Molotov Lite
Evil Twin Brewing

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Style:
American Imperial IPA
Ranked #2,097
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
90
Ranked #5,381
Avg:
4.02 | pDev: 10.45%
Reviews:
209
Ratings:
1,120
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Notes: Back in the days, only uncomplicated and tasteless beers excited and people started feeling bored before happy hour was up. Molotov Lite is a understated tour de force in rebellious hoppiness, it’s a subtle spark for action and yet by far one of the most anti-authoritative beers ever made by Evil Twin Brewing.

Brewed at: Two Roads Brewing Co, CT
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Reviews: 209 | Ratings: 1,120
Photo of DanLane
2.33/5  rDev -42%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Looks good, smells okay with some hops coming through, but tastes terrible. I appreciate the alcohol content but I was struggling to finish this one. Just not for me.

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Photo of markjknowles
3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Not much to look at or smell, really. But the write up on the can will send you in the proper direction. The flavor is Alcohol forward, bitter and malty. Elevated street drinking. Bonus points for that.... Cheers!

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Photo of Altrurian
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours from a pint can on the clear side of translucent with a thick but coarse head that quickly dissipates. The bouquet is thin, conveying a general, unremarkable hoppiness. The beer is severely bitter, with no fruit references. Lingering, rather pronounced aftertaste of hoppish bitterness. Smooth texture. An interesting exercise in one-note hopicity.

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Photo of StevenMilligan
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Molotov lite is an interesting brew. Look is First sip, I think it's overly bready and malty, yet the finish has a big hop punch. There is also a sweetness throughout. I'm wondering if corn is used? Either way, unique and it is memorable at a time when IPAs are a dime a dozen. I would drink this again. Alcohol is undetectable, extremely drinkable and overall a solid offering from Evil Twin.

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Photo of Wiffler27
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

pours a slightly hazy gold with a solid head

aroma is malty, bready with slight hops

solidly full of bittering hops and bready malty. lingers on the tongue

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Photo of Bombelsky
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Golden hazy, white frothy foam. Particles of hops. Fruity nose, mostly tropical fruits like pineapple and mango. High bitter taste, very high hoppy flavor. Big portion of a fruity sweetness. Medium body. Very juicy. Bitter, long lasting finish. Some peppery spiciness.
Tasty beer. Too much cloying sweetness. It was a nice experience, but I would not buy it again.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip.
The appearance was a semi-golden burnt orange to copper color with a finger's worth of white foamy head that slid off at a moderate pace. Some messy lace.
The aroma had some citrusy to piney sweet and bitter character rolling over some blueberries, blackberries and grassy hop notes.
The flavor was mainly sweet through the citrus and berries and a slight bitterness came in nice and balanced. Moderate aftertaste of citrus, pine and berries.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sipping quality about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt appropriate. Touch of astringency, but not overbearing. Crisp citrus to berry-like finish.
Overall, pretty nice DIPA that I would have again.

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Photo of UWDAWG
3.36/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 16oz can into a IPA glass.
Look- golden, turbid with small particles, great head retention and lacing.
Smell- citrusy, slightly boozy.
Taste- citrus favor is surprisingly subtle, very unbalanced bitterness with astringent finish, super boozy.
Feel- extremely astringent, good carbonation.
Overall- this beer started very promising from the onset and then when downhill quickly, very unbalanced beer with a highly astringic and boozy taste, finish is harsh.

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Photo of OldeGolde
3.3/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Fun idea! A pretty bitter strong IPA that masquerades as a light beer (at least in the glass). It's thin-looking and I wasn't wild about the smell (but got hops on it), but goes down pretty smooth, bitterness aside.

A session IPA with a dangerous amount of booze hidden in there. I'm gonna put it out there - some beers are high on intellect and forget to deliver where it counts (which is during the drinking). Still, this one's fairly tasty.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can poured into a teku

Amber orange, translucent liquid, one finger frothy, soapy white foam cap. gently settles with some soapy lacings

Aroma of citrus orange, bit of peach

Taste of citrus hop, pithy grapefruit rind

Good hop bite , bitterness lingers, love hurts, good sudsing

good beer

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz can, batch #025, date stamp 07:32. Served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Gold to light amber, slightly hazy. Initial 1/8" off white head died back to the thinnest ring at the edge of the glass. Some lacing noted, but it was not persistent and would slowly slide back down the glass and disappear. Very fine sediment/floaters in the beer if you look closely.

