Molotov Heavy
Evil Twin Brewing

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Style:
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #3,657
ABV:
17.2%
Score:
88
Ranked #14,850
Avg:
3.93 | pDev: 11.45%
Reviews:
55
Ratings:
158
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Evil Twin Brewing
 
New York, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
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SCORE
88
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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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snaotheus from Washington

3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

May 14, 2018
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Ego from New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

eyes...
standard brown with amber hue, very clear, not much carbonation, heavy on the legs and parched on the foam here, not menacing to look at

nose...
the hops try to hide the heat, but god help 'em, knock down boozy as a midtown manhattan hobo in august heat, very malty with some whiffs of hops but the booze is the boss

taste etc...
thick and kick, yowzer, the carbonation is barely evident which makes you really take notice of the mouthfull here, it is viscous to say the least, dark caramel with spikes of alcohol, malty like whiskey with a burn of hops, almost like a just barely carbonated whiskey, you get scarily used to this one after sipping on, a bomber? this is a drone strike on your compound, later on this seems like dark maple syrup spirit... dangerous stuff but yet awesome.

verdict?
a smooth operator that will kill you, a unicorn, this thing is so odd but yet so good, I love it but was not blown away initially, but this one takes you along and convinces you, great beer, a silent killer.

Jun 07, 2016
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Like a bomb that goes off in the mouth, the Molotov series carries a hop explosion- one that's backed with alcohol, sweetness and a tooth that suggests a pillowy and balanced brunt.

Dense with camel, honey, amber and chestnut- the beer's hues are richly hazed and capped with an alcohol compromised swirl of froth. With the fruit medley of grapefruit, pineapple, cherry, apple and orange teasing the nose, those fruits seem rum-soaked with a pungent tickle in the nose.

Its taste is a broad and syrupy succulence of candied pecan, toffee, caramel, rum-cake and biscuit with a quick rebuttal of hops. Its citrusy upstart is grapefruity and orange-ike with lemon and lime at its side. But the rich ale trails with bitter citrus pith, piney bitterness and a trailing taste of spirit and citrus solvents.

There's really not much room around the beer's sharp and spicy booze. Even as the medium-full beer trends drying and hot, its lasting flavors are peppery, acetone-rich and bitter while a lingering support of toffee and shortbread textures buffer the beer's sheer strength.

Dec 19, 2015
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teromous from Virginia

3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Jan 01, 2018
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Xenoreactive from Virginia

4.68/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Wow. By far, one of the most intriguing IPAs I have ever had.

Look: This pours a dense and half-solid pour. You never see this kind of thickness with IPAs. Love the retention and mild amount of head that accompanies it. Reddish amber color that is mostly opaque.

Smell: Topical and stone fruits throughout. Mild hops. Bubblegum? Straw and sweet onion notes are incredibly subtle as the sweetness is clearly dominating.

Taste: Incredibly delicious. Tastes like a lightly hopped tropical liqueur. Mango, pineapple, kumquat, pear, and tangerine are at the forefront with light hops in the undertaste. Certainly not going to be popular with hopheads as this is a quad-IPA based on Eastcoast style.

Feel: Similar to its look, dense and filling. Love the flavors as this is a thick smoothie-like IPA. Incredibly malty, to the point it can be described as syrupy.

Overall: This puts 120 minute to shame. Seriously. Dogfish Head might as well stop making that crap. Age this instead.

Jan 21, 2016
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Lorgeous from Minnesota

4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Apr 03, 2018
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Mdog from Minnesota

2.82/5  rDev -28.2%
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.

Feb 05, 2017
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.71/5  rDev +19.8%
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!

Aug 05, 2018
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connecticutpoet from Connecticut

4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Mar 01, 2018
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
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.)

Aug 29, 2016
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JiminKY from Kentucky

4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Apr 08, 2016
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.15/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a murky caramel, with a pinky of ivory colored head. Stays hazed, nice lacing & below average head retention

S: Plenty of pine & a little cakeyness

T: Pine, a little breadyness, with some grapefruit & boozeyness up front. Cakeyness, as this warms. Finishes boozey & thin, with pine & grapefruit

MF: Thin for the style & ABV, light carbonation, really misses the mark

Just kind of a mess, not a drain pour, but starting to make me question buying Evil Twin much any more

Mar 21, 2016
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Jan 14, 2017
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TLA from Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dec 18, 2017
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz can. Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a small, tan head of foam. It smelled of pine, caramel, and roasted malt. It tasted boozy with piney hop bitterness and toasted caramel.

