Molotov Cocktail
Evil Twin Brewing

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From:
Evil Twin Brewing
 
New York, United States
Style:
Imperial IPA
Ranked #2,206
ABV:
12%
Score:
88
Ranked #14,567
Avg:
3.93 | pDev: 12.47%
Reviews:
278
Ratings:
1,176
Status:
Active
Rated:
Feb 16, 2022
Added:
Aug 29, 2011
Wants:
  78
Gots:
  417
SCORE
88
Very Good
Molotov CocktailMolotov Cocktail
Notes: 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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Rated: 2.99 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Feb 16, 2022
 
Rated: 3.92 by Taenim from New Jersey

Feb 27, 2021
 
Rated: 4.04 by dubnation from Kansas

Jan 17, 2021
 
Rated: 3.55 by GenoMcCoy from Texas

Aug 30, 2020
 
Rated: 4.5 by eldoctorador from Chile

Jun 25, 2020
 
Rated: 3.85 by desint from Belgium

Jun 16, 2020
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Reviewed by Mister_Faucher from Washington

3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
12oz can poured in to a nonic glass. Batch #028-029.

L- Fairly hazy darker amber color with sediment floaties, modest off-white head that quickly recedes to a ring of foam, minimal lacing. Light carbonation streams as it sits.

S- Boozy tropical fruit and citrus, caramel malts, maybe a touch of melon, light pine and floral/herbal hop notes.

T- Follows the nose, boozy citrus and tropical fruit, sweet malt (almost like table sugar), almost no pine or hop bitterness.

F- Medium bodied, syrupy sweet and sticky, alcohol is very prevalent. Moderate/light carbonation on the tongue.

O- This stuff is straight up diesel and a bit too sweet for my tastes.
May 29, 2020
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Reviewed by TooManyGlasses from Canada (AB)

4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
A slightly aged Imperial IPA - 12 ounce bottle.
Pours a clear deep copper colour with half finger of off white head that dissipates shortly.
Aroma hits with a boozy brashness - piney, bittersweetness of orange, tangerine.
Taste is resinous pine, sticky bittersweetness, tangerine, orange peel, almost a toffee note, boozy but not the heat that initially hit the nose.
Full sticky mouthfeel - a bit of warmth from the 13% ABV - there is a resinous sticky bitterness that lingers long past the empty glass.
May 09, 2020
 
Rated: 3.5 by rare_bird from Michigan

Dec 03, 2019
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Rated by Msp004 from New York

4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Bottle date 12/06/2013. This aged very well. Became a bit smoother but still a massive hop sandwich. Very hop intense flavor. Enjoyable.
Dec 01, 2019
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Reviewed by BloodSoakedAleMug from New York

4.55/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pours burnt orange with a two finger, soapy white head. Moderate lacing.

Aroma is very bitter, consisting of sticky pine sap and dry, waxy orange/lemon peel.

Flavor is insanely bitter at first, lots of dry pine resin and spruce oil - it's earthy + spicy - almost hot and peppery which maybe why Evil Twin calls this "Molotov cocktail" I'm guessing. The spicy resin flavors turn fruity just briefly as some sweet tropical mango and orange comes through, then it gets back into more bitter flavors with a sort of rye-bread & toasted pumpernickel malt flavor. Aftertaste of bittersweet orange peel and spicy pine resin, as well as a clean soothing, warming alcohol aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is well attenuated for the 12% abv. Texture is juicy and not too dry, yet spicy and bitter.

So resinous and bitter it's spicy. A lot of heat behind this one, and lots of alcohol. A very big, very flavorful beer. Good stuff.
Aug 01, 2019
 
Rated: 3.75 by PaleAleWalt from New York

May 23, 2019
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
(From old, undated notes)

Semi-opaque dark orange hue.

White head; decent lace.

Pineapple & molasses nose.

Thick mouthfeel.

Bitter citrus bomb & booze at first; as it warms, smoke & mango emerge.

Too bitter but very flavorful.
May 19, 2019
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Reviewed by ausonius from New York

4.53/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
IIPA w/mango & orange. Um, Fuckin WOW! Seriously Big, with a Tsunami of pale malt; frutified malt.
Fruit is background to gorgeous malt, & semi-identifiable as mango & orange (he sez).
Herbal, lavender, earthy, flowery hops, with some follow-through of malt & fruit balance the finish & aftertaste,
like Dude! 12%, & only the slightest hint 20-30 seconds into the aftertaste, & ya really don't get it till yer through a chunk of it Amazingly!
If these cans were aliens coming to take over the planet, we should let them.
You'll have to give me a minute, I am (semi)speechless at this monumental achievement - Why Didn't Anyone Tell Me!?! ... but let me savor brewed heaven 1st
Mar 13, 2019
 
