bought this beer for two reasons: 1) Because I’ve always heard good
things about "Evil Twin Brewing" and I wanted to be in the know, and 2)
Because it comes in a can and canned beer is appealing to me (because it
preserves the beer better than bottles). Does that make me a hipster?
That’s for you to decide. As for the beer - it’s a pretty cool brew and I
could see myself drinking it often.
Appearance: Dark orange/brown hue with significant haze to the body.
Forms a large, beige, frothy head which leaves beautiful lacing on the
glass and never completely dissipates.
Smell: Big flowery hop aroma - akin to a botanical garden. A hint of citrus and juice, but nothing earthy or rustic.
Taste: I won’t lie, the palate to Evil Twin Hipster Ale is a little
simple, but it’s certainly a very tasty one. This is technically a pale
ale but could easily be mistaken for an IPA because it’s so bitter.
Light juice and citrus flavors up front - mostly orange and grapefruit -
but an underlying tropical taste as well. Through the middle comes a
strong piney flavor , it’s somewhat earthy, but not all-out resiny like a
lot of bigger brews. Sharp dry hop bite envelopes the tongue before
leaving a bitter aftertaste. It borders on cloying, but the subtle
floral and fruity flavors linger and make it rather pleasant. Definitely
one of the best pale ales I’ve had in a long time.
Drinkability: Though bitter all around and extra bitter for the style,
Evil Twin Hipster Ale is no challenge to drink. There’s noticeable
carbonation in the mouth, but the texture is comfortable. The dry
aftertaste might be challenging for lesser drinkers, though I think
everyone would be well served to pair this beer with sharp cheddar or a
spicy meal. It’s actually a little surprising the brewers got so much
flavor out of only 5.5% ABV as it seems to have more overall energy than
other beers of this relatively low potency.