Evil Twin
Heretic Brewing Company

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Red Ale - American Amber / Red
Ranked #23
Ranked #11,302
3.95 | pDev: 10.63%
Heretic Brewing Company
California, United States
Very Good
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Notes: This blood-red ale may not be what you might expect from a malty and hoppy craft beer. Evil Twin has a rich malt character, without being overly sweet. It has a huge hop character, without being overly bitter. It is a great example of a bold, rich, balanced craft beer, without being heavy and hard to drink in quantity. Our Evil Twin is only bad because it is too good to resist.

45 IBU
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Sigmund from Norway

3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. Dark red color, nearly black. Moderate and creamy beige head. Hoppy aroma with notes of grapefruit, pine, herbs and spices, also notes of lightly roasted malts. The rich and medium dry flavour is malty first, immediately followed by piney, spicy and grapefruity hops. Ends in a nice bitterness.

Mar 09, 2021
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Helluvaz from California

3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A - 4.0 Thin head, ruby-ish color under light
N- 3.7 sweet drive-by, not too hoppy, fermented scent, smell like wort; some pineapple, some floral, subtle hop scent
T- 4.5 Creamy, not bitter taste. Roasted malt, toast, easy to drink. Complicated body, more tart than crisp.
F- 3.0 Not too much after taste, a little disappointed. Some lemon/citrus after taste, but was gone too soon.
Overall - 3.5

Nov 17, 2018
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.61/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

So thanks to Heretic for supplying the beer at Coach Jensen's HOF induction ceremony for Will C Wood High School in Vacaville, it made the night even better to have good beer there. Anyways, after I (with some help) killed the dipa keg, I moved on to this.

Pours an impressive red color with ample foam head in the 3/4" range, and that is with a volunteer noob on the pour duty. Aroma was that earthy red malt first with some non aroma hops possibly coming in after that.

Taste-wise this seemed to drop some hops in the neighborhood of Chinook/Centennial/Cascade/Simcoe. Definitely better than your average red ale, this one wasn't just malty, it provided hop flavors that went beyond just grapefruit, hit those pine and other tree notes as well. Not overly sticky or hefty caramel bogging your mouth feel down. Its not quite Loakal Red, but its definitely right around that second to first tier hoppy red ale area. Not a bad beer to have when your fave runs out.

May 16, 2018
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penguinsgoboom from California

3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours with small amount of head which quickly dissipates. Lacing has potential, but doesn't cling. Almost maroon red.

S: Hoppy pine, grapefruit, caramel, dark fruit, pineapple.

F: Medium-light mouth feel. Slightly sticky.

T: Malty, bready, caramel upfront. Then the hops kind of pop up midway through and lingers for a long and quiet goodbye. Smooth and hides the alcohol well, but the malt is too one note.

O: Very drinkable, semi-balanced beer that doesn't have much oomph. Versatile for any occasion, but might easily get sick of it.

May 07, 2018
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michaelsmith11 from Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This is a Red IPA but the malt is the dominating flavor here. On first taste you can taste the carmel from the malt and then there is a little bitterness in the finish. I didn't really get much of the hops in either the taste or the smell. Admittedly this is not my favorite style but the beer is okay.

Apr 02, 2018
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slaminsammyF from California

3.23/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Smokey hazel with soapy head
S - The best part, sweet and fruity
T - Dates, Copper, Alcohol

Meh this is not my favourite but I'll finish it! The bitter from hops remain but I didn't realize it was an IPA until I took another look at the bottle - a bit overwhelmed by the maltiness even for a Red IPA.

Feb 03, 2018
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got a can of this off the Binnys single shelf. It poured a hazy amber with thin white head that is not leaving any lace. The scent has caramel malt. The taste starts caramel malt sweet then turns bitter toward the finish. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a decent beer.

Oct 07, 2017
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arizcards from North Carolina

4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a pint with lunch today for $7.00 at the Stateline Brewery in South Lake Tahoe, CA.

Beer was served deep amber brown with a nice white head that left lacing behind.

Nose was a nice toasted caramel malt with a nice dose of citrus.

Taste was very well balanced between the caramel malt base, light grapefruit and light pine. No residual bitterness and sweetness in the finish.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied and refreshing and smooth.

Overall a solid brew that is right up my wheel house!

Sep 14, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a snifter. The appearance was a nice looking dark hazy red almost brown color with a nice transparency about it. A one and a half finger-ed white to off white foamy head dissipated within less than two minutes. Yeah, that head really stuck around longer than a lot of other beers I’ve had. Nice! Lacing was somewhat thick and foamy. The smell started off with bitter citrus over bitter pine. Its sharp and strong and allows a nice little bit of caramel underneath to balance. The taste was mostly bitter with a nice underscore of sweet between the caramel and the hops. A light caramel to bitter citrus rind scores in the aftertaste and leads to a semi-dry finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly nice sessionability about it. Carbonation hits nicely. Overall, I say this was a nice beer, I’d have again.

