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Evil Twin Hipster Ale - Evil Twin Brewing

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Reviews: 122
Hads: 635
Avg: 3.66
pDev: 26.23%
Wants: 19
Gots: 96 | FT: 0
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Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States | website

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

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: oberon on 09-13-2012

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Photo of beantown_hopster
3.99/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | 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 +14.8%
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 +3.3%
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 -5.2%
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 -3.8%
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 -2.5%
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 +1.4%
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 -3.8%
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 +9.3%
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 -25.1%
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 +6.3%
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 +7.4%
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 -1.9%
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 +9.3%
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 -3.3%
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 -20.5%
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 +6.3%
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 -9.6%
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 -4.9%
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 -22.4%
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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Photo of Moose90
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

12oz can

A — Pours a yellowy hued amber color into the glass. Nearly white head appears and leaves behind some consistent lace.

S — Smell is quite hoppy for the style, but not overly sweet, good bit of biscuity malts and some bitter hops.

T — Tastes of fresh hops and malts, without one really overpowering the other, really good balance, but not overly complex.

M — Medium bodied, ample carbonation rounds things out.

O — Good overall, just fairly one dimensional, which is OK I suppose.

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Photo of mick303
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from can into stem glass , light/med gold with a good initial head and quite solid lacing, nice retention, looks good.

S - aromas of grapefruit, dry somewhat overripe citrus, limes, a dank floral character, mixed with chewy malt character, hoppy, but wet, and not overly crisp. It isn't fresh/bright but its enticing enough to want to drink.

T - mainly orange, grapefruit, citrus hops with grassy notes, again don't really pop on the palate, state bitterness and some sharpness, slight acidity to it, bready malts. Quite drinkable, with a dry stale citrus character, decently flavourful and hoppy, but without a fresh intensity or complexity.

M - fairly light and refreshing actually, has a nice feel with the carbonation, slight acidic tinge and overall it drinks well, the finish is a bit heavy with the hoppy bitterness.

Nothing wrong with this, and I would have little issue with a few on a warm day. Just not an amazing pale ale, and lacks the extra push that would elevate it.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a can of Evil Twin's Hipster Ale a few days ago for $2.39 at Holiday Market. I've been meaning to try this one and this is the first time I've seen it when it wasn't overpriced and I'm interested to see how it turns out, so lets see how it goes. Canned 8/21/2014. Poured from a 12oz can into a imperial pint glass.

A- The can looks good, it's got a nice design to it and it's eye catching. It poured a hazy orange color that took on more of a darker orange color when held to the light with a little over two fingers worth of fluffy off white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some sticky and patchy lacing behind. This is a nice looking beer, but it was pretty hazy for the style.

S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the hops being the first to show up and they impart a earthy grassy, slightly floral and soapy hop aromas with the soapy hops sticking out the most. Up next comes a slight bit of doughy yeast that lead right in to the malts with some sweet malts, pale malts and cracker malts aromas showing up. This beer had a nice aroma, but I thought it was a little heavy on the soapy hops.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the hops still being the first to show up and they impart the same mixture of hoppy aspects that I got in the aroma with no single one sticking out the most this time. Up next comes a little bit of that doughy yeast that goes right into the malts which impart the exact same aspects that it did in the aroma with no single aspect sticking out the most. On the finish there's a pretty light amount of medium bitterness that lingers just a little into the aftertaste along with some hoppy flavors. This is a nice tasting Pale Ale, but I wish the hop profile was just a little more interesting.

M- Smooth, crisp, fairly clean, on the lighter side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. This beer had a pretty nice mouthfeel that worked well with it.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and I thought it was a nice example of the style, it had pretty much all the aspects that I look for in an American Pale Ale and there were no off flavors or anything like that, but in the end I thought the hop profile was just a little bland. This beer had nice drinkability, it was smooth, crisp, fairly clean, not too filling and the taste did a decent job at holding my attention, I could drink a couple of these, but I think that would be my limit. What I like the most about this beer was the mouthfeel, it was pretty nice and just what I expect from the style. What I like the least about this beer was the hop profile, it was a little heavy with the soapy hops and I just wish it was a little brighter. I would buy this beer again if i can find it fresh and I would recommend giving it a try if you like Pale Ales. All in all I liked this beer and even though it was much older than I would like I still think it held up well and I would really like to give it another try if I can find it fresh one. It's not a favorite beer from Evil Twin and it's a little above average for the style. Nice work guys, I'll have to try and track down a couple fresh cans.

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%

Hazy gold colour, with bitter citrus hop aromas and a hint of malt. Tasted like a refreshing pale ale; clean, light-bodied, and balanced. Plenty of citrus hop throughout and quite bitter at the end. Sessionable.

Would I buy this beer again? Yes

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Photo of brentk56
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy amber with a golden tint; the head builds atop the liquid, squatting nicely and lining the side of the glass with lacing; excellent retention

Smell: Toasted bread, slightly herbal with a modest pine tone

Taste: Bready, up front, with a touch of caramel; fruity and piney tones build, in the middle, though the finish is somewhat muddled and grainy

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Rather insipid, but maybe that is the intention given the name

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Evil Twin Hipster Ale from Evil Twin Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.