Molotov Heavy
Evil Twin Brewing

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Style:
American Imperial IPA
Ranked #3,454
ABV:
17.2%
Score:
88
Ranked #13,545
Avg:
3.92 | pDev: 11.22%
Reviews:
55
Ratings:
156
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Notes: Formerly Molotov Cocktail Heavy

Despite the crudeness it is tricky to make an effective Molotov cocktail. Despite the unruly nature of the rebel it is very tricky to resist accepted conventions. Molotov Heavy is a tour de force in rebellious hoppiness, it’s a heavy spark for action and by far one of the most anti-authoritative beers ever made by Evil Twin Brewing.
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Photo of BrewMaven
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Almost opaque hazy deep amber with a thin head..Oh, now it's just a ring. LOTS of sediment on the bottom of the pour. Smells like a mango that was drowned in some high dollar grain spirits. Taste follows this with the hops trying to punch it out against what is obviously a massive malt bill. Fairly sweet with a just less than caramel viscosity. I don't think any carbonation in this brew even makes it to the top of the glass. This is a man's beer if there can be such a thing. Super heavy duty! I LOVE it.

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Photo of Antg8989
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I read a comment that said if you like Dogfish 120, you'll love this. So I figured I'd try it out. It's definitely enjoyable for somebody looking for an extreme/ triple IPA. Pours quite amber with a lot of sediment floating around. Cream head that dissipates rather quickly. Honestly, it's not a great looking beer. But for what it's missing in looks..it makes up for in everything else. Oh only if the human population worked like that. It works the other way around I guess. Anyway. Aroma is candy and alcohol - a lot of the hop character seems to have taken a back seat in the year this has been sitting on the shelf. If anything, there is sweet orange and pine. Taste is very much alcohol, and caramel. The bitterness and high carbonation really help to balance out the taste. Overall, I like it. Would definitely try it again fresh.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a foggy burgundy-brown with heavy particle suspension. Head formation is a finger and a half of khaki foam. Head retention is okay with great lacing. Aroma is pineapple, guava and orange right before an explosion of heat. It's 17.2% ABV, and it's not shy about it. Caramel, biscuity, bready malts add kisses of sweetness and bitterness, but overall - the heat is dominate. Flavor profile is pineapple, guava, orange and papaya with toasty, biscuity, caramel, and bready malts. There is a big explosion of tropical and domestic fruits, before a glimpse of malts and then a shot of heat. Mouth feel is thick, with particle suspension apparent to the tongue. It's grainy. Overall, big, big IPA, but that's no guessing matter with the ABV. Despite the double to triple alcohol of most IPAs, this still has some abundant and bountiful hop and malt play that don't totally alienate the tongue, although it's not super easy going either.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 16oz can.

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Photo of TerryMills
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Obviously an over the top beer , too much of everything for my liking but I always try the big ipa's just for kicks..

Very very sweet and syrupy , kinda has a fermented citrus type smell going on ..

Neat to try but would never buy again , same with dfh 120 tho , if you like 120 you might love this beer.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.71/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Today is the ocCANsion of my New AmeriCAN India Pale Ale Sunday (Week 702) & this is my first entry of the day, all of which will be spent in the furtherance of The CANQuest (tm).

From the CAN: "Despite the crudeness it is tricky to make an effective Molotov cocktail. Despite the unruly nature of the rebel it is very tricky to resist accepted conventions. Molotov Heavy is a tour de force in rebellious hoppiness, it’s a heavy spark for action and by far one of the most anti-authoritative beers ever made by Evil Twin Brewing."

Heavy?!? Spendy is more like it! This has to be one of the most expensive CANs that I have ever purchased. Still, in Evil Twin Brewing I trust & so I made the outlay.

