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Evil Twin Femme Fatale Yuzu PaleEvil Twin Femme Fatale Yuzu Pale

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Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
To take up the challenge and make a 100% true Brett IPA with Yuzu fruit can very easily become a fatal attraction for the Brewmaster. Once you get acquainted with the Yuzu fruits irresistible and seductive personality, along with Bretts 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 SportsandJorts
3.38/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: a deep orangish yellow. Very hazy and opaque. Less than a finger of a white head that fades to a small lacing

Smell: strong yuzu fruitiness. Bitter citrus peels. And some tangy fruitiness. Mostly fruity overall with little to no malt presence.

Taste: opens up with yuzu fruit. Neither overly bitter or sweet. Transitions to some citrus peel- bitter hops. Fairly weak taste for all the smell.

Mouthfeel: sticky and Brett influenced. Quite bitter and very dry

Overall: kind of disappointing. I expected a lot more funky yeast in the taste and the taste was way too weak for all that could have been. All the Brett influence I found was in the mouthfeel when I would prefer to taste it. Also the second beer with yuzu I have had and neither was spectacular.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.43/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. Pours hazy golden orange with a big meringue white head that retains and laces the glass.

The aroma is tropical fruits with some musty funk and some sharp brett.

The flavor is sweet wheaty malts with tropical fruit and a musty yeasty hoppiness with a bit of brett. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with sharp carbonation.

Overall, a nice brett ipa with some unique tropical fruit from the yuzu.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

A nice apricot orange to peach color for the body, slightly cloudy, with some rising fast carbonation. Head is soapy with a touch of cream, and some real interesting puck formation and retention. Peaks and valleys and a giant mountain of white creamy in the middle four finger tall head, surrounded by soapy moats of lacing.

Real interesting notes on the nose. Hints of pepper and fruit, seems tropical. Real interesting smokey like embers coming off of this too, kind of wood and splintery strangely. Bit of earthy quality too, an interesting mix of stuff in there.

Weird palate. With all this diversity on the nose, you'd think it would be interesting. Mid palate fills with a chalky and solid hop bitterness, hinting at dried pine needles. Simple malted mouth coating, but not much fruit quality or flavor. Brett action seems quite subdued and hardly noticeable at all

Overall an interesting take, but it comes off as just another ordinary IPA.

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Photo of dar482
3.81/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours out in a golden straw color with a large white head.

The aroma has big grapefruit, a hint of that bright Yuzu, a slight bit of funk, and bready malt.

The flavor follows the citrus and grapefruit hitting you first. There's a bit of bready malt and then it turns into a funky barnyard flavor as the beer warms up. The finish is long and bittering of Yuzu and lemon peel.

The beer is a bit pricey, but interesting. The funk isn't prominent for those who are worried. Instead, this is a good citrusy IPA.

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Photo of brentk56
3.84/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: The cloudy goldenstraw colored liquid pours with a multi-inch head of foam; excellent stickage and the head leaves a few shards of lace behind

Smell: Citrus, tropical fruit and funky Brett tones; not sure what yuzu smells like but I presume this is it; very floral, too

Taste: The funk, which tastes a bit like mothballs, is very much up front and personal on the tastebuds and it overwhelms other elements of the beer; the other flavors (citrusy grapefruit, lemon/lime and blood orange) and a growing bitterness build into the middle; the funk lingers, however, in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: This would be a much more interesting beer to me if the funk were dialed back; I generally like Brett beers but there is something in this recipe that I just don't really enjoy

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Photo of Extol
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - yellow in color, very light. Smell - very funky smell. Taste - slight sour flavor and butter backend and slight fruit. Overall - good, nothing crazy but good.

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Photo of cbutova
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Foundry, Northampton, MA on NYE. Really cool to see a beer like this on draft locally; thanks Sonny and Sally.

A- Fairly hazy golden yellow pour tap to tulip. White cap to about four fingers with a thick frothy texture and good retention. Lacing forms in webs and blankets everywhere.

