Evil Twin Bikini Beer | Evil Twin Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States
eviltwin.dk

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 2.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by avalon07 on 01-14-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
431
Reviews:
81
Avg:
3.63
pDev:
12.67%
 
 
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18
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Canned 9/25/13.

Pours a hazy gold with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and grapefruit juice flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and slightly dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that packs a surprising amount of aroma and flavor into it's small 2.7% ABV.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
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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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
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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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.54/5  rDev -2.5%
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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4.01/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz single can, sold as rather auspiciously over-priced six-packs around here. Nice history lesson on the word 'bikini' detailed on the label blurb.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, pale golden yellow hue, with four fat fingers (or a fistful of skinny, take yer pick) of puffy, loosely foamy, and rocky dirty white head, which leaves some pleasant deer antler lace around the glass as it slowly fades out.

It smells of dank pine resin, orange and grapefruit rind, caramel cream, a wet stone minerality, a touch of earthy yeast, and further leafy, musty hops. The taste is more bitter pine needle and its forest floor detritus friends, astringent grapefruit, lemon, and blood orange pith, biscuity caramel malt, crackery bread, and more herbal, leafy, and somewhat floral hops. No perfume danger here, boyos.

The carbonation is pretty tight in its edgy, wide-spread deployment, the body on the light side of medium weight, and quite plainly smooth, the hops not up to playing when the cat's away. It finishes mostly dry, the piney, leafy, etc. hops outshining any lingering citrus notes in their sloughing off of the now wan malt.

Tending towards a particular end-point (yet still adhering to the general 'point' of the ISA proto-style), Bikini Beer does well by its American IPA roots. Largely a hop-driven affair, in the right way, perhaps a bit of mouthfeel malaise is encountered due to the low ABV, but that's easily forgotten - I can sense my own bikini line likes this just fine as well!

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of emerge077
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
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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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.72/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into pint glass, canned on 4/29/2014. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy bright gold color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon zest, grapefruit, tangerine, orange peel, citrus rind, pine, floral, grass, cracker, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of bright citrus/grassy hops and light-moderate pale malt sweetness; with solid strength. Taste of lemon zest, tangerine, grapefruit, orange peel, floral, grass, pine, cracker, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fair amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon zest, tangerine, grapefruit, orange peel, pine, cracker, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of citrus/grassy hops and light-moderate pale malt sweetness; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 2.7%. Overall this is a very nice session IPA. All around good complexity and robustness of citrus/grassy hops and light-moderate pale malt sweetness; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of chinchill
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can with an illegible date stamp on the bottom.
Apricot-amber color with a medium, very durable head.

Aroma: fruity; hoppy; lightly bready.

Flavor: follows aroma. Mildly bitter but a bit more sour up front; reversed in the finish. Lasting aftertaste.

Feel: near medium body and carbonation; semi-dry finish.

O: Style seems similar to Berliner Weisse -- at least it is both flavorful and low ABV.
Certainly a big beer for 2.7%.

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Photo of jlindros
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
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 NeroFiddled
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
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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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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