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Evil Twin Hipster Ale | Evil Twin Brewing

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Evil Twin Hipster AleEvil Twin Hipster Ale

Brewed by:
Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by oberon on 09-13-2012

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Reviews: 134 | Ratings: 680
Photo of Ryan011235
1.42/5  rDev -61.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Poured into an Olympia tulip on 4/5/13

11/08/12 on the bottom of the can; this should be a treat.

The appearance is somewhere between honey and pineapple juice. Short head with good staying power. Nice amount of sticky lace.

Smells of caramel, bread, floral hops, and dead and dying citric hops. Candied overtones. Not great, but whatever.

The taste is bad. Astoundingly bad. I've not had a beer taste so uniquely bad in some time. Not nearly enough caramel compared to the aroma and shaken with contained bitterness. The caramel that there is tastes like it was spat out on the ground and run over by a rubber tire situated on a Deep-V rim directly under a straight bar and no hand brake. What is with this bitterness? Fully realized, but contained within a manageable satchel. Dirty roots and herbs.

The feel is bristly like a mustache.

This is utterly ridiculous.

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Photo of bark
2.74/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

The colour is pale gold (7 EBC), the liquid is clear. The two finger white head sinks slowly leaving some lacing on the glass.

The smell is quite light with cereals, unripe fruits and a hint of condensed milk.

The taste is first very bitter with some caramel sweetness, orange peel and bitter herbs. Medium body. The aftertaste got warming alcohol and harsh bitterness. The long finish is even more bitter with lime juice and sour candy flavours.

The carbonation is light with smooth small long-lived bubbles. The liquid is semi-smooth.

A very bitter and one-handed APA. Not very good.

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Photo of GPHarris
2.81/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

a - poured a two-fingers thick eggshell-colored head into a willi becher tumbler glass that left good lacing and sheeting throughout. the body was straw gold but had a lot of yeast floaties in here which is very odd for an APA.
s - big citrus and orange peel aromas.
t - citrus flavors again dominate but the hops don't taste fresh to me. there is an off-flavored hop going on here too that i can't put my finger on.
m - crisp bite with a medium body.
o - this beer has its moments. the flavor is pleasant as is the mouthfeel but the floaties and the old hop flavor really take away from this.

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Photo of Bung
2.82/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

12oz. Slightly hazy dark gold pour, made more hazy by my uncareful pour. Wasn't expecting much sediment out of this but oh well. White ring is about it for the topper.

Aroma, quite piney, light herbal notes. Some balancing toffee like malt.

Taste, this can is a little older but the hop presence is still pretty potent. Though after a nice citrus-pine start this goes downhill. Stone fruit and some toasted malt background. Some odd vegetal and burnt/astringent bitterness dominates. I can see they were going for a big resin bomb but it comes on too strong. The least pleasant hop flavors I've experienced since a nasty can of Gubna. Maybe it is the age.

Body where it should be, carb is maybe a tick high. Drink okay but the failed hop experiment makes me wish I left this on the shelf.

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Photo of beertunes
2.82/5  rDev -23.2%
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.

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Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
2.84/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This is a very "whatever" kind of beer. I'd never bother getting it again. Frankly, Evil Twin has disappointed me far more than it has made me say "mmm...beer."

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Photo of Dikfour
2.91/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Look: Two fingers of creamy white head has nice retention. Hazy opaque yellow bordering closely on orange. Mild carbonation. Nice lacing.

Smell: Floral hop forward. Subtle bready malt. Citrusy esters. Kind of underwhelming.

Taste: Mild sugared lemon sweetness up front. Huge, biting bitter finish that lingers.

Feel: Just this side of watery. Pretty decent acidity. Bone-Dry finish.

Overall: Looks like an APA, is trying to be something else. Not very complex or balanced. Very well named as it masquerades as something with substance. This beer thinks hops are "ironic"

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Photo of justintcoons
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

Amber with 3 fingers fluffy head. Moderate carbonation and great retention. Some yeast drops to the bottom.

Honey, grapefruit, pomegranate, caramel and gummy bears.

Honey like caramel malts, grapefruit juice, pomegranate and gummy bears. Hint of florals and lemony citrus.

Medium bodied, smooth, sticky and somewhat dry.

Rather malt forward for a Pale Ale yet retains a decent bitterness. The hops taste like they’re of the New Zealand variety, but I'm not completely sure. Rather mediocre but comes in a really neat can!

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Photo of RaulMondesi
3.11/5  rDev -15.3%

Looks decent - so far so good.

