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Evil Twin Bikini BeerEvil Twin Bikini Beer

Brewed by:
Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 2.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of PostRockandCats
3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz can to a nonic glass. Date on can 9/3/14.

L: Light copper with an aggressive, soapy head that settles somewhat quickly into a sturdy foam. Lovely, intricate lacing.

S: dank, grainy malts up front. Kind of citrusy, but it's mostly malt. Unpleasant to my nose for an IPA.

T: Bitter grapefruit in front and grain in the back. Hops kind of hover around like an awkward kid at a party. Grapefruit everywhere; skin, flesh...Not wholly unpleasant, but a bit unbalanced.

F: Medium carbonation. Nice, light feel.

O: I've had worse, but this is why people think they hate IPAs- bitter without substance or balance. I'd drink it in a pinch, but I'd not seek it out again.

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Photo of SackBlabbath
2.1/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Don't know what went wrong here, but this is the only beer i've ever brought back and told them to make singles out of it. I couldn't even drink the stuff. Maybe if it had enough alcohol to get you buzzed i could choke it down, but it just isn't worth considering. Sour bikini may be good too but im afraid to try it.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Now is not the time for a bikini body, but it is for a beer. From a 12 ounce can, on to the beer:

This beer is sunshine orange colored and topped with a sturdy, somewhat creamy head. The aroma is light as expected, clean, bringing light notes of pine and grass. Bikini Beer does deliver some flavor, and it's all thanks to the hops. Grassy and crackery at the base, with a clean pine flavor, and a refreshing bitterness in the aftertaste. While light bodied, it does carry some creaminess with it.

Solid beer, and good to know that there's a low alcohol option out there with some taste.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottom of can says 090314.

A- Pours a semi-hazy dark amber color with a full inch of bubbly off-white head that retains well before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a large bubbly side patch of surface foam. Sudsy, semi-resilient lacing.

S- Grainy malt aroma with some mildly citrusy hops.

T- Kind of watery flavor carries with it a bit of hop bitterness and more citrus. Cracker-like malt character. Slight tang on the back end.

M- A bit snappy with medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- I guess Evil Twin figured there's a niche to be filled with folks looking for a hoppy beer that's close to being N/A. With that, they somewhat succeeded, but I won't be having it again since it just doesn't have much going for it in the flavor department.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Pours amber with a quickly fading head.
Nose shows some sweet malt, piny hops, spicy notes. Quite malty for a low alcohol beer.
Similar flavours. Some sweet malt and a bit more spicy hops with an assertive but balanced bitterness.

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Photo of seedyone
2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

09/29/13 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Don't ask me why I tried this. I should have known better. Taste is serious grapefruit/citrus with no counterpoint. If this is for those that fear craft beer...bad move. This should seal the deal & send them back to the safety of the known.

Sorry, but this has nothing going for it.

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Photo of unclejazz
3.96/5  rDev +8.5%

It's like Jeppe's version of an N/A beer. It reminds me of the generic white cans labeled "beer" that collected dust in my parents basement, but in a good way like Lowenbrau. If you have a cup holder on your lawnmower, beach chair, or scooter; grab some of this beer. Only problem is the price point. It would be a good $6.99 sixer, but any more and it not worth it. Designer light beer, for beach body weather.

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Photo of safaricook
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%

From tab at the beer temple. Nice noble hops (Saaz?) aroma. Thin body, refreshing. Bitter noble hops taste. Too little malt presence. Reminds me of hop tea. Not bad for low alcohol beer, though.

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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
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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Photo of ColdWaffles
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Poured into a standard pint from a can.

I picked this up not knowing it was a light IPA, or even a VERY light IPA.

Clearly looks thinner than normal, but the lacing on the light white head is nice.

The aroma is a little more malty than a typical IPA, but there are nice floral hints here.

Full of flavor, actually, if not body. I dig it. Is this even "session" though? This would be the best beer you can buy cold in Oklahoma. Don't know about the market, but it works, even if it is not my thing.

Body is way too light.

Nice experiment! Maybe not worthwhile in general. Do you know a light weight that also loves IPAs? Get this then, I guess?

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.73/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz can into a pint glass.

A: Pours a lightly hazed amber color. The head is a finger high, with an eggshell shade. Retention is okay for the style, and as the head recedes, leaves behind some webs of lacing on the glass.

S: At first, it seems too mild: All I get are a kiss of piny hops. Letting it open up, though, will reveal some more floral tones, along with a bit of crackery malt. For 2.7%, it's damn good.

T: The flavor, though, is pretty much hop water. Lots of bitterness without much in the way of malt. It is what it is, no more, no less.

M: Really light and watery - there's no doubt this is 2.7%. With plentiful carbonation, it goes down very easily. This feels quite insubstantial.

O: Being an interesting experiment is the best I can say about this offering. Given its price point (fantastic by typical Danish standards, above average by 'Murican ones), I can't see any reason to revisit this - unless it was offered to me freely, of course.

2.7/5: 100% hop water

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Photo of biboergosum
4.01/5  rDev +9.9%
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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Photo of smcolw
3.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Modest, short-lived head. Lots of slippery, spotty lace. Mild haze. Light amber color.

Pleasant blend of pale malt and floral hop.

Relatively dry, pale malt initial flavor. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel--above average effervescence. Good biting (white pepper-like) hop. Strongest in the swallow and leaves a long aftertaste.

