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Evil Twin Hipster Ale - Evil Twin Brewing

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Evil Twin Hipster AleEvil Twin Hipster Ale

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116 Reviews
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Reviews: 116
Hads: 614
Avg: 3.66
pDev: 26.5%
Wants: 19
Gots: 87 | 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 CHickman
3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy gold color with a lovely foamy 2 finger white head that was full of bubbles and faded very slowly, leaving great sticky lacing coating the sides, foamy rings as it goes down and a pretty thick layer on top.

Smells of malt, lightly toasted grains, caramel, light grapefruit, citrus hops, biscuit, herbs , wheat bread, grass or hay, and cardboard funk; it really lacks the hops and fruity aroma I expected from Evil Twin and was mostly grainy smelling to me.

Taste also lacks the hops and fruity aroma as it’s more malty and grainy like a hearty wheat bread, with cracker, toasted grains, wheat or yeast funk, toffee, pine cone, citrus hop bitterness, mild grapefruit, tea leaf, spices like pepper, coriander and light dry grassy herbs. English pale ale seems to be my impression of this malt forward brew that has hop balance, but tasted like a toasted grainy pale ale.

Mouthfeel is average to smooth, with a medium body, average zesty carbonation and a toasted grain finish that is slightly bitter leaving a bready taste that was on the dry and yeasty side.

Overall it was decent, but I love the Evil Twin stouts and how bold and flavorful they are so this was a change of pace and much more basic tasting beer, which was a let down as I always expect an assault on my tongue when purchasing an Evil Twin brew. Decent and easy to drink, but I wanted great and bordering on extreme craft beer from this can. Oh well, on to the next Evil Twin experiment.

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Photo of chefhatt
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this from the can, it has a golden color body with a small fizzy head. The aroma has a crisp hoppy and citrus smell to it. The taste is hoppy and citrus. It also has a maltyness on the back of the tongue. Mouthfeel is smooth and overall a good pale ale.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured with a light yellow hue and I fizzy thick head. Smells like piney resins, oily and sappy, with some lemon and hop lupilin. The flavors are resiny pine, hop oils, herbal and tart. I got little to no malt flavor in this. The feel sucks the very moisture from your entire mouth and is painfully astringent. Not my favorite.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear, glowing gold with a fluffy white head.

S: Aromas of caramel, biscuit, minerals, grass, lemon, lime, white peach, apricot, and tangerine take a little time to express themselves on the nose.

T: Notes of caramel, biscuit, minerals, crackers, grass, lemon, lime, apricot, white peach, bitter orange, and tangerine fill the mouth. The finish is hoppy, yet pleasant with subdued flavors of lemon, lime, bitter orange, tangerine, and apricot underscored by notes of biscuit and minerals.

M: On the lighter side of medium and dry. Carbonation is crisp, firm, and prickly. I could see this ale being very easy to drink on a hot day.

O: A near great APA. Very unique for the style, this ale displays some serious hop aromas and flavors. Recommended.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Apparently Evil Twin has been brewing Hipster Ales neighborhoods around the world they deem hipster enough. Some of them are different than the original – Sønderho, Denmark’s Sønderho Hipster Ale was dry-hopped and barrel-aged, for instance – so I’m not sure if this generic variant is different. I’m guessing they just slap on the “[City Name] Hipster Ale” label for some of their releases in certain areas, but just to be sure, here’s Evil Twin’s canned, geographically-indistinct Hipster Ale. Cheers!

A: Pours soft, a pillowy head of pure white stretching out over the body like foamed milk. Lacing sticks to the glass in sheets. Slightly hazy golden body.

S: Mild saison-like nose: phenolic, doughy yeast, black pepper hops, and a hint of wildflower. Twirl it a bit and dough comes to the forefront, laced with Band-Aid, chalk, and white wine notes. Interesting.

T&M: Laying flat over the tongue with noticeable heft and a dense, frothy carbonation, the body fills out with flavors similar to the nose: a creamy, doughy bread character, biscuit, flint, slightly medicinal yeast, buttered roll. If I were brewing a pale ale, this is the base I’d want; it’s satisfying all on its own. Crisp hops soon after, sprinkling in grapefruit and lemon rind flavors before coming to a peppery snap of a conclusion. That’s the aftertaste, a dry crispness with a spiciness that sits on the tongue for quite some time.

O: This is everything I want from a pale ale: a malt and yeast backbone with great flavor (i.e., a grain bill that’s not just a bed of residual sugar and body to balance the hops and yeast that has anything but a neutral taste) and an interesting hop character that adds a spice that’s both flavorful and drinkable. I didn’t see how much a six-pack was, but if it’s less than $11, I’ll be buying this until it runs out. I love this beer.

