Evil Twin / Intangible Ales Sour Bikini | Evil Twin Brewing

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Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.28/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

It's a bit of sweet tarts sourness. Kumquats, lemon and lacto. Clean grain malt backbone. Dry. Some bitterness. Very short finish. It's ok. Nothing great. Would be good to suck back during the hot weather.

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Photo of LAp
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Consumed directly from the 12oz can a couple weeks ago while visiting Seattle. My recollection of this beer is as one that was very green-apple dominated in its sour profile (very reminiscent of Here Gose Nothin', but without the salt). Definitely a good sour, though a little more on the candy-sweet, puckering sour side of things than the more even-keeled, funky sour I tend to prefer. Nonetheless, a respectable sour from Evil Twin.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.26/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I CAN't believe all of the different styles that are being put into CANs in support of The CANQuest (tm)! I am going to watch the documentary, "Radio Bikini" later and drink this beer. Musical acCANpaniment: Brian Hyland - "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini".

From the CAN: "Named after atom bomb test grounds, designed by a French car engineer - the bikini was to many a disturbing and degrading creation and fortunately for others a symbol of emancipation. This is attractively light bodied, seductively well balanced and very drinkable[.] Sour Bikini is anything but a sissy beer."; "Store in the dark and cool".

I CAN only restrain myself for so long upon hearing the Crack! & then I am CANpelled to do an inverted Glug. This one netted me two fingers of dense, puffy, eggshell-white head with decent retention that hung in as best it could before falling in the face of tonight's humidity. Color was an oh-so-slightly-hazy Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5). The nose held an immediate lemony funkiness that got my mouth puckering. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was not as sour as the nose had led me to brace myself to experience. The flavor was simply a mélange of citrus - lemon, grapefruit, lime, persimmon, tart, but not my thinking of sour. It was definitely puckering, though. I really liked the finish because it held a breathtaking coolness! One reviewer mentioned eucalyptus and I would have to agree.

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Photo of ocelot2500
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden color with a tight, white head that leaves little to no lacing.

Smells of bright citrus and some grain.

Tastes of the grain layered with spice and tart fruit notes. Fruit notes lead off with tart lemon and grapefruit as well as some pear. Malts add in with some grainy sweetness. Some lactic acid adds next before some coriander and white pepper. Finishes with a lingering lactic sourness.

Mouthfeel is medium-light with a crisp amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a tasty wild ale.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz can - I just can't conjure in my mind how a bikini could ever be considered 'sour'.

This beer pours a clear, medium golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat creamy eggshell white head, which leaves some layered and sudsy cloud lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of a heady blend of domestic citrus and fleshy stone fruit (think oranges and peaches, both ripe), a gentle sourness (part lactic and part fruit-borne), faint earthy funk, subtle crackery pale malt, and a bit of plain leafy and grassy green hop bitters. The taste is grainy and bready pale and wheat malt, tart lemon, orange, and white grapefruit pith, zingy peaches and nectarines, a sort of milky funk, and maybe a touch of that ol' hard water flintiness.

The carbonation is fairly active in its palate and tongue hugging frothiness, the body a so-so middleweight, and mostly smooth, just a twinge of wayward funk not toeing the party line, as such. It finishes off-dry, the inherent fruitiness pairing with a lingering malt to provide the foil to the persistent (and mostly still fruity) sourness.

Overall, a very refreshing and easy to put back sour offering, as the robust fruity essences keep this one lively, rather than overly funky. And hey, with the paltry 3% ABV, one can better manage the bikini lines that are currently abounding, whether they are your own, or you are just a casual fan.

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Photo of Damian
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 12 fl oz. can
Served in a tulip

Thanks to my friends Pontus, Jess and Octavio for bringing a four pack of this to our dinner party.

The beer poured a clear, deep golden color and was topped by a frothy, two-finger tall, sea foam crown. Outstanding retention. As the head slowly faded, craggily rings of lacing trickled down the glass.

Impressive aroma. Really interesting and unique. Fairly tart. Zesty lemon and lime notes were most apparent. Bit of grapefruit. Tropical fruits were also noticeable. I definitely picked up some overripe mango. Hint of candy-like sweetness. As the beer sat, a lot of the subtleties subsided. Tart lemon notes took over. Some powdery yeastiness as well. The Bretty notes also came out more. Touch of biscuity malts.

The flavor profile was tart and citrusy. Boatloads of citrus rind. Lemon and lime rind notes dominated. Pithy yet not overly bitter. Grapefruit rind and lemon notes appeared in the finish. Overall, crisp, refreshing and remarkably well balanced.

The mouthfeel was rather full bodied for a 3% ABV beer. Creamy, slick and smooth on the palate. The liquid contained a fine, lively effervescence.

