Heretic Brewing 'Evil Twin' Red IPA

Heretic Evil Twin Red Ale 1
Heretic Brewing 'Evil Twin' Red IPA. 6.8% abv. 45 IBU. Dark ruby red color. Finger of tan bubbly head. Excellent retention and lace. Nose of floral hops, malt, slight bittersweet. Front taste of bright floral hops, slightly toasty malt, floral spice notes on the back. Aftertaste of bitter herbal hops, light brown sugar with a dank sustain. Medium body. Mouthfeel is warm, bubbly, resiny.

This is an very good beer, one that could be called an Imperial Red. Being a "Red IPA," the hop presence is taller than I would expect from a traditional red, from start to finish, with a moderate toast/bread taste underneath. There is a subdued spice throughout that and a touch of sweet taste that gives way to a nearly dry finish. Overall, a very good red ale that peeks over the fence to other categories. This beer makes me want to explore other brews from Heretic. Well recommended.

From the brewery:

"This blood-red ale may not be what you might expect from a malty and hoppy craft beer. Evil Twin has a rich malt character, without being overly sweet. It has a huge hop character, without being overly bitter. It is a great example of a bold, rich, balanced craft beer, without being heavy and hard to drink in quantity. Our Evil Twin is only bad because it is too good to resist."

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