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Evil Twin Bikini Beer - Evil Twin Brewing

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BA SCORE
82
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329 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 329
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.71%
Wants: 16
Gots: 31 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Evil Twin Brewing visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  2.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: avalon07 on 01-14-2012

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Ratings: 329 | Reviews: 65
Reviews by Flounder57:
Photo of Flounder57
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz beer was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer fast to a thin layer. It is a pale orange with great clarity and bubbles coming up through the glass. Some spotty lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Grassy, piney, and citrus hops. Some light caramel malts in the background. You can't really expect much for 2.7% beer.

Taste: Very hoppy. Resiny, mango, grassy, pineapple, mango, tangerine, and grapefruit. There is some simple and light malts in the rear.

Mouthfeel: Super light bodied, medium carbonation, a little dry, very drinkable and sessionable too.

Overall: Probably one of the best light IPA's I have ever had. This beer would be great after exercising or doing yardwork.

More User Reviews:
Photo of seedyone
2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

09/29/13 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Don't ask me why I tried this. I should have known better. Taste is serious grapefruit/citrus with no counterpoint. If this is for those that fear craft beer...bad move. This should seal the deal & send them back to the safety of the known.

Sorry, but this has nothing going for it.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can at fridge temp poured into a snifter. A date stamped on the bottom, but it is unreadable.

Pours out a light orange-deep golden color, a slight hazy with very fine sediment. Soapy white head, about one fingers worth. Average retention and decent lacing left on the glass.

Interesting aroma. Very reminiscent of some raw pellet hops, very pungent. But other than this not a whole lot else to detect.

Not a ton of flavor, but enough to keep you interested at 2.7%. Again with that pungent raw hop pellet flavor, also a bit of hop resin, lemon citrus, and just the slightest sweet grain character. A little bit watery, but I expected it to be more so. Finishes with a nice hop bitterness.

So crisp and refreshing, kind of a higher, more bitey carbonation on this one.

There's some thing I really like about this beer. The fact that its lighter than any BMC yet still packs enough flavor, the amazing session ability. Most of these session IPAs come off very watery and seem to take on a big grainy/ yeasty character, but I don't get much of that here. The only thing that holds me back is the price or else there would be a steady supply of this in my fridge.

Photo of doremite
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Came across pretty bitter, sharp, and metallic. Lots of bite for such a low abv beer. Would have expected and wanted something easier and smoother.

Photo of chinchill
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can with an illegible date stamp on the bottom.
Apricot-amber color with a medium, very durable head.

Aroma: fruity; hoppy; lightly bready.

Flavor: follows aroma. Mildly bitter but a bit more sour up front; reversed in the finish. Lasting aftertaste.

Feel: near medium body and carbonation; semi-dry finish.

O: Style seems similar to Berliner Weisse -- at least it is both flavorful and low ABV.
Certainly a big beer for 2.7%.

Photo of Brenden
3.64/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The ivory-colored head on this beer starts at a solid two finger's height, dropping at a moderate pace to a patchy island of foam that laves plenty of spotting, some heavy enough to be considered patching. The beer itself is a thick dark yellow, completely opaque though it shines brightly.
The hops bouquet is mostly citrus with a bit of dusty earth, lemon, slight spiciness, and something akin to tropical fruits balancing it out.
Pine and lemon peel are first on the tongue before some grains kick in. A little bit of black pepper is there too. A hint of musty earth pulls out in the finish.
The body is light and there's a firm crispness, but there's an note of tea leaf in the feel and a certain metallic sort of thing that's usually found in English beers. It gets a little limp under the crispness, but not too badly.

Photo of biboergosum
4.01/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz single can, sold as rather auspiciously over-priced six-packs around here. Nice history lesson on the word 'bikini' detailed on the label blurb.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, pale golden yellow hue, with four fat fingers (or a fistful of skinny, take yer pick) of puffy, loosely foamy, and rocky dirty white head, which leaves some pleasant deer antler lace around the glass as it slowly fades out.

It smells of dank pine resin, orange and grapefruit rind, caramel cream, a wet stone minerality, a touch of earthy yeast, and further leafy, musty hops. The taste is more bitter pine needle and its forest floor detritus friends, astringent grapefruit, lemon, and blood orange pith, biscuity caramel malt, crackery bread, and more herbal, leafy, and somewhat floral hops. No perfume danger here, boyos.