Jul 04, 2017
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bilbobrewer from Oregon

3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Canned on Jan 30/17....4 months old.

This is an Amber Ale, not an IPA. Chocolate malty base to the taste, nice deep color, some lacing, filling.
Would make a nice Fall beer....but this is not any kind of west coast IPA.

Which is it? Are brewers so insecure that they need an IPA crutch for everything they make, or is the public so gullible they'll drink anything as long as its called IPA?

May 23, 2017
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craftbeersweden from Sweden

3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A can I brought with me from my trip to Florida in february.
An amber ale with 6.8% ABV.

The beer pours clear, mahogany colored with a three finger high, fluffy, head with a yellow color.

Nose: Orange marmalade, dried fruit, caramel malt, pine and resin.
Taste: Caramel malt, hops, vanilla, pine, resin, bread and dried fruit.
Mouth: Light to medium carbonation. Full body. Sweet and dry ending. Bitterness stays on the tongue for several minutes.

This is really good!

Apr 09, 2017
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Spikester from Oregon

4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear dark amber almost brown with two fingers of cream white dense head. Retention is very good and curtains of lace show as the head recedes.
Smell is sweet malts.
Taste is sweet malts with a nice amount of dank herbal hop bitterness. Leans very slightly toward the bitter which is fine with me.
Mouthfeel is medium with lively carbonation. Finish is medium dry and lightly bitter.
Overall a fine beer for one that is over one year old!

Apr 04, 2017
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TheSixthRing from California

3.54/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on date of 10/21/16

Appearance - Pours clear and pure amber in color with a light khaki, near finger width head. Sub-par retention, resulting in a thin, broken layer of suds. No lacing.

Smell - Light toasted bread, a hint of caramel, some slightly floral and slightly earthy hops.

Taste - Follows the nose. Floral hops and slight earthiness met by some bready malts lightly sweetened by a hint of caramel. A hint of fruity esters hit mid-taste that accompany the hop and malt bill into the finish. Well balanced, but nothing really stands out here.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth drinker, with a slightly tingly, semi-dry finish.

Overall - Good all-around balance, but nothing much here that stands out; there's no real defining character. It's a good enough red, but hard to say it's something I'd crave or pinpoint from a selection to have again.

Dec 23, 2016
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Everydayoff from Thailand

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml can poured into a teku glass.

Mahogany brown hue with deep reddish tinge, it tops with thick frothy tan head that stands with very good retention before slowly sinking to eternal bubble film atop along with plenty of lacing patch and spot here and there, high visible carbonation.

Fresh fruity and juicy aromas remind me of citrus, grapefruit, and passion fruit. Then it becomes floral, earthy, pine, and resin. Malt is slightly undertone with notes of toasted and caramel.

The taste is everything you could expect from good IPA, fruity hoppiness as mentioned in the nose, consistency hop profile with earthy, pine, and resin. All of these are balance by malt bill that provides toasted and caramel flavors. The finish is long-lasting with a dry resiny bitterness.

Medium body with lively carbonation generated nice crisp and refreshing feel through the palate, the mouthfeel is smooth with very dry finish.

Good red IPA, hop is beautifully displaying with malt in support. It is not too hoppy nor too malty, good balance.

Dec 06, 2016
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Vader444 from Scotland

4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle pour into tulip glass.

A paradoxically appealing murky reddish brown with a pale cream coloured head. This immediately reminds me of a good cask-conditioned UK real ale. Bold aromas and flavours with a predominance of malt. Went down very easily and wish I had bought more than one. Very enjoyable and I would seek this one out again, no question. Cheers!

Nov 30, 2016
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jzlyo from Iowa

4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is pine, caramel malts and a slightly Black IPA quality. The flavor is grapefruit, caramel malts, fruit and a mix of mild sweetness and spicy/bitter finish.

Nov 20, 2016
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Andrewharemza from Australia

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 355ml can, pours a reddish brown colour with a small caramel coloured head that disapates to a thin layer.
Aroma earthy, pine, caramel, sweet.
Taste pretty much follows the nose.

Sep 18, 2016
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On-tap 7/31/2016 at Stevie D’s in Cumberland, RI, served in a tulip glass.

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

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, a good amount of hops and some fruit.

T: The taste starts out with a mild sweetness from flavors of caramel and fruit. Then a good hops bitterness comes in. 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 slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good hoppy representation of style, this is a very solid beer to drink for a long time.

Aug 01, 2016
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Tucquan from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2016-07-27 in Columbia, PA from a 12oz can.

A - Clear dark ruby with a 1.5 finger tan head and nice lace.

S - Pine, orange, hop buds, dark bread and a touch of caramel. Can smell it from 2 feet away. Very nice.

