Evil Twin Molotov Cocktail - Evil Twin Brewing
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2.43/5 rDev -38.3%
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...
02-01-2014 20:06:27 | More by Jah_Json
2.55/5 rDev -35.3%
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.
10-01-2011 19:32:05 | More by bark
2.68/5 rDev -32%
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.
08-02-2013 03:13:07 | More by kojevergas
2.73/5 rDev -30.7%
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.
09-27-2013 04:25:27 | More by Beaver13
2.91/5 rDev -26.1%
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%.
04-04-2014 14:14:19 | More by chinchill
Evil Twin Molotov Cocktail from Evil Twin Brewing
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