Evil Twin Molotov Cocktail | Evil Twin Brewing

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Evil Twin Molotov CocktailEvil Twin Molotov Cocktail
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Brewed by:
Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by bark on 08-29-2011

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Photo of Albianfire
2.74/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Look - nice rusty orange color that is typical of barleywine type beers or high alcohol DIPA's. Poured gently with no head whatsoever. Effervescence is there. No particles suspended and no haze.

Smell - sweet malty, alcohol present, surprisingly not much of a hop note but some citrus. Not very complex.

Taste - citrus up front quickly followed by alcohol finishing sweet. I like it but fear it will wear on me quickly as it warms. Yes, it definitely gives that impression that if you lit a rag in the top of the bottle you would have a weapon on your hands!

Mouthfeel - Medium. I've had thicker DIPA's. This is probably thinner due to the high attenuation. I am pretty happy that it is not thicker or it would really get old fast.

Overall - won't buy it again. It just doesn't hit the mark for me. I wanted something with a higher ABV today and it delivered. However, on a drinkability scale it comes in to low. I have 3 more of these and will be lucky to get in one more at the rate I am sipping through this. Very pricey as well at $13.00 for a 4pack at HEB grocery store in TX.

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Photo of fitzy84
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bought s bottle at the Beer Shop in East Longmeadow. Beer pours with a medium head that dissipated into a thin ring around the glass. Relatively clear with a burnt orange-yellow appearance. Warm and thick aromas of spiced hops, alcohol, pine, sharp citrus, and even some dark fruit like plums or raisins. Taste follows the nose with a sharp tart aftertaste. Mouthfeel is good and helps to give the beer a crispness with a warming alcohol body. Overall, really enjoyed this boozy imperial IPA.

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Photo of GandD_Beer_Extravaganza
3.28/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: a dark blonde, almost amber color.
S: rancid fruit, aka dorito feet.
T: a frothy scotch taste that I can feel in my bones, with a citrus afterbirth.
M: HAWT FIRE, light but then it explodes in the back of your throat.
O: it really tongue punches your fart box (instant hb)

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Photo of beersapian
4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hoppy! The beer just explodes with hoppy flavors from the first sip. Explosive beer indeed! All credits to my friend Suku for introducing this beer to me.

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Photo of meadici
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Very enjoyable, the flavor is quit well balanced between hops, sweetness, and the higher ABV of this massive IPA. One and done is an apt description as you will be liable to voraciously consume this one and then feel the effects.

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Photo of Reggie1014
3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Small bubble carbonation and a murky orange color. Small head, minimal lacing. Smell is overpowering of fruit. Orange and grapefruit perhaps. Taste is thick and heavy. This beer hides the alcohol, but at the expense of a thick syrupy cover that makes it difficult to enjoy. Keep a glass of water handy cause you will want a diluter. Mouthfeel is better than I expected. It is smooth and comfortable. Probably once and done for me

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Photo of do_ob
3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle into a New Belgium snifter. Pours a deep amber and settles as a vibrant copper in the glass. Tons of sediment in there. Topped off with a massive 2+ finger head which resulted from an aggressive pour. Upon getting a nose on this one, my sinuses instantly burned. Just an incredible amount of booze, hops, and ripe fruit (tangerene, mango, grapefruit, grapes). I'm also picking up a slight vegetal aroma from this, but could just be the yeast & malt. Upon tasting, and despite the offputting aroma, I'm met with a medley of sweet, ripened tropical fruit (grapefruit, mango, pineapple, kiwi), biscuity & caramel malt, and a touch of vanilla on the finish. Very little alcohol, surprisingly. Great feel, too. Very warm, filling, and creamy. A little bit of hotness on the aftertaste, but I'd never believe this beer was 13%.

Overall, very enjoyable. The smell was a little offputting, mainy due to the cloying sweetness. This one really surprised me, though, once I tasted it. Definitely a sipper, but delicious none the less.

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Photo of GregBarleycorn13
4.67/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An expected cloudy brownish orange with a 3/4 inch head that stayed the duration. Was love at first sip with an excellent hop aroma and taste. Good medium heavy mouth feel. Plenty of staying power on the tongue, too. Totally enjoyed this one from start to finish. Should be one of the higher rated Imperial IPAs, in my opinion.

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Photo of kez
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Citrus smell - very inviting. Citrus hits the tongue, along with nice pine notes. Alcohol aftertaste lingers a little too strong. Overall a solid beer, but one is plenty.

