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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Photo of Act25
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

BA missed on this one. It's a great APA. Cambridge Ma.

A - Pours a one finger beige foam on top of a hazy, amber golden body. Moderate rentention and leaves nice lace.

S - Ample! Spicy, honey, piney, fruity hop aroma with lotsa bready notes and ample onion grass earthiness.

T - Starts with sweet, bready malt up front with earthy hay and spice. Lotsa pine and grapefruit follows and the brew finishes with long grassy, citric hops and pepper.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a balanced fresh finish.

O - strong, character, piney, and hoppy for an APA. In direction of Dales. Good.

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Photo of OKbrew89
3.59/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Pale golden color with a one finger head that recedes to leave a small ring of lacing. Aroma of bready malts and floral hops. Taste is earthy hops followed by a bready malt and orange body with a slightly bitter floral hop finish. Light body and moderate carbonation with some bitter hop aftertaste. This is just too light and a bit lager like for an APA.
Much like the cliché hipster in real life, the beer tries to be different and slightly hurts some of it's appeal. It's body makes some of the hop profile stand out and linger. A good beer, but not something I'm sure to come back to.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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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Photo of Newport_beerguy
3.54/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasty, but this beer cannot decide if it wants to be a pilsner or APA. Instead of a clean or smooth hop finish, I get a lingering bready & bitter aftertaste. Not the pounder I was hoping for, this is more of a sipper despite the low ABV.

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Photo of Dikfour
2.91/5  rDev -20.9%
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 stephens101
3.89/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pale amber and a sturdy tan froth. A hint of malt sweetness, some light fruit and faint pine to the nose. A fruity core is quickly wrapped by a lingering bitterness. A bit tangy and gummy in the aftertaste which adds complexity to a generally simple style. Light bodied and drier than expected. I raise a toast to the hipster pale ale revival.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.31/5  rDev -10.1%
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 CTbrew32
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Bright orange amber in color and pretty cloudy. Pours a two finger tall head.

Aroma- Pale bready malts dominate with a hint of earthy/citrus hops in there as well.

Taste- First thing that is most present is the bready malt with adds dry bitterness right at the start. The bread malt switches over to a sweeter caramel malt in the finish and the hops begin to make their presence known as well. The hops have a weird mixture of citrus, earthy, and pine characteristics that make for an odd lingering, but mild bitterness finish.

Feel- Medium feel, medium carbonation, and minimal lingering sweetness in the finish.

Overall- Nothing really special about this pale ale, and overall is pretty boring. Not even something that I'd be willing to consider as a casual go to beer. The malt flavors are solid and remind me of Sierra Nevada's pale ale, however, the hops make for an odd lingering finish. An ok/good overall, but not worth re-buying or even trying in the first place.

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Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
2.84/5  rDev -22.8%
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 Moose90
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
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 mick303
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from can into stem glass , light/med gold with a good initial head and quite solid lacing, nice retention, looks good.

S - aromas of grapefruit, dry somewhat overripe citrus, limes, a dank floral character, mixed with chewy malt character, hoppy, but wet, and not overly crisp. It isn't fresh/bright but its enticing enough to want to drink.

T - mainly orange, grapefruit, citrus hops with grassy notes, again don't really pop on the palate, state bitterness and some sharpness, slight acidity to it, bready malts. Quite drinkable, with a dry stale citrus character, decently flavourful and hoppy, but without a fresh intensity or complexity.

M - fairly light and refreshing actually, has a nice feel with the carbonation, slight acidic tinge and overall it drinks well, the finish is a bit heavy with the hoppy bitterness.

Nothing wrong with this, and I would have little issue with a few on a warm day. Just not an amazing pale ale, and lacks the extra push that would elevate it.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a can of Evil Twin's Hipster Ale a few days ago for $2.39 at Holiday Market. I've been meaning to try this one and this is the first time I've seen it when it wasn't overpriced and I'm interested to see how it turns out, so lets see how it goes. Canned 8/21/2014. Poured from a 12oz can into a imperial pint glass.

A- The can looks good, it's got a nice design to it and it's eye catching. It poured a hazy orange color that took on more of a darker orange color when held to the light with a little over two fingers worth of fluffy off white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some sticky and patchy lacing behind. This is a nice looking beer, but it was pretty hazy for the style.

S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the hops being the first to show up and they impart a earthy grassy, slightly floral and soapy hop aromas with the soapy hops sticking out the most. Up next comes a slight bit of doughy yeast that lead right in to the malts with some sweet malts, pale malts and cracker malts aromas showing up. This beer had a nice aroma, but I thought it was a little heavy on the soapy hops.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the hops still being the first to show up and they impart the same mixture of hoppy aspects that I got in the aroma with no single one sticking out the most this time. Up next comes a little bit of that doughy yeast that goes right into the malts which impart the exact same aspects that it did in the aroma with no single aspect sticking out the most. On the finish there's a pretty light amount of medium bitterness that lingers just a little into the aftertaste along with some hoppy flavors. This is a nice tasting Pale Ale, but I wish the hop profile was just a little more interesting.

