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 barczar
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy medium copper with a dense one inch khaki head that slowly dissipates, leaving moderate lacing.

Pine, resin, and onion begin the aroma, with a bready, caramelly malt at the base. Malt and hops are both well represented. Dank notes and grapefruit surface late.

Toasted breadcrust, caramel, and an almost charred character combine with grapefruit, pineapple, and resin to form the flavor profile. It's initially sweet, turning bitter and resiny at the finish.

Body is moderate and a touch slick, with moderate carbonation and a touch of astringency. There's significant alcohol warmth.

Not your typical pale ale. Bitterness is there, but a bit more malt character and sweeter than most initially. Lots going on in this brew. Really enjoyed the hop complexity and malt. To my palate, a little more bitter than I prefer, but I really enjoyed this brew.

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Photo of weltywm
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank it right out of the can.

Has a nice bitter hoppy smell. The taste is a well-balanced pale ale with lots of bitter, piney hops and a malty backbone with some bread and citrus. A really dry and crisp lingering finish with more hops and malt. Dangerously drinkable.

A nice brew from Evil Twin, and compared to their other beers, this one has an affordable price tag. And I must admit, I'm a fan of craft beer in cans.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
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 lordofthewiens
3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was a hazy orange color with a small white head that nevertheless produced a fair amount of lace.

More citrus aroma than anything else. There was a bit of pine, as well as some sweet malt.

Slightly bitter grapefruit and orange taste. Piney hops. Biscuit.

A hoppy beer, but not overly so. Certainly not what I was expecting from this brewery.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.35/5  rDev -9%
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 TheBrewo
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

We crack the tab and pour a golden amber brew. It holds a one and a half finger tall head of creamy eggshell bubbles. This recedes on the quicker side, but it reproduced relatively easily. Dripping speckles of lacing are left all around the glass. There is a chill haze to it, with flecks of sediment suspended through the entire liquid. Carbonation appears light to moderate. The nose is bright with herbal and floral hop varietals, with a mixing bite of plastic phenols. The malts are deadly pale, with a creaminess and toasty breadiness to them. With warmth comes an additional creaminess of pureed bananas and strawberries, adding sweetness and fruitiness. Finally there is a hot pepper spiciness on the far back. Our first impression is that the beer is much more bitter than expected, with a spicy and muddy finish. As we sip, pale malts, floral hops, herbal hops, gritty yeastiness, mineral, and mud all start us off. That herbal bite enhances to the peak, giving more bittering hoppiness at the swallow, with puckered phenolic clove, and a boozy spike. Dirty grittiness carries us through the finish, with spicier black pepper booze, pale metallic wash, and medicinal phenols. The aftertaste breathes of raw honey, mineral, dirty floral hops, dirty pale malts, and plastic phenolic wash. The body is lighter, and the carbonation is lighter. There is nice slurp and smack to the lip, with decent cream, froth, and finishing pop. The mouth is lightly coated, but puckered and dried with eventual astringent bite. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks well.

Overall, what we liked best about this beer is the drinkability. The appearance and aroma both start things off nicely, with both being warm and inviting. The sip follows with a bit of a surprise, as the flavoring embodies big bitterness of hops and phenolic inclusions, rather than striking a stronger balance with the “pale”, malty side of the style.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A mildly hazed dark goldish orange. Head is white and drops to a tiny collar with solid spots of lacing. No head to speak of after the initial pour. Moderate carbonation.

Smell: Pale and biscuity malts. An herbal/leafy hop component with a touch of pithy citrus (grapefruit). A touch of that weird salty thing that I peg as a trademark of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Leafy and pale. Very mellow. Some underlying malt sweetness is bready. A bit doughy. Balanced.

Taste: More herbal and leafy than anything else. Some nice sweet pale malts coupled with a solid backbone of bready/biscuity flavors. A good toasted edge. Hops provide a little pithy bitterness along with some grapefruit in addition to a super herbal, vaguely floral, hit. Warming pushes some of the malts back and forces them to feel a little light overall.

Mouthfeel: Body runs on the lighter side of medium. Moderate carbonation. Nicely dry on the finish. Crisp.

Overall: Put this in a tallboy for extra cred.

This is solid. A nice drinking APA with enough character to keep it interesting. Although, if you're going to name a beer hipster, it needs the tallboy format. Instacred.

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Photo of Brad007
3.61/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light gold with a one-finger head into my glass. Ooh, the color would please any hipster at this point.

Aroma is a great mix of citrus and pine and seems to follow the new mantra for IPAs (a greater focus on citrus, less on pine).

Flavor is kind of bland to be honest with only a smidgen of piney hops and a thin, vague strip of bread.

Lingering piney bitterness. Still a bit hard to tolerate.

Not one of their best offerings but still drinkable as is.

