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Evil Twin Ryan And The Beaster Bunny - Evil Twin Brewing

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Reviews: 100
Hads: 546
Avg: 3.86
pDev: 23.58%
Wants: 16
Gots: 87 | 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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Photo of soccerman7
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
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
4.37/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | 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 +3.6%
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 +3.6%
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 -6%
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 -5.2%
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 +17.9%
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 +5.7%
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 -7.5%
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 +6.2%
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 +9.6%
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 -9.6%
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 +4.4%
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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Photo of mactrail
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of daledeee
4.17/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of stercomm
4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of YieldToNothing
3.9/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of CHADMC3
3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of Tone
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Photo of ksimons
4.14/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.63/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
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

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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