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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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Reviews: 196
Hads: 1,160
Avg: 3.9
pDev: 31.03%
Wants: 54
Gots: 274 | FT: 6
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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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Reviews: 196 | Hads: 1,160
Photo of BeerDawgs
4.53/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 12oz bottle with a bottled on date of 6.25.13. No fears - I bet this one ages well

L - Bronze with rich texture, no clarity, and sediment floating through out. 1 full finger of head and some sticky lace left on the glass. IPA's don't get better looking than this one!

S - Extreme dank hops and ...BOOZE! Wow.

T - A hop bomb in the purest sense. Lots of booze, but goes down easy. Sweet, but not overly, and a good combination of citrus and pine hops. Freakin GOOD!

F - Oily, slick, full bodied.

O - This one is definitely flammable. Tasty as hell. Wow. Get it if you find it!

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Photo of JohnnyI
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Split a bottle with a friend while carousing at the Cafe Craft in North Charleston. Boy am I glad we shared. This one is not for the faint of heart! The aptly name Molitov Cocktail is an absolute explosion of hops. Aside from the oily coating on the surface of the beer, there is little to distinguish the appearance from many common American IPA's. The beer had a tangerine-amber color with a mildly hazy look. The aroma and flavor... that's a different story. A potent, pungent profile slaps you right in the face with hellacious hops. Sour and tart up front. Funky gym socks with pine cones drenched in sap. Citrus zest overload with grapefruit bitters. Surprisingly balanced due to a pine resin sweetness that imparts a maple/honey crisp character. There's some tropical taste in the finish, and a cloying sweetness that I can't shake. The body is big, bold and chewy. Surprisingly, the hop qualities and alchohol are not as overpowering to me as the unbridled sweetness. It's just so syrupy that I have a hard time sipping more than a tiny amount at a time. If you like your IPA's concentrated to the point of absurdity, this may be the beer for you. I'd be real curious to see how this would taste in a year or 2. In the mean time, let's keep all those bottles on the shelf.

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Photo of scootny
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a scary beer. While suspending a substantial amount of patricles it is surprisingly clear and deep orange amber. Mild carbonation. Spots and streaks of lace. Yellowish-whitw head of a couple of fingers surprisingly.

Smell is rich. Large slices of warm multigrain bread. Mangos and tropical fruit. Where's the booze? Oh, there it is... barely...Wait, Nope. None.

Taste is so big. Lots of tropical hops that flow into the malt. It's hard to tell where one ends and the other ends. Mango predominates but the big caramel sweetness is so well done that you start to wonder but the tight bitterness that follows moves it strongly to a dry and hoppy place. Sweet and chewy, cutting bitterness. Oils coating my mouth. No booze at all. Scary

Feel is slightly syrupy and smooth. Carbonation is just enough to enliven the swallow.

Wow, A real Kick A beer that while not a session ale is quite easy to sip frequently and often. Impressive.

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Photo of Tom_O
3.2/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A subtle but strong IPA. I'll compare it to Dogfish 120 simply for the alcohol content. Don't think it'll age as well though. Pretty drinkable, i would purchase again, but wouldn't consider it a must have.

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Photo of Krobinette
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great bouquet--tulip glass a must. Extremely hoppy! High alcohol content, mine was on draft and I didn't know how high it actually was until it snuck up on me. Definitely tasty, I am an IPA guy and I will have this again...when I don't have to drive!

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Photo of Tilly
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass. Lloyd of effervescent.

Golden copper colour with an easy one finger of fine foam.

Aromas of hops, citrus, pine and pleasant forals.

Wonderful flavours of blood orange, citrus and pine.

Mouth feel is sharp on the tongue with nice back of the tongue bitterness.

Nice job!