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Photo of Jim_Benz
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Murky orange appearance w/ small head and fine lacing. Smelled like a typical DIPA--pine, citrus, bisquity/caramelly malt. Tasted about the same, but more pine than citrus. Not really any nuance here, but that's what I expected. Considering the ABV, the alcohol is pretty well hidden though it comes through in the aftertaste. The body of this monster malt bomb is almost too syrupy. A more complex hop profile could maybe cut through that, but maybe not. Overall, I liked it well enough, but for the price? I just don't know. Obviously, it's priced right for the huge malt bill, but I don't know that I enjoyed it enough to buy it again. Unless I really wanted to get loaded...

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Photo of schoolboy
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a chunky brew. It's yellow, but you can cut it with a knife. Fine little bubbles exude.

The aromas gives indication of the malty rate to come. The after taste is clean.

This is a beer you should seek out

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Photo of dcotom
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Extreme! Poured from 12-ounce bottle into a snifter. Approximately 5 months past bottling date. Nicely balanced, with lots of sweet malts and an equal amount of hoppy bitterness. Still plenty of hop character, and quite a bit of warmth from the high ABV. This is an all-out assault, so enjoy responsibly!

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Photo of gopens44
3.31/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Looks brownish orange and murky with a decent beige head and subtle lacing.

Nose is strong with grapefruit and everyone's favorite descriptor, car piss. The bitter is strong enough to irritate the nose in a peppery way.

Taste is harsh with alcohol and sweet. Get past that and it's harsh with alcohol and sweet. Some subtle underlying tastes include pine and little else. Body is syrupy and aftertaste is cloyingly sweet and bitter.

Not good, not bad but too interesting too write off as simply "meh".

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Photo of leadpaint76
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

The beer had nice carbonation and head with average pour. The aroma was nice with fruit and pine notes. The flavor did not match the nose. Flavor was very malty and lacking the hop forward I was expecting. The beer was fresh so not an age issue. I would drink this beer again but not my first choice. Cheers all have a great day.

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Photo of RoddyMedina
4.7/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Just picked up four pack of Evil Twin Molotov Cocktail, in my book its a great substitute for the Maharaja by Avery. Very similar beers but unfortunately we don't get Avery beers in NWA anymore.

A: Cloudy, full of sediment, golden amber color, with a slight head to it.

S: Slight hint of pine to it, very citrusy with a nice malt blend to it.

T: A slight sweet citrusy taste to it, light caramel/malt to it with a super smooth finish for an Imperial IPA. Very easy to drink and a slight carbonation to it.

M: Very vibrant flavors of various citric fruits, not super heavy, leaves a smooth finish afterwards even though it comes at a surprising 13%.

O: Fantastic beer from Evil Twin, this is my first but definitely not my last. Again, I'm a HUGE fan of Avery Beers and their Maharaja and now the Raja, but since we can't get Avery beers in NWA I have a strong feeling that Evil Twin will be my go to Imperial IPA till i make a trip to Texas and snag some of the Rajas and Maharajas.

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Photo of gmoneyproductions
4.11/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass date (i believe) was 3.15.15
pours orange gold with a small white head that faded very fast
smell is sweet with hints of pine and fruit and strong smell of alcohol
taste sweet strong alcohol slightly sour to bitter aftertaste
feel was viscous and warming reminded me quite a bit of a stronger myrcenary or st lupulin from odells
overall a bit over the top but enjoyable

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Photo of ChemEBeerGeek
4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Aroma: Citrus & Pine, heavy hops, almost no malt, oranges,

Appearance: I can't tell if it is cold break, or contamination, but there is a lot of stuff and chunks in the bottom of the bottle. Poured it gently to leave junk in the bottle abut a lot got in the glass so there was very little head. But color spot on, and very clear (minus the chunks).

Taste: Heavy hops,not as much as expected for an Imperial. Pears, and pineapple, light malt, can tell it is heavy alcohol, residual bitterness 30 sec after still present. very well balanced. definitively not a sipping beer.

Feel: Initially smooth, with tartness and drying followed up, and then slight astringency on back of tongue.

Overall: Was skeptical with all the stuff floating in it, might want to filter it, but it was spot on for flavor and smell. A bit over the top on alcohol for BJCP imperial IPA, but Double and Triples don't have have a category yet so, very good. I'll be having this one again!

