Evil Twin / Crooked Stave Ryan And The Gosling - Evil Twin Brewing

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Ratings: 220
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.21%
Wants: 6
Gots: 25 | FT: 3
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ThatsThatDude on 03-26-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brewed with citrus peel and with citrus juice added.
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Photo of Beaver13
3.02/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bottle. Pours clear straw gold with a medium creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass some.

The aroma is spicy, earthy brett and some tropical fruit.

The flavor is some earthy brett with musty hops and biscuity malt and very light fruit. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, the brett smell is great, but the flavor is musty and dirty. I was hoping for better brett and fruit.

Photo of mverity
3.26/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pale yellow with almost no head. Aroma is lemony citrus, light Brett funk, very light malt too. The Brett takes a bigger role in the taste, with the lemon and malt in supporting roles. Light body and low carbonation. Over all a good showcase of the Brett and citrus, but I could use something else.

Photo of Mantooth
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Draft pour for $3.50 at the amazing Huntersville, NC Duckworth's.

Pours a hazy straw color with a light head and generous lacing. This is a nice session brew that I feel narrowly misses the mark. I can taste and smell the lemon - more peel than anything else. It's very dry and sadly - I don't get much funk from the Brett. I'd definitely have it again - it's just this close to being fantastic. Westbrook is slaying it right now with their canned Gose - and it's great. This brew is inches from being that type of brew, interesting enough for the geeks and simple enough to hook newbies.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 4.0% abv all Brettanomyces Pale Ale with Citra hops, citrus juic and peel added. It pours a slightly hazed golden apricot hue with bright white head with a yellow tint to it, fine Belgian style lacing. We are in good hands; this beer was brewed at Westbrook Brewing Company.

Aroma has that wild funky brett character with lemon/lime citrus notes coming through, citrus pith and zest as well the oils jump out of the glass and into your nares. The character from the all Brett fermentation leads to a bit of horse blanket, barnyard quality with a dank earthy mint spice even alcohol glazed pear.

Flavor contains bitter orange pith off the bat, brettanomyces character all day. Tropical fruit, bitter earthy dank citric brettanomyces yeast notes. Again more of those flavors associated with the brett fermentation including barnyard, pear, herbal mint notes. Citra hops are lost amongst everything else going on.

Mouthfeel has a lighter body but the textures are not thin in anyway, so nice to see a 4% session pale ale all brett fermentation this is unique and trademark of something you would brew with Crooked Stave he did graduate work on Brettanomyces fermentation and I’m pretty sure that strain with other wild yeasts full most of his breweries creations.

Overall, very enjoyable easy to consume yet satisfyingly complex characteristics are found in this beer, I’m glad that they are distributed in Ohio. Hell Eviltwin Imperial Biscotti Break remains in my top ten beers of all time.

Photo of russpowell
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a chill-hazed with a pinky of pearl colored head. Great lacing, stays hazy, decent head retention

S: Horse blanket, grassiness

T: Follows the nose, slight Brett sourness & tartness with lemons up front. Mown hay, dryness, a little grapefruit, a touch of melon as this warms. Finishes dry, tart with lemon & grapefruit

MF: Light bodied, delicate carbonation , nice balance

Through the roof drinkability. I really enjoyed this one

Photo of thagr81us
3.54/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from bottle in to a Funky Buddha snifter. Poured a hazy golden yellow-orange with a one finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, fruit, funk, earth, bubblegum, wheat, and spices. The flavor was of sweet malt, fruit, funk, wheat, earth, and wood. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. There was definitely something in this one that my palate didn't enjoy too much. I don't think it was an off flavor but just abrasive to my personal palate. Finishes very dry, like I need a glass of water kind of dry. The Brett is definitely the star of the show on this one though. If that's your kind of thing I suggest you go for it on this one.

Photo of emerge077
4.24/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Thomas & Jenny for sharing!
Quick review from written notes.

Splashed into a tulip glass, it pours a hazy golden orange tone. Thin ring and patchy skim across the surface.

Soft woodiness and eucalyptus from the Brett strain, also some damp hay and citrus notes.

Juicy orange , bitter peels, tropical passionfruit flavors, well integrated Brett yeast plays off the fruit nicely. Medium bodied, juicy at first with a dry finish. Very summery and drinkable. Glad this stuff is fairly affordable, will seek some out.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.54/5  rDev -7.3%

Bottle shared with Isaac at the store yesterday.

Pours a hazy and golden yellow color, with a small half inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells quite Bretty and also quite bready, really, really bready, with some underlying citrus.

I don't get a whole lot of the added citrus flavor, unfortunately, I just get a big sourdough flavor here, slightly toasted. There is a slightly tangy flavor, but it's a tangy bread flavor, not really a tangy citrus flavor. When I do notice the citrus flavors, there's a bit of orange, and that's really it. Finishes quite dry.