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark(ish) copper color with a fingers worth of head that fades down to a thin ring around the glass

S: Citrus and fruity hops explode in your face. Some light caramel malt in there as well, but the hops pretty much melt your face/nose off

T: Follows the nose. Starts right off with the citrusy and fruity hops, along with a hint of pine. A little malt comes in to smooth stuff over, and the bitterness actually isn't to bad. Alcohol hidden almost completely. Finishes with a light bitterness and more hops

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Fairly smooth

O: Ridiculously easy to drink for being 13% (feels more like 7 or 8%) which makes this a dangerous brew. If you're gonna drink more than one, take your time (not easy, but must be done). Pretty much like pure hop flavor in a glass without much bitterness. Great price point as well. Definitely worth picking up if you're all about that hop flavor

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Photo of samtrillo
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

I tried this to get ready for 120 Minute I'm having Ina few days.

The first sip was delightful. I did not pick up on the and enjoyed the big mouthfeel and honey sweet citrus malt and hop combo. With each subsequent sip the alcohol became more prevalent, like a bad mixed drink. The honey sweetness and fruity piney hops persisted, but they couldn't outbid the booze.

It was a interesting experience, but by the end it was hard to finish. I think this would be great as double IPA rather than whatever categorie it's in.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a New Belgium tulip

A: Pours hazy deep golden amber with notable floaties and frothy off white head that settles and laces well.

S: Citrus and pine hops with some caramel malt sweetness.

T: Citrus up front, sweet tangerine, maybe a touch of pineapple, pine bitterness follows, closed out with some caramel malt sweetness. Hides it's alcohol very well.

M: Medium to heavy body, low carbonation.

O: Impressively big beer, but a bit too thick and sweet for my tastes.

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%

Pours a hazy amber/orange. The smell has heavy floral hops and yeast. It is a light-bodied, flavourful taste with floral hops, sweetness (malts), and slightly more alcoholic than most beers (although doesn't taste as strong as you would normally think a 13% ABV beer would).

Definitely not a sessionable beer, but very tasty.

Would I buy it again? Probably.

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Photo of BMMillsy
2.56/5  rDev -34.4%

Bottle from I forget where. Pours a pretty deep golden clear color with a two finger creamy white head. Heavy malt and booze aroma with some citrus peel in there. I can tell this is going to be syrupy just smelling it. Flavor is a massive punch of pure booze, pine flavor, low bitter, sweet syrupy mess. Gross. Syrupy body with low carbonation and an astringent feeling all over my mouth. Why would anyone drink this more than once?

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Molotov Cocktail pours a hazy bright golden color with a large lacing head. There is a big hoppy aroma, hints of earth. Big harsh hoppy taste, earthy tones, very warm finish. Good body, good flavor. Overall its very big bold and powerful.

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Photo of HipCzech
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Serving: 12 oz bottle poured into a Riedel Vinum Zinfandel glass.

Appearance: Bright, clear, lightly hazy amber orange. A small layer of whiten foam quickly recedes to a fringe with no lace.

Smell: Deeply resinous pine, citrus and spice along with honey and caramel sweetness.

Taste: Deep fruity sweetness: fresh tropical fruit from hops together with darker dried fruit from malt. Dank, resinous, herbal and bitter hops balance some of the huge maltiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, smooth and just starting to get sticky; medium carbonation.

Overall: Somewhere in between a strong DIPA and a super hoppy barleywine; doesn't hide its alcohol but still easy to sip.

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Photo of NateSylvan
4.25/5  rDev +9%

If you enjoy the fruitier double IPAs, you're going to love this beer. Aromas are minimal, but honey like notes are found. Initial impression is soft and sweet, with pineapple or apricot like flavors. This is followed by a light hoppy bitter taste. What's unique about this imperial is a tingly aftertaste on the tongue that stays for an impressive amount of time after drinking. Overall a preferred imperial that I will have again.

