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Evil Twin Femme Fatale Brett | Evil Twin Brewing

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Evil Twin Femme Fatale BrettEvil Twin Femme Fatale Brett

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Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Auracom on 06-18-2012

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Photo of Florida9
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy pastel yellow in color. Served in a tulip with a fairly large, bubbly off white head. Aroma is inviting: pineapple, mango, and some yeasty esters. Unfortunately the taste doesn't back up the smell. Very light pale malts, dry, almost cider like with very little of the tropical fruit that was in the nose. Lighter body. Dry, and characteristically Bretty. A nice beer, but would have appreciated a bit more sweetness and more of the Brett fruitiness to come through on the flavor like it did in the nose.

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Photo of portia99
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

A - Pours a well hazed pale orange tinted straw color with a thick cap of dense white foam showing excellent staying power. Frothy webs of lacing are left on the glass when the head eventually fades.

S - Ahhhh, brett! Super funky aroma. Tons of earthy, barnyard funk up front that overpowers just about everything. Sweet fruity aromas of oranges, lemons, apricots. Spicy too - cloves and phenols/bandaids! Brett really did some great things here - this smells outstanding!

T - Quite bitter up front, mostly in a medicinal/aspirin sort of way. Very phenolic (flavors of what I imagine bandaids to taste like!)...also cloves, cool herbal flavors with wintergreen taking the lead...not really much funk - brett gives a lot of medicine and phenols - interesting and good, but a bit more barnyard here would have worked well.

M - Thinnish body with a fine carbonation of reasonably high intensity. A medicinal bitterness takes a firm hold here and dominates things a bit too much, in my opinion. Tons and tons of brett character in the earthy, herbal, phenolic sense - not so much on the funky, horsey, barnyardy way.

O - Really had no expectations for this coming into it...other than hoping it would be good given the $15 price tag. Aroma coming from this beer is outstanding...one of the best smelling brett beers I've encountered. Flavors are good, but are heavy on the phenols and missing some of the best brett derived funkiness. Overall, I think this really is a very good brett beer that could have been outstanding. Reminds me a bit of Midnight Sun's 3767 (my all time favorite brett beer), but falling a bit short on balance and complexity of flavor. If this was an $8-9 bottle of beer I'd buy this much more often...at $15 it is a bit of a tough value proposition.

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Photo of KFBR392
4.14/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Yellow IPA color but very clouded. Nice carbonation is present with a huge head that remained present throughout drinking the beer. Some lacing remained on the glass.

Smell: Light, yeasty refreshing tang to the aroma. The yeast is definitely the dominate force in the aroma, masking much of the hop presence. Not a belgian yeast aroma though, very different, tough to put my finger on it.

Taste: Okay this is unique. I've never had a Brett style beer before so this was a new experience. The crisp carbonation presence almost felt like a soda. Sharp citrus flavors felt like an IPA but at the same time was so different. This was a new experience for my palette so I'm having some trouble with this one.

Mouthfeel: Once again the soda comparison comes up here. Bright feeling stings right off the bat. The yeast sticks around for a while.

Overall: Like I said, this was my first brett style beer and I really liked it. This beer is called an American IPA but didn't feel like it at all. The unique yeast which I guess is so difficult to deal with is a nice treat to change things up. If you are looking for something out of the ordinary, this is the beer for you.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy golden-yellow with a big finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a very slow pace.

S - Funky and lightly tart Brett, grapefruit, citrus, and light pine hops, some sweet caramel and lightly grainy malts, lemon zest.

T - Funky and tart brett, tart green fruits, lemon peel, grapefruit, orange, citrus, and light pine hops, some bitterness, sweet caramel and lightly grainy malts, some farmhouse flavors.

M - Medium bodied with full carbonation. Smooth with a tart, dry, and funky finish.

D - Nice Brett beer. The hops make for a good balance with the Brett character.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle. The beer pours a bright gold color with about an inch white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is nice, the brew smells mostly like citrusy hops (grapefruit, pineapple), along with some brett, floral hops and bready malt. Taste is mostly like the aroma, but I think the brett comes out stronger in the taste. There's some citrusy and floral hop flavors noticeable, and bready malt is in there too. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's slick with moderate carbonation. I liked this brew, I might have to pick up another bottle in the future. $8.99 a bottle.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.64/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to wethorseblanket for sharing this one at drewone's tasting.

