Molotov Cocktail
Evil Twin Brewing

Molotov CocktailMolotov Cocktail
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Style:
American Imperial IPA
Ranked #3,044
ABV:
12%
Score:
89
Ranked #7,701
Avg:
3.96 | pDev: 12.63%
Reviews:
276
Ratings:
1,444
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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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Reviews by sprucetip:
Photo of sprucetip
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden with thinnish white head that mostly fades but not completely.

Smells boozy, but with some citrusy hops poking through. Despite the lack of complexity, it is rich and bold.

Sweet but without the caramel flavor, medium bitterness across the middle, fairly sharp citrus flavor, and some more almost cloying sweetness on the backend.

Adequately carbonated, rich full body. viscous, with a bit of lingering bitterness after the finish.

Not that it matters, but I'd call this a really hoppy barleywine before I'd call it any kind of IPA. At that 13%, and as sweet as it is, you should go into this with the attitude of sipping on a barleywine rather than an IPA. In my view. …It's good, I like it. Pretty sweet though, just so you know.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of neenerzig
4.34/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single 12 oz. bottle of this to try on a recent trip to Kentucky and south western Ohio. Poured into one of my tulip glasses, this beer pours a somewhat cloudy/hazy medium copper amber color with some streams of bubbles rising to the surface of the beer and a lot of yeasty chunks floating around in the beer. Has a white head that is about 1/2 of an inch thick when first poured before settling to a medium sized ring lining the inside of the glass along with a nice big cluster of foam on the beer's surface and pretty decent lacing. Aromas of citrus, herbal, resinous, piney hops and alcohol rounded out with some subtle maltyness. Has a fairly sweet, slightly toasted, biscuity, caramel malt sweetness upfront that gives way to big piney, resinous, herbal, and somewhat grapefruit-esque hop flavors. Rounded out with some dried fruit notes such as figs, apricots, and perhaps a bit of plum. Lots of booze too. The sweetness here booziness certainly dominate here. I wonder how long this beer was sitting on the shelf at The Party Source before I purchased it. To me this drinks more like a good barley wine than a double IPA, and I can't find any indicator on the bottle of when this batch was bottled. It is very tasty nonetheless, just not very bitter. Has a somewhat crisp, frothy and creamy, slightly prickly, somewhat chewy and oily, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Surprisingly easy to drink. A damn fine beer indeed!

Eric

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Photo of fitzy84
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bought s bottle at the Beer Shop in East Longmeadow. Beer pours with a medium head that dissipated into a thin ring around the glass. Relatively clear with a burnt orange-yellow appearance. Warm and thick aromas of spiced hops, alcohol, pine, sharp citrus, and even some dark fruit like plums or raisins. Taste follows the nose with a sharp tart aftertaste. Mouthfeel is good and helps to give the beer a crispness with a warming alcohol body. Overall, really enjoyed this boozy imperial IPA.

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Photo of Arkrebel
4.6/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A well balanced IPA. I liked it very well. I am a sucker for heavy alcohol brews and this one fits the bill.

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Photo of imiller21
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L - Not sure what some of the other reviews are talking about. Poured a very light and hazy copper, practically blonde. Huge head that dissipated nicely, tons of floaters and suspended particles.

S - Smells great! Nice floral aroma, heavy with fermented fruit. Almost smells a bit acidic.

T - Heavy with hops right off the bat but not too bitter! Lots of apricots and a bit of grapefruit. Finishes slightly bitter but balanced, with a hint of what can only be described as leafy vegetable (I know, strange, but its good).

F - Medium bodied, not very carbonated. kind of slippery feeling on the tongue, but not bad at all.

O - Pretty good! Will definitely drink again. Really surprised at how well it hid the alcohol and at how balanced it was, and it's still sort of refreshing! The ABV is definitely there though, a couple of these will do you well. Definitely recommended!

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.66/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orangey peach with a one inch head that surprisingly dissipated without lace. Nose is candied orange with a little malt and pine, but was muted for such a big beer. Taste is...omg that's too sweet. The candied orange from the nose comes through, and there is a good bitterness to stand up against a significant malt bill here. However, there is no way around the fact that this beer is just way too sweet. I've had candy bars and lollipops that weren't this sweet. Overall, I'm sorry to say it just doesn't work.

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Photo of acostuhhh
2.96/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Super boozy. Just not a fan of ipas.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.23/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a large snifter glass. The color was a hazy yellowish orange color. The head was white with a low retention but had some light lacing that actually stuck around for a while. The smell of the beer was not nearly as hoppy as I was expecting it to be. Personally I feel that the nose of this beer gives of more grains than anything else. The taste of the beer is pretty hoppy but not overly impressive on that level. It's got a slight sourness to it that may be coming from the types of hops that were used here. The mouthfeel is oily, lightly carbonated and not very exciting. Overall for the price per bottle this beer is not worth it... Just my personal opinion on that. The beer left me with some severe cotton mouth which was awesome since that is the initial intent of these kind of hop bombs. The 13% is well hidden and the beer is quite drinkable to say the least but still not very exciting.

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Photo of EMV
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz can into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Pours a clear golden orange color... 1 finger of white head. Not much lacing.

S: Juicy and fruity... citrus, mango, and pineapple.

T/F: Light malts give way to a very juicy and dank hop profile. Lots of tropicals... the mango shows through. Definite citrus and a bit of pineapple. Also some light floral elements. Sharp and bitter... finish is juice... coats the tongue. Sticky and resinous. Warming and almost boozy.

O: A big juicy IPA. Lots of flavor... and the ABV could be a bit better hidden (that 12% sneaks up on you fast). Love the big juicy DIPA's though. Glad I got a 4-pack.

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Photo of TheBigBoy
2.53/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Just not much going on here for me. Try it if you like.

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of reptile3141
4.29/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of akttr
2.75/5  rDev -30.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

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4.51/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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Molotov Cocktail from Evil Twin Brewing
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 1444 ratings