Evil Twin Hipster - Evil Twin Brewing

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Reviews: 106
Hads: 566
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 17
Gots: 75 | FT: 0
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New York, United States

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 UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Canned 9/28/12.

Pours a hazy honey orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Small particles of sediment are seen floating around in the glass after the pour. Smell is of malt, fruits, citrus zest, and some mild herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with a fairly high hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is quite hoppy and bitter for the style in my opinion. (583 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is relatively clear yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down but never completely faded away and left lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of pine resin hops are present in the nose along with some notes of citrus.
T: The initial taste has flavors of citrusy hops, which slowly transitions towards notes of pine resin towards the aftertaste and linger through the finish. Slight hints of caramel malts are detectable. A light to moderate amount of bitterness is present throughout the taste.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and quite crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and delivers a lot of crispness and bitterness for a beer with a low alcohol content. (844 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
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 (511 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.61/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

strange brew here to say the least. it would otherwise be a straightforward American pale ale, but it goes out of its way to be stupidly bitter for no reason. I mean, there is no hop flavor at all, not citrus or pine, or even cut grass as the lingo goes, just straight bitter. early and often hop additions result in a beer that has literally no hop flavor whatsoever, but is as bitter as you can possibly imagine, to the point it effects drinkability. beautiful pour is the best feature, clean looking copper color with a tall and lasting bone white head, real easy on the eyes. the nose too doesn't give anything away, its the taste that gets me. I am sort of infuriated by this beer. I mean, its clearly out of balance, clearly overpriced at about 13 bucks a sixer wherever its available, and basically marketed to an undiscerning clientele who will drink this beer because they think they are supposed to like it. its unnecessary and not up to the high bar evil twin has set for itself, both in terms of brewing and in terms of morality and general outlook. not a bad beer, don't get me wrong, but its an annoying statement in a can. one was enough. (1,153 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Trying to gain a grasp on the culture of today's hipster trend, I've boiled it down to two thoughts of ideology: 1) A yuppie that looks like a hippy, that looks like a yuppie. or 2) A hippie that looks like a yuppie, that looks like a hippie. Regardless, this beer is designed for them!

Hipster Ale opens with a glowing burnish gold color and coppery highlights. Its medium haze reminds me of the heavy hop usage and full flavored, unfiltered character. Firmly topped with a creamy yellowish foam, the beer retains and laces the glass beautifully.

Citrus and grass are the prominent characteristics that dominate the nose. But supportive malt notes balance the hops, even if tepidly so. Caramel, biscuit, and bread set the tone, but the grapefruit-scented hops anchor complementary notes of white grape, juniper, and lemon.

Malt flavors have firmer underpinnings than the nose suggest as that balance of the beer begins to more resemble pale ale and not IPA. Rich in bread dough and yeast flavor, the beer has a starchy taste that fuses with soft caramel and biscuit for a richer than usual base. But it's the hops that best celebrates the taste: Dried citrus peel, white pithy grapefruit, and grassy taste (weedy-stemmy, and overall chlorophyll) garner the pungent earth and sharp citrusy balance. The beer finishes with a winy, juniper, spruce, minty and lemony note that I've come to expect from Nelson Sauvin-type hops.

The beer's bready taste also translates to texture- rich bready weight keeps the beer creamy and smooth. But as the hops shed the carbonation and malt, a quick transition at mid palate ensures a dry finish of hops and leaf. Mild astringency from hops, minty-warm alcohols, and an overall pungent fruit character presents themselves in a very terse aftertaste.

