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Evil Twin Ryan And The Beaster Bunny | Evil Twin Brewing

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Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States | website

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by John_M on 08-05-2011

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
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 -0.3%
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 -0.3%
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 +1%
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 -8.3%
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 -1.8%
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 +1.6%
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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Photo of BeerNutz324
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass

Ap- pours hazy and yellow with a nice 1 inch thick, foamy head that has really good retention and really good lacing...After sipping on this beer for about 20 minutes there is still head and still lacing so I am giving this an unusual 5.

Ar- clove, lemon, grass, wheat, sweeter malts, spice and coriander

T- clovey spice, belgian yeast, earthy flavors, a tad bit of biscuity malt

M- medium bodied, a bit sticky, good carbonation for the style

O- a great farmhouse, got it in a mystery 24 pack and I'm glad it was in there.

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Photo of Hopswagger
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

P: Slightly hazed piss yellow with a dense white cream froth. Beautiful foam lacing that looks like foam insulation.

S: Crisp earthy aroma with a hint of sweetness. Toasted cracked grains, musty barn, horse feed, lime leaves, milled spices, lemon grass.

T/M: Right up front I get grapefruit, toasted grains, simple yeast profile, pale malts, coriander, lime, medicinal booze, camomile tea tannin, leaves your mouth feeling grainy and a tad dirty. Medium smooth body with a gentle kiss of carbonation.

O: Earthy, citrus hops and timid must. Simple but refined. Bitterness is complimenting and doesn't overpower.I will be looking for this every year.

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Photo of artoolemomo
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours up an okay amount of head (almost two fingers) and seems to have pretty good retention. The head is pure cotton white while the body is a hazy and pale, golden straw which appears as a murky, lemon yellow when held up to the light. Nice sheeting that extends a finger from the surface of the beer.

Nose- Very stereotypically Belgian which translates to a very familiar good. Banana, cloves, tart apples, and other spice. Light cinnamon. Mostly dominate by yeast with noticeable assertions from fruit esters. Quite airy and subtle.

Taste- Reflective of the aroma- banana comes first, but then the yeast really takes over. Lots of clove, even a sense of bandaid (in a good way), that rides more banana to a less than crisp finish. The overall flavor profile is basic and proficient but the finish could be dryer and neater. Lots of cinnamon tingle on the linger in a way that isn't all together positive. This is a definite phenol bomb. If there weren't hints of apple, this might be easily confused for an alcoholic hefeweizen. Some woodiness to the yeast which could be more subtle. Rather boring for a saison though, or at least, in comparison to some of the standards. More like a tripel/hefeweizen than what I think of when I think of a saison. Maybe it needs some age. Still a good beer though. Definitely above average, approaching solid.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied with a slight notion of syrup. Good zip of carbonation, perhaps overdone in the absence of a dryer finish.

Drinkability- Perhaps a little generic in regard to the yeast profile but easygoing enough. Cheap for the style but it is a style I don't mind paying for if it's really good.

Overall- Above average. It's within the style limitations but seems rather boring in comparison to many within the style. I would give it a try- it's well brewed; it simply does nothing unique.

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Photo of Digimaika2
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

(3.75) A: Golden straw coloured with a thin and wispy head that quickly forms a ring. A bit of clinging lacing and the foam ring does stick around for a while.

(4.25) S: Pineapple, cloves, fresh grasses, grapefruit rind, honey, and sweet orange. An intense fresh and fruity (tropical) aroma that’s also very belgian-like (yeasty). Excellent.

(4.25) T: Fresh grasses, cloves, citrus rinds, diverse tropical fruits, and some bubblegum towards the finish. Heavily dry and fairly bitter. Outstanding diversity of flavours that are each rich and vibrant on their own and work superbly together.

(4.0) M: Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation. Fairly clean textured with enough slickness.

(4.25) D: This is fantastic and definitely a farmhouse ale with traditional Belgian roots. This could almost pass as a Duvel with barnyard funk. Whatever the style may be – it's delicious.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Prohibition Pig in Waterbury.

Beer is golden in colour, with a good-sized white head.

Nose contains light fruits and yeast, along with some spice.

Taste is quite yeasty, very dry. Grassy hops and light fruits. Nice flavour, and surprisingly traditional. There is no twist of any sort here, just a straight-up saison.

Very refreshing, medium bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Overall, quite tasty. I would slot this in the underrated category, as I find it to be quite a good saison.

