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Molotov Hoptail Double IPA - Mad Fox Brewing Company

Molotov Hoptail Double IPA
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89
very good

32 Ratings
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Ratings: 32
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 7.82%


Brewed by:
Mad Fox Brewing Company visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  ABV ?

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Thorpe429 on 08-20-2010)
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Reviews by Navalartichoke:
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Navalartichoke

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

09-04-2012 22:50:40 | More by Navalartichoke
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Virginia

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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Virginia

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

10-13-2012 15:21:47 | More by ncaudle
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09-27-2012 23:33:26 | More by Eriktheipaman
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Gatordaddy

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

09-25-2012 21:28:09 | More by Gatordaddy
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Chaney

District of Columbia

4.48/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this one last month at Mad Fox. Review almost verbatim from notes.

Served in a snifter.

A: Poured an orange-red color with a mild chill haze and a crisp, whispy white head that stuck around throughout the session.

S: Pow hops! Yep, this was very hoppy and fruity on the nose, with a good bit of candy-coated booze that reminded me of "Dreadnaught."

T: A bitter, explosive hop bomb for sure, with sweet candi sugar and fresh whole leaf hop taste. I got a good bit of spicy white pepper in the background.

M: This one coated the palate extensively, but in an awesomely memorable way. Very low lacing and carbonation level, just like it should!

O: Man, when Mad Fox is on, they're really on!

Serving type: on-tap

08-25-2012 22:58:25 | More by Chaney
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the brewery. Half finger head on a clear crimson with golden hues body. Very thick circunferential lacing. Aroma is nicely balanced with caramel malts as well as citrus and earthy hops. Candy sugar also is prevalent in the one. Bitterness is provided by some floral presence. Medium body and moderate carbonation. This is a hard genre to stand out in and this one is good but not great.

Serving type: on-tap

08-05-2012 20:51:35 | More by kylehay2004
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jacewg

District of Columbia

4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a deep orangey red with some golden hints. Two finger head that falls pretty quickly. Lots of spotty lacing.

Aroma: Huge hop aroma. The fruitiness of Galaxy with the pine of Simcoe. This beer has a huge aroma. The only negative is the amount of sweet malt coming through on the nose.

Taste: Lots of candied fruit. Big hop flavor with lots of fruit, citrus and pine. Quite a bit of sweetness, but it melds pretty well with all the hop flavor. A dry, piney, bitter finish helps tone down the candy malt sweetness. Booze is present but doesn't distract from the flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is a bit low for the style. Slick and oily on the palette. Seems to work for this beer though. The flavor lingers forever.

Overall: Really nice DIPA. A bit sticky sweet for my preference but the hop flavor and aroma are exceptional. Really surprised there's not more of a buzz around this beer as the sweetness and the Simcoe flavor immediately conjure up images of Hopslam.

Serving type: on-tap

08-02-2012 04:41:07 | More by jacewg
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Maryland

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Virginia

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siege06nd

Virginia

4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From growler to my new nonic pint glass (thanks Rhettroactive!). Note that this brew is never listed on the menu...you must ask for it by name and pray they have it.

A: Lovely. A mostly clear, sunset orange copper color. Has a warm glow as it rests in the glass. Three fingers of beautiful eggshell white head emerge from the pour and quickly sift down to a half finger. The head is beautiful...dense, cloying, and finely consistent. Sticky lacing clings to the sides of the glass with a pleasing consistency. This looks really great.

S: Mmmm...candied lemon, orange zest, and pine. What's there is good, but I have had DIPAs with much more hop presence on the nose.

T: Similar flavor profile to the orange whip, which is to say it is delicious. Candied orange citrus is apparent immediately as the hops wash over the front and absolutely explode on the mid. It's assertive, yet has a surprisingly creamy and sweet malt build which balances out the hops quite nicely. A good, clean, pine hop on the finish, with a very faint aftertaste of grass and booze. This is very very good.

M: Carbonation is dialed back a bit which lets the flavors absolutely shine. Molotov is thick and chewy for a DIPA and sits nicely on the palate. A slight booziness in the finish, but I'm not complaining.

