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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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207 Reviews
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Reviews: 207
Hads: 1,194
Avg: 3.9
pDev: 30.51%
Wants: 55
Gots: 291 | FT: 3
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.

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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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Photo of kbwalters
4.11/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured cold into a tulip glass. Bottled on 9/18/14 and consumed on 10/19/14.
Look = 3.75 Pours a clear gold with orange highlights and 1 finger of clear white head that fades to a ring. Below average retention and lace, probably due to high alcohol content. Particulates floating about, possibly chill haze?
Aroma = 4.5 Hops everywhere! Citrus dominates with tropical fruit and pine notes. Big sweet caramel notes lend some balance with a hint of booze.
Taste = 4.0 More balanced than the aroma. Big sweet caramel and toffee malt provides the backbone which is balanced by citrus hop flavors. Big booze burn on the finish that you can feel in your chest.
Feel = 4.0 Full bodied with light to medium carbonation, really syrupy feel - fits the big sweet DIPA style just fine.
Drinkability = 3.5 This is a big boozy beer at 13% ABV, definitely a sipper.
Overall = 4.0375 Big, boozy DIPA. Great balance, aroma on the hoppy side and taste on the sweet side.

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Photo of Hernard
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's very sweet, I would guess to offset its wine-like strength. If it lost a little of that honeyishness, it would be a favorite. It's still very good. Certainly warms the cockles.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.34/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single 12 oz. bottle of this to try on a recent trip to Kentucky and south western Ohio. Poured into one of my tulip glasses, this beer pours a somewhat cloudy/hazy medium copper amber color with some streams of bubbles rising to the surface of the beer and a lot of yeasty chunks floating around in the beer. Has a white head that is about 1/2 of an inch thick when first poured before settling to a medium sized ring lining the inside of the glass along with a nice big cluster of foam on the beer's surface and pretty decent lacing. Aromas of citrus, herbal, resinous, piney hops and alcohol rounded out with some subtle maltyness. Has a fairly sweet, slightly toasted, biscuity, caramel malt sweetness upfront that gives way to big piney, resinous, herbal, and somewhat grapefruit-esque hop flavors. Rounded out with some dried fruit notes such as figs, apricots, and perhaps a bit of plum. Lots of booze too. The sweetness here booziness certainly dominate here. I wonder how long this beer was sitting on the shelf at The Party Source before I purchased it. To me this drinks more like a good barley wine than a double IPA, and I can't find any indicator on the bottle of when this batch was bottled. It is very tasty nonetheless, just not very bitter. Has a somewhat crisp, frothy and creamy, slightly prickly, somewhat chewy and oily, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Surprisingly easy to drink. A damn fine beer indeed!


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Photo of Jeffsta1
4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

When the muon was discovered, physicist Isidor Rabi said, "Who ordered that?"

That's how I feel about this beer. It's kind of good, but what is it, when would I ever want to drink it?

Its closest cousin is the Rogue New Crustacean Barleywineish IPA. Take one of those, apply reverse osmosis to concentrate it by 25%, and you'll get something like this.

It looks pretty, copper/gold, unfiltered, light head.

Smells like Dogfish Head 90 minutes, with all that apricot hoppiness. Not super intense.

Taste is "BOOM" intense. Bitter, sweet, rich, hoppy, honeyed, everything, it's all in there. Can't drink it with food, it'd knock everything else out of the box. Maybe a spicy chili.

Mouthfeel is rich, fine, thick.

But the sum is less than the parts, because when the hell do I want to drink this? It's like a dragster that can't be driven on the street. Oh, and 6 oz. is enough, this is a two-portion beer. The alcohol in it feels much more like the Dogfish Head Olde School Barleywine (15% ABV) than (say) Ten Fidy.

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Photo of JayQue
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I held on to this one way too long. I usually like to move my hoppy beers up in the rotation. Still plenty of bitterness on this one. I may eventually get another one and drink it fresh. Pours a hazy light orange/golden color with a very small small head. Very poor head retention (expected with such a high abv. beer). Minimal lacing. Good strong aroma of piney hops and caramel malt.
Taste is similar. Oily, piney hops, not quite balanced out with sweet caramel malt. Good flavor with some take-your-breath-away alcohol presence. Not hot or burning, just noticible, like sipping a smooth whiskey. Mouthfeel features oily hops and a warming alcohol presence. The bitterness is fairly prominent. Overall a decent beer, but I can get a flavorful hops blast without having to deal with 13% abv.

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Photo of Kyseber
3.47/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: tinged rusted golden. Slightly Cloudy with a bit of sediment. Appealing cideresque look.
S: faint smokiness detected. Odiferously malty.
T: citrusy, a bit apple-y. The 13% abv is masked well yet the astringency comes through half way through. Definitely a night-ender
M: smooth at first, astringency from potency leaves a bit of an alcoholic off gasing to remind you of what will be seeping from your body later-moreso than a lesser abv brew.

Not bad although usually when I get a beer this strong I expect it to carry a bit more complexity taste wise in conjunction with its alcohol content.

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

EvilTwin Brewing Molotov Cocktail, 12 fl. oz., 13% alc by vol., Imperial India Pale Ale. Ale brewed with natural flavors.

Appearance: clear and bright golden, under an impressive white, lace-leaving head.

Aroma: Juicy fruit, citrus, tropical, piney, resin-y…all that hoppy goodness. Sweet, yeah, and plenty of bitter. Well done.

Taste: Bittersweet on the palate, more bitter this time than sweet. Dank bitterness reigns supreme, dripping citrus-y hop bombs. Astringent, acerbic, rich and drenched in uber-hoppiness. Just the way I like it.

