Jamil's Evil Twin® IPA Extract Kit w/ Specialty Grains

SKU: U0140

A strong, deep copper-red ale that boasts a complex malt profile but is really a showcase for hopbursting. Hopbursting forgoes the traditional additions of bittering hops early in the boil in favor of copious additions of aroma varieties late in the boil. For the brewer, the result is a significant IBU contribution as well as intense hop aroma and flavor from the late additions.

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If you don't already have an Evil Twin, you should definitely consider one: imagine the scapegoating possibilities! Homebrew figurehead, author, multiple Ninkasi Award-winner, Brewing Network host, and all-around good dude Jamil Zainasheff's sinister doppelganger is mahogany-colored, lavishly hopped, and lives in a keg or bottle, and he's only too happy to help you find your own. JZ and NB have teamed up to bring you Jamil's Evil Twin® in kit format.

A strong, deep copper-red ale that boasts a complex malt profile but is really a showcase for hopbursting. Hopbursting forgoes the traditional additions of bittering hops early in the boil in favor of copious additions of aroma varieties late in the boil. For the brewer, the result is a significant IBU contribution as well as intense hop aroma and flavor from the late additions. For the drinker, the result is smooth bitterness in a pint suffused with a fragrant fog of hop flavor and aroma. Don't blame us if you can't stop brewing and drinking it – it was our Evil Twin.

Recommended: 2-stage fermentation and yeast starter. Note: When the brewing gets tough, the tough get brewing... Due to a severe shortage of Amarillo hops this year, Jamil Zainasheff has authorized a substitution to his usual recipe. The Amarillo hops called for in the original Evil Twin® will be replaced by Cascade hops until the next hop harvest. Brew on!

Additional Information

Beer Kit Yield 5 Gallons
Recipe and Instructions Click Here!
Regional Style USA
Beer Style IPA
Color Amber
Original Gravity 1064
Total Time to Make 6 weeks

