Evil Twin Williamsburg Hipster Ale | Evil Twin Brewing

Evil Twin Williamsburg Hipster AleEvil Twin Williamsburg Hipster Ale
89 Ratings
Evil Twin Williamsburg Hipster AleEvil Twin Williamsburg Hipster Ale

Brewed by:
Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by timtim on 12-06-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Sammy
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Lakeview Liquors. Very nice,like an orange pilsner, yet sort of in the style and good drinkability, tickling the palate. Sweet peachy fizz, lemon. Orange haze colour with loads of lace. Neutral aroma. The IBU is here.Fresh, carbonation above average.

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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of metter98
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very hazy dark yellow in color (like lemon ice tea) and has a light amount of carbonation. It poured with a quarter-finger high off white head that has good retention properties and never completely faded away.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of citrusy hops in the nose. Hints of pineapples are noticeable.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has citrusy flavors from the hops but is well balanced by the underlying malts and has hints of malty sweetness. A light to moderate amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly chewy on the palate and has a light to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and a good representation of the style; it is packed with aromas and flavors.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Where a major segment of the market seems to appeal heavily to the earthy, emotional, and neuvo hippie types, but Evil Twin doesn't beat around the bush- they put their target audience right on the label "Hipster Ale". Everything about the beer captures the essence of what it is to be today's hipster, except for the taste.

The Mikkeller influence in nearly instant as the rich pale ale casts a heavy haze and darker than usual copper saturation. Firmly headed, the beer is capped by a dense off white blanket of foam. Retention is persistent and lacing is overt. Aside from its dark haze, the beer looks fantastic.

A very strong hop presence strikes the nose, but does so with many of the hops that are commonly relegated to bitterness. Dull earthy notes of crushed grass, woodish twigs, pine needles, hemp, and white grapefruit. It's biscuity bready support props up the hops but don't rival for attention, past the hops.

A rich, malty draw brings caramel and biscuit sweetness to the forefront of the mouth. Shortbread, light honey, and animal crackers deliver the underpinnings for the hop onslaught to come. The hop resins build shortly after the early taste, bringing with it the flavors of citrus pith, pine sap, grassy chlorophyll, onion, cannabis stems, and pungent fresh-sawn wood at mid palate. But the march into finish turns decidedly bitter with sharp bitterness of boiled tea leaves, and woody tannin. It's resinous bitterness pushes past smooth and grips the gullet with force.

Full bodied early because of its strong malt presence and tightly woven creamy carbonation, but the bubbles cautiously release and allow the hop dominance to ensue. The balance tilts heavy toward bitterness and easily dwarfs the moderate malt textures. This exposes not only the pleasant bitterness from lupulin, but also brings light to a lot of bracing, biting hop-derived astringency that's stemmy, tannin-riddled, simply harsh to the back of the mouth and throat.

Williamsburg Hipster Ale might be moderate in alcohol but that doesn't make it a pale ale. Its balance clearly sings the tone of IPA, both of American and British influence. But the mis-served use of inferior hops for flavor and aromatic purposes makes this beer appealing to the most aggressive hop heads, not to hipsters. Wouldn't that be PBR?

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Photo of oline73
3.61/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on-tap at Max's. Poured into a tasting glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy yellowish light amber color with a finger of fluffy off white head. There is some great lacing and good retention.

Smell: Quite mild overall. Fruit with some grape smell. Some citrus hops in here as well.

