Evil Twin Ceci N’Est Pas A NE Style IPA
Reviewed by Brady White on November 22, 2018 in Holiday Guide
- Brewery: Evil Twin Brewing
- Origin: Brooklyn, NY, US
- Rated On: November 22, 2018
- Best Before: N/A
- ABV: 8.5%
- Ideal Temperature: cold to cool
- Style: New England IPA
- Rating: GREAT !!
This 16oz can pours a murky, pale golden yellow colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, pitted, and slightly fizzy ecru head, which leaves a strip of Runic script pattern lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.
It smells of gritty and grainy cereal malt, muddled domestic citrus (orange and white grapefruit, mostly), a further indistinct tropical fruitiness, honeyed crackers, some stony flintiness, and more leafy, musty, and piney green hop bitters. The taste is grainy and bready pale malt, some pineapple and mango exotic fruitiness, further tangerine and blood orange citrus notes, a damp minerality, and more herbal, weedy, and piney verdant hoppiness. The carbonation is fairly active in its palate-probing frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and mostly smooth, with the hops doing well to keep their sticky little hands to themselves at this particular juncture. It finishes off-dry, the mixed frooty essences predominating.
Overall – there is a lot to unpack around this offering, so let’s get to it. First, the French/English name: it should be ‘Ceci N’est Pas An NE Style IPA’ (assuming you pronounce it ‘en-ee’, and not ‘nee’). However, that leads to the second: this is made by a Danish brewer, Stateside, so maybe something got lost in translation, as it were. Anyways, a very good rendition of the style, which validates the irony of the moniker, methinks.