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Evil Twin Bikini Beer - Evil Twin Brewing

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Reviews: 70
Hads: 373
Avg: 3.67
pDev: 12.26%
Wants: 17
Gots: 42 | 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 SackBlabbath
2.1/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Don't know what went wrong here, but this is the only beer i've ever brought back and told them to make singles out of it. I couldn't even drink the stuff. Maybe if it had enough alcohol to get you buzzed i could choke it down, but it just isn't worth considering. Sour bikini may be good too but im afraid to try it.

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Photo of corby112
2.36/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Draft at Tørst in Brooklyn.

Pours a pale, slightly hazy light golden yellow color with a half finger white head that quickly settles.  Minimal spotty lacing left behind.

Slightly floral, earthy hop aroma with a subtle malt backbone.  Very bland with not much else going on.  

Light bodied with a subtle crisp hop presence countered by pale malt and subtle fruit notes.   Slightly crisp and bitter with some resinous pine and light fruit flavor.  Pale malt, bread and cracker underneath but this bee is very watered down and boring.  Just some one dimensional hop flavor and a faint pale malt backbone. Not very interesting.

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Photo of seedyone
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

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.

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Photo of I_love_cold_beer
2.65/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

It's not bad, hard to describe, but like seltzer up front, with a "hole" in the middle, like the taste just disappears, then finishes crisp with a bit of citrus/hops. I could drink em at the beach naybe, but not at the astronomical price ($13/6pk + t&d), kind of disappointed

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.73/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz can into a pint glass.

A: Pours a lightly hazed amber color. The head is a finger high, with an eggshell shade. Retention is okay for the style, and as the head recedes, leaves behind some webs of lacing on the glass.

S: At first, it seems too mild: All I get are a kiss of piny hops. Letting it open up, though, will reveal some more floral tones, along with a bit of crackery malt. For 2.7%, it's damn good.

T: The flavor, though, is pretty much hop water. Lots of bitterness without much in the way of malt. It is what it is, no more, no less.

M: Really light and watery - there's no doubt this is 2.7%. With plentiful carbonation, it goes down very easily. This feels quite insubstantial.

O: Being an interesting experiment is the best I can say about this offering. Given its price point (fantastic by typical Danish standards, above average by 'Murican ones), I can't see any reason to revisit this - unless it was offered to me freely, of course.

2.7/5: 100% hop water

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Photo of Wes-Cat
2.84/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

At 2.7%, you honestly can drink this all day and not get drunk. I got to try this at a local taproom; the fellow poured a small tulip(?) glass for everyone at the bar to try. Very light coloring. If you mix an average IPA with water, this is almost what you'd get. It has a very cut-down citrusy IPA taste for about a quarter of a second- then it washes away and you feel like you've drank some strange alcoholic water. Very easy to drink but I'd rather something with more character.

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Photo of PostRockandCats
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

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Photo of MysticJim
3.22/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

It was highly recommended by a friend. I liked it but not really my taste. I like a more fruit/ flower like aroma, The aroma should carry over into the taste.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours two fingers of head on a clear light straw body.
The aroma is fruity and light: lemon, grapefruit and melon. Nice.
The taste has an assertive and bold bitterness up front, that tampers down a little towards the end.
The texture is crisp.
The flavor is a bit unbalance, too much bitterness.

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Photo of safaricook
3.28/5  rDev -10.6%

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.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.42/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2014-04-04 in Columbia, PA

A - Somewhat hazy golden-orange with a 3-finger pillowy white head that sticks around and leaves moderate lace.

S - Pineapple, light pine, hop floral. Sweet and fresh. Goodly dollop of aroma.

T - Hop forward with a good amount of lime zest bitterness. White crackers, lemon-lime flesh and some aspirin, mint and metallic on the finish. Lingering tart/metallic bitterness, which is too one-dimensional for how long it lasts.

M - Light body and medium carbonation. Crisp and prickly.

O - It's got a lot going for it for such a low ABV. I would have rated it higher if not for the aftertaste. Worth a try and I wouldn't pass on having it again.

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Photo of EdwardK77
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A- Solid white foam head quickly recedes and leaves a nice lacing. Golden in color with nice effervescence.

S- Mild off note to my nose but it doesn't ruin the drinking experience, this may be due to the 2.7% ABV as I've been drinking a lot of IIPA lately.

T- Easy drinking in nature but for my personal taste the lower ABV doesn't stand up well to the normal IPA/IIPA offerings.

M- Probably a little on the thin side but not unpleasant.

O- I didn't realize that this was a session IPA when I was going on a grabbing rampage at the beer store. I would probably like to see these in a cooler at a summer party in a really hot day.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.49/5  rDev -4.9%
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!

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.54/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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

Crisp, clean, but most importantly- light in body; this true session IPA chocks all the powerful taste of America's hop darling into a slim weight of 2.7% abv. Its assertive taste does a great job in masking its lack of strength.

Dark gold and nearly copper, its amber hue is lightly hazy and streams its carbonation from down below. Its fluffy white head churns above the ale and holds firm through half the session. But alas, its malty lightness seems to lack the structure to last for more than that. Surpsingly light on lacing, usually high-hopped beers perform better than this.

