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

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Added by oberon on 09-13-2012

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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
3.76/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured to a tulip glass.

A: The body is between a yellow and orange/copper-y with a very crystalline touch. After the pour, the head was 2 fingers thick but a minute after it's almost non-existent existing only in the sides of the glass. It appears a bit harsh also.
S: The aroma is mildly resinous with a touch of green apples, a bit like Bell's Oberon.
T: The beginning of the taste is medium to high in sweetness, as if it had some belgian candi on it. The end of the sip is mostly resinous and has a very low hoppy profile.
M: The body is medium to medium low. Carbonation is medium low but cool enough. Alcohol is unnoticed. Bitterness is medium.
O: In terms of flavour, it's a good APA but in terms of hoppiness and power, it's not a very good choice.

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Photo of ovaltine
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is sorta "APA by the numbers." Burnt orange color, couple of fingers of slightly off-white head, citrus aromas (though a bit weak), the citrus comes through more on the taste, and there's a healthy caramel malt backbone, which helps amp up the mouthfeel.

I almost get the feeling Evil Twin made this to poke at the stereotypical "hipster/neck beard beer geek" that is synonymous with "craft beer," and brewed it to appeal to the "entry-level" beer drinker.

If that was their intent, I raise my Lagunitas Mason jar glass to them. Mission Accomplished. If that wasn't their intent, then they owe the guy that sent me this in a trade an explanation, because he definitely has the neck beard.

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Photo of Everydayoff
3.54/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into a pint glass.

Slight hazy soft golden color with some amber tinge, it tops with thick frothy white head that stays with good retention before slowly sinking to everlasting thin foamy sheet on the surface, lots of sticky lacing appeared here and there.

Bready, caramel, and grainy malt, hop provides notes of various aromas ranging from earthy, grassy, resin, some spice and grapefruit but just in subtle fashion in order to harmoniously be in line with malt.

Led by grainy malt that is same time bready as a foundation of flavor, hop begins to take over from there with notes of grassy, earthy, grapefruit, spice, then sharp and clean bitterness through the taste buds at the finish and lingering as well as a long tail in the aftertaste.

The body is medium with some crisp from its lively carbonation generated soft froth through the palate, dry finish.

I think this brew is a half way between APA and IPA. It already goes beyond APA with intense hop bitterness like IPA but not much a level on juicy or fruity.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.31/5  rDev -10.1%
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 rex_4539
3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Hazy amber color, half finger white head, messy lacing, nice carbonation.

S: Piny, bready, hops.

T: Piny, hoppy, malty. Nice bitterness on the back end.

F: Very drinkable and refreshing on a hot summer day.

O: Very good pale ale. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of DaveBar
4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
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 snilsen13
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

orange-gold haziness with white head and lacing. Looks very nice.
the smell is mild but complicated and hits my nose as mostly malt-based, very clean.
The mouthfeel is very light, its great.
The flavor is initially mildly sweet (melon), complementing the nose, and then finishes very bitter (earthy). Oooh, so very bitter. Too bitter. I think this could age out really nicely over a year of storage.

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Photo of mnj21655
3.11/5  rDev -15.5%
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 jngrizzaffi
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Slightly hazy amber. Small foamy head. Mild retention. Decent lacing. Malty aroma. Slight citrus. Pale malty taste. Crackery. Slight piney hop. Mild citrus. Light bodied moderate carbonation. Bitter aftertaste

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Photo of ordybill
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
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 Gajo74
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It poured a straw and light golden color; an aggressive pour yielded a nice thick head which left a frothy lace throughout. A nice citric aroma hit the nose, and, was followed by bready malt, pine and floral aromas. In the taste there is a malt backbone, but it is dominated by the hops. The flavor is piny and the bitterness is on the high side of moderate as it leaves a lingering aftertaste. There are also some lemony tones. The body is on the light side of medium and is refreshing. I liked this one and I gave it solid 4s all around. I feel like it should have been rated higher here.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz snifter at Beer Revolution - so this is just the plain ol' hipster version of this series from Evil Twin?

This beer appears a hazy, medium apricot amber colour, with one fat finger of puffy, finely foamy, and creamy off-white head, which leaves a stellar array of pockmarked limestone cliff lace around the glass as things slowly recede.

It smells of pungent tropical fruit, semi-sweet grainy caramel malt, a touch of more generic fleshy citrus, subtle flinty notes, and further leafy, weedy, and floral hops. The taste is gritty and somewhat cereal-forward caramel malt, cotton candy, muddled tropical fruit, slowly evolving domestic orange and grapefruit, a bit of wet stone path goodness, and more edgy leafy, grassy, and piney green hoppiness.