Customer Reviews

Fantastic Beer!!! Review by Dan
This kit is a winner!! Very malty IPA that both hop heads and malt heads can enjoy. This kit went faster than any other kit I have brewed to date. Family and friend favorite Thank you Jamil and NB for working together on this so I can enjoy!! (Posted on 9/12/14)
Nicely balanced IPA Review by Matt
This is a nice copper colored IPA. I would say that it is not over the top with the hops but a nice balanced IPA. Two weeks primary, 3 weeks secondary, 2 weeks in kegerator set this one up very nicely. If you are looking for a well balanced IPA, brew this kit. (Posted on 7/6/14)
What an IPA Review by Nick
Not only was this an easy brew to do, but it is one of the best IPAs I have ever had. Body balances good with hop palate to deliver a great brew. OG 1.062 FG 1.011 so I got a hearty 6.7 ABV out of it. A must brew. this will be my first brew when I get into all grain and kegging (Posted on 5/16/14)
Excellent Review by John
I thought it was really good. Maybe a tad too bitter for me. I was wondering is it better to filter the hops out from the boil kettle to the fermenter or just leave everything in? (Posted on 1/11/14)
Pretty decent, but not good enough to brew again. Review by Pulpslayer
This brew is lacking in hoppiness. I was very interested in trying hopbursting, as this recipe calls for, but I'm not particularly impressed thus far. There is also a lingering bitterness that is just not quite right as far as my palate is concerned. This is the first time I have brewed with columbus hops, and I'm wondering if they may be the culprit. I even dry-hopped this brew with 1 oz. of cascades (not in recipe), but it wasn't enough. Overall, this is a decent brew, I am drinking one right now, but when I consider the time and effort required to brew it, I come to the conclusion that it's not worth trying again. I am brewing the Cascade Mountains IPA next, hopefully it will meet my hoppy expectations. (Posted on 1/8/14)
expecting greatness Review by Dee
I have just put this in the fermenter. I have sampled this recipe that a friend had made and I am eagerly anticipating a great brew! I have never been disappointed by anything I have received from NB! (Posted on 1/5/14)
beautiful crimson color! Review by Corey
Not only does this brew taste excellent - the clear, crimson color is stunning. (Posted on 12/5/13)
Easy and very good Review by Leland
This has to be the easiest kit to not screw up. Fermented at 68 and dry hopped with 3oz of Cascade in secondary. Surely a crowd pleaser. (Posted on 11/19/13)
Delicious Review by Juan Felipe
Very nice beer, lots of flavours, i do recommend this beer (Posted on 11/14/13)
jamil's evil twin Review by DAN
I have not yet graduated to all grain brewing and the only kits I had used previously liquid extract. I felt the lme kits were easier to use. have not bottled yet, so I can't comment on the taste/quality of the kit.
(Posted on 11/2/13)
Northern Brewer does it again! Review by Priscilla
This beer just got bottled today. ..i can hardly wait to taste it! The hop-bursting gives it a very floral hop taste and aroma. (Posted on 10/30/13)
Excellent beer Review by Travis
After reading other reviews, I decided to give JET a try. It quickly became a fan favorite and I have already purchased a second kit. You will not be disappointed! (Posted on 10/22/13)
northern brewer is the best Review by jorge
love it
(Posted on 10/22/13)
Delicious Review by Green Thumbs
We've brewed this several times. It is a house favorite every time. (Posted on 10/22/13)
so far so good Review by Gardner
I tasted this beer last night as i moved it into secondary. beautiful aroma and a nice hoppy finish. (Posted on 10/22/13)
Tall, dark and hoppy Review by Jason
Lock the doors and close the blinds, you'll want some alone time with this brew...but patience, grasshopper. this needs to age. (Posted on 10/21/13)
I've been really enjoying hoppy red IPAs over the last 6 months, I decided to brew this kit from Northern Brewer alongside multiple other red IPAs. In short, this came out the best of the red IPAs I brewed. This beer balances malt/hops well. It is approachable for those who like malty beers, but it has enough hop bite to satisfy hop heads. If you're looking for a over-hopped kick you in the teeth beer, this isnt it - but if balance is your goal this is your beer! I've brewed close to 40 batches, this one ranks quite high. (Posted on 8/27/13)
great beer Review by brandon
great beer no matter what time of year brewing this one for the second time. first batch didn't last to long! (Posted on 8/23/13)
Great Crowd Pleaser Review by Aaron
This beer is great. Its well rounded, with enough hops for IPA fans but a nice copper tone and balance flavors. I already brewing up my second batch. (Posted on 8/23/13)
Just right Review by Al
This is a well balance kit- not to bitter but lots of hop aroma. I did supplement 2 oz of amarillo hops to the kit since NB was out when I ordered it. I used one at the end of the boil and one in the dry hop. I think it really added to the final product as you can really notice them. It reminds me of Stone Arrogant Bastard somewhat, but not as bitter and hoppy. In fact I like it better than Stones. It is right up there with the best of amber American ales I have made and will make this one again. Used Safale yeast with starter and primary was done in just a few days, then dry hopped in the primary after fermentation was finished. Secondary for 2 weeks and kegged. It may even get better as it sits in the keg, but probably wont last that long! Thanks NB for a great kit. (Posted on 8/4/13)