I'm currious if patchouli, cabbage, or overall dank character is the proper bait for hipsters, but if the can looks like a Rubik's Cube, it can't loose! I'm not sure if I have ever seen a marketing campaign that targets as specific audience so overtly. Anything to sell beer, right? (2,071 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a hazy amber color with a fizzy white head on top. There is a light retention and lacing on this beer. The smell of this beer is hoppy. It's got a nice malt aroma too. The taste is pretty bitter, subtle malt but mostly bitter. The mouthfeel is pretty decent, medium bodied with a decent carbonation to it. Overall it's not a bad brew. Pretty good for the price. (385 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.12/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The new canned Global" Hipster for us who are hip but don't live in a hip city.Hipsters annoy me to the core but this APA was pretty damn good.Poured into a standard pint glass a deep murky burnt orange with a sticky white 1/2 finger white head atop.Alot of grapefruit and pine resin in the nose over top of a caramel biscuit malt base,a tinge of honey comes into play as well.Again sharp grapefruit hops dominate the palate with a little grass as well,the malt base is got some caramel sweetness but drys out nicely in the finish.This is a pretty damn good and hopped up pale ale.I haven't had any of the other Hipster line but will seek them out. (648 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours with one and a half fingers of white foam on top of a hazy, dark golden body. The foam settles at a moderate pace and leaves nice lace.

S - A spicy, fruity hop aroma with some bready notes and a bit of "oniony" character.

T - Sweet, bready malt up front with a touch of earthy spice. Some pine and grapefruit comes out in the middle and the beer finishes with more grapefruit and pepper.

M - Medium-thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - It has a nice aroma and it is drinkable enough, but I don't know that I like it all that much. The bitterness is a little on the harsh side and overall it is a bit heavy for a sessionable pale ale. (678 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Ticker + cheap, single can = yeah, I'm gonna buy and try it. Full disclosure, I guess. Anyway, this stuff pours a slightly hazy brass topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises orange zest, very light grapefruit peel, a pinch of leek-y greens, and a general sense of mildly-buttery toffee throughout the background. It's slightly subtle, it's at least trying to be balanced; and this came from Evil Twin. Nice to see. The taste emphasizes the rindy aspects of the fruits, the chlorophyll of the greens, and the mildness of the now-biscuity toffee. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, a nice little pale ale, though nothing I would likely revisit very often at all. That said, it's heartening to see a brewery known for its outrageousness going for a seemingly run-of-the-mill take on this style. (903 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I like this beer. It's got a thick malt body with a nice level of hop influence that isn't overdone at all. I mean, sure, it could be more pronounced and louder with the hops, but this still works and is a pleasant drinker. Smooth feel. If only this were cheaper, they'd be selling a lot more of it, I'd wager. Heck, I'd buy a sixer of it. (339 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent bronze with 3+ fingers of cream colored head. Stellar head retention & lacing, stays effervescent throughout

S: Grassyness & faint breadyness

T: Grassyness, pine & herbal hops with some bready notes up front. Dryness, grassy & bready notes as this warms, some pear & orange peel along with aspirin. Finishes with aspirin bitterness, a bit of pear &mineral dryness

MF: Firm carbonation, medium body, okay balance

Drinks okay but nothing special, far better APAs out there that are at least 2-3 bucks a sixer cheaper (540 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Modest, but lasting head. Plenty of blanket lace on the glass. Very cloudy. Orange-amber color.

The smell is a good blend soft, pale malt and floral hop. Some grapefruit rind to the nose.

Brief pale malt flavor is quickly overwhelmed by the strong, peppery hop bitterness. This makes for a long lip-smacking aftertaste. Borderline IPA flavors. Rich body with a high carbonation. (380 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into pint glass, canned on 9/27/2013. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy golden orange color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, pear, apple, floral, grass, bread, cracker, light caramel, light pine, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of citrus/earthy hops and pale malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, pear, apple, citrus rind, pine, floral, grass, bread, cracker, light caramel, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of earthy pine/floral bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, pear, apple, citrus rind, pine, floral, grass, bread, light caramel, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and robustness of citrus/earthy hop and pale malt flavors; with a crisp malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice pale ale. Good balance and robustness of citrus/earthy hops and pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering. (1,401 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12 oz can served cold.

Pours medium amber with a toweriing, frothy, cream-colored head. The head is very durable and leaves globs of sticky lacing.

