Bikini Beer
Evil Twin Brewing

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Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #6,733
ABV:
2.7%
Score:
82
Ranked #43,261
Avg:
3.61 | pDev: 13.3%
Reviews:
87
Ratings:
447
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Evil Twin Brewing
 
New York, United States
Avail:
Year-round
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Gots
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SCORE
82
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HorseheadsHophead from New York

3.57/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Slightly hazy golden color, with a small white head. Good retention and lacing.

Some pineapple, lemon, and grapefruit on the aroma.

Nice pop of lemon, orange, mango, and pink grapefruit; huge amounts of pineapple. Wheat cracker, hay, and a touch of pine. Clean, crisp, with a touch of bitterness.

Very light, watery feel, well carbonated, thin but quite refreshing.

A pretty solid session IPA! If you can get past the very thin feel, this drinks more like a hoppy seltzer, in a good way.

Jun 08, 2020
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Suds from Missouri

3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This brew is a dark gold color with a medium off-white head. The aroma has some grain, along with some herbal hops and caramel. Medium body. Drinkable but a bit ordinary.

Feb 05, 2020
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Phyl21ca from Canada

3.52/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Can: Poured a dirty amber color ale with a large off-white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of dry grainy notes with some earthy hops notes is OK. Taste is a mix of dry grainy notes with some dry earthy hops with light caramelized malt notes is OK. Body is about average with excellent carbonation. Flavorful low alcohol beer but not sure I would drink this again.

Apr 05, 2018
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BrewAskew from Oklahoma

1/5  rDev -72.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

What is the point? Low alcohol or not, this stuff is is awful. Pours to thin, weirdly sudsy head and hazy orange color. Aroma is belgian yeast and citrusy hops. Flavor is a train wreck. Hops with nothing to counterbalance them...no malt, no alcohol. Harsh mouthfeel. Avoid.

Mar 26, 2018
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bankboy66 from New Jersey

3.69/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy good with one finger head. Citrus and light hops up front. Very refreshing.....kind of like a lighter less bitter session IPA. Give it a try

Feb 10, 2018
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Sigmund from Norway

3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap as Lervig Take It Easy, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 2.7%. Deep golden colour, large white head. Strong aroma of citrussy and catty hops, also notes of pine and crushed gooseberries. Light bodied as expected. The dry flavour is dominated by piney and grapefruity hops throughout. Bitter finish. Maybe not very "well balanced", but tasty and refreshing, and definitely more flavourful than most beers of this strength.

Jun 17, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

2.64/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

The appearance was a semi-hazy to somewhat burnt orange and ruddy transparency about it. Carbonation could be seen rising at a moderate pace. The smell had some burnt graininess along with some cereal notes and a light lemon all around. The taste was moderately sweet with a dry bitterness coming across pretty tight on my tongue. Grainy aftertaste runs into the finish. On the palate, this one sat extremely light on the body with a clingy sharp bitterness in the back of the throat. Overall, low alcohol or session IPA, hell if I know, but can’t really see myself coming back to this.

Jun 06, 2017
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joaopmgoncalves from Portugal

3.54/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Apr 07, 2017
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mothmanscott from Georgia

3.41/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Oct 04, 2016
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rex_4539 from Greece

3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

Aug 20, 2016
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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

Aug 11, 2016
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mnj21655 from Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Jun 17, 2016
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Moose90 from Washington

3.12/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

May 16, 2016
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Beglane from Massachusetts

3.96/5  rDev +9.7%
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!

Apr 27, 2016
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Act25 from New Jersey

3.49/5  rDev -3.3%
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!

Mar 06, 2016
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Dunkelganger4 from Colorado

2.82/5  rDev -21.9%
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

Jan 31, 2016
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Wes-Cat from California

2.84/5  rDev -21.3%
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.

Oct 13, 2015
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Sep 24, 2015
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jhavs from New Hampshire

3.72/5  rDev +3%
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.

Sep 10, 2015
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Fatehunter from Oregon

3.25/5  rDev -10%
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.

Sep 03, 2015
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MysticJim from Maryland

3.22/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Sep 02, 2015
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SINKTIPS_N_SUDS from Ohio

3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Aug 28, 2015
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headlessparrot from Canada

3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Jul 07, 2015
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I_love_cold_beer from Connecticut

2.65/5  rDev -26.6%
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

Jun 27, 2015
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MattyG85 from Minnesota

4.16/5  rDev +15.2%
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%.

May 12, 2015
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Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 447 ratings