Review of Evil Twin Mad Dog Pale Ale

22 Dec
Hello everyone.  I hope all is well.  For today’s craft beer review I’m going to be giving the Evil Twin Mad Dog Pale Ale a go.  It’s brewed by Evil Twin Brewing located in Valby, Denmark.

This will be only the second Evil Twin beer that I’ve ever tried.  We have just recently started getting their products in my area, so I’m going to have a lot of fun working my way through their catalog.

From the website,, I found this description of the Mad Dog Pale Ale.

Named after an antagonist movie character with a violent temper and a propensity for drooling, furthermore brewed amongst mad-ish Scottish dogs. Nevertheless is this beer far from mad itself. You’ll find it a very pleasant, peaceful and a loyal Pale Ale – wooof.

Let’s get it in a glass and see how it tastes.

This brew came in an 11.2 oz. bottle and it had an ABV of 4.75%.

It poured a somewhat hazy, deep orange to caramel color.  The cap was off white and sized well.  The texture was kind of creamy and smooth.  The retention time was good and the lacing seemed solid enough.

To begin with, the nose released a nice shot of hops.  Tones of grapefruit and pine.  It was also quite bready and biscuity.  Only a touch of caramel was discovered at first, but it gradually increased in intensity as it warmed and I worked my way through the glass.  It wasn’t anything over the top, however it did become a lot more noticeable.

The taste brought forth some earthy and piney savors along with some bittering grapefruit citrus.  Again, a sturdy amount of a bready/biscuity malt helped smooth some of those hops.  The sweet caramel acted just as it did in the aroma.  It began somewhat subdued then flourished gradually as the beer opened up and settled.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied.  Smooth, slightly refreshing, slightly thirst quenching and kind of crisp.  It wasn’t altogether dry, yet it wasn’t so much watery either.  It sat right in the middle.  The carbonation was good and it left a pretty nice amount of flavoring behind on the palate between sips.

Overall, I found this to be a very good and worthwhile beer.  Solid all around without being too complicated.  Definitely one to try if you happen to see it.  The drinkability was good and it had enough character to warrant some discussion.  I also believe that it would be best suited for the Spring season as the weather starts to warm a bit.  It’s not the best Pale Ale that I’ve ever had, however it’s far from the worst I must say.  I’d drink it again for sure and I’d be happy to share one with a friend at any point   So, if you are fortunate enough to get the Evil Twin Mad Dog Pale Ale in your area…  give it a go.  I think you may like it.  Be sure to let me know your opinion in the comments if you so desire as well.

Thanks for reading everyone.  I really appreciate it.

Until next time.  Cheers.

Score:  3.8 out of 5
Grade:  B+

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Posted by on December 22, 2012 in Country: Denmark, Evil Twin


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