Han Shot First Double IPA | Evil Genius Beer Company

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Han Shot First Double IPAHan Shot First Double IPA

Brewed by:
Evil Genius Beer Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
With Amarillo and Chinook

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 72
Reviews by ctylinebeer:
Photo of ctylinebeer
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a teku glass. Rotating six pack as of fall 2016. Double IPA hopped with Amarillo and Chinook. Named after the famous controversy as to if Han Solo shot a bounty hunter first in the famous Mos Eisley bar in Star Wars A New Hope. I'll have to side with Evil Genius, Han Solo is the man!

L - golden color, clear hue, super white head. Sediment was on the bottom of the glass but slow pouring kept it in the bottle

S - pineapple and mango, not really citrus. No alcohol present. Aroma intensity is almost like a bold white wine like pinot grigio

T - pineapple really masters the taste, slight pine when swished around, pretty pleasant

F - light medium body, soft pine resin, pineapple juice finish, Hardly any alcohol

O - this is why they're called Evil Genius. They made a Double IPA with 30 IBUs, which is as bitter as a pale ale. Really elegant beer, almost like wine. Definitely out of the ordinary but they're good at that. Cheers!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of CharlesK
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PJCarnell
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of q33jeff
4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz. Bottle to snifter.
LOOK: yellow, white head fades quickly to creamy film.
AROMA: tropical fruit, hay, grass, basil or something similar.
FEEL: Medium carbonation. Thin body.
TASTE: Lots of tropical fruit. Pineapple, grapefruit, mango. A little ginger.

This is so much better than I would have expected. Evil Genius, who I am not a fan of normally, making a beer with a star wars reference...seems like a bad novelty. But this was extremely tasty.


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Photo of runeatdrink
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HermitDan
3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RichieRich1812
3.36/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Bellerophon
3.56/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle to pint glass.

You're really asking for it when you name your beer "Han shot first."

Very yellow and not much head. Some sediment from end of bottle. Floral hop aroma that dissipates quickly, with a little musty grass. Big floral hop flavor but disappointingly little bitterness. Feel is a little bit thin but okay for an IPA. What little maltiness there is balances what little bitterness there is, but bitterness greatly overpowered by hop flavor.

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Photo of mikeycibelli
3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dapainter
5/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

For a double IPA not too hoppy. Very smooth & easy to drink. Can't believe it is 8.50%.

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Photo of ghooul
3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CruzinCooler
3.52/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of brewale4me
3.87/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: light gold and hazy white head
Smell: pineapple, peach, mango light biscuit
Taste: pineapple, tangerine, light malts low bitterness
Mouth feel: light to medium with higher levels of carbonation
Overall: this is a solid IPA. I would buy again.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.89/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Evil Genius Brewing Co. "Han Shot First"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle
$2.79 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: It pours a nice two-finger thick head of fluffy off-white foam over a hazy golden/amber body. The head seems to have some staying power from what I've seen so far. Aroma? Not much, at least for a double IPA. I was expecting ~ HOPS!!! ~ but what I found were ~ hops ~. It's hoppy in a generic way, fruity from the yeast, and malty with a light breadiness. The flavor brings more sweetness in the malt with some honey and a touch of toastiness, but there's not much more in the way of hops. This is definitely more of a malty double IPA, which is OK, it's just unusual to find these days. The hops are floral, fruity (maybe mostly orange), lightly piney, and minty (probably seeming so due to mixing with the sugary malt, they're probably actually just slightly herbal). In the mouth it's dextrinous with a medium body and gently crisp carbonation that leaves it creamy smooth. Good points there, and to be honest it's quite smooth across the board because it's not really that bitter. Oh shit, I just looked at the label to check it and it's only 30 IBUs!!! "Han Shot First" my ass, this is the children's version of Star Wars that makes Han the hero as Greedo actually tried to kill him first (really bad shot that guy, BTW). Still... I like it, and it does pack a solid 8.0% ABV that never seems to show. Hmmm, I wonder, is it actually 8.0% ABV, it doesn't seem so, but maybe close. So what have I missed? Appearance: it has left some very nice lacing. Smell: over the period that it warmed up a bit it became a little fuller but never really changed its stripes. Taste: no changes there, it remains sugary, honeyish, fruity with orange and perhaps apple and some pear, and slightly piney and minty/herbal. Mouthfeel: as noted. Overall: Certainly an enjoyable, easy to drink "Stronger ale". Is it really a double IPA? Me thinks not, but that's OK, you have to label it as something, right? I'd buy it again, and that's not a hard decision to make. I like malty beers and for what it is and what it costs it's pretty good. How it scores as a double IPA, well that's another question.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.11/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

My Happy New Evil/Evo/Evil Beer Sunday (Week 677) is now in full swing & this will be my third & last for the day from Evil Genius Beer Company. Any guesses as to what might be upcoming?

From the bottle: "With Amarillo and Chinook".

