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Evil Twin Molotov Cocktail - Evil Twin Brewing

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Reviews: 215
Hads: 1,232
Avg: 3.9
pDev: 30.26%
Wants: 64
Gots: 320 | FT: 2
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Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States | website

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.

Brewed at Fanø Bryghus.
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Reviews: 215 | Hads: 1,232
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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Photo of GFM
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Pours a golden orange color. Quickly dissipating two finger head. A lot of
floating sentiment--I initially thought my glass must have been dirty. Thick feel; beer sticks to the mouth. Hop flavor gives way to a sweet aftertaste. Can sense the alcohol, but at 13% that's to be expected. I really enjoyed it. I had it before dinner after a winter afternoon of throwing the football with my son. It certainly helped me warm up. Definitely a beer best to end your session with; it will be hard to follow this up. (8.5)

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Photo of don1481
4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Snifter at Burnhearts.

Overall, a pretty good imperial IPA. The high ABV is well hidden. A little too much of a slick aftertaste, but a really nice beer.

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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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Evil Twin Molotov Cocktail from Evil Twin Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 215 ratings.