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Photo of Shikitohno
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Initially, this beer has a sweet taste of pineapples and bread, before a nice hops bitterness. Every sip I notice a new nuance to the flavor, and it's much more interesting a brew than most IPAs I've had. Although it packs a kick, it hides the alcohol well and doesn't taste terribly much or it. Will have to snag a few more bottles to stash away.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a bottle of Evil Twin's Molotov Cocktail a couple weeks ago for $3.59 at Holiday Market. I ended up making a mix six pack of Evil Twin beers and this one sounded a little interesting and I thought it was worth a try, so lets see how it goes. There were some numbers on the bottle, but I couldn't decode them. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks ok, it's a pretty simple design and it doesn't seem to be that eye catching. It poured a cloudy golden orange color that took on more of an orange color when held to the light with almost a finger worth of off white head that died down to a thin bubbly layer that eventually faded away and it left some small spotty lacing behind. This was a pretty nice looking beer, but I wish the head and retention were just a little better.

S- The aroma starts off with a lower amount of high sweetness with the malts being the first to show up and they impart some nice caramel malt, sweet malt, caramel, light toffee and some dark fruit aromas with no single malty aspect sticking out the most. Up next comes a noticeable alcohol aroma that's just a little boozy and it followed by the hops which impart a mixture of citrus rind and light green onion aromas with the citrus rind hop aromas sticking out the most. This beer had a pretty nice aroma, but I wish it didn't have that green onion aspect.

T- The taste seems to be seems to be similar to the aroma, but it's a little less intense and it starts off with a lower amount of high sweetness with the malts still being the first to show up and they impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma and this time it's the caramel and sweet malt flavors that stick out the most and there's just a little bit of doughy yeast in the background. Up next comes the alcohol which isn't too boozy, but it's pretty warming and I get that warming feeling in my chest after every sip. On the finish comes the hops which impart some nice citrus rind hop flavors and instead of green onion hops I get more of an herbal hop aspect that has a herbal tea like flavor and the hops impart a higher amount of medium bitterness with a sweet and citrus rind hop like aftertaste. This was a pretty nice tasting beer, I like how the herbal hop flavors replaced the green onion aspect.

M- Not the smoothest, pretty warming, not crisp, sticky, a little cloying, full bodied with a lower amount of carbonation. This beer had a nice mouthfeel, but I thought it was a little on the sticky and cloying side.

Overall I thought this was a pretty nice beer and a good example of a Strong DIPA, like most strong DIPA's the sweetness is pretty high, but when it came to the hop profile it was pretty nice and it wasn't as bitter as I thought it would be. This beer didn't have the best drinkability, it was pretty warming, not crisp, sticky, a little cloying, filling and the taste did a nice job at holding my attention, but one is enough for me, any more than that and it would be just too sweet and warming for me. What I like the most about this beer was the hop profile in the taste, it was pretty nice and it wasn't overly bitter. What I like the least about this beer was the mouthfeel, it wasn't bad, but it was a little too sweet, sticky and warming in the mouthfeel. I would buy this beer again when I'm in the mood for a big DIPA and I would recommend it to anybody who likes big and strong DIPA's. All in all I was happy with this beer, it had a couple aspects that hurt it a little, but a lot of that comes with the territory when a beer gets to be this strong and in the end I enjoyed it for what it is. This isn't my favorite Evil Twin beer and it isn't my favorite strong DIPA, 120 minute IPA is still the my favorite. Nice job guys, this was a tasty and intense DIPA, keep up the good work.

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Photo of celt_rock
2.25/5  rDev -42.3%

Really disappointed with this one. I don't so much care about the terrible, incoherent grammar that they use in their own description but the false advertising is the worst. Arrogant amount of hops? It's arrogant to think that you can sell a hopless beer and convince people of its hoppiness. This tastes like an overly strong home-brew. It's sickly sweet, malty and reminiscent of a bad Scotch ale. Coming from the land of Heady Topper, Double Dose, Double Sunshine, Second Fiddle and just about everything from Hill Farmstead, this is a not very good excuse for a DIPA.

