Archive for the ‘Evil Twin Brewing’ Category

Since I was 2 in 1985, I have no idea what a 1985 style IPA drank like. But, I think it’s interesting that Evil Twin tried to recreate one. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 6%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This is a tasty time-traveling tribute to an all time iconic beer style – the India Pale Ale. Though the style goes 200 years back this time around we re-created a 1985 style IPA – perhaps you remember the hip hop times. Enjoy a full on hoppy beer infused with everything you loved about the 80’s. The future is now.”

Random: This was brewed at Two Roads in Stratford, Connecticut.

The beer poured with a two finger, pure white head. It went away quickly, but still left light lacing on the glass. The body was slightly hazy and bright amber in color. There was some carbonation visible. The nose was muted for the style. There was some old grapefruit rind and pine needles. There was some caramel malt. The taste started with a lot of nutty malt and went into a lemon candy note with some pine cleaner. It had a medium thick body with moderate carbonation. The finish was lengthy with nutty malt and a slight pine aftertaste. I received this beer as a gift, so I’m not sure how much it was (and beer gifts are always appreciated). I thought this beer was good and it was reminiscent of some of the first IPAs I drank. I think it accomplished what it set out to do.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

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My back has been killing me lately, so I’ve parked myself on the couch with Val to watch “Top Chef” while using a heating pad. I’m also having a glass of green tea, so let’s see how this beer was.

perfectmatcha

ABV: 4%

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “We Have All good intentions to disturb, disorder and enlighten you with unforgettable beer after beer. Because We are so much in love with good taste, all the beers from Evil Twin are prepared in 10 of the best breweries around the world. Exclusively hand picked to please you with delicate, funky, extreme and by all means rare flavors. Maybe not the easiest way, but certainly the most fun!!! One More Thing A clever man once said: ‘Stay thirsty… stay foolish.’ That sounds like our vision, just with a tad less attitude.”

Random: It’s rainy out today, which is perfect weather to sit home and relax.

The beer poured with a two finger, pure white head. It dissipated at a moderate pace and left no lacing on the glass. It did leave a very small crown. The body was a hazy, dark yellow with a lot of carbonation visible. The nose was filled with lime, green apple and pineapple. The taste had slightly more depth than the nose. I got lime and pineapple up front, but it also had a hibiscus characteristic with white grapes. I didn’t pick up any of the green tea, which was disappointing. It had a light body with a lot of carbonation to it. The finish was tart and quick with lime juice. A bomber of this was $8.99, which broke down to $.41 per ounce. I thought the beer was good, I just wanted it to have the green tea note that it promised.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Every once in awhile, my insomnia comes back with a vengeance. Tonight is that night. Val has been knocked out for hours and I’m watching “This Old House” while updating the blog. Hopefully I feel like sleeping soon.

sanguinem

ABV: 3.25%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “We Have All good intentions to disturb, disorder and enlighten you with unforgettable beer after beer. Because We are so much in love with good taste, all the beers from Evil Twin are prepared in 10 of the best breweries around the world. Exclusively hand picked to please you with delicate, funky, extreme and by all means rare flavors. Maybe not the easiest way, but certainly the most fun!!! One More Thing A clever man once said: ‘Stay thirsty… stay foolish.’ That sounds like our vision, just with a tad less attitude.”

Random: Maybe she will appreciate that I know how to clean sludge out of an HVAC system now that I watched this episode.

The brew poured with half a finger of white head that dissipated quickly and left only a little lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy, straw yellow with high carbonation visible. On the nose, I picked up a lot of blood orange syrup with white sugar and vinegar. The taste was blood orange juice with a lot of vinegar tartness that was a bit abrasive. It had white grapes and lemon zest as well. It had a thin and watery body with high carbonation. The finish was quick and sour with white vinegar. I picked up this bottle for $11, which came to $.50 per ounce. The beer needed more blood orange flavor for my liking.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Evil Twin brews at Two Roads quite often and put out a collaboration last year that was a gose (Geyser Gose). This was the second beer that they collaborated on.

pachamamaporter

ABV: 6.5%

Style: American Porter

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Our second collaboration with Danish/Brooklyn brewery Evil Twin, Two Roads and Evil Twin have paid homage to Incan heritage by using three Peruvian staple foods in this porter: sweet potatoes, purple mais and aji panca chili peppers. Pachamama is a goddess revered by the indigenous people of the Andes; she is known as the earth mother in Inca mythology. Given that the main ingredients of the 6.5% ABV porter come from the rich Peruvian soil, the two breweries thought the name Pachamama fit this product beautifully.”

