Evil Twin Brewing

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American IPA
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Ranked #15,174
3.88 | pDev: 8.76%
Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States
Very Good
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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Murky yellow hue.

Frothy white head; strong lace.

Lemon citrus nose.

Medium thin mouthfeel.

Bitter lemon flavor.

Refreshing but a touch too tart for me.

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Photo of HellsRanger
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This pours a nice light hazy gold with fair foam and lacing, but not long lasting on both counts...
The aroma is a slendid mix of fruity citrus and a hint of malt which blend nicely together...very pleasant to the old factory.
As for the taste it starts out as a nice IPA flavor with an ending of a pils somewhat for me. It is very enjoyable and drinkable brew tho. The aroma comes thru nicely over the palate, which makes this very enjoyable for me.
And the feel is where it seems to fall off a tiny bit for me, but not to the point of bad...by no means, it is just that it changes just as the taste does with it finishing a little dryer than expected.
All in all very nice beer to say the least...an Evil Twin must!

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Photo of Korbynlehr
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

What is it with the bright white head in all Evil Twin’s beer? You guessed it, this one too. Color is golden. Nose seems like a lager, a lighter one. Taste is tropicalvand bready. The after taste is where the magic happens. Lots of back bite that carries this beer.

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Photo of mikeg67
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at District Tap House. Pours orange with fluffy white head. Aroma is of citrusy hops, bready malt and tropical fruit. Body is medium and tangy. Herbal hops dominate the palate with bready malt and tropical fruit provide support. Finish is long and dry. Great brew.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

June 2018...pours clear bright gold with heavy ring of white foam around the edge. Citrus soapy nose. Bright lemon rind flavor, heavy bitter. Almost minty. Quite bitter.

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Photo of Act25
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Like brewer.
a) Hazed light golden supporting thin head that lasts and laces only a little.
s) Aromas of citrus hops spread lightly over cracker, biscuit malts. Fruits are grapefruit, orange, and lemon.
t) Follows smell, but grows bigger, more bitter, with a long pungent, astringent finish. Puckery.
f) Light-moderate weight, nice crisp, clean dry finish.
o) Easy to drink. Alcohol well hidden. Also ran.

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Photo of stevoj
3.28/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

One of the least memorable of the Evil Twin beers I've had, but still pretty good. More East Coast. IPA style, played down hops, finish is the best part.

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Photo of Gavage
3.69/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: golden yellow in color with a 1" head.

Smell: light citrus and earthy hop.

Taste: caramel, grapefruit, orange, and some earthy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp throughout.

Overall: decent IPA that is easy to drink.

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Photo of fitzy84
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a can at the Beer Shop in East Longmeadow, MA. The beer pours with a very clear, dark yellow appearance with little to no head. Really nice aromas of tangerine, orange, lemon citrus smells. The taste is decent with a flavoring that follows the nose within good parameters: not too strong or weak. Could taste the tangerine the most. Medium body and slightly refreshing. Overall, not bad at all, especially with its aromas.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Batch 042

pours a slightly hazy gold color with a thin head, looks good though

smell is sweet and mild

bitterness hits me early, finishes somewhat earthy. finish does have some malt to it but still a pretty bitter beer which is nice, and unexpected.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
2.89/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a becher pint glass, the appearance was a stiff golden yellow color with a finger's worth of white foamy head that slid off at a moderate pace. Not much lace, somewhat stringy.
The aroma had some muted citrusy hops, somewhat sweet with a firm bittering strength flowing over a strong bready/biscuit maltiness.
The flavor was moderately sweet with a strong bitterness but staying at a separate pace from showing any evidence of trying to fully meld so I could say "bittersweet." Because it's not. Aftertaste had a stiff maltiness subjugating any hoppy bitterness.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a decent sessionability about it. Carbonation felt on par. ABV felt as projected. Finish was malty with some bitterness but never fully blended.
Overall, in a world full of IPA's, I honestly do not see a need to come back to this. Wishing Evil Twin would just stick to their huge ass stouts.

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Photo of Benzino
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the best values available, at least in NYC. Visuals hide an excellent tasting beer. Well balanced taste all the way through. A sip and you know.

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Photo of WunderLlama
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can poured into a pilsener glass

Opaque golden liquid with a few streams of carbonation, solid frothy one finger white foam cap, good lacings

Aroma of bready malts, grapefruit, tangerine hops

Taste of grapefruit and tangerine hops over malt

Nice sudsing, hop bite that lingers

nice beer

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Photo of Flash_Gordon
4.74/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I was surprised how much I liked my first work beer in NYC. 7.0 seemed like a fair amount for a working day, it was a pleasant buzz, and cheap enough to get my attention. 10/10 would lunch drink again.