The carbonation is pretty tight in its edgy, wide-spread deployment, the body on the light side of medium weight, and quite plainly smooth, the hops not up to playing when the cat's away. It finishes mostly dry, the piney, leafy, etc. hops outshining any lingering citrus notes in their sloughing off of the now wan malt.

Tending towards a particular end-point (yet still adhering to the general 'point' of the ISA proto-style), Bikini Beer does well by its American IPA roots. Largely a hop-driven affair, in the right way, perhaps a bit of mouthfeel malaise is encountered due to the low ABV, but that's easily forgotten - I can sense my own bikini line likes this just fine as well!

Photo of russpowell
3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can't read the date on the can other than 2013

Pours a chill hazed amber with a pinky of pearl colored head. Clears up nicely, above average head retention & average lacing

S: Grass, straw & lemon & a little pineapple

T: Follows the nose, light breadyness, a bit of grapefruit up front. Faint pineapple & stronger pear notes as this warms along with a little grassiness & lemons, a little graininess as well. Finishes with pineapple, grapefruit & a little bit of pear

MF: Light/medium bodied, firm carbonation. Pretty good balance

A lot flavor considering the age & low ABV. Drinks very easy. If the price was better I'd buy more

Photo of thagr81us
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a Samuel Smith imperial pint. Poured a hazy yellow-orange with a two finger off white head that subsided to a half finger slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, earth, earth hop, and fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, wheat, citrus, citrus hop, earth, and earth hop. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. I saw the label and laughed at the low ABV on this one. However, upon opening the bottle you could tell this was a completely different animal. There was tons of really nice balanced flavor going on that was a very pleasant surprise. A really well done brew that everyone should have the chance to try.

Photo of KYGunner
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The head is very impressive with a thick dense bright white foam. The color is more to the clean golden with a very filtered body.

The scent is devine with lemon and grapefruit. The aroma is more to the citrus hop realm with little pine or resin. Subtle malt backbone finishes the scent.

The flavor is very hoppy; herbal, floral, earthy and even a little spicy. This is very low in ABV and the malt substructure is absent which is evidence of such a low gravity.

The feel is slightly bitter, a tad astringent but certainly clean.

This is a really interesting experience as it has a lot of hops, but the malt is almost absent. This is almost an experiment to prove that hops adds flavor but no alcohol while malt is needed for a backbone and alcohol.

Photo of tone77
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A thanks to the creator of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a cloudy golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of citrus, hops. Taste is bursting with grapefruit, hoppy, unbelievable amount of flavor considering the abv. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall, if you are looking for a low alcohol beer with lots of flavor, this is it.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Pours amber with a quickly fading head.
Nose shows some sweet malt, piny hops, spicy notes. Quite malty for a low alcohol beer.
Similar flavours. Some sweet malt and a bit more spicy hops with an assertive but balanced bitterness.

Photo of emerge077
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The label features a suggestive use of triangles.

Murky orange pour with lots of sediment floating in suspension. Caked white foam circles inside the glass, a decent layer of creamy white foam takes its time to settle.

Citrusy sweet orange aroma of C-hops at first, becoming slightly dank with mild Sorachi-esque tea and lemon notes in the back.

Tastes fairly hopped up and bitter at first, but then becomes a little hollow towards the middle and finish. Some toasted popcorn kernels, a leafy herbal hop presence, and grapefruit rind. It evaporates quickly, leaving a mildly bitter residual aftertaste. Very clean and simple, it allows the hop character to shine a little, but ultimately falls flat with a wimpy feel about it. Sure on a hot day on the beach it'd be nice, but I won't be packing a cooler full of $7 2.7% IPAs in little 11.2 oz. weiner bottles. It's good, but something is missing...

Photo of smakawhat
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Head Ale glass.

Head makes a nice creamy top of about two fingers, settles very slowly to a good foamy puck all while drinking. Occasional chunks of lacing hit the glass. Body color is a very clear orange peach amber with a real nice middle column of fast rising carbonation. There is a ton of yeast chunks in the bottle while trying to pour this unfortunately. Lots of floaties, not very attractive. Remove the floaties and we have a quite pleasant looking brew.