Rated: 2.67 by moscow2042 from New York

Feb 06, 2019
 
Rated: 4.06 by BeardedWalrus from North Carolina

Dec 21, 2018
 
Rated: 4.34 by 123321123321 from Alabama

Nov 09, 2018
 
Rated: 3.99 by kinggimp from Wisconsin

Oct 26, 2018
 
Rated: 3.75 by Dovers from Wisconsin

Oct 17, 2018
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Reviewed by HellsRanger from Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
While I use a bottle...Evil Twin has made a "Molotov Cocktail" with a CAN !!!! well done !!
This pours one of the brightest, shiniest, and crisp looking gold colors I have seen in a beer...for awhile now. It just seems to glisten in the light, like real gold.
It has a very nice off white foam to it...with an aroma of citrus fruits.
As for taste it has plenty of the same citrusy fruit flavor...mostly orange with a hint of some tropical to it, but the mouth feel is mostly the ABV and citrus which take away from the malts...which does not hurt it at all !!!!
I think it makes a great combo, and kinda hides the ABV... so it can come back and "blow you up" later !!!! Hahahaha
I guess I will no longer be using bottles... Hahahaha
Sep 22, 2018
 
Rated: 3.75 by Tracker83 from Michigan

Jul 11, 2018
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Reviewed by rex_4539 from Greece

4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
L: Clear amber color, two finger white head, messy lacing, good carbonation.

S: Hint of tropical fruits, hops. Bitter on the back end.

T: Tropical fruits, hops, lots of alcohol.

F: Full bodied, full flavored.

O: Very strong TIPA.
Jul 03, 2018
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Reviewed by macrosmatic from Florida

3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5
Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 12 oz. can into a Cycle Brewing goblet.

A: A nice deep shiny gold, with lots of visible carbonation and a finger's worth of white head that lasts quite a while. Quite hazy with some floaters as well – very pretty as long as you don’t mind floaters, which I don't.

S: Orange-forward citrus, dank, and melon. Mild sweetness from the biscuit malts. Lesser notes of tropical fruits – I’ll buy into mango, along with papaya and lychee. Nice, though not huge for a DIPA.

T: Fruity sweet – oranges and tropical fruit - and dank, with bready and caramel sweetness from the malts. Milder melon and melon rind. Only mildly bitter after the swallow, and the hang is more dominated by the ethanol-heavy, boozy-fruit sweetness.

M: A medium body with average carbonation sensation but a sticky mouthfeel. The alcohol is noticeable, but I don’t think I would have pegged this as high as the 12% ABV proclaimed on the can.

O: This is a DIPA in the spirit of Dogfish Head's 120 Minute - though the ABV doesn't reach those levels. But this is just not my preference. It’s not a bad beer, and it packs a serious alcohol wallop for style that it does manage to hide admirably. The fruit flavors blend nicely with the sweetness from the malts. But that’s at the cost of hop bitterness coming through, and also (in my opinion) at the cost of drinkability. Not my cup of tea, as it were.
Jun 22, 2018
 
Rated: 3.43 by DOCRW from Washington

May 10, 2018
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Reviewed by dacrza1 from New Jersey

4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
DATE: May 4, 2018... OCCASION: mulching dump, day one complete... May the Fourth be with me as I take on this beast of a beer!... GLASSWARE: Duvel snifter... pours a murky tangerine body, thick with bubbles that build a reasonable ring of white head... handsome fresh from a same-day grunt... the IBUs on this must be set to kill, as mango, tangerine, pineapple, dense swampy basement, berry, and bourbon-like sweetness... the sweetness extends to the mouthfeel, a syrupy heaviness that sips like a bourbon, with the threat of 13% haunting in every waft... each sip coats like a scotch, with an appreciable burn that cautions... an orange, pineapple and mango citrus kick hits immediately in the flavor profile, while vanilla, oak, resin and caramel... loaded for bear, this one explodes out the bottle as its name aptly implies... at this ABV, the only knock may be that it is too much...too much like cough syrup in some moments, while confidently a tuned-down whiskey... great name, worthwhile payoff, dangerous strength--I was talked into this by the Liquor Factory bartender, though I did intend to pair this with a Macanudo... Evil Genius strikes again with a heavyweight...
May 05, 2018
 
Rated: 3.98 by einman from Minnesota

Apr 20, 2018
 
Rated: 3.11 by hoppy_cbus35 from Ohio

Apr 02, 2018
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Aroma is malt and hops, nicely mixed. Medium amber with small, bubbly soapy head. Taste has citrusy hops muscling out the malt, with a hint of the ABV. Alcohol kicks in on the palate and warms the gullet. Nicely blended beer.
Mar 29, 2018
 
Rated: 2.23 by 71CrazyOtto from Michigan

Mar 18, 2018
 
Rated: 3.74 by dsshuck from Delaware

Mar 09, 2018
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Rated by beas from Ohio

4.9/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
I know that some will disagree. This is my favorite imperial ipa. The combination of the hops and a bit of sweetness are my ideal.
Feb 25, 2018
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Reviewed by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.31/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
I am rather inCANredulous at how many CANs of Evil Twin Brewing's beer I have acCANumulated for inclusion in The CANQuest (tm)! I had begun running through them at the end of New Beer Sunday (Week 677) & CANtinued my efforts yesterday during NBS (Week 678) so now I am simply finishing up. I have a couple/few days' worth left, but since my 53rd birthday is next Sunday (Week 679) & I have plans that may curtail my involvement that day, I am getting them in while I CAN. This is IT! The last of my backlog that has taken me two Sundays and several days with which to get caught up. CANd by!

