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%
 
 
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35
Gots:
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Ratings: 422 |  Reviews: 98
Photo of MrTcell
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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 paresis
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LXIXME
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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 k47k
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RickyBfromCT
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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 ummswimmin
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mandypants11
2.94/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of garyloveman
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 dmorgan310
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of liquorpig
3.69/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

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 HopsForBrains
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RichD
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MattSlem
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JNForsyth
3.64/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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