M- Smooth, crisp, fairly clean, on the lighter side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. This beer had a pretty nice mouthfeel that worked well with it.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and I thought it was a nice example of the style, it had pretty much all the aspects that I look for in an American Pale Ale and there were no off flavors or anything like that, but in the end I thought the hop profile was just a little bland. This beer had nice drinkability, it was smooth, crisp, fairly clean, not too filling and the taste did a decent job at holding my attention, I could drink a couple of these, but I think that would be my limit. What I like the most about this beer was the mouthfeel, it was pretty nice and just what I expect from the style. What I like the least about this beer was the hop profile, it was a little heavy with the soapy hops and I just wish it was a little brighter. I would buy this beer again if i can find it fresh and I would recommend giving it a try if you like Pale Ales. All in all I liked this beer and even though it was much older than I would like I still think it held up well and I would really like to give it another try if I can find it fresh one. It's not a favorite beer from Evil Twin and it's a little above average for the style. Nice work guys, I'll have to try and track down a couple fresh cans.

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%

Hazy gold colour, with bitter citrus hop aromas and a hint of malt. Tasted like a refreshing pale ale; clean, light-bodied, and balanced. Plenty of citrus hop throughout and quite bitter at the end. Sessionable.

Would I buy this beer again? Yes

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Photo of brentk56
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
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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Photo of RaulMondesi
3.11/5  rDev -15.5%

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 teromous
3.44/5  rDev -6.5%
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 Stinkypuss
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Poured from a 12 oz can into a pint glass. Light copper colored brew with a white head and plenty of lacing. The aroma is floral and very piney. The taste has more pine, earthy bitterness, earth and wood. Solid notes from the hops and balances the beer well. Some citrus rind also shows up in the finish. Full bodied, well carbonated brew. Above average for a pale ale, I would buy sixers of this without thinking if I could.

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Photo of dcmchew
3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazy golden, foamy white head that lingers for a while and turns into a thin cap, plus lots of traces.
Smell balanced with biscuity malts and hops, with some low lemon, peach, bit of pine resin, some grass, sweet, fruity and probably bitter.
Lemon, tangerine and grapefruit first in the taste, some peach and apricot, then only herbal notes till the end. Grassy hops mostly, a touch of pine, faint floral notes, very mineral. Malts are pretty low, some straw, very faint biscuits and caramel.
Light bodied, almost watery, medium to low carbonation. Goes down very easy. Aftertaste a bit too green and rough.
Nothing incredible, but nice hops and huge drinkability. I guess one should've tried it before it was cool.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Chill-hazed dark gold with a pocked carpet of white that's gone fast but trails.
Surprising musty grain sack nose with some mouldy grapefruit skin.
Lemon biscuit with a big whack of grapefruit and lemon hard candy.
Lemon honey herb cough drop end and long bitter linger.
Crisp, salty, oily, a bit thin.

Simple plan, but it's a good one. Like a dumbed down Punk IPA, and that's not a hugely ambitious beer to begin with. Hoppy enough (citrus and IBUs both) to let the hipsters know they're drinking hops, and sessionable like that, but a real beer geek will think this is, like, sooo 2010.

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Photo of wedge
3.51/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

PCKG 05/07/2014

Hazy orange under a loose, sticky white head. Lightly hoppy aroma..leafy, peppery citrus, hay, and earthy pine sap. Flavor is bitter grapefruit, lemon - very "rindy" - spicy and earthy, sort of dirty and dank, with some cereal grain and yeast. Medium bodied and snappy. Very drinkable despite the not-necessarily-ideal blend of hops. Not what I was expecting, but interesting and worth a try.

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Photo of CHickman
3.46/5  rDev -6%
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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Photo of chefhatt
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this from the can, it has a golden color body with a small fizzy head. The aroma has a crisp hoppy and citrus smell to it. The taste is hoppy and citrus. It also has a maltyness on the back of the tongue. Mouthfeel is smooth and overall a good pale ale.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
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 mrfrancis
3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear, glowing gold with a fluffy white head.

S: Aromas of caramel, biscuit, minerals, grass, lemon, lime, white peach, apricot, and tangerine take a little time to express themselves on the nose.

T: Notes of caramel, biscuit, minerals, crackers, grass, lemon, lime, apricot, white peach, bitter orange, and tangerine fill the mouth. The finish is hoppy, yet pleasant with subdued flavors of lemon, lime, bitter orange, tangerine, and apricot underscored by notes of biscuit and minerals.

M: On the lighter side of medium and dry. Carbonation is crisp, firm, and prickly. I could see this ale being very easy to drink on a hot day.

O: A near great APA. Very unique for the style, this ale displays some serious hop aromas and flavors. Recommended.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
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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