Taste: Much stronger hop presence here than in the smell. Some sweet malt and less fruity notes than the smell. The finish is really bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with fluffy carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: The bitterness in the finish of this one was a bit much. Would have liked some more balance. Just alright.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.13/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a light dirty yellow color ale with a medium size foamy head with OK retention and some light lacing. Aroma consists of dry hops with light dry malt base. Taste is a mix between some dry hops which are almost astringent with a non-descript malt base that is also pretty dry itself. Body is about average with good carbonation. Interesting but hops profile is somewhat too astringent for my taste.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Rifugium
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Teresa's, Wayne, PA

Poured a hazy golden-yellow with a huge puff of cloudy white head that retained well and left full lacing on the glass. Aroma of pale malts, floral hops, citrus and light fruits. Lots of citrusy hops in the taste, crisp and floral, with sweet malts and light grains in the background, accompanied by lemon zest and a touch of white grapes. Finished dry and bitter. Light-medium mouthfeel, and quite drinkable.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a slightly cloudy orange-copper amber. Thick off-white head with good retention and massive lacing. Aroma of sweet malt, citrus hops, slight pineapple. Flavor is mild neutral malt and light fruit with intense hops developing into an extremely bitter citrus hop finish, quite astringent. Interesting flavors, but the the extreme hop bitterness in the finish is too stark and surprisingly unsupported by the substantial malt body. Medium bodied with pleasant creaminess. An interesting hoppy pale ale that is flawed by lack of balance in the finish. Sadly, the intense hops eventually numbed the tongue to the point that they were quite tolerable, but the other flavors were correspondingly reduced as well.

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Photo of beernads
3/5  rDev -18.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of avalon07
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a can to a pint glass. Had an orange-brown color and a cloudy consistency. There was an inch and a half of fluffy, white, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A surprisingly hoppy aroma (more than I expected for an APA), with hints of citrus in it as well.

T: Like the smell, the taste had a good deal of hops in it, but also a bit of citrus and some malt in the finish. This beer is almost overhopped - it gets a little harsh at times - but is generally pretty solid. Tastes more like an IPA than an APA.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a slightly harsh and bitter finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

O: Not exactly a groundbreaking beer, but very enjoyable and easy to drink.

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased from Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley, CA.

Pours a pleasant golden colour, with a slight hazing in the body. Head is full, foamy and shiny, forming excellent lacing as it subsides. Body is smooth but pleasantly full. Really, overall, it's a great looking pale ale.

Nose is light but sharp, with a really direct, clean citric hoppy character giving a piercing freshness to the aroma. Some smooth, grainy malt sits underneath, but it's light in volume and colour. Very pleasant overall.

Taste is similar, but perhaps veering to the more generic malt-hop APA balance. Some smooth light clean malt sits below a bright, slightly grassy, slightly citric hop bitterness that stays fresh and bright to the end, and cleans the palate out nicely, leaving only a hint of residual hop oil on the finish. Feel is very clean, but very smooth, with minimal aggression from the carbonation.

Overall, a really nicely balanced and extremely solid APA if not a groundbreaking one. Really happy with it—I hope I get to try the others in the series sometime.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of AgentMunky
4.42/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Drank straight from the can in a coozie...the way god intended.

A: Unknown. The can is nice. Poured a splash into a wineglass. Lots of head. Hazy auburn.

S: Amazing fruity rich hops. Loads of pineapple. Still noticeably bitter.

T/M: Creamy and delicious. Goshdarn this amazing. Aftertaste is lingering and bitter, the mouthfeel is out of this world, and the main body is full of fruit and spritely hops. Complex, rewarding, and amazing.

O: WOW. INCREDIBLY impressed. Highly recommended. Would drink this everyday. Will seek out.

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Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a Samuel Smith imperial pint. Poured a hazy yellow-orange with a five finger fluffy off-white head that rises out of the top of the glass and subsided to one finger very slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, tangerine, orange peel, and orange zest. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, tangerine, orange zest, and citrus hop. It had a medium feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. Another low ABV brew from Evil Twin that packs quite a punch in the flavor department. The aroma on this one was really quite nice as well as the citrus was definitely dominant. Even though it was dominating the brew it still managed to be fairly well balanced with a nice touch of sweetness. Definitely worth trying if you get the opportunity.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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Evil Twin Williamsburg Hipster Ale from Evil Twin Brewing
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 89 ratings
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