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Photo of Ngcba415
4.52/5  rDev +15.9%

This beer will kick your ass. At 13% ABV, it's surprisingly smooth and flavorful. It's one of my go-to beers when I'm in the mood to splurge. Great beer.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, orange amber colored with a short white head that dissipates leaving some lacing, hazy

S: fermenting fruit. citrus, orange

T: quite sweet an d fruity, heavy on esters, mango, pineapple

M: thick and sticky

O: heavy and high on alcohol content

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Photo of BrewChatKen
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Big malty sweetness and fruity on the nose, this beer was unbalanced but in a good way, something had to hide that 13%. This is a big and very sweet beer, full bodied, and leaves a sticky mouthfeel. Pours deep golden amber with a white head. On the palate it's remarkably smooth for all that is going on, notes of fruit, pine and a little nutty flavor. I would have guessed this was around 8%, a testament to how well that ABV is balanced. It's a huge beer hiding in plain sight, not the best I've had as far as style is concerned, but a great beer nonetheless.

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Photo of AngryPenguinBrewCo
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Light copper
Decent lacing
Thin white ring around glass
smells of biscuits and booze
Taste sweet malts tropical hop flavors
Bitter upfront and alcohol burn with a lingering sweetness that lingers on your lips
Light carbonation

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Photo of MVotter
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L - Clear gold with a thin cream colored head.

S - Grapefruit, orange peel, diacetyls

T - Diacetyls, grapefruit, hop oils, hot alcohol

F - Sticky, oily, heavy, mild effervescence

O - This brew takes no prisoners. The alcohol is up front and unapologetic. Diacetyls rule the taste profile and never give in to grapefruit notes trying to break through. It's a sipper...perfect for a sub-zero Upstate New York winter's night.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with bottled on date 04/18/2014 printed on the bottleneck. Another new big beer to me from Evil Twin, this one a 13.00% abv DIPA. The label calls this beer one of the craziest beers made by Evil Twin, so we'll see what that's all about.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - It pours a bright murky golden orange colored body with one finger of frothy off-white head. Big chunks of sediment floating in the glass. Noticeable carbonation rushing topside from the etching at the bottom of the glass. Yeah, I'd say this one looks pretty damn nice. 4

S - The aroma is, as expected, a big bitter hop bomb - piney, orange marmalade, horseradish, herbal / tea leafy, with a good dose of sweetened caramel malt in there also. 3.5

T - Taste follows the nose - big & bitter, citrusy & juicy. Herbal & sweet with a leafy tea sort of taste going on in there. Fairly balanced with good caramel malt presence.

M - The feel is smooth and clean, especially for such a high abv beer. Not as ridiculously bitter and dry on the finish as I'd anticipated. Sticky, sugary, and malty. Lower carbonation than usual. Easy to drink for the 13.00% abv.

Overall, a nice strong DIPA from Evil Twin. Not the greatest that I've had, but it has enough going on to keep things interesting. Recommended.

Evil Twin Molotov Cocktail -----4/5.

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Photo of martyl1000
4.81/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I'm astonished at the middling score of this brew here on BA. Perhaps my incredulity comes from drinking a cellar-aged bottle of Molotov Cocktail (about 18 months of aging). But this has got to be one of the ten best beers I've had in years.

Oh, man, the aroma is nice and fruity/florally.

Then flavor in the mouth. Holy cow. It's grapefruit gumball -- as if there were such a thing. And that's why I'm scoring this so highly. It's a one of a kind IIPA, for certain.

Mouthfeel is crazily syrupy, yet leavened by significant fizz. Like a Sauterne crossed with a moscato di asti.

It's just elite-quality beer. It's better than the bulk of top IIPA's, such as 90 Minute, Dreadnaught, Hop Stoopid, and Lagunitas Sucks (though I do like Lagunitas Sucks quite a lot).

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Photo of Retroman40
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on tap at my local Liquor Barn.

Poured a very hazy yellow orange with a rich, creamy and long lasting head. The smell is an absolute hop bomb dominated by pine and citrus. The taste is quite similar however the hop bitterness is quite well balanced by the malt. There is absolutely no indication of extreme alcohol content. If I didn't know I wouldn't have thought more than 6-7% ABV. The mouthfeel is very creamy and the finish actually quite smooth. Overall this is just a great beer for anyone who is really into big hops and even bigger ABV numbers.

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Evil Twin Molotov Cocktail from Evil Twin Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 196 ratings.