In honor of the beautiful weather as of late I have my review of Evil Twin’s Session IPA Bikini Beer. Although this is a year round offering you can see the appeal of it as a summer beer; both in name and style. I have been liking Evil Twin quite a bit lately and have been trying to give more and more of their stuff a try when I see it. Bikini Beer comes in at a whopping 2.7% ABV and IBUs are not given.
Appearance: Hazy gold with some floaters (as Evil Twin beers do) very small 1/2 finger head dissipated real quick, minimal lacing. Love the can design with the minimalist bikini.
Nose: Grassy, floral, earthy with a little hint of pine. Mostly floral notes jumping out at me, nose is definitely nothing special but with such a low ABV wasn’t expecting a huge nose.
Taste/Mouth: Pretty dry right off the bat. Buiscity malt flavor with a small hop bite, get some hop in the back end and aftertaste as well. Finishes dry and the mouthfeel is definitely fuller than I expected. Well carbonated, the way it feels is very similar to seltzer or sparkling water almost.
Price/Availability: I mean it is 2.7% and I understand its a session beer but the price is still pretty high considering. Yeah I know its a craft beer but still if they expect people to wanna session this aka drink a few of them at a time and often you gotta be charging like ~6$ a sixer or something definitely no higher. Available year round.
Overall: Very different take on the Session IPA than most other breweries have been doing. I mean I probably wouldn’t even call it an IPA at all. Maybe just a hoppy session ale? Not even particularly hoppy though so maybe just a session beer. Either way I didn’t absolutely hate it but I don’t know if I will be revisiting it.
Following up my review of Evil Twin’s Hop Flood Amber last week with another Evil Twin review this time of their American IPA, Falco. The brewing of this beer is done by Two Road Brewing in Connecticut as a contract for Evil Twin. The text on the bottle is a nice passage about the importance of balance whether talking about a great leader or a great beer. Falco comes in at 7% ABV and no IBU is given.
Appearance: Light straw color definitely unfiltered, very hazy with some floating particles small 1 finger head that dissipated pretty quickly. Love the bottle artwork, as I do many Evil Twin beers.
Nose: Very bright floral, citrus and piney notes right up front. Very pleasant on the nose and reminds me a lot of a Stone IPA.
Taste: Good amount of bitterness right off the bat. Some citrus and earthy flavors off the backend of the bitterness. Clean, little dry bitter finish. It has a light but pleasant mouthfeel. Goes down pretty easily.
Price/Availability: Pretty fair price as usual from Evil Twin I got a single bottle for ~$2. Get a good supply of Evil Twin stuff as I am pretty near Two Roads in CT where they contract out of.
Overall: Another solid hoppy offering from Evil Twin I would definitely drink this in the future when I see it. Evil Twin is definitely moving up in my list of favorite breweries as I get to try more of their beers.
Evil Twin is a brewery based in Denmark but has contracted the brewing of it’s beers out to 10 breweries throughout the world to ensure it has a large reach and that their beers can be enjoyed fresh. One of the breweries it is contracted to happens to be Two Roads right in Connecticut so I have pretty great access to a lot of awesome fresh Evil Twin beers here in NY/NJ. This one is Hop Flood, an amber ale as the bottle states. It might be an American Brown Ale though if you refer to Beer Advocate, we will get to the bottom of this in the review. Hop Flood comes in at 7% and has no IBU listed.
Appearance: This is where we have some confusion. It pours a very dark amber, or maybe its a light reddish brown. That I would say is up for debate. I’m gonna go with dark amber since they want to call it an amber. Tried my best to pour this one delicately as I could see quite a bit of stuff at the bottom of the bottle. Ended up with a good amount of floating particles (no biggie). We will say dark amber color, hazy with some suspended particles, definitely unfiltered. Small head about 1 finger with a little lacing.
Nose: Really nice nose, smells just like an IPA really. The nose also reminds me a lot of Troegs Nugget Nectar. Get some citrus fruits up front with piney and flowery notes as well. You get the malt sweetness in the back as well. Really enjoyed the nose on it, you wouldn’t expect it by the looks of this beer.
Taste/Mouth: Earthy and piney bitterness with some malt sweetness. Has a good biscuity malt presence to back up all the hoppy bitterness up front. Finishes really dry and bitter on your tongue. Taste was a little harsh first few sips but as I got further into the beer it ended up growing on me a lot. It definitely tasted somewhere between Troegs Nugget Nectar and Smuttynose’s Durty.
Price/Availability: Its a year round release from Evil Twin and a single bottle costed me $2 and change. Not entirely sure what kind of schedule Evil Twin is on with their beers they kind of just release and brew what they want when they want with their year round offerings.
Overall: I bought this beer expecting a hoppy amber and was very surprised when I poured it out and it appeared I got a chunky brown ale. I checked the bottled on date like 10+ times to make sure it wasn’t old but it was bottled about a month before my consumption. Once you get past the rough around the edges appearance this is a pretty enjoyable release from Evil Twin. It was a little harsh at first but it really ended up having a pleasant taste that grew on me, probably a good year round release substitute for a real Nugget Nectar lover. I would definitely grab this one again if I saw it.