Definitely tastes more bitter and less malty than it smells, with the hop combo proving complex and fruity but slightly in the nose. The flavor, with a solid grapefruit peel bitterness in the lingering aftertaste. Markedly bitter and hoppy for style, this will work as an IPA.

O: overly bitter in the finish and aftertaste. (477 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy dark copper in color with hints of deep golden yellow when held up to the light, some light amount of both white and dark yeast particles in suspension near the bottom of the glass, and a very light amount of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall creamy light beige head that slowly reduces to a medium sized patch of thick large bubbles, a thin film covering the rest of the surface of the beer, and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Upfront there is a light aroma of caramel malts followed by some strong hop aromas - grapefruit/citrus, pine/resin, and pineapple/tropical in order of intensity.

T: Like the smell, the taste of this beer upfront has a light to moderate flavor of caramel malts with some light sweetness. After that, the beer has a lot of hop flavors - grapefruit/citrus is pretty strong with lighter amounts of pine/resin and pineapple/tropical. Light amounts of bitterness which lingers for quite a while on your palate.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly chewy. Light to moderate amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Very enjoyable with a nice combination of hop flavors and aromas without being overly bitter. Easy to drink and one to have again. (1,298 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was really happy to see this in The Fridge's cooler recently and I have some to spare if anyone is looking for this beer in a CAN. The CANQuest (TM) marches on!

From the CAN: "Perhaps you heard of a worldwide beer-movement that tributes favorite hipster neighbourhoods across the globe. First came Istedgade, Copenhagen then Sodermalm, Stockholm followed by Williamsburg, New York and Shoreditch, London accompanied by Trastevere, Rome & last El Raval, Barcelona. If you feel excluded because you're hip but your city is not, this cutting-edge, 'hip without border' pale ale is an homage to you - the global hipster. Cheers!"

Oh yeah, that totally speaks to me in my hipper-than-thou mode. Not! Let's get on with a Crack & Glug, shall we? I was left looking at a finger of dense, tawny head with good retention. Color was a hazy orangish-amber, but I am cool with a lack of filtration as long as it tastes good. Nose had a minty-caramel scent and so I was reminded of toffee or Brach's caramels. Mouthfeel was medium and the minty hops were initially prevalent on the tongue, but the caramel malt got a brief opportunity to shine through. The finish was very dry and quite bitter, just the way I like my APAs. I CANnot tell you that there was anything stand-out about this one and coupled with its relatively high price point, I would probably reach for other APAs instead. I guess that I am not much of a hipster. (1,418 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY. 12 ounce can. No freshenss/bottleing info to be had

Pours heavily hazed almond amber, nice gauzy, thicker khaki head, that stays, then goes to a wild mix of tiny bubble film, lace and thick collar.

Bready dough all over the sniff.

nicely balanced APA, more smooth bready malts, then moderate citrus comes into the mix. Grapefruit finish. Soft and nicely rounded mouthfeel. Quality, worthy and highly enjoyable brew in a can. (467 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can into a nonic pint glass.

Real soapy looking beer. Head forms three fingers with giant soapy bubbles and white foam. Body color is textbook pale amber, and a bit hazy as well.

Big hint of earth and stinky mud on the nose. Good hint of biscuity malts to match also. Not bad but let's see where this is going. Some more examination displays perhaps a little grapefruit and hiding subdued citrus like orange.

Palate comes with a very easy drinking feel, nearly juicy body for a pale ale. Hop angle is highly emphasized with a hint of bitter pine at first. Finishes larger hop angled with earth and pine bitterness to match. Malt angle is hardly present. Good earthy and just a hint of sweet malts come out in the end, and a bit of orange juice tasting quality.

