Evil Twin / Crooked Stave - Ryan And The Gosling
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American Brett
3.85 | pDev: 10.39%
Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Evil Twin / Crooked Stave - Ryan And The GoslingEvil Twin / Crooked Stave - Ryan And The Gosling
Notes: Brewed with citrus peel, with citrus juice added.
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Photo of woodychandler
4.76/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Man, "Bock Me & Bock Yinz! I Almost Forgot That It's New Evil Voodoo Twin Ranger Beer Sunday (Week 745)" is simply outta control, yo! I wildly overamped on today's excursion & I am paying the price as a result. Well, not totally since I took a tab of Prilosec to ward off the impending heartburn from this & the previous entry.

From the Bottle: "Hey girl - just listening to you talk about how the 100% brettanomyces with CMY-1, CMY-5, CMY-7, along with the mash consisting of pale 2-row, Munich II, oats, wheat and honey, together with citrus peel and juice that is added at KO, followed by fresh zest with balanced citrussy hop characteristics at whirlpool - makes me wanna drink this beer just for you."

I Pop!ped the cap, but I also noticed a modicum of lees on the kick so I consulted both the site's Style guidelines as well as BJCP. Both agreed that clarity was okay & cloudiness was likewise acceptable. Sehr gut! I am a stickler for clarity, especially when it is natural. The barnyard scent came streaming out of the bottle's neck & opening like it had been bottles up for so long that it cried out for release. 8=O Full-on Brett, like Brett Sommers-level Brett! It was enough to gag a maggot, which is probably why it had not sold before going on clearance. I smelled septic tank like I had not smelled since my maternal grandparents' tank ruptured in the 1970s. Brutal! My pour was nice & gentle as I kept my gag reflex in check. It formed just under two fingers of foamy, soapy, rocky, bone-white head with exemplary retention for the style. Color was a gorgeous Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7) & The Gelt Gang of Croesus, Midas & Mammon joined me for a sip until they got a whiff of this concoction & bowed out. Phew! It smelled like cheese, Boy's locker room, cow droppings, horse sweat & simple putrefaction. It is like the old saying about something else: "Once you get past the smell, you've got is licked!" I am a retired US Navy enlisted sailor & I have smelled MUCH worse. Let's get it on! Mouthfeel was medium, but barely. That was never going to be its strong suit. Oh man, the taste was like being in the middle of a working farm & trying to drink water while taking a deep breath! The nose was far more pungent than the taste although it had a really rank cheesiness in the mouth. It reminded me of fresh, ripe farmhouse cheese in France. I made it there numerous times as a plankowner on the USS Normandy & with four years of Middle/High School French under my belt, plus a love of languages, I became pretty proficient. On one visit, I wangled us a visit to a farm, via cart from the local bar. We ate like kings & the soft, fresh Brie tasted a lot like this. NOT the export shite that you are probably used to, but real cheese with terroir. This was a beer that cried out for (sharp) cheese & crackers. Bump wine! I'd proudly serve this with the appetizer course. Warming, it not only became more pungent 8=p but it also took on a beautifully cool mintiness, like eucalyptus. Mmm. Like I said, get past the smell … Great Gott Dang, but this was really good! I can see how it might be a tough sell, given its reliance on Brett, but if you ever wanted an entrée as to the yeast strain, this would be the way to go. Finish was bone dry. Gaspingly dry. Dry as the Zephyr winds blowing across the Sahara. Dry as my bank account. 'Nuff said. Phew! I was left stunned. I was entirely thankful that I popped a Prilosec going into it, but man, what a find & on clearance, no less.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into a chalice. No date, but if memory serves, this has been kicking around in the fridge for about 3-4 years.

A: Sunny golden color with great clarity. Fine-bubbled white head settles in after a time. Small patches of lace slide back down to the liquid line.

S: Dusty and musty yeast, bit of raw honey and toast, slight tartness, and vague citrus juices.

T: Follows the nose. Nice brett character with a lot of musty and dusty yeast flavor. Bone dry, as expected. Touch of nutty grain and honeyed cracker. Citrus was more subtle than expected, though certainly there. It brings a very mild acidic tartness. Tough to say which fruit, or fruits, were actually used. I'd guess a sweeter orange varietal and perhaps grapefruit or lemon. It comes across a bit sauv blanc-like actually. Quick and dry finish sees brett and citrus evaporate from the palate.

M: Light in feel, though there's a bit of a creamy and chewy texture, probably due to use of adjunct grains like wheat and oats. Carbonation has a firm but gentle scrub.

O: Fairly straightforward, not much complexity here. It's a light and easy quaff with an easygoing brett character. A good "dip your toes in" beer for people who need to get a first-time feel for brett.