High hopes Review by Drummer
I just kegged this yesterday and it smelled awesome. An uncorbonated taste reminds me a bit of dead ringer, but will have to wait to see where it goes. I added Amarillo dry hop for 4 days. Giving it 5 stars just for the whiff and small taste during kegging. I have a hard time waiting, but think this will be the balance of hop and malt that I like. (Posted on 7/25/13)
Outstanding Blend of Malt and Hops Review by Spurlin Brewery
This brew was a wonderful blend of malt and hops. This kit is tied with Dead Ringer for my favorite NB kit. Will definitely brew this again! (Posted on 7/13/13)
Great beer Review by Edwin
New to brewing and is my best beer to date (Posted on 7/11/13)
A Delicious Retreat of an IPA Review by Shawn
What better way to relax into that good night, than with this exceptional IPA? Stay thirsty my friends.... (Posted on 6/28/13)
Excellent, but give it time in the bottle Review by Blake
When I first tried this IPA, two weeks after bottling, I was a little disappointed. However, over the next month it went from merely good to excellent. Now, two months after bottling, it is my go-to hot weather homebrew. It has a subtle flowery aroma that contrasts beautifully with the modest bitterness. Not strongly hoppy. Perfectly carbonated. I'd brew this one again. (Posted on 6/27/13)
Awesome Review by Rob
Made it twice this year. Probably my favorite kit from NB that I've made. (Posted on 1/10/13)
outrageously good Review by Tim
We followed the recipe except that we used two of the recommended Wyeast packs. Primary for 3 weeks, secondary with the dry hop for 4 weeks (due to scheduling issues). The result is a perfect match of hops playing off a rich malt taste that draws from that keg with a fine creamy head. Is it the Munton's extract? It is unbelievable that an extract kit could produce this amazing complex beer that pours so beautifully. (Posted on 12/30/12)
Outstanding - Play With The Recipe Review by Robert
An outstanding hop-forward dark amber ale. I made a 2 liter starter with Safale 05 dry yeast, and then did a four gallon boil and prepared per the recipe. Before pitching, I oxygenated with an 02 bottle for 60 seconds and let it go in primary for a week. After a week in primary, I racked it on to 2 oz of Zythios hop pellets and dry hopped in secondary for two weeks. After a week in the bottle carbonating it is an excellent, piney and citrusy fresh hopped beer. No complaints whatsoever. (Posted on 11/24/12)
House favorite Review by Nate
This is probably my favorite beer I've made from NB. I've done it per the recipe (delicious), I've dry-hopped with Amarillo and cascade (amazing), and now with Chinook and cascade (phenomenal). This is a spot-on recipe with lots of muscle upon which to experiment. (Posted on 10/3/12)
Great Beer - Nice Balance Hops and Malt Review by Smiling Dog
I've brewed this only once but will be adding it to my rotation. Nice dark amber color, very clear, good head retention. This beer has a nice mid ground flavor. Not too light, not too heavy just right for an all around good drinker. Can't wait to order more for this upcoming Fall. (Posted on 8/16/12)
Awesome beer! Review by Glenn
This kit is fantastic. I used the Safale yeast option. The malt is there but the hops just shine through! Like one reviewer mentioned it is similar to Sierra Nevada's Celebration Ale but not as heavy. Great combination of malt and hops. Will make this one again! (Posted on 8/16/12)
Can you brew it? Review by quietlymakingnoise
Was one o/ 3 beers I entered in a homebrew comp, and while it wasn't my favorite, it certainly had a following. Good malt, nice oily/resiny hop presence, - served mine w/ low carb and med. temp, and feel it woke it up. If you're a CAMRA guy/gal, might be a fun one to punch around. Oh, and do Jamil proud, and make a yeast starter!! (Posted on 8/5/12)
You Can Smell Every Ingredient! Review by Mike
I've been putting this off trying to figure out what to say to do this beer justice. But that is it. When you bring the glass up to your face you can smell the grains, the malt, the hops. When you drink it you get the boozey comfort down the throat. I've been brewing for around 15 years and I am pretty sure this is my favorite. Among the 3 whatchadcall "Red Ales" I've brewed from Northern Brewer (RyePA, Lakefront Fixed Gear, Jamil's Evil Twin) I love them all, but I bow in reverence to J.E.T. (Posted on 7/21/12)
An OK beer Review by Eric
Nice aroma, good taste on the front end. Leaves a little to be desired though on the back of the tongue...would want it to finish a little stronger. Perhaps dry hopping with Cascade or maybe Warrior... (Posted on 6/15/12)
Great Beer Review by Regine
This was a really great beer, my dad is the home brewer and I got it for him as a gift and he loved it and the beer tasted great. I'm not too keen on darker beer but this was great we all loved it. (Posted on 5/7/12)
Very Disappointed Review by Brandon
It doesn't taste that great, though my wife thinks its good.
I brought some into the club and teh local beer judge said I brewed it correctly (so its not like I screwed it up and am blaming the recipe).

