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Evil Twin Molotov Cocktail | Evil Twin Brewing

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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 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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Photo of Beer4Baltimore
3.51/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a thin head and is full of chunks. Smells of hops and vomit, not a good sign. Quite sweet and very hoppy but it comes off as very unbalanced. Reminds me of 120 minute but thinner. Alcohol is noticeable. It did not suit my tastes. Sorry Evil Twin, I like some of your brews but this one is a mediocre attempt at being extreme.

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

Copper with a light haze, no carbonation and 1/4 finger of off white head with almost no retention.

Peaches, fruity like a tropical fruit stand, pineapple, ripe mangos, and a hint of burnt sugar on the finish. The heat of alcohol is on the nose as well.

Straight off boozy then a hit of concentrated sweetness of mangos, passionfruit syrup, and pineapple syrup from the can. The alcohol exits on the nose after a sip. Sweet and boozy, but the booze is covered to what you'd guess is maybe 5% lower than it is. Little bitterness.

Thick and syrupy with almost no carbonation. Clean finish.

Got on Wishbeer, drank in Chiang Mai Sept 24th, 2015. Really nice brew. Is it up to par with the best of the style? It approaches, but is a little flat, a little syrupy, and not overly bitter as one would expect for the style.

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Photo of Furlinator
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Atomic Liquors in Downtown Las Vegas, Nevada.

A solid malt backbone with sweet tropical fruit up front. The hoppy bitterness kicks in on the finish. 13% ABV is deceptive. Very good.

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Photo of Slack
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper in color with no head or lacing.

Smell is piney, grapefruit, lemon, and a bit of earth.

Taste is a mix of sweet and bitter with a hoppy finish. Citrus, caramel, malt, and pine dominate.

Mouthful is medium with light carbonation and cloying sweetness. Finish lingering and bitter.

An interesting beer, reminiscent of an east coast IPA but amped up more on the hops.

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Photo of mothmanscott
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque deep amber producing 1.5 inches of creamy, frothy, somewhat lasting, off-white head that leaves sticky & pasty wash of lacing. Aroma is sweet caramel malt, packed with tropical fruit, orange & grapefruit flesh & pith with a generous amount of resinous pine. Taste cloyingly sweet caramel malt, loosely balanced with high octane hoppiness: tropical fruit, citrus flesh & pith & resinous pine with a very wet finish & alcohol spice. Aftertaste is a resinous hop/malt bitter-sweetness that rapidly gravitates to an imperial bitter. High ABV is well hidden. Mouthfeel is moderate-heavy bodied with moderate carbonation, oily, wet & slick finish with a bitter & astringent aftertaste.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden amber colored with a fingernail of eggshell white on top. It's fairly cloudy and lets minimal light seep through. Heavy lacing. Intense grapefruit aroma practically sears my nostrils. I taste intensely bitter grapefruit with substantial light malt keeping this beer in balance. The mouth is resiny, chewy and yet crisp and very refreshing.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.74/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours deep copper, with a very nice white foam head. Smell is amazing, frutal hops and sweet malt to balance. Taste is very nice, strong bitter kick but extremely well balanced with the grains, excellent beer.

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4.6/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Only the best IPA I Ever tasted. As a Bend OR beer drinker and brewer I stand by this statement. A pour from Growler Guys and a growler fill. Incredible ... yes it has a grapefruit flavor and high ABV. But really, just a darn good beer, may I drink much more. Better from the tap than the can, Viva NY

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Photo of Gajo74
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark golden to copper, moderate head and wispy lace that retains decently. Big sweet malty aroma and taste. Strongly hopped, especially with a dry and bitter grapefruit finish. Lots of fruity tones; citrus, tropical fruit, mango, etc. Big and full mouthfeel, warming, softly carbonated and chewy. A high ABV and big flavored ipa. A great sipper.

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Photo of Suds
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer is hazy and golden with a thin white head. The aroma is a little thin, but the taste is intense. Hoppy, bitter, and sweet. Malt, spice, woody hop flavors, and lots of alcohol. This is a strong, engaging, and serious beer. Full and drinkable.

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Photo of Flounder57
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter at the Union Brewhouse in Weymouth.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a hazy pale orange yellow color with good clarity and vision of tiny bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Definitely hop forward. Malty and boozy too. Candied fruit, citrus, herbal, and grassy.

