Evil Twin Hipster Ale | Evil Twin Brewing

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Evil Twin Hipster AleEvil Twin Hipster Ale

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Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of ordybill
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 OZ can into a pint glass. The appearance is a murky burnt orange color with a large white head. The aroma is hop, citrus and some pine. The taste is citrus and a hint of wood. The brew has a nice hop bitterness finish.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.42/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Evil Twin Hipster Ale has a fairly thick, soapy, off-white head, a very cloudy, brilliant orange appearance, with lots of suspended brown chunks and a think lacing sheen left behind. The aroma is of piney and citrus hops and sugar. Taste is all bitter, piney hops, grapefruit juice, pine oil, sugar, and sweet white bread. Mouthfeel is medium and slick, and Evil Twin Hipster Ale finishes dry, fairly refreshing, and quite drinkable. Overall, this is a wonderful beer, and I rate it most excellent. It is one that you should not miss trying.


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Photo of Kroehny_Loves_Hops
4.37/5  rDev +19.1%
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 korguy123
4.36/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can into tulip.

Super hazy orange pour with a half finger, tight bubbled, snow white head. Lacing is quite good.

Smells of super juicy oranges, light mango and grapefruit with some lime zest and some sweet candy sugar. Very little in the way of pine or wet grass. Very bright and juicy.

Grapefruit and orange peel in the taste in the middle of the tongue. There is some bitter pine but not much. Dry bitter finish.

Light body, medium the high carbonation.

This is something I wasn't expecting. I bought it as a joke between my Fiancee and I and I am thoroughly impressed, the smell alone on this beer is worth the cost. Will definitely seek out again.

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Photo of DaveBar
4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased as a return from a private order at the LCBO. $2.15 for a 12oz can served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a 1" high white head that is gone in a minute or two. Very dark gold colour and unfiltered

S- Nice dry hopping with a nice amount of sweetness and malt

T- Very nice hop profile. With the lower alcohol IPA/APA brews you get lacking something in the profile. Sometimes it's hops, sometimes malt is unbalanced but this brew is just wonderful all around. Even the finish is bitter in a wonderful way.

M- Creamy going down then dries out well

O- Best under 6% alcohol APA/IPA I ever had. Wonderful. Wish there was more than 1 there! Will buy on site

Food Pairing

This wonderful little brew went well with........ Doro Wat. An Ethiopian chicken stew that is rather spicy and has hard boiled eggs in it. Wonderful cutting brew for it


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Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy amber-orange finger of frothy off-white head. Fades medium.

S - Pine, grassy, and grapefruit hops, caramel and biscuit malts.

T - Grapefruit, pine, and grassy hops, lots of resiny bitterness, sweet caramel and biscuity malts.

M - Medium bodied moderate carbonation. Smooth with a dry, resiny, bitter finish.

D - Good big hoppy APA. Lots of resiny bitterness from start to end. Good overall balance.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
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 facundoCNB
4.28/5  rDev +16.6%
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 Ciocanelu
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
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 horshack7
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Amber in color with copper hues and an off white head an inch tall.

Aroma: Quite the citrus hop profile in the front. Caramel malts, light butteriness, piney, grapefruit.

Taste: Heavy grapefruit, piney, breadiness on the palate, good spice note, caramel malts, orange and lemon zest.

Notes: Very hoppy with a good dry finish. Cheers.

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Photo of Huffs
4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a six pack of cans and found it to be an excellent brew. Poured into a pint glass which developed a nice full head. Lacing was consistent through the drink. Look was slightly cloudy with an amber color. Taste was a nice hop malt balance with a bitter, clean aftertaste. Mouthfeel was medium and consistent with the style. Overall, very enjoyable.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
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 TheQuietMan22
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving type: 12-ounce can. “11/08/12 18:06” is printed on the bottom of the can, so I assume that is the date and time it was canned.

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass. The color is hazy, honey/amber. About a finger of eggshell-colored head dissipated fairly quickly to leave a bubbly and spotted lacing, as well as a ring around the edge and trails of foam on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Invigorating citrus — enough to wake one up but nothing overpowering. Grapefruit, orange, a little lemon, and pine. Caramel hangs around in the background, too.

