Evil Twin | Heretic Brewing Company

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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
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#12,328
Reviews:
105
Ratings:
450
pDev:
10.66%
 
 
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Reviews by EgadBananas:
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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Photo of kevanb
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This hopped up red ale comes from Heretic which is a newer brewery from Pittsburgh, California and they make some serious brews. Evil Twin pours a really dark amber color with lots of ruby and garnet hints, really sexy color. A nice finger of foamy head sits atop that leaves some great lacing and has a nice layer of thick film on the top of the glass throughout the session. Hops pour out in the nose, really strong resinous pine notes and subtle citrus mix with some rye-like spicing and a strong malt presence. The flavors are really bold and aggressive. Big hops right off the bat bring forth big pine flavors, nice big malty flavors come forward as well with hints of caramel and toffee, rounded with some citrusy sweetness. It has a nice big body, but unfortunately has a bit of an acidic feel at times that wasn’t pleasant, but it wasn’t always apparent thankfully.

Verdict: This is a really solid red ale. Big hops, bold flavors, aggressive but still approachable and really pleasant.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.79/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The preponderance of beer in CANs is/has been spiraling out of CANtrol! I am leading The CANQuest (tm) & I CAN't keep up! I am ecstatic that they have begun CANning this one & Evil Cousin & I was happy to pick up one of each recently at The Fridge.

From the CAN: "All who would win joy, must share it; happiness was born a twin. - Lord Byron"; "Always brewed and packaged only by Heretic Brewing Co. - Fairfield, CA"; "Looking for something other than your typical IPA? This blood-red ale has a rich malt character, without being overly sweet. It has a huge hop character, without being overly bitter. It is a bold, rich, balanced craft beer. Our Evil Twin is only bad because it is too good to resist."; "Don't follow the crowd. Be a Heretic and drink responsibly."

I Crack!ed it open and reveled in the majesty of the sound. It was a very fresh CAN and I was flush with excitement at the very proposition, so I let fly with an inverted glug. It began a pseudo-cascade, which signaled to me that I needed to begin to back off. This eventually resulted in two fingers of dense, rocky, tawny/light-tan head with great retention. Color was Coppery-Brown (SRM = > 17, < 22) with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled of pine tar! This is a Red/Amber?!? Yay! Mouthfeel was big, full & unexpectedly creamy. Oh my. The taste was the Amber that I always wished for in the early days of craft/microbrewing. Back then, an Amber/Red Ale was on everybody's menu, and they were all malt bombs. I somehow intuited that more hops would = better. For a while, the style was CANsidered dead/dormant, but now it has roared back to life in an exciting way. This was pine hops underlain by a caramel/nutty sweetness. Yum! Finish was dry, clean, slightly minty and just what I now want in the style.

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Photo of brentk56
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy russet with a perky cap that leaves a nice pattern behind

Smell: Hop forward, though well balanced; the earthy and piney hops are underpinned by an intriguing blend of toffee and toasted bread

Taste: The interplay between the hops and the malts distinguishes this beer; with the toffee and toasted bread interspersed with with earthy and piney hops; the blend creates a complex malt base that avoids sweetness and a hop blend that is nicely bitter without every developing a citrusy edge (not that I dislike citrusy bitterness)

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: It is not everyday that I get excited about a beer in this genre but this beer breaks some new ground in both the malt and hop dimensions; kudos to the brewers at Heretic

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

My extremely good and awesome buddy Jon Passow, who is the Barrel Operations Manager at Anderson Valley Brewing Company, sent me this in a package from northern, CA about a month and a half ago. Poured for a 22 oz. bomber bottle into a point glass of mine, this beer pours a clear, deep amber red color with a slightly off-white/tan, fluffy looking head that is certainly over an inch thick when first poured. Head settles very slowly and leaves excellent lacing as it begins to slowly fade. Aromas of piney, resinous, citrusy hops to be sure along with slightly toasted, bready caramel malt sweetness that is followed by a some fruits notes of figs and mango. Tastewise, the aforementioned pine, citrus, and resinous hop notes hit the palate first followed by the slightly toasted, bready caramel malt sweet notes that are rounded out with the fig and mango fruit notes. Has a somewhat first, somewhat smooth and frothy, biscuit, bready, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Has a clean and slightly dry finish. Very good balance of flavors, yet the hops do tend to dominate the flavor profile just slightly. Quite drinkable in the excellent manner well crafted beer should be. I am glad I got the chance to try this one.