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Photo of digboy
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can - batch No. unreadable

Pours a hazy, unfiltered orange-gold with a half-finger creamy head with nice lacing.

Aroma is a bit bready in the base but there are nice grapefruit and tangerine tones coming through

The hops continue into the taste up front. Not too malty but a sweet malt comes through, so it is letting the hops do the talking. Never gets too bitter so you are left with a pleasant hop flavor at the end.

Feel is clean and not too sticky.

This is a great example of the "hazy" expression of the northeast where the beers are unfiltered, low in bitterness, have a lightly sweet malt backbone but letting the hops carry the flavor. Well done. It feels well-balanced which is better than I can say about many other attempts at the style.

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Photo of BoogieNights
4.31/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

East coast unfiltered. i am biased as i prefer unfiltered IPAs. Tangerine and grapefruit aromas.
Smooth tasting more malty than hoppy. Easy to drink

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Photo of John1985
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Batch 036 so I'm not sure how fresh. 160z can poured in IPA glass was pale gold with decent head and lacing. Muted pineapple/citrus aroma, nice balance between malt and hops with a bitter finish. Very good solid IPA

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Photo of Dzu
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from tap.
L: Copper color with a wihte foam head.
S: Citrus and flowers.
T: Citrus and caramel/
F: Medium body and carbonation.
O: Above average beer!.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 3/25/2017 at Pizza J’s in Providence, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains grassy hops, citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a burst of grassy hops bitterness. Then some sweetness comes in from flavors of caramel and citrus. The malt character is hearty and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a solid IPA to drink for a while.

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Photo of EMV
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a tallboy can into a Dogfish tulip

L: Cloudy medium to light golden copper pour. 1.5 fingers of white head. Sticky lacing.

S: Grapefruit and tropicals. Bread/grains.

T/F: Lots of tropical fruit... pineapple and grapefruit. Lemon and grains. Some nice malt sweetness to go with a delicious and bitter hop profile... very nicely balanced. Moderately carbonated. Finish is resin and citrus which lingers for a few and invites another sip.

O: Delicious IPA, and super balanced/drinkable. One that I'd have absolutely any time.

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Photo of mnj21655
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear vibrant yellow gold in color with a bit over a finger of white head that hangs around for awhile before fading to a thin coating. Aroma is pretty typical of a West Coast IPA, it has a mix of pine, maybe some light grapefruit notes, and some sweet malt. Taste hits the same notes as the aroma and adds a light-moderate bitterness. Medium-ish in body with moderate carbonation. Overall I found this to be a pretty solid IPA, I picked up this single can for $2 which seems like a great deal to me.

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Photo of PSanger
3.52/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Uncharacteristic due to the big flavor upfront but the lack there of towards the end that you normally see with IPAs This is a different type of taste but one that i didn't care to much for.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Was able to find a single of this for $2.50 at Carnivores in Oakmont. Into a pint glass. Color is a bright yellow hazy with tiny floaties in the glass and a 1/2 inch of frothy head. Smell is piney with hints of grapefruit rind and sweet malts. Taste is bitter and herbal with little malt balance and some citrus zest for good measure. Stingy it leaves a bitter taste on the palate with each sip. Body is medium and its somewhat easy to finish.

Overall I am actually kind of stunned they are usually really good at making balanced IPA's and DIPA's but this one I guess is bitter and acidic on purpose? I really didn't like it enough to buy it again.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.66/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a honey golden glow with a soapy white head of 2 fingers. It looks like shaving cream towards the top, in fact...you could place a cherry on it.

Aromas of grapefruit rind and pineapple. Light biscuit malt, faint mango.

Flavor is a bit more piney and rind-y than I'd like. Mostly grapefruit rind, with some caramel fading in and out, some light pine. There's a freshness underneath but its not as fresh as I'd like.

Feel is medium to light bodied. Mild carbonation.

Evil Twin's Falco was not as impressive as I'd hoped. I was hoping for a hoppy citrus bomb with a lot of freshness. Instead I got hints of staleness and mostly grapefruit rind.

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Photo of SawDog505
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a 13 oz Weyerbacher tulip glass not sure when it was canned. Pours a very attractive dark yellow with a 2 finger sticky white head that leaves behind plenty of lace.

Smell is mango, tangerine, peach, pine, and grapefruit rind.

Taste follows tropical upfront mango, peach, tangerine with a healthy dose of piney grapefruit in the fairly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is a solid medium, lots of prickly carbonation, a little dry, and easy drinking.

Overall this is a very nice IPA, nothing makes it stand out, very balanced and a solid IPA.

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