Bikini Beer

Session IPA Evil Twin Brewing

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Bikini Beer, an American Session IPA by Evil Twin Brewing

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Bikini Beer is an American-style Session IPA brewed by Evil Twin Brewing at Two Roads Brewing Company. For the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in a shaker pint glass from a can.

Appearance

Pours a relatively clear gold with an inch-thick white head that offers modest retention. A smattering of lace clings to the glass.

Aroma

Aroma is barely there but suggests mildly-sweet notes of tropical fruit and honey.

Flavor

The palate, however, showcases a lot of bite. Earthy and herbal hops dominate early; finishes dry and bitter with grapefruit and lemon. There’s little else in between. Malt presence is negligible.

Mouthfeel

Mouthfeel is thin with an ultra-light body but effervescent in feel with its ample carbonation.

Overall

The Bikini Beer is about as sessionable as a beer gets. With a very low ABV of 2.7%, you could rock this beer all day, but with such a limited palate, would you want to? The brew is light and refreshing, but ultimately, forgettable. Unless you’re targeting the lowest ABV possible, know that there are better Session IPAs on the market.

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About the Session IPA

The Session IPA is sub-style of the American IPA and received an official designation in 2010 in response to the growing trend of hoppier, low alcohol beers being brewed. This IPA retains the high bitterness of the standard IPA but has lower alcohol levels to make the brew “sessionable”. Even so, its strength can approach moderate levels. The Session IPA is less balanced than the American Pale Ale with higher attenuation and greater astringency.