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Evil Twin Hipster Ale | Evil Twin Brewing

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Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by oberon on 09-13-2012

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Reviews: 127 | Ratings: 659
Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Slightly hazy amber. Small foamy head. Mild retention. Decent lacing. Malty aroma. Slight citrus. Pale malty taste. Crackery. Slight piney hop. Mild citrus. Light bodied moderate carbonation. Bitter aftertaste

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Photo of Gajo74
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It poured a straw and light golden color; an aggressive pour yielded a nice thick head which left a frothy lace throughout. A nice citric aroma hit the nose, and, was followed by bready malt, pine and floral aromas. In the taste there is a malt backbone, but it is dominated by the hops. The flavor is piny and the bitterness is on the high side of moderate as it leaves a lingering aftertaste. There are also some lemony tones. The body is on the light side of medium and is refreshing. I liked this one and I gave it solid 4s all around. I feel like it should have been rated higher here.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.94/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz snifter at Beer Revolution - so this is just the plain ol' hipster version of this series from Evil Twin?

This beer appears a hazy, medium apricot amber colour, with one fat finger of puffy, finely foamy, and creamy off-white head, which leaves a stellar array of pockmarked limestone cliff lace around the glass as things slowly recede.

It smells of pungent tropical fruit, semi-sweet grainy caramel malt, a touch of more generic fleshy citrus, subtle flinty notes, and further leafy, weedy, and floral hops. The taste is gritty and somewhat cereal-forward caramel malt, cotton candy, muddled tropical fruit, slowly evolving domestic orange and grapefruit, a bit of wet stone path goodness, and more edgy leafy, grassy, and piney green hoppiness.

The bubbles are fairly active in their palate-coating frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and mostly smooth, only a minor hop tugging spoiling the party, as it were. It finishes well off-dry, lots of mingling fruitiness and lingering malt backbone easily shoring this one up.

I gotta say, the sassy APA quality inherent here almost makes up for the north of 10 bones cost. So, tasty and agreeable and all that, but thank Jebus my local brewing concerns have been stepping up their game of late, and thus we won't need to rely on expensive imports to get our hop fix.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.02/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From can, pours a slight hazey Amber colour with a finger and a half of white colored head that coats the glass very we'll. Aroma malt, citrus. Taste melon, citrus, earthy, bitter. Not bad at all.

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Photo of Kinger22
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A peach gold color with a small head and a malt heavy scent. The taste starts heavy with malts before transition to a hoppy taste. It's an easy-drinking beer that doesn't leave you too full.

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Photo of beantown_hopster
3.89/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Compared three local APA's vs each other tonight. Whirlpool, Candlepin and Hipster.

L: Looks good! Very clear amber with the carbonation floating through the middle to the top. Looks real good in the glass. Pretty thick white head, good lacing.

S: Meh. Malty bready smell. Nothing special.

T: As it smells, its malt/bread heavy on first sip but has a nice hope profile on the back end without being too bitter (my main complaint of the candlepin). Some citrus, some floral on the back end round out the hop profile but it's pretty basic without being completely boring.

F: Very light, semi-carbed up.

O: A good APA that is not a session beer by any means, but a good beer nonetheless. I don't know if they changed their recipe some from earlier reviews I see but I get something completely different!

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hazy peach color with white head. Aroma has a very nice dark berries note. Blackberry mostly, really fruity and fresh. Taste is also fruity with the same dark berry note. Also hoppy and bitter on the finish. Body is medium with soft carbonation. I really like this one, fruity and hoppy, easy to drink, just right for a pale ale.

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Photo of jwc215
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours slightly hazed golden. A creamy white head lasts. Trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of melon, citrus, floral with grainy pale malt.

The taste is a balance of bitter melon/citrus/floral hops and sweet grainy malt. Finishes dry.

Smooth light to medium body.

A well-balances, lighter/milder APA that is easy to drink. Enjoyable and refreshing.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.47/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a glorious towering head with tons of depth and design, and a honey bronze colored 80% opaque body.

Aroma of coriander, spices, citrus peel, and a light sour bread funk.

Taste is very much hop forward, with onion and citrus battling for the spotlight. Ultimately the onion wins out but not without being scarred by the citrus. After that, there's not much left, just some residual brown sugar and pine.

Dense and creamy, heavily carbonated, pasty semi-dry finish.

Overall impressions : I could have done with more malt and less onion. Hell, even more citrus would have been nice. I don't like onion ales, and this one delivers on that front unfortunately. I'll pass on this next time.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden pale ale, forms decent head. A little bit of hoppiness and bread.

Taste was like a standard adequately hopped American pale ale. So why would you pay almost $20 for a six pack of this since there are hundreds of alternatives for half the price? That is ultimately the problem for this beer. its good, dry, hoppy, but something has to justify the gouge.

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Photo of safaricook
3.57/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Smells a bit oxidized, bready malt, faint citric hops
Taste is nicely bitter, citric hops, balanced by the malt, but lingering bitterness
Substantial body for the style, lots of fine CO2
Not bad but probably a little too old

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Can: Poured a dark golden color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some light lacing notes. Aroma of citrusy hops and bitter notes is enjoyable. Taste is a mix of bitter notes with some citrusy hops and dry malt notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. Refreshing and easy drinking beer with maybe a tad too much bitterness for the style.

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3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Meh! Everything that needs to be said has already been stated in the previous ratings. I love hops, but this beer only has hops. And nothing else. It it was a great hop profile I'd be okay with it, but it's just not that good. A miss for evil twin.

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Photo of HiWire
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange. 2 and half finger head that stays. Moderate lacing while drinking. Smell is not really what I expected. Tastes citrusy with a pleasent hop bit on first sip. Earthy linger on back end of drinking. Balanced carbonation.

