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Evil Twin / Westbrook / Local Option Plastic ManEvil Twin / Westbrook / Local Option Plastic Man

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Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Taste the Colors,
Hear the Aromas,
Smell the Carbonation.

Added by BlackBelt5112203 on 05-03-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.07/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Evil Twin/Westbrook/Local Option “Plastic Man.”

BOTTLE: 1 pint 6 fl oz. Brown glass. Unbranded pry-off crown cap. Uninspired label design.

5.5% ABV. Distributed by Twelve Percent LLC.

Reviewed live as a saison per the label. Expectations are high given the breweries involved. Served cold into a tulip and allowed to come to temperature over the course of consumption.

No bubble show forms as it’s poured.

HEAD: Audibly fizzy. Occupies ~80% of the glass. ~5 inches wide. Leaves no lacing as it recedes. Retention is decent - ~3 minutes. Off-white colour. Thin, weak, and airy.

BODY: Clearly filtered, clashing with traditional style conventions. Clean, with no visible yeast or sediment. Golden copper colour of above average vibrance.
It’s a nice looking saison, I suppose, but it does lack a saison’s signature haziness. Could look more lively (e.g. via the presence of visible yeast). Seems overcarbonated.

AROMA: Juicy orchard apples, floral hop notes, yeasty spiciness, cidery notes, apple cidre vinegar, mild fruity hop notes, neutral Belgian malts, and appleskin. I find no overt brettanomyces funkiness, and it doesn’t have either the milkiness you’d find in a Saison Dupont or the intricate spicing you’d find in a Fantome. Malty sweetness is too prominent, and I have concerns about balance as a result.

Aromatic intensity is average.

I detect no off-notes or booze.

TASTE: Hints of apple skin and orchard fruit adorn the neutral Belgian pale malt base, with subtle wisps of yeasty spice and biscuity Belgian malts creeping in as well. There’s no brettanomyces funkiness, and there’s no sourness. Nor is there much in terms of barnyard character; I find no green apple, hay, straw, etc. Mild clove, some fruity ale esters…there isn’t much going on here considering the style it’s brewed in. Those hoping for an intricate saison on par with style paragons like Fantome or Dupont will be disappointed. It’s just a biteen too sweet, and is definitely too cidery. The apple emphasis goes too far – going well beyond subtlety and into overbearing territory. There’s no acetic or vinegary character, and no oak wood or must. Drinks like a Belgian pale ale with a bit of extra yeasty complexity thrown in.

The balance is off (towards the sweet end, as noted above), but it’s not egregious. The build is too simple and shallow, but it’s not far off from style conventions. More depth of flavour and nuance is needed. Flavour duration and intensity of flavour are average. I do like it for what it is, but discerning drinkers will crave more complexity (especially considering the price point and the brewers involved).

TEXTURE: Acidic, emphasizing the apple skin notes. Overcarbonated almost to the point of sharpness. It doesn’t have the crackery malt dryness and coarseness of many saisons, but instead opts for a more refreshing smooth and wet approach…though it does get a biteen dry on the finish, accentuating the yeasty spice. Light to medium-bodied, with a bit too much heft and weight on the palate for a saison; it’d be better if it were more delicate and fragile on the palate. Maybe crystal malt would help? Should be softer on the palate.

Not syrupy, chewy, gushed, hot, boozy, or astringent, though some alcohol warmth is noticeable – which is a problem in a saison.

This texture fails to elevate the beer as a whole, and there isn’t a harmony or marriage of texture and taste, but this complements the flavour profile well enough.

OVERALL: Not the quality saison I hoped for given the competent breweries behind it, but it’s a likable drinkable Belgian-y ale with some nice elements. It’ll scratch your saison itch, but those after a nice lively brettanomyces brew or an intricate spicy saison would be better served with more affordable domestic offerings (Ommegang, Boulevard, Prairie, et al.) or tried and true Belgian traditionals (Fantome, Dupont). I wouldn’t buy it again, but I’ll finish the bottle without trouble.

A very basic, no-frills attempt at the style.

C+ (3.07)

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Photo of joe1510
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz Bomber
$4.99 (Sale)
Binny's - Bolingbrook

Plastic Man is bright golden, even leaning toward orange in the right light. Clarity is good throughout while both streams and bursts of carbonation rush to the surface. The foam is bulbous and forms easily, three fingers on the pour as a matter of fact. It settles eventually to a sudsy, craggy cap a finger thick that leaves chunks plastered to the glass here and there.