The Crack! was like the Sirens' singing to mine ears & I utilized a Gussie Busch Glug (straight into the C of the glass, NEVER gently down the side) to produce two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, tawny head. Its retention was excellent & left a load of sticky lacing like the glass was the star in a bukkake film! Color was a beautiful Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity, putting me in mind of an old flame's flaming hair color. However, as it warmed, it beCAN to show evidence of floaties. Nose was as filled with pine tar as the end of George Brett's bat on 24 July 1983. Mmm. As a self-described, self-avowed hophead, this is the kind of thing that got me hooked years ago & turned me into a hops junkie for a period of time. I no longer jones like I once did & the monkey on my back that turned into a screeching gorilla has subsided, but I still enjoy chipping, which this was going to acCANplish. Mouthfeel was big & thick, like a dollop of hops pudding in my mouth & on my tongue! The taste was cool, minty, pine-like, but with a fusel alcohol presence that stood out like an elephant trying to hide behind a bamboo reed. Phew. Hey, I wanna get where I'm going, but there is just NO need to do it at 110 per! Jeez-O, man! I will say this for it - it was unquestionably (at least) an ADIPA with a tasty bitterness that had nothing to do with hazy lactose, southern hemisphere tropical fruitiness or any of the other nonsense that has recently been cockblocking my ability to catch a hops buzz. Speaking of a buzz, was I supposed to operate Heavy machinery later today? Man, I just started with this monster & I've already fallen off of my chair & I'm wondering how I'll get downstairs later. Some clown just left, oh, right, he's The Joker. Yeah, well, take that b**ch, Harley Quinn with you, man! How was I to know Little Miss Roundheels was yer squeeze?!? Sweat is pouring off of me & it doesn't seem to have anything to do with humidity. Man, how did they get those pinwheels to spin so fast when there's no breeze? What? It's my eyeballs that are crating that effect?!? Groovy. Okay, I have now put away 1/4 of the CANtents & I am ready to call a friend for assistance. No, offisher, I only had just the one beer before I left to work on the demo site with the wrecking ball. Getcher hands offa me, ya bull! The fuzz CAN't get away with this kind of abuse of a fine, upstanding citizen such as myself! Somebody get some video & make it go viral. This beer is NOT going away! My lips have developed a sticky coating that, when licked, remind me of licking the sap from a pine tree. Mmm. Maybe I should go lay down for a bit. Has anybody seen my brain? I could have sworn that I parked it over there. This is really starting to grow on me. Honey, let's hit the ATM on the way to the beach. I wanna buy a coupla sixers of this to put inna cooler! Finish up, GEN Woody, I wanna get there TODAY! Aw, baby, I'm almost finished, I swear. Whyncha drive & I'll pass out, I mean, take a nap. Finish was dry with a cool burn like fumes emanating from oil of wintergreen on a hot Summer's day in the chem lab. Phew! Leave this one to the professionals. Do try this at home as elsewhere CAN have serious CANsequences on yer wallet & yer freedom! Down with the pigs, man! Lemme outta this crazy cell!

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16oz can, date stamp of 01/17/18 2518 2520 11:22. Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Slow pour yield (to try and leave the sediment behind) gave a translucent-hazy amber beer, with a 1/4" tan foam, and some sediment that did come along that was quite chunky. Not very appealing in appearance. Some small islands of lacing that slide back down the glass and dissipated. I would have given it a whole point higher if it didn't have all these floaters.

Smell: Citrus rind, tropical fruit (papaya, mango). A bit of an alcohol note.

Taste: Citrus, dark fruits, some tropical fruit, a sweet malt middle, and a lingering boozy finish that has citrus liquor notes.

Mouthfeel: Good thickness, approaching creamy. A bit sticky on the teeth. Warming finish from all the alcohol, very light carbonation.

Overall / Drinkability: This is one potent beer - after just a few sips I can feel the alcohol. A slow sipping beer, but maybe a bit too powerful and aspects of the imperial IPA are lost under all of this. The hops are there, but this reminds me more of an American barleywine than a massively hoppy IPA. I wonder if I had poured along all of the sediment if I would have gotten a different tasting beer. So good and very boozy, but not great.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip from the can.

Appearance: Semi cloudy Goliath Amber color with medium bubbles and heavy sediments on the body. Head comes off a slightly orange tinted white head with sticky lacing on the glass.

Smell: Heavy alcohol scent, you smell almost like a sweet malt aroma but it's light. Dissipates quickly from the nostril.

Taste: Heavy alcohol, hops and sweetness consisting pink grapefruit and a hard hit of rum like feel.

Mouth: Sticky with a full body after taste. Carbonation is medium

Overall: Good brew, was expecting a bit more especially considering the brew was made at Westbrook but still a nice pick up. Always in a glass, Salud!

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Photo of snaotheus
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2018-05-13
16oz can served in a pint glass. Left a significant amount in the can when the pour started to change color. Date on the can is 1/17/18.

Pours murky amber with a medium sized head and a few fish-food floaters. Smell is boozy and piney.

