Evil Twin Hipster Ale | Evil Twin Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States
eviltwin.dk

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
695
Reviews:
138
Avg:
3.67
pDev:
11.44%
 
 
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Canned 9/28/12.

Pours a hazy honey orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Small particles of sediment are seen floating around in the glass after the pour. Smell is of malt, fruits, citrus zest, and some mild herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with a fairly high hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is quite hoppy and bitter for the style in my opinion.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.61/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

strange brew here to say the least. it would otherwise be a straightforward American pale ale, but it goes out of its way to be stupidly bitter for no reason. I mean, there is no hop flavor at all, not citrus or pine, or even cut grass as the lingo goes, just straight bitter. early and often hop additions result in a beer that has literally no hop flavor whatsoever, but is as bitter as you can possibly imagine, to the point it effects drinkability. beautiful pour is the best feature, clean looking copper color with a tall and lasting bone white head, real easy on the eyes. the nose too doesn't give anything away, its the taste that gets me. I am sort of infuriated by this beer. I mean, its clearly out of balance, clearly overpriced at about 13 bucks a sixer wherever its available, and basically marketed to an undiscerning clientele who will drink this beer because they think they are supposed to like it. its unnecessary and not up to the high bar evil twin has set for itself, both in terms of brewing and in terms of morality and general outlook. not a bad beer, don't get me wrong, but its an annoying statement in a can. one was enough.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.42/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Knapp85
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a hazy amber color with a fizzy white head on top. There is a light retention and lacing on this beer. The smell of this beer is hoppy. It's got a nice malt aroma too. The taste is pretty bitter, subtle malt but mostly bitter. The mouthfeel is pretty decent, medium bodied with a decent carbonation to it. Overall it's not a bad brew. Pretty good for the price.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

Photo of metter98
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is relatively clear yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down but never completely faded away and left lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of pine resin hops are present in the nose along with some notes of citrus.
T: The initial taste has flavors of citrusy hops, which slowly transitions towards notes of pine resin towards the aftertaste and linger through the finish. Slight hints of caramel malts are detectable. A light to moderate amount of bitterness is present throughout the taste.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and quite crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and delivers a lot of crispness and bitterness for a beer with a low alcohol content.

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3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Trying to gain a grasp on the culture of today's hipster trend, I've boiled it down to two thoughts of ideology: 1) A yuppie that looks like a hippy, that looks like a yuppie. or 2) A hippie that looks like a yuppie, that looks like a hippie. Regardless, this beer is designed for them!

Hipster Ale opens with a glowing burnish gold color and coppery highlights. Its medium haze reminds me of the heavy hop usage and full flavored, unfiltered character. Firmly topped with a creamy yellowish foam, the beer retains and laces the glass beautifully.

Citrus and grass are the prominent characteristics that dominate the nose. But supportive malt notes balance the hops, even if tepidly so. Caramel, biscuit, and bread set the tone, but the grapefruit-scented hops anchor complementary notes of white grape, juniper, and lemon.

Malt flavors have firmer underpinnings than the nose suggest as that balance of the beer begins to more resemble pale ale and not IPA. Rich in bread dough and yeast flavor, the beer has a starchy taste that fuses with soft caramel and biscuit for a richer than usual base. But it's the hops that best celebrates the taste: Dried citrus peel, white pithy grapefruit, and grassy taste (weedy-stemmy, and overall chlorophyll) garner the pungent earth and sharp citrusy balance. The beer finishes with a winy, juniper, spruce, minty and lemony note that I've come to expect from Nelson Sauvin-type hops.

The beer's bready taste also translates to texture- rich bready weight keeps the beer creamy and smooth. But as the hops shed the carbonation and malt, a quick transition at mid palate ensures a dry finish of hops and leaf. Mild astringency from hops, minty-warm alcohols, and an overall pungent fruit character presents themselves in a very terse aftertaste.

I'm currious if patchouli, cabbage, or overall dank character is the proper bait for hipsters, but if the can looks like a Rubik's Cube, it can't loose! I'm not sure if I have ever seen a marketing campaign that targets as specific audience so overtly. Anything to sell beer, right?

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3.94/5  rDev +7.4%
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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3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy amber with a golden tint; the head builds atop the liquid, squatting nicely and lining the side of the glass with lacing; excellent retention

Smell: Toasted bread, slightly herbal with a modest pine tone

Taste: Bready, up front, with a touch of caramel; fruity and piney tones build, in the middle, though the finish is somewhat muddled and grainy

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Rather insipid, but maybe that is the intention given the name

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3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
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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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into pint glass, canned on 9/27/2013. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy golden orange color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, pear, apple, floral, grass, bread, cracker, light caramel, light pine, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of citrus/earthy hops and pale malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, pear, apple, citrus rind, pine, floral, grass, bread, cracker, light caramel, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of earthy pine/floral bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, pear, apple, citrus rind, pine, floral, grass, bread, light caramel, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and robustness of citrus/earthy hop and pale malt flavors; with a crisp malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice pale ale. Good balance and robustness of citrus/earthy hops and pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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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