The smell kicks off with a nasal plundering wildflower and medicinal note. The medicinal runs spectrum of faint Band-Aids to Flintstone's Vitamins. Let me explain, there is a touch of unidentifiable citrus present, that reminds me of yuzu actually, and when combined with the medicinal quality becomes not unlike Flintstone's vitamins. Soft orange and sweet apple notes run the backend. Earthy and minerality characteristics collide with a solid graham cracker maltiness.

The flavor, while decent, leaves something to be desired. The medicinal qualities have segue into clove, which becomes stronger with warmth. The profile leans toward sweet more than I'd like. The malt profile brings along smooth but ample notes of graham cracker and caramel which accentuates the orange and apple mentioned above. There's a whisper of that citrus that's reminiscent to yuzu, maybe I say that because yuzu seems to be a conglomeration of many fruits. The finish is rather chalky and bland. Again, decent.

The body is heftier than I would like in saison but with this beer being what it is, not necessarily a saison, the weight works well enough. The finish is a touch medicinal with a strange lingering bitterness, a bit metallic. Drinkability is middle of the road and one pour would be enough for myself.

Plastic Man is alright. There's nothing unique, or even very good, about it in all honestly, it's just decent. There's a nice fruitiness but the medicinal qualities seem to knock that down a bit while the base is good if not a little sweet for my tastes. Can't say I'd recommend this to too many people. It's a shame too because both Westbrook and Local Option can brew some damn fine beer.

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Photo of trippytbta
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Pours with a white head that settles into a nice foam. Golden and hazy with a deep orange tint.

Smell - aroma is fruity, Coriander, and clove, yeast.

Taste - Taste is very similar to the aroma. More fruity at first, then with a peppery spice finish.

Mouthfeel - High carbonation makes it feel light. A little Bitter.

Overall -Not my favorite saison, but worth a try.

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Photo of pinyin
4.23/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I tried this side by side with De Rank Saison from Belgium.

De Rank De Dottignies has always been the gold standard (stateside) in terms of Farmhouse Ales (Saisons), far surpassing Dupont, which to me tastes more like a rotted sour.

Plasticman is the best Saison I have tried in a bottle in the US.

If your a fan of Saison's you have to try this one. You will not be disappointed.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

a well made beer, but a let down by any consideration given the brewers behind it. a hazy but sunny colored liquid with a robust snow white head. aromas of green leaves, generic french saison yeast, and a very herbal yeast complexion. not much going on to distinguish itself in terms of flavor. white wheat malt and a generic saison yeast are the main contributors. a curious herbal finish, and a little sweetness, but theres not a whole lot making this unique, and for the breweries involved, i am let down big time. plenty drinkable, well bubbly, and fuller medium bodied, refreshing and well made, but less exciting that it should have been. utterly forgettable, and as such, painfully overpriced.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottle shared by jayhawk73. Thanks Jeff.

The beer is cloudy and orange hued with a fizzy white head. The aroma brings grain, earth, some tart fruit, perhaps lemon, alcohol. Grain and bread soaked in alcohol. Bready booze and lacking in funk / farmhouse character. A bit sharp on the palate. Not one of the better offerings from Evil Twin.

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Photo of jpro
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bomber picked up at the Northbridge Pig. Poured into a snifter...

A: Golden, with an orange hue; two fingers of fizzy, white head manages decent retention, leaving few strands of lace.

S: White grape; pear; sugary malt; light phenols.

T: White bread crust malt; white grape; pepper; a bit tart on the end; rustic quality on the finish.

M: Medium-bodied; high carbonation... pretty lively.

O: A nice brew; not much "farmhouse" character, though... more of a blend of Belgian pale / blonde / saison; refreshing, though!

*from notes 11.12.13

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.94/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A cloudy orange in color with 3 fingers of foamy white head, slow dissipation and nice amount of lacing. Aroma of lemons, orange, candy, very fruity! The flavor profile is sweet and subtle fruit notes (strawberry) with a very yummy bready character.
Medium in body with high carbonation gives it a very light feel.
This is a very enjoyable saison and honestly perfect for a night like tonight where it's been in the 50's and its 70 outside!