Its hop-dominant nose leads with the classic grapefruit and orange peel aromas. Supporting malts give the thinnest hint of bread and honey without any real threat of overtaking the hops. Lightly grassy and somewhat stemmy, the beer's dry crispness allows the vegetable part of hops to play a role in its scent.

That light honey and starchy bread tastes are short lived as they fade into dryness very quickly. But that makes way for the hops to dominate the taste from the middle palate on through finish. That's when the taste of white grapefruit, dried orange peel and a lemony tone offers up a citrusy middle. That delicate acidity turns quickly to the bitterness of pine resin, saw dust and fresh-cut grass. As the bitterness lingers in aftertaste, the beer's mineral taste emerges with light metals and seltzer water.

Absolutely light in body, the beer's high attenuation leaves no appreciable sweetness to be felt on the palate- this allows for an incredible refreshment, drinkability and crispness. However its dry "naked" character exposes a few flaws that malt can usually absorb. These are its mineral water taste in finish and its stemmy hop character that are both largely unavoidable.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Now is not the time for a bikini body, but it is for a beer. From a 12 ounce can, on to the beer:

This beer is sunshine orange colored and topped with a sturdy, somewhat creamy head. The aroma is light as expected, clean, bringing light notes of pine and grass. Bikini Beer does deliver some flavor, and it's all thanks to the hops. Grassy and crackery at the base, with a clean pine flavor, and a refreshing bitterness in the aftertaste. While light bodied, it does carry some creaminess with it.

Solid beer, and good to know that there's a low alcohol option out there with some taste.

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Photo of magictacosinus
3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 12oz can into a tulip glass. The guys at Trappist Provisions always raved about this beer, so I went ahead and bought a can.

Orange-amber, with a foamy, detergent-like head that rises to the top of the glass only to dissipate as quite as it rose. Leaves a little bit of stickiness, and lacing is minimal. Doesn't look too bad.

It's indeed an IPA at the nose, in spite of the stupidly low ABV. Notes of grapefruit, pine, lemon rinds, and peaches are present right away, with an undeniably crackly biscuit flavor from the grains. Slight toffee, honey, and sugar cane. Very minerally at the finish, with notes of chalk and cold stones. There's also a bit of a funky aroma, likened to wet hay, or something similar. It's actually a very intriguing profile for such a low ABV beer, as the the minerality is really unique - it's been a very long while since I had it in a beer. This is really fragile and loses a lot of its gas over the course of consumption, but that's to be expected. It's pretty mild overall, but definitely an accomplishing feat given what they're working with.

The flavor is far milder, with a lot less of the fruit and citrus complexity at the nose, and certainly lacks the mineral properties that had intrigued me. This is like a golden English bitter with some extra bitterness added - biscuity, with mild toffee and cracker crispness, alongside faded lemon rinds, pine, and dried grapefruit. The finish is slightly minerally, with crisp, thin, chalky sensation. One reviewer likened this to mineral water, and I would definitely agree. Indeed, in terms of maintaining a refreshing posture, this really is a success - drinks like a refreshing glass of water, with the bitterness that keeps things interesting.

Unfortunately, this is also the beer's greatest fault - it feels watered down, astringent, and grainy, all without giving back anything in return. I do love how dry it finishes, as well as its breezy qualities, but it's probably something I'd only return to in a fresher condition, or perhaps on tap. This is will be my readily available go-to session beer whenever I'm in the mood. Otherwise, I'm yet to find a low gravity IPA that really blows all of my expectations right out of the water.

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Photo of CHickman
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of FLima
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy amber color with a thick two finger head with great retention.
Nice aroma with a lemon-orange citrusy.
Refreshing, watery and hoppy taste with flavors of grapefruit (lots of it), herbs, bread, some toasted notes and lemon. Dry aftertaste with a long lasting bitterness.
Watery body with appropriate carbonation.
I had it as a time-out beer between a long degustation. If it had more body, even with a low abv, it would be perfect. I am still to find a fully satisfying low gravity beer.

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Photo of emerge077
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
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...

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Photo of Immortale25
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of barczar
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy golden with light copper tones and a frothy ivory head that dissipates in big bubbles.

Tropical and citrus fruits abound in aroma, with a bit of dank cannabis and resin adding contrast. Notes of mango, tangerine, and grapefruit dominate. There's a bit of catty character present. Fairly complex hop profile!

Flavor is decidedly resiny and bitter, with underpinnings of tropical fruit adding complexity throughout. Definitely hop dominant, the malt character is just a bit toasty in the background.

Body is surprisingly chewy, and carbonation is moderate. There's a slightly astringent harshness at the finish.

The aroma on this one is pretty awesome, but the flavor is too bitter for my liking. The harsh finish is also offputting. Wish the hop flavoring filters the nose more closely.

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Photo of Brenden
3.64/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of mick303
3.64/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pretty disappointing appearance with a ton of suspended particulate. Smell and taste were pretty good with a strong lemon character and assertive carbonation, but overall the beer was thin, a bit metallic and while a decent session, it was not something I would have regularly.

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Evil Twin Bikini Beer from Evil Twin Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.