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 PicoPapa
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can. Pours an amber color with over an inch of frothy, thick head. Some lacing. The aroma is floral and perfume-esk, with some melon, cut grass, pine and malts. The taste is more of the flowery hops at first followed by some hints of pine and breadiness. Lightly bitter floral finish with notes of melon. Lots of carbonation and easy to drink. Lends itself to the can well. Overall, its a decent Pale Ale but there are a bunch out there that is as good/better and at a cheaper price. That being said, I'd still buy it again.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.94/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I head that all hipsters love this, so of course I do too. It is pretty in the glass - golden with a nice head and decent lace. The aroma is very good but has a bit of a funk.

The taste is a very nice American off balance bitter. The rest of the malt and yeast is far down but not missing. Well balanced. The aftertaste similarly works quite well. It sets very nicely.

The only other issue with this brew is the value - it is a poor value. I hope the more expensive Evil Twins I bought are more extraordinary.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can into a nonic pint glass.

Real soapy looking beer. Head forms three fingers with giant soapy bubbles and white foam. Body color is textbook pale amber, and a bit hazy as well.

Big hint of earth and stinky mud on the nose. Good hint of biscuity malts to match also. Not bad but let's see where this is going. Some more examination displays perhaps a little grapefruit and hiding subdued citrus like orange.

Palate comes with a very easy drinking feel, nearly juicy body for a pale ale. Hop angle is highly emphasized with a hint of bitter pine at first. Finishes larger hop angled with earth and pine bitterness to match. Malt angle is hardly present. Good earthy and just a hint of sweet malts come out in the end, and a bit of orange juice tasting quality.

Overall it's a real easy drinking pale, and a good bitter pine and earth blast of hops that linger towards the end. Perhaps not the most exciting beer but enjoyable nonetheless.

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Photo of fmccormi
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight pour from a 12oz can with a packaging date of August 7, 2013 printed in black ink on the underside of the can (“PKG 08/07/2013 17:02”), making this can just under three weeks old. Poured into a medium-sized snifter.

Appearance (4.0): Pours with about two fingers of bubbling, frothy head made up of a mix of fat bubbles and fine-ish whipped stuff. The body is a glowing orange-amber, moderately hazy, and just gorgeous. The lacing is interesting—it leaves a few wide, round swaths of very pretty lace here and there as the beer recedes. Moderate retention, just a thin film on the surface of the beer after a while.

Smell (4.0): Very nice mix of slightly sweet, juicy, American-style hops aroma and slightly nutty, toasted pale grain notes, like toasted white bread, a hint of toffee, and some more nice, floral hop character.

Taste (4.0): The bitterness is surprisingly high here, with an herbal, nearly astringent grapefruit peel kind of bitterness that complements the toastiness of the pale, bready malt body. It almost comes off as soapy at times, actually, though it evens out and blends into the toasted, nutty character of the malt as the beer warms. Definitely better after it’s warmed up a bit and not ice-cold. It goes from almost soapy to floral, crisp, herbal, toasted, and nutty. Very nice—very much to the style, if you ask me. The finish holds a bitterness that lingers for a good long while, boosted by the way the herbal bitterness blurs the line with the toasted character of the malt body.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Nice feel: light- side of medium-weight, snappy carbonation with a solid tingle and an easy foam on the way down, and a dry, crisp finish. This shit is poundable.

Overall (4.0): This, for me, is a really, really tasty, accessible American Pale Ale. Really tasty, solid for those with a craft-oriented palate, not too far out there for those open to craft, and generally just easy to drink. Say what you will abou Evil Twin, but this is a good beer and worth picking up at least once (though I would like to see it priced at under $12/sixer, personally—paid $13.50 for it, and while I might pay $12 I think $8-10 is the right range for this beer).

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.59/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into a pint glass.

A: Golden-amber in color with a mild haze. The foamy, bone white head retains very well. Lacing etches the glass with small, foamy clumps.

S: Floral and perfumey hop scents pour out of the glass. Orange zest and pineapple juice as well. Dry grainy malt base. The nose is one dimensional, but I find it to be quite pleasing anyway.

