Dismiss Notice
Subscribe to BeerAdvocate magazine and get 12 issues / year of fresh beer content delivered to your door each month.

Already subscribe? to manage your subscription.

Evil Twin Molotov Cocktail - Evil Twin Brewing

Not Rated.
Evil Twin Molotov CocktailEvil Twin Molotov Cocktail

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
87
very good

187 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 187
Hads: 1,133
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.82%
Wants: 53
Gots: 262 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
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.

Brewed at Fanø Bryghus.
View: Beers (104) | Events
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 187 | Hads: 1,133
Photo of celt_rock
2.25/5  rDev -42.3%

Really disappointed with this one. I don't so much care about the terrible, incoherent grammar that they use in their own description but the false advertising is the worst. Arrogant amount of hops? It's arrogant to think that you can sell a hopless beer and convince people of its hoppiness. This tastes like an overly strong home-brew. It's sickly sweet, malty and reminiscent of a bad Scotch ale. Coming from the land of Heady Topper, Double Dose, Double Sunshine, Second Fiddle and just about everything from Hill Farmstead, this is a not very good excuse for a DIPA. (578 characters)

Photo of GormBrewhouse
2.49/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

L. looks like an IPA

S. Little or no nose at all.

T. Musty, aggressive bittering mostly in the back of the mouth. Little or no hop taste, just alchohal.

f. Tastes old musty, down right nasty, sorry.

O. I did not like it at all (230 characters)

Photo of Jah_Json
2.49/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Normally I love DIPAS / TIPAS with high ABV, bot NOT when the smell and taste of alcohol is overwhelming. Despite the brilliant idea of mixing different beer styles into one bottle, the outcome was not OK. As they put it on their label: ..."the alcohol was admirably well hidden"...
Well, sorry, that doesn´t go for this beer. And: "this beer will knock your tongue off"... Well, not really, but I did loose my eyebrows when my breath accidentally caught fire due to sitting too close to the fireplace after having tasted said beer. Finally an understatement: "...by far one of the craziest beer ever made by Evil Twin"... Amen to that... (639 characters)

Photo of bark
2.55/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The colour is gold-orange; the liquid is a bit hazy (there is quite a lot of yeast in the bottle). The two finger foam quickly sinks down to thin lid without leaving much lacing.

The smell is dry, almost tart, with some dried citric fruits, pears and cucumbers. Fresh wood and hints of alcohol, petrol and solvents in the medium strong bitterness. The smells are quite heavy and dense.

The taste is brutally bitter, but there are lots of sweet bread-like flavours and fruits, too. The bitterness got some tart hints of lemon acid and banana peels. Fruity notes of oranges, lime and dried apricots. The sweetness is very clean, almost clinical. Quickly passing alcohol with some solvents. The aftertaste brings a lingering strong/sharp bitterness, mixed dried fruits and some oily hops. The finish is bitter-sweet.

The carbonation is strong, the short lived sharp bubbles are sharp and medium sized. The liquid is dry and a little thick.

Too thick, too much malt and alcohol and too much artificial/chemical flavours for my taste. (1,036 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
2.56/5  rDev -34.4%

Bottle from I forget where. Pours a pretty deep golden clear color with a two finger creamy white head. Heavy malt and booze aroma with some citrus peel in there. I can tell this is going to be syrupy just smelling it. Flavor is a massive punch of pure booze, pine flavor, low bitter, sweet syrupy mess. Gross. Syrupy body with low carbonation and an astringent feeling all over my mouth. Why would anyone drink this more than once? (432 characters)

Photo of kitch
2.58/5  rDev -33.8%
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. (966 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
2.7/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Bottled 06/25/13. Reviewed live; it's just over a month old. Self identifies as an Imperial IPA, so I'm reviewing as such. "Ale brewed with natural flavors. 13% ABV confirmed per the front of the label. I dig the simple yet abstract label art. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle acquired at a local SoCal bottle shop and served into a flared stem-snifter/tulip hybrid glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Expectations are high given the brewer. Distributed by Twelve Percent LLC; apparently the brewer has far more business sense than his brother.