Taste: A plethora of flavors. Tastes better as it warmed. Definitely a sipper for an hour. Tastes good, but because of the 13%, I drank it slowly.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium to full bodied, mild bitterness, malty, medium carbonation, and some booze.

Overall: Definitely a sipper. Hoppy, malty, and boozy. Got better as it warmed up.

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Photo of MatthewHopHead
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look - fairly light leaning more towards a golden lager.

Smell - Nearly no smell at all when first opened , so major hit there. I like my IPAs to entice all senses, aroma is a huge part of taste. When I let it sit for a bit I did get aromas of malty grains.

Taste - sweet and smooth. If it weren't for slumping in my chair halfway through, I would never have known it was 13.0%. I taste candied wheat, would make a great after dinner beer.

Feel - Coats the mouth and made my lips sticky.

Overall - not bad if I came across this at the right price I would consider getting it again - I am partial to high octane beers.

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Photo of richj1970
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on draft at local bottle shop.

A: Pours a rich golden yellow with one to two finger dense white head. Long retention and heavy lacing.

S: Pineapple, grapefruit, orange peel, pine and plenty of sweet malts

T: Honey and caramel malts mixed with big bold floral hops. Some light citrus.

M: Full bodied and average carbonation. Finish is a little sweet and bitter.

O: Really nice DIPA although it reads more like a barley wine.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from a grower via Eightball Brewing at The Party Source. This IIPA pours a hazy orange color with a decent white head of foam that dissipates to a thick ring great lacing. Nose of pineapple, orange zest, lemons, some pine, and a ton of caramel malt. Flavors surpass the nose with sweet barleywine caramel notes followed by warming in the middle and back from copious amounts of alcohol, and chased with nice pineapple, lemon and orange zest citrus notes as well as a light pine bittering hops character that lingers on the aftertaste. This is a symposium to the hops world, and one of the best in the style I have tried. Excellent slick and coating mouth feel with a long sweet and bittering hops finish. Superb.


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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

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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.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.66/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a tulip glass

It is amber in color with golden highlights. It is topped with an inch of off-white head.

It has a really sweet smell. It is almost a caramel and molasses aroma with an earthy element.

The taste is sweet. It tastes along the lines of an English barleywine. I get some brown sugar and dates.

Medium mouthfeel

This beer is very sweet at this point. I have had it on tap, but do not recall this level of sweetness. It is 13%, so I can't complain.

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Photo of cbutova
3.46/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A- Hazy golden orange pour from the 12oz bottle into a teku with a tall, thick creamy white crown. Pretty good head retention while a large, thick ring remains dropping a massive blanket at the top with

S- Similar to other high-octane ABV IPAs I have had with an obvious sweet malt aroma right off the top with orange, grapefruit, pine, dried stone fruits (could be malts combining) and floral hops following. Not boozy here with slight apple and fruit esters.

T- Hops gain some ground but so does the sweetness that the aroma hinted would be present. Bittersweet oranges, lemon peel, grapefruit, pine, apricot and herbal floral hops. Sugar comes to mind as with time it becomes almost cloying with pale caramel hints.

MF- Heavy, thick and slick overall body with an oily and fairly creamy consistency. Carbonation is just a sliver below medium. Very slightly warm and bitter.

Drinks sort of like a hoppy Barleywine due to a large sweetness and plenty of malts coming down with the hops. IPAs over 11% are truly an interesting category and most of the time I end up wondering how Russian River pulls of Younger the way they do. Sugary sweetness detracts from the citrus and herbal hops.

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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.

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Photo of ovaltine
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: three fingers of head, gorgeous rich orange hues. Classic DIPA.

Smell: some hops, some malt, LOTS of booze.

Taste: the hops hit first with some pine and citrus, toffee malt, lots of booze at the end, but it mellows a bit as it warms.

Feel: well carbonated, boozy creaminess.

Overall: when I cracked this open, I smelled booze, when I poured it, I smelled booze, when I took in a big whiff, I smelled booze. I don't LIKE booze - at all. But I found myself really enjoying this as it warmed. It's as subtle as a hammer between the eyes, but I have to tip my cap to the folks at Evil Twin. Well done.

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Evil Twin Molotov Cocktail from Evil Twin Brewing
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