a little bit of a citrus zest to it in the taste, but for the most part it's lacking any kind of a bright, juicy hoppiness I'd expect. Again the base malts play a pretty big role and almost make it seem balanced beside the dry bitter finish.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being below average. Overall, I didn't really think it was that good of a beer for the style. It almost tasted like it had been aged and the brighter, juicy hops all faded away and the dry, citrus rind bitterness and malts took over. Not a bad beer, but it just didn't have that hoppy punch I expect in the style.

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Photo of smcolw
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy, orange-dark amber color. Starts with a two-finger head. Settles slowly. Leaves some streaky web lace.

Smell: Very nice blend of alcohol, pale malt and mild citrus hop.

More bitter than the smell suggests. And the alcohol is more muted. The body is reasonably full and the carbonation is above average. The aftertaste is raw hop bitterness. Slightly warming. Not an over-the-top IPA, which I guess is why it's called "All Occasions".

I think this is a very good cross-over IPA to DIPA.

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Photo of vfgccp
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Billolick
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle for $4.99 !?! No bargains from Evil Twin!

Pours clouded typical almond amber. Moderate khaki cap, going rapidly to a tiny bubble film, thin collar and respectable looking strands and minor fields of fine lace.

Mild hop leaf nose, with some malts lingering in the background.

Rich and malty is what I get up front, then more then a bit of smoke and then hops seriously drying things out and adding to the complexity. Smooth and flavorful.

Worth a try if you can get past the sticker shock....

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am creating a new entry for this beer, although Evil Twin's gypsy nature makes differentiating between "different" beers difficult. This is apparently intended to be the same recipe as Before, During and After Christmas Beer. However, that beer was apparently brewed in Denmark at Fanø Bryghus; this states that it is brewed in Scotland at Brew Dog. I was going to skip creating a new entry until I poured the beer. I had reviewed Before, During and After Christmas Beer a few weeks ago and this one is a different color, had a much different (much bigger and persistent) head and tasted somewhat different. It has a new name and brewer, so I made an entry. They are both great beers.

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a clear, medium golden amber. Fine two finger yellow tinted white head with great retention and massive lacing. Aroma of grassy, lightly citrus hops, stone fruit; aromatic. Flavor follows, dominated by zesty grassy and citrus hops, citrus rind, grapefruit, stone fruit (apricot and peach), slightly sweet. Medium bodied with light creaminess. Very nicely integrated and complex, this is very tasty and I could hardly put the glass down. I gave the similar (same?) Before, During and After Christmas Beer high ratings, but I think I like this a little better and it is nicer looking. I hope I can find another bottle of both for a side by side.

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Photo of afsdan
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of lupercmda
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of wordemupg
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into tulip 14/1/13

A slight haze in a golden orange body, thumbs width of foam falls after a few sips and leaves partial rings with each one

S some mango, pine and caramels work well with some floral and herbal hops with some faint booze

T faint bread and more pine, there's more fruit then mango but I can't quite place it, lots of rind but again hard to distinguish, lime, lemon, grapefruit? it could go in any direction, either way its a pretty tasty IPA

M bitter and gritty, with some body, aftertaste lingers for ages, just a little booze on the way down

O solid DIPA going on here, nothing to set it apart from "good" brews but its a good example of the style

another well rounded DIPA that I'd drink again, good but not great try it if you get the chance

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Photo of avalon07
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had an orange color and a cloudy consistency. There was an inch of foamy head that lasted a fair amount of time. Below average lacing.

S: A good aroma of hops, malt, and fruity sweetness.

T: A lot of hops in this beer, but not an obnoxious level of them. A nice fruity element (grapefruit), along with pine, malt, and something sugary. A focused, well-balanced, smooth flavor.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a prickly finish. Medium-bodied.

O: While not exactly long on originality, this beer is very well made and extremely drinkable.

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Photo of Griffith
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of cjgiant
3.51/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: cloudy burnt yellow. When I hold it away from the light, the color reminds me of an overripe banana. Up to the light there might be a tinge of orange. The head sustained quite well, with some lacing.
S: mid-to-low strength wet cardboard with some herb notes (rosemary?) and a caramel-like sweetness behind it.
T: sort of balanced beginning. I note the bitterness a little more (lemon-grass earthiness), but there is a hint of a more honey (than caramel) sweetness as well. The flavors meld well in the end, but then slowly fade.
M: carbonation is decent throughout, but there isn't much of an impact on the mouth in my mind, a light lingering bitterness.
O: although I am not impressed with the beer hitting the style as I'd like (needs a little more hops punch), I did enjoy drinking the beer. The lighter overall taste reminded me of session IPAs I've had, but with more depth, and better than pretty much all of the beers I've had in that style.

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Photo of Durge
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chilled, from a DeCicco's growler, this DIPA shows a deep rusty amber
color with a modest collection of off-white bubbles on top and decent lacing.
The aroma offers a sort of peachy tropical fruit medley including apricot hop.
Very distinctive and includes a sort of lemon tea sweetness. Likeable for sure.
The flavor follows with more grain profile full of rye malt, grass hops and a
sort of Belgian yeast bite. There's more of the tropical fruit idea again but
it's very muted in the flavor and the theme turns more to the green bitterness
with wheat and grassy grain. It's medium bodied with very weak carbonation and a
slightly aqueous feel.

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Photo of bsuedekum
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of thagr81us
3.41/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from bottle into a Mikkeller oversized wine glass (semi-proper!). Poured fluorescent yellow-orange with a one finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount very slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, earth, earth hop, grain, medicinal, and metallic. The flavor was of sweet malt, fruit, pine, spice, spicy hop, fruit hop, and earth. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. This brew was another case of first inspecting the nose and not liking what I found really that much. The flavor was actually fairly decent though as it brought a decent bit of complexity to the party. This made it fairly easy to drink, but didn’t really make it stand out too much from other brews in the style. I wouldn’t mind having this one again, but it wouldn’t be my number one pick if other brews from the style were available.

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Photo of Zonian1
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of CHickman
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very cloudy orange gold color with a big foamy 2 finger off white head that was very thick and looked like a cloud, dissipating very slowly and barely moving as it went down. The head had a ton of bubbles in it and left a foamy layer on top and good spotty lacing.

Smells very herbal, like floral hops, tea leaf, mint, piney hops, grapefruit, pineapple, grapes, biscuit, wheat bread, caramel, malt and grains. The initial herbal hop aroma gives way to malt and grains, balancing out quite well and coming off as tame for a DIPA.

Tastes of floral hops and piney hops up front, followed by herbs like tea leaf, mint, grass, grapefruit, pineapple, orange peel, grapes, biscuit, wheat bread, caramel, strong malt, grains, and fruits like apple or pear. The hops start strong but then fade as the malt charges forward, and this ends up tasting like Razzles or Skittles were dropped into an American lager. This is not a hop bomb, but very tasty and interesting in its composition. The more I drank it and the warmer it got, the better it got. It masks the ABV almost to perfection.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, with a medium chewy body, average carbonation, and a bitter herbal finish that has a bready taste like a lot of yeast is in the mix.

Not your typical DIPA as the hops were not obnoxiously aggressive, but there was an element of fun and confusion which added to the overall experience of this beer as the flavors got better and expanded as it warmed up. I liked this and would definitely have it again (if I can find it) because it tasted good and was very easy to drink. It didn’t blow me away, but it was so smooth that it scores extra points for being an “All Occasions” beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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All Occasions IPA from Evil Twin Brewing
3.92 out of 5 based on 69 ratings.
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