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Evil Twin Bikini Beer - Evil Twin Brewing

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Reviews: 65
Hads: 357
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 4.88%
Wants: 17
Gots: 39 | FT: 0
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Evil Twin Brewing visit their website
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 TheBrewo
4.07/5  rDev +10.3%
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. (2,524 characters)

Photo of justintcoons
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz can poured into a shaker pint.

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

Nose
Tangerine, papaya, mango, candy sugar and pine.

Taste
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.

Mouthfeel
Light bodied, crisp, clean, dry and refreshing.

Overall
Tons of flavor for that little 2.7% abv. You could drink these all day long. (572 characters)

Photo of CHADMC3
3.8/5  rDev +3%
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. (621 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (812 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 Flounder57
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
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. (769 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 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 ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +17.1%
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. (463 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 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 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 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 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 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)

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Evil Twin Bikini Beer from Evil Twin Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.