Pours a murky light orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, and a strong Brett aroma. Taste is much the same with a pretty intense Brett finish that lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a really crisp and prickly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but it smells better than it tastes in my opinion.

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Photo of larryi86
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- A bright, hazy, golden color with two finger white head.

S- Bright citrus, a little funk from the brett, touch of floral hops, great balance between hops and brett.

T- More funk from the brett than in the nose, touch citrus hops, floral hops, very brett forward.

M- Smooth, crisp, medium body.

O- A nice combination of hops and brett. I will probably pick this up again.

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Photo of Pinknuggets
3.45/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into hfs sniffer

A: golden honey color of a quality ipa with a huge 2in white foamy head that takes a while to dissipate

S: floral scent with a funky aroma that I have seen with Brett before there is not much hop there though

T: okay so the main taste here is definitely a Brett funk which tastes good but it almost the only thing there is a hint if ipa taste with hop bitterness but its not well balenced

M:it's got a carbonation feel without being bubbly but I wish it was more so as the fact it's almost flat tasting with a carbonation feel brings out the funk and really hurts the drinkability

O: I like it but it was harder to drink as time went on the funk sort of got to me I feel if it was more balanced it could be good but it wasn't my favorite unless you like Brett stay way but if you do it's worth a shot not my style though

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Photo of oline73
4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on-tap at Max's during Baltimore Beer Week. Served in a sample glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a clear golden amber color with a half finger of fluffy white head. The head covers the glass as you drink the beer.

Smell: Citrus hops up front, they seem to be super fresh. There is a light, slightly sweet malt note behind the hops along with a hint of brett.

Taste: This reminds me a lot of a west coast IPA. Light and mildly sweet malt show up but the star is the aggressive citrus peel hop flavor. I'm getting a touch of brett in the background that's quite refreshing. The finish is full of west coast IPA hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium with tingly carbonation. The carbonation could use a small boost. The finish is dry.

Overall: I thought this was a fantastic IPA and the brett just took it over the top. I thought it was very interesting and fun. I would definitely have more of this one in the future.

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Photo of ZethOfTheNorth
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle bought for $9.49 poured into a wine glass. Very excited to try this one.

A: A shade lighter than the usual copper of an IPA. This is the handsome opaque orange of a Belgian IPA. Unimpressive, one-finger head.

S: Smells like an IPA, and a damn good one. Very citrusy, with peach at the fore.

T: Very nice, but it drinks more like a traditional Belgian IPA than I wanted. Taste isn't quite as robust as the smell hints it will be and the Brett comes off more of a faint yeastiness; a friend described it more an "enhancer" than a singular component itself. This was slightly disappointing.

M: A wall of dryness at the back end. Medium carbonation. Light body with nice texture, but maybe too light.

O: I love the effort, but this didn't exactly come together for me. Seemed closer to, say, Cali-Belgique than anything, whereas I wanted a hopped-up Rayon Vert. If you're into the idea of this primarily for the Brett character, you may be disappointed. Regardless, it's a fun beer that demonstrates how an "everything has been done" adage totally doesn't apply to beer styles yet.

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Photo of fmccormi
4.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Straight pour from 1 pint 0.9oz / 500ml pry-off bottle to an oversized wineglass (HF stemware). The only freshness information is a note on the label at the end of the beer description that says “Best before 2013.” Well, there’s about two months left in 2012, so you’re welcome, Evil Twin. Still, anticipating this to be much more brett-focused, rather than hop-focused. Fine by me!

Appearance (3.0): Not a ton of head here, maybe a finger of off-white foam that dies down to a thin collar on the surface of the beer and an good-sized patch of thin but chunky foam toward one side. The body, however, looks like old orange juice, in the best way possible: opaque, peachy-amber colored, and a dark orange hue against the light. Almost no lacing to speak of, just a couple of suds here and there.

Smell (4.5): Very nice blend of bretty, musty funk and some moderately catty, sweet citrus character, pineapple and fresh orange leading the way. Some sweet crystal and pilsner type malts make up the base, which blend well with the hop and funk character coming up from the glass.