Smells like coachella - AFTER the festival is over.

Taste isn't too bad, but it's not like it really tastes good, Ya feel me?

It's ok...but not? I don't know. Like a 5 at 2 AM when the bar closes you will take it, but when you wake up, well, that ine is on you.

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Photo of mnj21655
3.11/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a somewhat hazy orange-copper in color with a finger of long lasting off white head, good retention. Aroma is subdued but focused on caramel malts, I don't get any hops. Taste is caramel malts with hints of pine, decent bitterness in the finish. Decent mouthfeel, light-medium body and moderate carbonation. Overall I found this beer very middling, for an IPA this was very heavy on the caramel malts.

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Photo of BB1313
3.13/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12oz can poured into a tulip. Pours a very hazy golden. The white fluffy head fades pretty quickly but it leaves great retention and lacing. The aromas are full of orange zest and orange peel. There's a decent amount of caramel malts in the mix as well. It smells like a stale IPA. It tastes much better than it smells. The flavors have a malt kick, but the hop flavors seem to barely shine through the malts. I'm picking up more orange with a touch of tangerine, pine needles, and pine resin. There's a subtle spiciness to this one. Caramel malt backbone gives this one a decent sweetness. Mouthfeel is pretty nice. It's on the fuller side of light bodied; it's pushing medium-bodied. Carbonation is active giving this one a nice fluffy creaminess. Pretty smooth drinking pale ale. Alcohol goes unnoticed.

Decent pale ale right here. There's nothing that really stands out, but it was still enjoyable.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.16/5  rDev -13.9%
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 KYGunner
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
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 JuicesFlowing
3.23/5  rDev -12%
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 macrosmatic
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to dogdoc for this one. Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. can into a CCB pint glass.

A: Caramel gold with a bit of haziness. Forms a thin white head over fairly low visible carbonation.

S: Sweet caramel malts with pine and citrus hops.

T: Follows the nose. Big caramel sweet malts, pine hoppiness. Moderately bitter hang.

M: Sticky mouth, and a heavy body for an APA. The alcohol is more noticeable that expected for this moderate of an ABV.

O: This is a sticky, caramel-y, boozy mess for an APA. Not undrinkable overall, but one of the weaker efforts from Evil Twin.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.31/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Grand Summit Hotel. A somewhat malty, grainy stab at the style, and although quite refreshing and somewhat drinkable, the real flavor doesn't truly hit home on this one. Was looking for something more. Good, not great.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.31/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

355ml Can at home from BottleDog, London (£3.20):
I'm not sure what to think of this one really, it was pleasant enough & easy going down but it definitely seemed a lot more like a pilsner than the American pale ale I was promised on the can. I was expecting more hops & probably more sweetness towards the end too but neither was forthcoming. An okay beer but not one I'll have again.

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Photo of minterro
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
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 TMoney2591
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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Photo of dar482
3.37/5  rDev -8.2%
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 chinchill
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
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 beerthulhu
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of Moose90
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

12oz can

A — Pours a yellowy hued amber color into the glass. Nearly white head appears and leaves behind some consistent lace.

S — Smell is quite hoppy for the style, but not overly sweet, good bit of biscuity malts and some bitter hops.

T — Tastes of fresh hops and malts, without one really overpowering the other, really good balance, but not overly complex.

M — Medium bodied, ample carbonation rounds things out.

O — Good overall, just fairly one dimensional, which is OK I suppose.

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Photo of teromous
3.44/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

In a can.

Appearance: It is a light hazy golden color with a very thick and fluffy white head. The head stands on its own for a very long time and leaves great lacing.

Aroma: It has a very fresh hop aroma. It is spicy and oddly has a scent of squash. It smells like bay leaves.

Taste: It has a very unique flavor about it. It is a bit dank up front, then some of the spice comes to the front and it stays in the foreground for the rest of the drinking session. It has a very earthy bay leaf and spruce flavor to it.

Mouthfeel: It's decent. It has pretty good bitterness and it finishes up dry enough but there is a chalky sensation in my mouth. Overall the mouthfeel is decent enough.

Overall: It's a pretty good pale ale. It's not my favorite of flavor combinations but it's like having grilled chicken instead of BBQ chicken. You might want a different flavor but in the end if the chicken is cooked well it's still good. That's this beer. It's a good beer, but the spicy and earthy character of the hops might not be for everyone. I would recommend grabbing a can at least and trying it out.

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Photo of CHickman
3.46/5  rDev -5.7%
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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