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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 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
2.43/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.25

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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Photo of Chuck_IPA_Mathus
3.47/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: Clear gold .. not much head on pour or lacing on glass dissapears quickly

s; Bready yeats with sweet Malts

t; Malty and boozey as expected at 13%

m: Full bodied heavy on the tongue the Malts linger for quite sometime

o: if you are looking for something boozey this is an enjoyable experience

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Photo of atone315
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Bottled on the 310th day of 2014, I'm pouring this beer at about 5 months old. Nice golden orange in color, absolutely zero head. This thing is flat as the Great Plains. Tastes the same, with a TON of sweet malt. Plenty of alcohol on the way down, was not offensive on the tongue. Overall a decent beer, but will not pick up another.

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

Pretty sure its past its date, but thats my fault for buying (the stores for selling) but it was wayyy to sweet and malty for my liking. Especially for an IIPA

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Photo of GilGarp
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle seved chilled into a goblet.

Molotov Cocktail is a very hazy copper hue with thick white head. It's lighter in color than I was expecting given the strength. Head settles slowly and leaves some spotty lace.

Aroma is hoppy but not as much as it could be. It's not particularly fresh in terms of comparison with the best from California. I couldn't interpret the date code but it was purchased recently.

Flavor is incredibly bold and bitter with huge hop character. There is a bit of sweetness from the huge malt bill but the hops completely dominate. Alcohol is huge too but it's not hot.

Mouthfeel is medium plus in body and nicely carbonated.

Overall a silly beer along the lines of 120 Minute. Fun once in a while but I wouldn't make it a regular in my fridge.

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Photo of kkleu357
3.19/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I was really excited to try this beer. Ended up being slightly disappointing. Big heavy boozy aroma, which isn’t surprising since it is 13% ABV. Didn’t quite enjoy the taste though. I though it was way too sweet. Still a lot of floral hop bitterness. Reminded me of a little brother to 120 minute. Big boozy, sweet and bitter.

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Photo of JebBeerFish
3.08/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Very intense piney flavor. Alcohol well hidden in the taste but slight not unpleasant warmth in stomach. I prefer DIPAs to IPAs. Glad I tried, but will not likely purchase again, just too piney and hoppy for me.

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Photo of NickTheGreat
4.24/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L (4) – It’s not really fair to say I wasn’t impressed with this beer’s color; It was kinda a weird bright orange/amber color. I prefer DIPA/IIPA to be darker. There was a decent amount of head on it, though

S (4.25) – Smells really good. A bit of hoppiness and a bit of sweet malt.

T (4.25) – This beer tastes good. Really good. It does have a hoppy taste/aftertaste, but a sweet malt to it. Not overly sweet, but enough to be noticed. I didn’t really get much alcohol taste, which is surprising considering the ABV.

F (4.25) – This beer is carbed well and has a good mouthfeel. Good drinkability.

O (4.25) – I’d bought this beer a month or so ago, but kinda forgotten about it. So I was excited! This beer is solid all around. I’d like to add to my rotation, but the price per bottle will probably keep this as a special occasion purchase.

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

Hazy golden with thinnish white head that mostly fades but not completely.

Smells boozy, but with some citrusy hops poking through. Despite the lack of complexity, it is rich and bold.

Sweet but without the caramel flavor, medium bitterness across the middle, fairly sharp citrus flavor, and some more almost cloying sweetness on the backend.

Adequately carbonated, rich full body. viscous, with a bit of lingering bitterness after the finish.

Not that it matters, but I'd call this a really hoppy barleywine before I'd call it any kind of IPA. At that 13%, and as sweet as it is, you should go into this with the attitude of sipping on a barleywine rather than an IPA. In my view. …It's good, I like it. Pretty sweet though, just so you know.

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Photo of Mdog
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Yellow-gold and hazy, lots of particles in suspension, good head.

Smell: Boozy, then a lemony/citrus aroma.

Taste: Mandarin oranges, sweet, then a slightly metallic orange rind flavor, not super bitter, slick feel.

Overall: Picked up a single to try this triple IPA, it had an interesting flavor where the dry rind tasted almost metallic. Very orange-y. I might have to try another one side by side with another high abv DIPA like Devil Dancer or Double Crooked Tree.

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Evil Twin Molotov Cocktail from Evil Twin Brewing
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