Evil Twin Ryan And The Beaster Bunny - Evil Twin Brewing

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Reviews: 92
Hads: 507
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 9.28%
Wants: 14
Gots: 75 | 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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Reviews: 92 | Hads: 507
Photo of mvanaskie13
3.57/5  rDev -8%
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. (645 characters)

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
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. (408 characters)

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.23/5  rDev +9%
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. (288 characters)

Photo of alaimoa
3.49/5  rDev -10.1%
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 (508 characters)

Photo of fmccormi
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (2,345 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Golden color in the glass with a modest head. Big, rich, fruity flavors with a zing of the Belgian yeast. Spicy nose with a prickly carbonation. Starts with a sweet malt taste cut by tangy citrus. A long rasp of yeasty bitterness followed by more fruit.

Pear skins and apple pie with a browned crust. A big flavored Saison that may be a little too intense on the dry, yeasty flavors, but it's a long strange trip. Very interesting and worth comparing with other Saisons. On tap at Public House in La Jolla. (507 characters)

Photo of daledeee
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Four packs YAY!

Pours a slightly cloudy bright yellow with good white head and lacing.

Smells like a farmhouse all right. Funky and lemon.

Taste is citrus rind, funk, Belgian hops. Some sweetness but about right.

Mouth feel when first opened was pretty dry then mellowed and became wetter.

Overall, I think this is a good Saisan. I am surprised it has a somewhat lower rating. This is very drinkable, fresh and well done. (427 characters)

Photo of stercomm
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a nice Half Acre tulip glass

A - Hazy golden straw color, generated a very nice white frothy head, lots of lacing as the head receded.

S - sweet lemon and grassy scent, nice spice profile

T - Very nice taste, starts out with some sweetness, good spicy flavors with lemon hints, ends with a real dry finish.

M - Medium bodied, medium carbonation very dry.

O - I like this brew, good balance of sweet and dry, very crisp on the finish while being very tasty. (487 characters)

Photo of YieldToNothing
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a delirium tulip.
pours a golden yellow with barely any head.
you can feel the funk in the smell. not overpowering, very pleasant.
not overly carbonated, little bitter kick in the aftertaste, along with a hint of citrus. the main flavor isn't overly pronounced. this a a very good saison but not top notch. (324 characters)

Photo of CHADMC3
3.69/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a transparent golden body with hazy hues beneath the persistent feather white head that holds on for most of the beer's duration.

Aromas consist of yeasty farmhouse funk, lemongrass and hints of coriander and grass.

Flavors offer yeast and again lemongrass, as well as some spice notes such as peppercorns, and touches of wheat.

Medium to lighter in body with medium carbonation and an earthy finish.

Not a bad Saison but perhaps not as clean and pronounced in terms off the typical style characteristics as some of its peers. (536 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Evil Twin has devised an incredible Belgian-style Saison that would fit right in at Brugge. With its focus on spicy dryness but with the most supple malt and fruit support, the beer doesn't ignore the more rustic tones that reinforce true Belgian-esque character.

Light gold in color, this Beaster of a beer is exuberent with a dazzling display of carbonation that continually fuels a fluffy and zesty head. Cottony froth layers atop and regenerates itself like champagne. Lacing like a champ, the beer simply sings the praises of quality.

Earthy spice aromas pronounce to the nose, just ahead of a pep of lemon and papaya fruit sweetness. In its taste, early grainy-sweetness bridges into a middle palate of wine must and "Lemon Drop" candies. Earthen tones of hay and straw turns bitter in finish while white pepper, cumin, and a powdery corkish taste offer the unique rustic characteristics that really set Saisons apart from other Belgian styles.

Medium-sweet to start, the ale turns to full dryness quickly with slight mineral taste and a big peppery zing and spritzy warmth to finish. It's hard to find more authentic farmhouse taste oustide of Belgium that what Evil Twin offers up with this fine example. (1,215 characters)

Photo of Tone
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy, copper/gold color. One inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of slight hop, tartness (apple?), slight sweet malt, hint of pale malt, and a hint of yeast. Fits the style of a Saison / Farmhouse Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is also a slight dryness present. Tastes of hops, grass, slight sweet malt, slight apple?, hint of fruit, slight hop oil, and slight floral notes. Overall, subtle flavors but good blend, good appearance, and aroma. (538 characters)

Photo of ksimons
4.14/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-hazy golden in color with about two fingers worth of white head that leaves a bit of lace down the sides of the glass