Taste (4.0): This is . . . something else, to say the least. Very odd kind of peppery spice that comes off the back end of the yeast note, which starts off with a moderately tart funk and moves into something reminiscent of the rind of some soft or semisoft cheese, like a funky brie. To be clear though, this is NOT to imply any presence of lactic acid. Sounds weird, but it’s interesting and (as it warms up) I dig it. The hops are definitely there, too, but mostly in bitterness: a sharp, citric bite leads into a modestly juicy, fruity citrus character, and then finishes off on the back end with a pronounced grapefruit zest kind of bitterness. The malt profile remains bready and plain, just simple and crackery, supporting the good hop bite and the spicy, fruity, funky brett character.

Mouthfeel (4.5): Hey, great mouthfeel. Sharp carbonation that’s not aggressive or coarse, just a solid tingle that slowly turns into a soft foaming action as it goes down. The body is oily and somewhat viscous, just on the full side of medium-weight, and finishes extraordinarily dry (hi there, brett).

Overall (3.5): This one sure is an oddball to start out. But, it really, really smooths out as it warms up, integrating the brett and hop characteristics almost seamlessly, and that weird kind of cheese-rind funk dissipates substantially. The overall effect is not something that will have me running back to the store exactly, but I would like to try this on tap and / or much fresher, because I suspect the brett had just gone too far for this beer to retain much coherence of character by this point.

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Photo of metter98
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has some hints of amber hues and no visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high white head that died down and left a large patch of bubbles on the surface. As you get near the bottom of the bottle, the beer becomes very cloudy due to the yeast.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of sourness in the nose along with some hints of tropical fruits from the hops.
T: The hops stand out prominently in the taste of this beer and contribute flavors of tropical fruits—mangoes seem to stand out in particular. There is a light amount of bitterness and sourness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. No crispness is detectable.
O: This IPA is very well balanced with the underlying malts because it exhibits lots of interesting hop flavors without lots of bitterness.

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Photo of mltobin
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Mikkeller Bar.

Appearance is a cloudy gold color with a thin white head. Its` nose mango, crackers, funk, pepper and hay. The taste of Femme Fatale is cake, brett, hops and grass. It is an interesting mix of flavors, but works well. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, a well carbonated brew. It finishes rather dry. This is a tasty beer and for those who enjoy some funk, pick it up ! It is cool to see it on the shelves in the U.S. now, when I tried it in Copenhagen during a brief stay, did not know if I would see this beer again.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear medium yellow in color with light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall bright white head that quickly reduces to an extremely thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Wonderful moderate to strong aromas of tropical hops (mango and pineapple) with lighter notes of brett funkiness and grapefruit/citrus hops. Very inviting.

T: Moderate to strong flavors of tropical hops (mango and pineapple). Very light amounts of brett funkiness/sourness, much less than in the smell. Well balanced as there is very little bitterness.

M: Slightly heavier than light bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin.

O: Very easy to drink with the lighter body and lower ABV - drinks like it is sessionable but just a touch too strong to really be a session beer. Very enjoyable with wonderful tropical hop flavors and aromas and just enough brett. Definitely one I would recommend and have again.

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Photo of smcolw
3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Modest head but it leaves excessive blanketing lace with a thicker ring of lace after each sip. Yellow straw color with a bit of a chill haze.

Very attractive and fresh grapefruit hop smell. Prickly.

Plenty of bitter hop presence, but there is a malt base in the background. A bit thin with a neutral level of carbonation. Long, long aftertaste. Overall, this is pretty straightforward--a bitter, neutral IPA.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer is a very cloudy golden-yellow colour with a large white head. Good retention and lacing.

Wow, smell is great. Tonnes of tropical fruit. Mango, pineapple, peach. Actually smells a bit like mango lemonade! A bit of bretty funkiness is hidden underneath, not obviously apparent at first- comes out a bit more with a swirling.

The brett is much more prominent in the taste, though I don't find it as nice as the nose. Funky, a bit sour. Still a large dose of tropical fruit, mango and pineapple, among others. Moderate bitterness. Pretty darn complex. Interesting beer for sure.

Medium bodied, fairly strong carbonation level, but not irritatingly so. Dries the mouth a bit.

Overall, quite good indeed. A very interesting beer.

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Photo of zeff80
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden color with a one-finger, white head of bubbly foam. It left thin trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled floral and slightly funky.

T - Good funky bite from the Brett. Spicy and citrusy with some sweet caramel as a backbone.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A little lighter than I expected from an IPA, but it had a clean finish.

O - This is a very tasty Brett IPA. Another good one from Evil Twin.

