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Evil Twin Low Life | Evil Twin Brewing

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Evil Twin Low LifeEvil Twin Low Life
BEER INFO

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

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A clever woman once said; ‘fair is foul and foul is fair’. On that note we threw in a young, unacknowledged hoppy pilsner gave it a limp, wrinkly flavor and finished it off with an insulting high price that will give you a foul feeling in your mouth. That’s why we name Evil Twin Brewing’s Low Life the Golddigger of Beers.

Added by Amalak on 12-23-2012

BEER STATS
Reviews:
64
Ratings:
337
Avg:
3.66
pDev:
24.59%
 
 
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Reviews: 64 | Ratings: 337
Photo of CrazyDavros
2.1/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours gold with a small, fading white head.
Delicate aroma, some spicy and herbal hops and cereal grains.
Flavours are the same - boring cereal grains and spicy hops, with little else to back things up.
Carbonation is too high.
Not impressive....

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.64/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz bomber purchased from Slowbeer in Melbourne.

Pours a rather thin golden hue, with some pale haze through it, and a head which seemed to form initially, but only went as far as becoming a mild ring of white. Very little visible carbonation. It looks exceptionally generic, except even the most generic pilsner usually filters out the haze. I'm unimpressed.

Nose is mild and green, with a pretty light basis, but a pleasant enough vegetative hop character to get it going. Slight sweet herbal note and some hints of esters, but that could just be other sweet characters coming from the neutral malt. It's ok—nothing to write home about, but fine enough.

Taste is slightly worse. Faint, neutral pale malt graininess on the front with an upturn in metallic hops which giving a clanging bitterness to the mid to back palate. It doesn't sit nicely with the malt character, which is weak and yet also slightly too sweet. Indeed, there's a clinging beet-sugar sweetness right through to the back which echoes some of the vegetative hop characters on the nose. Feel is light and fluid, but with an unpleasant stickiness towards the back as the sweetness stings the finish.

Overall, this is easily my least favourite effort from Evil Twin, and quite a slight on pilsners in general. I'm genuinely unimpressed.

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Photo of beertunes
2.77/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

$8 for a 12oz pour. Evil Twin, this better be good. Served in tulip. Poured a mildly hazy, bright yellow color with over an inch of white head (which means I actually got about 9oz for my eight clams) that had moderate retention and lacing.

The aroma was almost exactly typical, some mild, earthy grains, and a gentle dose of of soft hops. The taste was the same, perhaps even a bit on the bland side of typical, and in all honesty, a brewery down the street from me (Chuckanut) makes a far superior example of the style.

The body was on the full side of average for the style, a bit sticky and sweet, especially on the finish. Drinkability was decent enough, but not good enough to make me want another. Overall, because of the low value, I can't recommend you spend your own money on this beer. If you can get someone to buy it for you, go ahead and tick it, otherwise, avoid.

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Photo of atr2605
3.05/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-pours a murky golden straw color with a white sudsy head with good retention
S-grainy wheat aroma dominates with some grassy hops lingering in the background
T-wheat malt mixes with the grassy hops with a touch of lemon and some remnants if minerals
M-light bodied with high carbonation
O-not a bad brew, probably would have been better fresh. Not worth the price though

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.06/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled last night on 8/26/15. Comes in a single 16 ounce can for around $3 or so from the Hy-Vee across the Missouri River in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Can chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in a tall 20 ounce weissber glass.

Brew pours a slight hazy apricot golden amber in color with a good 3-finger foamy wheat head that finally settles down to a 5mm layer after about 5 mins or so. Lots of sheet-like lacing is seen when sipped. Aroma is of floral hops and grains for the most part. More going on with the taste as there is also a hint of light spice and light fruits also. Does have a crisp, bitter and dry finish and lasted more than I like. Lighter to medium-bodied with good carbonation. Not a big fan of this one. Overall, it was a one time try for me though.

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Photo of cbutova
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Evil Twin Low Life

A- Tall boy delivers a slightly hazy medium golden brew into two pint glasses. The head is white, frothy and retains fairly well. Large sheet of lace at the top and a few spots below.

S- Fairly mild overall with herbal and spicy hops leading to pale malt tones like bread and cracker. A bit grassy and something reminds me of pale fruits.

T- The hops gain some prominence on the palate as they are grassy, herbal and fairly spicy. Hints of pale fruit like grape, light stone fruit, cereal grains and bready cracker. A bit sweet for me.

MF- Light bodied and the defining adjective I'd use is crisp. Just a bit puffy and frothy and would feel thin in any other style. High end carbonation.

Its a solid drinker but as the description ironically ironically suggests its not worth the money. Also doesn't touch the great Pilsners even the Western Hemisphere ones.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.24/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Almost completely clear dark gold with a huge bubbly white head. Drops to a small loose cap and collar in short order. Some splotches of lacing. Lively carbonation on the pour. Looks like the real thing.

Smell: Grain and husk. Pale malt. A small hint of earth and dirt. Lager yeast. Super clean. Mild pale malt sweetness with a touch of rice. Very mild esters as well. Not a ton going on here. A touch of grass. A little dirty.

