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Evil Twin Molotov Cocktail - Evil Twin Brewing

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Ratings: 1,065
Reviews: 210
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.72%
Wants: 50
Gots: 229 | FT: 4
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  13.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: bark on 08-29-2011

Did you like Before, During, & After Christmas? Maybe you thought it poured brilliantly, and you loved of the arrogant amounts of hops wowed you. This beer will knock your tongue off, essentially due to the obscene amount of hops that went down this explosive fella. It’s a tour de force in hoppiness and by far the craziest beer made by Evil Twin… but not the last.

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Ratings: 1,065 | Reviews: 210
Photo of JackieKu
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap. Surprisingly sweet, a bit too sweet for me though. Still very decent IIPA.

Photo of cbutova
3.46/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A- Hazy golden orange pour from the 12oz bottle into a teku with a tall, thick creamy white crown. Pretty good head retention while a large, thick ring remains dropping a massive blanket at the top with

S- Similar to other high-octane ABV IPAs I have had with an obvious sweet malt aroma right off the top with orange, grapefruit, pine, dried stone fruits (could be malts combining) and floral hops following. Not boozy here with slight apple and fruit esters.

T- Hops gain some ground but so does the sweetness that the aroma hinted would be present. Bittersweet oranges, lemon peel, grapefruit, pine, apricot and herbal floral hops. Sugar comes to mind as with time it becomes almost cloying with pale caramel hints.

MF- Heavy, thick and slick overall body with an oily and fairly creamy consistency. Carbonation is just a sliver below medium. Very slightly warm and bitter.

Drinks sort of like a hoppy Barleywine due to a large sweetness and plenty of malts coming down with the hops. IPAs over 11% are truly an interesting category and most of the time I end up wondering how Russian River pulls of Younger the way they do. Sugary sweetness detracts from the citrus and herbal hops.

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.76/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Bottle: Poured a hazy beige/orangey color ale with a small foamy head. Aroma of dry hoppy notes with loads of residual sugar notes and also plenty of ethanol notes. Taste is hoppy and somewhat bitter with way too much residual sugars and way too much ethanol notes. Body is full with medium carbonation. Unbalanced and incredibly messy IIPA that I won’t be revisiting any time soon.

Photo of duffman14
3.21/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

booze, malt, caramel, citrus, spike of bitter fades to lingering cloyingness

Photo of ovaltine
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: three fingers of head, gorgeous rich orange hues. Classic DIPA.

Smell: some hops, some malt, LOTS of booze.

Taste: the hops hit first with some pine and citrus, toffee malt, lots of booze at the end, but it mellows a bit as it warms.

Feel: well carbonated, boozy creaminess.

Overall: when I cracked this open, I smelled booze, when I poured it, I smelled booze, when I took in a big whiff, I smelled booze. I don't LIKE booze - at all. But I found myself really enjoying this as it warmed. It's as subtle as a hammer between the eyes, but I have to tip my cap to the folks at Evil Twin. Well done.

Photo of retry4z
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Brothers Provisions. Strong dried mango with caramel and candi aroma, and very smooth for a 13% IPA. Alcohol hides itself well.

Photo of Rice_Nate_25
3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The alcohol taste is masked surprisingly well for being 13%. However, Molotov light is still the superior beer.

Photo of Hernard
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's very sweet, I would guess to offset its wine-like strength. If it lost a little of that honeyishness, it would be a favorite. It's still very good. Certainly warms the cockles.

Photo of JParlow
4.54/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smells like an IPA but I found the hops were not overpowering. Kind of a doorman's version of 120!

Photo of neenerzig
4.34/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single 12 oz. bottle of this to try on a recent trip to Kentucky and south western Ohio. Poured into one of my tulip glasses, this beer pours a somewhat cloudy/hazy medium copper amber color with some streams of bubbles rising to the surface of the beer and a lot of yeasty chunks floating around in the beer. Has a white head that is about 1/2 of an inch thick when first poured before settling to a medium sized ring lining the inside of the glass along with a nice big cluster of foam on the beer's surface and pretty decent lacing. Aromas of citrus, herbal, resinous, piney hops and alcohol rounded out with some subtle maltyness. Has a fairly sweet, slightly toasted, biscuity, caramel malt sweetness upfront that gives way to big piney, resinous, herbal, and somewhat grapefruit-esque hop flavors. Rounded out with some dried fruit notes such as figs, apricots, and perhaps a bit of plum. Lots of booze too. The sweetness here booziness certainly dominate here. I wonder how long this beer was sitting on the shelf at The party Source before I purchased it. To me this drinks more like a good barley wine than a double IPA, and I can't find any indicator on the bottle of when this batch was bottled. It is very tasty nonetheless, just not very bitter. Has a somewhat crisp, frothy and creamy, slightly prickly, somewhat chewy and oily, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Surprisingly easy to drink. A damn fine beer indeed!

Eric

Photo of Jeffsta1
4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

When the muon was discovered, physicist Isidor Rabi said, "Who ordered that?"

That's how I feel about this beer. It's kind of good, but what is it, when would I ever want to drink it?

Its closest cousin is the Rogue New Crustacean Barleywineish IPA. Take one of those, apply reverse osmosis to concentrate it by 25%, and you'll get something like this.

It looks pretty, copper/gold, unfiltered, light head.

Smells like Dogfish Head 90 minutes, with all that apricot hoppiness. Not super intense.

Taste is "BOOM" intense. Bitter, sweet, rich, hoppy, honeyed, everything, it's all in there. Can't drink it with food, it'd knock everything else out of the box. Maybe a spicy chili.

Mouthfeel is rich, fine, thick.

