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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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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
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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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
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 BEERchitect
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
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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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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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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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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3.33/5  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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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
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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4.75/5  rDev +31.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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1.75/5  rDev -51.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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