Taste: Oh those dirty earthy German hops. Clean, crisp malt body. A solid toasted bread crust. Some minor pale malt sweetness as well. Grain husk. A touch of cereal grains. Small touches of grass and something that reminds me of wheat. Lager yeast throws very minor esters. Very soft fruity esters in the back. Dirt and the smallest hint of bitterness and citrus buried in the back.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is on point. Ever so slightly smooth on the initial sip with a crisp finish.

Overall: Let's slum some time.

I get the joke, but this is a hoppier version of the beer on which it riffs. The carbonation is nice for the style and it drinks close to style as well. Well played.

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Photo of corby112
3.39/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Draft at Tørst in Brooklyn.

Pours a slightly cloudy, dark golden yellow color with straw colored edges and a one finger, white foam head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Splotchy lacing left behind.

Slightly earthy, crisp hop aroma with pale malt and light fruit notes.  Grassy with sappy pine needle followed by hints of apple, straw, pale pilsner malt and biscuit.

Similar to aroma with a crisp hop bite up front that lingers over the pale malts into a slightly dry finish.  Nice grassy presence with sweet apple and pear flavor.  Nothing too exciting but this beer is crisp, refreshing and easy to drink.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
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 a hazy yellow-orange with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, earth, fruit, spices, and grain. The flavor was of sweet malt, earth, earth hop, fruit, spice, grain, rye, and wheat. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. Upon first inspection of the nose on this one I really wasn’t expecting too much if I’m honest. There was a very substantial earthiness going on which was a little overwhelming. However, the flavor was a good bit better with a nice kiss of fruit taking place. This kept some of the earthiness at bay and helped to balance it out. Worth trying if you get the chance to do so.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at Whole Foods, Alexandria, VA. The beer is golden with a mild haze. An inch of fluffy white head. Aromas of grain, mild lemon, bread. Typical pilsner flavors with subtle notes of earth and herbal hops. Light bodied, finishing dry with lingering grain and bread flavors. This was alright.

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%

Beer pours a clear gold colour, very typical Pilsner look. The smell is like earthy hops and not much else, very timid aroma. The beer tastes crisp, slightly sweet, earthy hops, and overall clean taste. Light-bodied. Kind of tastes like a hybrid between a Pilsner and a Pale ale

Sessionable.

Would I buy it again? Yes.

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Photo of Taybeh
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%

From a bottle (not sure how old) picked up as a single, into a pokal.
A: Hazy pale gold, massive head, lots of suspended particles
S: bready... some faint grassy notes, but mainly tasty bready pilsner malt
T: follows the nose. Pretty good backbone, but the hops don't entirely add up to me; a bit too sweet in a nondescript way, and the grassy notes promised in the nose aren't entirely delivered.
M: Pretty crisp and pretty light,
Overall: not bad, but not likely to seek out again, given the number of really good pils brewed here in the midwest.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a cloudy golden color. The head is a two finger white shade. Texturing is more frothy than creamy, with a floater in the middle suggesting a good hop profile. Plenty of lacing is left on the glass, too, also suggesting a good hop profile.

S: This seems to be loaded with a few 'Merican hops, which is a welcoming presence. They provide notes of grapefruit, apricot, and grass. There also seems to be a vegetal note hidden in there that I don't like too much - evoking green bell peppers. Otherwise, solid.

T: It takes a bit of time for the hop profile (and the welcoming bitterness) to hit the palate, but when it does, it introduces notes of apricot, pine, grapefruit, and maybe some nettle. Not much malt presence - a good thing. Only the vegetal hints of bell pepper keep this from being great.

M: This has a crisp bite to it, along with a dry finish. Pleasantly bitter on the palate, too. Moderate carbonation does a good job of quashing any potential for a syrupy texture.

O: A really solid pilsner. The price point ($11/4 pack) only seems cheap in comparison to other Evil Twin brews - taking that out of consideration, this is actually pretty damn expensive. Shame about that price, because this is up there with both Sunshine Pils and Prima Pils in my opinion.

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Photo of metter98
3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy yellowish amber in color. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down, leaving a collar around the edge and some lacing on the surface.
S: Faint aromas of grassy hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but also has some hints of bready and grainy malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seems to taste a little like an ae and has some hints of fruity yeast. It's not very flavorful but is easy to drink.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.47/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 8/22/13.

Pours a murky light orange with a foamy bone 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, grain, and very slight grassy aromas. Taste is much the same with grassy and herbal hop 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 with a solid hop flavor, but the aroma is fairly subdued in comparison.

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Photo of EMH73
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A little more hops than most pilsners that I have had as well as a little more carbonation. Both work for me. Very drinkable but nothing that makes it stand out as special.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Had this on tap at Blackback in Waterbury. From notes.

A - Poured hazy golden with two fingers of soapy white head. Good lace rings and a half finger of retention.

S - Honey, sweet malt. Not much hop presence.

