Evil Twin Sønderho Hipster Ale - Evil Twin Brewing

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86
very good

42 Ratings
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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 16.1%
Wants: 3
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Denmark

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Wine Barrel Aged Istedgade Hipster Ale

Brewed at Fanø Bryghus, Denmark.

(Beer added by: bark on 08-05-2011)
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2/5  rDev -48.1%

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2/5  rDev -48.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of biboergosum
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle, the first of these odes to (mostly) Danish hipster neighbourhoods to reach us here in remote-ass Alberta, though I'm confused by the Sønderho and Istedgade mentions on the label - are they not two different places? Aged in white wine barrels, and then given a hefty-sounding dose of PAC-NW hops.

This beer pours a hazy medium golden amber hue, with three fingers of dense, puffy, foamy off-white head, which leaves a few Denmark-friendly swaths of peninsular lace around the glass as it duly recedes.

It smells upfront of a brettanomyces-tinted funky fruity sourness, musty dry white wine, semi-sweet pale malt, aged citrus rind, and leafy, piney hops. The taste is tart, somewhat acrid generic citrus pith, sour musty funk, dry yeast, perfumed tropical fruit, underwhelming pale grainy malt, a further lemon bitterness, barrel-aged white wine, and a floral, soft perfumed booziness.

The bubbles are a tad edgy, but generally agreeable, the body medium-light in weight, and a little too astringent overall to be considered all that smooth. It finishes on the dry side, the fruit, funk, yeast, and hops all happy to collude as such.

I'm not quite certain why this isn't listed as an American Wild Ale, it's got all the markers, even though there's no mention of any yeast program on the label, so I guess there's that. At any rate, the funk and yeast are way more prevalent than any APA imbiber has any right to expect. Which is so very hipster, I could just shoot them. Really.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of AgentMunky
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a Koningshoeven chalice. Stamped "MIT 01.18[?].2013"

A: Clearish and pale gold in colour.

S: Tart and fruity, with definite winey qualities and some funky yeast. Smells a bit like Russian River Temptation. I quite enjoy the rich sourness, but the Brett is a bit much for me.

T: Interesting. Light and heavily fruity. I think the Citra did a world of good, but it could also be the wine aging that makes it soft and nice. Aftertaste is dry and nice.

M: A bit lackluster.

O: Very interesting, and I really enjoyed it, but it's kinda...off. Not super-compelling, but still worth trying, if overpriced.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of CrazyDavros
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy amber with a fading head.
Nose shows brett, soft peach, passion fruit and lemon. Also some very soft light malt underneath. Lovely.
More brett and light fruit as a flavour, along with subtle white wine and woody notes. Some soft clean malt underneath again.
Too highly carbonated.
Pretty damn delicious.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Rickythejeweler
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Slightly cloudy golden-light orange, half finger of head that fades to a soapy rim, but leaves great lacing.

S - White grapes, pungent hops, orange peel, grapefruit.

T - White grapes, slightly tart, mango, assorted tropical fruits, white wine, faint oak, pungent hops.

M - Medium body, moderate-low carbonation, slightly dry finish.

O - It is a good beer, but price-wise not worth it.

$10.49, BB 01/12/13

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of danieelol
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice gold with good head and lacing. Some sediment.

Smell is huge pineapple and Brett. Serious pineapple/pineapple chunk flavours. Some nice hops show intermittently. Glacé cherries. Moss. Flanders Red (vinegar) character.

Taste is pineapple syrup with more glacé cherries.

Pretty thick, syrupy mouthfeel.

Good beer. I'm not in quite as much of a hurry to go crazy over it as some others but it's interesting and unique.

Pretty much a Wild Ale, btw.

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4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to blatantdream for sharing this 12oz bottle.

Translucent orange body, silky white head. Strong white wine aroma eminates from the glass, obfuscating the hoppy pale ale base. Wine character really shines through here.

Taste follows suit with plenty of grapes and wine flavors controlling the palate. An equally strong, floral yeast strain joins the fray shortly thereafter. Body is surprisingly viscous, which I love. Finishes dry with lingering hoppy bitterness.

Undoubtedly the most interesting pale ale I've encountered, and quite well-crafted too. I can see how many BAs would love this sort of thing, but 6oz was more than enough for me.

Photo of facundoCNB
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a murky peachy-orange in color with a finger of white head (dissipated slowly). funky sour smell.. wine, bell pepper, jasmine perfume, honey. this tastes a bit different than i remember from when i had it on tap at torst bar in brooklyn. lots of flower petal flavor, funky brett flavor, white wine , lemon citrusy tartness. a very unique tasting sour.. almost like drinking a flower-like carbonated perfume.
medium body with medium carbonation, would work way better if it had higher carbonation.
it is decent in the bottle, but this beer was way better served on the torst tap system. perfect temperature/perfectly carbonated.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle purchased from Slowbeer in Melbourne. I'd tried the Williamsburg Hipster Ale, and was keen to continue my experience with the series.

Pours a lazily hazed deep golden colour, with a pocked head of fine off-white. It looks quite refined, languorous and sophisticated in the glass. Fine carbonation, and a relatively silky body. Some speckled lace. Overall, it looks pretty damn good.

Nose is smooth and fine with a solid basis in American-hopped pale ale territory. But here the wine barrels give it a smooth and woody richness: plenty of oak, some sharp, vinous acidity, and even a fleshed-out leafy character. It works very nicely.

Taste is clean and crisp, but always with a solid rounded basis. Big vinous character from the wine barrels, but this mingles nicely with the hop bitterness, to create a sour/bitter amalgam. This is genuinely significantly different from the other in the series I've tried: the wine barrel takes over, meaning it tastes like licking oak, with a hint of beer in the background. Not that that's a bad thing.

Feel is very smooth, but lightened by the mild acidity, and with a evanescent crispness.

Overall, this is a pretty impressive beer. I like how much the oak has taken over, and yet, it remains an easily approachable and reasonably familiar brew. Another great addition to Evil Twin's already impressive range.

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