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Photo of popery
4.57/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Absolutely delicious. The beer pours hazy and yellow gold. The color is quite pale for an IPA. The head is foamy and white. The aroma is pretty wonderful. Loads of bright citric hops and a good deal of funky yeast character. It's all tangerine rinds and farmhouse. Some honeysuckle in there, as well. Taste starts sweet with more bright, fresh citrus but quickly dries out and gives a little bitter bite. If the beer were sweeter, I'm not sure that there would be enough bitterness for me, but as is, it's just incredibly refreshing. Sort of a funky twang in the finish. Feel is light and airy with some hop oiliness. This is very much a brett IPA. It's big on fresh, bright citrus, brett funk and dry very light malt. Great for a hot day. It's just wonderfully put together and makes me want to buy more of those pricey Evil Twin bottles.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a New Belgium snifter. The beer is a hazy light orange-yellow with practically no head whatsoever. The nose is really nice. I get notes of ripe tropical fruits like sweet oranges, peaches, and pineapples. I could occasionally detect the brett, but could never convince myself that I was getting it every time. Usually, it was after the beer had sat undisturbed for several moments. Swirling just brought forward hoppy notes and buried the brett. Brett or no brett, this is a nice-smelling IPA.

The beer has a medium body and a firm, slick mouthfeel. The flavor is one of the most unique I have come across. It has the typical flavors one associates with IPAs, and it also has a mild, tart acidity. On the front of the palate, there is a bready, biscuity sweetness that is quickly joined by a smack of hops in the form of lemon, grapefruit, and orange flavors. The hop flavors intensify across the palate, and become mildly vinegary on the back of the tongue. The resulting finish is dry, yet acidic, refreshing, and lasting. The beer is quite drinkable with all that citrusy hop flavor and relatively low ABV.

After I had tasted this beer a few times I found myself wishing there was someone else drinking it with me that I could talk to about it. I highly recommend this beer (as a palate-educating experience if not as a pleasant beverage). It's not the most enjoyable IPA out there, I wouldn't want to drink it regularly (the only reason I'm not giving it higher marks), and I'm sure many people will not like it, but it does suggest that a lot more can be done with the style. There are interesting combinations of flavor and character here that I have not encountered before.

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Photo of PeterIngemi
4.07/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a duvel glass

A: pours a super hazy golden with a touch of orange, one reviewer said it reminded him of grapefruit juice, and that seems like a spot in description to me. Very little head after a somewhat gentle pour, and some light lacing.

S: nice citrusy hop notes, grapefruit and pinneapple in particular, along with a light pineyness blend together with slightly earthy Brett funk. Brett seems to give the. Items notes a very light tart note, along with the light earthyness, I think all the elements worked together very well in the nose here.

T: the flavor is much like the nose, full of nice citrusy hop notes, but as far as the Brett is concerned, I feel like the earthyness was dialed up a few notches from what was detected in the aroma, and I also feel like the brett adds a very light note of sour lemon to the citrus hops, overall I feel like everything worked very well here and there is a nice balance going on, if the earthyness was toned down just a bit this brew would be phenomenal.

M: light medium body with low carbonation, this beer goes down super easy, no real noticeable alcohol, a touch of bitter aftertaste.

O: if you are a fan of Brett beers I don't see why you wouldn't really enjoy this one, the citrus hops and the Brett work very nicley together in this very refreshing And drinkable brew.

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Photo of Altenor
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy, pale yellow with some orange brightness, similar to pineapple juice. Head was about a finger thick that dissipated quickly leaving small traces of lace. Not a common appearance for an IPA.

S: Tropical, mango, guava, some grapefruit and sweet orange. So much fruit, I even get some cantaloup. Very interesting smelling IPA. I've smelled some fruity ones but this is completely different. The Brett gives it a whole other dimension. Awesome.

T: Pretty much all that was in the nose plus some hints if chocolate. I know it sounds weird but it must be some of the malt that wants to come out from the explosion of the hops and the Brett that gives this flavor illusion to my palate. But the mango us why dominates. Very interesting. Now I am getting some bananas. It seems as the longer I wait to let it warm up a little, the more complex it becomes.

M: Very smooth. Light to medium body with some small bubbles. Goes down very easy. Very crisp and leaves you with a dry finish that just begs you for another sip. A little sticky. I don't think you can get better than this.