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Photo of soccerman7
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of Brew_42
4.36/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Golden with awhite head that quickly dissipates

Smell- Citrusy and spicy

T- Much more bitter than I expected at first but quickly gives way to a very pleasant fruitiness but its not the normal citrus taste. It actually tastes a bit like pineapple or maybe mango. Something a bit tropical. Great hot weather beer.

Mouthfeel, Slightly carbonated

Overall-I was very pleased with this beer. Not what I expected from a saison (although I am far from an expert) but it tastes great and was very refreshing.

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Photo of dudeman
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Excellent twist on the farmhouse style. Pours yellow-gold. Small amount of yeast in bottle. Nose is vinegar and wild, with fruit hop at the end. Tastes like an IPA Saison with lemongrass and strawberry notes with grapefruit rind or pomello hanging outnforna while. I love it.

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

Pours a slightly hazy medium to deep golden with a one inch foamy white head that lingers, eventually leaving modest lacing as it dissipates.

Light funky, musty notes accompany lemon and orange zest in the initial aroma. Horse blanket, clove, and tangerine emerge. Fairly citrusy.

Flavor is slightly sour, with lots of earthy notes hitting mid palate, becoming dry at the finish. Lemon, tangerine, and clove form the base, and pepper kicks in in the aftertaste. More flavorful than most.

Body is moderate, with fairly high carbonation and slight alcohol warmth.

Very citrusy brew with a hint of funk and an earthy, dry finish. Farmhouse ales generally aren't my bag, but this is more citrus based and less funky, earthy dry character.

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Photo of RollBounce
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of BlackBelt5112203
3.66/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip at cellar temperature.

L – Deep gold color with a 3-finger foamy, frothy, rocky, white head. Decent retention and some wisps of lacing. Clear with lots of bubbles.

S – Bready malt, peppery yeast, lemon zest, and a whole host of herbal, grassy, and floral aromas.

T – Follows the aroma well. It starts off mildly sweet with bready, grainy malt and picks up spicy, peppery yeast along the way. Bitter and tart lemon rind comes in next, followed by a bunch of herbal and floral flavors at the finish.

F – Light-medium-bodied, good carbonation, a crisp and very mildly tart feel, and a mildly bitter, mildly spicy, and dry finish. A little bit of burn at the finish from the alcohol.

O – This is a pretty good beer. It certainly has all of the elements of a good saison, but the herbal and floral aspects are a bit overdone for my taste. The ABV is also a bit higher than I’d like in a saison – I prefer them to be very drinkable and sessionable. So, while this may be a great saison for some, something about it just doesn’t cut it for me. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still a pretty good beer and a good saison, but I’ve definitely had better.

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Photo of horshack7
4.55/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Cloudy and amber in color with an off white head about an inch thick.

Aroma: Apple, pear, yeasty, lemon, apricot, herbal, peppery, light dryness in the nose. Banana, clove, plastic, coriander.

Taste: Lemon, very peppery, banana, herbal, apple. white grape, clove and a light crisp mouthfeel that finishes nice and dry.

Notes: Very true to form the dryness is great and aside it being seven percent it's quite drinkable I would like to pick this one up again. Cheers.

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Photo of wedge
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.57/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a standard pint glass, color is straw, slightly opaque, head presented about 1 inch thick then dissipated to a ring and some lacing.

Smell light fresh malt, pilsner or clean malt, maybe some light toast or biscuit; pepperiness and yeasty notes as well.

Taste is heavy on the yeast and estery or phenolic flavors, malt sweetness is present but behind the strength of the yeast off flavors.

Mouthfeel is somewhat dry, but not out of place for saisons, some lingering sweetness as well to counter balance, decent.

Overall, a solid saison, malt flavors are present, yeast cleans through and mouthfeel is nice, crisp and slightly dry.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of alaimoa
3.49/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12 ounce bottle to a glass. Big white foam and light straw color. Smells initial citrus, apple, and cinnamon. Taste somewhat bland with light yeast and fruit notes but a fairly thin mouthfeel.

Overall a slight disappointment and had a Ron and the Beast Ryan from a 22oz bottle right after and couldn't tell much of a difference. Both were very similar with Ron having a slight thicker mouthfeel and lingering grapefruit notes. These don't make the list of new or old school saisons in my opinion

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Photo of fmccormi
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Evil Twin Ryan And The Beaster Bunny from Evil Twin Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.