Evil Twin Justin Blåbær | Evil Twin Brewing

Evil Twin Justin BlåbærEvil Twin Justin Blåbær
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Evil Twin Justin BlåbærEvil Twin Justin Blåbær
BEER INFO

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

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
OMG! It's JUSTIN BLABAER!!! If you have "Blabaer Fever," then this is the only cure. We stuffed so many blueberries into this beer- it's going to make you shout, "Oh, Baby!" This is dedicated to AVSB, A&F YFFL-EW, MW, RWM, BE, SS, RC.

Added by Jason on 02-27-2013

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#6,811
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141
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1,027
pDev:
11.79%
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer was brewed twice although they are different. One batch at Evil Twin and a second batch in collaboration with Westbrook.

No head really on a murky pink, really grapefruit meat colored body. No lacing. Aroma is of musty strawberry, blueberry and lemon citrus. The nose is strong and tart overall. Flavor is as tart as you would expect for the style with more of what was encountered in the aroma with citrus, blueberry and strawberry on a wheat base. Perfect degree of tartness. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Flavorful beer, I am very interested in trying the original Evil Twin version for comparison.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.56/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Panny for sharing this one at Wowcoolman's tasting.

Pours a murky light orange-red with a foamy reddish-white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, blueberry, and other fruity aromas. Taste is much the same with only slightly sour blueberry flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity 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 but the blueberry presence is fairly subdued all around.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

hard to believe i waited so long to try this, what a great blueberry sour. pink and cloudy in color without much head, true to limbic in looks. the nose is really lactic and tart, more acid than berries over a wheat malt base. it seems vinegary from the nose, and the flavor follows that, sour all the way into my jaw, i really love the flavor. the blueberries come out a lot more in the finish than at first, even after the swallow, and they blend well with a biscuity cookie malt finish. sour as they come, this is a puckery beer to say the least. i would like a little more blueberry through the beer, but i understand most of their flavor is sugars that are fermented out in the brew. brightly carbonated this beer really pops. maybe too acidic to drink a lot of, but splitting a bomber with a friend is a good dose. cool beer from evil twin with a great comical label.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of metter98
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer looks like peach juice and is very hazy pinkish yellow in color with a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that quickly died down, leaving a collar of bubbles around the edge of the glass and some patches on the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of sour berries are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has some flavors of lactic acid sourness with hints of blueberries towards the finish.
M: It feels light-bodied and a little tart on the palate with a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer isn't as sour and tart compared to some of the other beers in this style, which makes it very easy to drink. This would probably make for a good introduction to a Berliner Weissbier for someone who is trying the style for the first time.

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4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Perverted to the core, the marketeering of this beer is simply not right. Its all of what's wrong with the world as I feel ashamed simply looking at its label. Excuse me while I go shower...

Hazy mauve in color, the ale releases a delicate lacy creme that slowly recedes but regenerates easily with a swirl of the glass. Light on lace, the ales acidity gets the better of its foam character, but that's to be expected.

Lemony to the scent, a musty tartness wafts about with complementary notes of dry cider and white wine vinegar. But then an even more sturdy fruit note emerges- its the unmistakable blueberry notes, and not the artificial candy blueberry flavor but true vine-picked blueberries in all its musty tartness and and robust earthiness.

Its taste is highly lemony, but lightly salty, cork-like and sour with the taste of white grapes, light vinegar, wine and crab apples. Its lemon and lime-type sourness folds in a bright blueberry taste with all its tart citric acidity and little of the fruictose- keeping the beer clean, crisp and dedicated to the taste of Berlinerweiss first.

Light bodied throughout, the beer's sheer sourness causes a lightness on the palate, aided with the bold spritzy texture of champagne. Thinning late, the would-be astringency of blueberry skins is buffered nicely by the light bready after texture of wheat.

After the bottle is forcefully discarded, what remains in the beer is outstanding. The beer doesn't get in the fruit's way and the fruit doesn't get in the ale's way and this creates a harmonious blend and is still well-infused.

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3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle - maybe it's just me, but what the hell is this label talking about?

This beer pours a clear, pale salmon amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and rather fizzy off-white head, which leaves absolutely nothing in the way of lace near the glass as it quickly blows off.

It smells of musty dark berry fruit, a slightly sour pale graininess, edgy wheat cereal, a surprisingly tame white cheesy funk, a touch of underripe lemon zest, and some strange earthy bittering astringencies. The taste is sharp white wine vinegar, muddled and thinned out dark fruit (still not particularly blueberry-like), salted wheat bread, lemon juice, mineral water, a waning earthy funkiness, and more plainly overwhelmed or understaffed hop bitterness.