T: Floral, pithy tropical fruits, pineapple. Citrus zest and citrus rind. Lemon and orange, to be exact. Broken pine needles. Modest push of bitterness. Grainy malt base, caramel. Butterscotch pushes through more as it warms. Peppery, herbal hop bitterness takes over and dominates the finish.

M: Medium bodied, full. There's an almost syrupy texture at play that gets lifted away by the aggressive, scrubbing carbonation.

O: Not a bad drink, but it's a beer with a little bit of an identity crisis. Slightly buttery and beefier in the malt department like an English pale, hopped like an American IPA; it never feels cohesive. Good marketing though.

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Photo of tone77
3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A thanks to the legendary woodychandler for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a very dark golden/orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is a bit fruits, some hops. Taste is some hops, a bit of citrus, malts, well balanced and easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer.

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Photo of beertunes
2.82/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

$3.50 + tax for a 12oz can. Poured into straight pint glass. Poured a cloudy orange-amber color with less that 1/4 inch of off-white head that had low retention and lacing. There was a lot of particulate matter floating around this thing, which really hurt it in this department.

The aroma was mostly citrus and floral hops, with a very light malt presence. The taste started out very bitter (and not the enjoyable kind of bitter), then had citrus and pine hops take over. There was no real malt presence on the tongue.

The body was medium-full, smooth, and had a dry finish. The drinkability suffered greatly that bad bitterness. Overall, this is not a good beer, you can safely spend your beer budget on other things.

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Photo of FLima
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy amber color with an off white thick head with good retention and some lacing. Some brown particles at the bottom.
Nice citrusy aroma of grapefruit , pine and sweet malt.
Bitter taste of grapefruit, orange peel, lemon and slightly toasted malts with a mild buttery mango finish. Hints of pine, salt and peppery yeast. Dry aftertaste with a long lasting bitterness.
Light to medium body with a low carbonation.
Good APA, at the level of the American ones.

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Photo of Neorebel
4.02/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hipster Ale is a nice, hazy amber color, if you decide to pour it into a glass. A top blanket of off-white froth hangs as it clings to the glass. The aroma is super inviting, with hints of granny smith apple and other fruit esters, as well as graham cracker crust. After a sip, it's revealed to be much hoppier than the aroma suggests, a bit more than your typical APA. It does have a good toasty malt backbone too though... Ultimately I found this to be one of the better, more enjoyable APA's I've had in a while, and would definitely recommend it and buy it again.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours amber with a fading head.
Nose shows orange marmalade, bready malt, sweet caramel. Pretty malty stuff.
Very hoppy flavours, but there's a lot of malt to back it up. Orange marmalade, pine, resinous notes, clean sweet malt.
Needs more carbonation.

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Photo of danieelol
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orange with good head and lacing.

Smell is grainy, some caramel, pineapple tarte tatin. Big rich malt backdrop on the nose. Has almost a nice aged-Barleywine complexity.

Taste is a nice candied pineapple/butterscotch. Fruity. Strongly and initially almost harsh bitterness, but cuts out nicely before it gets chemical-y.

Mouthfeel again has that harsh bitterness, but a bit sweet and highly carbed.

Overall I definitely enjoyed this.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a moustache pint glass while wearing plaid and listening to Bon Iver. Bottom of can says 11/07/12.

A- Pours an orangeish amber color with a 1/4 inch off-white head that doesn't retain long before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of bubbly surface foam. Slippery, semi-resilient lacing leaves clots behind on the glass. There are tiny specs of sediment suspended in the body.

S- Pleasant hoppy aroma with notes of pine and citrus and a bit of sweet malt. Slightly musty.

T- Quite bitter for a pale ale with more citrusy hops bringing a brightness to the profile. There is a sturdy buttery malt backbone but it's definitely light in contrast to the hops. Note of cracker, hint of grapefruit.

M- A bit dry with a lingering hop bite. Medium-low carbonation and a medium body.

O- A very nice hoppy pale ale that's still easygoing and not too intense. While it was a bit lacking in carbonation, I would definitely pick up a six-pack of this if the price wasn't so outrageous.

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Photo of ADZA
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy Redgum honey hue with a fluffy three finger head and lacing everywhere,the smell is pineapple,piney hops,floral hops and grapefruit very enticing indeed,the mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated with tastes of grapefruit,pineapple,boiled candy,piney bitter hops and finished with a floral hippiness and overall it's a great pale ale and with these guys nothing surprises me as they constantly impress me cheers.

