Evil Twin | Heretic Brewing Company

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Evil TwinEvil Twin

Brewed by:
Heretic Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of craftbeersweden
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!

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Photo of Spikester
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!

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Photo of TheSixthRing
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.

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Photo of Everydayoff
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.

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Photo of Vader444
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!

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Photo of jzlyo
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.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
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.

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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 Bierliebhaber3
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.

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Photo of barczar
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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 ambler 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.

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Photo of Beerbogan
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).

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Photo of Flounder57
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.

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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 WunderLlama
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can poured into antique German pilsener

Clear mahogany , off whiteout finger foam cap, good lacings

Toasted malts, caramel , orange and citrus hops

Taste of pine, orange hops, toasted malts,

Good sudsing that quickly settles, dry finish

Good beer

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Photo of tone77
3.76/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A thanks goes out to the captain of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a dark amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Citrus hops dominate the aroma. Taste is citrus hops, light malts and bitterness, very easy drinking. Feels medium bdied in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer.

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Photo of FLima
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark amber copper color with a thick light caramel head with decent retention.
Good aroma anticipating that this might be rewarding. Good balance between pine and grapefruit with hints of caramel and toasted malts, passion fruit and figs jam.
Flavor with notes of grapefruit, pine, toasted malts, American yeast, a bit of charcoal, pineapple juice, drops of passion fruit, lemon peel, spices and sure mango. Dry aftertaste with a long but controlled bitterness. Decent productivity on its 45 IBUs.
Light bordering medium body with appropriate carbonation with tiny bubbles. Alcohol of 6.8% is well hidden.
Very good Red IPA, not arrogant nor super complex, but still very vocal and assertive. I wouldn’t change a tick on split between malt and hops. The end result did not sweep me off my feet, but it was very pleasant.

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Photo of detgfrsh
3.56/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a bomber bottled on 1/15/16. Pours a dark red color with maybe a half finger of head. Intense hop smell. Medium body, taste is mostly hop bitterness. Might have overdone it a bit on the hops. The style usually has more malt than hop flavors. There might be malt flavors in this, but they're completely overwhelmed by the hops. If you like hops, this is the beer for you. I like hops too, but for the sake of a review, I'm comparing it to others in the style. In that regard, this one is kind of one-dimensional.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Delirum Tremens snifter. Bottom of can says Canned 12/18/15

A- Pours a reddish light brown color with a 1/2 inch light tan head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves small clots behind.

S- Vibrant hop aroma contains notes of orange, grapefruit and a bit of dank grass. Toasty malt is there to back it up.

T- Interesting bitter-sweet combo with a unique earthy hop flavor. Very drinkable with a restrained hop bitterness that goes well with the toasty malt presence.

M- Slightly sharp with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- A really nice hoppy red from a brewery that has not disappointed thus far.

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Photo of Stevem68
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice Amber color. Has a Carmel aroma with light hop notes. Flavor is lightly toasted, Carmel and a hoppy aftertaste. Drinks pretty smooth. Overall very nice beer

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Photo of fscottkey
3.28/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: [4.00] Hard pour formed a 1 finger off white head. The bubbles seem uniform and small. The beer really grabs the glass when tilted and leaves some decent lacing. The beer itself is a dark mahogany color. The can lists the ABV (6.8%) and the born on date (08/06/15)

S: [2.75] Slight hop character towards pine. Maybe a hint of metallic.

T: [3.50] Not like the nose. Has an opening of piney and resiny hops - not overpowering though. Mild malt finish.

M: [3.25] Seems under carbonated. The finish is very abrupt.

O: [3.25] I wanted to like this one but it seemed to miss in almost every category. The nose is "off" a bit. It just doesn't come through with any discernible scents. The taste is one note of mild hops with nothing behind it really. Finally the beer seems under carbonated.

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Photo of chippo33
1.6/5  rDev -59.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.25

Poured from a 2 week old can into a glass. Bought from a beer store that was tricked by their distributor into thinking it was a Evil twin Brewing beer. I bought it out of pitty, and wish I hadn't. This is absolutely disgusting. Pure cardboard and sawdust.

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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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Evil Twin from Heretic Brewing Company
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