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Evil Twin Femme Fatale BlancEvil Twin Femme Fatale Blanc

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Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of Evahflow
4.77/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip

A- Cloudy Apricot orange with a nice 2 fingers of head that stays around. Looks very Farmhouse to me.

S- Was not expecting the hop presence this thing has! Whoa! I'm getting lots of Berries, dry white wine, Oranges, Pineapple juice. Very Tropical and lush with a slight wine finish. Love it. Smelled this beer over and over and over, almost didn't want to drink it

T-Same as the smell. Tastes like an orange juice pineapple juice mix with a dry white wine finish. Also getting some slight funk towards the end which I'm assuming is the Brett showing up to the party.

M- Farmhouse like carb. Seems bottle conditioned. Very creamy mouth feel and is almost like drinking juice

O- Wish I knew how old this bottle is. This is my first all Brett IPA and I have no clue why there aren't swarms of them around. Reminds me of a IPA/Saison cross. Total Nelson Sauvin showcase. Wondering if the Brett preserves some of the hop smell/flavor? This is the type of beer I wish I had a case of to review from inception and see how it changes as it ages. If you see this thing laying around pick it up! if not let me know and I will.

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Photo of ludachris
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Its hazy apricot orange body sports mango yellow edges. I've got fruit on my mind already with this all Brett IPA. Creamy matte white head sits a finger tall on top. A steady amount of minuscule bubbles keeps the ring of head afloat along all sides of the glass.

Ripe and juicy tropical fruit comes in waves. Freshly squeezed pineapple juice comes in heavy on the nose. Mango and papaya carry an almost equal weight. A sweet vinous character made up of apple skins and grapes sits underneath. More tangy than tart with a clementine character being responsible for this. This smells more like a tropical fruit smoothie than an IPA and I am absolutely in love.

The pineapple is still prominent in the taste as it is the first to assert itself but its impression isn't as long lived. The vinous, tangy, and tart character moves in middle of the mouth and the sweet and luscious pineapple becomes more of a casing. Grape skins and a hint of Riesling are part of the goodness the Nelson Sauvin hops imbue in this beer. Papaya and mango come back into the equation near the finish where they're met with a raw leafy hop character. The finish is dry with a kiss of biscuit.

Is this bottle conditioned? Its medium body, incredibly creamy feel, and tingly under pronounced carbonation makes me think it is. The joy in drinking this beer is just as much in the feel as it is in the smell and taste.

Wow. This is my first beer from Evil Twin and this Brett IPA far exceeded my expectations. My favorite interpretation of an American IPA is ultra fruity and balanced without crushing you with its bitterness and this encapsulates exactly that. It has got weight, depth, balance, and is loaded with flavour. This sits comfortably in the top 3 IPA's I've had to date. What a treat!

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Photo of MattMorin
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a nonic.

Hazy golden, clearly unfiltered

Grainy aroma supplemented by the Nelson Sauvin and Brett funk

Grape must, bitter, delicious Brett funk

Creamy mouth feel for a non wheat beer

Great beer. Drank it with a great burger and the pairing was heaven

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at churchkey, a really interesting and delicious beer.

Pours a nice hazy golden yellow color with a ring of white head and some lacing left in the glass. The smell is glorious: fresh citrus/grapefruit zest mixes with tropical fruits and grassy dank hops, some slight yeasty sweetness as well, I absolutely love this aroma, if it was slightly bigger it would be a 5.

The taste follows the smell with some fresh squeezed citrus mixed with a stronger malt base of straw and dry lemon grass. Maybe a hint of fruit taffy Brett but it is definitely 2nd fiddle to the dominant Nelson sauvin hops. Feel is decent, medium base and carbonation.

Overall very nice beer, surprisingly good in fact. Nice work.

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Photo of wes123
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750ml bottle, there is a very slight head which disappears quickly. The beer is a clear golden color. The smell of hops is very distinct. The hoppy beer has wonderful complex fruity and citrus flavors. There is a sweetness on the back end but it is dominated by the strong delicious hops. Hop flavor goes up ones nose as the beer moves from the front to the back of the mouth. There is a very nice sharp carbonation, but not too strong. A perfect crisp mouthfeel. This is a very good IPA.

