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Evil Twin Ryan And The Beaster BunnyEvil Twin Ryan And The Beaster Bunny

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Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of GRG1313
2.59/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a crystal clear orange amber with a decent pure white full head; nice to look at.

Nose is big assertive esters of fresh stone fruit and fresh flowers with lots of cooked banana character. Assertive and big but the floral character really saves the nose and makes it appealing. Perhaps a bit too perfumy for some.

Mouthfeel is thin with an elegant carbonation but a bit too watery for me. Flavor profile is just "off."

Flavors start out "green" herbal in nature - ivy, celery, green pepper that goes to pine and burnt toast, all with a hit of lemon or lime. Flavors are just all over the place and not integrated. Somewhere in there is a sweet undertone that does not help and just confuses more.

Finish is nice green pepper, pine bitter and saves this one a bit. I don't see this as a Saison; is that what the brewer intended?

Might actually do all around better with food. I likely will not be one to try again.

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Photo of leprechaunandfatman
2.69/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

As soon as I opened the bottle, the smell seemed off. The taste is not as bad as the smell, but it still just tastes like an old beer. There is no bottled on date on the bottles so I have no idea if this is what is supposed to taste like, but this one is a mix of malt and citrus just completely overpowered by a, for lack of a better word, staleness.

I have another couple bottles of this that I'm not too excited about but I might try it again if I could figure out how old it is so that I could figure out if this bottle is off or if I just don't like this beer.

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Photo of teromous
2.86/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Light golden slightly hazy body with a short white head that quickly fades to nothing. Decent lacing.

Aroma: There is a faint spicy aroma, but it doesn't shout out with any distinct farmouse ale characteristic scents.

Taste: Spicy herbal flavor, like clove and faint rosemary.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied to the point of being a bit thin with a bit of a chalky feeling.

Overall: It was a pretty average farmhouse ale. Nothing really stood out though, it was pretty lacking in aroma and mouthfeel. It's not something I'd pick up again.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Slightly hazy golden color with white head. Aroma is mostly yeasty, a bit cloying. Hay, malt sweetness and alcohol. Taste is also mainly yeasty with a weird bitterness without any hops to make it pleasant. Taste is also cloying with a harsh alcohol presence. Body is medium, quite smooth, with high effervescence. Overall it's a very rustic beer, resembles the traditional belgian pale ales quite a lot, but it's really not my style of beer.

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Photo of Bshipman8993
3.19/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

looks and smells like a good farmhouse. You can taste the 7% a little bit overall is a light taste with spicy feel in your cheeks. Initially smooth with a good spice as you finish. Overall a decent farmhouse if you usually drink IPAs but if you are a Belgian fan it probably isn't for you. Good change of pace.

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Photo of jaehongcho
3.29/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

L: Yellowish golden body with lots of haze. Decent retention with thin lacing.

S: Banana and cloves, a sign of saison yeastiness. It is also floral, and citrusy with tart notes overall.

T: Sweet, juniper-like taste dominantes. Again, banana and cloves. I also get lemon peels, coriander, oranges, vanilla sweetness, Crusty bread sweetness. It's fruity with an herbal and spicy character

M: Fairly dry and bitter throughout. Slight sweetness in a medium overall body for the style. Low-carbonation.

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Photo of DispyDnb
3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottle at Lager Lager Berlin.
I found this one pretty difficult to drink, it's not a sipper. Big body and very yeasty taste, seems like a belgian style ale. A sofa-drinking farmhouse ale, don't get fooled by the mid alcohol because it takes time to be finished.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.34/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A – Bright pear juice body. Bone-white head pours high and leaves a sub par place.

S – Awgh. Pretty unappealing, even for a funky style. Fire, soap, sweaty socks, and rotten passion fruit.

T – A complete 180 from the nose. Tangerine, honeydew melon, dark honey, warm bread, and white grape. Bitter dandelion and orange pith. Sharp acidy on the finish.

M – Medium/light body with an ok carbonation. Cutting acidity on the finish is refreshing.

O – An incredibly ambivalent beer. The nose is horrible and the taste is fantastic. By far the most skewed nose/taste balance I’ve ever seen in a beer.

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Photo of cmoody91
3.42/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

500mL brown glass pry-top bottle. Purchased at Winooski Beverage Warehouse. Box says bottled 31.3.11/BB 31.3.12, but the label says best before 2015...odd.

Pours without much ado. Hazy golden yellow with thin white head. Nose has some preserved citrus notes and a little grass. Pretty muted. Palate is wide and then quickly sharp in the center then widens back out. Lemongrass, orange rind and hay.

Notes: No too impressed with this one. A rather straight-forward saison, but too loose on the mouthfeel for me to really enjoy it.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours a finger of head on a hazy straw body.
The aroma is a dry grain background with ripe fruits up front. Nice.
The taste has a moderate bitterness all the way through, a little fruit sweetness tries to come out.
The texture is soft and fizzy.

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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 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 SpeedwayJim
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from volunteering for BBF 2011. 16oz capped bottle Poured into Lost Abbey stemware. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a massive, 2 finger white, foamy head with good retention. Beer is a semi-clear pale yellow-clementine. Lacing is stringy and thick with good stick. Nice, even considering the style.

Nose is typical saison. Soapy with bountiful amounts of floral and spice characteristics. Very sweet and fresh. Solid.

Opens sweet with some citrus rind light tartness. Crisp and yeasty towards the middle with some peppercorn spice. Soapy and floral notes at the middle-end. Finishes flower petals and lemon zest with a filmy, slight bitter peppery aftertaste. Decent but could use a bit more funk characteristic.