I Pop!ped the cap, but in so doing, I noticed some lees on the punt of the bottle. This meant that it was getting a very gentle pour into the awaiting glass. My efforts were successful, resulting in a glassful of bright Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5) beer with NE-plus quality clarity, allowing me to see into the future! There will be beer. This brought The Gelt Gang of Croesus, Midas Mammon roaring in from the living room, where they were watching the Pens/Blues game on NBC. Like me, they are Pixburgh fans due to the Black & Gold team colors. An in-glass swirl raised two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, bone-white head with good retention that left a load of lacing in its wake. Nose really smelled of Chinook & that was A-OK by me! Nothing like pine resin to get my heart beating. Mmm. Mouthfeel was just barely full, just creamy enough that I could not justify calling it "medium" or "medium-to-full". That said, do not expect N2-level creaminess & then vent your frustration to me. I just calls 'em as I sees 'em, Cesium. The taste was in the sweet spot between bitter orange and pine resin. Dang, but this was good! The relatively-high ABV was well-hidden, making it slightly dangerous, given its drinkability. Finish was dry, but not gasping and the lingering aftertaste was more towards orange marmalade while licking my lips gave me pine resin. Phew! Quite the day thus far!

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Photo of EMV
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip

L: Hazed golden pour. 2 fingers of foamy white head. Nice lacing.

S: Tropical fruits... pineapple and papaya. Sweet and juicy.

T/F: Light grains... smooth bodied... sweet-ish tropical fruits. Follows the nose with pineapple, melon, mango, and papaya. Light citrus... zesty carbonation. Gentle on the bitterness.

O: A solid tropical fruit-forward DIPA. Gentle... hop candy sweet and smooth. Hides the ABV a bit too well making it dangerous. Worth checking out if not seeking out.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.46/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into shaker pint glass: color is gold, large bubbly effervescence, head is bright white with small to medium bubbles, some lacing and lingering top.

Smell is pineapple, then some light biscuit malt and subtle pine/earthy hops.

Taste is less pineapple, but still fruity with pineapple or mango undertone, malt is there, bittering hops are light pine or grass. A basil component is also noticeable.

Mouthfeel is a bit sharp, carbonated, bitter.

Overall a beer that has some mixed flavors, average appearance and sharp mouthfeel.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I tried this on tap at Al's Pizza and Subs, served chilled in a shaker pint.

The color is resplendent golden with a mildd hazed appearance and thick white head with fine bead and fast rising bubbles are visible with subtle lace. The smell is floral with a citrus aspect and slight malt sweetness with mild yeast ester. The feel is dissapointing in that it is creamy, malty and has medium carbonation -not bad, with moderate bitterness and semi-sweet finish.

The taste has light bitterness up front which is not unpleasant yet a sweetish malt follows with lightly toasted quality and mild caramel with creamines from yeast and light citrus in the back which about all the hops you get with slight floral hop and subtle alcohol in the semi-sweet finish. Overall this beer is not a bad tasting brew, but as far as an IPA it is not a very good representation of the style -it lacks hop flavor and bitterness is way to tame to be considered an IPA let alone Imperial anything

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Photo of Kegatron
3.29/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of bacher468
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dar482
3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dsa7783
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at George Street Ale House in New Brunswick. Pours a golden effervescent hue with moderate frothing. Assertive aroma replete with hints of citrus and grapefruit. Similar overall flavor profile.

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Photo of drtth
3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The lightly hazed golden amber colored beer pours out into a Duvel glass with a 1” off-white head that recedes slowly while leaving a sheet and a web like pattern of legs and patches of lacing on the sides of the glass. Even near the end of the beer there’s still a thin layer of foam covering the entire surface of the liquid. Sipping creates a couple of arches of lacing with lots of small patches and legs.

The aromas are fairly light and mild with some citrus (tangerine, grapefruit), a light resin and some spiciness showing, but not assertively. In the mix there’s also some lightly toasted bready malt.

Much as expected from the nose, the flavors are well balanced between the hops and malt so there’s the citrus, a bit of resin and some mild spiciness along with some noticeable malty sweetness that does not cloy. There’s also some lightly toasted bready malt. However, un-nlike some Double IPAs, both the sweetness from the malt and the bitterness from the hops are upfront and center stage together so they are very much a team.

The mouth feel is medium bodied with some gentle smoothness even with the moderate carbonation. The finish begins as the creamy sweetness and it’s partner, the hop flavors, all begin to fade into a semi-dry finish that persists as a light bitterness in the back of the palate.

Overall I’ve enjoyed drinking this beer even if only for the fact that even though it’s an Imperial IPA the malt, and it’s light sweetness, is a co-star along with the hop flavors as the other co-star. Thus they are a team that are not going to either cloy or beat up on the tastebuds. Since this is local I’ll probably be having this one again. If you want lots of bitterness from the hops you probably want to avoid this beer. If you enjoy hop flavors without a lot of bitterness take a look at this one.

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Photo of BigMike
3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kkmiller76
3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Han Shot First Double IPA from Evil Genius Beer Company
Beer rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 72 ratings