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Photo of Kroehny_Loves_Hops
4.37/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Golden, slight copper

S: Beautiful, citrusy, pasionfruity awesome smell

T: Same in the flavour, big citrusy hops almost get some apricot as well

M: On the thinner side but for an APA it is quite pleasing

O: Really don't see why this is rated so low, such a great drop on tap. Never had it out of a can so might have to do a comparison, but on-tap it's a cracker imo.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a tall pint glass. Canned on 01/29/14.

Appearance: Pours a bright golden orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Big three finger off white head with decent retention. Leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: A juicy, earthy, and crisp balanced aroma with good hints of citrus, grass, and grains. Earthy, floral, and herbal hop scent with hints of grass and slight pine. Citrus hop hints of orange, lemon, grapefruit, and mango. Bready pale malt backing with hints of grains, straw, cracker, yeast, and biscuit. Some sweet honey like hints as well. A pretty solid APA style aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma hints at, an earthy, juicy, and nicely grainy and crisp balanced Pale Ale taste with notes of citrus, grass, and grains. Upfront mix of floral and earthy hop notes along with some grass and pine. Citrus hop notes of orange peel, grapefruit, lemon, and mango. Solid balance of bready malt with notes of grains, cracker, straw, biscuit, and yeast along with some light honey like sweetness. A pretty solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp, juicy, and smooth. Finishes dry.

Overall: A very solid take on the American Pale Ale style. Good balance of earthy and citrus hops with some sweet malt.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Paid about 3 bucks for the single. Poured into a pint glass.
A - Great head a nice 1/2 inch that takes forever to settle. Color is good a light bright yellow with an orange tint. A pretty looking beer.
S - Not overwhelming but balanced has a distinct orange peel and citrus rind smell, some bready malts and just a touch of grapefruit hops. Very decent.
T - Its good and simple a typical pale full of sweet malts, bready backbone and yet this one does have some grapefruit hops throughout which makes it very easy to drink.
M - Light to medium easy to session or pound.

Overall I am not sure what makes it a "hipster" beer but this is a very good APA. Still for 3 bucks a pop I could not see getting it again its from Connecticut why are their beers so expensive?

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Photo of dar482
3.37/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

It comes in a hazy amber color with a frothy white head.

The aroma has grapefruit, a grainy quality, floral, grass, a bready sweetness.

The flavor follows with that grapefruit peel throughout. In the front orange peel and some bready sweetness with a nice bready malt in the middle. There's also this grainy quality along with a strong floral, slight pine, and grassy quality on the finish.

A good beer to introduce non craft beer drinkers into because of the easy drinking and familiar easy drinking qualities, but it still has some good strong bitterness with some sweetness and fruit qualities.

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Photo of gonzo000
3.99/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A. Rich golden color with a one finger head that lasts. The body is evident in the cloudy middle cylinder.

s. Honey, citrus, yeast - sweet smells that the hipster will enjoy

t. Citrus, honey, bread, wheat - if you like sweet tastes, as I do, this is a good match for you.

m. A bit too much carbonation brings the alcohol in the finish.

o. Outstanding beer. My beer was dated best by 12/2013, so it was 4 months past expire. Maybe it ages well.

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.28/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A clean golden amber in color with 2 fingers of bright white head, excellent lacing and slow dissipation. Smells citrusy, grapefruit, caramel and bready. Flavor is fresh as hell.. Tastes like you're sucking on a hoppy bread .. Crisp mouthfeel with higher carbonation and a refreshing lighter medium body. Overall this is a wonderful pale ale.. Wish we got it here in nj, I'd make this a summer staple.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of beholder_pl
3.84/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: slightly hazy golden / light amber with a medium sized white head. Very nice looking lacing.

Aroma: malty, fruity, notes of citrus. Refreshing, yet a bit too delicate. Was expecting something more intense tbh.

Taste: mostly citrus, resin and grapefruit. Also a bit floral, with some pine notes in the back. Nice malty base. Pineapple finish. Medium, grassy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, soft to medium carbonation.

Overall: Very enjoyable, yet a bit "standard" pale ale I guess. Would be better if the ABV was lower, like 4,5%. Still, worth recommending.

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Photo of chinchill
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a hazy gold with a two-finger foamy white head. Head retention is awesome with heavy lacing.

S - Some very light citrus notes and bready malts.

T - Taste is hop forward with lots of piney earthy notes. There is a good amount of bready malts. Some light citrus appears throughout. Finish has a nice amount of hop bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Dry sticky mouthfeel.

O - A nice session beer. Very easy drinking and crisp APA.

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Photo of GilGarp
3.99/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Packaged on 9/27/2013.