T - Quick bite of hop bitterness and then orange flesh, toasted brown bread, pine, caramel, light touch of chocolate and mint. There's a pleasant bitter kick in the finish but the malt flavors are still present. Great balance.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Smooth, creamy, and moderately resinous.

O - Reminds me of a Troegs Nugget Nectar; a beer I really enjoy, so this is right up my alley. I'd heard about this beer for years on the Brewing Network podcasts. Glad I got to finally try it and will be glad to have it again at any time. Good stuff.

Jul 27, 2016
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patre_tim from Thailand

4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reddish brown like many krieks. Slow rising bubbles, and a finger of cappuccino beige, creamy head.

Nutty, slightly firey hops, earthy and an almost pasta like quality. Fruity orange, caramel, and a hint of cherries.

Amazing on the tongue. A smooth balance of orange and firey fruitiness as on the nose, hints of caramel, toffee, a hint of sweet and a hint of bitter.

Medium body, foamy carbonation.

This brew really comes together well. I knew I should order it off of wish beer as I did. Been disappointed in getting old hop-dead brews with imported prices with them, but this one seems fresh. So good. Drank in Chiang Mai, July 14th, 2016.

Jul 14, 2016
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Bierliebhaber3 from Massachusetts

3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I’ve never heard of this Cali brewery before, but I got this in a variety box so we’ll give it a shot. This red ale pours a dark brownish red color with a thin, white, rocky head. The smell is of caramel malts and piney hops in equal measure. The taste is a definitely a little more sweet than the standard red ale, with bold caramel and sweet bread flavors. The hops get lost in the initial taste, but then assert themselves in the aftertaste, which is a little bitter and imparts faint pine and grapefruit flavors. It’s not really as hoppy as I thought it would be though based on the bottle’s description. The body is medium. This beer has a nice balance, but it’s flavors are a little basic (standard malt, standard hop flavors). Red ales aren’t known for being overly complex, but this is a little simple even for a red ale. Nevertheless, there isn’t anything actually wrong with this red ale and it’s very drinkable.

Jun 09, 2016
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barczar from Kentucky

3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is very dank, with floral, resiny, grassy, earthy, and citrusy hops adding contrast to the rich, toasted and fruity specialty malt character that's slightly sweet.

Flavor reveals more of a malt dominant backbone, with a punch of grapefruit juice upfront that fades to floral, grassy notes that accent the fairly sweet caramel, fruit, and toasted notes. The finish lacks typical ipa bitterness, and is lightly earthy bitter.

Jun 01, 2016
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

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

i didnt care for this all that much when i was drinking it this weekend, but i was under the impression that it was supposed to be a red ipa, and i kept looking for the hops that never really came. now that i see it listed as an amber ale, i like it a lot more. its dark for the style, deep brick red, more grain color to this than is common in the reds and ambers of today, and i like the depth it brings. toasty and nutty more than caramelized and sweet. good amount of body on it too, and nice and dry. it just doesnt have a ton of flavor, seems muffled or muted or just a lot less interesting than i thought it would be. i did not see a date on the bottle, so maybe its a little older, but there isnt any old beer flavors to this. maybe a hint of wet cardboard in the nose, but other than that it seems fresh enough in terms of the malt. dried red fruits, maybe cherries, but dry as they go. carbonation is fine, and it went really well with some smoked pork, but it wasnt quite robust enough in flavor for me, even though the darker red color suggests a little more heft to this. i felt it but i didnt taste it. better than average but not by much.

edit: had this fresh on tap yesterday and definitely taste a bit more hops than i did last time around, still hearty and deeply malty, but there is some citrus from the hops and a needed balancing bitterness. raising a few scores here, its better than i gave it credit for years ago...

May 17, 2016
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Beerbogan from Australia

3.74/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Purchased a few cans, and a disclaimer they were a few month old as I purchased in Australia. It poured very dark with a good head and lacing, the head maintained most of the time that it took to drink. I loved the heavy malty body of the beer, maybe a little to sweet in terms of balance with hops. The nose was not as strong as I expected but that may have to do with the age of the cans.

Overall a nice beer and would love to have one fresh from the brewery as that would probably fix the slightly over malty balance for me (I love a malty beer so it was not that).

May 09, 2016
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Flounder57 from Massachusetts

3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can was poured into a nonic glass.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a puffy layer. It is an amber red color with some clarity of bubbles coming up through the glass. Super frothy lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Toasted, biscuity, caramel malts with some citrus and herbal hop notes.

Taste: Still malt dominant with the hops in the rear. Light chewy and bitterness in there too.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium bodied, a little chewy, medium carbonation, and slight bitterness.

Overall: Not a bad red ale. A little more citrus or piney hops would make this beer better. Still would revisit this one again though.

Apr 27, 2016
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