Taste: Just about quintessential. Grapefruit, orange, a touch of lemon, pine, and caramel. The hops offer a light, gritty bitterness that gets the tongue and cheeks tingling. As it warms, the bitterness is turned up a couple notches, enough to consider it an IPA.

Drinkability: Good stuff and a bold pale ale. However, I do not think it is worth $15 for a six-pack. However, I was the one dumb enough to splurge. Hipsters spoil all the cheap fun.

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Photo of PeterIngemi
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz can into a dfh snifter

A: pours a hazy slightly burnt orange amber with 1/2 a finger if off white head that leavs some very nice lacing... Nice looking beer.

S: nice amount if hops nice balance of pine, and citrusy grapefruit and some light tropical fruit hop notes, lightly grainy caramel malt backbone. Touch of grassy hop aroma, nice.

T: nice juicy citrus grapefruit and resiny pone notes, balanced with lightly toasted grain and caramel notes, a decent amount if bitterness, very nicley rounded and great hop flavor.... A nice hop forward pale ale.

M: nice full bodied flavor and awesome drinkability, great for the abv, nice and dry finish with a slightly bitter piney resin aftertaste.

O: this is a damn good pale ale, pretty expensive at 18.50 per 6pk , and seeing as this one was brewed state side I'm a little confused why this is so expensive, but that is the only complaint I had, and the beer was good enough that i will have no problem picking up another fresh 6pk.

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Photo of oberon
4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

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Photo of ADZA
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy Redgum honey hue with a fluffy three finger head and lacing everywhere,the smell is pineapple,piney hops,floral hops and grapefruit very enticing indeed,the mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated with tastes of grapefruit,pineapple,boiled candy,piney bitter hops and finished with a floral hippiness and overall it's a great pale ale and with these guys nothing surprises me as they constantly impress me cheers.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a moustache pint glass while wearing plaid and listening to Bon Iver. Bottom of can says 11/07/12.

A- Pours an orangeish amber color with a 1/4 inch off-white head that doesn't retain long before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of bubbly surface foam. Slippery, semi-resilient lacing leaves clots behind on the glass. There are tiny specs of sediment suspended in the body.

S- Pleasant hoppy aroma with notes of pine and citrus and a bit of sweet malt. Slightly musty.

T- Quite bitter for a pale ale with more citrusy hops bringing a brightness to the profile. There is a sturdy buttery malt backbone but it's definitely light in contrast to the hops. Note of cracker, hint of grapefruit.

M- A bit dry with a lingering hop bite. Medium-low carbonation and a medium body.

O- A very nice hoppy pale ale that's still easygoing and not too intense. While it was a bit lacking in carbonation, I would definitely pick up a six-pack of this if the price wasn't so outrageous.

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Photo of Murrhey
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can into a pint glass. Reviewed live.

A- Two finger thick cream-colored head with wonderful retention. Auburn color with lovely clarity and thick ribbons of yeast cascading down to the bottom of the glass. Thick peaks on the head and nice lacing. Appealing other than the yeast flakes at the bottom of the glass. Yes, flakes.

S- Flowery hop notes, sugar, cinnamon. Airy and flowery. Really nice. Appealing and sort of a "cool" scent.

T- Flowery Simcoe-like hops in the first sip, malty and delicious afterwards. Wonderful flavor.

M- Thick and creamy. Really lovely.

O- Great brew from Evil Twin.

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Photo of dogfishandi
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can at fridge temp poured into a snifter. no freshness info.

pours out a very hazed deep burnt orange color with a very nice looking 2-3 fingers of off white head. great retention and tons of webby sticky lacing covers the glass.

the aroma consists of slightly dank hop resins, some woody pine and a hint of grapefruit citrus. some light caramel malt provides a nice backbone. takes on a slightly strange earthy aroma as it warms.

some juicy citrus fruits bordering on almost tropical fruit, but not quite, with some woody pine. again, a bit of caramel malt in there to provide a nice backbone. finishes with an ample, lingering bitterness.

medium bodied, and just the right amount of carbonation.

an exceptional pale ale that can pass for an IPA as well. very good drinkability, and im definitely for any sessionable canned beer. leaves me longing to try some more of what evil twin has to offer as everything ive had from them has been very good.

