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 MattyG85
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a tall pint glass. Canned on 01/29/14.

Appearance: Pours a bright golden orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Big three finger off white head with decent retention. Leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: A juicy, earthy, and crisp balanced aroma with good hints of citrus, grass, and grains. Earthy, floral, and herbal hop scent with hints of grass and slight pine. Citrus hop hints of orange, lemon, grapefruit, and mango. Bready pale malt backing with hints of grains, straw, cracker, yeast, and biscuit. Some sweet honey like hints as well. A pretty solid APA style aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma hints at, an earthy, juicy, and nicely grainy and crisp balanced Pale Ale taste with notes of citrus, grass, and grains. Upfront mix of floral and earthy hop notes along with some grass and pine. Citrus hop notes of orange peel, grapefruit, lemon, and mango. Solid balance of bready malt with notes of grains, cracker, straw, biscuit, and yeast along with some light honey like sweetness. A pretty solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp, juicy, and smooth. Finishes dry.

Overall: A very solid take on the American Pale Ale style. Good balance of earthy and citrus hops with some sweet malt.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Paid about 3 bucks for the single. Poured into a pint glass.
A - Great head a nice 1/2 inch that takes forever to settle. Color is good a light bright yellow with an orange tint. A pretty looking beer.
S - Not overwhelming but balanced has a distinct orange peel and citrus rind smell, some bready malts and just a touch of grapefruit hops. Very decent.
T - Its good and simple a typical pale full of sweet malts, bready backbone and yet this one does have some grapefruit hops throughout which makes it very easy to drink.
M - Light to medium easy to session or pound.

Overall I am not sure what makes it a "hipster" beer but this is a very good APA. Still for 3 bucks a pop I could not see getting it again its from Connecticut why are their beers so expensive?

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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 gonzo000
3.99/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A. Rich golden color with a one finger head that lasts. The body is evident in the cloudy middle cylinder.

s. Honey, citrus, yeast - sweet smells that the hipster will enjoy

t. Citrus, honey, bread, wheat - if you like sweet tastes, as I do, this is a good match for you.

m. A bit too much carbonation brings the alcohol in the finish.

o. Outstanding beer. My beer was dated best by 12/2013, so it was 4 months past expire. Maybe it ages well.

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.28/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A clean golden amber in color with 2 fingers of bright white head, excellent lacing and slow dissipation. Smells citrusy, grapefruit, caramel and bready. Flavor is fresh as hell.. Tastes like you're sucking on a hoppy bread .. Crisp mouthfeel with higher carbonation and a refreshing lighter medium body. Overall this is a wonderful pale ale.. Wish we got it here in nj, I'd make this a summer staple.

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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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Photo of beholder_pl
3.84/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: slightly hazy golden / light amber with a medium sized white head. Very nice looking lacing.

Aroma: malty, fruity, notes of citrus. Refreshing, yet a bit too delicate. Was expecting something more intense tbh.

Taste: mostly citrus, resin and grapefruit. Also a bit floral, with some pine notes in the back. Nice malty base. Pineapple finish. Medium, grassy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, soft to medium carbonation.

Overall: Very enjoyable, yet a bit "standard" pale ale I guess. Would be better if the ABV was lower, like 4,5%. Still, worth recommending.

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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 TreyIsWilson
3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a hazy gold with a two-finger foamy white head. Head retention is awesome with heavy lacing.

S - Some very light citrus notes and bready malts.

T - Taste is hop forward with lots of piney earthy notes. There is a good amount of bready malts. Some light citrus appears throughout. Finish has a nice amount of hop bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Dry sticky mouthfeel.

O - A nice session beer. Very easy drinking and crisp APA.

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Photo of GilGarp
3.99/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Packaged on 9/27/2013.

12oz can served cold. Poured into a shaker pint.

Hipster ale is a slightly hazy pale orange color with thick rocky head. It has good retention and leaves some spoty lace behind.

Aroma is pleasantly hoppy with lots of nice floral and tropical notes.

