Evil Twin Sønderho Hipster Ale | Evil Twin Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Wine Barrel Aged Istedgade Hipster Ale

Brewed at Fanø Bryghus, Denmark.

Added by bark on 08-05-2011

BEER STATS
Reviews:
17
Ratings:
43
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
22.03%
 
 
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Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 43
Reviews by lacqueredmouse:
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4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
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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Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of biboergosum
3.59/5  rDev -11.1%
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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Photo of nickhiller
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of thagr81us
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had during Brewvival 2012! Served from tap into a Brewvival sampler imperial pint. Poured a very pale yellow with a very minimal white head. There was no lacing evident throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, sour, cherry, funk, and earth. The flavor was of sweet malt, sour, cherry, fruit, and funk. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. The barrels really made this brew completely transform into something that I was not expecting. Really nice flavors going on here that made your mouth water and want more. A really well done brew that was one of my surprises of the day. Tick.

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Photo of ConradKenney
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of sammo
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of CrazyDavros
4.01/5  rDev -0.7%
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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Photo of bluejacket74
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a hazy golden/orange color with a half inch off-white head that doesn't stick around for too long. There's a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like citrusy hops (grapefruit, orange peel) and white wine/grapes. The taste is similar to the aroma, but there's the addition of some mango, lemon peel and tropical fruit. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's smooth and a bit slick with moderate carbonation. I think this is a good brew. I wouldn't pay $9.99 a bottle for this again, but I liked it and would certainly try it again if the price was better.

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Photo of Squidly
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of DrBier
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of metter98
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy yellowish amber in color. It poured with a thin off white head that dissipated a bit, leaving some lacing on the surface and a large ring of large bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderate to strong aromas of white wine and sourness in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of oak and white wine from the barrel aging. There are sour notes and hints of citrus from the hops.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and rather dry on the palate with a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The white wine barrel aging makes the smell and taste of this beer very interesting. It is definitely one to sip an savor, even though it is relatively light bodied and quite drinkable.

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Photo of mendvicdog
4.39/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this last night with Jeppe at the Max's Baltimore Beer Week event. Jeppe says Sonderho is not actually that much of a hipster place, so not sure why he chose this name.

One of the top 3 best smelling beers I have had. A little bit floral, bready, and smoky smell combined perfectly. I was a little bit afraid to taste it because I knew the taste would not compare.

Definitely worth seeking out.

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Photo of oline73
2/5  rDev -50.5%

Photo of kdown
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of masterofsparks
3/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of irs
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of dbrauneis
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy dark golden yellow in color with some light amounts of visible carbonation near the surface of the beer. The beer has a thin (about 1/8 finger tall) white head made up of large soapy bubbles that reduces to small thin patch and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Very strong aroma of brett sourness with some lighter amounts of barnyard funk. There is also some hints of white wine sweetness.

T: Moderately strong flavors of white wine sweetness with brett sourness. There are lighter amounts of oak from the barrel aging and funkiness.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with low to moderate amounts of carbonation. Very dry in the finish.

O: Probably one of the lightest and easiest to drink barrel aged beer with brett. Very enjoyable and easy to drink, though more of a sipping beer than a session beer. I would definitely have this one again.

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Photo of KevMo84
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of justintcoons
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip.

A: Very cloudy orangey gold with a minimal wispy head. Sparse lacing.

N: White wine, naked oak, potpourri, lemony citrus, hints of orange citrus, very pale caramel malts and some unidentifiable spice notes.

T: Juicy tropical and citrus upfront consisting of pineapple, mango, tangerine, fresh squeezed orange and notes of lemon. Hops flow through mid-palate picking up more juiciness and some white grape juice. Has just a hint of pale caramel to balance it out. Finishes with dry white wine characteristics and a gentle oakiness. Has hints of potpourri and maybe a pine needle or two.

M: Medium bodied, smooth, crisp and dry.

O: Incredibly balanced APA. Very juicy. The wine barrel aging really contributes a nice complexity. Cost $12.99 for a 11.2oz bottle. I'm not entirely sure it was worth the steep price tag, but damn this is a nice APA!

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Photo of stmgl01
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of Rickythejeweler
4/5  rDev -1%
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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Photo of bigred89
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NeilSilber1
3.74/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice and sharp with an IPA bite.

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