Eric

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Photo of aasher
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This bottle was courtesy of BrewerB in a box I received last Friday. Thanks Brian!

This beer pours a light to medium body cherried, stained wood brown in color with a slight beige lacing around my glass. The aromas are very sharp and fresh. I instantly got a really nice and aromatic hop profile, similar to that of a fresh hop or dry hopped IPA. The malt bill finishes off the aromas nicely with a touch of sweetness and a touch of chocolate (maybe some crystal malts perhaps?). The flavors are fresh and hoppy with a mellowing ESB-esque quality that makes this one very drinkable. The bitterness is moderate and the malts again come through to smooth it all out. I again get a touch of chocolate which makes for a nice finish. This beer is very, very drinkable and has near perfect body. I don't tend to appreciate ambers as much as some other people but this beer is really nice and worth your while.

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Photo of DoctorEvil
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

EDITED-UPDATED:

UPDATE: Bought another bottle from a different lot/batch and it was MUCH better. Only a hint of wortish smell... raised Smell score from 1 to 3.75... Taste from 3.75 to 4.5

ORIGINAL: 22 Ounce Bottle poured to a Sam Adams beer glass - Recommended by another IPA lover. Great color, fine head, and it had a balanced malty-hoppy taste, but unfortunately it had a really bad acrid/acidic smell that detracted from the experience. Perhaps due to the bottle version rather than draft. I will give it another chance, since I may have just had a bad bottle...

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Photo of greenspointexas
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of Geoffq
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BaronRogue
4.54/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark red with a meaty head that diminishes fairly quickly, leaving a bit of lace.

The smell almost hit me faster than the color... absolutely mouth watering and ultimately beckoning... apricots and sheer fruity hops abound. I've been searching for a beer like this.

Taste is top notch, leaning heavily on the hop end but with biscuity malts bringing up the rear. Can feel a bit like a fruit juice at times, but you won't find me complaining.

Mouthfeel saves it from feeling too juicy, nice and crisp with a slight dry hop sting on the tongue.

Overall, it's like Heretic pulled this recipe from the deep recesses of my brain and fashioned it just for me. I did get a very fresh bottle which I'm sure helped. Would definitely recommend this to anyone who wants a beer a few flavor notches up from a pale ale but not quite an IPA.

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Photo of Piglet_rulz_da_yard
4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of dunix
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Andrewharemza
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of pajeff
4/5  rDev +1.5%

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

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

On Tap @ Orcutt Brewing Co. (07.20.11)

I've been noticing promotional posters all over my area for this beer the past couple weeks so after enjoying a nice lunch I decided it was time to see what all the "hype" was about.

The beer poured a DARK amber with a nice off white, thick head.

The smell consisted of strong hops almost what you would find in an IPA scent. Along with the great hoppy scent you get a real earthy smell with hints of citrus.

The taste was so well balanced. The scents you were presented with are very noticeable in the taste. This Amber is not for the faint at heart. Its presence of hops and bitterness go so well with the citrus notes and sweet malts which linger on the palette.

Overall this beer lived up to the local "hype" and I'm very satisfied with it. Highly recommended!

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Photo of wLcz0rz
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Red Amber in color with beige head, reduces to thin layer and lasts throughout glass. Smell is weak, hops and citrus peel. Very malty then hops kick in with a semi dry finish with lingering citrus hops aroma. Bitterness is low but very obvious, increases as temp rises. Lacing throughout glass. Good beer for IPA lovers looking for something different throughout the night.

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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 50marathons
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice surprise whet I tasted this. Great hop flavor for this style.

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Photo of Backlash209
5/5  rDev +26.9%

Photo of BEER88
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Caramely with light citrus.

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Photo of rolltide8425
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BShort41570
3.61/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hilgart1
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of asdabc33
4.52/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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