Beer Review: EVIL TWIN LOST SOULS

Beer Review: EVIL TWIN LOST SOULS

Upon pouring Evil Twin Lost Souls into specialized glassware, its 16 oz. can reveals a pleasantly surprising detail—the packaging date neatly stamped at the bottom, a departure from some of Evil Twin’s previous batches that only sported a batch number. The can’s design follows the brewery’s minimalist style, featuring a saturated polygon design that complements Evil Twin’s extensive lineup. The label, however, provides scant information about the beer, a trend mirrored in its online presence.

In the glass, Lost Souls presents itself as a fully hazy concoction, resembling the radiant hue of pineapple juice. Its appearance is further adorned by a generous, billowing white foam with a whipped meringue texture—an aesthetic triumph that aligns seamlessly with the hazy IPA classification.

Aroma

The olfactory experience of Lost Souls is a journey through an expressive realm. The nose is greeted by the scent of overripe, sweet yellow mango, but with a saccharine quality reminiscent of mangosteen and jackfruit. The aromatic profile oscillates between sweetness and a hint of saltiness, evoking memories of the Gatorade Citrus Cooler, a flavor that holds a special place in the nostalgia of those who’ve savored it. Drawing parallels to Thai street food, the aroma conjures images of chili salt-rubbed pomelo sections—a sensory delight that consistently impresses.

Taste

The flavor profile mirrors the aromatic promises, delivering a tropical medley of yellow fruits with a touch of bitter fruit skin to maintain equilibrium. A testament to its quality is the endorsement from my wife, who aptly described it as “straight up pineapple juice.” Importantly, the beer avoids the pitfalls of excessive sweetness, aligning its bitterness with the norms of the NE IPA style—typically subdued and less aggressive than conventional IPAs.

Mouthfeel

Lost Souls achieves an admirable balance in mouthfeel, avoiding the common pitfalls associated with many hazy IPAs. Instead of succumbing to a chalky or dusty texture, often a result of additives like wheat flour, the beer remains fresh and juicy. Its chewy consistency, akin to the density of white bread, prevails throughout the mid-palate and finish.

Overall

In summation, Lost Souls emerges as a well-rounded and commendable beer, effortlessly ticking all the boxes. It confidently competes with the top brewers in its style, such as Tree House and Trillium. Even at the five-week mark post-packaging—an often precarious period for IPA freshness—Lost Souls stands resolute, showcasing its impeccable condition. For enthusiasts of the hazy IPA style, passing up on this offering would be a missed opportunity.