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Evil Twin Bikini Beer - Evil Twin Brewing

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Reviews: 69
Hads: 368
Avg: 3.67
pDev: 28.34%
Wants: 17
Gots: 40 | 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 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 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 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 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 TheBrewo
4.07/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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

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Photo of justintcoons
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz can poured into a shaker pint.

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

Tangerine, papaya, mango, candy sugar and pine.

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

Light bodied, crisp, clean, dry and refreshing.

Tons of flavor for that little 2.7% abv. You could drink these all day long.

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Photo of CHADMC3
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy golden body beneath the light, pillowy white head which dissolves quickly but then leaves a consistent ring of lacing around the glass.

A nice pungent hopmand fresh tropical fruit smellnfeaturingnpine and grass with grapefruit and starfruit.

The flavor is similar with a nice hop bite of tropical fruit and plenty of grassy pine ans there is almost a touch of lavender too if im not mistaken.

Very crisp and refreshing with a lighter body and medium carbonation with a clean finish.

Could have fooled me with the abv as this beer has just as much flavor and character as some of its bigger counterparts.

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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 StonedTrippin
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
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)...

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Photo of Flounder57
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz beer was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer fast to a thin layer. It is a pale orange with great clarity and bubbles coming up through the glass. Some spotty lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Grassy, piney, and citrus hops. Some light caramel malts in the background. You can't really expect much for 2.7% beer.

Taste: Very hoppy. Resiny, mango, grassy, pineapple, mango, tangerine, and grapefruit. There is some simple and light malts in the rear.

Mouthfeel: Super light bodied, medium carbonation, a little dry, very drinkable and sessionable too.

Overall: Probably one of the best light IPA's I have ever had. This beer would be great after exercising or doing yardwork.

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Photo of jlindros
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.67/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of thagr81us
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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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 avalon07
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

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Evil Twin Bikini Beer from Evil Twin Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.