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Molotov Hoptail Double IPA - Mad Fox Brewing Company

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Molotov Hoptail Double IPA
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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

41 Ratings
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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 7.77%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mad Fox Brewing Company visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Thorpe429 on 08-20-2010)
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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: snifter serving, deep copper-amber in color, filled to the rim with no head

s: lots of caramel malt, sweet with a piney hop presence, a little fruity, good start

m: medium-full body, somewhat slick, carbonation on the light end

t: big sweet caramel, very clean grains, piney hop bitterness that's pretty strong - but the hop flavor doesn't seem to be at a commensurate level, smooth and reasonably tasty just not terribly complex

d: a pretty good dipa, easily drinkable and fresh

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blackie, Sep 04, 2010
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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!

Rhettroactive, Feb 25, 2011
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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter. Pours a dark copper with a nice off-white head that recedes into a bit of lacing. Nose immediately lets you know the style. Giant hoppiness with a good majority of them being floral, with a bit of piney and dank hops in the background. Taste is quite similar with a good amount of bitterness, although not extremely high. Mostly floral, but there are definitely some weedy and earthy elements to this. Everything comes together quite well. The malt is apparent moreso in the mouthfeel than the taste, as it's fairly thick, but there isn't much sweetness coming through. Excellent finish, and very good drinkability. A very solid offering.

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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.

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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

JDH2000, Sep 19, 2010
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Molotov Hoptail Double IPA from Mad Fox Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.