Evil Twin Molotov Cocktail - Evil Twin Brewing

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Ratings: 1,093
Reviews: 216
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.72%
Wants: 52
Gots: 249 | FT: 6
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Evil Twin Brewing visit their website
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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Reviews by russpowell:
Photo of russpowell
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 07/31/13; so this could be fresher

Pours a semi-hazed honey/orange with a sliver of cream colored head. Never quite clears up, not much lacing or head retention

S: Pineyness, orange peel, pears & some breadyness & pineapple as this warms

T: Follows the nose, some grapefruit & pineapple as well up front along slight breadyness. Leafy hops & pineyness as this warms, more orange peel & some grapefruit. Finishes piney, with orange peel, pineapple, leafy hops & a bit of caramel

MF: Fairly chewy, moderate carbonation, nicely balanced

Highly drinkable, well put together DIPA, easily the best I've had from these guys, so far the only one I would buy again. Would love to try this about 2 months fresher

More User Reviews:
Photo of acostuhhh
2.96/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Super boozy. Just not a fan of ipas.

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with bottled on date 04/18/2014 printed on the bottleneck. Another new big beer to me from Evil Twin, this one a 13.00% abv DIPA. The label calls this beer one of the craziest beers made by Evil Twin, so we'll see what that's all about.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - It pours a bright murky golden orange colored body with one finger of frothy off-white head. Big chunks of sediment floating in the glass. Noticeable carbonation rushing topside from the etching at the bottom of the glass. Yeah, I'd say this one looks pretty damn nice. 4

S - The aroma is, as expected, a big bitter hop bomb - piney, orange marmalade, horseradish, herbal / tea leafy, with a good dose of sweetened caramel malt in there also. 3.5

T - Taste follows the nose - big & bitter, citrusy & juicy. Herbal & sweet with a leafy tea sort of taste going on in there. Fairly balanced with good caramel malt presence.

M - The feel is smooth and clean, especially for such a high abv beer. Not as ridiculously bitter and dry on the finish as I'd anticipated. Sticky, sugary, and malty. Lower carbonation than usual. Easy to drink for the 13.00% abv.

Overall, a nice strong DIPA from Evil Twin. Not the greatest that I've had, but it has enough going on to keep things interesting. Recommended.

Evil Twin Molotov Cocktail -----4/5.

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!


Photo of Arkrebel
4.6/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A well balanced IPA. I liked it very well. I am a sucker for heavy alcohol brews and this one fits the bill.

Photo of Knapp85
3.23/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a large snifter glass. The color was a hazy yellowish orange color. The head was white with a low retention but had some light lacing that actually stuck around for a while. The smell of the beer was not nearly as hoppy as I was expecting it to be. Personally I feel that the nose of this beer gives of more grains than anything else. The taste of the beer is pretty hoppy but not overly impressive on that level. It's got a slight sourness to it that may be coming from the types of hops that were used here. The mouthfeel is oily, lightly carbonated and not very exciting. Overall for the price per bottle this beer is not worth it... Just my personal opinion on that. The beer left me with some severe cotton mouth which was awesome since that is the initial intent of these kind of hop bombs. The 13% is well hidden and the beer is quite drinkable to say the least but still not very exciting.

Photo of oberon
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have braced myself for this one.Pours into a small tulip glass a clear burnt orange tinged golden with a tight formed one finger slightly off white head that sticks like glue to the glass,surprisingly alot of carbonation for a beer this big.Powdered sugar and oily hops in the nose,it just smells menacing,I pick up some faint nuttiness but no alcohol as it warms which is surprising.The alcohol wich was so well hidden in the aromas rears its big head on the palate,sweet fusel alcohol intertwined with citric hops is in your face,there is more caramel-like sweetness but the alcohol sweetness is king.It can barely be called a DIPA but I do like it,it's strong and sweet but the flavors meld well.Be careful here,it's big and in your face.

Photo of don1481
4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Snifter at Burnhearts.

Overall, a pretty good imperial IPA. The high ABV is well hidden. A little too much of a slick aftertaste, but a really nice beer.

