Welcome to Thirsty Thursday, a weekly column where we pick a beer from our fridge and review it, because in a world where two new breweries launch every single week, sometimes we need some help sifting through all of the hops.
Much like last week’s selection, the beer featured this week was part of the same trade, one that also yielded a pretty delectable Imperial IPA collaboration between Arizona Wilderness Brewing Company and Tired Hands Brewing Company. It too made the lengthy journey to my glass via New York City, from a brewery I often see on shelves but have tasted very little of – perhaps because another option always manages to catch my eye. That brewery is Evil Twin Brewing Company and the beer’s name is a mouthful, so I’m only saying it once: I Can Walk Past A Full-Grown Man On The Street, Wearing Nothing But Underwear, And Not Even Notice It.
Founded in 2010 as a nomadic brewery by Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø , Evil Twin originated in Denmark before officially planting roots in New York City back in 2016. Jarnit-Bjergsø is the twin brother of Mikkel Borg Bjergsø, one of the masterminds behind the popular Copenhagen-based microbrewery Mikkeller, hence the name of Jarnit-Bjergsø’s company. The goal of Jarnit-Bjergsø was to expand upon traditions of innovations and combine it with the intimacy of a local microbrewery, allowing Evil Twin to really expand on new flavors, perfect the classics and collaborate with other next-level brewers in and around the city – and throughout the world. Evil Twin appears to brew in the limited release style, with little year-round efforts but specific releases based either upon certain times of year or what ingredients may or may not be in season.
Finding much more information on Evil Twin proved to be challenging, which is often the case with breweries that formed as nomadic endeavors. Delving a little deeper into I Can Walk Past was also somewhat of a challenge. What I knew going in was that it’s a 10.3 percent ABV Double Dry-Hopped Triple IPA that features Citra and Sabro hops, which Evil Twin claims gives it a tropical forward taste, a soft bitterness and a creamy mouthfeel. This particular 16-ounce “pounder” can was brewed on Jan. 31.
Speaking of the can, the label of I Can Walk Past is relatively simple. It features a white look with a large photo of someone with a horse head who is putting on a sweater, as well as the basic information of what is inside, like the alcohol content and what hops were used and that it was double dry-hopped – not a ton of information, but enough to suffice.
When I cracked it open, I got a strong aroma that’s standard for a DDH effort. It had a little of that earthy, dank smell, along with hints of tropical notes such as pineapple and grapefruit mixed in there. It smelled faintly like some sort of tropical flavored candy, with pineapple being the most noticeable. The pour into my tulip glass was pretty impressive, thanks to a healthy dose of off-white head that was a product of great carbonation, which was very evident from the lacing as I continued to enjoy this beer. It’s a hazy, yellow, orange juice-like color that is everything you’d want from a beer of this caliber. And then there was the taste, which was a slight culmination of both the pour and the aroma.
Let’s start with the mouthfeel. It was medium-bodied and was carbonated beautifully, as I mentioned before, allowing for many of the flavors to come shine. I could certainly pick-up on that creaminess that Evil Twin mentioned. Once again, for the third week in a row, I am enjoying another juicebomb simply based on the fact that there’s a exorbitant amount of tropical flavor, brought about by the hops. Having said that, there might have actually been a little too much acidity. It was clearly evident after a short time.
On the front-end, there was a wealth of citrus flavor from the hops in the form of pineapple, mango and grapefruit and on the back-end there’s a hint of pine and a bitterness that doesn’t really hit until the sip is complete. While I enjoyed the taste, I wouldn’t say I was exactly blown away. The drinkability was a little lackluster as I probably could have two at most before moving on to something different.
I’m not sure what the price would be for a four-pack or even a single but I’d have to bet it was somewhere between $20-$25, which is probably right on point. I Can Walk Past doesn’t have an official score from BeerAdvocate but does have an average score of 4.63 based on two ratings. I had to think long about what I’d score it but I settled much lower, at 8.0 out of 10.
It’s clear this beer was made with love and it shows, highlighting some of the complexity, especially in the outstanding overall look and smell. I just thought the taste offered a level of acidity that somewhat overpowered the tropical flavor shining through from the hops. It was well constructed and still very delicious but just one misstep away from being an all-time great for this column.
Stay tuned for next week, because I might just try something from your favorite brewery.