Forsaken | Evil Genius Beer Company

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Evil Genius Beer Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by FickleBeast on 12-16-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 72
Photo of q33jeff
2.72/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Aroma Is apple, pear, apricot. Dark brown color...a little cloudy,small white head. Taste is apple, grapefruit, some alka-seltzer. Sourness is a turnoff. Not terrible though.

Probably the least disappointed I’ve been in an evil genius beer. Yes, that’s a backhanded compliment."


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Photo of smcolw
4.03/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy, light brown color. The head starts off moderately but retains its presence throughout the tasting. The lace is a combination of ring and spotty lace.

Nearly burnt toast is the first smell I get. There's also a tinge of sweetness. The bittering hop is far in the background.

The flavor starts with crystal malt and some definitive biscuit and toast. There's a good dollop of bittering hop for balance. Although this is not what I would describe as a complex beer, it does hit all of the elements one expects from an amber. Certainly, I would call this a solid entry for the style. Rich bodied with a corresponding higher level of carbonation.

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Photo of gutterpunktarzan
4.35/5  rDev +33.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For Some Reason i really liked this beer. Nice hoppy ale.

Taste was great i really liked it. Nice and hoppy but not overwhelming. I would definitely recommend this beer! Hard to find evil genius by me but im starting to like them. If i was going to buy a 6 pack of an ale this would be it. Tough choice between river horse special ale and forsaken!

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Photo of MadScientist
2.42/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

A: The glass pours with almost 80% foam. After it settles to a few ounces of beer and three finger of tan head we can see a hazy, medium copper beer.

S: This beer has an odd, medium citrus hops aroma that seems to starts off with a moderate amount of a plastic to almost chile pepper like notes. Fortunately some more Simcoe-like hops aromas come through with notes of citrus and onion alone with a pine-like hops aroma. There is a medium toasty malt aroma with a light caramel sweetness. On the whole the hops aroma isn't bad but it fades but the phenols are distracting.

T: The first impression is that it tastes more like an English IPA than an American ale with a lot less hops flavor but more yeast character. Then a spicy phenol starts to come through that explains what was going on with the plastic off-note in the nose. The fruity hops are aromas don't carry into the beer like they do in the nose. There is some caramel malt support and the balance is moderately bitter.

O: There is a lot to like about the base components of the beer and I'd try it if I came across a fresh batch but I won't be seeking it out either. It pours and smells like an over-carbonated, possibly infected beer and is no surprise that it tastes like one too.

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Photo of jbaker67
3.07/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The aroma is weak, nuts, dirt, light caramel. The appearance is hazy but translucent amber color, off-white head. The flavor is nuts, dusty, light caramel, odd sort of hoppiness. It’s like a bad brown ale. The finish is nuts, odd noble hop bitterness. Medium in body. Not something I would seek out.

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Photo of weller1js
3.7/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a hazy orange-brown, moderately carbonated, finger-thick beige foam leaving a slight lacing.

S: Light yet floral hops are forward, combines with the mild malt notes for a pleasant sweetness.

T: Moderate yet mild malt characteristics hit the palate first, with well-balanced piney/bitter/tangy hops progressing through the finish, with a light piney bitterness that lingers.

O: Rather successful foray into imposing more dynamic hops into an amber/brown ale. While the bitters in an amber ale can be quite pleasing in their own right, the floral hops give this one a little unique edge.

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Photo of WissBrauSean
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this beer from a bottle at about 50 degrees F and it poured a hazy amber color with a khaki one finger head that fades to a solid ring and thin cap with a fairly sticky checkerboard lacing pattern.

The aroma is pretty malt forward some toasted mostly caramel with definite hints of fruits including apple and some mild floral hops. There is perhaps a small amount of diacetyl mixed with wine or something a bit odd, but not unpleasant, I just can't put my finger on it and it gets more pronounced with temperature. Buttery for sure.

You know, my aroma description pretty much describes the taste. Those flavours all mix pretty evenly and then fade at the end to a bit of dry hops and I will admit, the transition is pretty cool! It ends lightly peppery and dry and really makes me want another sip (if it weren't for the diacetyl).

It has a good medium body and a smooth mouthfeel slightly hot from carbonation and a dry finish. Fairly well done. Enjoyable and easy to drink.

Overall, I would say that I like this beer and would recommend it, but the buttery bits put me off. I may have gotten a skunked bottle as it is really cloudy and does not clear up with temperature rise. I haven't read any diacetyl comments in anyone elses reviews. Like I said, it does not make this beer bad and I still like it, but I would like to try it again just to see. No date on the bottle to make any assumptions. Overall, with the buttery, I'm going to give it a solid 3.5 anyway. I like it.