Photo of Beaver13
2.76/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle, bottled on 7/31/13. Pours golden amber with a medium creamy off-white head that retains well and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet caramel malts, tropical fruits and alcohol.

The flavor is heavily sweet and sugary fruity malts with big bitterness in the finish (that doesn't really dry out the cloying sweetness) and quite a bit of harsh alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall, a bit of a mess, cloyingly sweet with some bitterness and a ton of alcohol. Reminds me of DFH 120 minute IPA.

Photo of HunterThurston
4.92/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Great tasting beer, dangerous after two.

Photo of mverity
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden yellow color with some appreciable white head. Decent lacing. Super crazy grapefruit and estery fruitiness. Super grapefruit taste as well. Nice malt backbone to support the rediculous hop profile, but it comes off a bit boozey. Heavily carbonated and nice medium body too. Aftertaste is lightly bitter. This definitely grew on me over the last few bottles.

Photo of NilocRellim
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%

Pours a hazy amber/orange. The smell has heavy floral hops and yeast. It is a light-bodied, flavourful taste with floral hops, sweetness (malts), and slightly more alcoholic than most beers (although doesn't taste as strong as you would normally think a 13% ABV beer would).

Definitely not a sessionable beer, but very tasty.

Would I buy it again? Probably.

Photo of Ngcba415
4.52/5  rDev +15%

This beer will kick your ass. At 13% ABV, it's surprisingly smooth and flavorful. It's one of my go-to beers when I'm in the mood to splurge. Great beer.

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 MattyG85
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice.

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of off white head which slowly fades into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: A ripe, juicy, and dank hop forward aroma with big hints of citrus and pine. Upfront citrus hops with hints of grapefruit, orange peel, mango, lemon, pineapple, tangerine, and apricot. Dank and spicy pine resin along with some grass and floral hints. Sweet malt background with hints of sweet caramel, grains, yeast, and cracker. Very hop forward and juicy. A pretty good aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a very ripe, juicy, and dank hop dominated taste with big notes of citrus, pine, and grass. Citrus hop presence with big notes of grapefruit, orange pulp, mango, pineapple, apricot, lemon, tangerine, and melon. Big dank presence of spicy pine resin and grass. Sweet malt backbone with notes of caramel, grains, yeast, cracker, and slight honey. Very juicy and bitter. A pretty good hoppy taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very juicy, oily, and drying on the finish. Somewhat boozy as expected with the 13% ABV.

Overall: A very good imperial IPA. Huge juicy hops all over the place. Not for the faint of heart but great for a hop head.

Photo of HoppySeb
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled 2/12/14, poured slowly from bottle into an IPA glass on 4/27/14, finishing the pour vertically to form a better head. The appearance is copper in color and forms a thick, bubbly cream colored head. Viscosity seems apparent from the pour. Sediment is notoriously present and resembles specks of fish food in an aquarium.

Its aroma is not exactly what you would expect form an American DIPA. Smells malty sweet - brown sugar, fruit - picking up mostly pineapple and a faint hop aroma in the background. After the first few sips I can taste the pineapple notes even more, the rest is a sweet caramelly flavor that's closely followed by the bitterness of the ever-present albeit somewhat hidden hops. You feel the alcohol immediately, although I wouldn't use "boozy" to describe its taste.

Mouthfeel reminds me of DFH 120 Min IPA. Thick and viscous for a DIPA - yet at 13% ABV - I feel this helps hide the alcohol very well. Molotov Cocktail's body composition also helps drink sips and savour them more easily as opposed to the bigger gulps one might take with other D/IPAs.

Overall, this is a pretty solid beer. I read reviews before cracking it open and wasn't sure what to expect but I have to say I'm pleasantly surprised. Also, I kept in mind the whole time this wasn't going to be your typical American IPA (even though its brewed in CT) so I was not expecting those typical characteristics.

Photo of chinchill
2.94/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Pazzo's (Lexington, KY)

Plain looking amber-colored ale.