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Photo of EdwardK77
3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A- Solid white foam head quickly recedes and leaves a nice lacing. Golden in color with nice effervescence.

S- Mild off note to my nose but it doesn't ruin the drinking experience, this may be due to the 2.7% ABV as I've been drinking a lot of IIPA lately.

T- Easy drinking in nature but for my personal taste the lower ABV doesn't stand up well to the normal IPA/IIPA offerings.

M- Probably a little on the thin side but not unpleasant.

O- I didn't realize that this was a session IPA when I was going on a grabbing rampage at the beer store. I would probably like to see these in a cooler at a summer party in a really hot day.

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Photo of squidward1957
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Among the better session IPA's I've had -- and the very low alcohol content is a plus. The typical grassy nose of the genre. Pours with a very pretty head. Mouthfeel not as rich as a "real" IPA, but pleasant. Surprisingly flavorful and certainly drinkable.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear gold with a thick, fluffy white head.

S: Mild aromas of lemon, lime, orange, crackers, grain, and minerals are present on the nose, though they take a little while to reveal themselves.

T: Surprisingly bold notes of mandarin orange, lemon, lime, tangerine, pine, spruce, bitter herbs, grass, grain, crackers, minerals, and biscuits coat the palate. The finish is bitter and fruity with robust notes of mandarin orange, tangerine, lime, crackers, and minerals.

M: Very slight and slick in body. Carbonation is prickly upon the entry, but dies away almost completely by mid-palate. This one feels a bit strange in the mouth, making it a little more difficult to drink than I was hoping.

O: A very respectable brew. If the body were just a bit more substantial and the carbonation issue were sorted out, this would be a near perfect session IPA. As is, however, it is merely a very solid effort.

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12 oz can into a snifter.
Pours light blonde, with a finger of head.
Smells light hoppy, light malts in background.
Tastes clean light. Interesting that hop bitterness slowly increases with each taste.
Mouthfeel is refreshing and dry.
All on all for a 2.7% abv beer I thought it was decent. Could have a few of these on a hot summer day and not be a mess.

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Photo of chinchill
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
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 russpowell
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can't read the date on the can other than 2013

Pours a chill hazed amber with a pinky of pearl colored head. Clears up nicely, above average head retention & average lacing

S: Grass, straw & lemon & a little pineapple

T: Follows the nose, light breadyness, a bit of grapefruit up front. Faint pineapple & stronger pear notes as this warms along with a little grassiness & lemons, a little graininess as well. Finishes with pineapple, grapefruit & a little bit of pear

MF: Light/medium bodied, firm carbonation. Pretty good balance

A lot flavor considering the age & low ABV. Drinks very easy. If the price was better I'd buy more

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Photo of larryi86
4.07/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz can dated 12/19/13 poured into a snifter

A- A slightly hazy golden amber color with a two finger white head.

S- Citrus, some pineapple, some pale malts, piney hops.

T- Citrus, touch of pale malts, big piney finish, resin.

M- Smooth, crisp, light body.

O- A nice beer under 3% ABV. A surprisingly flavorful beer given the ABV. If this was cheaper I would buy this more often.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.42/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2014-04-04 in Columbia, PA

A - Somewhat hazy golden-orange with a 3-finger pillowy white head that sticks around and leaves moderate lace.

S - Pineapple, light pine, hop floral. Sweet and fresh. Goodly dollop of aroma.

T - Hop forward with a good amount of lime zest bitterness. White crackers, lemon-lime flesh and some aspirin, mint and metallic on the finish. Lingering tart/metallic bitterness, which is too one-dimensional for how long it lasts.

M - Light body and medium carbonation. Crisp and prickly.

O - It's got a lot going for it for such a low ABV. I would have rated it higher if not for the aftertaste. Worth a try and I wouldn't pass on having it again.

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Photo of vkv822
3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz : tulip
canned: 09/25/13

Pours a hazy golden with a thick, craggy, foamy white head.

Wow. Inviting, citrus, hoppy nose. Fairly standard, but quite impressive when considering this is about 5 months old AND only 2.7% ABV.

The taste is again more citrus hops upfront. Though not quite as prominent as the nose, it is still quite tasty. Like crackery malt backbone.

Medium body, foamy carbonation.

As mentioned above, a fairly standard flavor profile, but for such an incrdibly low ABV beer, and one that is ~5 months old, it is very impressive.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A clean yellow pour with 2 fingers of fluffy white head and great lacing left behind. The aroma is sweet, a bit floral hop aroma with pilsner malt. The flavor is more herbal and bready than anything else. Light body, very refreshing and easy to drink.
This beer is awesome fir what it is. Lowest abv session ipa I've had, and still tastier than some regular ipas out there.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.76/5  rDev +3%
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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Photo of FLima
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy amber color with a thick two finger head with great retention.
Nice aroma with a lemon-orange citrusy.
Refreshing, watery and hoppy taste with flavors of grapefruit (lots of it), herbs, bread, some toasted notes and lemon. Dry aftertaste with a long lasting bitterness.
Watery body with appropriate carbonation.
I had it as a time-out beer between a long degustation. If it had more body, even with a low abv, it would be perfect. I am still to find a fully satisfying low gravity beer.

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Evil Twin Bikini Beer from Evil Twin Brewing
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