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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 thepenguin
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light orange gold with lively carbonation. Little head in the beginning but a nice froth sits on the top throughout.

Nose is a pronounced gooseberry, spicy herbal hops, grain, lemon zest, some biscuit, spicy esters, mango and papaya. This beer runs a pretty wide and interesting gamut of aromas.

Flavors of grain, American hops, bread, some toffee, lemon and yeasty notes. Bitter, herbal, toffee-like finish.

Medium body, prickly carbonation, a touch of warmth and a somewhat chewy mouthfeel for a saison.

This is a halfway decent beer with an aroma much better than its flavor. As with many other American-style saisons, I find it overly grainy and bitter for my taste. This one may be better suited for drinking with a meal than enjoying as a standalone brew.

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

Serving: 12 oz bottle poured into a stemmed Pilsner (beer tulip) glass.

Appearance: Hazy orange-tinged yellow with frothy near white head and whispy lacing.

Smell: Full nose of grains, spice, Belgian yeast, stone fruit and floral notes.

Taste: Opens with fruity and honey sweet malt before more complex notes chime in: Belgian yeast, citrus zest, grass, earthy and spicy hops. Mild but crisp bitterness for a drier finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with fuller, creamy feel. Lively carbonation.

Overall: Enjoyably complex but drinkable for a bigger Saison in both body and ABV.

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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 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 CHickman
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass, the brew was cloudy orange colored with a huge 2 finger snow white head that was full of bubbles of all sizes that seemed to pop one at a time and dissipate extremely slowly. Lacing was decent, and a foamy layer stuck around on top which gave it a very nice overall look. The head lasted about 5 minutes in total.

Smells starts off like a classic saison with the Belgian yeast, coriander, lemon zest, wheat and pepper striking first, followed by toasted grains, earthy notes like peat moss or tree bark, a penny, wet cardboard, toasted wheat crackers, aspirin and then it turns to dry rotted flowers or potpourri. The flowery potpourri aroma that comes on strong at the end takes away from the rest of the smells, kind of negating what started out as a fine smelling brew.

Tastes of Belgian yeast, coriander, brown sugar, lemon zest, wheat, pepper, orange peel, toasted grains, metal/penny, aspirin, a very dry biscuit, dry floral hops, hay, and then earthy notes like peat moss, tree bark, wet cardboard or the general dry mud or farmhouse essence. Thankfully the spices are more timid than the nose with only a little sign of the potpourri that gets mixed up with the sweet malt and leafy hops. The ABV is well masked and it has a flavor in line with the style.

Mouthfeel is very creamy and smooth, velvety smooth and towards the thin side but still nice with enough texture to give it a medium body; carbonation is very light with just the right amount of effervescence which lets it trail off on the sweet and bitter side with a nice mix of grains, light floral hops and spices. Mouth felt close to dry after the swallow and the beer almost seemed refreshing. Very good overall, a solid offering even considering the odd potpourri aroma which I didn't care for. I'd certainly have this again since Evil Twin generally makes very good beers and I'm sure it might be better.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.87/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

22 oz bottle, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, opaque, golden, yellow color, speckled with some peach and orange highlights and a finger and a half of white-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Wow! Strong aromas of toasted malt and wheat, bready and bright, along with tons of Belgian yeast, which impart notes of black pepper, coriander, saffron, cardamom, and parsley. There’s also aromas of candied sugar, lemon and orange zest and pith. Finally, there’s lots of floral notes like freshly cut grass, clover and honeysuckle. Inviting and delicious!

Taste: Wow! Exactly like the aroma. Strong flavors of toasted malt and wheat, along with tons of Belgian yeast, which impart flavors of black pepper, coriander, saffron, cardamom, and parsley. There’s also flavors of candied sugar and honey-like sweetness, some citrus notes of lemon and orange zest, and a touch fruit, like peaches and apricots. There’s also lots of floral notes like freshly cut grass, clover and honeysuckle as well, and a touch of clove, ginger and banana, but not a lot, just a kiss of them to let you know that they’re there. Inviting and delicious!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, crisp and effervescent as there is quite a bit of carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 7%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is an excellent, excellent farmhouse-style ale! Malty, fruity, funky, spicy, citrusy, floral and crisp. Highly recommended!