Sour Bikini is a tasty and thirst quenching summer crusher that straddles the territory of wild ale, Berliner Weisse and pale ale. It is nice to see a beer this interesting offered in four packs.

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

So good. Surprised at the modest 88 score. Look guys, it's a 3% sour. Think about that. A 3% sour flooded with this much flavor. Not sure what else I could ask for out of a summer beer. It's light -- but not too light, thankfully -- and has a perfect amount of sour funk that has me drying out after each sip and wanting more and more and more. The flavor is sour with a bit of trunky funk, but it's mild. The malt/yeast flavor is a little biscuity and chalky. The finish on Sour Bikini is clean with just a bit of lingering tartness. Super refreshing and "crushable" ... the only downfall of this brew is its price. This isn't cheap at all, but it's so delicious that I won't be able to help but bring a sixer to Firefly.

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Photo of Stevem68
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow color with a pure white head. Aroma is tart, funky and salty. Flavor follows the nose but a little light. Has a nice body and overall this is a very nice sour.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It tastes like lemon juice has been mixed into beer but the ingredients are just water, malt, hops and yeast. Dangerously drinkable at 3% alcohol, I could see having a bunch of these on a hot summer day, or afternoon, or morning.... I would be happy to have a fridge full of this stuff at any time. This could probably stand to be a bit funkier as far as the style goes but I'm not going to quibble. This ought to keep a palate alert for quite some time.

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Photo of JMS1512
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On the docket: 12 oz. can of Evil Twin's Sour Bikni

Poured into: Innis & Gunn stemmed craft glass

S: A hazy golden-bronze body shows off its glory in the glass, topped by a dense eggshell cap. Despite the haze, you can see bubble activity zipping up from the bottom. Lacing is very clingy and consistent, resembling icing dripping down the sides of a cupcake. Great head retention.

A: This beer initially possesses about as much aroma as a bikini provides coverage. It's subtle, fruity and a bit funky. The faint blend of peaches and citrus are most apparent. Smell closely and you might also pick up a slight minty and peppery spice phenol fighting for attention against the horse-blanket funk and sourness. Just a touch of pale malt sweetness, too. One might even detect a whiff of eucalyptus. Hops are in there somewhere.All in all, a complex aroma, one worth trying to tease out all the nuances. Let it warm up before trying to take it all in.

T: Intangible is right. Tart, tangy, funky. Great bright citrus in the front of the palate, coupling with some strings of peach and orange to tie the fruit together. The middle gives a spritz of tangy wheat and a delicate sweetness to it. The brew finishes a little lactic and funky.

F: Light, spritzy. Delicate and well carbonated. Finish lingers on the tongue and puckers the cheeks slightly.

O: Impressive amount of flavor packed into such a small beer. This one cones in at 3% abv, so bring this to the beach, the lake, the pool, anywhere you want something crisp and refreshing for hot weather in the sun. Excellent sour.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 4/10/2016 at Natty Greene’s Tavern in North Attleboro, MA, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains tart citrus, light caramelized malts, wild Belgian yeast funk and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a huge bite of sourness from the wild Belgian yeast and tart citrus. The hops presence is mild and the malt character is thin creating a decent balance. The after-taste is sour.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

O: Flavorful, goes down ok, not too filling, very mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid sour beer to drink for a while.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours - Golden and clear half inch white head so so lacing head lasts a bit.

Smell - I do not get very much smell at all, a little bit of sour fruit.

Taste - I was worried after the smell but the taste is good tart and tangy good citrus and lemon together.

Feel - tangy and mouth puckering

Overall - I really enjoyed this beer, i am not a huge fan of sours but I like this.

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Photo of Slack
4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Golden to amber in color, cloudy, and about ½ inch of head.

Citrus, most notably lemon, and sour on the nose along with a bit of funk.

A very intense sour/acidity mixed with lemon and citrus on the palate. Finish is mildly earthy.

Mouthful is light. Body is crisp. Carbonation is medium. Finish is dry.

If sour beers are your thing, give this one a shot. It is easily drinkable and not overwhelming.

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Photo of SHODriver
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured into a tulip to a clear yellow with a three finger dense and rocky white head that retains well
S: Smells of apricots and peaches with some nice tartness
T: Taste is sour and fruity with some apricots and other stone fruits with a little graininess. Swallow brings more tartness and granyness with some lingering fruitiness.
M: this beer is pretty light and flirts with watery. Carbonation is more than adequate but never approaches prickly. This beer has a dry finish from the acidity as well.
O: Overall this is a very good wild ale. It's a little grainy at times bit it doesn't detract too much and provides some malt balance. With the flavors and ABV it's very drinkable.