O: Wow, great job by the brewer. This is just a great made beer and have to take off my hat for the creativity involved. This brings IPA's to another level. It is very balanced and would definitely recommend if you're looking for a different take on IPA.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a super refreshing beer, especially now in early fall sitting at the sunlight bar at pizzaria paradiso in DuPont circle in DC.

The beer has a color I would expect to see more in a Belgian blonde or a saison, rather than a IPA but nice hazy look and head/lacing. The smell certainly has the fruity colors of Brett but also some nice pungent grassy hop aromas too, and it works. I think I wish it had a bit more hop edge in the smell overall, but nice.

The taste is really refreshing, nice big citrus notes and tropical notes too that are a great mix of the hops and the Brett, it really works in this case instead of being a conflict. Semi sweet and juicy in the feel, it strikes a great balance in flavor that just drinks really easy, a great beer on tap, could see how the flavors could be muted out of the bottle though. Some almost herbal notes in here also like a super slight flutter of lavender. Nice stuff!

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Photo of thagr81us
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a Mikkeller Teku (proper!). Poured golden yellow with a one finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, bubblegum, citrus, citrus hop, floral, and funk. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, earth, earth hop, orange zest, bubblegum, and funk. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. There was something on this one that I really liked and a few other things that I did not. Upon first inspection of the aroma I was really intrigued by the note of bubblegum that I picked up on as it was quite refreshing and inviting. I was hoping that it would carry over into the flavor, but it was only a minor player in the game. There was a big earthy and funky character going on that dominated most of the brew and disrupted the balance of the overall brew. It was fairly easy to drink my glass without hesitation and I would likely suggest this to others as well.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Holding true to the American notion that IPAs should be a showcase for hop character, with varieties that put forth citrusy overtones, Evil Twin's brettanomyces fermented version does all this surprisingly well.

Like grapefruit juice, the beer pours strikingly similar. Hazy gold in color, the beer forms a medium-weight, creamy, eggshell white head. Crowded islands of lace adorn the glass as the beer falls. It's a very charming IPA appearance.

Aromas are spot-on white grapefruit juice, pulp, and pith. Accompanied by a dash of orange tangy orange juice, the beer takes a seriously citrusy step forward. Musty fruit, leather, and sandalwood give a glimpse into the wild yeast contributions, the beer remains relatively yeast-neutral.

All the brightness of sunny summer mornings that are met with fresh squeezed orange juice is met with the first sip of Femme Fatale. But with a thin substrate of malt, the beer has a creamy starch taste that allows the citrusy hop notes to wallow inside. Light on sweetness, and mild honey-like character rather reinforces the "juicy" character of fruit from American hops. Mild tropical hop notes of pineapple rise as the beer warms and more sweetness emerges. With all this, the earthiness of vine-ripened fruit allows a thin veil of must, perfumy woods, and lime peel bitterness to assist hop flavor in finish. It's a disciplined IPA that boastfully showcases its hop flavor.

Medium bodied to start, but the beer gives lighter impressions as the creamy carbonation digresses and the resinous hop dryness takes hold. But that creamy-dry hop texture on the middle palate is powdery and saturating at the same time. With low astringency and clean bitterness, the beer finishes decidedly dry, warming, and very crisp. The mouthfeel of an IPA doesn't get much better than this.

If citrus is what you want, then citrus is what this beer delivers. Even as the brettanmyces contributes background notes of earth, the hop character found in this beer won't be denied. All of the juicy and vibrant taste translates to the cleanest and most crisp bitterness imaginable. Dry as a bone, this is one masterfully crafted beer from nose to finish.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap at Memphis Taproom in a tulip glass during their IPA DAY.

Femme Fatale in the tulip looks bright yellow with some straw coloring in there as well. a slight haze to the liquid with bubbles forming a very thin head up above that clang to the glass some. A very attractive looking beer with life. The smell was a bit muted to say the least. Not pimped out with a lot of citrus hops this was a floral scent mixed with a small spike of brett funk that complimented nicely. A bit of grain pops up but none too much and a touch of perfume. Taste is quite nice. I try not to think of this as a souped up IPA but more like a hoppy regular ale with brett. Some funk with some lemon, small pine, floral quality with lemon grass. The body is below medium the carb is tame and the aftertaste is big but not lingering with some brett in the finish. All in all, a good beer with low alcohol that I would drink more of in a hurry.

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Evil Twin Femme Fatale Brett from Evil Twin Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.
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