Served cold, straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a half finger wide head of beige colour. Decent thickness and creaminess. Rather good (~4 minute) retention for the high ABV. Light lacing as the head recedes.

Body colour is a clear translucent dark copper of average vibrance. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Pretty standard fare for the style overall. No overt flaws are obvious, but it's not unique or special. About what you'd expect.

Sm: Definitely hoppy, with a diverse hop profile: floral hop character, pine, fruity perfumey esters (largely tropical, including mango, a kiss of grapefruit, tangerine, and blood orange), and just a biteen of nectary character. Malt profile is your standard Imperial IPA build; lots of clean pale malts with a dash of caramalt. A spritzy appealing aroma of above average to mild strength, with no detectable alcohol or yeast character. Actually, maybe a bit of alcohol when I look for it. Some honey and graininess. Looking forward to trying it.

T: The open greets you with tropical fruits (the abovementioned) and floral hops before the malty body hits accompanied by naked untamed bitterness - propelled primarily by the grapefruit and its zesty esters. Sweet/bitter balance is all over the place. Low amplitude; below average balance. Too much caramalt here lends it an overly sweet candied vibe. I do get alcohol, especially on the climax and even in the finish; it's not hot or boozy but does have a clean fusel feel that isn't particularly welcome. There's a fair amount going on here, but to call it complex would be misleading; it's an unnecessarily complicated build for the style with little payout in terms of balance and subtlety. Do I like it? Not particularly. It's not pleasant or enjoyable, but it's inoffensive. I'm not a fan of the hop choices here and it feels unrefined. Definitely overhopped.

Flavour diversity and depth are quite low, but flavour duration and intensity are above average - likely to its detriment. No yeast character comes through.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Overcarbonated but thin, an awkward balance. Doesn't adequately support the flavour profile. Lacks a full body. It's somewhat weak, actually. Merely adequate presence on the palate; I want so much more from it. Doesn't fully facilitate flavour delivery. Doesn't suit the flavour profile particularly well; there's no marriage of texture to taste.

Dr: ABV isn't too well hidden here. It's certainly downable - a feat for the high ABV. But I definitely wouldn't pick it up again, especially at its unfairly high price for the quality. A seemingly sincere attempt at a good imperial IPA that falls short of its ambitious aims. Something of a disappointment from Evil Twin. I wouldn't recommend it to friends. I've yet to have a great IIPA from this brewer.

C- (3,466 characters)

Photo of Beaver13
2.76/5  rDev -29.2%
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. (544 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.76/5  rDev -29.2%
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. (384 characters)

Photo of chinchill
2.94/5  rDev -24.6%
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%. (607 characters)

Photo of JebBeerFish
3.08/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Very intense piney flavor. Alcohol well hidden in the taste but slight not unpleasant warmth in stomach. I prefer DIPAs to IPAs. Glad I tried, but will not likely purchase again, just too piney and hoppy for me. (211 characters)

Photo of NYCDE
3.1/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

There is such a thing as too much.
This is it.

Evil Twin consistently comes up with failed attempts at drinkable IPA's. The Bikini, The Hipster, and Molotov Cocktail all misfire for different reasons.

Molotov cocktail is essentially so insanely unbalanced and overly sweet as to essentially be a dessert wine or pancake syrup. Either way, it's not the way I want to experience beer.

I want a beer that is bold, flavorful, and smooth. Molotov cocktail brings a hammer down square in the middle of your tongue with a thick, rich wallop of hops and flavors, but it's too thick and too sweet to be legitimately enjoyable.

I would recommend trying this as an after dinner cocktail wine to share with friends while eating ice cream....and maybe to pour over ice cream. (768 characters)

Photo of eclipse54
3.12/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 12 ounce bottle born on 10/15/2013 - nearly three months now - split into tulip glasses.