O: Molotov Hoptail is another great IPA/DIPA from Mad Fox. They've really seemed to master this style. It's surprisingly easy drinking, yet full of bold hop flavors and complexity. It is very similar to Orange Whip, with a bit more "pop" and a touch more booze in the finish. An excellent beer.

Serving type: growler

09-17-2011 00:08:40 | More by siege06nd
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From growler to nonic glass on 2/21/11
*From notes

It should be noted that this is my 50th review!

A: Clean, rustic amber. 1.75 head on a suitable pour. Thick, sticky lacing remains and invites me to the glass.

S: Alcohol and sweet hops on the nose. It's complex, yet balanced and luxurious.

T: Wow - this is a big one. A payload of bitter yet citrusy hops and alcohol esters invade my mouth. The maltiness arrives just in time to provide a backbone to such a massive brew.

M: Rich, creamy and perfectly suited to the profile of this DIPA.

O: What an outstanding DIPA. Yet again, Bill Madden and the Mad Fox crew have come through with another insanely amazing hoppy treat. Two big thumbs up for a beer I'm so very glad is brewed right around the corner.

PS - Mad Fox's Molotov Hoptail is served off-list. You'll need to ask for it by name at the brewpub.

Cheers!

Serving type: growler

02-25-2011 21:18:10 | More by Rhettroactive
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler from Thorpe, thanks buddy.

Beer is copper with a thin off white head that doesn't bother to stick around to see what the rest of the beer is like. Leaves some lacing on the sides, carbonation low.

POW...hops. Pine and earthiness are the colors this beer paints with. Wow...what an aroma, it's really really strong. Seriously.

This is a nice IPA, medium bodied, grinding resiny hop character, that slight sulfurish feel you get from an uberhopped beer is in the late midpalate, thankfully this beer doesn't finish too dry, that would probably make it undrinkable with the levels of IBUs in this one. A very solid DIPA offering from Virginia of all places. Nice, I should make my over there for a pint of this on draft.

Serving type: growler

02-01-2011 19:04:55 | More by drabmuh
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Daniellobo

District of Columbia

4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rich and pleasing fresh DIPA, with a distinct fruity finish.

Presentation: Growler from Bill Madden´s Mad Fox. Ale is absent from the menu at this time despite offering both on tap and cask. Server notes a typical 9% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass from the growler (also had on cask on a half pint glass at the brew pub).

A - Hazy deep amber pour with some floaters, good frothy head with medium retention, and some nice strokes of lacing. The growler holds itself very well in the initial servings, maybe not so much in the following pours. On cask head was light and frothy but was there with also a nice presence.

S - Nicely hopped nose, assertive, nicely woven, plenty of resin, citric notes, and a fruity sense woven back to the sweet malty sense.

T - Rich hoppy profile, long and well built up bitterness with an expansion on the citric and resinous notes. The fruity range in the backbone as it is woven back with the malty sense is quite particular and rich.

M - Medium body with light carbonation. It holds itself rather well on the growler, its softer sense adds a smoother touch on cask. Some stickiness on an overall soft bite with a great deal of smoothness.

D - Hmm, nice DIPA, worth seeking out, and sure enough bring home.

Notes: Pity that I´m not that close to Mad Fox but the brews are quality. This DIPA was great. The overall price-quality ratio is fantastic and I enjoy every visit.

Serving type: growler

01-17-2011 18:53:01 | More by Daniellobo
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JDH2000

Maryland

4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Mad Fox on 9/18/10.

A- poured into a snifter glass, copper/dark golden with about a finger of head that dissipates to a collar around the glass.

S- Beautiful hop aroma of pine and some citrus fruits followed by light, sweet malts.

T- Again, the nice pine hops fade to more fruity/citrus flavors with a nice level of bitterness to offset the light, yet sweet, malt backbone. Had a very fresh taste to it.

M- medium bodied with a nice level of carbonation. Nice and smooth.

D- Overall, I was impressed. I'll definitely be having this one again when I return to Mad Fox

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2010 20:44:59 | More by JDH2000
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Molotov Hoptail Double IPA from Mad Fox Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.