Feb 05, 2016
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metter98 from New York

3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is very hazy yellowish amber in color. It poured with a short white head that left wispy lacing on the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of mangos and pineapples are present in the nose along with underlying hints of caramel malts.
T: The taste follows the smell, having flavors of mangos and some hints of alcohol, the latter of which burns a little in the finish.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Compared to the Dogfish Head 120 Minute, this beer drinks more like an IPA and isn't overly heavy on the palate and packed with tons of malt. It's still pretty strong, but tastes somewhat more in the order of a 13% abv beer.

Serving type: bottle

Dec 12, 2015
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largadeer from California

3.69/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jan 02, 2016
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BeerForMuscle from New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dec 17, 2018
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mothman from Minnesota

3.52/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beige head. Copper orange color.

Big malts and big hops. Very sticky and resiny. Bready and biscuity. Very green. Dank. Boozy.

Full bodied. Fairly bitter.

Fun to try, but I'm definitely not in love with it.

Dec 27, 2015
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PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Aug 29, 2016
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle - woooeeee - this one is priced around here like a bottle of American wine, because, um, well because...oh, I'm sure it will come to me.

This beer pours a murky, dark apricot amber colour, with two skinny fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and somewhat bubbly tan head, which leaves a few instances of rearing sea beast lace around the glass as things very slowly proceed.

It smells (from like a foot away) of pungent orange, red grapefruit, and peach juice concentrate, which has been dumped into a stiff dose of vodka, and then mashed with a few sprigs of something piney and herbal, before being blended into a melted toffee candy morass. The taste is testy orange-dominated citrus and more benign tropical fruit, gritty sweet caramel/toffee malt, a sort of musty stoniness, some large, almost buffoonish pine resin esters, and more muddled forest floor greenery, floating around in some surprisingly restrained grain alcohol.

The carbonation is actually quite capable in its palate supporting frothiness, the body a gargantuan heavy weight for the style, and more smooth than anything this hoppy and boozy has any right to be. It finishes sweet, sure, but moderated from enough vectors to not seem overwrought.

Whew! I gotta say, this one turned out a lot better than I was expecting - it is indeed like a mixed fruit-based cocktail, where said fruit is of the uber-pulpy sort (so they even amped up the Vermont-style turbidity!) and the booze eventually settles into the background after a wince-worthy first impression. Good, heady stuff, something to sip on while pondering the end(s) of the (IPA) world.

Mar 18, 2016
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dsa7783 from New Jersey

4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Sep 23, 2016
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clayrock81 from Florida

4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a somewhat cloudy yellowish orange body with one finger head and some lace. More of a tropical/grapefruit aroma than anything else, although some faint citric hops and sweet malts in aroma. Must say, for such a high ABV IPA I am surprised how sweet this beer is and how little alcohol burn on finish there is. Grapefruit and caramel malt sweetness, along with a thicker body, make for a slow and sweet sipper with balance from undercurrents of citric hops and a bit of boozy heat finish. Not a hophead's idea of a great/high ABV DIPA since I find this beer more malty than hoppy but it is pretty enjoyable to me.

Jan 21, 2016
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a murky amber in color with light amounts of active visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and faint copper highlights. The beer has a half finger tall foamy beige head that reduces to a small patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of tropical/mango and tropical/pineapple hops with light aromas of alcohol and sweet caramel/toffee malts.

T: Upfront there is a moderate to strong flavor of caramel + toffee malts with a moderate amounts of sweetness. That is followed by strong flavors of tropical/mango and tropical/pineapple hops which imparts a light amount of bitterness in the finish which lingers. Moderate amounts of booziness in the finish.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Moderate amounts of alcohol warming.

O: Lighter on the palate than comparable beers (say DFH 120 Minute) with a little more hoppy presence. Alcohol is somewhat hidden but this is definitely a big boozy beer.

Dec 12, 2015
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spycow from Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jun 11, 2016
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Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 158 ratings