In a blind tasting by BJCP trained experts, this beer rated


Exile Beatnik Sour

Aroma: “Grapefruit with sweet-and-tart sourness, and a straw, earthy—perhaps light rubber—character that fades as the beer sits. Nice, light pale malt in the background, and no hops aroma.”

Flavor: “Strong sourness that lingers for quite some time, as well as some assertive mineral flavors that are accentuated by the carbonation. Moderate sweetness from the fruity raspberry and light grapefruit (without the sour) that has a light, pithy finish. A light salty character adds to the beer. Finishes clean and refreshing.”

Overall: “This is a full-flavored, big Berliner that’s not for the faint of heart. It’s sweeter that other examples with a bit more body. It’s not traditional, but very tasty, well put together, and drinkable. Reminiscent of eating half a grapefruit at breakfast on a sunny California morning.”