Evil Twin | Heretic Brewing Company

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Heretic Brewing Company
California, United States | website

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

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390
Avg:
3.95
pDev:
23.04%
 
 
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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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Photo of woodychandler
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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Photo of BaronRogue
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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Photo of pat61
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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Photo of alexgash
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle.

Marginally cloudy dark amber to garnet body. Thumbs-width of dense, creamy, light sandy head. Good lacing. Big aromas of juicy fruit and caramel malt blend nicely with piny, minty, herbal hops.

Toasted, slightly grainy malt up front. Herbal, bitter hops come on soon enough. Backed by big caramel and fruit malts. Pine, resin, and some juicy citrus flavors come through. Dry, bitter finish, with lingering caramel-fruit malt. Medium bodied with a nice, creamy feel. Very well done and very drinkable.

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Photo of brentk56
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
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 brewski09
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter from a bomber in Ohio after a small trip to CA.

A - Dark amber red bordering on brown. The head pours 2cm khaki/tan and slowly dissipates leaving a heavy lacing on the glass. This is a great beer to look at.

S - Hops are the predominant aroma here. Almost like a wet hop ale, but with undertones of a barleywine. There are toffee and burnt fruit notes (fig, pungent plum, and acidic cherry notes are everywhere), backed up by some dark crystal malts.

T - The taste of the beer is less exciting than the aroma, but is still wonderful. It is just a little muddled with everything going on. The hops are a wonderful bouquet of herbal, grassy, and fruit undertones. The malts are great dark fruits and toffee. They just don't quite meld with each other the way I would expect.

M - Thick and chewy, yet perfectly thin. There is a brilliant dichotomy working here that I don't know how to describe or replicate.

O - A great beer that I am happy to have tried. I would get more of it if I lived in CA (I would love to try it on tap and super fresh).

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Photo of dansmcd
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark red brown under two fingers of tan cream densely packed head with incredible retention and sloppy French Mastiff drools of lacing.

S - Heavy piney hops and strawberry jam.

T - All hops in the first touch but evens out nicely when the citrus hops and orange peel bitterness is joined by raspberry, cranberry and nutty biscuit.

M - Oily full body, low to medium carbonation. Just the right carriage for the flavours within.

O - Fantastic hoppy red ale. Very encouraging for the brewery and I'll be looking for more fresh stuff in the future.

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Photo of bbqwalt
4.37/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I love it on tap especially at the brewery. I did have one bottle that disappointed. Great IPA on tap. Not sure about the bottles after my first experience. See if one of the workers is the model for the labels.

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Photo of ccrida
4.36/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draught at Zeitgeist, Evil Twin is a dark, brownish amber, with a small off-white head leaving scatteded lace.

Smell is hoppy, pine forest. Spicy, flirting towards ginerbread.

Taste is malty, a little caramel, and agressively hoppy, loads of pine. I love the fierceness, and trhe cleanliness of execution.

Mouthfeel is oily and dry, medium bodied.

Drinkability is good. My kind of amber. Enough *cleanly executed* malt to provide texture, and lots of hops to bring it home.

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Photo of jj139
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at the Brewery

A - Dark reddish/brown with an one-finger tan/beige head. The head takes a bit of time to diminish leaving long lasting streaky-white lacing down the entire glass.

S - Plenty going on here - Toasty/yeasty malt with hints of grapefruit, pine, and dark caramel. There are also some earthy notes in there that I couldn't quite put my finger on.

T - Sweet and dark caramel malt right off the bat. The taste finishes with just a touch of hop bitterness to round things off and make you want another sip. Very balanced with no one taste taking the lead.

M - Medium carbonation and body. Full flavor but this beer does not feel heavy in any way.

O - This is fast becoming one of my favorite Red Ales. Well crafted and everything is nicely balanced. And the bonus is that the brewery is about 20+ minutes away.

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Photo of chsanders
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was pleasantly surprised with this beer. It is probably one of the most balanced beers (flavor wise) that I have ever had.

A - dark red with a small head that left a small amount of lace on the glass as it went down

S- a mixture of pine, citrus, and other more subtle aromas that sneak through as you go along

T - a very well balanced malty/hoppiness with the flavors of red grapefruit and apricots being the most pronounced

M - very pleasant, it covers everything with a smoothness that leaves you wanting more

O- I'm very pleased with this beer, I got it as part of a variety pack from Heretic Brewing through beerjobber.com (Halloween special) and wasn't sure what to expect. I hope the other beers are just as enjoyable.

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Photo of Mark
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First had this beer with my great friend Ed of 35 plus years. I have turned him in to a craft beer dude and we both loved this beer. had it again yesterday at the same alehouse and it was a sgood as i remebered it. deep amber color, fresh hop smell of pine. Taste is very IPA like with piney notes. just an outstanding beer overall and this brewery will be on the big time map sometime very soon.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark mahogany red with a finger of frothy khaki colored head atop. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some good lace.

S - Aroma is mix of strong citrus and tropical hops with some sweet toasted caramel and biscuit malt and a bit of pine.

