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Evil Twin Ryan And The Beaster Bunny - Evil Twin Brewing

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Reviews: 105
Hads: 567
Avg: 3.85
pDev: 23.9%
Wants: 22
Gots: 93 | FT: 2
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Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States | website

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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Photo of ZCW
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%
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.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.57/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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Photo of Zach136
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy yellow, thin white head and excellent lacing.

Aroma: Pepper and pineapple yeast aroma that's not too intense.

Flavor: Light, citrus and pepper again with a touch of hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Fairly dry and effervescent.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%

Pours a murky light yellow-orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, earth, spice, Belgian yeast, and Brett like aromas. Taste is much the same with tropical fruit, spice, Belgian yeast, funk, and Brett like flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that has a Brett like aspects even though I don't think any was used in this beer.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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.

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Photo of jellikit
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Explodes on opening. Orange cloudy look; over-generous beige head. Webs out sparsely. Clumps of lace left behind. OK except for shit opening.

Smells yeasty and slightly carbonic, but nice fruity edge: guava, banana and passion. Hint of rubber. Enticing enough.

Taste is earthy, funky and spicy. Slight fruit note upfront - apple - with some passionfruit, then strong rubber, boot polish, aged Riesling and soil. Drinks OK, has big late-mid but finishes cleanly. Not bad.

Bit of texture, bitty, goes down alright.

Decent saison, very potent but surprisingly refreshing. I like.

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Photo of macher0
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A. This ale pours a light copper to moderate straw appearance with a coarse bubble egg shell head that quickly retreats to a coarse rim. Excellent laces.

S. Big time barn house funk. Very typical saison yeast. Biscuits, bubble gum, and light malts.

T. The palette cones across with heavy barn house funk, yeast, and a significant malt presence. Certainly a good amount of biscuits and bubble gum. Minor notes of straw, dusty grain, and hops.

M. Coarse carbonation, moderate body, moderate smoothness.

O. This is a moderate ale. Very typical of the style. Certainly recommended. I will have this again when in the mood for a farmhouse ale or saison.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a cloudy gold with a two-finger foamy white head. The head dissapates quickly.

S - Aromas of Belgian yeast, bubblegum, apple, pear, and white pepper.

T - The taste follows the aroma. Starts out with a good amount of sweetness - apple and pear. The sweetness fades into a cracked wheat flavor with a decent hop bite. The finish has a strong white pepper bite.

M - Light bodied with medium carbonation. Smooth creamy mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O - A decent Saison, but probably wouldn't drink again based on the price.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark straw color with a white soapy head. Cloudy brew that does pour free of sediment.

Clean aroma of soap, hop, clove, urine, lemon, and spicy yeast. More of the yeast notes and bread come out more as it approaches room temperature.

Digging the taste of this brew, there's a yeasty twang, green peppercorn, wheat, clove and grass. Firm bitterness, big malty sugar, even hints of cotton candy or bubblegum. Has a dusty, lightly funky and earthy element that sets it apart from others.

Medium bodied, well carbonated ale that has a semi dry finish. Satisfying flavor and relative crispness, without being watery or thin.

This is a nice Saison here from the Evil Twin rogue brewer/s. This bottle is a year old and still is fresh tasting and delicious. Well done, I can recommend this as a pretty nice Saison.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

another awesome four pack from evil twin, this time a saison with a big creamy texture and some funky wine like weirdness on the back end. reminds me of some of the french saison yeast out there, but the wheat body is large, which is a cool format for whats going on here. more hops or a prominent dry hopping would make it elite, but as it stands its simplicity is one of its better features. some pear and mowed lawn on the nose, more of a white grape element in the taste. its all from the yeast, as the grain base is familiar. not as funked out as others, no brett or anything going on, but a soft fruitiness and something extremely summery about it, sunny beer, a little strong for all day drinking, but it has that boat beer feel to it. extremely strong carbonation, but it doesnt hold on that well, dissipates a bit. mild acidity out of nowhere with a lemon twang to it in the finish, not as dry as others, but the combination makes it distinct to my taste buds. maybe a little overpriced, but all these evil twin beers are. glad i bought it, but might not buy it again.