Light bodied, with a crisp, fairly dry mouthfeel, and a medium amount of carbonation.

This was unfortunately a sourdough bomb for me- it tasted good for a little bit, then just got tiring.

Photo of wedge
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

@ Ridgewood

Served up a hazy, glowing yellow with a slender layer of cream on the surface. Mild aromas of Brett-y citrus, flower petals, and dusty funk. Slightly more Brett in the mouth, lime zest, dry funk, powdery floral...lingering simple flavors. I noticed a very slight tinge of lactic acidity towards the bottom of the glass. Quite dry, snappy, and light. An easy drinking, uncomplicated Brett beer.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a hazy, medium golden amber with a fine one finger white head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of lemon-lime, citrus hops, mild brett, marzipan and floral notes. Flavor is bretty lemon, light citrus hops, lightly tart, finishing bretty with more lemon-lime and light citrus hop bitterness. Light to medium bodied. An interesting take on a pale ale, with some real citrus fruit flavor in addition to citrus tartness. I really like the aroma and almost wished the ale had the same character. Given the session intent, really has some interesting flavors, but perhaps a bit on the simple side with lemon/lime and brett pretty much the whole show. Session ales and bretty ales are not at the top of my drinking list, so I may not be the right audience for this ale. Nicely made and probably a great choice for fans of brett and refreshing light ales.

Photo of mfnmbvp
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. I found this oddity and the local beer store. 'All brett pale ale'. 'Brewed with citrus peel and with citrus juice added'. Not entirely sure what to expect with this one.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a juicy citrusy lemon-orange colored body with about two fingers of fizzy bone white foam that goes down somewhat quick. Some thick scattered lacing. It looks pretty nice.

S - The aroma is unique and pleasant - sour, tart, bretty, and funky on the initial sniff, but aromas of wheat, grain, grass, herbal spice rack notes, lemon zest, oranges, peaches, grapefruit, and pineapple emerge. Fruity and tropical aromas.

T - The taste follows the nose - lightly grainy / grassy / herbal, lots of pale bready malt character, and lots of juicy tropical citrus fruits on the finish - grapefruit, orange, tangerine, peaches. The brett could maybe stand to me amped up just a touch, but as it is, all of the ingredients are in good harmony with each other.

M - The feel is crisp, juicy, smooth, and clean. Lightly dry and bready, but it is in nice harmony with the citrus juices. Medium-light bodied with good carbonation. Very easy drinking

Overall, an enjoyable low alcohol brett pale ale from Evil Twin. It smelled much more sour than it tasted, but it was about what I was hoping for, and I would definitely be interested to try other beers similar to this one.

Evil Twin / Crooked Stave Ryan And The Gosling ---4/5.

Photo of WineGuy3000
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber into a wine tumbler.

Quick review, from notes.
They're not lying about the brett here, between that & the pronounced citrus notes this turns out to be an interesting semi-tart pale.

Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I had high hopes for this one...
Purchased at Beer Temple in Chicago and brought home in luggage.
Pours a golden orange into crooked stave tulip. Slight white head - gone quick.
Fantastic aroma - pure crooked stave brett...citrusy, funky, hoppy...nice.
Taste however fell short - really nice up front - citrus, hops, brett/barnyard...but then takes a nosedive into the malty bready pool...tastes like its not ready to be fair. It kind of tastes like my own homebrewed funky IPA...not that good :) Its this yeasty bready finish that leaves me to think this either wasn't ready or maybe needs some time to age it out. Its dry, and actually nice to drink once you past the flavor.
Id say age the hell out of this one if you can...a few years. You aren't missing anything now...

Photo of TheCobbgoblin
4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

It's a tasty brett pale, but I also had this while also eating some supremely spicy thai food. Actually Thai style cusine is the best food that pairs with this bretty pale.

Photo of LooseMoose1978
2.82/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I did not enjoy this beer and I think it tastes like a band aid

Photo of Evango
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

great brett, nice carb. Love it.

Photo of cbutova
4.01/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- 22oz poured to three glasses with a cloudy pale golden body. A white cap forms to under a finger with a frothy texture and poor retention falling to a tiny ring. Lacing forms a few spots.

S- Brett pretty much all the way to town. Dried tropical and stone fruits with a signature straw, farmy funk. Smells acidic but not sour or lactic.

T- Brett pretty much makes up the entire experience and for a 100% Brett brew it delivers a lot of flavors. Dried pineapple, tangerines, orange, funky barnyard straw, slight oxidation and cherry pits.

MF- Light to medium bodied with a fizzy and foamy texture. Carbonation is fairly high but mostly smooth with a light bitterness on the palate.

Brett pretty much summed up in a bottle. Not a horse funk bomb but quite funky and plenty of dried fruit and straw barnyard flavor.