S- Citrus and juicy stone fruits like tangerine, passion fruit pulp, orange and apricot. A hint of dry Brett straw and bready pale malts.

T- Brett comes into its own here. It is not a funk bomb but has a refined hint of spicy tropical funky Brett notes. Joining that are apricot, tangerine, passion fruit minus the tarts, yogurt, orange zest and floral notes. Pale cracked cereal grains and something wheaty.

MF- Medium bodied with a texture of creaminess and foaminess. Carbonation is fairly high as the appearance hinted with a crisp edgy finish. Slightly bitter finish as the juicy tropical notes linger.

Juicy with just enough Brett feel to not take over but rather a subtle dry spicy tropical feel from the non-traditional beer yeast.

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Photo of nickfl
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Big, fluffy head of white foam on a hazy gold body. Lots of yuzu, fruity orange and pineapple with matching hops. More citrus in the flavor than there was in the aroma, some pithy bitterness. Not bad, the aroma is quite good, but the flavor falls flat by comparison.

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Photo of MartzMimic
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy gold from the bottle with a slight white head of tight bubbles. Just the slightest aroma that's vaguely citrus. The brett is fairly muted. The taste is fairly muted too. You get some of the yuzu and some of the brett, but the interplay between the two really balances. The favors grow as it warms, but the beauty is in its complexity. Medium light mouth as the carbonation gives it a touch of dryness. It's easy going down, and perfect for a hot afternoon.

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Photo of CHickman
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Pours hazy bright yellow color with a 2 finger foamy white head that was full of very tiny bubbles, it faded very slowly leaving great foamy lacing and rings as it went down and a layer on top. The head was so thick that craters formed as it went down, and the second half of the bomber had a much bigger head and was a lot cloudier. Very impressive beer.

Smells of strong lemon zest up front, which I assume is the yuzu, followed by orange peel, tangerine, red grapefruit, piney hops, citrus hops, faint spices, and light yeast. Completely lopsided aroma that is all citrus fruit with lemon being particularly strong smelling.

Tastes of lemon, grapefruit pith, orange peel, tangerine, citrus hops, coriander, piney hops, apple, fruity candy (the dry crunch kind…), light grains, spices like pepper or very dry tea, dry grass and earthy notes. There is a chalky yeast flavor, like very dry toast that lingers with the lemon/yuzu in the aftertaste, and the finish is on the dry and clean side.

Mouthfeel is smooth and almost slick, with average carbonation, a medium body that was almost chewy and a very bitter grapefruit/lemon-like finish that is near dry and was like licking on a lemon.

Overall it was a good IPA that was slightly too bitter for my taste and liking, but the yuzu experiment works and makes for a very different IPA. There is no balance, but the flavor is full of citrus with just enough grainy flavor to keep the bitterness at a manageable level. I liked the Femme Fatale Brett better, but this was a nice refreshing IPA that had a nice zesty bitter bite.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Bought in juni 2014. Best before 2015-03-13.

Hazy yellow beer with a three finger high, white fluffy head.
Brewed at Westbrook with brettanomyces yeast and added Yuzu fruit.

Nose: Citrus, flower, herbs, grass, parfume, sweet orange marmelade and hops.
Taste: Citrus peel, grass, pinapple, sweet orange and grapefruit. A sour feeling with a bitterness that stays on your tounge for a long time.
Mouth: Medium body. Crisp carbonation.

Easy dringking, great Brett-Yuzu ale!

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Photo of mrfrancis
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy golden orange with a thick white head.

S: Aromas of yuzu, biscuit, crackers, lemon, kumquat, and oaky, lactic funk fill the nose.

T: Notes of yuzu, lemon, lime, tangerine, mandarin orange, kumquat, herbs, crackers, biscuit, and lactic funk fill the mouth. The finish is bright and fruity with yuzu, lemon, and biscuit notes underscored by subtle yeast funk.

M: Medium in body, slick and soft. Carbonation is delicate, yet crisp. This ale is seriously easy to drink.

O: A nice sour IPA. Really funky, yet also really fruity and with enough complexity to satisfy. Good mix of aromas and flavors too. Recommended.