Smell: Pine, orange, peach, mango. With a swirl, some other fresh cut tropical fruite.

Taste: Strong citrus rind/grapefruit flavor, with the barest amount of bready malt to counter the strong bitterness. Finish is strongly bitter again, pine and grapefruit.

Mouthfeel: A bit juice-like - as if grapefruit juice was used in the making of this beer. Sticky on the teeth. Prickly carbonation.

Overall / Drinkability: Very different from the Molotov Cocktail beer I had just recently. Far more hoppy, and with the label saying "brewed with natural flavors" I wonder if some grapefruit juice was actually used/combined with this beer. Tasty, but one is enough. A bit unbalanced toward bitterness.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can, served in a willi becher glass. Pours a slightly hazy golden body with orange hues, one finger thick white head, good retention, bits of lacing as well as floaties/sediment. Smell is rich citrus and grapefruit, light resin and pine, moderate caramel and light sugar. Smells great. Flavour is on the sweeter side with caramel and a bit of bread; grapefruit lingering throughout with resin on the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, good carbonation, smooth and moderately bitter finish. Solid double IPA, nothing too crazy but tasty nonetheless.

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Photo of brentk56
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearnce: Pours a slightly hazy amber with a fluffy head; good retention; good lacing action

Smell: Passion fruit, kumquat and pine

Taste: Passion fruit forward with kumquat and onion bitterness, through the middle; piney, after the swallow, with considerable aspirin in the finish; some warming alcohol flavors, too

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I have never been a fan of aspirin tones in my IPAs and this one has it in spades; there are other nice flavors in the mix but the aspirin is overwhelming

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Photo of Vader444
4.14/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pint can poured into tulip glass.

Bright orange with a rapidly diminishing head and a fucktonne of particulate floaters. Strong aroma of orange and pineapple. Taste reflects the smell with the addition of a hefty amount of malt. Lingers in your mouth for an age. All in all a very decent beer but the appearance is somewhat ruined by the suspended solids. Would buy again but not the best DIPA that I've tried. Cheers!

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Photo of monkist
4.81/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I can only describe Evil Twin and its beers in superlatives - and this Molotov Lite is no exception.
Pours an amazing hazy golden orange into the glass with an immediate outburst of fruity, zesty, piney hops in the nose - and with what muscles! It is a craft brewer's masterpiece, it goes well beyond the smell and taste, it brings all the intensiveness its smell comprised of deep in its full taste. Tons of hops, candy caramellised malts and clear yeast, brewed onto a degree of 8+% to produce a perfect outcome. It is somewhere between an East Coast and a West Coast IPA, this Imperial IPA is 100% satisfaction indeed.
... or as you wish, a prelude: Molotov LITE sounds like a prelude to its bigger brother, Molotow Cocktail that is the ultimate IIPA on 12%, waiting yet for its turn on the shelf. Both are a must for all BeerAdvocate!

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can

Pours clear cereal grain golden, sediment adds some haze as you get down the can, coarse thick white head is an inch thick, slowly dissipates to a sudsy lacing.

Smells of cereal grains, grassy malts, and piney/citrus hops.

Flavor is of bready malts, caramel, toffee, and piney and herbal hops. Hops tend towards citrus and grapefruit as the beer approaches room temperature.

Full body, slightly viscous, with tingly carbonation on the tongue.

Decent DIPA, good flavor, kind of boring aroma. Drinks easy, but a bit slow. Feels like the abv it is. Worth a try, not the best DIPA out there by any means but nothing wrong with it.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't really get the resemblance with the original Molotov cocktail. It's a really lower level of malts. Not on the caramel at all but very fruity and herbal. Grapefruit bitterness, orange juice and grass. A bit of resinous pine. It's balanced and really nice.

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Photo of craigbelly
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very yeasty and malty for an IPA. From the nose you think English style then you get alot of fruit rigjht up front. A little unbalanced but still a quality ET brew.

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Photo of wuthrichj15
3.67/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not my favorite DIPA. Pours nice, nice smell. Good head and a nice pour. But the flavor is just strange. Hard to explain. Bitter, yeasty, just not quite what you want in a DIPA.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16-ounce can a pale golden under a one-inch thick white head which fades to rim and leaves etched lace. Weird suspended floaties - kinda scary. Aroma is citrus, herbal, yeasty with lemongrass notes. Oddly dank and citrusy with Belgian yeast? Medium body and moderate carbonation. Bitter yeasty finish. Hadn't tried the regular version and still not very interested now.

