Evil Twin | Heretic Brewing Company

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88
very good
422 Ratings
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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:
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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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Ratings: 422 |  Reviews: 98
Photo of Boozecamel
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tivlavrie
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wLcz0rz
4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
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 BabaBeer
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mattsander
4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bunman3
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

To quote the Kool Aid guy from the 80's..."Oh Yeah". <Smash through styrofoam brick wall> It looks good - nice colour, a bit of foamy head, blah blah blah. This beer starts to kick it up when you get a whiff - pine, hops, and a hint of citrus. The flavour and mouthfeel are excellent - malt, plus everything the aroma hinted would happen. I love this style of hoppy red ale - full credit to Heretic for creating a delicious beer!

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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 JeffBlue
2.75/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

(Draft, Handles, Pleasanton CA). Dark amber/red color. Thick foamy head, hoppy aroma, mellow and neutral taste, decent but nothing grabs you.

Others:
Evil Cousin (favorable)

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Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Who is this an 'evil twin' to, one might wonder?

This beer pours a clear, dark red-brick amber colour, with three fat fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly tan head, which leaves some spooky, howling ghost-esque cobwebbed lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of mildly dank pine resin, bitter white grapefruit and underripe orange pith, grainy caramel malt, muddled dark orchard fruit, brown sugar, ethereal wet ash, and further leafy, earthy hops. The taste is semi-sweet bready, lightly roasted caramel malt, forest floor pine acridity, more mixed citrus bitterness, a touch of damp stone path, and plain leafy, earthy hops coming 'round the back.

The bubbles are mostly kept under lock and check, barely registering on the ol' frothometer, the body a solid medium weight, and verging on heavy, with an attendant smoothness, one that has a few wrinkles to iron out. It finishes off-dry, and not as sweet as I was expecting, the hops and so far unremarked-upon alcohol doing well to create a semblance of balance.

A properly hoppy, and elevated American red ale, is all I can really relate about Evil Twin, in summary. No off-flavours (a common affliction for the style, sadly), as the near 7 points of booze slowly seep into my pleasure centers, at just the right time, winter making its seasonally unwelcome return today.

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Photo of Geoffq
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of pxc13
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JohnParadee
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sweffin
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rolltide8425
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Forplay678
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of N_Schleret
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of fenixtx423
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ArmyATCBrewer
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chefbigjon
3.59/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of frlrv1020
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DoctorEvil
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
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 CJNAPS
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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Photo of SamuelR
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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