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Photo of metter98
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high off white head that died down but never completely faded away, leaving a thin head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of orange and tangerine citrus zest are present in the nose along with notes of sourness from the brett.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste starts out with flavors of zested yuzu citrus, which are followed by notes of sourness towards the middle of the taste. A light to moderate amount of hop bitterness is present.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found this beer to have a nice balance between the yuzu fruit and brett as you can smell and taste both of them in nearly equal proportions.

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Photo of von_kaiser
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a hazy golden amber with a massive three finger white head that had good retention and left pillowy lacing. Aroma is very citrusy lemon and orange with hints of tropical fruit, faint biscuit malt, quite pleasant and estery. Flavor is also citrus forward, dominated by a mildly tart grapefruit citrus, presumably the yuzu, with peripheral exotic fruit flavors; light to moderate brett and a light bready, biscuit malt body. Medium bodied with a bit of nice creaminess. My second Femme Fatale with a new Japanese citrus fruit, and like the Sudachi version, the fruit really has some interesting, pleasant unidentifiable flavors. This one seems to lean towards grapefruit and lime with some woody, earthy herbal notes. Once again, not my go to style, but this completely won me over for the exotic citrus flavors and light touch of brett and mild tartness. These ales are the best chance to win me over to sour styles, but I'm not there yet. Nicely done. Looking forward to the Kabosu and whatever they think of next.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Cask in London.

Beer is golden with a large white head. Good retention.

Nice fruity smell, which is obviously yuzu. Not much else gets through to my nose, but the yuzu smell is very nice on its own.

I cannot pretend to be sure what yuzu tastes like, but the beer features a prominent fruit flavour that is obviously yuzu. Quite dominant, but nice. A bit of additional citrus flavours as well, and some sight malty backbone. Moderately bitter.

Medium bodied, moderately to highly carbonated.

Overall, quite nice, but a bit one-dimensional in terms of flavour.

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Photo of dd43
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Say hello to a giant craggy head that is unmistakably brettanomyces in origin. Beer has a slight haze to it, golden in color and well carbonated. Aromas are a blend of lemon, wheat, a slight floral quality, and a farmy, slightly sweaty kind of funkiness. Citrus peel bitterness expresses more in the flavor than the aroma. Malts are present but get somewhat lost in the yeast phenols. More of a dry, bready malt profile than a caramel sweet flavor. Hop flavors such as apricot and orange are noticeable but toned down. This is an easy drinking beer and the Brett yeast marries well with the IPA signature that evil twin has created. Finishing a bomber by yourself will be no chore at all, in fact because of how highly drinkable this beer is you might be dismayed to see how quickly it goes down.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with a bit of orange and a one-finger, well-carbonated head that leaves a lace ring down glass. The aroma first strikes me as tropical fruit mixed with dirty, citric hops, and then dashes of both yeast and funk. Beer is more sour than hoppy but it is a wonderful blend of a tart, sour edge mixed with both a good dosage of citric hops and some tropical fruits who in turn give off a sweet edge (I'm getting pineapple in this thing). Dry, crisp finish on a light bodied beer that is easy to drink and hits enough notes (tartness, hops, sweetness) to please any beer drinker.

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Photo of ADZA
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dirty pineapple hue with a creamy two finger head and lacing all around,I really like this smell it's a classic Brett IPA aroma with hints of pineapple,funky Brett,bitter piney hops and obviously use yuzu fruit along with mandarins and it's a beautiful mix of sweet and sour,the mouthfeel is near perfect it's Medium bodied,creamy and a touch over moderate carbonation which suits this rather sessionable funky IPA with a near perfect balance of bitter piney hops vs funky sour Brett vs sweet pineapple and mandarins and yeah it's well balanced with none of the three tastes dominating but all having their place in
Making this a tasty Brett IPA all though not outstanding it's a great example of balance which won't last long in my fridge cheers.

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Photo of spoony
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a 650 bottle into a tulip.