Pours a hazy copper color with some deep orange hues. A mere 5 mm of head develops, comprised of pure white bubbles just large enough to exclude classification as “foam.” The aroma is of earth, wet dirt specifically. There is a spicy, herbal prominence commensurate with a substantial hop bill. Sweet, fruity sugars finish the nose. The liquid carries notes of robust, earthen hops to the tongue, surprising it with a rush of bitter and spicy sensations. Sugar and citrus jump out almost immediately, though the former lingers substantially longer. In fact, the grapefruit and lemon are largely overpowered by the sweetness of the brew. The mouthfeel reflects the apparent sugar content - thick, almost viscous, and dry. Carbonation and alpha-acids balance and liven the body, but further contribute to the dry, resinous finish. Note that this is a 13% ABV concoction, and the alcohol remains hidden even this far into the drink. Overall, this is a spicy and sugary DIPA that foregoes balance and tradition in favor of masking a substantial alcohol content. Though better than many lesser attempts, the pronounced sweetness prevents it from being anything more than “average” for me. (1,283 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.16/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a mildly cloudy amber color with noticeable sediment in the glass. The head is one finger high and slightly off-white. The creamy, consistent texture retains nicely for 13%, and leaves some lacing on the glass.

S: Surprisingly fruity. Notes of grapefruit, mango, and pineapple are dominant, with the malt in the background (yet not timid). A touch of weed-like dankness hearkens back to Devil Dancer, and some black pepper notes betray its massive ABV - but only slightly. This doesn't really smell 13% at all. Interestingly, it also seems spicy in a cinnamon and nutmeg sense. I'm definitely intrigued by the nose of this.

T: First I pick up some of the fruitiness from the aroma HO-LEE SHIT. At first, this is the most bitter beer I've had in a while, loaded with piny, herbal, weed-like, minty, and just plain tongue-fucking hops. Actually, I'm also picking up a ton of spices on the back end, like ginger, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Earthy, caramely, sourdough-esque malts will appear in full force after a few sips, creating an almost suffocating sweetness. This is my main problem with the beer - sure, the alcohol is hidden fabulously, too bad it's hidden behind a huge wave of unbalanced sweetness. Frankly, this beer is hard friggen' work.

M: I don't really taste that much alcohol...but I really feel it going down the pipes, and even prickling the tongue somewhat. Once the perception of bitterness fades from the palate, the soft, creamy texture is fully revealed. And so is the massive sweetness. This is really the kind of beer that just sits and sits on the palate, not really going anywhere. Honestly, I'd have preferred a slightly boozy but drier DIPA over what this provides. Carbonation is low, natch.

O: The most insane DIPA I've ever had - for better or worse. Huge bitterness, huge sweetness, huge everything...and Christmas spices? It is completely over the top, and frankly too much. A similar monster DIPA I had last night (Double Crooked Tree) did a much better of job of being more delicate, refined, and balanced (all relative terms), and was much easier to drink as a result. Surprisingly, it wasn't that expensive for an Evil Twin beer ($4/12 oz *is* fair for a 13% uber DIPA), so it might be worth a try. I probably won't revisit this regardless. (2,319 characters)

Photo of kkleu357
3.19/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I was really excited to try this beer. Ended up being slightly disappointing. Big heavy boozy aroma, which isn’t surprising since it is 13% ABV. Didn’t quite enjoy the taste though. I though it was way too sweet. Still a lot of floral hop bitterness. Reminded me of a little brother to 120 minute. Big boozy, sweet and bitter. (330 characters)

Photo of Tom_O
3.2/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A subtle but strong IPA. I'll compare it to Dogfish 120 simply for the alcohol content. Don't think it'll age as well though. Pretty drinkable, i would purchase again, but wouldn't consider it a must have. (205 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.23/5  rDev -17.2%
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. (909 characters)

Photo of samtrillo
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

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. (525 characters)

Photo of oline73
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I had this on-tap at Max's. Poured into a sample glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden amber color with an orange hue. There is a layer of fluffy white head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass and leaves some lacing.

