Evil Twin Bikini Beer - Evil Twin Brewing

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BA SCORE
82
good

343 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 343
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.71%
Wants: 17
Gots: 34 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 ThisWangsChung
2.73/5  rDev -24.6%
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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo of smcolw
3.84/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of EdwardK77
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Photo of squidward1957
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Photo of mrfrancis
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of BoldRulerVT
3.69/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12 oz can into a snifter.
Pours light blonde, with a finger of head.
Smells light hoppy, light malts in background.
Tastes clean light. Interesting that hop bitterness slowly increases with each taste.
Mouthfeel is refreshing and dry.
All on all for a 2.7% abv beer I thought it was decent. Could have a few of these on a hot summer day and not be a mess.

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

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

Aroma: fruity; hoppy; lightly bready.

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

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

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

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

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

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

S: Grass, straw & lemon & a little pineapple

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

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

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

Photo of larryi86
4.07/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Photo of Tucquan
3.42/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Photo of vkv822
3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz : tulip
canned: 09/25/13

Pours a hazy golden with a thick, craggy, foamy white head.

Wow. Inviting, citrus, hoppy nose. Fairly standard, but quite impressive when considering this is about 5 months old AND only 2.7% ABV.

The taste is again more citrus hops upfront. Though not quite as prominent as the nose, it is still quite tasty. Like crackery malt backbone.

Medium body, foamy carbonation.

As mentioned above, a fairly standard flavor profile, but for such an incrdibly low ABV beer, and one that is ~5 months old, it is very impressive.

Photo of facundoCNB
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A clean yellow pour with 2 fingers of fluffy white head and great lacing left behind. The aroma is sweet, a bit floral hop aroma with pilsner malt. The flavor is more herbal and bready than anything else. Light body, very refreshing and easy to drink.
This beer is awesome fir what it is. Lowest abv session ipa I've had, and still tastier than some regular ipas out there.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.76/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of FLima
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo of TKay
4.27/5  rDev +18%
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.

Photo of woodychandler
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo of kylelenk
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Fun from a can

A - Golden color with a nice white head.

S - A touch of floral hops.

T - Very minimal hop profile but a very nice sweet body.

M - Very light and crisp on the pallet. Easy to drink without it leaving too much of an aftertaste.

O - What a "fun" beer. Very low in ABV but still packs a delicious flavor profile. Very much a creamy ale without the bitter nonsense you find in BMC.

Photo of magictacosinus
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.84/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.54/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Evil Twin Bikini Beer from Evil Twin Brewing
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