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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 BeerNutz324
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
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%
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 -7.8%
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 +9.1%
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%
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 -2.3%
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.

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Photo of Brew_42
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
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 +3.9%
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 +3.9%
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 -5.7%
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.

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Photo of BlackBelt5112203
3.66/5  rDev -4.9%
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 +18.2%
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%
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 -7.3%
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 +6.5%
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 +9.9%
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.

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Photo of alaimoa
3.49/5  rDev -9.4%
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 +4.7%
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 -3.9%
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 +8.3%
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 +4.2%
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 +1.3%
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 -4.2%
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 +9.9%
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.

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Photo of Tone
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
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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Evil Twin Ryan And The Beaster Bunny from Evil Twin Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.