The bubbles are fairly active in their palate-coating frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and mostly smooth, only a minor hop tugging spoiling the party, as it were. It finishes well off-dry, lots of mingling fruitiness and lingering malt backbone easily shoring this one up.

I gotta say, the sassy APA quality inherent here almost makes up for the north of 10 bones cost. So, tasty and agreeable and all that, but thank Jebus my local brewing concerns have been stepping up their game of late, and thus we won't need to rely on expensive imports to get our hop fix.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
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 Kinger22
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A peach gold color with a small head and a malt heavy scent. The taste starts heavy with malts before transition to a hoppy taste. It's an easy-drinking beer that doesn't leave you too full.

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Photo of beantown_hopster
3.89/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Compared three local APA's vs each other tonight. Whirlpool, Candlepin and Hipster.

L: Looks good! Very clear amber with the carbonation floating through the middle to the top. Looks real good in the glass. Pretty thick white head, good lacing.

S: Meh. Malty bready smell. Nothing special.

T: As it smells, its malt/bread heavy on first sip but has a nice hope profile on the back end without being too bitter (my main complaint of the candlepin). Some citrus, some floral on the back end round out the hop profile but it's pretty basic without being completely boring.

F: Very light, semi-carbed up.

O: A good APA that is not a session beer by any means, but a good beer nonetheless. I don't know if they changed their recipe some from earlier reviews I see but I get something completely different!

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
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 jwc215
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours slightly hazed golden. A creamy white head lasts. Trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of melon, citrus, floral with grainy pale malt.

The taste is a balance of bitter melon/citrus/floral hops and sweet grainy malt. Finishes dry.

Smooth light to medium body.

A well-balances, lighter/milder APA that is easy to drink. Enjoyable and refreshing.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a glorious towering head with tons of depth and design, and a honey bronze colored 80% opaque body.

Aroma of coriander, spices, citrus peel, and a light sour bread funk.

Taste is very much hop forward, with onion and citrus battling for the spotlight. Ultimately the onion wins out but not without being scarred by the citrus. After that, there's not much left, just some residual brown sugar and pine.

Dense and creamy, heavily carbonated, pasty semi-dry finish.

Overall impressions : I could have done with more malt and less onion. Hell, even more citrus would have been nice. I don't like onion ales, and this one delivers on that front unfortunately. I'll pass on this next time.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden pale ale, forms decent head. A little bit of hoppiness and bread.

Taste was like a standard adequately hopped American pale ale. So why would you pay almost $20 for a six pack of this since there are hundreds of alternatives for half the price? That is ultimately the problem for this beer. its good, dry, hoppy, but something has to justify the gouge.

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Photo of safaricook
3.57/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Smells a bit oxidized, bready malt, faint citric hops
Taste is nicely bitter, citric hops, balanced by the malt, but lingering bitterness
Substantial body for the style, lots of fine CO2
Not bad but probably a little too old

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Can: Poured a dark golden color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some light lacing notes. Aroma of citrusy hops and bitter notes is enjoyable. Taste is a mix of bitter notes with some citrusy hops and dry malt notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. Refreshing and easy drinking beer with maybe a tad too much bitterness for the style.

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3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Meh! Everything that needs to be said has already been stated in the previous ratings. I love hops, but this beer only has hops. And nothing else. It it was a great hop profile I'd be okay with it, but it's just not that good. A miss for evil twin.

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

Pours a clear orange. 2 and half finger head that stays. Moderate lacing while drinking. Smell is not really what I expected. Tastes citrusy with a pleasent hop bit on first sip. Earthy linger on back end of drinking. Balanced carbonation.

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Photo of bark
2.74/5  rDev -25.5%
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 NeroFiddled
3.89/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Evil TwinBrewing "HIPSTER ALE"
12 oz. can, coded but not freshness dated

Appearance: Quiet hazy for an American Pale Ale, but that can be forgiven if it's due to dry hopping (which it probably is). Deep golden-amber body. Rocky off-white head. Very good retention and lacing.

Aroma: Floral and citrusy hops. Subtly piney and earthy. Some biscuity/caramelish malt.

Flavor: Solidly hoppy, and solidly bitter. The malt is present but takes a back-seat rather than acting as a spring-board for the hops ... ? ... ? ... ? ... ? ... ? ... something seems off-in the balance, it's a little harsh. Is it perhaps simply a little too bitter for the malt to balance it? More importantly, the hops come on pretty big at the front and then seem to scamper off going into the finish, leaving it fairly vapid.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light in body and quite crisp.

Overall: Not particularly refined or balanced, it delivers a shot of hops but fails to back it up. A one-trick pony that's probably only worth one shot.

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