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Evil Twin Molotov Cocktail - Evil Twin Brewing

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Evil Twin Molotov CocktailEvil Twin Molotov Cocktail

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Ratings: 968
Reviews: 180
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.98%
Wants: 44
Gots: 190 | FT: 5
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.
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Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A hoppy beer with a long boozy finish. Hazy slight amber tinge to body, generous retained head. Hops and alcohol fumes to smell. Above average mouthfeel, IBU is there, but not quite up to a DIPA in hop presence or good malting. I drank it but thought it so-so. Disappointing for $15 a 330 ml at Bierkraft.

Photo of spycow
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 10/15/13.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy orange-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and herbal onion and garlic hop aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet citrus zest and herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but it is quite sweet and boozy in the flavors.

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of metter98
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy orange in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that quickly died down, leaving a thin film of bubbles on the surface and a thick collar of large bubbles around the edge of the glass and some lacing down the sides.
S: Moderate aromas of pine resin hops are present in the nose along with notes of citrusy hops and hints of alcohol.
T: Like a Molotov Cocktail, the taste of this beer is a hop bomb that explodes into your mouth, packing an intense punch of pine resin hops and notes of citrusy hops, both of which contribute a moderate amount of bitterness. The hops dominate the overall taste of this beer and obscure the underlying malts, but you can tell this beer is strong by the notes of alcohol that are perceptible in the finish, which also has lingering notes of bitterness.
M: The feel of this beer somewhat resembles that of a barleywine as it is a little more than medium-bodied on the palate and has a bit of warming from the alcohol. I didn't notice any crispness from the hops.
O: If you really like IPAs, this is a nice beer to sip and savor on a chilly winter night. The alcohol is noticeable, but it is dangerously drinkable for a beer that comes in at 13%.

Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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

And for the sake of "big-ness" does an Imperial IPA infultrate the beer scene with an abrupt hop taste and bitterness, a counter balance of malt and the challenge of alcohol complexities to boot. Their description says it all- it'll "knock your tongue off!"

But to the eye- the ale sells its IPA appearance very well. Deep in amber and with mild brandy-ish legging, the ale trends a touch dark and rich but still holds true to its hoppy form. Capped with a dense and creamy yellowish head, the ale struggles to hold its foam stance and laces only lightly as the beer fades.

With no real disclosure of its alcohol content within, the beer bursts with caramel dipped fruit: grapefruit wedges, orange slice, pine needles, and a bouquet of herbs. Deeply malted, the scent of caramel, honey and grain are inescapable.

But to taste, the ale is everything but timid. Its strong malty sweetness latches onto the tongue with malty caramel, toffee, and nearly brown sugar. A slow and patient turn to middle palate reveals sweet and solventy taste that includes lemons, grapefruit, orange, tea, and rubbing alcohol. Its strong alcohol taste is rosy and bitter, which exacerbates the hop bitterness to close. Somewhat resembling "balance" the ale lingers with bittersweet malt and hops intertwined.

This "beer of excess" carries a full-ish body of weighted and residual malt texture. But its hop character does a remarkable job of drying the ale and keeping it sided with the hops. Its finish of alcohol heat, unsettled bitterness and sappy stickiness causes the ale to finish complicated even if semi-dry.

"To make omelets, we must break eggs." -paraphrasing Robert Moses; and that's what happens with this beer... To make a better IPA- one that breaks the mold- a brewer has to challenge the notion of what hop-forward ales can be. If nothing else, the taste here causes us to rethink the grandeur of what the future of IPA holds. hmmmm...

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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 westcoastbeerlvr
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

an absolutely punishing adult beverage. pouring a red tinted burnt orange color and reeking of hop essences and alcohol, it is surprisingly high quality for its brutal strength. an aromatic profile of resinous hops, hardly bitter, caramelized almost, with strong fusel alcohols backing it up. a grain bill nondescript but large enough to not be washed away or too out of balance for such a brazen brew. good carbonation and a full as heck body, this is a beer completely intended to embarrass the drinker, which I do not support. it does however weed out the weenies, and this is a beer drinkers beer. a little more than anyone should want to chew off in a tulip, but a high quality (and gravity) brew that deserves to be in the conversation with some of the bolder india pales on the market. evil twin is hot to trot.

Photo of largadeer
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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 ChainGangGuy
3.35/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

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 zeff80
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JAHMUR
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains grassy hops, citrus, caramelized malts and some alcohol.

T: The taste starts out with a bit of a boozy hit up front which is expected in a beer with 13.00% ABV. Then some citrus and caramel sweetness come in. The hops presence is strong but not over-powering and the malt character is hearty creating a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and pretty smooth for such a high ABV, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, very strong kick, good representation of style, it’s a solid beer but it’s definitely more of a sipper than a pounder because of the high ABV.

Photo of XmnwildX12
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of mendvicdog
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of jlindros
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Light fizzy head, little head, hazy blond color. 3.75

Nose big pine resin, sap, forest floor, sweet candy sap, little citrus zest. 3.75

Taste sweet syrupy, candy sap and candied pine tree, touch of zest, diabetes sweet, very bitter, forest floor pine needles sap. Sticky boozy finish, pine sap resin. 3.75

Mouth boozy, sticky sweet, candy, decent carb. 3.75

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

I picked this up at Monde, shared with tenderbranson69 enjoyed chilled in a tulip.

The color is slightly red tinged amber with thin pale cream with fine bead. The lace sticks likes confettti. The smell is like clementines with sweet orange smell with a nice mild floral and hint of alcohol in the aroma. The feel is bitter with a dash of sweet and has a warming balance with the alcohol very mild in comparison to the strength.

The taste has lots of sweet citrus and slight bitter zesty hop flavors with a nice level of malt, pretty much on the edge or fringe The taste has a slight tinge of tropical flavor yet the alcohol is evident in the taste. The flavor of alcohol is there but not overwhelming with some mild warming and still a good tangy flavor from the hops and yeast with slightly more bitter and astringent near the finish. This is a pretty extreme beer in every sense, I agree with their description since it is a warming intense taste -a lot of hop flavor so it really makes sense. I was skeptical in the way I was when I first tried Devil Dancer... but this exceeds expectations and is very drinkable considering how strong it is.

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Evil Twin Molotov Cocktail from Evil Twin Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 968 ratings.