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Photo of WankelEngine
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz can into a snifter

A: Pours a hazy, burnt orange color. There is a small, off-white head which fades quickly to almost nothing. No lacing.

S: Very light tropical aroma. Pineapple, mango and pear. There is a bit of grass as well.

T: The mango and pineapple from the aroma start off the flavor. A potent floral flavor provides a bitter counterpoint. There is also a bit of a medicinal taste. The finish is biscuity malt, mild alcohol and medicine/floral notes.

M: Medium bodied with low carbonation.

O: On the edge of being a good beer. I like the tropical flavors the hops provide, but not the medicinal flavors. The finish lingers with a not entirely pleasant bitter flavor.

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Photo of ckollias
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 12oz can out of a Belgian tulip glass.

A: Pours a copper hue with a thick, white, frothy head that slowly dissipates in to a wispy lace leaving a good trail down the side of the glass.

S: Malty caramel aroma up front followed a nice hoppy scent.

T: Equal mix of sweet caramel malt and hoppy bitterness. Finishes crisp and sweet.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: This was a solid pale ale – would pick this up again.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark orange, khaki head is creamy but flimsy and quick to dissipate. Good strong sense of carbonation and visible floaties. Lacing is modest.

S: Aroma of pine and caramel, grapefruit grind, with some underlying notes of leafy herbaceoucs scents. Grapey, viney notes with an all told fair and average offering for a pale.

T: Scotchy grapefruit and pine with some dry speciality grains. Decent level of dry hoppiness, though flavor spectrum is limited. Lemony-buttery caramel fade.

M: Good deal of malt depth, creamy, medium-full body, dry.

O: Overall not bad, slightly above average offering, dry, sweet with an alkaline finish. Decent with a high C rating feels about right. wouldnt go out of my way for.

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Photo of DMXLOX22
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a single 12 ounce can on my way home from work. Lets see how this matches up. Quite interesting can design.

Appearance: pours a light brown, amber, copper orange body. Not much in bubbles to the surface. Leaves behind a one inch head that is quite inviting and a good lacing that follows down until about half way down the glass. The golden, brown hue is almost virtually opaque. Not too bad.

Smell: creates a great, orange zest, with a slight hint of grapefruit peel. Almost a butter-like toffee that is mild at first, but virtually unnoticeable towards the end. Mild hop character is also noticeable. Quite balanced to be perfectly honest.

Taste: malt flavors are the first to be noticed. Not exactly complex, but a character of yeast and bread-like starch can be noticed. Great citrus peel and caramel help balance out the flavors. White grape is also mixed in but has some deep grassy flavors to bring out the hops. Rounds out with a very slight hint of honey to the undertone. Not too bad. Fits well.

Mouthfeel: light-medium body with medium carbonation. Finishes semi-dry and went down quite nice.

Overall: the can is what really grabbed my attention at first. I always feel like I'm a sucker for innovative or creative labeling. This time, it was not a bad find. The first sips were not bad. Typical pale ale, but provided something more. Sort of heavy on the palate from the rush of hops. Kind of bitter on towards the end. I would tr again and would recommend to a friend, considering the nice flavor and unique can design. Marketing got me again I guess. Cheers!

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I like this beer. It's got a thick malt body with a nice level of hop influence that isn't overdone at all. I mean, sure, it could be more pronounced and louder with the hops, but this still works and is a pleasant drinker. Smooth feel. If only this were cheaper, they'd be selling a lot more of it, I'd wager. Heck, I'd buy a sixer of it.

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Photo of Ryan011235
1.42/5  rDev -61.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Poured into an Olympia tulip on 4/5/13

11/08/12 on the bottom of the can; this should be a treat.

The appearance is somewhere between honey and pineapple juice. Short head with good staying power. Nice amount of sticky lace.

Smells of caramel, bread, floral hops, and dead and dying citric hops. Candied overtones. Not great, but whatever.

The taste is bad. Astoundingly bad. I've not had a beer taste so uniquely bad in some time. Not nearly enough caramel compared to the aroma and shaken with contained bitterness. The caramel that there is tastes like it was spat out on the ground and run over by a rubber tire situated on a Deep-V rim directly under a straight bar and no hand brake. What is with this bitterness? Fully realized, but contained within a manageable satchel. Dirty roots and herbs.

