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Evil Twin / Westbrook / Local Option Plastic Man | Evil Twin Brewing

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

Brewed by:
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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3.07/5  rDev -14.7%
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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3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
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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3.19/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Past it's prime.....

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3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
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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3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
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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3.42/5  rDev -5%
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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