But the sum is less than the parts, because when the hell do I want to drink this? It's like a dragster that can't be driven on the street. Oh, and 6 oz. is enough, this is a two-portion beer. The alcohol in it feels much more like the Dogfish Head Olde School Barleywine (15% ABV) than (say) Ten Fidy.

Photo of JayQue
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I held on to this one way too long. I usually like to move my hoppy beers up in the rotation. Still plenty of bitterness on this one. I may eventually get another one and drink it fresh. Pours a hazy light orange/golden color with a very small small head. Very poor head retention (expected with such a high abv. beer). Minimal lacing. Good strong aroma of piney hops and caramel malt.
Taste is similar. Oily, piney hops, not quite balanced out with sweet caramel malt. Good flavor with some take-your-breath-away alcohol presence. Not hot or burning, just noticible, like sipping a smooth whiskey. Mouthfeel features oily hops and a warming alcohol presence. The bitterness is fairly prominent. Overall a decent beer, but I can get a flavorful hops blast without having to deal with 13% abv.

Photo of DasBoooot
4.64/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Awesomeness in your mouth piece

Photo of Kyseber
3.47/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: tinged rusted golden. Slightly Cloudy with a bit of sediment. Appealing cideresque look.
S: faint smokiness detected. Odiferously malty.
T: citrusy, a bit apple-y. The 13% abv is masked well yet the astringency comes through half way through. Definitely a night-ender
M: smooth at first, astringency from potency leaves a bit of an alcoholic off gasing to remind you of what will be seeping from your body later-moreso than a lesser abv brew.

Not bad although usually when I get a beer this strong I expect it to carry a bit more complexity taste wise in conjunction with its alcohol content.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

EvilTwin Brewing Molotov Cocktail, 12 fl. oz., 13% alc by vol., Imperial India Pale Ale. Ale brewed with natural flavors.

Appearance: clear and bright golden, under an impressive white, lace-leaving head.

Aroma: Juicy fruit, citrus, tropical, piney, resin-y…all that hoppy goodness. Sweet, yeah, and plenty of bitter. Well done.

Taste: Bittersweet on the palate, more bitter this time than sweet. Dank bitterness reigns supreme, dripping citrus-y hop bombs. Astringent, acerbic, rich and drenched in uber-hoppiness. Just the way I like it.

And now the booze rises up in the taste department. high alcohol blazes the palate and skewers the flavor, but dang if I don't dig it. There are more flavors and feelings here, that you only get in brews like this, a combination of dried and candied fruits, apricots and peaches, something straddling the ridiculous and the sublime.


Let's read the label, shall we? "Did you like Before During and After Christmas, maybe you thought it poured brilliantly, the alcohol was admirable well hidden and you loved how the arrogant amount of hops numbed your mouth. This beer will knock your tongue off--it's a tour de force in hoppiness and by far one of the craziest beer ever made by Evil Twin Brewing." Brewed by Evil Twin Brewing, Standford, CT.

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Copper gold with a light haze under a 1” off white foam collar that grabs onto the dise of the glass producing a thin line of lace with each drink.
S: Citrus herbal nose with hints of grass.
T: very creamy attack witth big malt followed buy a shot of caramel and then an evolving hop bitterness wrapped around alcohol.
F: Chewy, medium carbonation
O: Has a mixed drink intensity and character

Photo of Big_V
3.3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Interesting. Not in a good way. Getting hops up front followed by a strange apple juice flavor.

Photo of kennethkomentai
4.7/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sticky resiny hops but still so sweet

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.54/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a small head.
Nose shows sherbet, caramel, pine, resinous hops.
Intensely sweet flavours, more pine and resinous hops though. Booze is hidden well.

Photo of Stefman454
3.12/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Good taste, surprisingly sweet for a DIPA. Very little lacing on the glass. Could be because the keg changed over.

Photo of mjpolzin
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This was part of a blind tasting of 8 different IPAs and double IPAs. The other "big" ones that were included were Hopslam and Double Crooked Tree. Both my friend and I liked this better than the other two more highly acclaimed big IPAs. We were stunned when we saw that Molotov Cocktail was our favorite out of the high abv IIPAs.

What I liked about it was the taste was nice and hoppy and not overly malty as some other huge imperial IPAs tend to be.

Photo of kitch
2.58/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz bottle into La Chouffe tulip glass. 169:14 is printed at the bottom of the neck of the bottle so I assume that bottle date is the 169th date of 2014 which happens to be 18 June 2014.

A: It poured a nice orangey gold colour with less than one finger head which receded quite quickly leaving some lace on the glass.
S: Sweet malts with some light citrus and orange coming through.
T: Sweet. Too sweet. Like lightly carbonated orange cordial, some honey and maybe bubblegum. One thing going for it is that even at 13%, you don’t notice the alcohol at all. Some of the hoppiness does creep through the sweetness at times but not much.
M: Sticky, full bodied, light carbonation.
O: Now around 9 months from date of bottling, maybe some hoppiness was lost? But this was way too overly sweet for me. At first I thought that maybe I could enjoy half a bottle every so often, but the more and longer I think about it, I really couldn’t. Way too sweet.

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tasted from a 1 PT 6 FL OZ bottle on March 22, 2015. Single simcoe hop edition.

Photo of K2mission
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Holy hops! Loaded with 'em. Smells awesome. Taste is as expected considering the ABV. It's a little on the sweet side so the desired bitterness is consumed by the overpowering sweetness. This is a great beer but best enjoyed in small doses.

Photo of TJS6
4.92/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Fantastic nose of caramel and honey. Tastes just like it smells - awesome!

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Evil Twin Molotov Cocktail from Evil Twin Brewing
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