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a 3 Monts tulip. Pours a burnished golden amber with a three finger white head that dissipated slowly leaving heavy lacing. Spicy aroma of apple and light stone fruit, coriander, Belgian yeast, slightl mineral. Flavor is subdued light fruit (apple and peach), light citrus, hints of wild yeast, semi-dry with faint sweetness in the start, finishing with an herbal bitterness and rather dry. Light bodied with peppery active carbonation. The flavor is quite understated and is somewhat overbalanced by the the herbal bitterness in the middle and end. The very light flavors are pleasant and appropriate for a light farmhouse ale, but leave me wishing for some more robust flavoring. A quiet and perhaps too subdued saison. Glad I tried it, but do not need to seek it out again.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Acquired this bottle from the local Binny's. I've never had any beers before from Westbrook or Local Option. No idea what to expect here.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Pours three big fluffy fingers of off-white head on top of a hazed lemon body with an orange tint to it. Looks pretty nice.

S - Smells "carbonated", just like the bottle says, a bit of dusty yeast, lemon zest, some pineapple, and some faint spice rack notes in the background. A fairly subdued aroma, but it hits it's mark.

T - Taste doesn't really hit it for me as much as I thought it would, based on the smell. The lemon zest / pineapple doesn't carry through in the taste as much as I'd like, and there is a pervasive bitterness on the finish that I don't particularly care for. At least it doesn't taste like plastic gloves or latex. I'll give it points for the effort.

M - Goes down quick and clean, and finishes bitter and dry on the palate.

Overall, not a particularly great saison. More full bodied than I had expected, and not really refreshing or sessionable even at 5.50% abv. Definitely not as good as I was hoping for, but I appreciate the effort. Worth trying once, if you are a fan of saisons.

Evil Twin / Westbrook / Local Option Plastic Man ---3.5/5

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Photo of Fcolle2
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours golden in color with a 1 finger white head and decent retention. Slightly hazy.

Nose has a green apple character to it that is followed by clove notes over a backbone of straw malt. Yeast has some interesting characteristics to it.

Some of the green apple tartness comes through in the taste with some big yeasty spice. Some tannin is also present, maybe a little to much.

Mouthfeel is very dry due to the tannin. Other then that it is light and refreshing with moderate carbonation.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.08/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Pours with a big white head. Hazy deep orange. Settles to a nice layer of foam.

Smell - Sweet and fruity smelling. Really spicy. Bit of apples and caramel.

Taste - Fruity and spicy. Aggressive bitterness. Grassy and spicy in the finish. Just a bit of earthiness.

Mouthfeel - High carbonation makes it feel lighter than it is. Very bitter.

Overall - It doesn't taste like plastic at least. Not the most pleasant tasting saison.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

At When Pigs Fly. In a snifter the beer was a hazy orange color with a thin white head. There was a lot of lace.

Aroma of citrus and apple.

The taste delivered more than the aroma suggested. Tangerine, orange, lemon. More of an apple taste late.

This was a crisp and refreshing beer. I liked it.

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Photo of gillagorilla
3.59/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Max's (from notes 6/21/13)

A: Cloudy grayish amber blonde with nice lacing.

S: Floral and citrus with some yeast funk.

T: Nice solid farmhouse taste. A bit of herbs and yeastiness. It's kind of hard to pin down the flavors. Kind of tastes like a meadow.

M: Smooth with just a bit of crispness throughout.

O: Not bad. Quite interesting, but I am new to the style. This is only my second or third saison. Good stuff and always different. I love collaborations and Evil Twin.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

When worlds collide, the taste is unexpected. Chicaog-land Local Option, South Caralina's Westbrook and the Danish-Brooklyner Evil Twin groups pound it out but in the end, its the taste of Belgium that reigns supreme.

The sturdy pour delivers a creamy and weighted appearance- murky, yeasty, and glowing softly with gold and peach. A rich and creamy ivory mouse sits on top the ale and laces evenly and concentric with each and every sip.

Spicy-sweet aromas are heavy handed with coriander and clove. Formidable malts give a plumper fruit flavor from those spices in the shape of oranges, apples, and apricots. Bready, wheaty, and sprinkles with light powdered sugar, the nose and early taste is balanced and smooth. Unfortunately, this is the profile for a lot of Belgian styles, but not Saison.

And fortunately the middle palate dissolves a bulk of the sweetness, chases away the fruit-forward protrusion- all giving the ale the peppery, earthy, and supple wine character that's deserving of the Saison profile. Its dry taste in finish offers up slight straw, hay, sulfur and mineral character with all the charm and rusticity to satisfy the taste buds and stomach.

Medium bodied to start, the beer's transition to finish is medium-dry with spicy warmth, pleasant grain bite and slim lingering sweetness. An aftertaste of wheat, biscuit and an echo of apricot gives the beer one last fruity punch.

