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Evil Twin | Heretic Brewing Company

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3.94/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Heretic Brewing Company
California, United States
hereticbrewing.com

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#12,285
Reviews:
105
Ratings:
450
pDev:
10.66%
 
 
Wants:
35
Gots:
99
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 450 |  Reviews: 105
Photo of cryptichead
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of garthbrennan
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Kwright
5/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of KMcGrath
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of StanleysCup
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Helluvaz
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
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

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Photo of sweetbrew82
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Griphon
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LarrysDeerGut
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hayley_86
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.61/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Photo of penguinsgoboom
3.94/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Antwon616
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of michaelsmith11
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

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Photo of DrunkenMonk
3.26/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of slaminsammyF
3.23/5  rDev -18%
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.

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Photo of DavetotheB
2.92/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

12 oz draft

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Photo of shelby415
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kitekid
4.44/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Element1290
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DrKarl
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jnorris404
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kennar1954
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Malty with some hops. Very nice, especially if you're a red ale fan.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Evil Twin from Heretic Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 450 ratings