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Evil Twin Ryan And The Beaster Bunny - Evil Twin Brewing

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481 Ratings
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Ratings: 481
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 12
Gots: 62 | FT: 2
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: John_M on 08-05-2011

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Ratings: 481 | Reviews: 88
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Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

Pours hazed yellowy lighter amber, sturdy lite khaki head, last and gets all frothy. Leaves ample fine lace on the glass

Earthy nose with some minty and peppery spice tagging along

Flavorful and complex, with more earth, pepper, green pepper, bubble gum, mint.

Delicious. Well worth seeking out and savoring

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Fruity nose, primarily orange peel and light fruit with a touch of bacon and smoke.
Pours clear gold under a ½” finely bubbled foam cap that descends to a thick film.
Light malt with orange peel and spice recede to a slight astringent note from the spice accented by bitter citrus rind hops that linger into the after taste.
Effervescent, fairly light, refreshing.

Photo of mj001jk
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden with a thick, creamy snow-white cap.

Smells awesome, bright, fresh hops, citrus and stone fruit aromas. Maybe not as funky as most traditional Saisons. It almost has a pilsner nose, which to some purists may be off-putting, but not me.

Flavors are smooth, very fresh and light. It is perhaps a little light on flavors, but as a subtle beer it goes a long way. The finish is long, slightly bitter/dry and retains some of the fruit.

Very nice beer, a little too light for a Saison, but because it is so tasty, I am not going to split hairs about being true to style. It was perfect with a Thai dinner.

Photo of biboergosum
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle. Not quite getting what they mean by either 'Ryan' or the "Beaster bunny". I guess I'll try to google-fu that later. Maybe.

This beer 'pours', or should I say, gloops out of the bottle in a chunky, tightly effervescent stream, that instantaneously piles up, with the aggressive foam rendering a glass that is barely 1/20th liquid. Fucking great. After ten minutes or so, the hubbub seems to die down, but then you tip the bottle, and it starts all over again. Ridiculous.

Anyway, after considering doing my taxes in the interim, things settle to something approaching normality, and I'm left with some actual beer, of a cloudy medium golden amber hue, with an indeterminate number of fingers of puffy, thinly foamy off-white head, which leaves some random chunky swaths of lace around the glass as it finally sinks out of sight.

It smells of prominent black and green pepper spice, grainy pale malt, musty farm-borne yeast, sugary chewing gum, stale applesauce, and a sodden alcohol-soaked woodiness. The taste is sweet, grainy cereal malt, generic, weirdly tart apple mush, rather pithy citrus rind, a much milder, middling peppery spice, an equally sedated green yeastiness, and some understated flinty booze notes.

The (over) carbonation is still pretty actively frothy in the mouthfeel, so late into this affair, the body medium (I guess) weight, and not really smooth given every word I have just scratched out. It finishes off-dry, the grain, pepper, yeast, and alcohol all still preening for the camera.

Swuh? I poured the last 1/3 bottle of this into a 2L mixing bowl, and it still foamed up over the lip - WTF? Seriously, while this turns out (eventually) to be a sassy, peppery, boozy flip-off to those to might think they know what a saison is, it's just not worth the hassle, IMHO. Funny how I'm trying this on V-day, as the work to just get to the good part seems worth the effort, sure (which I believe justifies my appearance score), but only once I've actually had a heady dose of said part. Get your shit together, Evil Twin, as this is by no means the first incident of the sort that I've had the displeasure of stumbling across lately.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from volunteering for BBF 2011. 16oz capped bottle Poured into Lost Abbey stemware. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a massive, 2 finger white, foamy head with good retention. Beer is a semi-clear pale yellow-clementine. Lacing is stringy and thick with good stick. Nice, even considering the style.

Nose is typical saison. Soapy with bountiful amounts of floral and spice characteristics. Very sweet and fresh. Solid.

Opens sweet with some citrus rind light tartness. Crisp and yeasty towards the middle with some peppercorn spice. Soapy and floral notes at the middle-end. Finishes flower petals and lemon zest with a filmy, slight bitter peppery aftertaste. Decent but could use a bit more funk characteristic.

Light bodied with moderate to high carbonation. Lively, crisp, and easy drinking in the mouth. Goes down bubbles and spicy with a crisp finish and lingering, filmy, dry aftertaste. Appropriate. Very easy drinking.

A solid representation of the style if just a tad boring. Nice feel and good flavor but really lacking that special funkiness to put it over the top as a great Saison.

