Some time ago (doesn’t time fly?) in my review of Mikkeller’s ‘Peter Pale & Mary’ for The Brewclub (here) I wrote that Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø, the twin brother of Mikkeller’s founder Mikkel Bjergsø founded ‘Evil Twin’ brewery when the two brothers ‘disagreed’ after Mikkel opened a bar in direct competition to his twin brother’s beer shop.
Evil Twin was founded in 2010 in Brooklyn, New York, and like Mikkeller use the services of ten production breweries to produce their beers. They’re often described as a ‘gypsy brewery’.
Like Mikkeller they brew an astonishing range of beers that are well regarded. Their mission statement is “We have all good intentions to disturb, disorder and enlighten you with unforgettable beer after beer.”
My first ‘Evil Twin’ brew is ‘Hipster Ale’ – which came in my first Beer52 case.
The Evil Twin website claims “Perhaps you heard of a worldwide beer-movement that tributes favorite hipster neighbourhoods across the globe. First came Istedgade, Copenhagen then Södermalm, Stockholm followed by Williamsburg, New York and Shoreditch, London accompanied by Trastevere, Rome & last El Raval, Barcelona. If you feel excluded because you’re hip but your city is not, this cutting-edge, ‘hip without borders’ pale ale is an homage to you – the global hipster. Cheers”.
I confess I don’t think I’ve ever considered myself to be ‘hip’ and I shaved my beard off over sixteen years ago (in Cancun, but that’s another story). Similarly I doubt that the rural town where I live – while close to the East End of London – will never be considered hip.
Okay, so I don’t feel disenfranchised, but this sounds like my type of brew.
It pours an apricot/amber colour, with a full white head that laces as it fades. It looks a little hazy, not cloudy as such, but not crystal clear.
The nose isn’t that potent, but pleasantly citrusy.
The flavour is much more rewarding, a hoppy hit up front, laced with orange, grapefruit and pineapple, that verges on metallic, but not quite, followed by a malty mellowness, and then finished with another citrus flourish.
It’s a well balanced, yet challenging brew, you’re conscious that it’s 5.5% alcohol, and that should stop you from reaching for another.
The advent calendar only contained a single can, otherwise I”d have opened another.