Flavor is more intensely flavored than I expected from the nose. It's got great hop bitterness and the same tropical fruit character that I noticed in the aroma. Malts are present but only to provide a backdrop to the hops.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body and nicely carbonated.

Definately a session style IPA or extra pale ale to me. More bitter than balanced.

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Photo of Seanniek91
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 12oz can into a Smutty pint glass.

Appearance- Hazy orange color with a great head retention and lacing.

Smell- Sweet with a weird plastic aroma and mild citrus fruits. Smells like an orangey adjunct lager.

Taste- Cirtus up front, but that plasticy taste is still there, though light. Mild hop presence with some bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel- Well carbonated and easy to drink. Decent body. Maybe a little too carbonated.

Overall- The aroma kills this beer. It seeps into the taste as well, which is unfortunate, because if that plastic taste wasn't there, it would be a decent beer.

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Photo of garuda
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Illegible dating on bottom of can.

A - Pale golden body, hazed, voluminous white head has good retention and lacing.

S/T - Hop forward, mostly herbal, grassy notes, lemon sweetness, pale cracker like malt. Some pine and floral tastes in the finish.

M - Light to medium body, high carbonation, consistency stays smooth, finishes mostly dry with a moderate lingering bitterness.

O - Nice little pale ale. Easily drinkable, crisp, dry, refreshing.

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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 Nugganooch
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can dated 08/07/13 purchased at Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido, CA
*Notes taken on 12/26/13 to my FW Imperial Nonic glass

A: Massive billowing fluff of heady off white suds and tons of hang time over a soft caramel color body. Nice clarity to it. Gobs of messy stick and frothy splash hang about the glass.

S: Smells like pine needles in a can. Add in some spice hops, lemon grass, and a bit of bready pale malt sweetness. Lightly floral with some tropics. Has a slight sweet and sour grain action going on. Nice nose chalked full of resinous pines.

T: Flavors are malty cracker with resinous pine, peppery spice, and some earthy grass. Light grainy biscuit and traces of citrus zest. Suggestion of tropical fruits. Has a smooth moderate bitterness overall and no alcohol coming through in the taste. Relatively dry with a nice lingering hop presence. A rather refreshing pale ale with pretty nice balance.

M: Lighter body. A little thin and a touch watery at times. Nice creamy consistency from the carbonation. Very dry at the finish with a resinous linger.

D: This is a decent pale ale from the Danes with some good American hop flavor and malt balance. Light and crisp. Makes for a crushable can.

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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 VanBeer
3.59/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Kinda tasted like Dale's Pale Ale, which I really like. I was hoping for something extra but then it's still just a pale ale. I was secretly wanting a Genie to pop out of the can. Didn't happen. Oh well. Still got about 4 oz of beer left. Maybe Genie will show up for Christmas.

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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 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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Photo of russpowell
3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent bronze with 3+ fingers of cream colored head. Stellar head retention & lacing, stays effervescent throughout

S: Grassyness & faint breadyness

T: Grassyness, pine & herbal hops with some bready notes up front. Dryness, grassy & bready notes as this warms, some pear & orange peel along with aspirin. Finishes with aspirin bitterness, a bit of pear &mineral dryness

MF: Firm carbonation, medium body, okay balance

Drinks okay but nothing special, far better APAs out there that are at least 2-3 bucks a sixer cheaper

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

12 fl oz. can, with a date on the bottom of the can 09/28/2012. Not nearly as fresh as I'd hoped, especially at the ridiculous price, but I'm still keeping an open mind. Expectations are still moderately high based on how well I liked the Evil Twin Istedgade Hipster Ale.

Poured into an over-sized wine glass.

A - Pours a bright light straw / golden orange colored body with a decent amount of sediment floating around the glass. Three fingers of tall fluffy creamy white foam. Looks pretty nice to me.

S - Smell is faintly subdued underneath the giant head, but smells of dusty malt, lemongrass, creamy caramel malt, and earthiness come out.

T - Taste follows the nose: lemongrass, caramel malt, dirty herbal earthiness, tea leaf sweetness, and faded grapefruit hop bitterness.