The feel is bristly like a mustache.

This is utterly ridiculous.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review adapted from notes taken 3/30/13

Appearance: Mostly clear, with a light haze - orange copper in color with some gold - small, off white head that fades pretty quickly, leaves a few spots of lacing

Smell: Unexpectedly fruity - a fruitiness that I can only describe as herbal, with some juicy, tropical notes - mango and pineapple flesh - fleshy, juicy, but not particularly hoppy (kind of strange, honestly) - pale, mostly clean malts, with some caramel - some bready sweetness

Taste: Fruity and mildly hoppy - tangerine, orange, pineapples, mango - something about this flavor really reminds me of a tropical fruit salad - medium level of bitterness - herbal and earthy - juicy, fleshy, and wet - bready pale malts, adds some balance - gets oddly watery as it warms

Mouthfeel: Medium body, smooth, a little oily, honestly could use a bit more carbonation

Overall: Best consumed underground

Now that I'm reading some other reviews, I'm inclined to believe that this beer has some serious batch variation. Or maybe this was just a really fresh can. Regardless, this was pleasantly fruity until it warmed up, and then it was just good. I would drink this again.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.42/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Evil Twin Hipster Ale has a fairly thick, soapy, off-white head, a very cloudy, brilliant orange appearance, with lots of suspended brown chunks and a think lacing sheen left behind. The aroma is of piney and citrus hops and sugar. Taste is all bitter, piney hops, grapefruit juice, pine oil, sugar, and sweet white bread. Mouthfeel is medium and slick, and Evil Twin Hipster Ale finishes dry, fairly refreshing, and quite drinkable. Overall, this is a wonderful beer, and I rate it most excellent. It is one that you should not miss trying.


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Photo of Bung
2.82/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

12oz. Slightly hazy dark gold pour, made more hazy by my uncareful pour. Wasn't expecting much sediment out of this but oh well. White ring is about it for the topper.

Aroma, quite piney, light herbal notes. Some balancing toffee like malt.

Taste, this can is a little older but the hop presence is still pretty potent. Though after a nice citrus-pine start this goes downhill. Stone fruit and some toasted malt background. Some odd vegetal and burnt/astringent bitterness dominates. I can see they were going for a big resin bomb but it comes on too strong. The least pleasant hop flavors I've experienced since a nasty can of Gubna. Maybe it is the age.

Body where it should be, carb is maybe a tick high. Drink okay but the failed hop experiment makes me wish I left this on the shelf.

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Photo of BB1313
3.13/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12oz can poured into a tulip. Pours a very hazy golden. The white fluffy head fades pretty quickly but it leaves great retention and lacing. The aromas are full of orange zest and orange peel. There's a decent amount of caramel malts in the mix as well. It smells like a stale IPA. It tastes much better than it smells. The flavors have a malt kick, but the hop flavors seem to barely shine through the malts. I'm picking up more orange with a touch of tangerine, pine needles, and pine resin. There's a subtle spiciness to this one. Caramel malt backbone gives this one a decent sweetness. Mouthfeel is pretty nice. It's on the fuller side of light bodied; it's pushing medium-bodied. Carbonation is active giving this one a nice fluffy creaminess. Pretty smooth drinking pale ale. Alcohol goes unnoticed.

Decent pale ale right here. There's nothing that really stands out, but it was still enjoyable.

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Photo of korguy123
4.36/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can into tulip.

Super hazy orange pour with a half finger, tight bubbled, snow white head. Lacing is quite good.

Smells of super juicy oranges, light mango and grapefruit with some lime zest and some sweet candy sugar. Very little in the way of pine or wet grass. Very bright and juicy.

Grapefruit and orange peel in the taste in the middle of the tongue. There is some bitter pine but not much. Dry bitter finish.

Light body, medium the high carbonation.

This is something I wasn't expecting. I bought it as a joke between my Fiancee and I and I am thoroughly impressed, the smell alone on this beer is worth the cost. Will definitely seek out again.

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Photo of barczar
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
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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Evil Twin Hipster Ale from Evil Twin Brewing
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