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Photo of mkh012
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in a tulip. Reviewing this one the day after, so I don't have notes. I'll keep it short.

Pours a hazy orange. Nose and taste are both very saison-like. White wine, lemon, orange, minimal funk. Low bitterness. I enjoyed this one. Refreshing and sessionable at 4%. This was marked simply as a "Pale Ale" on the taplist, so I wasn't expecting the brett, but it works. The "funk" is tame.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 6/21/2016 at Flynn’s in Mansfield, MA, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a large foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains citrus, some hops, wild Belgian yeast and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a grassy hops bitterness followed by some wild Belgian yeast funk. Then some mildly sweet flavors of citrus and caramel come in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a little bit of balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, very mild kick, decent representation of style, this is a decent beer to drink for a while.

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

Reviewing this as a wild ale since it was all brett fermented

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip to a bright gold with a finger of dense white head that fades to a small pool with minimal lacing
S: Smells very citrusy on the nose along with some barnyard funk and horse blanket from the brett
T: Taste is a nice bit of juicy citrus up front before the funk and horse blanket comes rolling in. Slight band aid and medicinal quality as well with some pale malt flavors coming and going. Swallow is more citrus with the funk coming in on the back end with the barnyard and horse blanket before fading to band aids. Slight sweetness on the finish as well.
M: This beer is in the middle of the road when it comes to the body with soft carbonation and a drying finish
O: An impressive amount of flavors and complexity for the ABV. This is definitely an enjoyable drink and one to try if you like funk but not sour.

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Photo of FBGordon
4.19/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured on draft.

A: Pours a pale gold with an off-white head which thins into a ring that laces nicely throughout.

S: A brett barnyard fest. It's subtle and not overpowering, but brettanomyces doesn't need much to make it's presence known. There's a little hops in there, as well.

T: A clean, almost Saison character, followed by pleasant hop bitterness. A touch of funk settles on the back end, but the sour presence is small compared to the hops.

M: An almost light body with crisp carbonation that scrubs the palate well.

O: Very interesting. Lots of wild funk in your face at first, but it sits well with the pale ale characteristics. Some may not care for the brett, but for what this beer is, it's quite well done. Cheers!

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Photo of Sabtos
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Clear golden maize with a moderate white head.

This is a stumper, it's like a mix between an IPA, saison, and wheat beer.

At first I get a lot of grassy hay notes. Then there are floral notes. I was actually sitting next to one of the new bartenders and her thought was begonias, so I'll take her word for it.

Hops provide a bitter citrus bite, but not too much.

Light and refreshing, crisp on the tongue.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle - man, Evil Twin sure does have a predilection for North American pop culture icons, eh?

This beer pours a hazy, medium golden yellow colour, with two fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and somewhat creamy bone-white head, which leaves a bit of rocky landscape lace around the glass as it slowly seeps away.

It smells of white cheesy funk, grainy pale malt, a touch of spicy wheatiness, muddled citrus flesh, further untethered yeasty notes, some more exotic tropical fruit, and an indistinct earthy and floral hoppy bitterness. The taste is bready and doughy pale malt, wheat crackers, a surprisingly gentle musty funkiness, reserved orange, lemon, and white grapefruit citrus, mixed tropicals (pineapple and kiwi, mostly), and more leafy, earthy, and dead hay-like hoppiness.

The carbonation is fairly understated in its plainly rendered fruitiness (it's no Jared Vennett), the body a so-so middleweight, and sort of smooth, once your Brett cognitive dissonance machine (if you are lucky enough to possess one) kicks in. It finishes trending dry, even with all that slowly evolving orange fruitiness lingering about.

Overall, a pleasing and engaging all-Brett ale, one where a certain balance is achieved via amping up some corresponding fruitiness by whatever means available. I won't be returning to this one, but if you're a fan of this particular beastie, I would recommend that you give Ryan and the Gosling a whirl.

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Photo of Tone
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy, gold color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of bacterial funk, strong yeast, hops, slight grass, hint of mustiness, and slight floral notes. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of slight yeast, bacterial funk, hint of hops, hint of pale malt, and a hint of mustiness. Overall good appearance, aroma is very indicative of a Crooked Stave brew, the blend, of what body you can discern, is good though the body is quite subdued compared to the aroma.

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Photo of infinitebruner
4.63/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

January 17, 2016

Bomber, tulip

A – Light to medium gold, and moderately hazy, like an unfiltered farmhouse ale. Pure white foam stand of about an inch is slightly craggy and takes its time on the way out. Like sunshine in a glass.

S – Lemon, meringue, a creamy impression. Definitely a fruity Brett beer, with a ton of straw/hay and funk, like a well-blended gueuze. Malt notes are flour, sourdough bread.