Taste is sweet, woody, less pine presence than I thought and more fruit presence. Actually kind of good. Booze is present, but not overpowering. I'd place this more happily under barleywine, but it has the hops to qualify as an IPA and the booze to qualify as a quadruple IPA.

Mouthfeel is heavy, thick, sticky. Overall, it's pretty good.

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Photo of beergoot
3.52/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer starts out clear with an amber-orange body, then a lot of yeast flocculation appears; dense, creamy head. The aroma is limited to caramel and butterscotch. The flavor exudes a heavy malt presence, rich and sweet; strong hop bitterness yet no flavors per se; simmering alcohol notes. Heavy body; densely sweet and warm; boozy.

This can was filled 1/17/2018. That said, their is little to brag about as far as hop smell and flavor goes. It certainly brings about deep, sweet malt flavors and a heavy, boozy feel overall. This is not something to get excited about, yet it has some sort of perverse big beer appeal. Proceed cautiously...

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Photo of Lorgeous
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A thick beast of a beer. Poured a dark sunset orange. Lots of sediment was left over after it settled. Orange, pine, and booze hits the nose sharply. Tastes very bitter but at the same time nothing overwhelming. Goes down surprisingly smooth.

= Id still take 120 minute IPA over this but it’s close. A behemoth of a beer that will you leave you clinging to your chair after one.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy dark orange color with beige head. Aroma has medicinal alcohol, fermented oranges, fruit liquor and some pine resin. Taste is bittersweet, boozy, resiny with fermented fruit notes and lingering grapefruit pith bitterness. Medium body, syrupy feel, medium carbonation. For it's ridiculously high ABV it's actually drinkable but overall it's a boozy mess.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance – Deep orange-amber hazy body with lots of floaters. One finger head.

Aroma – Bright citrus, mostly oranges.

Taste – Strongly bitter, powerful alcohol heat and flavor, bready malts underneath.

Mouthfeel – Astringent, very thick and viscous, coats the tongue. Almost like a barleywine.

Overall – Very potent beer, quite dangerous but good.

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Photo of Avitra
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

120 is better, but it's close. Only caveat being a bit to boozy, but still a very good double IPA. Excellent beer altogether. Smooth and nice, very drinkable.

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Photo of BFCarr
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

My sample was a bit over two months old. It's a bit bitter without a lot of floral hop flavor. 17.2% and you know it right away. Pours hazy with some particulates floating about. Smell is hoppy but a bit over ripe. Feel is good but a bit of burn doesn't help. Overall, not bad, but with so much booze, I won't be buying a sample this old again.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16oz can into a tulip glass.

Look is a hazy dark orange amber with a thin white head.

Aroma is astringent alcohol with a slight citrus hop.

Taste is bordering on medicinal lemon.

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Photo of teromous
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the bottom of the can: "2444-2445 11/09/17 09:59"

This is from a tall can (marked as "1 PINT" on the label) and the title is now called "MOLOTOV HEAVY."

Appearance: The body is a tawny brown that is completely opaque. The head is very large with a thick, rocky, off-white color. The body isn't much to look at but the head has simply amazing retention and lacing for a beer that boasts "17.2% ALC BY VOL" (as indicated by the can).

Aroma: The beer has a slightly floral and slightly herbal hop nose. It also smells a bit like a dusty bookshelf. There are notes of bay leaf, paper, and just a bit of wet wood. It's an odd mix of aromas but it is a bit intriguing. Farther away from the glass there is a bit of what smells like lemons.

Taste: Up front there is a lot of woody and earthy flavors. It tastes very strongly of wet wood mixed with tea and just a pinch of mint. This is followed by a pine character that rests evenly between resin and wood. Sometimes it's hard to really impress on a person, a sensory experience in words, and the wood character of this beer would be one of those cases. It really has a very strong woody character without having any strong tannin or unwanted effects. I don't know if this beer has ever been aged on wood but it certainly has a character as if it were.

Mouthfeel: This is a very smooth beer. It's honestly amazing how well this beer drinks for 17.2%. As a body it is completely full bodied with a lot of texture but because of the more tempered flavors it feels closer to the upper range of a medium bodied beer. It would be very easy to mistakenly drink this beer fast whilst being enticed by its interesting flavor and aroma profile.