And now the booze rises up in the taste department. high alcohol blazes the palate and skewers the flavor, but dang if I don't dig it. There are more flavors and feelings here, that you only get in brews like this, a combination of dried and candied fruits, apricots and peaches, something straddling the ridiculous and the sublime.

Let's read the label, shall we? "Did you like Before During and After Christmas, maybe you thought it poured brilliantly, the alcohol was admirable well hidden and you loved how the arrogant amount of hops numbed your mouth. This beer will knock your tongue off--it's a tour de force in hoppiness and by far one of the craziest beer ever made by Evil Twin Brewing." Brewed by Evil Twin Brewing, Standford, CT.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Copper gold with a light haze under a 1” off white foam collar that grabs onto the dise of the glass producing a thin line of lace with each drink.
S: Citrus herbal nose with hints of grass.
T: very creamy attack witth big malt followed buy a shot of caramel and then an evolving hop bitterness wrapped around alcohol.
F: Chewy, medium carbonation
O: Has a mixed drink intensity and character

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.54/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a small head.
Nose shows sherbet, caramel, pine, resinous hops.
Intensely sweet flavours, more pine and resinous hops though. Booze is hidden well.

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

This was part of a blind tasting of 8 different IPAs and double IPAs. The other "big" ones that were included were Hopslam and Double Crooked Tree. Both my friend and I liked this better than the other two more highly acclaimed big IPAs. We were stunned when we saw that Molotov Cocktail was our favorite out of the high abv IIPAs.

What I liked about it was the taste was nice and hoppy and not overly malty as some other huge imperial IPAs tend to be.

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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.

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Photo of K2mission
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Holy hops! Loaded with 'em. Smells awesome. Taste is as expected considering the ABV. It's a little on the sweet side so the desired bitterness is consumed by the overpowering sweetness. This is a great beer but best enjoyed in small doses.

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Photo of benjaminkhlaw
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This DIPA poured hazy orange with not much of a head at all, smelled of sweet malts and subdued hops. Full bodied with a good amount of floral hops on the tongue but also came with an unpleasant amount of sweetness, too sweet to my liking. At a big ABV of 13%, labelled as a beer that will wow you, I had high expectations of this DIPA, it was still a decent beer but I have to say that I was a bit disappointed with it. The freshness might have been a factor but the bottled date was not found.

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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.

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Photo of thomseye
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Tastes like a candy Hopslam... tho sweeter, less balanced and thinner with less carbonation. But the honey and hops profile are similar to Hopslam or even Rogue 7 Hop IPA. (Just more on the alcohol/syrupy side) I had to change my initial rating. Having this on tap is a great thing. Definitely a few hairs above a 4 out of 5. Damn satisfying and wonderful flavors.

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Photo of akrz47
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Just...a weird flavor. Really pungent and orange-y in a pretty good way, but these flavors are not very smooth. The description says "with natural flavors" and it's pretty obvious flavors are added. The alcohol is hidden well, so that's done really well. The flavors, however, are rather unnatural and stick in your throat. Imagine cheap orange drink (sugar, water, orange) with a DIPA kick. Just not quite right. Wish those flavors weren't added but I guess if you wanna price it at $4-5 a bottle that's what you gotta do.

Just go for DFH 120 if you get it regularly, it's much better. Mikkeller Big Bad series (Evil Twin's brother haha) was also much much better, if you happen to find them.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter.

Appearance: Pure gold color with an orange tint medium sediments in the body. White head riding to about 3/4" above the body.

Smell: Very hoppy scent, almost addicting. A little bit on the light side but the quality makes up for it.

Taste: Ultra citrus, seriously it's like biting into a grapefruit. Tastes much better with steak, this is the second time in having it and without food its super bitter...with food its citrus sweet. Pine notes and heavy malts, no caramel notes to it whatsoever. Not a bad thing but one of the characteristics I prefer with DIPA.

Mouth: very sticky, slightly finish.

Overall: Good brew, I would definitely recommend if you are searching for a good DIPA. There's a couple i personally would rather have...still worth buying. I actually can't wait to have the simcoe edition of this beer, maybe that's next. Salud!

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Photo of scotorum
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Date appears to be day 262 of 2014, which would make it five months old. Yikes. Purchased recently as a single. Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Lawsons stemmed tulip.

a: Clear dark gold to amber with a finger thick white head which receded to patchy surface foam and dense patterned lacing.

s; Intense citrus/pine.

t; Heavy bready malt up front followed by a moderate hop bite and some alcohol throat burn. Bitterish finish as it builds at the sides of the tongue. Some grassy/herbal notes show up later.

m; Full body and very smooth, with good carbonation tingle.

o; A substantial DIPA, covers its extremely high ABV well considering, if age has hurt it that does not show to its apparent detriment. Definitely worth the $4 range it sells for if you like powerful malty DIPAs.

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

Unique bottle stamp data: 170:14 08:52

Crystal clear at first pour and turning cloudy after finishing the pour, deep gold appearance; thick, sticky white head; nice foam lacing down the glass. Pine-like aroma; faded orange rind. Bitter taste right off and it keeps coming on; toasted grains and mild caramel notes buried under a strong boozy taste; faint hints of grapefruit. Medium-light body; mostly dry finish.

This IPA won't knock you out with its aroma but the bitterness and high ABV certainly warrant the imperial qualifier. A vague yeasty bread-like quality underlies the malt character. Still, the brazen hop bitterness and warm alcohol heat bring about the main character points of this brew. I'm guessing that the bottle stamp '170:14' indicates a bottling date of about May, 2014, so some hop aroma and bitterness qualities may not be at their prime. Still, this is an interesting take on an imperial styling.

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Evil Twin Molotov Cocktail from Evil Twin Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 207 ratings.