Photo of ttroha
3.06/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Maltitude. Pours cloudy orange with no head. Aroma of funk, yeast, honey and citrus. Right off the bat it tastes like sour and funk, flavors of citrus slowly creep in. Light bodied and dry finish. It's definitely different -- just like Ryan Gosling.

Photo of dbrauneis
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy medium golden apricot in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass and straw + golden yellow highlights. The beer has a two finger tall fizzy foamy bright white head that slowly reduces to a medium thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of brett funkiness with light to moderate aromas of lime citrus and floral hops.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of grainy + pale malts with a touch of sweetness. That is quickly followed by strong flavors of earthy funkiness from the brett along with a touch of spiciness - good notes of hay and horse blanket. The finish has a light amount of citrus/lime zest and floral hops which impart a touch of bitterness which fades quickly.

M: Light bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Smooth, almost creamy with a moderate amount of dryness in the finish.

O: The mouthfeel is very much what I expected having tried a handful of other Crooked Stave beers and there is a definite brett presence in this one. Super easy to drink and enjoyable, pairs well with strong flavored foods at dinner. Easy to drink, refreshing and with very sessionable ABV. Extremely enjoyable and one that I would be happy to get again.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 5.11.14

A - Pours a hazy light orange with almost no head, just a few white bubbles form.

S - Lots of Brett, floral, subtle citrus.

T - Brett and lots of oranges. Good.

D - Lower carbonation with a medium body.

O - Tons more citrus then on tap. Also a bit lower carbonation. I enjoyed it.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Getting past the label..., past the marketing..., past the God-awful artwork... and into the bottle, the brewers of Evil Twin and Crooked Stave are apologetic with a dryly fruited Pale Ale with and Belgianesque demeanor. "Guys, all is forgiven!"

The new arrival of "Ryan and the..." to the world opens with a hazy golden, peach, amber hues that scatters light like a kaleidoscope against is suspended haze. As a soft lather of froth amounts above, it skirts the glass confidently with a liquefied structure, lacing the side walls with broken rings in the beer's wake.

Pungent and acute, the collaborative ale shows savory, sweet and playful acidic tones to the nose- oranges, nectarines, pineapple, apricot and passion-fruit all play through a musty and dusted funk of a scent that can only come from wild yeast. Notions of cedar, sandalwood, weathered oak and saddle leather lay on the olfactory sense with a powdery waft.

Juicy and dry in taste, all those citrus, tropical and orchard fruit from the nose manifests in slightly under-ripened form, unleashing its sharp zestiness and wine-like acidity. Buffered by a slight sense that those fruits have been honey-dipped or candied in thin caramel, its malt underpinnings offer little sweetness to balance but do provide a honeycomb structure of biscuit to keep the hops and earthy notes well supported. Only in aftertaste does the briney, straw-like, leathery and cork-like mustiness show- providing echoes of fruit and hops woven into its semi-shy bitterness.

Any early sweetness wisps away in a hurry, again- extending only with a dry bread texture of support. Its hop character dries the beer, en route to a light herbal warmth and a powdery-dry after-palate to carry all that funk.

This "Ryan" beer isn't like most American hoppy beers that throw a few specs of wild yeast and hope something good happens. This is full-on "wild" character- its tangy, earthy fruitiness is teeth churning and racy. They've really taken the gloves off for this one!

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy bright gold color with a 2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon zest, orange peel, tangerine, apricot, peach, pear, wheat, cracker, hay, straw, grass, light pepper, musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus spicing, fruity/funky brett, and pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon zest, tangerine, orange peel, apricot, peach, pear, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, herbal, light pepper, musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Light yeast spice on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon zest, tangerine, orange zest, apricot, peach, pear, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, light pepper, herbal, musty funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of citrus spiciness, fruity/funky brett, and pale malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish as expected of 4%. Overall this is a damn nice all Brett citrus spiced pale ale. All around good balance and complexity of citrus spicing, fruity/funky brett, and pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of Zach136
4.24/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draught at the Porter in Atlanta.

Appearance: Cloudy yellow with OK lacing.

Aroma: Funk and tropical fruit, mostly kiwi.

Flavor: Touch of citrus peel bitterness. Light grainy malt bill and peppery east character.

Mouthfeel: Medium light body, medium high carbonation

Photo of stephens101
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The bubbly, off-white head fades hastily, leaving nothing but a clear, yellow and orange brew.

Aroma consists of Brett, lemon zest, green apple, orange and faint spice. Very rich and promising.

Fruity (grapefruit, green apple) and crisp with little in the way of Brett to the palate, but not uninteresting. A little grapefruit and subtle hops mingle in the background.

Light in body, but not in flavor. This is a simple, straight-forward and near perfect in all aspects.

Photo of Franck
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Well bretted. Bitter, orange and lemon aromas and a small spiced and mentholated side (parsley?)

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Evil Twin / Crooked Stave Ryan And The Gosling from Evil Twin Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 220 ratings.