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 UCLABrewN84
3.76/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Canned 9/25/13.

Pours a hazy gold with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and grapefruit juice flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and slightly dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that packs a surprising amount of aroma and flavor into it's small 2.7% ABV. (579 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 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 BEERchitect
3.54/5  rDev -4.1%
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. (1,784 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 emerge077
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
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... (904 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 RblWthACoz
3.74/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A 2.7% IPA? I can dig that. Nice spicy hop tone to this one. Good citrus tones and some pine too. Bright and sharp. A little bit too bright maybe, but still pretty nice. Feel is good. Definitely easy to drink. As a 2.7% brew, I can forgive a lot. Especially with how well this comes off. I wish there were more brews with this level of abv. (340 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.72/5  rDev +0.8%
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 (634 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 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 chinchill
3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
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%. (440 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 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 smakawhat
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (1,287 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 corby112
2.36/5  rDev -36%
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. (635 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 tone77
3.8/5  rDev +3%
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. (384 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 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 Brenden
3.64/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (824 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 mrfrancis
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear gold with a thick, fluffy white head.

S: Mild aromas of lemon, lime, orange, crackers, grain, and minerals are present on the nose, though they take a little while to reveal themselves.

T: Surprisingly bold notes of mandarin orange, lemon, lime, tangerine, pine, spruce, bitter herbs, grass, grain, crackers, minerals, and biscuits coat the palate. The finish is bitter and fruity with robust notes of mandarin orange, tangerine, lime, crackers, and minerals.

M: Very slight and slick in body. Carbonation is prickly upon the entry, but dies away almost completely by mid-palate. This one feels a bit strange in the mouth, making it a little more difficult to drink than I was hoping.

O: A very respectable brew. If the body were just a bit more substantial and the carbonation issue were sorted out, this would be a near perfect session IPA. As is, however, it is merely a very solid effort. (913 characters)

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Evil Twin Bikini Beer from Evil Twin Brewing
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