Nose is hop forward but also kind of subdued, but for such a low abv I would expect it. Hits of a citrus tangerine, Christmas orange, a little juicy too. Hints of some sweet caramel sensations possibly too. Not bad.

Palate is very forward and unexpected. A big hop pine blast in the mouth with an incredibly dry finish. Aftertaste is sweet and lingering, but also very quick and fast. Mid and front palate forward tremendously. Body is a little wet, but even expected for this low abv. Citrus angle is sort of lost burried with a large hop pine blast.

Overall this is still pretty enjoyable, and quite flavorful for such a low session beer. However, it's a little off kilter and it's not impressive to look at it, but tastes surprisingly well.. surprising. I would have this again.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak flute. Pours a cloudy medium orange with lots of tiny particles floating in it. Thin white head dissipates quickly, leaving a ring and light lacing. Nice aroma of herbal and piney hops and sweet malt. Flavor is dominated by herbal hops and somewhat muted swett malt, light citrus. Finish is crisp with a nice herbal hop edge. Flavor is somewhat mild for an American IPA, but is remarkably full for a 2.7% ale. Medium mouth feel. I'm impressed with what they have done with this. A pleasant, well made IPA. I'm not sure the price point is good for a low alcohol beer, but I'm really glad to try it at least once.

Photo of Immortale25
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottom of can says 090314.

A- Pours a semi-hazy dark amber color with a full inch of bubbly off-white head that retains well before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a large bubbly side patch of surface foam. Sudsy, semi-resilient lacing.

S- Grainy malt aroma with some mildly citrusy hops.

T- Kind of watery flavor carries with it a bit of hop bitterness and more citrus. Cracker-like malt character. Slight tang on the back end.

M- A bit snappy with medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- I guess Evil Twin figured there's a niche to be filled with folks looking for a hoppy beer that's close to being N/A. With that, they somewhat succeeded, but I won't be having it again since it just doesn't have much going for it in the flavor department.

Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellowish amber in color and has a light amount of carbonation along with small particles floating in suspension. It poured with a half finger high frothy white head that never completely faded away.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of citrus and pine resin hops in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has flavors of citrus and pine resin hops along with a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: If you like microbrews and are counting calories, this is the real Michelob Ultra of craft beers.

Photo of WineGuy3000
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Quick review. Astounding hoppiness, bitterness & flavor at this low of an ABV. I have some scruples with a lot of Evil Twin stuff, but this beer is phenomenal at what it's trying to do.

Photo of StoutHunter
3.54/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a can of Evil Twin's Bikini Beer last week for $2.19 at Holiday Market. I've been meaning to try this one and since I haven't seen it around in a while I thought I would give it a try, so let see how it goes. Canned 9/03/14. Poured from a 12oz can into a imperial pint glass.

A- The can looks nice, it's got a nice design to it and it's a little eye catching. It poured a hazy golden orange color that took on more of orange color when held to the light with two fingers worth of fluffy and bubbly slightly off white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some sticky and patchy lacing behind. This is a pretty nice looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a lower amount of sweetness with the malts being the first to show up and they impart a very bready , pale malt and slightly grainy aroma with some noticeable doughy yeast showing up in the background. Up next comes the hops which seems to be a mixture of earthy grassy, slight citrus and soapy hops with the soapy hops seeming to stick out the most. This beer had a nice aroma, it's what I would expect from the style, but the hop profile could be a little brighter.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a lower amount of sweetness with the malts still being the first to show up and while they are a little lighter than they were in the aroma, they still impart the same aspects with no aspects sticking out the most. Up next comes a really light doughy yeast flavor that goes right into the hops which impart the same mixture of hoppy aspects that it did in the aroma, but this time no single aspect sticks out the most. On the finish there's a lighter amount of bitterness with a very clean and slightly malty aftertaste, This is a nice tasting beer, it still had a good amount of flavor for being so low in alcohol.

