Saturday, September 29, 2012

Evil Twin Hipster Ale

I 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (735) - Albany, New York, USA - SEP 29, 2012
I poured a 12oz can into a tulip glass.

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. 
Grade: 8/10

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