M - Feel is smooth and clean with mild earthy bitterness lingering on the palate. Dry and grassy.

Overall, a decent pale ale, although I would much rather try it again fresh. The flavors and the beer itself have held up just fine though, I would say, but turned out to be rather ordinary and anti-climactic, especially for damn near $18 for a six pack.

Evil Twin Hipster Ale ---3.5/5

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.51/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

A-Pours a hazy orange color with a decent sized head. Head is creamy and quickly deflating but it laces consistently.

S-Relatively mild. Some candied citrus and tangerine. A bit of grassy hops. Some buttery bread malty tones. Really quite dull and balanced.

T-The flavor brings out more citrus and grass with a breaded malt and a soft sweetness. I enjoy it more than the nose. The malt actually is more appealing than the hoppiness.

M-Drinks very easy. Soft bitterness. Inviting carbonation.

O/D-This sixer goes for around $14 per. Laughable price for a standard pale ale. Great looking can but damn, I'm happy I only copped a single.

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

Nice light Pale Ale, with the portability of a can. Lower abv, good strong bitterness and flavor. ideal for when you are in the outdoors, as a lawnmower beer or a session beer.

Pours somewhere between a light orange and a pale, straw gold. Big frothy white head, good retention and lots of spotty lacing on the pint glass.

Good strong aroma (piney and citrus hops) and flavor. The flavor is more balanced. The piney hops/citrus hops are balance by some bready/biscuity dry malts. It is definitely hop forward but the balance is real as well.

Mouthfeel may be the best part. Crisp and surprisingly rich for a 5.5% beer. There is a touch of piney hops oiliness that goves over real well too.

A very good APA.

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Photo of SnacksForMax
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Evil Twin's Hipster Ale was a difficult purchase. After all, it comes in a ridiculous can that immediately calls you a hipster just for buying it. But it's a pretty can. And it's made by a company I respect. So I went for it.

A- Pouring Hipster into a tulip, I love the color. It's what beer should look like. Kind of golden, kind of orange and just dark enough that it compares to other APA's that I'm used to. (I have been serving Hill Farmstead's Edward for the last couple of years, it looks similar). It has a nice white head that stays throughout the consumption.

S- A bit of pine, grass and touches of citrus. The more I drink it, the more I smell fruity flavors within.

T- At first, I'm met with a coppery bitterness. It's a bit sharp but fades nicely to show off a mix of bread and sweeter flavors. Again, fruit develops late. Mostly juicy citrus.

M- To me, this is where the beer shines. The mouthfeel is fantastic. It coats the tongue nicely and while the bitterness of the hops stays with you, so does the sweetness. The more I drink, the more I get at the heart of this beer and I like it. I find it difficult to drink just one.

O- Overall, this is one of my favorite current APA's. It's not as bitter and intense as some of the "hip" beers (Again, think Edward) but also not a wimpy pale ale trying to please everyone. Evil Twin has pushed the hops a bit, but still allows the malty side to shine.

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Photo of Brenden
3.61/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hipster is orange-gold with deeper hues in the middle and lots of carbonation rising slowly from the bottom. It helps to keep up a barely off-white head that reaches a finger after it's dropped as much as it will and leaves chunks of lacing all over the place.
There's lots of grass and citrus in the nose. Malts provide a biscuity balance with just a little caramel. While zesty, there's just a light touch of lemon so that it's not extremely zesty, and the strongest note is the grass. It could use more strength.
The flavor translates very differently, to such a degree that it's surprising. It's got a sort of chalky and aspirin opening before leading into a leafy and very herbal middle while some metallic notes come out underneath. There's lots of bread still from malts, but the caramel sweetness seems to have been canceled out. Orange peel adds some pith, and a stemmy, raw flavor lingers in the finish. It's also a little sharp. It's forunate that there's enough going on to tide the harsher elements, but they are there.
It flows nicely in a medium body, carbonation even. A nice crispness is provided in each and every sip, and it's pleasantly smooth. It's dry the whole way, that stemmy aspect very much a part of the feel.

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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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Evil Twin Hipster Ale from Evil Twin Brewing
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