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Sampled yesterday on 6/8/15. Comes in a 12 ounce bottle. From the Evil Twin Brewing Company in Brooklyn, New York, their "RYAN AND THE BEASTER BUNNY" contains right at 7% alcohol (ABV). Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a "EMPYREAN BREWING CO." snifter glass.

Brew pours a hazy golden-yellow in color with a small 1/2-finger foamy white head. Some light sheets of lacing is seen when sipped. The aroma is of spice and citrus zest for the most part. Bit more going on with the taste with the crispy malts blending in with the lemon and orange zest along with some coriander, peppercorn with grassy hops. Crisp finish that is slightly dry. Medium-bodied with lower carbonation. Overall, it was OK if you like this style of brew, but one of the better ones.

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Photo of shleepy
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Murky straw color. Small-ish head. Burned chocolate, pear in the smell. Medium grassy hoppiness in the taste. Has more malts than I'd expect. More like a light Belgian pale than a saison, but still good.

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Photo of stompilator
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a chalice.

A - Poured an opaque, slightly golden straw color. Thin, crispy head.

S - Cloves, orange peel, lemon rind, very yeasty.

T - Lively yeast spice hits hard up front, settling into clove, orange, and lemon notes. Hint of rosemary, and a nice hop flavor in the back. Pretty high residual bitterness, which gets a little overwhelming after a bit.

M - Pretty thin and aggressive, but refreshing.

O - Pretty solid Saison, but would've liked a little more spice than bitterness.

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Photo of cbutova
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Full notes taken to phone the other night.

A- 12oz slim bottle to a couple snifters with a golden body with lots of haze some and particulate suspended. White cap at around a finger with decent retention dropping a few small sheets of lacing.

S- Bright Saison yeast is the show with an emphasis on citrus fruits and yeast spice; hints at very slight tartness. Herbal coriander, lemon oil, orange zest, sage and apples/pale grapes come to mind.

T- Fruits and spices derived fron whatever yeast strain they utilize in this Saison. Lemon peels, pink peppercorn, coriander, oranges, vanilla sweetness, apple and pear esters, Pils grains, white grapes, crusty bread, herbal grassy hops and even slight phenols marry in a balanced profile.

MF- Mostly dry with only a slight residual sweetness in a medium overall body for the style. Carbonation is at a moderately low level and lacks that crisp bite I look for. Soothing creaminess and light spicy bitterness.

Relatively fruity Saison with an herbal and spicy character helping to balance that all out. Smooth for 7% but lacks some carbonation in the feel.

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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 Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

Pours hazed yellowy lighter amber, sturdy lite khaki head, last and gets all frothy. Leaves ample fine lace on the glass

Earthy nose with some minty and peppery spice tagging along

Flavorful and complex, with more earth, pepper, green pepper, bubble gum, mint.

Delicious. Well worth seeking out and savoring

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Photo of Kevuas
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Ryan and the Beaster Bunny poured a clear golden color with a two finger foam head that slipped away gracefully. Not much lacing to speak of. The aroma is lemon and citrus with some hints of herbs. There is a very earthy smell to Ryan and the Beaster Bunny. The taste of is almost Brett-like, with sour mixed in with funky herbs and floral notes. The flavors of Ryan and the Beaster Bunny are difficult to lock down, but are definitely farmhouse and include banana, caramel, bubblegum, pepper, vanilla, and tartness. The mouthfeel is smooth to a bit on the carbonated side. There is an ever-so-slight alcohol undertone but at 7.0% really not bad at all. Overall I feel that Ryan and the Beaster Bunny is a solid farmhouse offering.