The carbonation is adequate for the job at hand, what with its generic frothiness, the body a so-so medium weight, and kind of thin on the ground in its attempt at any sort of smoothness. It finishes dry, still sour in an indistinctly fruity manner, and wanly grainy.

Overall, not a bad sour ale, the predominance of fruity sour over funky sour making me cotton to this one a whole lot more than I would have otherwise. However, the purported blueberry overdose totally fails to materialize at any point in this offering, so I guess that idea can sink back into the strange pop-culture, inside joke marketing dump going on here.

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3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

High expectations for this one given both the brewery and recent hype. Currently has a 91 rating. 4.5% ABV confirmed. 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with vaguely homoerotic label art and unbranded pry-off cap acquired at a SoCal bottle shop for $13.99 USD and served into a flared stem-snifter/tulip hybrid glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. "A collaboration between Evil Twin Brewing, Westbrook Brewing Co, & The Charleston Beer Exchange." Produced/bottled at Westbrook.

Served cold - straight from the refrigerator - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger wide white colour head with pink hues. Fizzy, effervescent, and thin. No creaminess or frothiness. Retention is quite poor considering how low the ABV is; it retains maybe 1 minute. No lacing clings to the sides of the glass.

Body colour is a dull orange-pink. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Overall, it's not great for the style. A weak appearance.

Sm: Light tartness and sourness. Sourness is clean, not spontaneous - suggesting lactobacillus yeast only is the cause. Wheat. Berry fruit, with prominent (but not dominant per se) blueberries. Berry fruitskin. Blueberry comes through mainly on the backend. Not real complex, subtle, or evocative, and the fruity notes don't come off very natural; fruit extract could easily have been used based on the aroma alone. This artificial quality has me suspicious. No alcohol or floral hop character is detectable.

A decent aroma of average strength. So far, this is far from unique or special.

T: A bland wheat body comprises the entirety of the weak foundation. Empty and bland up front as well as in the early second act. From the midpoint to the climax, a burst of berry notes (including dominant blueberry) emerges. It dies shortly after the climax and the finish is as bland and boring as the open. Very one-note and painfully simple, with little sourness (what little there is is all lacto) and tartness. This is what the hype is about? Really? Decent balance, but zero complexity. Maybe some slight subtlety.

Certainly an inspired brew, but it's far from great. Low depth and intensity of flavour. Below average flavour duration. I really don't understand why this has such a great reputation; I mean it's very pleasant and approachable and the blueberry character is nice, but it's far from mindblowing. I will say the berry notes are lovely, and they do get better as it warms, but berries are used far better in other beers.

No hop character or alcohol comes through.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Weak. Thin. Near perfect carbonation. Complements the flavour profile nicely. Refreshing and enjoyable. Good body.

Dr: It's obscenely drinkable, sure. And it's a damn fine summer beer if drinkability is your only standard. But there's so much more you can do - you should do - in a great berliner weiss. Bear Republic Tartare this is not. I like this, but the hype is unjustified. I wouldn't go out of my way to pick this up again, and I sure wouldn't pay this price for it again. I could drink it by the 5 litre keg, but drinkability does not alone equate to quality. I like the concept, but this can be improved upon a great deal - starting with more tartness and sourness. Hides its ABV well. A decent introductory beer to sours.

High B-

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Photo of emerge077
4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Murky rosy orange body, rosy pinkish toned foam. Quick finger of foam rises and settles in a couple of minutes.

Flinty minerals from the wheat, distinctive fresh blueberry aroma, very slight sweetness.

Tart blueberry taste, some crisp lactic sourness, clean finish with a little bit of residual fruit skins. Moderate carbonation, a little bit gassy. A quick swirl brings back a finger of foam right away. Minerally wheat, crisp, fruity. Blueberry is distinctive and a clear common thread from the color, to the aroma, and the taste (even the lulzy goofball label). I was sold when I saw Westbrook on the label, and this one is legit.

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4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: An impressive head caps the mauve-tinted amber liquid; the lacing slips down the side of the tulip rather quickly

Smell: Grainy bread with lactic lemon and blueberry elements

Taste: The grainy bread flavors underpin, up front; lactic fruit (lemon and blueberry) build through the middle and linger with the bready malts rejoining in the finish

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and creamy with moderate carbonation

Overall: I wouldn't know Justin Timberlake from the Back Street Boys (nor do I want to) but this is one enjoyable beer

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy golden color with a small white head of foam. It smelled fruity sweet with lemon-like tartness.. The taste was very sour. Puckering mouthfeel.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 1,027 ratings
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