Overall it's a real easy drinking pale, and a good bitter pine and earth blast of hops that linger towards the end. Perhaps not the most exciting beer but enjoyable nonetheless. (958 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Poured from a 12 oz can into a pint glass. Light copper colored brew with a white head and plenty of lacing. The aroma is floral and very piney. The taste has more pine, earthy bitterness, earth and wood. Solid notes from the hops and balances the beer well. Some citrus rind also shows up in the finish. Full bodied, well carbonated brew. Above average for a pale ale, I would buy sixers of this without thinking if I could. (433 characters)

Photo of dcmchew
3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazy golden, foamy white head that lingers for a while and turns into a thin cap, plus lots of traces.
Smell balanced with biscuity malts and hops, with some low lemon, peach, bit of pine resin, some grass, sweet, fruity and probably bitter.
Lemon, tangerine and grapefruit first in the taste, some peach and apricot, then only herbal notes till the end. Grassy hops mostly, a touch of pine, faint floral notes, very mineral. Malts are pretty low, some straw, very faint biscuits and caramel.
Light bodied, almost watery, medium to low carbonation. Goes down very easy. Aftertaste a bit too green and rough.
Nothing incredible, but nice hops and huge drinkability. I guess one should've tried it before it was cool. (721 characters)

Photo of beertunes
2.82/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

$3.50 + tax for a 12oz can. Poured into straight pint glass. Poured a cloudy orange-amber color with less that 1/4 inch of off-white head that had low retention and lacing. There was a lot of particulate matter floating around this thing, which really hurt it in this department.

The aroma was mostly citrus and floral hops, with a very light malt presence. The taste started out very bitter (and not the enjoyable kind of bitter), then had citrus and pine hops take over. There was no real malt presence on the tongue.

The body was medium-full, smooth, and had a dry finish. The drinkability suffered greatly that bad bitterness. Overall, this is not a good beer, you can safely spend your beer budget on other things. (721 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a light golden amber with suspended tiny particulates. One finger off-white head that dissipates to a thick film and tons of lacing. Great piney and citrus hops and grapefruit, light sweet malt in the aroma. Flavor starts with citrus hops and grapefruit, slowly revealing sweet malt and bittering hops. Finishes slightly dry and bitter. Hops are more bitter than aromatic, but flavors are quite intense for a pale ale. I was somewhat underwhelmed by the emphasis on bittering hops on first taste, but this ale grew on me as I drank. A number of flavors develop during the taste, spanning bitterness, light fruit, citrus and malt. Well done and interesting. Medium bodied. I will get this one again. (743 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark orange, khaki head is creamy but flimsy and quick to dissipate. Good strong sense of carbonation and visible floaties. Lacing is modest.

S: Aroma of pine and caramel, grapefruit grind, with some underlying notes of leafy herbaceoucs scents. Grapey, viney notes with an all told fair and average offering for a pale.

T: Scotchy grapefruit and pine with some dry speciality grains. Decent level of dry hoppiness, though flavor spectrum is limited. Lemony-buttery caramel fade.

M: Good deal of malt depth, creamy, medium-full body, dry.

O: Overall not bad, slightly above average offering, dry, sweet with an alkaline finish. Decent with a high C rating feels about right. wouldnt go out of my way for. (715 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz can into a pint glass.

Appearance: hazy golden hue with plenty of floaties and a mild effervescence. Head pours two thick fingers of frothy ivory foam. Quite decent, actually.

Smell: sweet malt and a rich, funky hop arome with citrus, earthiness and just the right amount of dank. I rather like it.

Taste: pretty big malt base for a beer of this comparatively low ABV, with a nice, rich, oily hoppiness. Citrus and funk are big on the flavor, with a bit of dry herbal flavor toward the back. Bitterness is quite solid. I could drink plenty of this.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a smooth texture and a decent carbonation. Less creamy than, say, rich and smooth, but overall I like it.

Overall: I find myself liking this beer. It's not really hipster-y beyond the packaging, but I think it's a solid canned pale ale, especially if you like the funkier and danker varieties of pale ale. I'd have this again, definitely. (937 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A thanks to the legendary woodychandler for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a very dark golden/orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is a bit fruits, some hops. Taste is some hops, a bit of citrus, malts, well balanced and easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer. (318 characters)

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Evil Twin Hipster from Evil Twin Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.