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Photo of popery
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a glowy orange. Lighter at the sides. Very cloudy. Medium off-white head. Good retention, some lacing. The aroma is a tangerines, white grape juice, pineapple, apricots, blackberries, clean funk, pine, earth, dusty barnyards, fresh grain and some sort of yeasty spice note. The hops smell fresh and bright. It's a somewhat citrus-heavy expression of Nelson, but the white wine flavors are still there, and it's still adds a wonderful element. I really, really like brett combined with Nelson. The taste is full of fresh grain and hop flavor. There's a grassier twist to the taste, but there's still plenty of Nelson fruitiness. More clean brett funk and some solid yeast fruitiness. Starts mildly sweet with pale malt but finishes dry and light. Carbonation is pretty normal. There's some definite body to the beer but it sits lightly on the palate and goes down easily. I'm a big fan of the Femme Fatale line, and this is another winner. All brett IPAs are tasty things, and Nelson is pretty much always a winner.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a hazy blonde color ale with a super large white foamy head with excellent retention and some lacing. Aroma of dry Brett notes with some light dry floral hoppy notes and some vinous notes is quite nice. Taste is a mix of super dry Bretty notes with nice dry floral Nelson Sauvin hops notes with a vinous finish. Body is full for style with good carbonation. Quite dry as a beer but very nice level of complexity.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: deep gold and hazed; pillar of white head a few fingers high (watch yer pour - this is a heady beer); laces and motes down the sides

S: bright fruits, citric and tropical; oak white wine barrels; mild brett aromas throughout

T: the hops and brett work with the malt to bring some suggestions of pale fruits and dry, dank funkiness; slightly woody

M: light and crisp; fuzzy and fizzy; modest bitterness; drying finish with brett written all over it

O: there's something distinct about IPAs with brett done right, and I suppose there will be detractors, but I enjoy the balance struck between hops (in this case, Nelson Sauvin) and brett and pale malts. In this beer, balance is good term, and all the elements of the ale mesh together very smoothly. Sister ales, Femme Fatale Brett and Femme Fatale Yuzu Pale, are notable as well.

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Photo of Smokee
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a bottle poured into a speigleglau snifter. Not that much head and a hazy pale orange color. Good orange and malt smells. Great, light, effervescent mouth feel with a peppery, slightly citrus start and a decent amount of bitter ending. A really great IPA. Extremely drinkable and with some very interesting differences. Impressed.

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Photo of russpowell
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%

Pours a semi-hazed bronze with 3+ fingers of billowy pearl white head. Great lacing & good head retention (4.5)

S: Grassyness, sourness, & grapefruit (4.0)

T: Follows the nose, not quite that sour up front. Some pear notes as this warms, more grapefruit, a little pineapple, & some brett sourness. Finishes with pineapple, grapefruit & grassy sourness (4.25)

MF: Medium bodied, slight carbonation, nice balance (4.0)

Drinks easy enough. Makes for a nice change of pace, but Brett IPAs are not life-changing (4.25)

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Photo of beerjunky413
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22. Nice thin sustained lacing, very clear, light copper. Aroma is nelson sauvin goodness with such a slight trace of brett that it's almost undetectable. The hops meld so well with the yeast. No tartness at all with just a little hint of the yeast funk . It's really hard to believe this is a 100% brett fermented IPA. Not the biggest or best of anything in the typical IPA caragories but if you enjoy something unique and well crafted this is for you.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Splitting a bottle with Merc, just hit shelves today

The beer pours a very cloudy (lambic-like cloudiness) golden yellow with a thin white head that dissipates quickly. The nose is potently hoppy (white grape, citrus, passion fruitiness) with a hint of sweetness, but very little barnyard. The taste is pleasantly hoppy, a touch funky, and semi-sweet finish. It's a definitely a medium bodied, bretty IPA with a delicious hop profile. Very drinkable. I'm impressed by this beer and like it the most out of the femme fatale series.