Overall: This isn't just a high alcohol novelty beer. It actually has a lot of flavor and it is dangerously easy to drink. As previously mentioned I don't see anything about barrel aging this beer on the can but it does have a fantastic smoothness with a great woody character. The hop flavors are fantastic with their earthy pine-like flavors just oozing across the palate. I would highly recommend this beer and I would drink it again.

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

$9.99/16 oz. Brewed at Westbrook Brewing Company in Brooklyn, NY. 17.2% ABV

A sipper if the high ABV doesn’t provide enough warning. A worthy high ABV beer, but no where near the top of my list. 3.75

A - Pours an opaque dark brownish orange with a one-finger frothy off-white head that dissipates quickly to a thin layer. A lot of sediment and floaters. 3.5

S – Aromas of sweet malts, roses, faint lemon and very faint resiny notes. 3.75

T – Not as sweet at the aroma might suggest. Leads with malt and alcohol heat. Followed by spiciness as if drinking whiskey/rye. Bitter in the finish with notes of grass, resin and herbal. 3.75

MF – Heavy body with a not dry finish. Warming spirits flowing into short alcohol burn in the finish. 3.75

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Photo of funguy
4.37/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This baby is dangerous. I have been drinking this throughout the upstate NY "winter", and it is a tasty apparttife and degestife rolled into one. I have given away a few cans, and the expression is always the same: this is tasty, it's like a stone IPA!" Then " what did you give me last night, I was wasted!" So it is well worth the try for any hoppy barley wine lovers, or wine strength IPA lovers. Perfect on a cold night, but two are enough for me!

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Photo of LAp
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Boozy but not in a bad way (as with some IPAs pushed to this ABV). Thicker than expected, and approaching a barleywine in some respects, but still maintains the bold hop presence and as much lightness as possible (given its abv). Slightly medicinal, but still with a great malt-backbone and savory hops lingering in the background.

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Photo of zonker17
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hazy orange golden color with small head. As expected big hop nose with malts backing it up. Taste has a medicinal quality that is on par with Robitussin. Not sure this level of hops works from a drinkability perspective. It is unique. Heavy body. Light carbonation.

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Photo of Mdog
2.82/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: Murky orange, ok head that fades to a light fizz.

Smell: Caramel, pretty oxidized--wet cardboard.

Taste: The beer changed for the better as it warmed up. Cold, it started with caramel, then rotting fruit, cardboard, semi-metallic bitterness. Quite nasty. Warmed up--a little better, caramel with vegetal hops, dry but boozy.

Overall: This is almost definitely an old bottle as it was marked down to $5 from $18. I'm still reviewing because at 17% abv I would think this should have plenty of life past 6 months of age. Tasted old and extremely close to a drain pour after a few sips. Letting it warm up turned it from quite disgusting to tolerable. I still poured out maybe a third of the bomber. This might serve as an example for not aging DIPA's, but I would have thought at 17% abv the malt would have kept the beer more drinkable.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amber colored with lots of heavy sediment present. There's a fingernail of dishwater white around the rim and covering a third of the middle. The aroma is straight up citrus hops and alcohol and it clears the sinuses! The flavor alcohol forward along with intense citrus hops. The mouth is warm with alcohol with a lingering alcoholic burn.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Hat Tavern in Summit. Pours a dark, deep brown hue with minimal frothing. Sweet, candied aroma full of espresso and dark chocolate. Similar flavor profile. Not bad.

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Photo of Mikee440
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled twice off tap. Initial pour was heavy scents and flavors up front strong floral notes and a nice explosion of flavor. Ended with bitter and incomplete finish that did not match "front end". Re- sampled on tap one week later and found flavor to be overall more rounded with less pronounced initial flavor but smoother overall finish. Seemed more like a warm blanket than 17% . This one is in my top 10., Evil Twin has a spell on with me

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice clear amber color with a thin creamy white lacing ring and massive legs when the snifter is swirled.

S - Sweet toffee, Belgian candy sugar, some floral, and alcohol.

T - Alcohol and alcohol effervescence is in your face from start to finish muting everything else. Only until the very end after the beer slides down the pie hole and the dust starts to settle is when some flavors start to poke through: pine and peppery citrus rind.

M - Big full, heavy body, lots of heat on the way down, dry finish from the alcohol.

O - Way too boozy to enjoy. Sort of like of Dogfish Head 120, I'd rather have the DFH. (Sorry to say.)

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Molotov Heavy from Evil Twin Brewing
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 156 ratings