Hey, Keith Morris & Greg Hetson, Give me a bomb/A Molotov/It's a coup d'état! Wow, Bro. Woody, that's pretty Evil, man! Would you settle for a Cocktail, instead? Don't be Circle Jerks! I remember when I used to like yinz guys!

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 Cocktail is a tour de force in hoppiness. It's a spark for action and by far one of the most anti-authoritative beers ever made by Evil Twin Brewing."

I Crack!ed the CAN open & inserted my homemade cloth wick just before I lit it aflame & heaved everything through the plate glass window of ... Whoops! A bit of a flashback, there. Let's reboot.

I Crack!ed open the CAN CANmenced a slow, gentle Glug of this explosive brew into my awaiting glass. An in-glass swirl raised a finger of dense, foamy, rocky, tawny head with good retention that left behind some nice lacing. Color was Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled like orange marmalade on toast soaked in alcohol. 8=O OMFG! If my sinuses were finally starting to clear following Yang, this went straight into them like a battering ram charging an already-blown gate. It burned out whatever nose hairs might have been remaining & I say that only because I could see some sort of CANflagration emanating from my nostrils. I was not getting mango on the nose, but is that really a problem? Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not as big as Yang, but still attention-getting. The taste remained very orange-forward initially, underlain with a toasty, biscuity maltiness. I CANnot say if it was because I preceded it with a CAN of Yang, but it did not have the overall intensity of that beer. Warming, I began to get the mango sweetness more strongly, but it was still orange's game. This did not have the fusel alcohol heat that really blew me away in Yang & that was a definitel plus. Back-to-back of that nature could have been killer. Orange-mango preserves on toast, that's my take on this monster. Dry as the zephyr winds blowing across the Sahara Desert, but not overly hot. Scarily drinkable, actually. Phew! Time to go operate some heavy equipment. That, or get involved in some recycling - see the original opening. A bottle might work better for the bomb after the beer, but I CAN only wonder how gasoline in a CAN would work instead. YMMV, definitely!
Feb 22, 2018
 
Rated: 3.49 by khargro2 from Tennessee

Feb 17, 2018
 
Rated: 4.16 by Buffettman2018 from North Carolina

Feb 13, 2018
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Reviewed by JeffRoKY from Kentucky

3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Due to the weight and high ABV% of this guy, I would definitely recommend to sip it form your favorite snifter.
And since it is on the heavy side, I would suggest enjoying it before eating a big meal. Because the fullness of it will be lost.
He has a beautiful, rich orange/caramel color. A very slight haze. And the mouth feel it smooth and comforting.
While it does have the signature "hoppy" character of an Imperial IPA, the thick malt flavor tempers the bitterness beautifully.
I have enjoyed the Molotov a number of times. And, while it is great from a can, if you can find it on tap you will not be disappointed.
Feb 12, 2018
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Reviewed by Gavage from Nevada

3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Appearance: hazy orange in color with a big 2" head.

Smell: orange and some floral bitterness.

Taste: big sweet malt base with caramel, mango, orange, alcohol, and a strong bitterness.

Mouthfeel: heavy in body. Lightly crisp throughout but dry at the finish. Long lasting aftertaste.

Overall: a slow sipping big boozy beer that has a battles of sweetness and bitterness.
Feb 02, 2018
 
Rated: 2 by Walleybeer from New Jersey

Jan 29, 2018
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Reviewed by michiganmatt from California

4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
L: a hazy golden-pumpkin orange with loads and loads of off-white head. many particulates can be seen floating around in the beer.
S: tropical fruit with hints of hops
T: quite sweet, with a nice blend of citrus hops combined with actual citrus flavors from the added mango and orange. the 12% ABV is fairly well concealed, also a very very faint booziness can be detected. some funky/resinous hops are present as well. Overall a very complex taste with many facets to consider.
F: smooth, only slight level of bitterness.
O: overall a very complex and interesting beer. recommended.
Jan 28, 2018
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Reviewed by stortore from Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
12 ounce can into a tulip snifter. Had 3/9/17.

Pours a fairly bright, clear orange, with one and a half inch foamy head and a good amount of foamy lacing. The smell is dank and earthy hops, tropical hops- mango, some orange and grapefruit, yeast. The taste brings lots more citrus- orange, grapefruit, strong mango, light lime, malt, some yeast. A light grassy flavor with a bit of a sweet note. A strong bitterness throughout, that lingers on the finish. Smooth. good body, well carbonated.

Well balanced all around- hops, malt, bitterness, sweetness. The flavor pushes this up. Drinks easy for the ABV. Well worth a purchase.
Jan 27, 2018
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Rated by Jeffceln from Kentucky

4.59/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
The sweetness with hoppiness is quite a delight. I'm an IPA fan so this one rates up there.
Jan 14, 2018
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Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 1454 ratings