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Photo of Neorebel
4.02/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hipster Ale is a nice, hazy amber color, if you decide to pour it into a glass. A top blanket of off-white froth hangs as it clings to the glass. The aroma is super inviting, with hints of granny smith apple and other fruit esters, as well as graham cracker crust. After a sip, it's revealed to be much hoppier than the aroma suggests, a bit more than your typical APA. It does have a good toasty malt backbone too though... Ultimately I found this to be one of the better, more enjoyable APA's I've had in a while, and would definitely recommend it and buy it again.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.02/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From can, pours a slight hazey Amber colour with a finger and a half of white colored head that coats the glass very we'll. Aroma malt, citrus. Taste melon, citrus, earthy, bitter. Not bad at all.

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Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to my doppelganger for this one while we cleaned and lubricated machine guns for a shooting session the following day! Served from can into a shaker. Poured a golden yellow with white half finger head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, earth, citrus, citrus hop, earth hop, marijuana, and onion hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, onion hop, earth, earth hop, and subtle citrus. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. I really enjoyed how this one took the earthy aspect of a pale ale to a whole new level with just about every aspect in it being a play on some sort of earthy character. This really kept your palate guessing what to expect next and made it rather enjoyable to consume. While doing all this it was rather refreshing as well with the nice kiss of subtle citrus lingering on the flavor. A really well put together brew that I wouldn't mind having again in the future.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can dated 9/28/12. Poured into a Unibroue tulip. Off-white head, moderate retention, sticky, oily, clear lacing. Golden hue with some haze. Aroma is citrusy and piney hoppy deliciousness. Taste is grapefruit like bitterness with a slight malty sweetness on the back side. Tongue and mouth coating. With the taste and aroma with the evidence of the oil and resin in the lacing, this pale ale is clearly loaded up with hops and they deliver a nice taste and punch in the buds.

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Photo of fmccormi
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight pour from a 12oz can with a packaging date of August 7, 2013 printed in black ink on the underside of the can (“PKG 08/07/2013 17:02”), making this can just under three weeks old. Poured into a medium-sized snifter.

Appearance (4.0): Pours with about two fingers of bubbling, frothy head made up of a mix of fat bubbles and fine-ish whipped stuff. The body is a glowing orange-amber, moderately hazy, and just gorgeous. The lacing is interesting—it leaves a few wide, round swaths of very pretty lace here and there as the beer recedes. Moderate retention, just a thin film on the surface of the beer after a while.

Smell (4.0): Very nice mix of slightly sweet, juicy, American-style hops aroma and slightly nutty, toasted pale grain notes, like toasted white bread, a hint of toffee, and some more nice, floral hop character.

Taste (4.0): The bitterness is surprisingly high here, with an herbal, nearly astringent grapefruit peel kind of bitterness that complements the toastiness of the pale, bready malt body. It almost comes off as soapy at times, actually, though it evens out and blends into the toasted, nutty character of the malt as the beer warms. Definitely better after it’s warmed up a bit and not ice-cold. It goes from almost soapy to floral, crisp, herbal, toasted, and nutty. Very nice—very much to the style, if you ask me. The finish holds a bitterness that lingers for a good long while, boosted by the way the herbal bitterness blurs the line with the toasted character of the malt body.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Nice feel: light- side of medium-weight, snappy carbonation with a solid tingle and an easy foam on the way down, and a dry, crisp finish. This shit is poundable.

Overall (4.0): This, for me, is a really, really tasty, accessible American Pale Ale. Really tasty, solid for those with a craft-oriented palate, not too far out there for those open to craft, and generally just easy to drink. Say what you will abou Evil Twin, but this is a good beer and worth picking up at least once (though I would like to see it priced at under $12/sixer, personally—paid $13.50 for it, and while I might pay $12 I think $8-10 is the right range for this beer).

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4/5  rDev +9%
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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