Sour Bikini
Evil Twin Brewing

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Style:
Wild Ale
Ranked #1,290
ABV:
3%
Score:
89
Ranked #9,049
Avg:
3.97 | pDev: 11.08%
Reviews:
55
Ratings:
480
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Evil Twin Brewing
 
New York, United States
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Gots
  99
SCORE
89
Very Good
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Notes: Collaboration with Intangible Ales
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Reviews by Krisp09:
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Krisp09 from Virginia

3.97/5  rDev 0%
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!

May 05, 2015
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stakem from Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a 22oz snifter. The brew appears a hop hazed clouded golden yellow color with a white cap a finger strong that fades leaving spotty lace. A swirl revives the cap which fades back to a thin film.

The aroma is hoppy with almost a citrus meets grapefruit character before getting lemony lactic. At times, the hops come through with almost a noble herbal feel then it blends back to grapefruit, lemon and more citrus notes.

The taste is tart and lemony lactic with a firm citrus to grapefruit juicy and zesty aspect with very low-key bitterness. The hops impart a bit of green bell pepper flavoring before a bit of dusty grain aftertaste comes into play.

This is light bodied, moderately carbonated offering. It is easy drinking and a very refreshing summer brew. Its bright and hoppy smelling but tart and refreshing like a well made berliner weisse should be. Great stuff here but thats no surprse considering the guilty parties involved in brewing this.

Oct 09, 2014
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.2/5  rDev +5.8%

All other session ales, you have met your match! And sour ales: you're not far behind. Where the taste of the original Bikini Beer was fine and dandy, it was a mere glimpse of what's to come next!

The familiar light straw bulb that casts a hazy glow and an arid creaminess of froth to cap, the appearance is as innocent as any beer can be. Even the aromas lead with the tropical and citrusy allure of hops with only a slim musty fruit note wafting about. Its that earthy, briny and pungent note that foreshadows what's to follow.

The tangy ripeness of pineapple, red grapefruit, tangerine and passionfruit play on the early sips, and while its seemingly fructose-laden sweetness supports the hops. But suddenly the taste takes a nosedive into sour territory. A blast of lemon, lime and acutely acidic sourness penetrates the jowls and takes the adult palate back to childhood "warheads". Yet as the hop taste is expected to trend more bitter, something sudden and sinister happens- sourness occurs instead!

With the sourness latching on and slowly releasing, the light-bodied and bone-dry ale casts aspirations of dried citrus, crabapple, cork must, and lemon soda on the finish that seem to all wisp away in a fast-fleeting glimpse. Remarkably refreshing and highly characterful- this low alcohol option is perfect for the keeping the party rolling without giving up taste... or for simple ceviche.

Aug 31, 2014
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metter98 from New York

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

On-tap at Beer Street, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is hazy very pale yellow in color. It poured with a thin white head and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation.
S: There are strong aromas of sour grapefruit in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has strong flavors of sour grapefruit, but like a real grapefruit and not like the grapefruit hops that you are accustomed to.
M: It feels quite light-bodied (but not watery) on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very refreshing and thirst-quenching—a perfect sessionable beer for a hot summer day. It’s very unique and reminds me of a Berliner Weissbier with a large dash of freshly squeezed grapefruit juice.

Jul 03, 2012
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Mix_Master_Mike from New York

4/5  rDev +0.8%

Excellent!

Sep 01, 2014
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

i loved this session beer, and am super into the style right now. i love how hoppy it is. sour like sucking on a lemon, and hoppy like sucking on a lemon too, its a cool marriage of citrus sourness and acidity, as well as citrus forward hops in high doses. its not too much, because its got the mouthfeel of carbonated water, light and clean and clear, despite being hazy to look at and rather yeasty overall. so light and bright, with a majorly citrus and floral hop nose that shows its about to be sour too. the flavor starts with a wheaty grain and lactic pucker, followed by bright citra hops and tangerine zestiness. acid is high, carbonation is higher, and refreshment is unparalleled. i know its weird and unconventional, and some in our party thought it tasted like floor cleaner, but i thought the citrus was more authentic than that, super fresh and alive, and i loved this beer on the whole. a great spin on the base beer, which i thought was pretty darn good too. we need more beer this drinkable and this full of flavor. a winner in my book, despite its critics.

Oct 26, 2014
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j0hnc2468 from New York

3.08/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Sour and tart but light good session if you like sours.

Apr 16, 2015
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Inglewood from Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Mar 07, 2015
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fosters9 from New York

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

Jun 07, 2015
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Eziel from Ohio

3.43/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

May 21, 2015
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Fargrow from Michigan

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

Apr 25, 2016
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AMCPhD from Virginia

4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jun 07, 2016
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yancot from Canada

3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dec 10, 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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JC333 from New York

3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apr 17, 2016
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Punisher from Missouri

3.28/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Jan 20, 2015
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Newbeergeek1 from Maine

3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ok. Had this at Westbrook Brewery as part of a flight. So so

Aug 06, 2019
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gillagorilla from Maryland

4/5  rDev +0.8%

Oct 29, 2014
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lbozicevic from California

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Sep 19, 2014
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Sammy from Canada

4/5  rDev +0.8%

Oct 31, 2014
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ChrisR123 from Pennsylvania

2.89/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Medium sour with a hint of funk

Feb 16, 2015
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stewart124 from Ohio

4.64/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pale golden in color. Some lacing.

Some hay, grass and horse blanket.

The taste...wow! Delicious. This is a punch in the face. Tasty and refreshing at the same time. More lime than lemon. More hay and straw with a big hit of green apple. So easy to drink and yet it is puckering. Really a sublime beer

Feb 17, 2015
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Hopyard57 from New York

3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Jun 29, 2015
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wedge from North Carolina

3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

@ Thirsty Monk

Straw colored haze with some white foam on the surface that leaves behind intricate patterns of lacing. Aromas of light lemon zest, grass, powdery fresh florals, and doughy yeast. Sour lemon seltzer flavor - not too over the top with acidity. Super dry, crisp, and easy drinking. Simple and refreshing…could probably use a little more grain to add another dimension. Solid, but seems way overpriced.

Nov 24, 2014
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jbeervt from Vermont

4/5  rDev +0.8%

Oct 12, 2014
Sour Bikini from Evil Twin Brewing
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 480 ratings