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Bikini Beer--Evil Twin Brewing--2.7% IPA

Did a double take when I saw this at the store. Has anyone tried this? It was $12.99 for a 6 pack of cans, so the "value" when considering the low ABV is pretty poor...but having something really light with some flavor does intrigue me. Although, it does seem like something I'd be more likely to order when out and planning to drive than on my own patio.

It's has an 85 on Beer Advocate, so really not bad for a low-alcohol beer...

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  1. Isn't 2.7 considered a "near beer" rather than a beer?

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    1. re: ratgirlagogo

      What we call non-alcohol today used to be called near beer. So I would say near beer should be no more than 5%.

    2. Was really not trying to start a philosophical debate on beer, was actually curious if anyone had tried this.

      For those unfamiliar, Evil Twin Brewing actually makes some pretty strong beers as well, but they have a sense of humor. While they contract brew in the US, its roots are in Denmark. They have fun with their beers and clearly Bikini Beer is not mean to to be a serious brew...

      From their website:
      We Have
      All good intentions to disturb, disorder and enlighten you with unforgettable beer after beer.

      We are so much in love with good taste, all the beers from Evil Twin are prepared in 10 of the best breweries around the world. Exclusively hand picked to please you with delicate, funky, extreme and by all means rare flavors. Maybe not the easiest way, but certainly the most fun!!!

      One More Thing
      A clever man once said: 'Stay thirsty... stay foolish.' That sounds like our vision, just with a tad less attitude.

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      1. re: bte576

        I do have to wonder what their point was other than proving that a low percentage beer could still taste good. It would be hard for me to overcome the thin mouth feel however.

        1. re: JAB

          I believe you are correct, just did it to prove a point. A very Mikkeller thing to do.

        2. re: bte576

          That is some good information. I am curious now....and thirsty. Thanks.

        3. I had a few pints. It was a nice and refreshing, of course it was thin, but it acheives its intended goal. Plenty of hop flavor without the buzz.
          As for the price, well I think that's just Mikkeller. All there stuff is expensive. I paid $6 or $7 for a pint.

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          1. re: SP1

            I would second this. I have had a few pints of this and there is a nice citrus hop note. Overall light bodied and fairly refreshing. A good hot weather beer.

            While the % is low it is nice to have one of these during a session.

            1. re: MVNYC

              "A good hot weather beer. "

              This is what I needed over the weekend. Beach beer.

              Very good point.

            2. re: SP1

              "of hop flavor without the buzz"

              The entire idea for plunging into these hop filled beers, is taste of course, though with the hop taste, there is the buzz.

              But might be good, these 2.7 %.

              I have not found an application for them yet, but will ponder.

            3. Picked this up because it was pretty cheap by the single can for something from Evil Twin. Pretty good stuff. Certainly didn't taste strong but I was really surprised when I checked the abv and saw how low it was.

              Good beer for daytime drinking out in the desert or at the beach.

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              1. re: mrgreenbeenz

                Where is the nearest desert?

                I want to go, and bring a six of Bikini with me.


                and where can one pick this beer up at, in the single or in the can. Thanks.

              2. I did end up picking up a 6-pack and tried one last night. I was definitely impressed with the flavor given the low alcohol and think this is a great option for summer or when you just really want a beer for the flavor without actually feeling the impact. I'm not a very big person. Drinking one 7% IPA won't make me drunk, but I will be able to tell that I had a beer and that's not always what I'm looking for and I really didn't find this much less satisfying than some of my favorite session IPAs that are a few percent higher.

                Thanks for the responses!

                1. I am a big fan, as it takes the idea of almost a session beer to the next level. This is the perfect beach beer or just a nice cookout. You can get flavor without becoming hammered...and you accomplish the avoidance of the major "lite" beers.