Sour Bikini
Evil Twin Brewing

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IPA - American
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3.97 | pDev: 11.08%
Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States
Very Good
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Act25 from New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I can be convinced that 3% beer is great by Bikini.
a) lots of particulate swimming in a clear, translucent light yellow body that sprouts a thin head but not much lace.
s) Funky, tart, green apple, lemon, citrus, piss, and pineapple.
t) All tart without too much pucker, funky, lemon, mineral, scatty, complex.
f) Tangy through out, clean and crisp peppery drying finish.
o) Packs a punch for 3% which is why I love it. master brewer!

Oct 04, 2018
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Bruno74200 from France

4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This sour ale was enjoyed on a riverside on a hot summer day, which might be the perfect moment for it. Very refreshing with a citrus tartness. It has a distinctive tangerine taste.
The high carbonation makes the beer even more drinkable

Jul 09, 2018
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Hoonia from Missouri

3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A finger of creamy white head that leaves a little lace. Pale gold with a slight fog. Very light at 3% abv. Super easy drinking and much better than I expected. I would definitely drink this again. Citrus notes develop as it warms.

Feb 05, 2018
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Snowcrash000 from Germany

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy, deep golden coloration with a tiny, fizzy head. Smell is quite tart, with a sort of buttery lactose aroma and notes of citrus/tropical fruit: lime, pineapple. Taste follows the nose, with a tart, zesty citrus flavour of lime and tangerine, with a hint of pineapple and an underlying buttery lactose note that really comes out in the aftertaste, along with an intensifying sourness, and almost reminds me of vanilla. I do have to wonder if that slightly odd buttery lactose note is really intended, but as it is actually quite reminiscent of vanilla, it's not that unpleasant at all.

Feb 03, 2018
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EMV from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a tulip

L: Cloudy light golden pour with thick creamy white head. Great lacing, especially for a sour.

S: Funky and tart. Green citrus and pineapple.

T/F: Light... no real malt presence. Good tartness without being an insane pucker. A little funky.. lemon... pineapple flavor without the sweetness... an almost mineral flavor as well. Lightly carbonated. Complicated enough to be interesting with lots going on. Finish is tangy.

O: A really nice session sour. Great flavor... good tartness without being mindlessly sour. Overall very tasty.

Aug 19, 2017
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RabbleRouserRye from California

4.49/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very Very Refreshing. Perfect for summer. Evil Twin is always on top of their game. Low ABV of only 3.0% will allow you sit by the pool and sip on this delight all day long.

Jul 31, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a transparent golden to bronzed yellow color with a thin concave white foamy head that dissipated pretty quickly. Lacing was spotty and thin. The smell seemed reminiscent to a gose with some peanut butter over top. Weird, interesting, unsure if the "peanut butter" was intentional. The taste was sour with a sly citrus sweetness running underneath. Peanut buttery flavor was more subdued in the flavor, but still slightly there. Light saltiness like a gose is there. Subtle crisp semi-sweet/sour aftertaste slides into a wet finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light on the body with a decent sessionability about it. Carbonation felt right for a sour allowing enough harshness to slightly prickle my tongue. Overall, its a decent sour ale, not sure where the peanut butter is coming from but due to the fact that it’s a 3%-er and no known bottling date, makes me wonder how old this is.

Jun 29, 2017
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Jugs_McGhee from Texas

3.61/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served on-draught into stemware at Torst. Reviewed from notes taken in February 2015.

HEAD: None really. Just a depleted white floater cap with accompanying lacing.

BODY: Cloudy unfiltered yellow colour of average vibrance. No yeast/lees are visible within.

Looks generally appealing for a wild ale. Not unique or special for the style.

AROMA: Fresh wheat, fresh 2-row barley, tartness, mild sourness (3/10 in terms of intensity), floral and citrusy (especially lemony) hop aromatics, lemon twang, lime, sea salt.

Aromatic intensity is mild. No yeasty notes, alcohol/booze, or off-notes are detectable.

TASTE: Sour mash wheat, neutral 2-row, smacky but mild sourness (~3/10 in terms of intensity), light floral hop flavour, lemon twang, citrus, lime, and sea salt.'

Boasts above average depth of flavour. Flavour duration and intensity are average.

It's incredibly well-balanced and boasts impressive intricacy for a 3% brew. Nevertheless, it's nowhere near as complex as world class expressions of the style. Berliner weiss influence is obvious, but they bill it as a wild ale.

TEXTURE: Slightly smacky, light-bodied, smooth, wet, and near perfectly carbonated. Clean and refreshing, complementing the taste well and elevating the beer as a whole by accentuating the lactic sourness with pleasant smackiness.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough, or scratchy.

OVERALL: Obscenely drinkable, but then it's 3% ABV. It would make for an excellent summer sipper and I'd definitely get it again, but the price on-draught at Torst ($1 per oz) is way too steep even for the beer's obvious quality. I'd happily pay $10.00-$12.00 a sixer for this fairly regularly if the quality out of the can is on par with its quality on-draught. Well worth trying if you come across it in spite of the many areas in which it could be improved.

B (3.61) / GOOD

Jun 27, 2017
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BrewsOverHoes from Georgia

3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This was an older can so, I will update the review when I have a fresher one. Best By was 2/26/17 enjoyed on May 15, 2017.

Poured into a snifter; pours a hazy yellow-golden hue; quite a bit of off white head, gushed a bit when I cracked the can as well.

Smells of lactic sourness, citrus and lemon. Hop profile has died off with age. Taste is very similar, very tart, granny smith apple; lemon; a touch of hops; almost like liquid Flintstones's vitamins; but in a nostalgic good-way.

Not a bad beer even at over a year old, so I'm assuming a fresh one would be much better and more refined.

May 17, 2017
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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

3.28/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

Mar 13, 2017
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LAp from Ohio

3.85/5  rDev -3%
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.

Jul 30, 2016
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.26/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Jul 28, 2016
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ocelot2500 from Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Jun 26, 2016
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

4.01/5  rDev +1%
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.

Jun 24, 2016
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Damian from Massachusetts

4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Jun 23, 2016
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SerialTicker from Michigan

4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

May 26, 2016
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Stevem68 from Ohio

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.

May 18, 2016
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ommegangpbr from New York

4.17/5  rDev +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.

May 02, 2016
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JMS1512 from New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +2%
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.

Apr 19, 2016
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Apr 10, 2016
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Dragginballs76 from South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Mar 17, 2016
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Slack from Virginia

4.29/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Mar 06, 2016
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SHODriver from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Feb 07, 2016
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do_ob from Kentucky

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%.

Oct 04, 2015
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zac16125 from South Carolina

3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
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

Aug 30, 2015
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