Bikini Beer
Evil Twin Brewing

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Style:
American IPA
Ranked #6,634
ABV:
2.7%
Score:
82
Ranked #42,367
Avg:
3.61 | pDev: 13.3%
Reviews:
86
Ratings:
446
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Evil Twin Brewing
 
New York, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
82
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Photo of Suds
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
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.

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Photo of BrewAskew
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.

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Photo of bankboy66
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

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Photo of Sigmund
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.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
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.

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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
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.

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Photo of mothmanscott
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.

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Photo of rex_4539
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.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
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.

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Photo of mnj21655
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.

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Photo of Moose90
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.

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Photo of Beglane
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!

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Photo of Act25
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!

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Photo of Dunkelganger4
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

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Photo of Wes-Cat
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
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.

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Photo of jhavs
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.

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Photo of Fatehunter
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.

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Photo of MysticJim
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.

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Photo of SINKTIPS_N_SUDS
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.

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Photo of headlessparrot
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.

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Photo of I_love_cold_beer
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

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Photo of MattyG85
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%.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
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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Bikini Beer from Evil Twin Brewing
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 446 ratings