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Photo of bark
2.74/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

The colour is pale gold (7 EBC), the liquid is clear. The two finger white head sinks slowly leaving some lacing on the glass.

The smell is quite light with cereals, unripe fruits and a hint of condensed milk.

The taste is first very bitter with some caramel sweetness, orange peel and bitter herbs. Medium body. The aftertaste got warming alcohol and harsh bitterness. The long finish is even more bitter with lime juice and sour candy flavours.

The carbonation is light with smooth small long-lived bubbles. The liquid is semi-smooth.

A very bitter and one-handed APA. Not very good.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.89/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Evil TwinBrewing "HIPSTER ALE"
12 oz. can, coded but not freshness dated

Appearance: Quiet hazy for an American Pale Ale, but that can be forgiven if it's due to dry hopping (which it probably is). Deep golden-amber body. Rocky off-white head. Very good retention and lacing.

Aroma: Floral and citrusy hops. Subtly piney and earthy. Some biscuity/caramelish malt.

Flavor: Solidly hoppy, and solidly bitter. The malt is present but takes a back-seat rather than acting as a spring-board for the hops ... ? ... ? ... ? ... ? ... ? ... something seems off-in the balance, it's a little harsh. Is it perhaps simply a little too bitter for the malt to balance it? More importantly, the hops come on pretty big at the front and then seem to scamper off going into the finish, leaving it fairly vapid.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light in body and quite crisp.

Overall: Not particularly refined or balanced, it delivers a shot of hops but fails to back it up. A one-trick pony that's probably only worth one shot.

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Photo of Act25
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

BA missed on this one. It's a great APA. Cambridge Ma.

A - Pours a one finger beige foam on top of a hazy, amber golden body. Moderate rentention and leaves nice lace.

S - Ample! Spicy, honey, piney, fruity hop aroma with lotsa bready notes and ample onion grass earthiness.

T - Starts with sweet, bready malt up front with earthy hay and spice. Lotsa pine and grapefruit follows and the brew finishes with long grassy, citric hops and pepper.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a balanced fresh finish.

O - strong, character, piney, and hoppy for an APA. In direction of Dales. Good.

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Photo of OKbrew89
3.59/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Pale golden color with a one finger head that recedes to leave a small ring of lacing. Aroma of bready malts and floral hops. Taste is earthy hops followed by a bready malt and orange body with a slightly bitter floral hop finish. Light body and moderate carbonation with some bitter hop aftertaste. This is just too light and a bit lager like for an APA.
Much like the cliché hipster in real life, the beer tries to be different and slightly hurts some of it's appeal. It's body makes some of the hop profile stand out and linger. A good beer, but not something I'm sure to come back to.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted in a pint glass from a 12 oz can on August 7, 2015. Look is light orange, medium head and lingering lacing. Smell is floral and citrus fruit hops and lightly sweet malts. Taste is complex floral notes with grapefruit and orange citrus fruit flavors balanced nicely with mild caramel malt tastes. Feel is crisp with medium carbonation, but the finish is smooth.

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Photo of kevdemers
3.54/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasty, but this beer cannot decide if it wants to be a pilsner or APA. Instead of a clean or smooth hop finish, I get a lingering bready & bitter aftertaste. Not the pounder I was hoping for, this is more of a sipper despite the low ABV.

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Photo of Dikfour
2.91/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Look: Two fingers of creamy white head has nice retention. Hazy opaque yellow bordering closely on orange. Mild carbonation. Nice lacing.

Smell: Floral hop forward. Subtle bready malt. Citrusy esters. Kind of underwhelming.

Taste: Mild sugared lemon sweetness up front. Huge, biting bitter finish that lingers.

Feel: Just this side of watery. Pretty decent acidity. Bone-Dry finish.

Overall: Looks like an APA, is trying to be something else. Not very complex or balanced. Very well named as it masquerades as something with substance. This beer thinks hops are "ironic"

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Photo of stephens101
3.89/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pale amber and a sturdy tan froth. A hint of malt sweetness, some light fruit and faint pine to the nose. A fruity core is quickly wrapped by a lingering bitterness. A bit tangy and gummy in the aftertaste which adds complexity to a generally simple style. Light bodied and drier than expected. I raise a toast to the hipster pale ale revival.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.31/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

355ml Can at home from BottleDog, London (£3.20):
I'm not sure what to think of this one really, it was pleasant enough & easy going down but it definitely seemed a lot more like a pilsner than the American pale ale I was promised on the can. I was expecting more hops & probably more sweetness towards the end too but neither was forthcoming. An okay beer but not one I'll have again.

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Photo of CTbrew32
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Bright orange amber in color and pretty cloudy. Pours a two finger tall head.

Aroma- Pale bready malts dominate with a hint of earthy/citrus hops in there as well.

Taste- First thing that is most present is the bready malt with adds dry bitterness right at the start. The bread malt switches over to a sweeter caramel malt in the finish and the hops begin to make their presence known as well. The hops have a weird mixture of citrus, earthy, and pine characteristics that make for an odd lingering, but mild bitterness finish.

Feel- Medium feel, medium carbonation, and minimal lingering sweetness in the finish.

Overall- Nothing really special about this pale ale, and overall is pretty boring. Not even something that I'd be willing to consider as a casual go to beer. The malt flavors are solid and remind me of Sierra Nevada's pale ale, however, the hops make for an odd lingering finish. An ok/good overall, but not worth re-buying or even trying in the first place.

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Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
2.84/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This is a very "whatever" kind of beer. I'd never bother getting it again. Frankly, Evil Twin has disappointed me far more than it has made me say "mmm...beer."

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Evil Twin Hipster Ale from Evil Twin Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.