Photo of thagr81us
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to my boys at The Charleston Beer Exchange for getting me this one and having it signed by Ryan of Evil Twin! He drew a squirting penis and then signed it, but it still counts, right??? Served from bottle into a Mikkeller stemmed tulip. Poured a hazy golden yellow with a three finger white head that remained throughout the glass and even continued to grow if left to sit for long. INSANE! Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, fruit, spices, banana, earth, floral, orange, and orange zest. The flavor was of sweet malt, fruit, banana, spices, earthy hop, subtle floral, orange zest, and oranges. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. First off, the appearance on this one was ridiculous for the style. No flaws and I seriously doubt it could be improved upon. The flavor and aroma on this one had so much complexity that is was just a little over the top. I had no idea what the Hell I was drinking at some points of this brew as my tastebuds were going into overdrive trying to keep up. While I do enjoy a nice challenge in a complex brew, this one was just too much. A definite must try however as this was a very solid Saison.

Photo of GRG1313
2.59/5  rDev -32%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a crystal clear orange amber with a decent pure white full head; nice to look at.

Nose is big assertive esters of fresh stone fruit and fresh flowers with lots of cooked banana character. Assertive and big but the floral character really saves the nose and makes it appealing. Perhaps a bit too perfumy for some.

Mouthfeel is thin with an elegant carbonation but a bit too watery for me. Flavor profile is just "off."

Flavors start out "green" herbal in nature - ivy, celery, green pepper that goes to pine and burnt toast, all with a hit of lemon or lime. Flavors are just all over the place and not integrated. Somewhere in there is a sweet undertone that does not help and just confuses more.

Finish is nice green pepper, pine bitter and saves this one a bit. I don't see this as a Saison; is that what the brewer intended?

Might actually do all around better with food. I likely will not be one to try again.

Photo of KYGunner
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

My issue with Saisons has always been the clovey flavor imbued by the yeast. The Beaster Bunny has almost no peppercorn, clove or spiciness but has more of a sweeter tone. That sweetness lends to a bubblegum flavor with a hint of natural banana. The malt is more doughy and bready at the back. It drinks very light and easy but has a hefty tone.

Photo of jellikit
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: yellow. Clear. Thick, foamy/frothy white head. Lots of bubbles.

S: slightly skunky. Estery. Spicy.

T: lemon peel. Banana. Pepper. Alcohol.

M: high carbonation. Medium body. Dry.

O: great Saison. A little over-the-top. But tasty. Unique. Well balanced. Funky. Definitely a sipper.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a small head.
Nose shows banana and clove, weizen-style, with a funky saison note showing later. Sweet malt underneath.
Sweet malt as a flavour at first too, before a mineral hit and strong aggressive piny hops roll through. The hops and booze are a bit full on.
Carbonation could be higher.

Photo of wedge
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glowing gold topped with a milky white head. Big floral and peppery citrus aroma...earthy hay, herbs, grain, lemon, soap, dried banana, and apricot. Cracked pepper and sweet grain flavors transitioning to citrus oils, grass, and earthy leafiness. Rustic, yeasty, and spicy. There's a solid creaminess on the palate, low carbonation, and a crisp finish. I only wish a little more maltiness came through in the flavor, but otherwise this is really nice. Quenching and highly drinkable, though the peppery yeast may be too much after a couple glasses.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a slightly cloudy golden amber with active carbonation and a massive white head that dissipates over a few minutes to a moderate head with chunks of lacing. Aroma of sweet malt with a hint of saison yeast and lemon. Flavor starts with sweet malt, light fruit, citrus and saison yeast but finishes rather dry with light astringent spicy hops. Light to medium bodied appropriate to a saison with a nice mouth feel from active carbonation. A pleasant saison with minimal Brett, but not very complicated.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thrilled to start the afternoon off with this one. Brought in by the boys at GBX, I was able to pout the whole bottle in to a 28 ounce wine glass, and it would need it.

The pour was just stupid. Hazy golden, tons of carbonation that just would not quit and a head that was beyond description. It just gathered and gathered forming five inches over the top and settling down with tons of lacing down the sides,

Aroma of coriander, lemon zest, peppery notes, lots of banana and grassy touches all carry over well into the flavor. Your classic funky little saision with the hint of tart fruit and spicey dry finish that seals the deal. One of the best I have had in a while.

Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color. It poured with a finger and a half-high bright white head that died down and left lots of lacing running down the sides of the glass and a thin head consistently covering the surface.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of lemon citrus along with hints of herbs in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has lots of lemony flavors along with notes of herbs.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate with a moderate to high amount of carbonation. There are some hints of dryness towards the finish.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and the lemon imparts some refreshing properties.

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter. Light gold, hazy body, white head, moderate retention. Clear and soapy lacing. Aroma includes lemon zest, banana and clove. Taste follows suit and has a nice bitter finish, a dash of grapefruit if you will. Tongue coating and refreshing.

Photo of fmccormi
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight pour from a 12oz bottle to an oversized wineglass (Tired Hands stempiece). Bottling date of April 9, 2013, apparently at 1:13PM, written in yellow ink on the shoulder of the bottle (“BTLD 04/09/13 13:13”), making this bottle just over six weeks old.

Appearance (3.5): Nearly two fingers of cream-colored foam comes off of the pour, sitting atop a perfectly hazy, honey-golden body. As it warms, it turns nearly clear with a straw-yellow body color. Very little lacing, just a few sudsy splotches here and there. Modest retention: after the head dies down, there’s very little film on the surface of the body.

Smell (4.25): Lots of nice, dusty straw, earthy tones (moist clay and soil), floral and fruit tones (pears, peaches, some lemon peel, white grapes), some mineral tones; some toasted biscuits, fresh baked white bread—all very saison-ish, pale and crisp, and nicely farmhouse. The mineral tones are actually really, really clear and nice.

Taste (4.0): And whoa, the mineral character transfers to the palate very, very nicely, crossing into some mildly astringent grapefruit peel bitterness that carries through to the finish, almost like chewing on grape seeds. Some light pear juice, floral tones, very light white pepper, and above all, that kinda grape seed / grapefruit peel bitterness. Very dry, pale, floury, bready malt character, like chewing on peasant bread crust. As it warms, the bitterness smoothes out and the malt body gets a little bit more of a smooth sweetness to balance.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Soft, expansive carbonation that tingles around the edges before going down; the body is on the light side of medium, with a slightly hop-oily feel. The beer finishes very nicely dry—goes down pretty easily, in terms of feel. The alcohol is felt but not picked up on the palate.

Overall (4.0): This is an interesting saison—less spice than most versions, a lot more mineral character, and the grape seed / grapefruit peel bitterness adds a different tone. It also changes a lot from start to finish, rounding out and mellowing in some ways, which is nice because I like a dynamic brew. I think this is much more in line with the kind of new-school saisons, as opposed to the more traditional, classic versions—but it’s interesting and tasty, for sure. Worth checking out for saison aficionados.

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into snifter at tap and mallet Rochester ny. Nice golden orange color with thin white lacing. Looks nice but wish there was a bit bigger head. Great peppery citrus aromas ...typical saison aroma notes. Taste is really nice juicy citrus with a bit of hops and great grassy peppery finish. Really smooth and pleasant. This is a great saison...a bit untraditional but staying close to the style.

Photo of oline73
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at Max's, served in a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber with a finger of white foam.

Smell: A bit sweet, herbal notes from the yeast, mildly fruity, a hint of banana. Reminds me a bit of a hefe.

Taste: Tastes like a saison mixed with a hefe. Herbal like some saisons, but lots of banana like a hefe. The finish is sweet and herbal.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I thought this beer was very unique. More like a hefe than I expected, but I enjoyed it very much.

Photo of StoutHunter
3.57/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

i picked up a bottle of Evil Twin's Ryan And The Beaster Bunny a month and a half ago for $3.79 at Holiday Market. I've been meaning to try this one and when I saw it on the shelf I knew there's no better time than the present, so lets see how it goes. Bottled on 3/04/14. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a tulip.

A- The label looks ok, the design is pretty simple and it isn't too eye catching. It poured a cloudy pale yellow color that took on more of a golden hue when held to the light with over three fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left lots of nice patchy lacing behind. This was a good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the saison yeast being the first to show up and it imparts all those yeasty and eastery like aromas that I would expect and it's followed by a nice fruity aroma with some pears sticking out the most with just a little bit of lemon grass in the background. Up next comes the hops which impart a noticeable spicy and earthy hops aroma with a grassy aroma showing up a little in the background. This beer had a nice aroma that was what I would expect from the style, but I wish more of those farmhouse aspects came through.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma, but it's a little lighter and it starts off with a lower amount of sweetness with the Saison yeast still being the first to show up and it imparts the same aspects that it did in the aroma. Up next comes the fruits which are very similar to how they were in the aroma with the pear still sticking out the most. On the finish comes the hops which impart the same spicy and earthy hop aspects that they did in the aroma with a light amount of bitterness with a pear and spicy hop aftertaste. This was a nice tasting Saison, but the taste was a little lighter than I wanted it to be and I was more funky farmhouse yeast came through.