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Photo of metter98
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very hazy yellowish brown in color. It poured with a short white head that died down a bit but consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of tropical fruits are present in the nose—mangoes and pineapple seem to stand out in particular. Notes of sourness from the brett are also perceptible.
T: Much like the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of mangoes and pineapples along with notes of brett and hints of underlying caramel malts. There is only a slight amount of bitterness; it is like the brett canceled it out.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Without the bitterness, this beer doesn't taste like an IPA and seems more like a funky tropical fruit drink. I really enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Tone
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy, golden color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and great lacing. Smells of strong hops (citrus and piney), sweet malt, slight earthy malt, alcohol, slight citrus, hint of wet hops, slight spice (clove), and hint of grass. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is also a noticeable tartness. Tastes of sweet malt, citrus hops, clove, yeast, slight grass, hint of earthy malt, and slight alcohol. Overall, good appearance, aroma, blend, body, and complexity. This IPA had much more tartness, astringency, and grassy aromas and flavors than I was expecting, but it was nevertheless, great. This beer strongly resembles a Saison, but of the hoppy extremes.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear straw color with a white head.

S: Nectary pineapple and some funky Belgian yeast in the nose.

T: Funky Belgian yeast, pineapple, papaya, orange, very tasty.

M: Light bodied and smooth.

O: Recommended. I definitely liked this beer a lot.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

i love drinking this kind of beer, and this series has been awesome. this one is loaded with super funky brett and bright pungent and distinct nelson hops. yum! fairly priced too around 12 bucks a bomber in fort collins. the color of this one is a little yucky, murky thick golden with a greenish hue to it, not the most attractive thing in the world, but it has an airy white head over an inch tall that lasts awhile, and i can see the bubbles racing around through the haze. nose is super bretty, almost bottom of the barrel kind of chunky mature brett, super dry and a little tangy. dried lemon rind, and wet hay come to mind, but the nelson hops are really alive in it, giving it a certain freshness against the musk of the brett, a cool juxtaposition, definitely intentional, and its there in the flavor too. the hops are almost entirely on the back end, so you really taste the yeast first. it has a bit more body than i think it needs, feels a little heavy towards the end, especially with the sediment thats settled out, but the bubbles keep it moving well enough, and i had no problem drinking through a bottle of this. short of refreshing, but excellent quality wild beer from evil twin, maybe my favorite in this series, up there with the yuzu fruit edition!

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2 ounce bottle into tulip glass; no bottle dating, but is a recent release. Pours lightly hazy bright gold color with a 2-3 finger dense and fluffy white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice foamy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big pineapple, tangerine, melon, white grape, passion fruit, orange peel, clove, pepper, floral, grass, light pine, and floral/yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of bright hops and moderate fruity/spicy brett notes; with good strength. Taste of pineapple, tangerine, white grape, passion fruit, melon, orange peel, clove, pepper, floral, grass, pine, and grass/yeast earthiness. Good amount of pine bitterness and peppery yeast on the finish; with lingering notes of pineapple, tangerine, melon, white grape, passion fruit, orange peel, clove, pepper, floral, grass, pine, and grass/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and balance of bright hops and fruity/spicy brett flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and fairly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Brett IPA. All around great complexity and balance of bright hops and fruity/spicy brett flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into a goblet.

Appearance - Hazy light orange body. Nice white head. Sticky lacing and a few chunky islands of foam on the surface.

Smell - From a distance, I smell brett. Once I really take a whiff, I don't get anywhere near as much brett. Sweet tropical fruits all over up close. Some herbal notes, but once I hone in on those tropical fruits, that's all I smell. Some sweet doughy malts behind it along with some clove spiciness.

Taste - Big tropical fruit sweetness and hop flavor. Cloves are more prominent, reminiscent of a Belgian IPA. Earthy flavors kick in immediately though. Some sweet malts and toasty grain flavors come through, but brett and herbal hops dominate the back end. Mild bitterness from the hops, seems to be some from the yeast, though.

Mouthfeel - Lots of flavors going on for a single IPA. Medium bodied. Well carbonated. A little abrasive on the back end.

Overall - I'm enjoying this more and more as I drink it. Dynamic flavors.

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Photo of jpro
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Light straw gold; clear with a steady bubble stream; nice retention and webby lace; three-finger, sudsy head.

S: Clove; peppery phenols; hints of juicy citrus; faint malt aroma.

T: Bready malt with some Belgian yeast spice; tangerine and tropical fruit hoppiness follow; maybe some pineapple, too; chalky bitter finish.