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Photo of JayQue
3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Refreshing beer, not a great Saison though. Pours a hazy dark gold color with a huge delicately bubbly white head. Good retention and several bands of lacing on the glass.

Aroma is lemon zest, some spices (definitely black pepper, maybe a little coriander too), and Belgian yeast.

Flavor is more of the same but what is missing is a big, not so subtle barnyard/musty/horseblanket thing that is so welcome in the best Saisons.

Mouthfeel is pretty good. The level of carbonation is just right and the beer is plenty rich enough.

Good beer but needs more "funk" to be a top Saison.

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Photo of TastyAdventure
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - 1 finger head, not as big as Saison should be. Very light, cloudy body

Smell - mild earthy and funk, vinegar?? Interesting...

Taste - smooth, no abrasive overly funky tastes, some earthiness. Refreshing, raw asparagus.

Mouthfeel- smooth, not quite as carbed as most (good in this case)

Overall, good not great. Not worth price tag

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Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 11/7/13

Appearance: Pours cloudy straw yellow with a small, white head that quickly collars.

Smell: Lemon peel, coriander, honey, tangerines/peaches with some undeniable funk.

Taste: Begins with honey and tangerine/mango. Middle of the mouth is earthy bitterness with some funk. It finishes semi-dry with lingering notes of the earthy bitterness and funk from the middle with remnants of the honey/tangerine in the background. There's not much booze to speak of, though you might guess it could be above 6%.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and sticky, with good carbonation.

Overall: This was better than I thought it would be. It's a really good spring/summer beer and a pleasant surprise.

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Photo of TheDoctor
4.31/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a brilliant clear golden straw with three fingers of foamy, creamy white head that rockily settles to an inch. Good retention; lots of web-like lacing.

Smells like a bready, delicious Saison. Warm, floral yeasty phenols mixed with bread malt aromas; rose water, dandelions, white pepper, bubblegum, dough, etc. Lovely.

“Huh, that is awfully fucking good,” I said. Fresh and doughy, with spicy phenols, some very aromatic floral notes with stannky herbs, fresh citrus, and white wine flavors coming in at the middle and finish. The finish is increasing medicinal with a long-lingering hoppy stickness at the back of the throat.

Light to medium bodied with a slightly boozy-feeling velvety mouthfeel. Good carbonation, lingering finish, slight aftertaste from hops.

Very good take on a Saison.
This is one of my favorite styles and I am glad to have tried this fairly hoppy, semi-funky version of one. It pours quite nice looking with the gratuitous head that a beer like this should have. It has a very pleasing aroma with many classic Belgian characteristics. The beer on the whole is tasty, refreshing and just hoppy enough to give you a twinge in your cheek.
Would have again; worth seeking out.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 11/7/2013. Pours moderately hazy bright golden amber color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big lemon, pear, apple, peach, orange peel, clove, pepper, wheat, straw, grass, herbal, light musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hop, yeast ester, and malt notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, peach, orange peel, clove, pepper, wheat, straw, grass, herbal, light musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy/herbal spiciness/tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, pear, apple, peach, orange peel, clove, pepper, wheat, straw, grass, herbal, light musty funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and complexity of hop, yeast ester, and malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and fairly crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice saison style. All around good balance of hop, yeast ester, and malt flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Axnjxn
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a flute. 11/7/13 bottling date

bright yellow pour with a nice white head. smell typical of a Belgian farmhouse...grassy, barnyard. taste is the same...reminiscent of saison dupont but less dry. bitter finish. medium body..mild carbonation.

overall impressive and recommended!

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 11/07/13 and poured into a Perfect Pint 1/31/14. $4 single.

Appearance: A slightly hazy yellow color with about a finger of a white head on top. Decent lacing. Very nice.

Smell: Haven't had too many saisons so I can't base it off of past ones, but this one really smells a lot to me like a pilsner mixed with a witbier or hefeweizen. Huge hay sorts of flavors that are picked up in a typical pilsner, coupled with a banana and clove aroma, as well as some wheaty smells. Quite decent.