M- Smooth, crisp, not too prickly, a little dry on the finish, on the very light side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was pretty nice and it worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a decent beer and a nice example of the style, but the flavors were on the lighter side for the style and that left me wanting more from this beer and I really wish some farmhouse aspects came through since I don't really get any. This beer had ok drinkability, it was smooth, crisp, not too prickly, a little dry on finish, not filling at all and the taste doesn't do the greatest job at holding my attention, one is enough for me, I don't have the urge to drink another one in a row. What I like the most about this beer was that it stayed true to style, it had most of the things that I expect from a straight up Saison. What I liked the least about this beer was that the flavors weren't just a little bolder and I wish more farmhouse aspects came through. I don't think I would buy this beer again, but i wouldn't turn it down if I was in the mood for a straight up Saison. I can't say I would recommend it, but if you really like Saisons it's worth a shot. All in all I wasn't impressed with this beer, it wasn't bad, but I expected more from Evil Twin and the fact that it said Farmhouse style Ale on the label made it even more disappointing that hardly any farmhouse aspects came through. So far this is one of my least beers from Evil Twin and it falls in the middle at best for the style, I appreciate the effort, but I think this one could use some work, better luck next time guys.

Photo of cbutova
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Full notes taken to phone the other night.

A- 12oz slim bottle to a couple snifters with a golden body with lots of haze some and particulate suspended. White cap at around a finger with decent retention dropping a few small sheets of lacing.

S- Bright Saison yeast is the show with an emphasis on citrus fruits and yeast spice; hints at very slight tartness. Herbal coriander, lemon oil, orange zest, sage and apples/pale grapes come to mind.

T- Fruits and spices derived fron whatever yeast strain they utilize in this Saison. Lemon peels, pink peppercorn, coriander, oranges, vanilla sweetness, apple and pear esters, Pils grains, white grapes, crusty bread, herbal grassy hops and even slight phenols marry in a balanced profile.

MF- Mostly dry with only a slight residual sweetness in a medium overall body for the style. Carbonation is at a moderately low level and lacks that crisp bite I look for. Soothing creaminess and light spicy bitterness.

Relatively fruity Saison with an herbal and spicy character helping to balance that all out. Smooth for 7% but lacks some carbonation in the feel.

Photo of soccerman7
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Golden hue with a perfect fluffy white head. Not much else to say honestly. Steady carbonation.

S - Nice spicy nose with toasted bread character. Second whiff brings the honey character out. Peppery earthy notes on the hops. A lot going on.

T - Surprisingly citrus up front. A lot of spice and bread tones. The citrus really carries though. Biscuit and grain sweetness on the finish. Expected more spice. Hops add a sharpness.

M - A very nice beer. Great mouth feel, with a lively carbonation. Finish is spice and sweetness lingering.

O - This is a beer I will most certainly buy again. Not your average saison. Hops almost steal the show but let the yeast and malt peek through. Refreshing on a summer day. Almost a Beglian pale ale in my mind.

Photo of RollBounce
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

little to no head retention, almost no lacing, cloudly orange like color. Smell is lightly musky, lemon and a wheat likeness. taste is astringent, creamy thou, with orange and wheat, nice mouthfeel for style.

Overall; Good beer for style, though reminda me of blue moon to much only heavier.

Photo of ZCW
4.75/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Smooth Saison style beer. Beautiful bright yellow with a strong Saison nose. Very drinkable - no harshness or weird notes. Perfectly in style, and definitely not discontinued.

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Fruity aroma, citrus, floral, spices, herbs. Taste banana, cloves, pepper, leaves, spices, faint bubblegum.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy light yellow with a two finger bubbly white head. Great head retention and lots of lacing present on the glass with some visible carbonation.

S: Aromas of citrus and herbs with just the slightest hint of root beer.

T: The flavors of lemon and herbs dominate and there is not a lot of complexity.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation and a slight amount of coating of your mouth.

O: Lacks some of the complexity that I would like but still quite enjoyable.

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Evil Twin Ryan And The Beaster Bunny from Evil Twin Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 481 ratings.