Smell: Quite sweet from the malt. Citrus peel and herbal hops. A bit like smelling honey.

Taste: Very sweet! Citrus notes remind me a bit of Sprite. Bitter citrus peel finish with lots of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Thick and sticky body with smooth and tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This beer is anything but average, I'm just not sure it all worked for me. Too much alcohol and sweet like soda. Probably going to pass on this one in the future. (694 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Slips out a rather hazed appearance for a dirty gold body with a small, fizzy, white head.

Smell: Strong-scented florals paired with wafting, solventy alcohol, hints of stone fruit, pepper, chewing gum, dried bitter orange peel.

Taste: Fairly sweet, malty upfront followed by a big kick of oranges, grain alcohol, dried apricot, and distilled florals. Some spice there. Cutting bitterness with plenty of astringent alcohol throughout. Then, a curious taste of Bubble Yum cotton candy-flavored bubble gum. Slightly drying, hot, fruity finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: It's an aptly named beer, I'll give it that. (660 characters)

Photo of flexabull
3.37/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice and bright copper color with a nice white head.

Aromas are earthy and resiny. Lots of graininess, with some syrup, and booze. At this ABV this smells more like a hopped barleywine instead of a DIPA.

Taste is really grainy and sweet up front. Some creaminess, warmth, and slick booze. Finish is bitter and hot.

Mouthfeel is prickly, warm, and full with good body.

As with some other super amped up DIPAs, this one goes over the edge, and becomes more of a barleywine type beer to me. But, it misses out on the malt component a bit, and end up more like a really bitter barleywine that lacks balance. Ok, but far from great. (639 characters)

Photo of JPowell712
3.37/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

This beer was a bit on the funky side for me. The 13% ABV caught me, so I gave it a go. The pour was nice and the coloring was nice. The smell was of subdued hops and sweet candy. The taste was very similar. It was hoppy but almost overly sweet and tasted of hops and sugar and like oak or a woodsy taste? The boozy taste comes through and the mouthfeel is a little sour and unpleasant. Not the best I have tried. (420 characters)

Photo of cjgiant
3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

On tap (actual review 3/4/15):
Had single Simcoe Hop edition recently, have same issues with that beer as this one. To not repeat it all, this beer just seems way to sweet for me.

Pour is nice: fairly clear orange-gold with sustaining head. Nose is fruity orange, melon, a tad sugary, and a hint of booze. Taste is sugar, orange candy, some mint in back, and again, a hint of alcohol. Feel is slick, thinly syrupy (?). (423 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.39/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle shared with stillmatic2232, bottled 10/18/13. An experiment to see how this beer has held up time.

Pours a ruddy copper brown color, with very little head or lacing. Looks oily.

Smells veeeery boozy, alcoholic as hell, with some sweet caramel, and toasted bread. A little bit of grapefruityness comes through from the hops.

This has turned into a messy barleywine. A tiny bit of hop bitterness, some zesty grapefruit flavors, and overwhelming caramel flavors, with a long boozy finish. It's not bad, per se, but it's not what it's supposed to be. If it was a barleywine, it still wouldn't be all that good, since it's so sweet and boozy.

Medium bodied, very slow sipper, very low carbonation, sweet sticky mouthfeel.

This has degenerated quite a bit- take the review with a grain of salt due to that fact. (817 characters)

Photo of KidDoc
3.39/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured nice medium gold with a creamy one inch head. Decent staying power and nice sticky lacing. The aroma was quite sweet, not much hops. The flavor followed. Probably needed to be this malty to hide the alcohol but I thought a better hop balance would have helped. Did not taste or feel too hoppy but it did wreck my palate for other lesser beers. Overall, OK. It drank like a barleywine but there are other barleywines that I would seek first. (455 characters)

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Evil Twin Molotov Cocktail from Evil Twin Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 187 ratings.