Evil Twin Bikini Beer - Evil Twin Brewing

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Reviews: 64
Hads: 351
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 11.65%
Wants: 17
Gots: 35 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of Oakenator
4.45/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 5

For what this beer is @ 2.7% (half of a normal beer) it is great. Strong hop flavor but moves to a string bitter aftertaste - still nice. Good head and lacing for low strength. (176 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear golden-orange with a finger of frothy white head. Fades medium.

S - Sweet grainy and wheat malts, grapefruit, citrus, floral, and grassy hops, bit of lemon zest.

T - Sweet grainy and wheat malts, grapefruit, citrus, tropical, floral and grassy hops, some bitterness, some lemon zest.

M - Medium-light bodied moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sweet, dry, bitter finish.

D - Nicely balanced. Great amount of hop flavor and complexity for so low ABV. (463 characters)

Photo of TKay
4.27/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

At 2.7 ABV and 80 calories, Bikini Beer manages to be very flavorful.

Grapefruit hoppy flavor and smell.

Very light, bubbly mouthfeel.

Highly recommended for anyone who wants to enjoy a real beer without getting drunk or full should turn to Evil Twin Bikini Beer. (267 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a cloudy consistency. Lots of little bits of sediment floating around. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Great lacing.

S: A very hoppy aroma, along with some malt and citrus. Basically, it smells like an IPA should.

T: Tasted of hops - a pretty high amount of them - malt, and some citrus (grapefruit). This is definitely a hops dominated beer, but it is very flavorful and easy to drink.

M: A highly-carbonated beer with a crisp, clean finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

O: Never thought I'd like a low alcohol beer, but here's the evidence. Bikini Beer is a sturdy, drinkable beer. (677 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.16/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a bright and somewhat cloudy golden orange with a lot of bubbles. Huge three finger white head that slowly settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A juicy and floral hop forward aroma with big hints of citrus and pine. Upfront scent of citrus hops with juicy hints of grapefruit, orange, lemon, pineapple, and melon. Floral and earthy hops with hints of pine resin and grass. Soft malt hints of cracker, biscuit, and yeast. A pretty solid aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a juicy and earthy hop forward taste with notes of citrus and pine. Citrus hop notes of orange, grapefruit, lemon zest, melon, and pineapple. Earthy notes of pine and grass along with some floral notes. Light backing pale malt notes of biscuit, cracker, and yeast. A pretty solid taste for its size.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy and pretty drying on the finish.

Overall: A very good session IPA. Pretty nice hop flavors considering it’s under 3%. (1,028 characters)

Photo of loubar
4.16/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. can from Whole Foods. Cloudy orange with a long-lasting white head. Nose of light pine and citrus hops. Hop forward citrus zest flavor with a nice resinous grapefruit bitter finish. Light bodied, yet not watery with good carbonation. Crisp and refreshing. The amount of flavor for the low ABV is extraordinary. Well done. (328 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I love it! something in me just loves these foreign low abv ipa types. the mikkeller drinkin the sun was fantastic, and this is even better. same hops profile, almost exactly, as founders all day ipa, equally citrusy and pungent, but less malt body and balance. honey colored with an easily roused inch of white head, floating coagulated yeast bits, and rising bubbles. nose isn't as pronounced as the taste, so the first sip is just a real nice surprise. its bitter and fruity, florida somehow comes to mind. a touch bretty in the finish, almost like a wild ale, its got that hint, especially the aftertaste, yum. at under 3% abv, I can just crank on this, all day long. hop bitterness is more in the front than the finish, and the back end is cleaner than the style usually allows for, very very drinkable. I love the light body and full flavor, and I hope summer beer continues to trend in this direction. my one critique, is the price. as about 6 bucks for an 11.2 ounce bottle, it becomes more of a novelty beer than the session bomb its designed to be. I mean, it would cost me upwards of 75 bucks to get drunk of this in an afternoon, as much as id love to do that, its a ridiculous price point. can it, and give it to me in 30 packs for 15 bucks and ill drink nothing else (I don't say that often)... (1,308 characters)

