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Evil Twin Spicy Nachos



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RATINGS: 32   MEAN: 3.41/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
Pale brewed with corn and fresh Jalapeños. Part of the batch will be aged in Tequila barrels.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zach8270 (3959) - Henrietta, New York, USA - MAY 9, 2014
(bottle - 22 oz) Clear gold pour with a thin white head. Didn’t get any of the tequila barrel but definitely got the jalapeno in the aroma. Some light hops under it. Flavor is rather good. You get the jalapeno without getting your head blown off. But beyond that, there’s not much to it. Good but not great.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtclockwork (11783) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 26, 2014
Draft. I’m looking for the label for this. If anyone has one, please let me know. I’d greatly appreciate it. Pours orange gold with white head. Nose and taste of jalapeno, corn chips, lemon and malt. Excellent and accurate deScription. Amazing beer. I could drink this all day. Medium body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scopey (9998) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 4, 2014
Keg at Craft Islington. Lively! It pours cloud orange with a medium yellow-white head. The nose is juicy, creamy orange, mango, passion fruit, pepper and minerals. The taste is orange peel, grapefruit, spice, dough, nacho, minerals, jalapeno and a touch of astringency with a lingering spicy finish. Medium body and lively carbonation. Fun, interesting and pretty tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sebletitje (8116) - Enghien, BELGIUM - FEB 5, 2014
Draft @ Hoppy Loft. Dorée légèrement trouble, col blanc-cassé épais. Arôme est de suite centré sur le piment avec un bouquet généreux de Jalapeno que je trouve tout bonnement super. Le tout garde un petit côté fleuri qui, pour moi, rappelle un peu le sureau. Palais est, ici aussi, à fond dans l’idée de l’épice et cela fonctionne. Jalapeno est idéal pour une bière de ce faible niveau. La chaleur arrive en toute fin de bouche et perdure sans pour cela être trop dérangeante.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (14283) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 29, 2014
Keg at Craft Clerko, 27/01/14. Hazed orange amber with a moderate off white covering that thins to a swirl. Nose is big on green pepper, grassy, spice, toasty malt, orange notes, light mango. Taste comprises orange pith, touch of green pepper - nowhere near as intense as the nose, hoppy tinge, spice, mango. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, grassy bitterness and spice at the curtain call. Decent balance for this one, subtle chilli heat in the closure, well done for a chilli beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
EdKing (2230) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 26, 2014
Keg in CBC Clerkenwell, Meet the Brewer event. Colour is almost but not quite amber, with a thin white head. Texture looks slightly oily in the glass. Nose is remarkable. Big hit of jalapeño chilli, sweet corn, grain malt, little grassiness. On the taste it’s more vegetal, hot jalapeño and quite savoury with the sweet corn.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
teorn88 (4686) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 26, 2014
Keg at the Evil Twin MTB event at CBC Clarkenwell. It pours a golden body with a medium white head. Aroma is spicy with notes of corn and veggies, jalapenos and light grass. Taste is balanced between some grassy bitterness and some grainy sweetness, with big notes of freshly cut jalapeno peppers. It doesn’t get much more true to the name than this. Medium bodied with good carbonation. An interesting one, but not to my likes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
maneliquor (3479) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JAN 25, 2014
Tap at CBC Clerkenwell at the Evil Twin meet the brewer event. To be fair I wasn’t expecting much when it came to this but it was actually quite a bit better than I thought it would be. Huge jalapeño and spice. It actually smells like a nacho. Not much else to be had. Basically nacho/pizza/Mexican food as a beer

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (1500) - Albany, New York, USA - JAN 22, 2014
I poured a 22oz bottle into a mug. There was no freshness date. It cost $1.99 ($0.09 per ounce).

Appearance: Bright, clear golden hue with plenty of visible carbonation. Pours to a large, white, soap sudsy head which laces and retains well.

Smell: Fresh jalapeno peppers and some citrusy hops.

Taste: I should disclaim this review by mentioning the bottle I’m reviewing is possibly from an infected batch. My beer store marked it down from $10.99 to $1.99 and advised me to open it over the sink. Thankfully, it was not a bottle rocket, though it did pour to a huge layer of foam. I was able to finesse the pour well enough to not waste much of the beer. That being said, the beer itself doesn’t taste contaminated in any way. It’s just a simple palette of pale ale and fresh jalapeno peppers which create for a very strong, earthy, rustic, and of course spicy flavor. Though, I wouldn’t describe it as a hot brew per se.

I’m a fan of spicy food and I grow my own peppers every summer, so I’m familiar with the way fresh ones taste. I was quite surprised that Evil Twin Spicy Nachos has a taste so similar to freshly-sliced peppers. It’s a distinct taste that’s much different from those from a jar, as well as simple pepper flavoring. You can almost taste the soil. Though I’m not sure if that’s quite a compliment.

The beer is a pale ale at the base and does have noticeable pale maltiness as well as some lemony hop character. The genuine core brew becomes more noticeable as I become accustomed to the peppery spice and warmth, though those two flavor combinations never lighten up. I would say this beer is more spicy than it is hot, but it’s probably only enjoyable by capsaicin connoisseurs. As a beer it’s more interesting than it is truly good, though that’s often true of novelty beers.

Drinkability: I guess it goes without saying that Evil Twin Spicy Nachos is a pretty intense beer. There’s definitely a prickly, warming sensation from the overt jalapeno character, but that’s to be epected. I found myself able to drink it in rather large sips, though there was a warmth that lingered in the throat after each pull. Otherwise, it has the body of a standard pale ale - crisp and dry. The 5.5% ABV weight is almost irrelevant - you’re not going to be drinking this in large quantities.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TBone (14780) - Pori, FINLAND - JAN 7, 2014
Tap @Beer Hunters
Slightly hazy orange color, good cloudy white head. Strong, grassy chili aroma. Medium-bodied. Lots of chili, fruityness and chili burn in the aftertaste. Kind of good way Jalapeños in this beer. For chiliheads.

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