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Photo of do_ob
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazy yellowish in color with a decent white head. Lemony tartness and vinegar on the nose. The taste follows. For me, this beer is a 8/10 in terms of sourness, meaning it is indeed pretty sour. Strong lemon and salty vinegar along with hints or orange and tangerine. Light weight and really crisp. Never would have guessed it was 3%.

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Photo of zac16125
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Evil twin sour bikini
8oz pour on tap at the Westbrook

A: pale very light yellow, looks like lemonade really, except with 1.5fingers width of bright white head that has good retention and lacing 4

S: smells like a very tart lemonade, that's about it but I like it a lot 4.25

T: a nice tart, citrus and Lemon up front which I like a lot; lots of wheat like characters on the finish which I don't like so much 3.75

M/D: medium bodied, fuller than I expected, drinkability is average, surprisingly filling 3.5

O: good but not great,without the herbaceous wheat like character on the finish it would be a home run 4

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Photo of Gajo74
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a straw yellow with a thin ring like lace. Tart and sour predominate in both the taste and aroma. Strong presence of sour cherries, grapefruit and lemon. There is also an earthy and slight barnyard feel especially in the aroma. Light bodied, softly carbonated and dry finish that leaves you wanting for more. So unbelievably refreshing, a great low ABV offering, and a fantastic drink for the summer or after a sweaty workout.

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Photo of mlockman
3.31/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Quite sour, but interesting enough to keep you coming back for sip after sip. More than sessionable, this is a beer you can drink all day while out in the heat.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky light yellow with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour with grain, citrus juice, pickle juice, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour grain, citrus fruit, funk, and slight pickle juice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity 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 with an interesting pickle juice presence that actually works with the other aspects I am getting.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, with no bottled on date present. A new one to me from Evil Twin; not familiar with the base beer or other variants. 3.00% abv, SOUR PALE, per the label.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a cloudy pale golden body with a finger of thin bubbly white head. Mild scattered lacing. Looks good for what it is.

S - Aroma has the fruity herbal hops & bready malt content of the base beer, but the souring agents have done their thing. A juicy, fruity aroma, with minor spiciness, and a bit of an off-putting horseradish smell. The sour could stand to be just a tad more intense, but it's still good.

T - Just the right amount of sour to quench the craving. Lots of fruity citrus / orange / tangerine. A sour / saltyish smack of tart. Semi gose like. Notes of apricots, peaches, & melon. Yeasty & bacterial on the finish. Pretty nice stuff.

M - The feel is crisp & clean, with just the right amount of sour smack. Light-bodied and crisp, with good carbonation.

Overall, very easy-drinking stuff. Borderline gose / Berliner Weisse style beer. Very nice, but there are probably better options available in this format and for this pricepoint.

Evil Twin Sour Bikini -----4/5.

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Photo of RyBlackBeer
3.87/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had it on tap in a tulip glass. Not the most sour beer I've ever had, but had a nice little sour kick. It had notes of tangerines, lemon, and grapefruit. Really light feel to it. It is for sure worth a try. If you aren't a fan of sour beers or have t tried a lot of sours beers this is a good place to start.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This drinks with the feel and flavor of a Radler buy has an intense amount of flavor. Nice sour jolt with grapefruit and lemon this is quite delicious. It's very light but not overly acrid it skirts the sour, Radler and summer ale genres.

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Photo of Krisp09
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color: straw color with minimal carbonation. Aroma: Apple, citrus and yeast/lacto funk. Taste: slap you in the face sour, strong citrus flavor with hint of wheat. Overall: refreshing sour ale, borderline over the top sour that could use some sweetness to balance, but still a great beer to drink on a warm day!

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Photo of -Rick
4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A great summertime sour. This beer has a lime like sour smell to it. Taste is an up front puckering sour taste, that tails off to a nice lingering tart finish. I could drink this all day, if it were not $$$ for a 3% ABV bomber

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Photo of Zahmzwickler
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquisition: The Craft Beer Store, Belgrade St. PHL, PA- 19125

(Appearance) - Pale yellow, small amount of lacing, carbonation falls nicely

(Aroma) - Cascade hops?, dried grass, small amount of barnyard yet not obvious.

(Taste) - SOUR! yep, its SOUR! lemon, slight bitterness. Sourness over powers any else.

(Feel) - Normally I combine feel with taste although this beer deserves a line or two about the texture. Carbonation is soft and velvety, the sourness makes your tongue sweat. I just finished the 22oz bottle and my mouth is creating saliva to balance the PH.

I enjoyed this beer. It is sour, almost to the point that is all your getting to experience. It is very drinkable especially if you are looking for a sour. I am not as familiar with the sour and Saison styles, I like this beer although can not say it is a wonderful example.

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