Taste/feel: Reminds me of the smell a decent bit. A moderate/high carbonation hits the tongue first followed by the pilsner/witbier/hefeweizen sort of combination, and tastes less than spectacular. Pleasant sweetness initially. As it works its way to the back of the throat and down, the clove sort of flavor turns to a floral note with a mild bitterness and somewhat drying finish. Aftertaste is of some pale malts.

My first few sips of this brew didn't leave me with a great first impression (I got this weird clash of "off" bitterness and sweetness that were doing weird things to my tongue), but as it warmed a tick, the "off" bitterness died entirely and there was just a nice sweetness and solid bitterness. Saisons are generally deemed to be mega funky and taste like farm animals (?), but this really essentially tastes to me like a pilsner mixed with a hefeweizen or (more like) a witbier. That's not a bad thing, because it's a pretty good beer, but FOUR BUCKS for a single bottle? I understand it's a foreign company and all of that, but the bottle says this is actually brewed in Connecticut.

Overall, Ryan and the Beaster Bunny is a solid beer that I'd have again, but not if I'm paying for it at this price. Good nonetheless.

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Photo of dar482
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a clear golden color.

The aroma has a Belgian style yeast breadiness with bright citrus, banana, orange zest, and peppery spice.

The flavor follows with citrus peel, some banana, lots of pepper spice, wheat and then a phenolic finish.

A refreshing beer with a significant amount of tripel style flavors to it.

A beer that is relatively clean with a medium plus sweetness.

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Photo of breakingbland
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle dated 6/21/13 into a tulip.

Appearance: Pale, golden, slightly cloudy with a lively column of bubbles. The one-finger head was white.

Aroma: Sweet and hoppy (slight grapefruit) with some funk.

Taste: Like the aroma but more grapefruit. Sweet greapefruit lingers on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation with a slight bite. The body was medium-light and seemed appropriate for this style.

Overall: This is an interesting brew. I generally like more funk in a saison, but this one was more hop-forward that expected. Maybe this is the "beast" part in the name of this beer?

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Photo of GarthT
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy golden, head leaves good cobweb on side of glass

S: Citrus (grapefruit and lemon), spice

T: Rich malts but not heavy at all, almost like a lemon cream, beautiful balance with alcohol not too prominent

M: Fine mousse, soft without being weak

O: Drinkable and comforting, my first farmhouse but not the last

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Photo of srhoadsy
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served chilled into a fluted tulip.

Pours a nice hazy blonde color with half an inch of airy white head that quickly recedes leaving light surface layer and lacing.

Aromas of citrus and spice with an earthy background.

Flavors of coriander, pepper, lemongrass with a hint of the earthy funk common to the style.

Light bodied with a sweet but crisp finish. Moderate carbonation with a mild aftertaste.

Overall a decent beer, a good intro for someone not used to the style, but I prefer my saisons to have a little more of that barnyard funk to them.

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Photo of Murrhey
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz standard pressure-cap bottle into a tulip glass in high elevation Kalispell, Mont. Reviewed live. Bottled 6/21/13.

A- Half-finger translucent white head with large bubbles, soapy lacing and relatively low retention. Cloudy orange body with very active carbonation.

S- European musty yeast, floral and citrus notes. Candi sugar, orange peel, and floral hops make up what I can detect in this beer.

T- Bitter yeasts and orange peel. Funky and slightly metallic, but not in a bad way. Banana, Candi sugar, flowery hops.

M- Sugary and dry finish.

O- Very interesting beer. You can detect the active farmhouse yeasts, but they aren't overwhelming.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, dated 4/9/13, poured into a pint glass. From CT not Denmark
A: Golden yellow color, solid lingering one-finger head, lots of carbonation
S: A bit earthy, clove, grass, nice
T: Grassy, spicy, hints of earth, malt & hops but just doesn't quite taste balanced
M: Crisp, light-to-medium bodied, pleasant carbonation. Alcohol not obvious
O: Nicely done

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Evil Twin Ryan And The Beaster Bunny from Evil Twin Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.