Evil Twin The Porthole - Evil Twin Brewing

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Ratings: 68
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 9.81%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | FT: 1
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: thagr81us on 04-27-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of russpowell
3.84/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazed amber with 2 fingers of pearl white head. Pretty good lacing 7 head retention, stays semi-cloudy

S: Pears, appleskins & sourness

T: Follows the nose, a little blueberry as well & tartness as well up front. Faint pineapple notes break through as this warms, along with orange peel & grapefruit pith & blueberry tartness. Finishes with citrus, pine needles, & some pear & dried, blueberry & even a little Bing cherry fruity sweetness

MF: Medium bodied, lively carbonation, nicely balanced

Super drinkability, nice refreshing take on the style, while still packing a punch

Photo of thagr81us
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served from bottle in to a Hill Farmstead oversized wine glass. Pourer a deep red-orange with a one finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, earth, berries, funk, wheat, and raspberry. The flavor was of sweet malt, wheat, funk, earth, blueberry, and subtle raspberry. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. I can tell what they were going for in this one. They basically brewed a fairly generic saison and gave it a subtle berry touch. All in all, it actually worked out pretty decent. I didn't find it too sweet nor too earthy which is always good with a saison. If you are a fan of fruited saisons you owe it to yourself to try this one to judge for yourself.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.96/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a medium orange amber with a half finger white head that dissipates to a thin film with a ring around the glass. Aroma of berries (more raspberry than blueberry), bready and saison yeast, apple juice. Flavor is pomegranite juice, raspberry, saison yeast, caramel; lots of fruit juice and a little earthy. Finishes with an interesting generic fruit flavor that has a bit of cranberry like astringency that plays well against the main sweet fruit flavors. Medium bodied with good carbonation. A very flavorful berry fruit saison. I don't get the blueberry taste that they were aiming for, but it doesn't matter, because the berry mixture that is present is tasty. Light saison yeast and very light hints of brett to add some character. I wasn't sure about this one, but enjoyed it quite a bit. Interesting idea and production.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.47/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Mirrored after a theory of cocktails that showcase blueberries, here comes a beer that does much of the same. With a backbone of Belgian-style saison, the taste of those robust berries now decorate those farmhouse roots.

Pouring a deep amber and apricot color, a substantial cloud of haze masks the beer's hue. A slow and steady release of cotton white froth is heavier than coffee creme but is short, laying a blanket of foam across the glass and trailing with broken lace in the beer's wake.

Fruit-centric aroma deviate from the spicy and earthy notions of Belgian Saison, but do so with strong berry tones- blueberries lead, but there's also the scent of raspberry, apple and white grape. Richer apricots weave in before a the mild and acidic spiciness offers a balanced scent.

Sweetly flavored, those fruit and berry flavors are given precidence as its carbonation is slow to lift any sweetness; allowing the sugar to saturate the palate. Its only reprieve comes from wine-like acidity, fruit pectin and mild spicy "farmhouse" character.

Much more creamy than effervescent, the sweetness of "Fruit Roll-Ups" take command and give the ale a richer, fruitier and labored texture. Lifting lightly, the sugars linger long on the finish and amplify its fruit character early and often.

The Porthole has an interesting story. But with its non-descript farmhouse flavor, heavy sweetness, lackluster spice and tepid hops- the a simply strikes the palate as a strong Belgian Golden Ale with misplaced complexity and an ill-focused base style.

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.36/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

22oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Hazy golden color with a red tinge. Creamy, fine bubbled white head retains at two inches. Jagged sheets of fine, thin lacing.

S: Biscuit and shortbread malt with a light toast. Sweet ripe blueberries and other vague berry aromas. Subtle hints of orange and tropical fruit.chalky yeast, light phenols, white pepper. Herbal and grassy hops. Lemon grass.

T: Toasty malts, yeasty, berries, medicinal phenols, some tropical and pineapple esters, stiff punch of alcohol, oily hops, herbal and grassy. Alcohol and herbal hops on the finish.

M: Medium bodied. Sharp carbonation whisks the beer right off of the tongue and leaves a very airy feel. Some alcohol warmth.

O: I guess this beer was meant to imitate a cocktail? There were very few details and the cocktail inspiration was lost on me. Frankly this beer just feels a little disjointed. It never quite came together for me. Just a slightly above average, big-boned saison with some sweet berry flavor.

Photo of tlema1
2.91/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I don't like the finish at all

Photo of Christolo71
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Just had this for the first time tonight and was impressed it keeps in line with the great beers from evil twin that i have had before

Photo of mrfrancis
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a murky amber with a thin, creamy white head that recedes quickly.

S: Aromas of caramel, spices, blueberry, grass, cream, biscuit, and bready yeast are present on the nose.

T: Notes of caramel, biscuit, crackers, cream, minerals, blueberry, herbs, grass, lemon, spices, and funky, bready yeast fill the mouth. The finish is short and fruity with strong blueberry notes underscored by fleeting traces of yeast, spice, caramel, herbs, and biscuit.

M: On the lighter side of medium with a creamy, smooth texture in the mouth. Carbonation is firm and a bit prickly. Alcohol is barely detectable.

O: A relatively solid saison/farmhouse ale, but not Evil Twin's best offering to be sure. The flavors here really pop, but, all in all, they are a bit simplistic. Worth trying at least once, but not likely to become a favorite.

Evil Twin The Porthole from Evil Twin Brewing
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