Its bitter (its got plenty of hops) but doesn't seem like a good IPA to me.
I suggets teh Chinook IPA instead. I just ordered the Sinistral Warrior. (Posted on 5/7/12)
Wish my alter ego was this good! Review by John
This is a really enjoyable beer -- sweetish with a bit of chocolate, a little hoppy, gentle but complex aroma, not too big nor too small. Really something in this beer for everyone. One of my faves from NB. (Posted on 4/10/12)
Very Good Red IPA Review by Mike
This was the second beer that I ever brewed and it came out better than expected. The color was actually 2 shades lighter which I actually liked better and ABV came in around 6.10%. The only differences I made were to subsitute the cascade for amarillo as the original recipe called for. I also dry hopped after primary with 2oz cascade and 2oz amarillo. The smell was phenomenal and the malt held up very nicely to the dry hops. Highly recommend dry hopping to get the full aroma. A example of how well this beer came out was I had a party with this on tap and also a well known commercial IPA. The commercial IPA was barely touched. Would definitely brew again and use the same alterations. (Posted on 3/11/12)
Excellent Beer! Review by Ryan
Somewhere around my 8th or 9th brew. Did a full-boil with a new 8 gallon kettle so I followed the hop schedule for the all-grain version despite it being the extract kit. 1 week in primary, 2.5 weeks in secondary then force-carbed in a keg. This beer is really great! The hops are right up front on the nose and follow on throughout. Definitely has some nice bittering, but not overwhelming, and really well-balanced by the maltiness. My neighbors just had one last night and, like a previous poster, immediately said it tasted like SN Celebration Ale. Either way it's delicious. I haven't repeated any of my recipes yet since I really like trying a different variety of beers and I really like to gear my beers toward the seasons, but I'm really thinking this might be a beer that is always on tap. It fits all seasons and is really too good not to make again. I highly recommend this to everyone! (Posted on 2/27/12)
Exceptional Review by Len
I've read this is supposed to be a clone of AleSmith Evil Dead Red. It may be (I've never had EDR) but I'd say taste-wise it's dead on for SN Celebration Ale. Had them side by side in Dec 2011 and besides the head (which is crazy on the Celebration) they're almost indistinguishable. 2 weeks primary, 1 week in bottles. The hop flavor is wonderfully fresh. Make this and you'll have a real world class brew. (Posted on 12/29/11)
Like Nothing I've Had Before (and that's a good thing) Review by Hallibee
Wow. This was in my top three brews of 2011. I love hops and Jamil did not disappoint with this one. What I wasn't expecting was how well the malt played with the hops. It really added some complexity and heft to the beer. One month kettle to tap, but even better now two months in. Can't wait to make it again. (Posted on 12/12/11)
Outstanding Brew Review by Dogboy
Just had my last 22 ouncer....so sad! best kit that i have made - will make again (Posted on 11/23/11)
Love this beer!!!! Review by Jason S.
This was my third batch of beer and first really hoppy brew, everyone loved it. Malty and hoppy without killing your palette. This has become a regular in my brew schedule including a fresh hopped version this fall. I let mine sit in primary for 21 days then go straight to the keg, 7 days in the keg in the fridge on CO2 and it comes out clean with just some hop-haze. Brew this beer! (Posted on 11/21/11)
Excellent brew! Review by Julian
Just finished off a 5 gallon corny of this, and I was sad to see it go. Well balanced, slightly malty with a crisp finish and slightly hoppy nose. After a vigorous full boil, it sat in primary for a couple days and bubbled along happily (used the liquid yeast option, no starter.) It fermented at about 68-76 and turned out great.