T - Sweet malt again, subtle hop character.

M - Good carbonation, light to medium body, refreshing finish.

O/D - A decent, clean pils. Nothing spectacular at all. Could use more hop character and complexity given the brewery. Wouldn't revisit but it was pleasant.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, day 23 of the 2013 Craft Beer Advent calendar. Another brew from Evil Twin constructed in Stratford, CT.

This beer pours a hazy medium golden straw hue, with a teeming tower of (are we sure this wasn't brewed at DeProef?) rather puffy, thinly foamy, and ultimately frothy bone-white head, which leaves some decent (or not?) hanging garter belt lace around the glass as it slowly bleeds away.

It smells of prominent grassy, leafy hops, floral clover honey, grainy, slightly biscuity pale malt, and a subtle dry yeastiness. The taste is sharply bitter grassy, kind of metallic noble hops, gritty crackery pale malt, semi-tart lemon peel, a touch of flinty stoniness, and some weird additional natural sweet earthy tones.

The bubbles are, as already noted, big and overwrought out of the gate, and linger deeply until they eventually settle to a dull hum on the tongue, right at the point before another top-up is required, natch, the body on the light side of medium weight, and a tad too astringent from fizz and hop alike to be deemed anywhere near smooth. It finishes on a drying trend, the malt waning, while the acerbic hops and yeast gear up for a final run at my upper palate.

Well, what we have here is a German Pils, via Belgium's 'finest' yeastmeisters, spit out by a Danish recipe in coastal Connecticut. WTF? Globalization has its merits, as does collaboration and cooperation, but this all seems to be taking it all a step or ten too far, in concept marketing (our beer sucks, and all that), and in geography.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy dark golden yellow to pale orange in color with some light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some golden orange highlights. The beer has a finger tall sudsy light beige head that quickly reduces to a very thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of sweet bready/grainy malts with lighter aromas of grassy/spicy/earthy hops.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate amount of bready and grainy malts that are lightly sweet. That is followed by moderate flavors of grassy, spicy, and earthy hops which contribute a light to moderate amount of bitterness which lingers slightly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly chewy.

O: Interesting, tastes more like an ale than a lager but still an enjoyable brew. Slightly more hopped up that we often get in the pilsener style but still worth enjoying.

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Photo of brentk56
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with a reasonably impressive head that leaves a strand or two of lace

Smell: Very bready, with a grainy element and a hint of sulfur

Taste: Bready and sulfuric, up front, with a walk down a grainy trail in the middle; some grassy hops develop, after the swallow, though the finish is a return to the grain and sulfur

Mouthfeel: Light body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Well, this one is nine months old now, so what should be expected; just doesn't have the fresh elements one seeks in a beer of this style

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Photo of utopiajane
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazy and yellow but brightly yellow with a cream colored head of foam that is tall and persists until the end of the beer. I pint so good I get to really drink it. Smells fruity with lots of spice. It is canned 33715 and these hops still entice the nose and smell bold. They show floral, fruit, spice and plenty of earth. Malt is underneath and firm, breaddy. Taste is generous with bread and hops but hops are exotic. Floral and fruity the also give plenty of spice and earth. It's soft overall and the bitterness is crisp. No diacetyl no dms, no alcohol on the nose or on the palate but as it approaches 6 percent you can see how the hops take a different place in the beer. The alcohol does give a bit of sweetness to the finish and the malt is round and firm and stays forward until the end. I liked this a lot. Mostly dry finish and pushes right up to IPA type hops on a pilsner malt style. Excellent.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured two fingers of head on a clear, medium straw colored body.
The aroma is grain and pine. Mild but nice.
The taste has mild pine bitterness with some honey sweetness in the middle. Finishes with mild dry bitter note.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
Enjoyable. It's a little less bitter than most pilseners.

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Photo of Moose90
3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served On-Tap

A — Pours a clear and bright yellow hue, there is a thin white head that fades rather quickly.

S — Smells of pilsner malts and yeast, little bit peppery and grassy, but not much going on.

T — Taste is clean enough, but fairly straightforward notes of pilsner. Grassy, fresh, bright.

M — Light, crisp and clean, one of its few redeemable qualities.

O — OK overall, read the side of the bottle. . .Could be better, could be worse.

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Photo of tone77
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A big thanks to woodychandler, whose large package I received just before I left PA for the winter is still being sampled. This is one of those beers. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a deep golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, light sweetness. Taste is malts, grains, some floral hops, touch of sweetness, very easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a refreshing beer.

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Photo of BrewAskew
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brewed by "Evil Twin Brewing, Stratford, CT" Bottled 8/22/13.

Pours to a thick white head and hazy (must be bottle conditioned) yellow color. Aroma is spicy, grassy and citrusy hops with a nice balance of sweet pale malt. Flavor is crisp, hoppy, grainy and balanced, with a sharp, dry finish. Mouthfeel is light and CO2 is under control. Overall a very good Pils.

Evil Twin, now available in Arkansas.

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Evil Twin Low Life from Evil Twin Brewing
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