Photo of TheBrewo
4.07/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

We crack the top and pour a brew of shining golden amber into our Great Lakes pints. It holds a surprisingly massive three and a half finger tall head on a rough pour. This is tan in color, and leaves busy, chunky, Jackson Pollock lacing all around the glass. No haze is noted, but dots of sediment are suspended throughout. Carbonation appears to be very light. The aroma gives pale and toffee grain sweetness, warmed oatmeal, white and brown sugars, cinnamon and chive spiciness, grassy and bitterly citric hops, lemon juiciness, light phenolic plastics, wet waxiness, and dried floral sweetness. Our first impression is that the hops are pleasantly forward, blending well with the salty, drying malt base of the beer. The taste opens with grapefruity and sweetly grassy hops, lemony puck and twang, sweaty saltiness, wet cloth, dried straw, white vinegar, pale but quality grain, oaty dryness, and root vegetable metallics. The middle comes to a predominantly malty peak, with standard pale and chalky grain, watered herbal hops, mineral, lemon tea, soft vinegar acidity, and yeasty metallics. The end is awash with lemon rind and juiciness, palm greens, endive, enlivened grassy and grapefruity hops, glassy metallics, earthen mineral, soy sauce, black pepper spice, and sweat. The aftertaste breathes of corn and pale malts, almonds, citric hops, sour lemon flesh, light notes of soured cherries, tortilla saltiness, sourdough yeastiness, wax, and green grassiness. The body is light, and the carbonation is lightly medium. Each sip gives soft slurp and smack, lesser cream and froth, and crisp snap to the finishing pop. The mouth is left wet but almost immediately puckered with chalky, dusty astringency. The abv is super easy, with accordingly supreme drinkability.

Overall, the best thing about this beer is how incredibly light and easy to drink it is. While the sourness of grain and yeast is a bit much at times, the general balance of the thing, for what it is, is great. The hops come way forward, remaining surprisingly sticky against the depth and saltiness of the malts. With warmth this becomes less of an issue, and the beer disappears much more quickly. These ultra-sessionable beers are starting to become more and more competitive with their competitor American IPAs and APAs via comparison of robustness of flavoring and aroma, and it is well welcomed by us because they are starting to be able to deliver all that you would want in a “smaller” package, increasing reproducibility and longevity. (2,524 characters)

Photo of larryi86
4.07/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz can dated 12/19/13 poured into a snifter

A- A slightly hazy golden amber color with a two finger white head.

S- Citrus, some pineapple, some pale malts, piney hops.

T- Citrus, touch of pale malts, big piney finish, resin.

M- Smooth, crisp, light body.

O- A nice beer under 3% ABV. A surprisingly flavorful beer given the ABV. If this was cheaper I would buy this more often. (386 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
4.01/5  rDev +8.7%
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! (1,498 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
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. (769 characters)

Photo of unclejazz
3.96/5  rDev +7.3%

It's like Jeppe's version of an N/A beer. It reminds me of the generic white cans labeled "beer" that collected dust in my parents basement, but in a good way like Lowenbrau. If you have a cup holder on your lawnmower, beach chair, or scooter; grab some of this beer. Only problem is the price point. It would be a good $6.99 sixer, but any more and it not worth it. Designer light beer, for beach body weather. (412 characters)

Photo of tillmac62
3.96/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BOD 10/23/14. Pours a slightly cloudy almost medium amber (slightly darker than golden). Normal head volume, lacing and somewhat poor retention.

Nice complex nose of citric (grapefruit, tangerine and orange) hops and biscuit with a touch of caramel and a note of pepper spice.

Almost light medium body with a nice smooth texture. Above normal carbonation with a nice effervescent rush from the middle on.

The outstanding flavor profile is intense in hop flavor, with a degree of complexity and very well balanced - especially for a 2.9% ABV beer. It begins with a blended hop flavor that flows into a mild rind/pine bitterness in the middle. As the edge comes off the bitterness, a mild biscuit sweetness comes forward providing balance. The finish as slightly dry and is a slow fade of rind flavored bitterness. (821 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev +7%
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. (631 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.95/5  rDev +7%
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. (665 characters)

Photo of squidward1957
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Among the better session IPA's I've had -- and the very low alcohol content is a plus. The typical grassy nose of the genre. Pours with a very pretty head. Mouthfeel not as rich as a "real" IPA, but pleasant. Surprisingly flavorful and certainly drinkable. (258 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
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. (638 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into pint glass, canned on 4/29/2014. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy bright gold color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon zest, grapefruit, tangerine, orange peel, citrus rind, pine, floral, grass, cracker, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of bright citrus/grassy hops and light-moderate pale malt sweetness; with solid strength. Taste of lemon zest, tangerine, grapefruit, orange peel, floral, grass, pine, cracker, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fair amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon zest, tangerine, grapefruit, orange peel, pine, cracker, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of citrus/grassy hops and light-moderate pale malt sweetness; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 2.7%. Overall this is a very nice session IPA. All around good complexity and robustness of citrus/grassy hops and light-moderate pale malt sweetness; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering. (1,518 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a fizzy bubbly 1 finger head that fades spotty lacing, hazy reddish orange color with lots if sediment.

