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

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Added by womencantsail on 07-11-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
422
Reviews:
98
Avg:
3.95
pDev:
10.63%
 
 
Wants:
35
Gots:
94
For Trade:
1
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5/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Nice hoppy red, caramel, fruity hops on the nose with a nice fruity/malty pallet. Great beer!

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5/5  rDev +26.6%

Photo of GFabMedia
5/5  rDev +26.6%
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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4.79/5  rDev +21.3%
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 bnes09
4.73/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful dark amber toffee colored ale. Huge head on the pour maintains a half finger of froth throughout the drink and blankets the glass in rich, sturdy foam.

Toasty wheat and rye aroma, lots of malt character. Piney, earthy hop tones. Exceptional balance and plenty to savor in the nose.

Flavor is malty, earthy, piney, toasty, spicy and sweet all at the same time without anyone getting out of line.

Sturdy medium to full body. Plenty of lively bubbles spread the flavors around well.
Finishes semi dry from the hops with lingering malt texture.

As far as amber ales go, this is about as good as it gets. Tons of depth and complexity with perfect balance, great appearance and feel.

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4.7/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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4.66/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A really solid red ale.

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4.63/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A fiery punch of piney and citrus hops calmed by a caramel malty blanket. Very well done red ale. Wow.

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4.54/5  rDev +14.9%
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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4.52/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Brilliant deep amber brown with a 1” cream to tan colored foam collar that hugs the side of the glass.
S: Malty nose with traces of caramel and chocolate.
T: Strats with rich malts and light caramel supported by traces of chocolate and light espresso finishing with a citrus rind coffee-like bitterness on the end.
F: Creamy smooth with medium carbonation and medium to medium full body.
O: A full flavored red ale with an assertive hop finish.

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Evil Twin from Heretic Brewing Company
3.95 out of 5 based on 422 ratings.
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