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Photo of mynie
2.66/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Reasonably priced cans were sold at Boston's Row 34.

Not a huge fan of regular Molotov because its intensity bring a vaguely chemical finish to the beer. Figured that a toned down, "light" version might solve that problem. And also it's kind of funny to see an 8.5% beer referred to as light.

Pours dark gold and very, very hazy. The pint glass is swimming with particulate matter, as if this were an old school Belgian white.

Smells like a quite potent double IPA. Sharp, resinous hops with load of pine and citrus and not really any grain bill of which to speak. Unbalanced but pretty good.

Tastes of that same intense, sharp profile and then some skanky syrupy grain near the middle and, sure as shit, that same burning plastic toxicity on the finish that plagues its full-strength counterpart.

There's like 90 million good IPAs in this country now. This is not one of them.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

One of the better buys in the area $2.50 for a pounder of DIPA? Yes please!

A - Heavy pour produced a 1/2 inch of frothy head on top of a rather sediment covered bright yellow orange. Mega floaties wow.
S - Still as bright and citrus forward as I remember. Some sweeter malts but very bright and juicy hops.
T - Well its more malt forward than I expected but piney hops still steal the show leaving a bitter aftertaste.
M - Somewhat smooth now that I have an older can it does seem a bit heavy for a DIPA.

Overall the regular 13% Molotov was amazing this is still pretty good but not with the high rating in the slightest.

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Photo of babaracas
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours from the pint can (batch 022) a clear amber with a ton of sediment in suspension, thin soda-like white head. Big blobs of lace trail, but not many stick. Smell: some sharp grapefruit-ish citrus, booze pop, pineapple, apricot. Taste: upfront pine and grapefruit, then whole wheat biscuit overlaid with white grape and ripe nectarine, then into a really raw leafy / citrusy / boozy stretch, finishing with a mouthful of clementine (orange). Far boozier than expected at 8.5%. As raw and aggressive as expected from the name and marketing. Pretty good, but not something I would return to often. Wondering what the 'natural flavors' additives are...

(found the thread about being "brewed with orange and mango". sure, except that's not how labeling laws work unless they're just mislabeling it. if it's brewed with real fruit it does not need to state "natural flavors." "natural flavors" refers to extractives. and this is 100% different than actually using fruit, just as brewing on vanilla is different than brewing with vanilla extract added)

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Photo of fscottkey
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: [3.50] The can lists a batch number - which is kind of useless. It also has the ABV (8.5%). I gave it a rough pour and it came out with 3 fingers of white head. The head has medium bubbles. The beer is a cloudy apricot color.

S: [4.00] Pine apple, pine, lemon grass, mango, sweet bread and maple syrup.

T: [4.25] Candied oranges, pineapple, resinous pine.

M: [4.25] Sticky feeling with above average body. The carbonation is nice too.

O: [4.00] I love that anyone has the balls to call a 8.5% beer "LITE". This beer has tons of aroma, flavor and body. I really like the non-LITE version too. I'd love to compare them some day. Slight ding for the lack of a usable born on date. But overall a pretty terrific beer.

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Photo of Everydayoff
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One pint can poured into a sniffer.

Mildly hazy and good-looking golden orange in color, the pour forms up one finger of frothy white head that stands for a while before subsiding to some foamy film atop along with some lacing patch on the glass-side and some sediments floating around.

Totally hop blast in a nose, got strong resin, pine, citrus, lemon, tropical fruit, and some spice. Malt is also there with notes of sweet caramel and husk.

Very well balance in the palate, it is led by caramelized sweetness from malt then followed by fruity hop reminding of citrus, lemon, and tropical fruit. Notes of pine, spice, and resin nicely present a bit thereafter while solid hop bitterness is at the almost end that also leaves quite a long tail of the aftertaste.

The body is rather bold with smooth mouthfeel upon the palate from its lively and crisp carbonation. Finish is pleasantly dry.

Not too bitter, not too sweet, and not too complex, this DIPA is very straightforward and has good balance between all those characters, worthy in all aspects.

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Molotov Lite from Evil Twin Brewing
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 1120 ratings