S-pale malts, biscuity, apple/pear sweetness, light citrus, and a bit of yeast funk

T-taste starts out with light bread like malt and changes into a fruity, citrus, bitter hop finish

M-medium body, medium to high carbonation, light bitter finish

Overall a very refreshing, easy to drink beer. Would be great on a summer afternoon. (454 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (308 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
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. (2,173 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle poured into tulip 11/2/13

A murky orange liquid with loads of sediment and bubbles, at first the bottle pours foam perhaps 5 times the foam as liquid. It settles down and I end up with beer in my glass and a very well sustained soapy head that leaves lots of lace

S farmhouse yeast, thrills gum, spice, apple, dried orange peel and cereal, smells pretty solid, some earthy wet wood as it warms

T tastes like sour fruit a little, the cereals stale and there's something I can't place holding this one back, some grapefruit rind I didn't smell and in fact the taste and nose are strangely different

M explodes as soon as it hits your mouth, after some swirls it calms down and has a fairly full body and just a little heat, a little slick in the mouth and spicy earthy finish

O interesting take on the style, I though the nose was right on but room for improvement in other areas but its pretty decent overall

I'm not sure if all the bubbles and foam are a good thing or bad, not sure if that would mellow with time either. I think this would work with a warm Spring day and that could be a while in this part of the world (1,143 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy golden orange, finger of frothy white head. Fades medium.

S - Sweet grainy and pilsner malts, citrus and floral hops, Belgian yeast, coriander, clove, banana, pepper, lemon and orange zest.

T - Sweet grainy and pilsner malts, citrus, floral hops, some smooth bitterness, lemon and orange zest, Belgian yeast, coriander, clove, banana, pepper.

M - Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Smooth with a dry and estery finish.

D - Nicely balanced saison. Good hop and yeast character. (491 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.88/5  rDev 0%
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. (540 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tap at Ebenezers

Big creamy head, hazy golden tan orange color, lots of lacing.

Nose lots of saison funk, nice farmhouse rustic dry toasty saison, light toasty malts, light lemony citrus and hint of spices.

Taste nice saison farmhouse funk, fluffy malts, light creaminess from the malt as well, light lemon, hint spices, dry light grainy malt and funky yeast. Finish adds a light bitterness, floral spices, fairly dry and lots of lingering farmhouse yeast funk.

Mouth is med bodied, good carb, fluffy.

Overall nice, great farmhouse yeast funk without Brett but almost seems like it does, nice fluffy malts, tasty and drinkable. (632 characters)

Photo of cmoody91
3.42/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass.

A: Pours golden wheat color with giant white head that quickly dissipates into heavy lacing

S: Very light vague citrus and caramel, barnyard.

T: Hop forward, wheat dominated, somewhat thinly dissipating with a dry finish dominated by carbonation and a touch of funk.

M: Light, thin mouthfeel with high carbonation.

O: Pretty drinkable but not something I'd invest in again, becomes far more interesting as it cools. Interesting to try if available. (477 characters)

Photo of rudzud
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at the Hill Farmstead store in Greensboro, VT.

A - Pourd into my Duvel tulip a crystal clear light straw colour with a big, sudsy rocky three finger head. Massive like a Duvel head in appearance. Just excellent for a saison.

S - Some light lemon citrus notes and dank barnyard funk. Theres some super faint herbalness and pepper on the end. Maybe some banana too.

T - Wow, taste is a far cry from the nose. Theres some light citrus and malt sweetness along with that nice funk. The end though overpowers all of it with a strong ABV presence. That ABV really hurts the overall beer.

M - Mouthfeel isnt bad. Light crisp carbonation but strong, strong ABV on the finish.

O - Overall, this beer started out with so much promise only to be overwhelmed by ABV that shouldn't be there. Shouldn't taste this strong or assertive, but it does. Really a shame. (864 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
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. (492 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (626 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
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. (674 characters)

Photo of drpimento
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I let this warm a bit from the fridge. It poured with a medium sized, foamy, off white head that lasts a while and some lace. Color is a very slightly hazy yellow with plenty of bubble trails. Aroma is fruit, malt, caramel, yeast, spice, citrus and not much like traditional saisons. Flavor explains why a bit - it's a hoppy saison with the above noted nose components, plus good hop flavor, and plenty of carbonic tang, fairly dry. Body and carbonation are excellent for style. Finish is like flavor, balanced, easy drinking, good burps. Great beer! (550 characters)

Evil Twin Ryan And The Beaster Bunny from Evil Twin Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.