M- Smooth, very clean, a little crisp, a little creamy, on very light side of being medium bodied with a slightly lower amount of medium carbonation. This beer had pretty nice mouthfeel that worked well with it.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and I thought it was a nice example of a session IPA, in the end I thought it tastes pretty similar to a Pale Ale and for being a low alcohol beer I thought it still had a good amount of flavors and it never seemed to watery, This beer had nice drinkability, it was smooth, very clean, a little crisp, a little creamy, not filling and the taste does a decent job at holding my attention, I could drink a few of these but I would probably start to get bored of it and I think it would beer a great summer session beer. What I like the most about this beer is that it never tasted watery and I think that's a little impressive for a beer under 3% abv. What I liked the least about this beer was that the hops just weren't a little more brighter. I would buy this beer again if I could find it fresh and I would recommend it to anyone who likes session IPA, or low alcohol beers. All in all I liked this beer, I wasn't sure how much I was going to like it, but Evil Twin proved to have skill when it comes to making a very light beer that still has a good amount of flavor to it. It's not a favorite Evil Twin beer, but it might just be my favorite beer that's under 3%. Nice job guys, this was a tasty light beer, keep it up.

Photo of Hollie22
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Perfect light beach beer with a lot of flavor!

Photo of CHickman
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazy dark gold color with a lot of sediment chunks floating and active carbonation bubbles racing up the brew like champagne to a thick foamy 2-3 finger off white head that was full of bubbles of all sizes; it faded extremely slowly and had caverns of foam form as it dissipated. A really great looking IPA for the bottle which left outstanding thick foamy lacing and rings coating the sides.

Smells of light citrus hops, lemon zest, piney hops, cracker, faint caramel and a whiff of grapefruit and wheat bread crust. Nose is very mild and light, and while what is there smells good it is just so timid that it’s like an IPA mist was sprayed in the air.

Tastes a little stronger than the nose with additions of orange peel, more potent grapefruit, honey, tangerine, very light pepper and a dash of coriander to go along with the light citrus hops, lemon zest, piney hops, cracker and caramel that’s in the aroma. Sessionable, yes; flavorful, almost…this is too light for it’s own good, and while I love the fact that it’s only 2.7% ABV, it drinks like it’s only 2.7% ABV.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth even with all the chunks crossing your tongue, with very mild carbonation and a medium body that has some substance even though it’s thin and watery. I’d like to have this very chilled on a hot summer day to see if it drinks better, but not one I’d seek out. Good session beer overall, just not a great IPA by any means.

Photo of safaricook
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%

From tab at the beer temple. Nice noble hops (Saaz?) aroma. Thin body, refreshing. Bitter noble hops taste. Too little malt presence. Reminds me of hop tea. Not bad for low alcohol beer, though.

Photo of Reidrover
3.49/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz can from "Lifesource" in Salem. Did not know this is only 2.7%, I am apprehensive now. $2.59 Certainly pours nice enough, light orange,slighly hazy, large ,impressive frothy white head. Plenty citric hopping in the aroma, some hay in the background. Nice bright lemon zest/orange pits hop taste, little bread..quite nice really Mouthfeel is understandably weak but it has enough carbonation to carry the beer. Very acceptable brew for 2.7..wish I had seen this during camping season!

Photo of PostRockandCats
3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz can to a nonic glass. Date on can 9/3/14.

L: Light copper with an aggressive, soapy head that settles somewhat quickly into a sturdy foam. Lovely, intricate lacing.

S: dank, grainy malts up front. Kind of citrusy, but it's mostly malt. Unpleasant to my nose for an IPA.

T: Bitter grapefruit in front and grain in the back. Hops kind of hover around like an awkward kid at a party. Grapefruit everywhere; skin, flesh...Not wholly unpleasant, but a bit unbalanced.

F: Medium carbonation. Nice, light feel.

O: I've had worse, but this is why people think they hate IPAs- bitter without substance or balance. I'd drink it in a pinch, but I'd not seek it out again.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours slightly hazy yellowish amber with some particulates. Finger high white frothy head which had decent retention and moderate amounts of lacing.

S: Aromas of pine and citrus hops.

T: Pretty full flavored with it mostly being the pine and citrus hops. There was a pleasant amount of bitterness but nothing over the top. Overall, a lighter amount of flavor than others in the style.

M: On the lighter side of light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Surprisingly more aroma and taste than I expected from a 2.7 ABV "Bikini" beer. Easy to drink and well balanced - I guess this is craft beer's answer to the ultra mass produced beers.

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Evil Twin Bikini Beer from Evil Twin Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 329 ratings.