M: Light - medium body; high carbonation; dry.

O: Brettanomyces?!? The heavy dose of Nelson Sauvin hops must mask the funk... A tasty style-bender... I often don’t think I’ll really like these Evil Twin twists, but this is good stuff; I’d have it again, for sure.

*from notes 01.11.14

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy medium golden yellow in color with moderate to significant amounts of active visible carbonation quickly rising from the bottom of the glass and some faint straw yellow highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy off-white head that slowly reduces to a half finger thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of tropical/pineapple and citrus/tangerine hops over moderate aromas of brett funkiness and just a touch of slightly sweet grainy malts.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of slightly sweet grainy malts which are quickly overtaken by the moderate to strong flavors from the hops - tropical/pineapple, citrus/tangerine, and tropical/passionfruit. There is a light flavor of light fruit/white grape and a moderate amount of brett hay-like and spicy funkiness. Light amounts of bitterness which does not linger for long.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly prickly with a light to moderate amount of dryness.

O: Really nice combination of flavors/aromas between the Nelson Sauvin hops and the Brett - they really complement each other and there is enough complexity to keep it interesting. Easy to drink and very enjoyable - well hidden alcohol.

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Photo of barczar
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a murky golden with a small frothy ivory head that dissipates to a ring of foam.

Citrus in the form of lime and grapefruit dominate the aroma. There's a bit of subtle earthiness. Almost has a Belgian yeast character.

Flavor reveals dominant grapefruit underpinnings, with onion and resin countering toward the lightly bitter finish. Bitterness increases late, but does not overwhelm. Malt is subtle and slightly bready.

Body and carbonation are moderate, with a slightly astringent finish and modest alcohol warmth.

Grapefruit and onion dominate, overall, and the balance is decidedly flavoring hops. Bitterness is at a good level for my palate. I'm not a huge onion hop fan, though.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a Mikkeller Teku (almost proper). Poured a hazy golden yellow-orange with a one finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, earth, spice, smoke, citrus, citrus hop, earth hop, wood, bubblegum, and subtle white wine. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, earth, earth hop, bubblegum, and spices. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. I was really quite surprised to find some of the flavors and aromas that I did in this one. Particularly the bubblegum notes in both. This added a nice touch of fruity sweetness that really helped to balance out every other aspect of this one. A really quite well done brew that I'm glad I got the chance to tick.

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Photo of lochef81
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This funky little ipa pours a hazy golden straw color with a fizzy white head that lasts throughout the pour and leaves beautiful legs and lacing. The aroma is an abundance of fresh hops with notes of lemon, orange peel, coriander, and funky yeast. It is quite refreshing and pleasant smelling. The mouthfeel is lighter yet still sticky. Quite effervescent and thirst quenching. The flavor is an overwhelming bitter hop parade. There is a note of saison funkiness present but it is muted by all the bitter citrusy hops. It is very good but I'd rather get a bit more of the Brett notes than just all hops.

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Photo of jploving
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My brother was kind enough to bring a gift by this week...a variety care package of beer...
Left Hand, Sol, Grand Teton, Flying Dog and Evil Twin....very nice.
Let's speak of the Evil Twin today...very unique, indeed.
American IPA meets Bavarian Wheat...awesome!
No doubt that this is a marrage made in heaven..
Up Front taste:
Extreme hoppy, exotic citrus flavor mango-pineapple-apricot...even kind of lemony
Backend taste and finish:
Lemony lingers...mild tangerine and then the Belgainy banana and bubble gum flavors fade out the palate.
Bitterness lets you know this wants to be an IPA....but that bubble gum finish leaves no reseny feel...I do love this beer.
Very unfiltered and yellow/orange hue is gorgous.
I give this ole' jewel a rating of 4 out of 5.

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Photo of jopezu
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours an unfiltered, murky peach with a large head. nose; band-aidy yeast/brett, & grassy hops. taste; white bready malt, brett, citrus hops, tangerine pulp, & lemongrass. medium carbonation & mouthfeel. i'm not a brett fan, but there's enough juice here to subdue it. a brett ipa... odd. this is certainly more of a saison or belgian style than an ipa.

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