Random: This is a collaboration beer with Two Roads in Stratford, Connecticut.

This beer poured with a huge, four finger, light brown head. It dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown, almost black color with no visible carbonation. The nos ehad roasted malts, smoke and a touch of hot peppers. The taste had some black pepper along with roasted malts and milk chocolate. The hot peppers were lost in the taste. There was also a lot of ash and smoke. The body was on the thicker side with light carbonation. The finish was quick with a lot of ash. A pounder can was $3.12, which came to $.20 per ounce. This beer was a miss for me. If you’re going to say that the beer has hot peppers, it needs to translate into the taste.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

After typing up this review, I’m having a craving for tacos, especially spicy mahi mahi tacos. The place by us only has chicken and beef. I think I’m going to have to make a trip to Surf Taco soon.

pilsalpastor

ABV: 8%

Style: American Double/Imperial Pilsner

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Spicy, sweet and sour – this beer was inspired by rad barman’s ancho chili, pineapple and lime accented cocktail pairing for the iconic pork and pineapple taco served across the street. A provocative pilsner; feel free to drop a dime (vintage phone booth style) on it. A little good-natured defiance of the bar’s cheeky name is part of the plan for this roguish collaboration.”

Random: Ancho chilis are some of my favorite. I love how they pair with pineapple.

The brew poured with a two finger, off white head. It dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy, dark yellow color with moderate carbonation. The nose had pineapple flesh, pilsner malt, but no chili peppers, which was a bit disappointing. It did have a touch of lime juice too. The taste started with the same pineapple note up front. It quickly went into pilsner malt and some heat from the chili peppers. It had wheat and a honey sweetness. The body was light and there was no booze warming, despite the high ABV. There was a lot of carbonation as well. The finish was pretty quick with pineapple. A bomber of this was $9.99, which came to $.45 per ounce. This beer was interesting and had a lot of good flavor and would pair well with summer fare. I would highly recommend this one.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

One of things I used to love for breakfast was Irish oatmeal. I used to just eat it plain, but it was incredibly filling and I loved the texture. I think it’s one of the reasons that I gravitate to oatmeal stouts when I see them on the shelf.

nohero

ABV: 7%

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Trivia: This was brewed at Two Roads in Stratford, Connecticut.

Random: I need to get a haircut. I can’t remember the last time that my hair was this long. It’s really annoying.

This beer poured with a one finger, tan head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown, almost black with no carbonation visible. The nose was very smoky had a lot of roasted malts. There wasn’t a lot of coffee but huge amounts of oatmeal, which was surprising. The taste was very ashy, like old cigarettes left in an ashtray. The other flavors were muted because of how strong the smoke and ash notes were. The oatmeal that I picked up in the nose wasn’t apparent in the taste at all. After a few sips, some cocoa powder came through too. The body was thick with some booze as well. It had moderate carbonation. The finish was long with the same ash that permeated the nose and the taste. A pounder can of this was $2.62, which broke down to $.16 per ounce. I didn’t really enjoy this beer much. It had no balance to it.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

I bought this beer strictly because of the name. One of my cats is named Simcoe and he is gigantic. He also loves sleeping on windowsills in the sun. Now that Evil Twin gets distribution here, I don’t have to wait until I go to New York to get it.

imperialsimcoeslacker

ABV: 7.5%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “We have all good intentions to disturb, disorder and enlighten you with unforgettable beer after beer. Because we are so much in love with good taste, all the beers from Evil Twin are prepared in 10 of the best breweries around the world. Exclusively hand picked to please you with delicate, funky, extreme and by all means rare flavors. Maybe not the easiest way, but certainly the most fun!!!”

Random: My new office is either 100 degrees or almost freezing.

This beer poured with a finger of pure white head that dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was hazy and bright yellow with a lot of carbonation visible. The nose was, not surprisingly, all Simcoe hops. It had a lots of dank pine and some citrus pith. There was absolutely no malt. The taste almost numbed my tongue. It’s like putting my tongue on a battery, but in a good way. I picked up a lot of pine sap, pine needles and old grapefruit pith. The alcohol was palpable on it and dried the beer out, but it wasn’t abrasive. It had a thick body with high carbonation. It ended with a lot of pine sap. A can of this was $2.50, which broke down to $.16 per ounce. I enjoyed this beer, if you’re not a fan of Simcoe, this is not a beer for you.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0