Monday, August 24, 2015

Evil Twin Hipster Ale Review

Name: Evil Twin Hipster Ale
Style: American Pale Ale
ABV: 5.5%

Hipsters, they've been the butt of many jokes for the past few years. Whether you love them or despise them, there is no doubt that they have, to some extent, promoted the image of craft beer. As to whether that image is positive or negative is a matter of opinion.

So leave it to Evil Twin Brewing to create the Hipster Ale, a tribute ale to hipsters, and by hipsters, I mean us......or something. I'll show you the label and let that do the talking:

Perhaps you heard of a worldwide beer-movement that tributes favorite hipster neighbourhoods across the globe. If you feel excluded because you’re hip but your city is not, this cutting-edge, ‘hip without border’ pale ale is an homage to you - the global hipster. Cheers!

Funny because I wouldn't even consider myself to be a hipster, in fact the most hipster thing I would consider part of myself would be the music I listen to. Also the hipster neighborhood here in Minneapolis-St. Paul would be Northeast Minneapolis but whenever I go there to visit one of the many taprooms, there's always more non-hipsters there than hipsters. Anyways, I'm not drawing it out any further so let's look at the beer.

Appearance - Cloudy dark yellow color with a mild amount of visible carbonation. The head is quite foamy with some great retention. There is also a good amount of lacing that also has pretty good retention as well.

Aroma - Pungent bready biscuit yeastiness dominates the front of the nose and is backed up by some moderate flora hops, mild bitter resiny hops and some light toffee maltiness.

Taste - Floral and resin hops upfront, followed by a mild toffee malt backbone with a bitter hop and light yeast aftertaste.

The flavor lacks the vibrancy that is in the nose and that hurts it some. That said, it possesses a decent flavor but given the higher-than-normal price I paid for it ($2.39 for a single can) and the available number of better tasting beers of the same style, this wouldn't be my first choice. You make great beers, Evil Twin, but this one is merely okay.

Evil Twin Hipster Ale - 7/10

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