12oz can served cold. Poured into a shaker pint.

Hipster ale is a slightly hazy pale orange color with thick rocky head. It has good retention and leaves some spoty lace behind.

Aroma is pleasantly hoppy with lots of nice floral and tropical notes.

Flavor is more intensely flavored than I expected from the nose. It's got great hop bitterness and the same tropical fruit character that I noticed in the aroma. Malts are present but only to provide a backdrop to the hops.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body and nicely carbonated.

Definately a session style IPA or extra pale ale to me. More bitter than balanced.

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Photo of Seanniek91
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 12oz can into a Smutty pint glass.

Appearance- Hazy orange color with a great head retention and lacing.

Smell- Sweet with a weird plastic aroma and mild citrus fruits. Smells like an orangey adjunct lager.

Taste- Cirtus up front, but that plasticy taste is still there, though light. Mild hop presence with some bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel- Well carbonated and easy to drink. Decent body. Maybe a little too carbonated.

Overall- The aroma kills this beer. It seeps into the taste as well, which is unfortunate, because if that plastic taste wasn't there, it would be a decent beer.

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Photo of garuda
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Illegible dating on bottom of can.

A - Pale golden body, hazed, voluminous white head has good retention and lacing.

S/T - Hop forward, mostly herbal, grassy notes, lemon sweetness, pale cracker like malt. Some pine and floral tastes in the finish.

M - Light to medium body, high carbonation, consistency stays smooth, finishes mostly dry with a moderate lingering bitterness.

O - Nice little pale ale. Easily drinkable, crisp, dry, refreshing.

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Photo of minterro
3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

The reasoning behind buying this beer was about 50% comical value and 50% thinking it was going to be good. Rang up for around 3 bucks. Poured into a pint glass.

A&S: Very big head, poured with medium vigor and it overflowed on me, leaving still over two fingers of head semi-foamy off-white head, retains in a nice layer. A network of bubbly lacing is left behind on the glass. Lively translucent orange colored beer. The smell is pretty subdued but includes mostly floral hops and some hints of citrus.

T&M: Even liking a lot of bitter beers, I would say this one is too much. The bitterness not only takes command of the finish, but pretty much is overpowering throughout this brew. Somewhat of a malty backbone but again can't really get past the bitterness. Carbonation is very high and body is medium.

Overall: I thought it was OK. Out of the small sample of evil twin stuff I have consumed, I would say it is by far my least favorite. My gf has a great taste for craft beers and didn't even want to finish hers, so by no means is this a crowd pleaser.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can dated 08/07/13 purchased at Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido, CA
*Notes taken on 12/26/13 to my FW Imperial Nonic glass

A: Massive billowing fluff of heady off white suds and tons of hang time over a soft caramel color body. Nice clarity to it. Gobs of messy stick and frothy splash hang about the glass.

S: Smells like pine needles in a can. Add in some spice hops, lemon grass, and a bit of bready pale malt sweetness. Lightly floral with some tropics. Has a slight sweet and sour grain action going on. Nice nose chalked full of resinous pines.

T: Flavors are malty cracker with resinous pine, peppery spice, and some earthy grass. Light grainy biscuit and traces of citrus zest. Suggestion of tropical fruits. Has a smooth moderate bitterness overall and no alcohol coming through in the taste. Relatively dry with a nice lingering hop presence. A rather refreshing pale ale with pretty nice balance.

M: Lighter body. A little thin and a touch watery at times. Nice creamy consistency from the carbonation. Very dry at the finish with a resinous linger.

D: This is a decent pale ale from the Danes with some good American hop flavor and malt balance. Light and crisp. Makes for a crushable can.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.16/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz can $2.49. I'm pretty wary of the wandering brewers and while I've had a good evil twin beer before they are usually too pricey. This was no exception. Appearance is great, bright orange. Aroma is orange, minerals, and crackers. Flavor is an odd mineral, oranges, just sort of odd. This wasn't bad but it wasn't great either.

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Photo of VanBeer
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Kinda tasted like Dale's Pale Ale, which I really like. I was hoping for something extra but then it's still just a pale ale. I was secretly wanting a Genie to pop out of the can. Didn't happen. Oh well. Still got about 4 oz of beer left. Maybe Genie will show up for Christmas.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

The beer is a hazy orange copper. A foamy, frothy white head stays on top for a good while. Light patches of foam cling to the glass.

The aroma is slightly fruity with apricot and orange. Faint hops.

The taste is total hop bitterness. There are traces of fruit sweetness but it gets hammered by the bitter, piny hops.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

Overall, not a very balanced APA. And it's brewed in Connecticut but it's a Danish beer.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.61/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
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

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Evil Twin Hipster Ale from Evil Twin Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.