Evil Twin Bikini Beer - Evil Twin Brewing

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Reviews: 64
Hads: 350
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 headlessparrot
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

For what it is? Fantastic. Full-flavoured, interesting, well-hopped--there are IPAs in the 5-6% range that this outperforms, and it has the benefit of being (I believe the technical term is) "totally crushable". Unfortunately, at $3+ per 355ml can locally, it's a hard purchase to justify. (289 characters)

Photo of I_love_cold_beer
2.65/5  rDev -28.2%
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 (276 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 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 CHickman
3.58/5  rDev -3%
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. (1,453 characters)

Photo of MUTINY
3.76/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can into a shaker pint.

A: pours a clear straw/gold with 1" of loose white head that disappears quickly. Retention is actually good. Lacing is minimal.

S: An even split between resinous hops & bready malt. It smells primordial, but I kind of like some of the implications it gives about the flavor.

T: Lemon peel & bread dough lead in. Most of the mid palate & finish is undefined hop-bitterness. Cardboard. Black pepper. Not much else going on, but the bitterness here is the real deal.

M: Bigger & badder than anything I've imbibed at this ABV. Moderate carb & a surprisingly burly malt backbone almost make me forget that this brew is sub-3%.

O: Truly a diamond in the rough for session IPAs. I could, quite literally, drink this all day. (766 characters)

Photo of mick303
3.64/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (277 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 StoutHunter
3.54/5  rDev -4.1%
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. (3,380 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 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 PostRockandCats
3.18/5  rDev -13.8%
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. (684 characters)

Photo of SackBlabbath
2.1/5  rDev -43.1%
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. (317 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
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. (590 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (809 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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. (230 characters)

Photo of seedyone
2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

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. (322 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 safaricook
3.28/5  rDev -11.1%

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. (195 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 ColdWaffles
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Poured into a standard pint from a can.

I picked this up not knowing it was a light IPA, or even a VERY light IPA.

Clearly looks thinner than normal, but the lacing on the light white head is nice.

The aroma is a little more malty than a typical IPA, but there are nice floral hints here.

Full of flavor, actually, if not body. I dig it. Is this even "session" though? This would be the best beer you can buy cold in Oklahoma. Don't know about the market, but it works, even if it is not my thing.

Body is way too light.

Nice experiment! Maybe not worthwhile in general. Do you know a light weight that also loves IPAs? Get this then, I guess? (649 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.73/5  rDev -26%
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 (987 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 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 EdwardK77
3.43/5  rDev -7%
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. (633 characters)

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Evil Twin Bikini Beer from Evil Twin Brewing
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