I let it sit in my six gallon carboy for six weeks. No need to rack to secondary with this kind of beer. After racking to the keg, and attenuation, got a perfect five gallons of this beautiful draught.

Immediately ordered another kit. Highly recommended.
(Posted on 11/1/11)
Just Brew It Review by Drew Beta
Amazing, great stuff. (Posted on 10/13/11)
Worth a brew day Review by jculler82
Brewed this during the mash of an all grain beer. Nice sort of fruity balanced smell. Taste is moderately bitter with moderately-high hop flavor, but pretty balanced malt too. Great fall beer. (Posted on 9/10/11)
A great surprise Review by Rexfordpsych
I expected this beer to be good, but it is excellent! Only two weeks in the primary then straight into the bottle, with first try at 2.5 weeks--directly up from the basement of my 1895 Victorian farmhouse. A malty IPA with a good balance of hop flavors that are not over-the-top hopbursted. Quite drinkable with a quality head that doesn't linger forever. ABV slightly over 6.0 so drinking two won't send you stumbling off incoherently to bed. (Posted on 9/5/11)
Freaking Delicious! Review by DrJones
My 4th brew to date and OMG! this beer came out perfect. It has lots of hop flavor but is not overly bitter and I like bitter beers. This is a perfectly balanced brew. It is freaking delicious. (Posted on 8/5/11)
Yum-o-licious Review by Natescape
Everyone who likes beer loves this beer. It's complex and hoppy, but smooth with none of the typical hop-bite. The only real problem with the beer is that it's hard to keep it around! (Posted on 7/17/11)
Excellent Beer Review by Joshenbrau
This is a true favorite. Even my firends wife (who HATES beer) likes and asks for this. Very complex but well balanced. (Posted on 7/15/11)
Awsome Flavor Review by TnT
This was our first HB kit. Jamals is a great bear for any time of the day. Very flavorful, nice kick and very easy to brew. Ordering this one again, have brewed 8 others since and still one of our favorites. One thing we are doing is saving a 6 pack of every brew to have for the holidays. (Posted on 7/5/11)
Great beer! Review by maltman_al
If you can wait 2 months after bottling you'll say it's the best beer you ever had. The hops make the beer great. (Posted on 6/17/11)
A Good Alternative If you need to get out of the iPA rut Review by Chuck
A genius recipe from a home brew Einstein! After brewing back to back to back to back IPA's, i needed a break and chose this kit, and was pleasantly surprised. An amazing blend of hops, toast, and chocolate flavors. Definitely wish i could have made this one last longer. Will brew again! (Posted on 6/9/11)
Awesome Beer Review by Bulldog Brewer
it's been bottled for two weeks and is great so far. I'm letting it sit another 2 weeks but this beer is more than expected and the hop taste is amazing. Don't stray from the recipe. (Posted on 4/26/11)
Brewing it again! Review by rick
Brewed this just to get away from our addiction to IPA's. Wow what a wonderful change of pace. Great malt body with just enough hops to keep the resident hop heads happy. We rushed this beer, for no other reason than we were out of homebrew. 2 weeks in the primary, 3 in the secondary. Kegged it and let it sit for 5 days. We know it can only get better so am ordering another kit now. Whats in the keg now doesnt stand a chance of making it through the month. (Posted on 4/7/11)
Very happy homebrewer Review by Waxahachie, TX Novice
I haven't brewed in about 4 years, so I just ordered this extract kit to reacquaint myself. It is fantastic. If I had to compare it to a commercial brew, I would say similar to a Full Sail Amber except a little heavier and a little hoppier. I love it, and I will definitely be brewing again... Maybe with the all-grain kit next time. My OG was 1.060, and FG was 1.014 for an ABV of about 6.0. If I had it to do over again, I might toss in a Whirlfloc tablet to try to clear it up a little. Although the cloudiness may have something to do with the 40-minute ice bath (I should really invest in a chiller). (Posted on 2/18/11)
One of the best! Review by Madkowski
I've been brewing extract kits for years and this is one of the best ones I've brewed! Full flavored, excellent hop flavor that is well balanced with malty sweetness. I will definitely make this beer again! (Posted on 1/12/11)
Love it Review by lisa
Great hop aroma at the pour and the taste exceeds expectations. We will brew this frequently! (Posted on 1/1/11)
Excellent! Review by jparrette
Jamil's Evil Twin was my first home-brew attempt. I got it into the keg just before Thanksgiving, and my guests nearly finished it! It turned out great, thanks to the excellent directions from NB. (Posted on 11/26/10)
It's like there's a hop party in my mouth and everyone's invited Review by Travis
This is by far THE finest extract kit I've ever made (of about 20 or so that I've made over the past few years). I would compare the hop level to that of New Belgium's Ranger IPA

My OG was 1.062, FG was 1.014. No starter. Was only able to let it sit in secondary for 11 days because I ran out of beer and had to throw it in the keg. And I'm not drinking it as I write this review.

Seriously a VERY delicious beer. I will order this again VERY soon and will probably do a starter and keep it in secondary longer. (Posted on 11/23/10)
Love this Beer! Review by Pete
I've been brewing for a couple years and have had few beers turn out this well rounded and balanced. You get a lot of hops, but not enough that it requires the super-sweet maltiness of big IPAs. It's so good that I plowed through the first half of the batch in record time and have been rationing them since to make the goodness last:) (Posted on 11/12/10)
Everybody loved it Review by Brewdoc2
Being a all-grain brewer, I found the need for a couple of quick beers. Wow, excellent , complex beer in an extract kit. (Posted on 11/9/10)
What a great beer! Review by HolmBrewing
Just started bringing this one out so I expect it will get better as it ages. Everyone who has had it does the tasting equvalent of a double-take: first you get hit with the hops, but then the roastiness kicks in, providing an unexpected balance. Will definitely put this one on my rotation every Fall. (Posted on 11/2/10)
She Loved It! Review by Burgermeister Beer
My girlfriend loved this beer and quickly shed her Halloween costume after a few... (Posted on 11/1/10)
First Brew Review by chris
Okay so I chose this as my very first attempt, no yeast starter, no additives, I did do 2 fermentations however the temps were in the 90s most of the time during the 2nd and this beer still turned out fantastic, in fact I'm writing this review completely drunk drinking it straight after 6 weeks start to finish. Awesome! (Posted on 7/30/10)
None Better Review by MikeBrews
Wow. This is the best extract kit I've ever brewed! I was amazed at the hop burst at the end. If you like hops, you'll love this beer. This batch was gone in short order so I'll be ordering another soon. (Posted on 7/22/10)

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