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Evil Twin Molotov Cocktail - Evil Twin Brewing

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Reviews: 189
Hads: 1,134
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.82%
Wants: 53
Gots: 264 | 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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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. (525 characters)

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. (492 characters)

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. (360 characters)

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? (432 characters)

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. (242 characters)

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. (675 characters)

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. (432 characters)

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. (350 characters)

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. (3,832 characters)

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. (578 characters)

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. (153 characters)

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 (296 characters)

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. (561 characters)

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 (232 characters)

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. (429 characters)

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. (1,335 characters)

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). (773 characters)

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. (569 characters)

Photo of doktorhops
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Evil Twin is Denmark’s answer to “Can Denmark make awesome beers or what?”, and I’m hitting the hardest ABV of their brews that is readily available (they did produce a limited release 17.2% American Double Imperial Stout called “Bozo Beer” however good luck getting one in Australia): Molotov Cocktail. The name in itself conjures up thoughts of my mouth exploding with delight, as well as my nipples*.

Poured from a 355ml bottle into a Duvel Tulip.

A: Presents an orange body with a crazy amount of yeast particles floating around and a thin white lacing for a head. Doc likes yeast particles, so extra points there. 9/10.

S: Big fruity and floral hops smash my olfactory senses, also noted is a sweet caramel malt base and grapefruit lingering in the background. Smells like an absolute hop fuelled fantasy. 9/10.

T: Very much an amped up version of Bridgeport’s Hop Czar, which I noted as having characters of: Grapefruit, pine resin, and bitter orange hops - upfront, at the back and generally all over the place, these hops are tap-dancing on my tongue. There is also a cloying syrupy sweetness as well, like a tanker full of treacle. I find this a bit too intense, then I look at the label and remind myself that it is 13% ABV, and it’s not that intense for alcohol this high. At least the balance of sweetness to bitterness is even-handed. 8/10.

M: Medium bodied, with a carbonation that is hard to place due to the oiliness of the mouthfeel, it’s not distracting nonetheless. 7/10.

D: Well Evil Twin really lobbed a live grenade onto my tongue with this brew. It made me stand to ask the question “Am I really enjoying this or is it too much?”, then I would take another sip and the answer would invariably be my inner hop lover nodding “Yes to both!” frantically. A beer with caveats then. Whilst it doesn’t destroy my tongue with bitterness like Sixpoint’s Resin, and it doesn’t turn me into a diabetic like Gulden Draak, it comes quite close to doing both. 8/10.

Food match: Sharp cheese platter... or anything with bold flavours really, your tongue will be numb before you finish the glass anyhow.

*Did anyone get my obscure Monty Python “Dirty Hungarian Phrasebook” reference? (2,234 characters)

Photo of BeerSnobRobinson
4.96/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This beer is one assertive mother trucker. Poured into a pint glass it pops up a frothy two-finger head which settles to a white lasting cap that sticks to the side of the glass. Bubbles continue to rise to the top for the duration.
A unique orange-peach hue. Very pleasant hop aroma - not perfumy as some hoppy beers can be.
Intense hop character; yet sweet with a smokey backdrop. Not especially bitter as you may expect with a hoppy goddess such as this. Hint of citrus is there but not overbearing. Not sure where some reviewers get lemongrass or earth or these other notes but perhaps my palate is not as acute - no offense to those with refined palates of course.

Goes very well with pretzels and sharp cheddar. Despite it's ridiculously high ABV percentage, the alcohol is not heavy in the flavor. A very sneaky beer in that you don't realize it's potency until halfway through and your fingers begin to tingle. The name "Molotov Cocktail" is very apropos as it just firebombed it's way into my top five IPAs. Evil Twin has some seriously talented brewers. (1,078 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Pours a bright copper color with good clarity and a white head that recedes to the snifter. The aroma has intense citrus hops as well as lemongrass, herb and pine. The flavor has a sugary malt foundation with notes of caramel and toffee, followed up by a satisfying bitterness and citrus hop character. A tasty treat, and the alcohol is detectable, but certainly not detracting. A great beer! (396 characters)

Photo of T-34-85
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Great aromatic hop aroma, and surprisingly well masked alcohol presence given the ridiculously high ABV, but ultimately too sweet for my tastes. A very well concocted beer, but not entirely in proper balance (bitterness, sweetness, etc.) for me. However, the hop aroma is quite complex and blends nicely with scent of sweetness.

Perhaps this would be a better fit later in the season, as the weather gets cooler again. I'll have to try it again. (449 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Light fizzy head, little head, hazy blond color. 3.75

Nose big pine resin, sap, forest floor, sweet candy sap, little citrus zest. 3.75

Taste sweet syrupy, candy sap and candied pine tree, touch of zest, diabetes sweet, very bitter, forest floor pine needles sap. Sticky boozy finish, pine sap resin. 3.75

Mouth boozy, sticky sweet, candy, decent carb. 3.75 (361 characters)

Photo of titvs
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Review according to BJCP2008 guidelines (style 14C). AROMA: very intense hop aroma, with floral, grassy and some resinous notes. Sweetness from malt in the background and some dried grape notes. Alcohol aroma masked by the hops. APPEARANCE: deep golden amber with orange tint. Medium head retention with ivory color. A bit of haze presente maybe due to un-filtered dry-hopping. TASTE: strong hop flavour with floral notes and very high bitterness Sweet malty flavour that balances the hop bitterness. Low fruitiness flavors to dried grapes. A very long and lingering bitterness in the aftertaste. PALATE: smooth medium body with no astringency with moderate carbonation. OVERALL: a very intense Imperial IPA with complex aromas and balanced. Recommended, but not for everyone. (776 characters)

Photo of ayiueo
4.25/5  rDev +9%

In a chilled pint glass it pours a saffron, raw honey color. clear and very crisp when held up to the light.
poured down center at a moderate speed. produced little to no head.

Very sweet, a pungency found in freshly cut flora. crushed dandelion, honey suckle and dehiscent hops.

Many layers to this. Peach, honey, orange pith are the predominate flavors. A hoppy bitter that suspends and tickles the round of the palate.

The liquid consistency can be and was described as syrupy. Round flavor, thick but mellow. The viscosity of the body does not interrupt the flavor.

I enjoyed drinking this beer. At 13% ABV I was a tad skeptical at first, but was shortly made aware of it's deceptive nature. The alcohol is obscured in such a way that while drinking I could believe I was drinking something of 7% - 8.5% ABV. Molotov Cocktail is a name that suits this fine brew well. I would definitely grab another. (923 characters)

Evil Twin Molotov Cocktail from Evil Twin Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 189 ratings.