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

This pale ale from a can presents a classic amber color, slightly hazed with a substantial white foam on top and lacing to match. The nose instantly picks up tropical fruit and subdued fresh pine. Very nice while maintaining a pale ale restraint perhaps. The taste offers a unique blend of delicate citrus and pine along with a bit of a mineral grain idea that is very easy drinking while keeping the taste buds easily satisfied. Just a bit grassy but not as astringent as most grassy hops can present. The feel is also very pleasant. Medium bodied with a fairly heavy, creamy feel, without any sort of cloying or thickness. Very much a drinkable brew that I could see fitting any session. The flavor could use just a slight boost in sweetness perhaps, something to give it a little more distinction but as a pale ale, it delivers solid, tasty hop bitterness and is quite a good option for sure.

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Photo of nickfl
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours with one and a half fingers of white foam on top of a hazy, dark golden body. The foam settles at a moderate pace and leaves nice lace.

S - A spicy, fruity hop aroma with some bready notes and a bit of "oniony" character.

T - Sweet, bready malt up front with a touch of earthy spice. Some pine and grapefruit comes out in the middle and the beer finishes with more grapefruit and pepper.

M - Medium-thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - It has a nice aroma and it is drinkable enough, but I don't know that I like it all that much. The bitterness is a little on the harsh side and overall it is a bit heavy for a sessionable pale ale.

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
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 Huffs
4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
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 hopsolutely
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Produced and canned by Westbrook Brewing Co. in SC.

Pours a hazy golden amber with a white head that has good retention. Slightly viscous appearance and more sediment than I expected at the bottom of the glass, but a pleasantly fulsome mouthfeel.

The complex aroma highlights both malts and hops : caramelized sweetness with a pine and citrus backbone, as well as a hint of earthiness. The flavour focuses on hop bitterness from start to end with a delightfully lingering finish. Even the initial malt sweetness has grapefruit elements.

Don't fully understand why accolades for this beer aren't shared between Evil Twin and Westbrook ... was in SC and wanted to buy SC beer - surprised by the Danish connection.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +17.4%
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 dogfishandi
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
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 UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
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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Photo of smcolw
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Modest, but lasting head. Plenty of blanket lace on the glass. Very cloudy. Orange-amber color.

The smell is a good blend soft, pale malt and floral hop. Some grapefruit rind to the nose.

Brief pale malt flavor is quickly overwhelmed by the strong, peppery hop bitterness. This makes for a long lip-smacking aftertaste. Borderline IPA flavors. Rich body with a high carbonation.

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Photo of Billolick
3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY. 12 ounce can. No freshenss/bottleing info to be had

Pours heavily hazed almond amber, nice gauzy, thicker khaki head, that stays, then goes to a wild mix of tiny bubble film, lace and thick collar.

Bready dough all over the sniff.

nicely balanced APA, more smooth bready malts, then moderate citrus comes into the mix. Grapefruit finish. Soft and nicely rounded mouthfeel. Quality, worthy and highly enjoyable brew in a can.

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

Poured from 12oz can into a pint glass.

Appearance: hazy golden hue with plenty of floaties and a mild effervescence. Head pours two thick fingers of frothy ivory foam. Quite decent, actually.

Smell: sweet malt and a rich, funky hop arome with citrus, earthiness and just the right amount of dank. I rather like it.

Taste: pretty big malt base for a beer of this comparatively low ABV, with a nice, rich, oily hoppiness. Citrus and funk are big on the flavor, with a bit of dry herbal flavor toward the back. Bitterness is quite solid. I could drink plenty of this.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a smooth texture and a decent carbonation. Less creamy than, say, rich and smooth, but overall I like it.

Overall: I find myself liking this beer. It's not really hipster-y beyond the packaging, but I think it's a solid canned pale ale, especially if you like the funkier and danker varieties of pale ale. I'd have this again, definitely.

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Photo of GPHarris
2.81/5  rDev -23.6%
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 KickbacksSteve
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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 thagr81us
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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 Knapp85
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
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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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a $3 can of this at Craft in Reno. Poured like a typical gold colored American pale ale. Impressive carbonation, head. Spotty lacing. Aroma was mild, a little citrus, more breadiness.

Taste, easy drinking, decently hopped, still definitely in pale ale territory. Substantial bitterness. I'm thinking there might be Simcoe and Summit in this in a small way. More Simcoe. Maybe even some Riwakas in there. I got very little in terms of malt addition or character to the beer. Was pretty much breadiness and grassiness, no discernable caramel, toffee or whatnot. While it is pretty bitter, it wasn't abrasively so. A nice tang to it. Relatively dry finish.

I find it to be slightly above average for a pale ale, but extremely above average price wise. When I can get 2.5 cans of SNPA, a much superior product, for the price of 1 of these, well, that's why my recommendation is to pass on this one. Go ahead and buy a single of it if you can, don't plunk down whatever egregious price it might be for a six pack.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.57/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can, no date.

pours almost clear dark copper color, with some floaties. off-white head. strong bright hop aroma. earthy, grassy, piney, and lemony hop notes. same hop dominated taste, but not bitter. a touch of bready malt in there. thin to medium thickness, medium carbonation.
overall, a nice hoppy pale ale

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