Caught between Belgian Pale Ales, stronger Golden Ales and Saison- the ale easily satisfies the taste for a wide range of Belgian beer fans.

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Photo of Knuckles_Nuclear
3.42/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a nonic glass. Low, loose head with a fair amount of lacing and plenty of carbonation. Color was a deep amber/golden mix with a faint cloudiness. Aroma had notes of piney hops and yeasty bread.

This was a full-bodied saison with an assertive hoppy forefront. Not particularly refreshing, but a solid offering from Evil Twin. Nothing spectacular, but a decent saison.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle a hazy nectarine color with one finger of thin white head.

Aroma of lemon zest, tart green apple, sweet malts, coriander, black pepper, yeast, and fresh earth.

The tast was fairly tart. Green apple, lemon zest, coriander, black pepper, earth, and a bit of medicinal twang. Finished with a bitter bite.

Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation.

More tart and bitter than the Saisons I really enjoy. Not bad, but not very memorable.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served from bottle into a Westbrook snifter (proper!). Poured a hazy golden yellow-orange with a one finger off-white head that subsided to a half finger slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, fruit, wheat, spice, citrus, basil, and earth. The flavor was of sweet malt, basil, spice, earth, wheat, and subtle fruit. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. There was a big spice aspect going on in this one if I am honest. A little more than one would expect from this particular style. There were actually quite a few weird spices going on if I am honest that I was not able to identify. This was decently drinkable despite this fact, but it definitely added a bit to the brew that I don't feel was needed at all. Worth your time trying if you get the chance, but that is about it.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

appearance: Hazy golden. Big foamy white head and messy lacing.
smell: Pretty simple and pleasant. Mostly easy going fruit with just a touch of yeasty funk.
taste: Much like the nose. Quite an easy drinker. A slight bitterness in the finish makes it a little more interesting.
overall: Enjoyed this. Not spectacular but an easy drinking, pleasant brew.

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Photo of metter98
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap at Thirsty Monk, Asheville, NC

A: The beer is very hazy pale yellow in color. It poured with a finger high white head that died down and left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of peppery spices are present in the nose along with some hints of lemon citrus.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, but is a littler more fruity with flavors of sour apples and lemons; these are rounded out by peppery spices towards the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This saison was quite drinkable and the mélange of different flavors made it rather interesting.

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Photo of JCam9981
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into Duvel tulip.

A. Pours a nice hazy apricot color. Ivory head with nice sticky retention.

S. Faint nose, getting some white bread and black pepper in there, with a little coriander. As it warms, there's a little dried apricot funk in there. Smells delicious.

T. Front end is nice tangerine and coriander. Finishes with nice carbonation, earthy grass and green bell pepper.

M. Fairly light with good carbonation, nothing sticks around for long though.

O. Solid saison but nothing out of the park. Great example of the style, would be fantastic for a late spring day. There's nothing that stands out, but I would casually drink a few of these with some friends and some tapas.

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Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.09/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a tulip at cellar-fridge temperature. This is a collaboration between Evil Twin, Westbrook, and Local Option. I’m excited.

L – Cloudy deep gold color with a 2-finger bubbly, rocky, cream-colored head. Really nice retention and some sticky lacing.

S – Lots of sweet and tart fruity esters with orange, lemon, and green apple notes. There’s a solid backbone of bready malt and a subtle undertone of peppery yeast, as well. This is a wonderfully pleasant aroma; very “summery”.

T – Wow, this is much more complex than the aroma suggested. It starts off sweet and slightly tart with mostly orange and lemon and some green apple notes. Then, some floral and herbal earthiness comes into play with bready, grainy malt. I’m not going to pretend to know which herbs or flowers are present here, but they’re there. At first taste, I mistook the floral, herbal, earthiness for musty Brett. After subsequent gulps, it became clearer that the earthiness was not that classic barnyard funk. Peppery, spicy yeast shines at the finish.

F – Light-to-medium-bodied with pretty good carbonation, a mouth-coating and crisp mouthfeel, and a very dry and slightly spicy, bittersweet finish. Herbal and lemongrass flavors linger the longest.

O – This is a really nice saison. The aroma led me to believe that this was going to be a slightly tart, light, and refreshing beer, perfect for the start of summer. While it still was refreshing, the taste put forth much more than the aroma suggested, namely a strong herbal and floral earthiness. Even with this added complexity, the drinkability does not suffer at all. This is a great summer saison that I would try again.

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