Molotov Hoptail Double IPA - Mad Fox Brewing Company

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90
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44 Ratings
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Ratings: 44
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 8.27%
Wants: 4
Gots: 3 | 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

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(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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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!

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2014 (Citra/Simcoe)

Appearance: very similar to previous years. Deep orangey red, golden hints. Really nice head retention for a beer of this ABV/hop character. Pretty and clear with a hint of dry-hop haze

Aroma: Enormous. Tropical fruit, mango, pineapple, orange. All come across almost candy-coated in a sense thanks to a malt presence that is perceived sweet but with very little caramel or toasted flavors. Wonderful

Flavor: Opens with a ton of juicy hop and malt interaction. Malt lays a sweet backbone but never intrudes, only holds up the massive hop flavor: again tropical fruit, hints of pine, and citrus qualities.

Mouthfeel: On the fuller side of things for a double IPA. Rich, but not syrupy. Carbonation is medium-low for a DIPA but just enough to cleanse and reset the palate. The beer dries out on the finish but some sweetness still lingers along with tons of hop flavor. The beer stays in the mouth for minutes after the last swallow.

Overall: The malt bill on this could stand to be dialed back slightly, but that's splitting hairs. The hop flavor and aroma components are on par with any Double IPA I've ever had.

2013 (Galaxy/Simcoe)

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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Molotov Hoptail Double IPA from Mad Fox Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.