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: hazy; gold in color; 1 finger ivory head that receded to a wispy cap; nice lacing;

S: herbal with a hint of pine and orange behind it;

T: almost a canned fruit cocktail flavor for a moment; from mid-palate on, it's a combination of spice, herbal, and orange; finish is moderately bitter;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; slight alcohol burn, but very smooth for the ABV;

O: complex and very interesting; a really nice job hiding the 13% ABV;

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Photo of Zaktcc
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An intriguing and fairly complex beer. The appearance and aromas are on par to most any DIPA I've had. The beer itself takes on many of the properties of wine; which given the ABV is to be expected. The feel lives up to the name of the beer which is mildly enjoyable; there's an after burn/kick of alcohol with every sip. Enjoyable though you have to get past the strength of it some, which for me makes it a little less pleasant since it's more of a sipper.

Will definitely drink again!

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Photo of stephens101
3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A towering and resilient off-white froth rises out of this reddish-orange brew. Loads of orange and grapefruit to the nose. Has a bit of sweet bread and earth as well. Grain and light fruits up front followed in time by a splash of citrus. An undercurrent of spice, pine and orange-peel are noticed in the finish. Medium in body with a slightly lingering astringency. The alcohol is surprisingly well-hidden.

I could do this one from time to time.

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Photo of Shippy
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle. Cloudy, bright orange with a thin white head. Citrus dominates the aroma, lots of grapefruit, some orange. Juicy citrus flavors with mild bitterness, caramel sweetness, and quite a bit of breadiness. Full mouth feel. Delicious beer, very drinkable. 13% sneaks up on you.

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Photo of fscottkey
4.39/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A: [4.00] Cloudy orange/honey colored beer. The beer forms a small white head that is gone in seconds. The bottle lists the ABV (13%) and there is a born on code that I think means (07/29/15).

S: [4.25] Caramel, bread, pine, sugary sweetness.

T: [4.50] Orange, candied orange, lemon zest, cake frosting like sweetness in the middle.

M: [4.75] Really, really bright on the tongue. The flavor pops. Really dramatic bold mouthfeel. No hints of the 13% ABV. The finish is relatively quick.

O: [4.25] Wow, this is a really nice IPA. The mouthfeel is incredible. It is like eating Pop Rocks - they feel just buzzes in your mouth. There is no sense of alcohol even at this high ABV. The taste covers a lot of ground but candied orange is the best overall descriptor. I would like to have this again.

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Photo of sbecker92
2.58/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

The beer seemed great at first and then you get this strong overpowering taste of sugars that I'm just not a fan of. If it was a little more bitter id be happy. One thing I think this beer does well for the taste is hide the alcohol very well.

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Photo of Nicknackpaddywack
4.94/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Prior to 2013 I'd never appreciated IPA beer. When Sierra Nevada Torpedo was on sale I said to myself, "OK, lets get a half dozen 12 packs and age them on the concrete floor in my basement canning room." Not much happened after a year so I experimented with blending Torpedo. A Coors Banquet or Plank brewery Icehouse tall boy poured with a Torpedo into a British 1L glass tankard cuts into the backend IPA bitterness quite nicely.

Then, an accident happened two months ago. I encountered Evil Twin Molotov Cocktail. Popping the cap has it's own nanosecond jet engine sound. I tried a bottle brewed in 2014 & subsequently purchased cases of February 2015 batch for aging. Molotov Cocktail is VERY bioactive, an excellent Imperial IPA, ideal for aging. The 2014 bottle had to be turned to loosen the sediment prior to opening adding to the flavor. The first cases I ordered 2 months ago (bottled Feb. 2015) have already developed a cloudy sediment aging on the floor in my canning room. This Imperial IPA is seriously alive and is the most extraordinary IPA this seasoned Imperial Stout enthusiast (since the 1970s) has ever experienced.

To get maximum feel, pour into snifter from 6" height & let settle for a couple minutes to dispense of carbonation before taking a sip. I only age & drink Imperial beers at around 55 degrees to get maximal flavor for my dollars. Prior to sale, all Imperials are refrigerated, stunting their growth. Never buy an Imperial beer & drink it the same day. Always age Imperial beers at least two months at basement floor temperature prior to consumption.

Then, Imperials like Molotov Cocktail's Sweet & Bitter & Sweet & Bitter & Sweet bouquet will be even more enhanced & 13% ABV just might be enhanced! Molotov Cocktail will be like popping in your mouth 1 citrus & 1 tropical English jellied candy & once chewed up together, swished around with a swig of Everclear. A beer like this deserves time to mature.

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Photo of tbryan5
3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap.
This was a big, sweet, boozy beer. I didn't not get many hops on the nose or pallette. Almost no head and a red orange color. I think the sweetness caught me off guard more than anything but I'm guessing that the malt bill on this thing was huge. The hops were not there to back it up.

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Evil Twin Molotov Cocktail from Evil Twin Brewing
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