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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 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 nmann08
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the most recent bottle release, pours a dull hazy gold color with a big and thick frothy white head. It looks a little rough.

The nose is dominated by brett, citrus, white pepper, a little coriander, tropical fruit and just a bit of raspberries. The flavor is very "bretty", lots of berry, orange peels, tea leaves. It is just a touch tanic, but has a very wet and juicy finish.

Overall, this is pretty tasty. I have really enjoyed the majority of the IPA's Evil Twin has done.

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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 biboergosum
3.64/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, a bit of a confusing runabout to nail down which version of the 'Femme Fatale' this one was.

This beer pours a slightly cloudy, medium tarnished golden amber colour, with two hefty fingers of puffy, chunky, and faintly creamy dirty white head, which leaves some pockmarked concrete wall lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of fairly funky and cheesy, well, bacteria, I guess, the Brettanomyces not exactly a yeast strain, now, with some strongly fruity orange and Texas red grapefruit, pineapple core, gooseberries, white wine lees, grainy pale malt, and further herbal, weedy, and floral hop bitters. The taste kicks off with a bready, lightly doughy pale graininess, sharp grassy, leafy, and red berry-forward fruity hop esters, a hovering on my upper palate musty funkiness, one now mostly stripped of its stinky cheese character, a steady sort of tropical fruit character (pineapple and white grapes), and more herbal, wet hay-like hoppiness.

The carbonation is fairly thorough in its probing frothiness, the body an adequate middleweight, and kind of hamstrung by funk and hop alike in its sad attempt at smoothness. It finishes just off-dry, both of the aforementioned hedonists pushing out the malt and fruit like 'twas no big thing.

Yeah, the Nelson Sauvin hop varietal and that Brett dude make for some interesting, if not particularly welcoming bedfellows - bitter, funky, and fruity, you never really know what you're going to get on the next gulp (ok, sure, at least a little o' the funk). Since I have no other touchstone for this little beer science project, I revert to my abolitionist stance - why fuck with a perfectly good IPA by dosing it with 'wild' yeast? Right, because you can.

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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 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 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 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 Ciocanelu
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy yellow color with white head. Aroma is really heavy on the brett, covers everything else. Taste is more fruity but still has intense brett character. Body is medium and well carbonated. Not bad but the brett character is too intense.

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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 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 LiquidAmber
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a light to medium golden amber with a thin white head that dissipates into small patches and a ring around the glass, with light lacing. Aroma of orange and grapefruit, lighter stone and tropical fruit. Faint hints of grassy hops and brett. Flavor of orange, tangerine, grapefruit, light sweet malt, wild yeast slightly earthy Finishes drier with spicy hops and brett. Light bodied with nice active carbonation. A nice IPA and wild ale hybrid. Fairly complex with an interesting flavor progression and a couple of flavor elements that are unidentifiable, but interesting.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden body with decent head and lace and has an aroma that is airy, floral, hoppy but not overpowering with minimal sweet malts. Beer retains an easy drinking smoothness even with the dry finish and a large citric hop presence, perhaps the yeast smoothens it out and there are touches of sugary/grapey sweetness. Mostly, the beer has dry, grassy hops with some spice and tartness (possibly could be described as sourness) thanks to the Brett. A wonderful change of pace from other IPAs or "hoppy Saisons" and I really enjoyed this as all the little different aspects worked well together.

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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 Marius
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sampled at a tasting. Pale yellow pour, hazy, with a white head. Smells of brett, farmhouse funk, peaches. Tastes like brett, aspirin, funk. Dry, with a medium body.

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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 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 CHickman
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy gold brown color with bubbles racing up the brew to a thick, dense foamy/cloudy white head that was full of bubbles and faded extremely slowly with foam craters forming as it went down, leaving really nice foamy lacing coating the sides and rings as it went down. After the second pour there was so much yeast at the bottle of the bottle that it looked like silt.

Smells of tropical fruit like mango, starfruit, apricot and tangerine, yeast, brett, bubblegum, spices and earthy notes; there seems to be a potent citrus hop aroma, but the fruity smell is so mixed up with the spices and yeast that it’s hard to really differentiate everything. Funk and fruit linger around in general and this does not have the typical IPA nose, really off the path here but still pretty interesting and complex - the brett IPA nose is in a class all its own.

Taste is sour and funky, like a barnyard beer up front with some fruity sweetness and very earthy/dirty flavors. There are citrus flavors like red grapefruit, lemon, tangerine and then some pineapple, sour apple and browning pear. The malty backbone is sturdy with some graham cracker and light caramel, but then this IPA just heads off-roading with so much yeast, funk and wet farm animal hair taste that it doesn’t resemble an IPA after the first few sips. Seems like white grapes or white wine barrel aging which I guess if from the wild brett just causing mayhem as it sat in the bottle, as this is more like a saison/wild ale than an IPA.

Mouthfeel light, zesty and thin, with light, fizzy carbonation, a body that seems medium and a funky/malty aftertaste that is slightly bitter and trails off dry and clean. This was a beer that seemed different with every sip and that was part of the intrigue, really the driving factor for making the complexities exciting and inviting even if some if the flavors did not suit your palate. Wow, overall another over the top unique offering from Evil Twin that may not have been close to an IPA, but it was really tasty for a brett IPA. Glad I got to try it as it was very enjoyable and got better as it warmed.

Per the Evil Twin website: “To take up the challenge and make a 100% true Brett IPA can very easily become a fatal attraction for the Brewmaster. Once you get acquainted with Nelson Sauvin’s fruity and seductive personality, along with Bretts irresistible, overpowering, alluring and very charming nature, it will ensnare you and drive you mad obsessing over how exactly you can create the perfect desirable tangy, funky, crisp, tart flavor in ya mouth.”

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Photo of aquazr1
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a tulip. Pours a cloudy Amber color with a white head. Interesting combination of aromas and flavors. Lots of grape funk followed by hop bitterness. I like it.

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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 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 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 facundoCNB
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a murky orange pour with a finger of head which quickly dissipated but gave off excellent lacing. smells of citrusy hops, pineapple, mango, wheat, coriander, oranges. the flavor is mainly citrus up front, pineapple/mango hop profile, followed by a pepper-y spicy coriander witbier finish. a lovely combination of beer profiles combined. lingering resinous bitterness keeps your thirst on a high level begging for another taste of this delicious beer. medium body with a modest amount of carbonation.

overall a very nice example of a "white ipa".. i really am loving the style. i think i may like this more if it looked less like a witbier and more like an ipa though, i really dislike murky colored beers, but what are you gonna do, after all it's what's inside that counts right?

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a very clear light golden color with two fingers of fluffy white head. Great retention and lacing. Active carbonation throughout. Near perfect.

S: Nice citrusy hops combine with stone fruits and some funk. Smells quite dry. White wine comes in afterwards. The hop/funk/wine go together extremely well in a fruity/funky/earthy kind of way. Impressive.

T: Citrus and pine hops are now upfront. Quite dry with a touch of funk, but not much. Wine is way in the background. Very subdued. When the yeast is poured, it provides a bit more flavor that helps the dryness.

M: Medium thickness with great carbonation. Exactly where it needs to be.

O: The aroma on this is amazing. The taste is just slightly above average. Not bad.

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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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