Nose has lots of fruity hops, tropical fruit with light papaya and guava, little grapefruit and citrus, light musty resin, little floral too and hint spicy, with faintest touch of malt, ruby red grapefruit really comes out.

Taste starts with light watery malt water, no sweetness and no malt to back it up. hops are plenty though, fairly bitter with citrus rind, but if papaya tropical fruit, grapefruit pith, light spicy hops too, and somehow a hint of mint. As there is no malt to balance it gets astringent and a bit too bitter. Finish is bitter astringent like biting into a grapefruit rind, touch of spicy.

Mouth is lighter bodied, watery, nice carb.

Overall the hops are nice but with the ridiculous lack of malts really makes the beer hard to drink somehow, but I guess they were trying for that. (917 characters)

Photo of fscottkey
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: [4.50] Golden straw color with a respectable 1/2 finger of white head. The head has decent uniformity. There is some lacing ont he glass which is lovely. The beer has an ABV listed (2.7% - which is unbelievable). And a born on code in Julian that means 03/18/15.

S: [3.75] Pine and a little citrus. The citrus is not orange, lemon it is more of an exotic fruit like mango or papaya.

T: [3.75] It has a abrasive IPA bitterness at the front. There is lemon peel and pepper in the middle and end. There is also a grassy element on the finish.

M: [3.75] Good carbonation. Not too watery. The finish is a bit dry from the bitter hoppiness.

O: [4.00] I just keep rereading 2.7% I am amazed you can get any flavor let alone some of the nice tones they have hear. I really like this. It is like a diet IPA. It makes session IPAs look like calorie bombs. I will call this the surprise of the year so far. Nice flavor, body and it has some decent scent qualities too. I could session the crap out of this beer. (1,022 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.84/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Modest, short-lived head. Lots of slippery, spotty lace. Mild haze. Light amber color.

Pleasant blend of pale malt and floral hop.

Relatively dry, pale malt initial flavor. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel--above average effervescence. Good biting (white pepper-like) hop. Strongest in the swallow and leaves a long aftertaste. (322 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.84/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a lightly hazy yellow color. Head starts off big but dies off to a film of bleach white foam. It does leave long, thick lacing stripes.

S-The 2.7%er has some legitimate hoppiness to its nose. Zesty, musty clementine hop, light lemony hops too with light grass. A sweet little cracker and grain malt is detected too.

T-The flavor is firmly hoppy and bitter. Clean, grassy hop and orangey hops. The malt is light and reminds me of honey and crackers. Dominated by hoppiness. Impressive flavor profile for a supremely low ABV brew.

M-Drinks like seltzer water in terms of body. Very bubbly. Quite bitter. Bitter like and IPA twice its alcohol content.

O/D-Pretty cool but at $12.99 a 6 pack its kind of an expensive novelty that won't even give me much of a buzz. Impressive hoppiness, though. I would rather see this as a 16 oz. single can than a very expensive 6 pack. Worth a try, especially if you can cop a single. (928 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
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. (775 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The CANQuest (TM) happened upon these during a recent excursion to Max's in BAL, MD and having just come in from another round of shoveling snow, I figured that this might be the time to break it out and CANsider my options.

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

Wahoo! A whole 2.7% ABV!?! I CAN't wait to get started! The Crack! revealed yet another brimful craft CAN and so the inverted Glug was underway. This resulted in two fingers of foamy, tawny head with limited retention that produced some nice lacing as it fell. Color was a hazy golden-yellow (SRM = > 9, < 13). Nose had a hoppier presence than I would have expected at 2.7% ABV, It had a grapefruit citrusiness along with a lemony tartness and I actually puckered a little in anticipation. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was definitely of grapefruit. Without knowing in advance, there is no way that I would have guessed it as being so low in alcohol. It was not the best CANned AIPA that I have had, but by no means was it even close to the worst. The finish was dry and citrusy and I felt like I had been drinking a Squirt soda pop. Wow. Impressive, but an AIPA needs more Ooomph if I am going to return to it. (1,472 characters)

Photo of justintcoons
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz can poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance
Straw/gold with 2 fingers of white, fizzy head. Excellent clarity, good retention and moderate carbonation.

Nose
Tangerine, papaya, mango, candy sugar and pine.

Taste
Incredibly mellow with an excellent hop bitterness. Tangerine, papaya, mango and pine. Very thin candy sugar backbone with notes of spent grains. The piney bitterness and grapefruit zest travel into the finish.

Mouthfeel
Light bodied, crisp, clean, dry and refreshing.

Overall
Tons of flavor for that little 2.7% abv. You could drink these all day long. (572 characters)

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Evil Twin Bikini Beer from Evil Twin Brewing
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