T – Lemon-lime soda, a touch of Chardonnay grape-like notes, and noticeable but reserved funky barnyard notes. Flour and undercooked bread malt flavors. The sourness/funk of the Brett is complementary, allowing the fruitiness to shine. Outstanding.

M – Carbonation is very high, with a light body. Well-attenuated and dry throughout, an extraordinarily brisk, refreshing feel. Low residual sweetness, which is scrubbed by the carbonation, and not bitterness at all. Perfect.

O – An outstanding, tasty, refreshing summer afternoon beer, which at 4% ABV can be enjoyed in large quantities. A perfect use of Brett by two masters.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at the Bull Dog Uptown. Pours hazy gold with a thin, fizzy, white foam collar. Big citrus aromas and flavors along with a heavy dose of tart funk coupled with a mild touch of alcohol make this a refreshing drink.

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Photo of MUTINY
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber into a wine tumbler.

Quick review, from notes.
They're not lying about the brett here, between that & the pronounced citrus notes this turns out to be an interesting semi-tart pale.

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Photo of TheCobbgoblin
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

It's a tasty brett pale, but I also had this while also eating some supremely spicy thai food. Actually Thai style cusine is the best food that pairs with this bretty pale.

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Photo of Zach136
4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draught at the Porter in Atlanta.

Appearance: Cloudy yellow with OK lacing.

Aroma: Funk and tropical fruit, mostly kiwi.

Flavor: Touch of citrus peel bitterness. Light grainy malt bill and peppery east character.

Mouthfeel: Medium light body, medium high carbonation

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Photo of cbutova
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- 22oz poured to three glasses with a cloudy pale golden body. A white cap forms to under a finger with a frothy texture and poor retention falling to a tiny ring. Lacing forms a few spots.

S- Brett pretty much all the way to town. Dried tropical and stone fruits with a signature straw, farmy funk. Smells acidic but not sour or lactic.

T- Brett pretty much makes up the entire experience and for a 100% Brett brew it delivers a lot of flavors. Dried pineapple, tangerines, orange, funky barnyard straw, slight oxidation and cherry pits.

MF- Light to medium bodied with a fizzy and foamy texture. Carbonation is fairly high but mostly smooth with a light bitterness on the palate.

Brett pretty much summed up in a bottle. Not a horse funk bomb but quite funky and plenty of dried fruit and straw barnyard flavor.

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

Pours a chill-hazed with a pinky of pearl colored head. Great lacing, stays hazy, decent head retention

S: Horse blanket, grassiness

T: Follows the nose, slight Brett sourness & tartness with lemons up front. Mown hay, dryness, a little grapefruit, a touch of melon as this warms. Finishes dry, tart with lemon & grapefruit

MF: Light bodied, delicate carbonation , nice balance

Through the roof drinkability. I really enjoyed this one

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Straw yellow, moderate haze with a soapy white head. Grassy, hop, hay, floral aromas. Super smooth palate with a gentle bitterness. Mild herbal character. Tasty brett character throughout. Solid.

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Photo of ttroha
3.06/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Maltitude. Pours cloudy orange with no head. Aroma of funk, yeast, honey and citrus. Right off the bat it tastes like sour and funk, flavors of citrus slowly creep in. Light bodied and dry finish. It's definitely different -- just like Ryan Gosling.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.54/5  rDev -8.1%

Bottle shared with Isaac at the store yesterday.

Pours a hazy and golden yellow color, with a small half inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells quite Bretty and also quite bready, really, really bready, with some underlying citrus.

I don't get a whole lot of the added citrus flavor, unfortunately, I just get a big sourdough flavor here, slightly toasted. There is a slightly tangy flavor, but it's a tangy bread flavor, not really a tangy citrus flavor. When I do notice the citrus flavors, there's a bit of orange, and that's really it. Finishes quite dry.

Light bodied, with a crisp, fairly dry mouthfeel, and a medium amount of carbonation.

This was unfortunately a sourdough bomb for me- it tasted good for a little bit, then just got tiring.

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Photo of stephens101
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The bubbly, off-white head fades hastily, leaving nothing but a clear, yellow and orange brew.

Aroma consists of Brett, lemon zest, green apple, orange and faint spice. Very rich and promising.

Fruity (grapefruit, green apple) and crisp with little in the way of Brett to the palate, but not uninteresting. A little grapefruit and subtle hops mingle in the background.