T - Starts off with some citrus hops and some sweet toasted caramel malts with a bit of pine. Through the middle some more tropical fruits and pine come through with stronger bitterness and some biscuit malts. The finish is a mix of citrus hops, bitterness, and some sweet caramel and biscuit malt.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet, bitter, and lightly dry finish.

D - Very drinkable. Really nice balance between rich malt flavor and hops and bitterness. The body is just right as well and matches the boldness of the flavor nicely.

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Photo of KevinBrewer
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark rusty brown with a tall tan head that dissipates to a covering, leaving patches of lacing behind.

N- Big bitter grapefruit aromas with some light tropical fruit in the background. Pungent floral hops, earthy resins, and toasted malt come out once the head dies down.

T- Deep bready malt with some burnt toast and a touch of caramel and toffee. Big pine resin bitterness clings to the tongue, quickly wiping out the caramel sweetness of the malt. Herbal, floral hops with some hints of juicy citrus, biscuit, and caramel carry the beer through the mid-palate. The finish is long, dry, and bitter, dominated by pine resin, herbs, light floral hops, and lingering dry caramel and toffee.

M- Medium-to-full bodied, chewy, and sticky. I would guess a lot of the body comes from the delicious hop tannins. Moderate carbonation with a lingering dry, bitter finish.

O- Very bold malt character for only 6.8% ABV, and very drinkable for how full-bodied and full-flavored it is. A must-try for any hophead!

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Photo of gpogo
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark amber with a red tint when light hits it. Tan foam head and a sparse lacing.

A- Citrus and pine hops with a light touch of chocolate.

T- Chocolate and citrusy hops, nice bitterness throughout. Nice malty flavor.

M- Medium body very smooth and clean tasting.

D- This is a wonderful beer.

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Photo of colts9016
4.26/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass at 45 degrees.

Appearance: A monster three finger head that is very persistent and lasting. The head is a creamy ivory color with foam and bubbly. The color of the beer is a dark amber copper color with reddish orange hues. The clarity of the beer is slightly opaque. Carbonation bubble exist with the beer. The head left quite a bit of lacing on the glass.

Nose: A medium malt aroma with some caramel, toffee, and toasty notes. The hops is equally medium with grapefruit, floral, and some wood. This a slight note of diacteyls.

Taste: A solid malt back bone with some cooked caramel notes, toffee, biscuit, and toasty. The hops melds well with the malt, the hops is grapefruit, floral, and resin. Other flavors is yeast and some diacteyls.

The mouth feel of the beer is sticky, carbonated, and astringent.

Overall: The body of the beer is medium and the finish is medium full. This Red Ale is just wonderful. A solid malt backbone that hold the hops into check. Great flavors is almost fits the style very well. I really am enjoying drinking this beer.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first Heretic beer.... picked up tonight at Bier Thirty... Seems pricey at $7.50... but oh well. Poured into my little Cigar City goblet... nice sandy head... good retention and lacing... the brew is polished deep amber.

Nose shows plenty of big pine hops and some grapefruit zest... good balanced malt profile leaning toward caramel but still seems nicely dry.

Decent bitterness up front that quickly moves into the toasty/caramel malts... hops are again more piney than anything else... but some definite citrus zest raises its head...

Body and carbonation are about perfect for the style... This is very very well done... probably the best Amber that I've had in a LONG time. Kudos.

4/4/4.5/4.5/4

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Photo of Tucquan
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.

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Photo of patre_tim
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.

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Photo of IllNate
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep red with a finger of off-white head with good retention. Aroma is citrus and pineapple with a hint of pine and a touch of dark roasted malt. Taste follows with a hop forward citrus, pineapple, pine. However the malt is more pronounced with alight body but a bit of roasty. Mouthfeel is pretty good, well bodied and smooth, but bitter. Overall a great red ale or red IPA or whatever this is.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This pours a warm amber color. Piney dank aromas abound.
It’s sticky sweet with a hint of dank malts.

I guess I don’t have much more to add to this review right now.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

bottle purchased from Barley Mow, enjoyed in a glass from chilled.

The color is dark crimson with hazed appearance and 3 finger voluminous rocky tan head with lots of lace stickage with small bead and visible carbonation. The smell has a dank hop smell with somewhat woody/herbal quality with light tropical accent and mild toasted malt in the nose with light fruity yeast element which brings to mind a ruby red grapefruit. The feel is bitter yet still resinous with slight malt body yet mostly hop dominant with mild alcohol as it finishes on the dry side with lasting bitterness.

The taste of hops really envelopes the mouth with herbal and dank flavors which follow the smell in that there is a spicy woody taste with light citrus complimentary flavor with gently bitter yet not harsh taste mid palate not grassy yet full of floral/tropical citrus and pepper blend of flavor with subtle malt providing the backdrop with mild caramel and slight toast with a peppery bitter finish. Overall I think this is a very good Imperial Red ale -a bit intensely bitter at times yet still within the realm of great drinkability with enough malt to suppport. This is not a subtle beer but certainly is what you would expect from a West Coast Red ale this is excellent, but might not be what I would recommend if you aren't a fan of hops.

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Photo of kevanb
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
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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