Fruity and sweet aroma largely conceals the high ABV, but alcohol esers are certainly present.

ABV not at all concealed upon tasting, whereupon my taste feels lightly burned and alcohol esters are abundant. A solid grapefruit note from ample hops serves as the base. Substantial herbal and pine notes as well. Strong flavored, and just plain strong, a bit harsh and certainly a little challenging to drink.

O: Too extreme for my tastes, but what else should be expected for a IIPA called "Molotov Cocktail" that carries an ABV of 13%.

Photo of Tilly
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass. Lloyd of effervescent.

Golden copper colour with an easy one finger of fine foam.

Aromas of hops, citrus, pine and pleasant forals.

Wonderful flavours of blood orange, citrus and pine.

Mouth feel is sharp on the tongue with nice back of the tongue bitterness.

Nice job!

Photo of KrissyKat6
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Super thick and syrupy sweet.

Photo of AngryPenguinBrewCo
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Light copper
Decent lacing
Thin white ring around glass
smells of biscuits and booze
Taste sweet malts tropical hop flavors
Bitter upfront and alcohol burn with a lingering sweetness that lingers on your lips
Light carbonation

Photo of mugsup
2.95/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Meh yuck. Mega-sweet up front with unpleasant bitter finish that stuck around.

Photo of samtrillo
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

I tried this to get ready for 120 Minute I'm having Ina few days.

The first sip was delightful. I did not pick up on the and enjoyed the big mouthfeel and honey sweet citrus malt and hop combo. With each subsequent sip the alcohol became more prevalent, like a bad mixed drink. The honey sweetness and fruity piney hops persisted, but they couldn't outbid the booze.

It was a interesting experience, but by the end it was hard to finish. I think this would be great as double IPA rather than whatever categorie it's in.

Photo of biboergosum
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle. Again with the baiting and referencing another beer on the label.

This beer pours a cloudy, murky medium golden amber hue, with two pudgy fingers of foamy, melted marshmallow head, which leaves some splotchy, inverted pyramid lace around the glass as it evenly fades away.

It smells of bitter, somewhat musty citrus rind and pine sap, bready caramel/toffee malt (more the latter, actually), and a rather threatening herbal tincture of alcohol. The taste is orange cream, mildly bitter citrus pith and pine resin, seemingly aerated toffee candy, a bit of biscuity tea cracker, and softly sweet (at this ABV it is) warming, but not dull-edged booze.

The bubbles are quite subdued, the body a hefty medium-full weight, the alcohol-buffeted toffee flyin' high, and similarly smooth, somewhat egregiously so. It finishes on the sweet side, the hops fully crossing the aisle to join up with the lingering caramel malt.

A tasty enough DIPA, but with nowhere near the incendiary level of hop bitterness as promoted by the associated marketing pap. The flip side is, they aren't even all that necessary as a distraction here, given the very well integrated out-of-band ABV levels. I'll still keep a match away from this, more to prevent further caramelization of the malts, as I don't think I could take my IPAs any sweeter than this. Once again, maybe traversing the Atlantic in a container ship isn't the best idea for a beer that we are entreated to 'consume now'.

Photo of GilGarp
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle seved chilled into a goblet.

Molotov Cocktail is a very hazy copper hue with thick white head. It's lighter in color than I was expecting given the strength. Head settles slowly and leaves some spotty lace.

Aroma is hoppy but not as much as it could be. It's not particularly fresh in terms of comparison with the best from California. I couldn't interpret the date code but it was purchased recently.

Flavor is incredibly bold and bitter with huge hop character. There is a bit of sweetness from the huge malt bill but the hops completely dominate. Alcohol is huge too but it's not hot.

Mouthfeel is medium plus in body and nicely carbonated.

Overall a silly beer along the lines of 120 Minute. Fun once in a while but I wouldn't make it a regular in my fridge.

Photo of MorganMessersmith
5/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

You've got to love beer that is this strong and is not a barley wine.

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Evil Twin Molotov Cocktail from Evil Twin Brewing
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