Jimthechap (1482) - Christchurch, - JAN 27, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Iíve enjoyed a number of beers that entice the taster with scents of ripe orchard fruit, citrus and spruce and then the next thing you know youíre face down having beer kicked brutally by the beer, it is daylight, youíve soiled yourself and your wallet is missing. If I black out writing this review, then youíll know this is one of those beers.
It appears clear with a beautiful amber colour and some white head that left good lace down the side of the glass. The aroma is so typically West Coast: spruce, apricots, blood orange, herbal grassiness.
Argh! Argh! Hops! My wallet! Hang on, wait... the flavour is certainly heavily hopped, but it isnít a violent assault. The bitterness is there, but while fairly strong, isnít overcoming. It contributes to a lingering finish. It is still a big, big beer, but not frightening. In any other country it would be a super-beer, but in its home, a well-balanced, easy drinking beer (but not a session beer). This serves to underline context in beer.
tcane7 (1576) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 20, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a clean brown. Aroma of caramel, stale hops, cardboard. Smooth, nice sweet malty flavor. Mild bitterness. Definitely not fresh but still tasty
kevinsenn (979) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 19, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap. Dark ruby, beige head. Citrus and caramel aroma. Big malty, even chocolatey taste, with citrus hips and bitter finish. Bordering on black IPA taste. Very good.
biirusaikou (410) - - MAR 18, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Classic hop bomb aroma. Citrus hops festival of flavors, caramel, candy, strawberry, dry hoppy finish. Classic but efficient and enjoyable hoppy strong ale.
TrubLoss (9) - - MAR 18, 2014 does not count
3.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma - Caramel and dark fruit up front. Malt forward - hop aromas muted Appearance - thin beige head. Deep red color Taste - medium light bodied with a crisp dry finish. Good form hop bitterness backbone supporting the malt. Lingering bitterness on the finish Overall - very well balanced beer. Refreshing and drinkable. Good hop bitterness present that I wasnít picking up in the nose ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
GarrettB (918) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 10, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
August 6th, 2012 - If youíre looking for brave new adventures with an Indian Jones-esque blend of adventure and daring-do, sample the Heretic Evil Twin Red Ale. If youíre looking for impeccably balanced and crafted flavors, you might want to pass. Itís a pretty beer to be sure, with a mysterious murkiness the color of a rusty brown puddle, but the nose is vitiated by a dirty, clumsy spicy scent that is overrun by the a chemical level whiff of alcohol. Clove and cinnamon are present, but they too smell more like industrial output at a large bakery than a freshly opened jar of fresh pastry ingredients. The flavor works on different dimensions entirely - smokey with an acidic coffee bitterness, and a weird low-grade bergamot tea off flavor that edges this glass closer to being a drain pour. As I mentioned earlier, that tea and citrus touch might be worth tasting just to put it into your mental scrapbook, but I donít think Iíll be coming back for seconds.
iwashappy (3) - California, USA - MAR 8, 2014 does not count
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Justin on the Sunday Session always raves about this. I?ve had lots of Heretic before but this is my first Evil Twin. It is hoppy for a red ale, but is VERY well balanced. I see myself seeking this out in the future.
jonno (2130) - JAPAN - MAR 6, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Well balanced for a hop bomb with some nice malt/hop interplay. Well made and deadly drinkable.
beertholomeus (542) - California, USA - MAR 1, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark amber color with a khaki head. Caramel, malt, hop and toffee aroma. Caramel, toffee, malt, biscuit, hop and citrus flavors. Medium full body and average carbonation. Mildly bitter with a caramel finish.
larryLSB (396) - La Selva Beach, California, USA - FEB 18, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from growler, dark reddish brown with medium tan head. Nose is sweet, malty, caramel. Taste is somewhat balanced leaning to the sweet side. This baby is full bodied. Overall nice.
kaser (2101) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 5, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Red pour from 22oz bottle from blackwells. White head. Delicious hoppy and malty tropical aroma. Taste is raisin Carmel citrus and overall delicious. Great beer