Light bodied with moderate to high carbonation. Lively, crisp, and easy drinking in the mouth. Goes down bubbles and spicy with a crisp finish and lingering, filmy, dry aftertaste. Appropriate. Very easy drinking.

A solid representation of the style if just a tad boring. Nice feel and good flavor but really lacking that special funkiness to put it over the top as a great Saison.

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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 JayQue
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Refreshing beer, not a great Saison though. Pours a hazy dark gold color with a huge delicately bubbly white head. Good retention and several bands of lacing on the glass.

Aroma is lemon zest, some spices (definitely black pepper, maybe a little coriander too), and Belgian yeast.

Flavor is more of the same but what is missing is a big, not so subtle barnyard/musty/horseblanket thing that is so welcome in the best Saisons.

Mouthfeel is pretty good. The level of carbonation is just right and the beer is plenty rich enough.

Good beer but needs more "funk" to be a top Saison.

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Photo of puck1225
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Golden yellow, nice white head and lacing. Sweet slightly funky smell. The taste is a bit sweet and lemony with pepper. Not bad.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.57/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

i picked up a bottle of Evil Twin's Ryan And The Beaster Bunny a month and a half ago for $3.79 at Holiday Market. I've been meaning to try this one and when I saw it on the shelf I knew there's no better time than the present, so lets see how it goes. Bottled on 3/04/14. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a tulip.

A- The label looks ok, the design is pretty simple and it isn't too eye catching. It poured a cloudy pale yellow color that took on more of a golden hue when held to the light with over three fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left lots of nice patchy lacing behind. This was a good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the saison yeast being the first to show up and it imparts all those yeasty and eastery like aromas that I would expect and it's followed by a nice fruity aroma with some pears sticking out the most with just a little bit of lemon grass in the background. Up next comes the hops which impart a noticeable spicy and earthy hops aroma with a grassy aroma showing up a little in the background. This beer had a nice aroma that was what I would expect from the style, but I wish more of those farmhouse aspects came through.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma, but it's a little lighter and it starts off with a lower amount of sweetness with the Saison yeast still being the first to show up and it imparts the same aspects that it did in the aroma. Up next comes the fruits which are very similar to how they were in the aroma with the pear still sticking out the most. On the finish comes the hops which impart the same spicy and earthy hop aspects that they did in the aroma with a light amount of bitterness with a pear and spicy hop aftertaste. This was a nice tasting Saison, but the taste was a little lighter than I wanted it to be and I was more funky farmhouse yeast came through.

M- Smooth, crisp, not too prickly, a little dry on the finish, on the very light side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was pretty nice and it worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a decent beer and a nice example of the style, but the flavors were on the lighter side for the style and that left me wanting more from this beer and I really wish some farmhouse aspects came through since I don't really get any. This beer had ok drinkability, it was smooth, crisp, not too prickly, a little dry on finish, not filling at all and the taste doesn't do the greatest job at holding my attention, one is enough for me, I don't have the urge to drink another one in a row. What I like the most about this beer was that it stayed true to style, it had most of the things that I expect from a straight up Saison. What I liked the least about this beer was that the flavors weren't just a little bolder and I wish more farmhouse aspects came through. I don't think I would buy this beer again, but i wouldn't turn it down if I was in the mood for a straight up Saison. I can't say I would recommend it, but if you really like Saisons it's worth a shot. All in all I wasn't impressed with this beer, it wasn't bad, but I expected more from Evil Twin and the fact that it said Farmhouse style Ale on the label made it even more disappointing that hardly any farmhouse aspects came through. So far this is one of my least beers from Evil Twin and it falls in the middle at best for the style, I appreciate the effort, but I think this one could use some work, better luck next time guys.

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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 womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood Brewing

A: The beer pours a pale straw color with a somewhat short lived white head.

S: A fairly sweet nose on this one. Smells a bit like lemon candy with some sweet sugar. There is a mild yeast aroma along with grass, apples, and a touch of booze. There is a mild banana note on the back end as well as some bread.

T: The flavor starts off with lots of sweet sugar and a fair amount of banana. There is a mild caramel flavor with a hint of booze. Just a bit of yeast, grass, and lemon zest. A touch of bitterness on the finish.

M: Light to medium in body with a medium carbonation.

O: A little sweet and boozy for a saison, but it wasn't too bad.

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Photo of Suds
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This is a golden and clear beer with a lot of effervescence and a tall white head. Pretty. The aroma is funky...sweet, earthy, and a bit of barnyard. The taste is sweeter than expected, with a candy and bread flavor. Somewhat interesting, given the funk, but also a little jumbled. Full in body and with a lasting bitter, funky, sweet aftertaste.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
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 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 57md
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy straw with a thin layer of head. The nose is classically funky. The flavor follows the nose and there are some peppery notes to go along with the funk.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Copper with some sediment, lots of fast rising carbonation, and topped with 4 fingers of yellowish, glassy, rugged head.

S: Phenols, plastic, bananas, really Belgian like. Hints of peaches.

T: Belgian phenols, banana, hints of peach tea, manufactured rubber.

M: Medium, slightly acrid, syrupy body. Moderate carbonation.

O: This is my second time having this, on Jan 9th, 2017 in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The last time was in Nimenheimin, 2 years ago in December with French cuisine in our apartment. Not quite as awesome this time on its own, but fair.

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