Light in body, but not in flavor. This is a simple, straight-forward and near perfect in all aspects.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy medium golden apricot in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass and straw + golden yellow highlights. The beer has a two finger tall fizzy foamy bright white head that slowly reduces to a medium thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of brett funkiness with light to moderate aromas of lime citrus and floral hops.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of grainy + pale malts with a touch of sweetness. That is quickly followed by strong flavors of earthy funkiness from the brett along with a touch of spiciness - good notes of hay and horse blanket. The finish has a light amount of citrus/lime zest and floral hops which impart a touch of bitterness which fades quickly.

M: Light bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Smooth, almost creamy with a moderate amount of dryness in the finish.

O: The mouthfeel is very much what I expected having tried a handful of other Crooked Stave beers and there is a definite brett presence in this one. Super easy to drink and enjoyable, pairs well with strong flavored foods at dinner. Easy to drink, refreshing and with very sessionable ABV. Extremely enjoyable and one that I would be happy to get again.

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

22 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. I found this oddity and the local beer store. 'All brett pale ale'. 'Brewed with citrus peel and with citrus juice added'. Not entirely sure what to expect with this one.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a juicy citrusy lemon-orange colored body with about two fingers of fizzy bone white foam that goes down somewhat quick. Some thick scattered lacing. It looks pretty nice.

S - The aroma is unique and pleasant - sour, tart, bretty, and funky on the initial sniff, but aromas of wheat, grain, grass, herbal spice rack notes, lemon zest, oranges, peaches, grapefruit, and pineapple emerge. Fruity and tropical aromas.

T - The taste follows the nose - lightly grainy / grassy / herbal, lots of pale bready malt character, and lots of juicy tropical citrus fruits on the finish - grapefruit, orange, tangerine, peaches. The brett could maybe stand to me amped up just a touch, but as it is, all of the ingredients are in good harmony with each other.

M - The feel is crisp, juicy, smooth, and clean. Lightly dry and bready, but it is in nice harmony with the citrus juices. Medium-light bodied with good carbonation. Very easy drinking

Overall, an enjoyable low alcohol brett pale ale from Evil Twin. It smelled much more sour than it tasted, but it was about what I was hoping for, and I would definitely be interested to try other beers similar to this one.

Evil Twin / Crooked Stave Ryan And The Gosling ---4/5.

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

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy bright gold color with a 2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon zest, orange peel, tangerine, apricot, peach, pear, wheat, cracker, hay, straw, grass, light pepper, musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus spicing, fruity/funky brett, and pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon zest, tangerine, orange peel, apricot, peach, pear, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, herbal, light pepper, musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Light yeast spice on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon zest, tangerine, orange zest, apricot, peach, pear, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, light pepper, herbal, musty funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of citrus spiciness, fruity/funky brett, and pale malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish as expected of 4%. Overall this is a damn nice all Brett citrus spiced pale ale. All around good balance and complexity of citrus spicing, fruity/funky brett, and pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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

A 4.0% abv all Brettanomyces Pale Ale with Citra hops, citrus juic and peel added. It pours a slightly hazed golden apricot hue with bright white head with a yellow tint to it, fine Belgian style lacing. We are in good hands; this beer was brewed at Westbrook Brewing Company.

Aroma has that wild funky brett character with lemon/lime citrus notes coming through, citrus pith and zest as well the oils jump out of the glass and into your nares. The character from the all Brett fermentation leads to a bit of horse blanket, barnyard quality with a dank earthy mint spice even alcohol glazed pear.

Flavor contains bitter orange pith off the bat, brettanomyces character all day. Tropical fruit, bitter earthy dank citric brettanomyces yeast notes. Again more of those flavors associated with the brett fermentation including barnyard, pear, herbal mint notes. Citra hops are lost amongst everything else going on.

Mouthfeel has a lighter body but the textures are not thin in anyway, so nice to see a 4% session pale ale all brett fermentation this is unique and trademark of something you would brew with Crooked Stave he did graduate work on Brettanomyces fermentation and I’m pretty sure that strain with other wild yeasts full most of his breweries creations.

Overall, very enjoyable easy to consume yet satisfyingly complex characteristics are found in this beer, I’m glad that they are distributed in Ohio. Hell Eviltwin Imperial Biscotti Break remains in my top ten beers of all time.

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Photo of emerge077
4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Thomas & Jenny for sharing!
Quick review from written notes.

Splashed into a tulip glass, it pours a hazy golden orange tone. Thin ring and patchy skim across the surface.

Soft woodiness and eucalyptus from the Brett strain, also some damp hay and citrus notes.

Juicy orange , bitter peels, tropical passionfruit flavors, well integrated Brett yeast plays off the fruit nicely. Medium bodied, juicy at first with a dry finish. Very summery and drinkable. Glad this stuff is fairly affordable, will seek some out.

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Evil Twin / Crooked Stave - Ryan And The Gosling from Evil Twin Brewing
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 266 ratings