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Photo of ToddT
3.08/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

L- Clear dark amber topped with a large off white head, Head fades slowly and leaves a bit of lace on the glass.

S- Nice note of toasted malt, caramel, toffee, and a hint of floral hops. Pretty mild aroma.

T- Follows the nose pretty close, nicely balanced but nothing too interesting going on. Finish is dry with a final light note of floral hop bitterness.

M- A little less than medium in body and medium in carbonation, a bit more here might have made a difference in this one.

O- Decent, nothing to go crazy for but not one to turn down either. I would not have guessed that it was 6.5% ABV that was well hidden behind pretty mild flavors.

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Photo of Suds
3.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Nice, towering head tops a murky amber-ish liquid. Hazy, almost orange in color. The smell is hoppy...citrus and a little pine. Some earthiness and just a hint of malt underneath. The taste is drier than I expected, and mor carbonic. Lots of hop flavor and bitterness. Some yeast. Full body. Good, but not great.

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Photo of tone77
3.77/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has an auburn color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is malty, some caramel notes. Taste is good, lots of malts and caramel, a bit of hops, very easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall makes a fine session beer.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.2/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a darker orange tinted amber, little to no head and retention. Scent is light caramel malts, some leafy hops and not much more. Taste again is weak - light caramel malts, bitter yet lacking in much hop flavor, some yeasty fruitiness. Lighter side of medium bodied, bubbly. Drinkable, but quite unsophisticated and lacking dimension - has the feel of a basic home brew recipe.

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Photo of woodychandler
2.76/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Another from my local, in-person trader, tone77. Many thanks!

From the bottle: "Hoppy Amber Ale brewed with Zythos and Simcoe".

My pour produced a finger of rocky, tawny head with good retention. Color was a slightly hazy copper. Nose had a grassy caramel aspect. Mouthfeel was medium and the hops seemed to be taking a back seat to the malt in the mouth. Finish was hoppier than it started, but it just tasted like it had been set to "Mute". I was not impressed by this one.

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Photo of danwho
3/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I like this style, amber (red) ales, but Nugget Nectar is the standard to which all others will be compared and this one doesn't stand a chance.
Got this as an extra from BelgianBeerMan7.
It's not bad, just average. Not as balanced as it should be, could be their choice of Zythos and Simcoe hops, I don't know. The caramel, malt sweetness at the start disappears immediately, followed by a bitterness, not in a good way. It does not improve as it warms. Smell is off-putting to me, almost a grape/wine aroma, not much fruit at all.
Best thing about this beer is the label, I do love the skulls and the hop leaf background.
Would like to try others by Evil Genius in hope that this was an anomaly.

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Photo of Gavage
3.31/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: pours a dark amber color with a 1/2" head that breaks apart slowly. Some moderate lace develops.

Smell: caramel, some citrus, and a bit of hop aroma comes through to the nose.

Taste: caramel, lemon zest, apples, plum, and a mild bitterness are the main flavor components.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp throughout. Short lasting aftertaste.

Overall: this a straight forward amber ale that is easy to drink.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.09/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours an orange amber color with a 1.5 finger white head. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading over time to give a decent level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of caramel and some lighter notes of a roasted malt. Mixed with these are some aromas of a hoppy nature. While light, the citrus and floral aromas blend well with the sweeter aromas.

Taste – The taste begins with a mix of some bready and light caramel flavors and a lemon citrus hop taste. As the taste advances the breadiness and caramel fade with a light grapefruit taste entering in the middle. More toward the middle to the end the sweeter and breadier flavors get very weak and bitter hop flavors of a more citrus and herbal nature come to the tongue. With the loss in sweet and breadiness the body is quite light and the hop flavors leave a quite bitter citrus and herbal flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer initially is rather average in its creaminess with a carbonation level that is also very average. More toward the later portions of the taste, with the loss of the bready malt and sweet flavors the taste takes on a rather watery feel, not complimenting the hop flavors at the end very well.

Overall – The weak mouthfeel with the long bittering hop taste left in the tongue at the end of the taste really pulls away from the rather easy drinking and balanced flavors more upfront in the taste. I would likely pass on this one.

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a goblet. Part of a mixed 6 pack of Evil Genius beers. According to the website, this is a limited release and is only available in the DEMONIC Variety Case

Pours a clear copper-red color, with a half finger of foam. Aroma is mostly dark crystal malts and slightly green apple as well.

This beer has a sweet malty body, with a long bitter finish. This could benefit from a little more hop flavor to round things out, as it stands it quickly shifts from rush of malt sweetness to substantial bitterness.

I'm not really digging this one. It has some good qualities, but ultimately needs to be better balanced.

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Forsaken from Evil Genius Beer Company
3.25 out of 5 based on 72 ratings.
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