jandd1983 (2534) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAY 11, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sampled at the W&C Beer Fest 2014. It poured a hazy brown color with a tan head. The aroma was of roasted malts, some fruits and hops. The taste was of caramel, chocolate, roast and again some hops. Nice.
RRistow12 (239) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - MAY 8, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted from draft. Pours a cloud ruby brown with off white head. Aroma of citrus,figs, pine, caramel. Taste is moderate to heavily bitter with citrus and pine notes. Just a hint of malt sweetness. Medium bodied. Definitely more bitter than most ambers. Pretty dang good.
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BVery (6082) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - APR 29, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. Copper amber pour with a soapy cream head. Grassy and pine hop nose and taste. Smooth palate, and fuller. Some earthy malts in here. Nice.
superspak (2543) - Michigan, USA - APR 27, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 2/18/2014. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy deep ruby red color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, light pine, caramel, toast, brown sugar, light chocolate, and floral/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus hops and dark malt notes; with good strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, pine, caramel, toast, brown sugar, light chocolate, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fair amount of earthy floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, pine, caramel, toast, light chocolate, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity of bright citrus/pine hop flavors with light-moderate dark/bready malt sweetness; with a crisp malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice amber ale. Good complexity of bright citrus/floral hops and light-moderate malt balance; and very smooth and crisp to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.
BLADT (581) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - APR 27, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Dark reddish, brown in glass. Small, fast retreating head. Solid nose of fresh, green hops. All other notes here are dwarfed. Trace strands of melon must and caramel hops. Taste has a nice back-and-forth between ultra bitter and semi-sweet (mocha, flirting with toffee), ultimately finishing bitter. Tons of pine cone and melon flavors. The hops hear linger long. Nice, surprisingly creamy mouthfeel, but burping this guy up will cause slight puckering. If you like bitter, full on hop assaults, then you have a winner here.
gendv138 (1192) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - APR 25, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip. Bottled 2/18/2014. Pours a dark amber color with two fingers of off-white head. Nice webby lacing as the head recedes. Aromas of citrus, pine, toast, biscuit, floral notes. Tasting notes of grapefruit citrus, toast, biscuit, bitter and piney hops. Medium body with a dry finish. Semi-juicy mouthfeel, medium carbonation. Nice hopped up amber.
rumproasts (2847) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 23, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle. Light hazy brown with one finger head. This seems to have a lot more in common with a black IPA than an amber. Pretty substantial sweet caramel malt base, though not at all roasty like a black IPA. Big hops that punch through the malt. Itís certainly interesting, but Iím not sure it totally works for me.
Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - APR 17, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled 2/18/14 and poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint on 4/17/14. $3 single, so itís a reasonable price for an Evil Twin beer.
Appearance: Well. If you get the whole bottle in, say hello to a massive amount of huge floaters and some serious sediment. Very hazy color that looks like diarrhea water with all of the floaties. Nice and sustained three finger off-white soapy head. Looks rather unappealing with the color and floaters. I like the head on it though (Who doesnít like some good head!?).
Smell: Hop Flood indeed. Pure, ripe, sharp pine and grass hops with a lot of resinous smells. Some good caramel malt in there as well, but this is an amber? It really smells like an IPA to me. The only thing making me think otherwise so far is the appearance.
Taste/feel: Hm. Well. Yeah, hm... alright. I donít know. Interesting, I suppose. My immediate thought is that this beer has more bitterness than actual flavor. Thereís a nice pleasant little rush of hops initially, maybe a trace of malt, and then a bitter, bitter, bitter finish. No idea what the IBUs are on this, but itís gotta be high. The burps are tasting like straight up hop cones. Iím not sure just why this is listed as an amber, because it really tastes nothing like an amber to me. Itís hops through and through with an intense bitterness -- not much balance to speak of. Itís a good beer, and an extreme one, but so is Molotov Cocktail... that beer from Evil Twin had some balance to it. The feel here is moderate all around with texture and carbonation.
All-in-all, disappointed, and probably my least favorite Evil Twin beer. The hops are bursting fresh and tasty, but whereís the malt? Going by the color of this beer and then the flavor, the amount of hops in this brew must be off the chart. Itís a pretty good beer, but not what Iíd expect from Evil Twin (...greatness, basically).
The malt comes through a bit more as Hop Flood warms up, but itís still not something Iíd pick up if I wanted an amber.
arnold931 (518) - Iowa, USA - APR 15, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours cloudy brown. Big head. Nose is candy sugar. Taste is very sweet. I need to find this again and try it.
StefanSD (2112) - Lakeside, California, USA - APR 15, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a small biege head that has good retention. The aroma showcases ripe grapefruit and some musty melons. The taste is bitter hops forward with grapefruit and pine set in a malt base that has caramel and a bit of cocoa. The palate seems just a bit gritty and the carbonation is lively. Finishes long and bitter. overall: Decent beer.