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Photo of ta_hagen
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Some definitive farmhouse ale aromas, funk earthly smell. Finishes tarty but slight dry. Sometimes it tastes like a Saison that lead's into a farmhouse ale, if you know what I mean. Worth trying for sure...

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Photo of smcolw
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Starts with a one-finger head--some spots on the glass. Light gold color with a bit of a haze.

More sour than earthy to the nose. Some definitive farmhouse ale aromas but not as sharp as some.

The flavor starts off softly, but the swallow brings some distinctive tartness. The aftertaste is a blend of sour and bitter--pleasant blend. The body is chewy; the carbonation is high.

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Photo of ZCW
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Smooth Saison style beer. Beautiful bright yellow with a strong Saison nose. Very drinkable - no harshness or weird notes. Perfectly in style, and definitely not discontinued.

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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 Zach136
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy yellow, thin white head and excellent lacing.

Aroma: Pepper and pineapple yeast aroma that's not too intense.

Flavor: Light, citrus and pepper again with a touch of hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Fairly dry and effervescent.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Fruity nose, primarily orange peel and light fruit with a touch of bacon and smoke.
Pours clear gold under a ½” finely bubbled foam cap that descends to a thick film.
Light malt with orange peel and spice recede to a slight astringent note from the spice accented by bitter citrus rind hops that linger into the after taste.
Effervescent, fairly light, refreshing.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%

Pours a murky light yellow-orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, earth, spice, Belgian yeast, and Brett like aromas. Taste is much the same with tropical fruit, spice, Belgian yeast, funk, and Brett like flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that has a Brett like aspects even though I don't think any was used in this beer.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

My issue with Saisons has always been the clovey flavor imbued by the yeast. The Beaster Bunny has almost no peppercorn, clove or spiciness but has more of a sweeter tone. That sweetness lends to a bubblegum flavor with a hint of natural banana. The malt is more doughy and bready at the back. It drinks very light and easy but has a hefty tone.

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Photo of jellikit
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: yellow. Clear. Thick, foamy/frothy white head. Lots of bubbles.

S: slightly skunky. Estery. Spicy.

T: lemon peel. Banana. Pepper. Alcohol.

M: high carbonation. Medium body. Dry.

O: great Saison. A little over-the-top. But tasty. Unique. Well balanced. Funky. Definitely a sipper.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Explodes on opening. Orange cloudy look; over-generous beige head. Webs out sparsely. Clumps of lace left behind. OK except for shit opening.

Smells yeasty and slightly carbonic, but nice fruity edge: guava, banana and passion. Hint of rubber. Enticing enough.

Taste is earthy, funky and spicy. Slight fruit note upfront - apple - with some passionfruit, then strong rubber, boot polish, aged Riesling and soil. Drinks OK, has big late-mid but finishes cleanly. Not bad.

Bit of texture, bitty, goes down alright.

Decent saison, very potent but surprisingly refreshing. I like.

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Photo of macher0
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A. This ale pours a light copper to moderate straw appearance with a coarse bubble egg shell head that quickly retreats to a coarse rim. Excellent laces.

S. Big time barn house funk. Very typical saison yeast. Biscuits, bubble gum, and light malts.

T. The palette cones across with heavy barn house funk, yeast, and a significant malt presence. Certainly a good amount of biscuits and bubble gum. Minor notes of straw, dusty grain, and hops.

M. Coarse carbonation, moderate body, moderate smoothness.

O. This is a moderate ale. Very typical of the style. Certainly recommended. I will have this again when in the mood for a farmhouse ale or saison.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a cloudy gold with a two-finger foamy white head. The head dissapates quickly.

S - Aromas of Belgian yeast, bubblegum, apple, pear, and white pepper.

T - The taste follows the aroma. Starts out with a good amount of sweetness - apple and pear. The sweetness fades into a cracked wheat flavor with a decent hop bite. The finish has a strong white pepper bite.

M - Light bodied with medium carbonation. Smooth creamy mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O - A decent Saison, but probably wouldn't drink again based on the price.

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