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Evil Twin Bikini BeerEvil Twin Bikini Beer

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Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 2.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
3.54/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured to a tulip glass.

A: The body is crystalline yellow having a one finger thick harsh white head that seems a bit artificial for its look. The head has a very low consistency and density, it's weird and also has low retention. Minor lacing.
S: The aroma has two separate profiles, one that's mildly tropical of pineapple and mango and another for resinous and hoppy aromas.
T: The beer starts with a very faint sweetness, having a very well balanced segment between the low sweetness and the bitterness, although I think it's not made on purpose. But currently it connects very well even sitting on my fridge for about 6 months. It reads Batch #12 on the bottom of the can.
M: The body is low. Carbonation is high and harsh. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Bitterness is mild.
O: The taste of this beer is interesting but everything else is not. For this beer, specifically this one, I wasn't expecting much even if I highly regard Evil Twin a great brewery.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.41/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear gold with dust like particulates, producing a moderately aggressive 3 finger, glowing white, frothy, moderately lasting head that leaves a chunky but frost like coating of beautiful lacing. Aroma is earthy, spicy, floral & citrus hops & pale malt with a distinct onion like note. Taste is up front floral, earth & spice with a strong lemony citrus note emerging at mid-sip accompanied by thin pine in the finish thinly backed by an unbalanced thin pale maltiness. Bitterness appears by mid-sip & increases throughout the rest of the sip. The onion is much less noticeable in the sip than in the nose but reemerges in the aftertaste mixed with a resinous pine & citrus pith bitterness, all of which intensify & linger long. Mouthfeel is light bodied with moderate carbonation, thin bordering on watery, prickly, dry & very chalky. If this doesn't have Summit hops in it the onion must be an off flavor.

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Photo of rex_4539
3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

L: Hazy golden color, quarter finger white head, messy lacing, no carbonation.

S: Bready, hoppy.

T: Slightly hoppy, malty. Watery on the back end.

F: Watery, no body whatsoever.

O: Kind of session IPA but too watery for me.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.23/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. can Batch #013

Pours hazy yellow gold with a frothy white foam head. Smells like floral pineapple, bready crackery honey malts, some grapefruit, orange citrus peel, with dank herbal earthy grass and pine. Tastes like pineapple, grapefruit, zesty orange citrus, some bready crackery honey malts, with bitter resinous woody pine and dank herbal earthy grass. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy and slick with moderate low carbonation. Overall a really nice session IPA.

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Photo of mnj21655
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very clear light orange-copper in color with a finger + of long lasting white head. Aroma is hoppy, citrus and pine, a bit dank; very inviting. Flavors are focused on dank hops. Very light body and moderate carbonation. Bottom line: this beer is crushable, lots of flavor packed in to just 2.7% ABV.

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Photo of Moose90
3.12/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz can poured into 13 oz tulip

A — A mild to moderate pour yields a massive billowing off-white head that rises out of the glass with some structure and height. Eventually it falls and settles into a thin layer of foam on top of the body of yellow fizzy beer, slight haze to it, color is reminiscent of the can.

S — Smell is grainy, sweet, bitter, hoppy, citra, earthy. The potential is there, but overall very very light and dominated by a lot of grain and malt.

T — Crisp, clean, grainy, malty, a little bit of earthy prickly hops make a statement, but fade quickly into a subtle malt sweetness.

M — Bubbly, ample carbonation, clean, semi-lingering grainy finish.

O — Just ok, very light in all aspects, not my favorite hop profile and lacks balance.

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Photo of Beglane
3.96/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I love this beer as a " I have a really busy day at work tomorrow, and I want a few beers, and there must be an IPA out there that won't get me drunk if I drink 5 or 6" answer to a problem. At half of the ABV of a traditional lite beer, problem solved!

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Photo of Act25
3.49/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Love this brewer, but not this one. Even my Brooklyn girl friend said - "too soapy, too thin. What happened to your IPAs!"

A: Pours hazy pale, yellowish straw body with particulates. 1 Finger white frothy head which had decent retention and moderate amounts of lacing. But looks weak to start with.

S: Mild aromas of soap, balanced with crackery malts, pine and citrus hops.

T: Again too sudsy soapy, and mostly pine and citrus hops. No real bitterness and sometimes lacking a malt core.

M: On the lighter side of light. Thin. contributes to the soapy feel.

O: Craft beer's answer to the ultra mass produced beers? Why bother? Not really an IPA. But I did manage to enjoy the 6 while working as it's a creative high!

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Photo of Dunkelganger4
2.82/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Appearance: Golden orange with yeast in suspension. The white head is large and pillowy
Aroma: A cracker malt note with DME homebrew
Taste: Very little but watered down crackers and a slight semblance of citrus hops
Mouthfeel: Very light and watery with a mediun-high carbonation
Overall: At 2.7%, this taste essentially like water with a pinch of malt to call it a beer

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Photo of Wes-Cat
2.84/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

At 2.7%, you honestly can drink this all day and not get drunk. I got to try this at a local taproom; the fellow poured a small tulip(?) glass for everyone at the bar to try. Very light coloring. If you mix an average IPA with water, this is almost what you'd get. It has a very cut-down citrusy IPA taste for about a quarter of a second- then it washes away and you feel like you've drank some strange alcoholic water. Very easy to drink but I'd rather something with more character.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Evil Twin Brewing "Bikini Beer""
12 oz. can, coded "10/23/14" - almost a year old

An American IPA @ 2.7%? I don't think so. I'm not sure what to call it, but it's not an IPA.

It smells like an IPA though, with a bright citrusy aroma that reminds me of opening a box of fresh Cascade hops.

It looks good too: hazy deep golden body, frothy and then creamy white head, and lot's of lacing.

The problem is that there's not enough malt to it. It's off-balance with the hop bitterness dominating, and the hop flavor not living up to what the aroma suggests it will be.

In the new "session IPA" category this actually holds up fairly well, but I feel for the most part those beers are out of balance as well. This isn't my first "Bikini Beer" and it probably won't be my last, but it's certainly not one that I'll go for until I've exhausted my other options.

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Photo of jhavs
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Kingdom Taproom in St. Johnsbury, VT.

A= Clear straw color with a thick and foamy white head, head settles to thin foamy. big bubbled layer. Foamy lacing sticks to the side of the glass.

S= Light citrus and floral aroma.

T= Hop flavor comes across as floral with a tinge of lemon zest.

M= Light body with moderate carbonation.

O= It is what it is, a very low ABV session style IPA. For 2.7% it is surprisingly flavorful and feels like your drinking a beer. I would not complain if this was handed to me on a hot beach day.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours two fingers of head on a clear light straw body.
The aroma is fruity and light: lemon, grapefruit and melon. Nice.
The taste has an assertive and bold bitterness up front, that tampers down a little towards the end.
The texture is crisp.
The flavor is a bit unbalance, too much bitterness.

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Photo of MysticJim
3.22/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

It was highly recommended by a friend. I liked it but not really my taste. I like a more fruit/ flower like aroma, The aroma should carry over into the taste.

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3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This was actually pretty good. Can't believe the abv is so so low. Nice hop bitterness and bite a pretty solid effort from evil twin. If this was cheaper, or came in larger packs like all day id be sold.

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Photo of headlessparrot
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of I_love_cold_beer
2.65/5  rDev -27.4%
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

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Photo of MattyG85
4.16/5  rDev +14%
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%.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of CHickman
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of MUTINY
3.76/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of mick303
3.64/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.96/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.54/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of loubar
4.16/5  rDev +14%
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.

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