A-An aggressive pour produces about three fingers of hummocky, off-white head. Retention is pretty good at more than two-minutes and chunky lacing hangs on the glass. The brew is very murky and light-golden. A few streams of carbonation are visible in the murk. Good looking stuff.

S-The aroma is lightly tart with mild, fruity brett flavors mingling with a bready malt base. The hops come through as floral and the yuzu is citrusy, tropical, and juicy. Refreshing and pleasant.

T-The taste is slightly dryer and funkier than the aroma with more dry brett flavor. There is still a refreshing blend of citrus (lemon and yuzu), and lightly floral, tropical flavors. The bready malts provide a good base.

M-The feel is medium body and wet with milder carbonation.

O-This is a tasty and refreshing beer, and I cannot help but wonder if my scores would be higher if I were reviewing this in July instead of a 10-degree-below-zero night in February. Nevertheless, the yuzu is a nice touch and floral tropical flavors pair well with the light tart punch of the yuzu and the subdued bready base of this beer. Also, props for being good-looking.

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Photo of oberon
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I usually stay from the Brett but I have wanted to try tis for awhile.Pours into an impy nonic a hazed murky orange with a frothy-like thinner white head atop.Citrus and sour/funky Brettin the nose,it all seems to come together well.Refreshing as all get out,tropical fruits and sourness makes for easy going down,yeah the Brett plays a role but I like it here.I could drink this all day....

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4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

1 PT. 6 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a snifter

A - It is a gold, almost amber, color. There is a slight haze to it. On top sits several inches of fluffy white head with good lacing.

S - Now I dig the smell. I get some orange, grapefruit, and funk with a little tartness.

T - This beer starts out sweet and fruity. Then immediately gives way to some bitterness. After that I taste orange and grapefruit with a pine finish. There is a musty taste through the middle into the finish as well. This beer has a lot going on, and it is all good.

M - Champagne like effervescence and body.

O - I like it. I had no idea what yuzu was or tasted like, but it works for me. I love funky IPA's.

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4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy golden body with a gargantuan, sea foam, soapy, white head. Huge, lovely aroma consisting of brettanomyces, tropical fruits. Brett character dominates the flavor. Fruit and citrus rind with grapefruit tartness. Light to medium in body with bitter floral hops in the finish. Hop character is overshadowed to some degree by the dominance of brett. Still, tasty beer.

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4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy bright gold color with a 2 finger dense and rocky white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice dense foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lime, orange zest, lemon peel, hay, straw, grass, light pine, musty funk, light pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Incredible aromas with awesome complexity and balance of fruity/funky/spicy yeast, hops, and yuzu fruit notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lime, orange zest, lemon peel, hay, straw, grass, light pine, light pepper, musty funk, bread and herbal/yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy yeast spice/pine hop bitterness on the finish with some slight earthy tartness; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lime, orange zest, lemon peel, hay, straw, grass, light pine, light pepper, funk, bread, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and balance of fruity/funky/spicy yeast, hops, and yuzu fruit flavors; with a crisp malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome fruited brett IPA. All around great complexity and balance of fruity/funky/spicy yeast, hops, and yuzu fruit flavors; and extremely smooth and crisp to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

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4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From 01/11/13 notes. Had this on tap at The Jeffrey in NYC. 14oz our in a snifter.

a - Pours a hazy bright orange color with one inch of bright white head and low to moderate carbonation evident. Looks nice and bright.

s - Smells of oranges, citra hops, brett, light funk, mangos and tropical fruits, straw, floral hops, and earthy malts. Nice nose with a lot or oranges and brett to it; I like it a lot.

t - Tastes of oranges, brett, tropical fruits, mangos, pineapples, citrus hops, floral notes, light earthy funk, wheat, and grapefruit. More mangos and tropical fruits; pretty awesome taste. Like it slightly better than the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Smooth and easy to drink.

o - Overall I liked this one a lot; I'm a sucker for IPA's that use Mangos and tropical fruits, and I love brett. reminds me of a few Tired Hands IPA's I've had like Magotago and Extra Knuckle, but will light brett. Worth checking out, would love to have it again.

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