Evil Twin Molotov Cocktail | Evil Twin Brewing

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Evil Twin Molotov CocktailEvil Twin Molotov Cocktail
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States
eviltwin.dk

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by bark on 08-29-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,378
Reviews:
253
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
12.56%
 
 
Wants:
77
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1/5  rDev -74.4%

Photo of Nichols33
1/5  rDev -74.4%

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1.25/5  rDev -67.9%

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1.5/5  rDev -61.5%

Photo of JohnParadee
1.71/5  rDev -56.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Sorry, but this was udderly awful.

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1.8/5  rDev -53.8%

Photo of MadelineNash
1.92/5  rDev -50.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Way too sweet. Tastes like bubble gum.

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2/5  rDev -48.7%

Photo of BadgerConn
2.18/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

All I can think is I got a bad batch. Total skunk.

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Photo of celt_rock
2.25/5  rDev -42.3%

Really disappointed with this one. I don't so much care about the terrible, incoherent grammar that they use in their own description but the false advertising is the worst. Arrogant amount of hops? It's arrogant to think that you can sell a hopless beer and convince people of its hoppiness. This tastes like an overly strong home-brew. It's sickly sweet, malty and reminiscent of a bad Scotch ale. Coming from the land of Heady Topper, Double Dose, Double Sunshine, Second Fiddle and just about everything from Hill Farmstead, this is a not very good excuse for a DIPA.

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Photo of kitch
2.43/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into La Chouffe tulip glass. 169:14 is printed at the bottom of the neck of the bottle so I assume that bottle date is the 169th date of 2014 which happens to be 18 June 2014.

A: It poured a nice orangey gold colour with less than one finger head which receded quite quickly leaving some lace on the glass.
S: Sweet malts with some light citrus and orange coming through.
T: Sweet. Too sweet. Like lightly carbonated orange cordial, some honey and maybe bubblegum. One thing going for it is that even at 13%, you don’t notice the alcohol at all. Some of the hoppiness does creep through the sweetness at times but not much.
M: Sticky, full bodied, light carbonation.
O: Now around 9 months from date of bottling, maybe some hoppiness was lost? But this was way too overly sweet for me. At first I thought that maybe I could enjoy half a bottle every so often, but the more and longer I think about it, I really couldn’t. Way too sweet.

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Photo of GormBrewhouse
2.49/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

L. looks like an IPA

S. Little or no nose at all.

T. Musty, aggressive bittering mostly in the back of the mouth. Little or no hop taste, just alchohal.

f. Tastes old musty, down right nasty, sorry.

O. I did not like it at all

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Photo of Jah_Json
2.49/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Normally I love DIPAS / TIPAS with high ABV, bot NOT when the smell and taste of alcohol is overwhelming. Despite the brilliant idea of mixing different beer styles into one bottle, the outcome was not OK. As they put it on their label: ..."the alcohol was admirably well hidden"...
Well, sorry, that doesn´t go for this beer. And: "this beer will knock your tongue off"... Well, not really, but I did loose my eyebrows when my breath accidentally caught fire due to sitting too close to the fireplace after having tasted said beer. Finally an understatement: "...by far one of the craziest beer ever made by Evil Twin"... Amen to that...

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2.5/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Caramel amber color, thin wispy head

Smells like their Charlie Work IPA, with wet and fresh grassy aromas

Flavor is very malty and ugly/caramel sweetness. Idk if I can finish this.

Feel is slightly creamy but pointless now.

Drain pour.

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2.5/5  rDev -35.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.9%

Photo of TheBigBoy
2.53/5  rDev -35.1%
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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2.55/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The colour is gold-orange; the liquid is a bit hazy (there is quite a lot of yeast in the bottle). The two finger foam quickly sinks down to thin lid without leaving much lacing.

The smell is dry, almost tart, with some dried citric fruits, pears and cucumbers. Fresh wood and hints of alcohol, petrol and solvents in the medium strong bitterness. The smells are quite heavy and dense.

The taste is brutally bitter, but there are lots of sweet bread-like flavours and fruits, too. The bitterness got some tart hints of lemon acid and banana peels. Fruity notes of oranges, lime and dried apricots. The sweetness is very clean, almost clinical. Quickly passing alcohol with some solvents. The aftertaste brings a lingering strong/sharp bitterness, mixed dried fruits and some oily hops. The finish is bitter-sweet.

The carbonation is strong, the short lived sharp bubbles are sharp and medium sized. The liquid is dry and a little thick.

Too thick, too much malt and alcohol and too much artificial/chemical flavours for my taste.

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Photo of BMMillsy
2.56/5  rDev -34.4%

Bottle from I forget where. Pours a pretty deep golden clear color with a two finger creamy white head. Heavy malt and booze aroma with some citrus peel in there. I can tell this is going to be syrupy just smelling it. Flavor is a massive punch of pure booze, pine flavor, low bitter, sweet syrupy mess. Gross. Syrupy body with low carbonation and an astringent feeling all over my mouth. Why would anyone drink this more than once?

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2.58/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

The beer seemed great at first and then you get this strong overpowering taste of sugars that I'm just not a fan of. If it was a little more bitter id be happy. One thing I think this beer does well for the taste is hide the alcohol very well.

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2.7/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Bottled 06/25/13. Reviewed live; it's just over a month old. Self identifies as an Imperial IPA, so I'm reviewing as such. "Ale brewed with natural flavors. 13% ABV confirmed per the front of the label. I dig the simple yet abstract label art. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle acquired at a local SoCal bottle shop and served into a flared stem-snifter/tulip hybrid glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Expectations are high given the brewer. Distributed by Twelve Percent LLC; apparently the brewer has far more business sense than his brother.

Served cold, straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a half finger wide head of beige colour. Decent thickness and creaminess. Rather good (~4 minute) retention for the high ABV. Light lacing as the head recedes.

Body colour is a clear translucent dark copper of average vibrance. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Pretty standard fare for the style overall. No overt flaws are obvious, but it's not unique or special. About what you'd expect.

Sm: Definitely hoppy, with a diverse hop profile: floral hop character, pine, fruity perfumey esters (largely tropical, including mango, a kiss of grapefruit, tangerine, and blood orange), and just a biteen of nectary character. Malt profile is your standard Imperial IPA build; lots of clean pale malts with a dash of caramalt. A spritzy appealing aroma of above average to mild strength, with no detectable alcohol or yeast character. Actually, maybe a bit of alcohol when I look for it. Some honey and graininess. Looking forward to trying it.

T: The open greets you with tropical fruits (the abovementioned) and floral hops before the malty body hits accompanied by naked untamed bitterness - propelled primarily by the grapefruit and its zesty esters. Sweet/bitter balance is all over the place. Low amplitude; below average balance. Too much caramalt here lends it an overly sweet candied vibe. I do get alcohol, especially on the climax and even in the finish; it's not hot or boozy but does have a clean fusel feel that isn't particularly welcome. There's a fair amount going on here, but to call it complex would be misleading; it's an unnecessarily complicated build for the style with little payout in terms of balance and subtlety. Do I like it? Not particularly. It's not pleasant or enjoyable, but it's inoffensive. I'm not a fan of the hop choices here and it feels unrefined. Definitely overhopped.

Flavour diversity and depth are quite low, but flavour duration and intensity are above average - likely to its detriment. No yeast character comes through.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Overcarbonated but thin, an awkward balance. Doesn't adequately support the flavour profile. Lacks a full body. It's somewhat weak, actually. Merely adequate presence on the palate; I want so much more from it. Doesn't fully facilitate flavour delivery. Doesn't suit the flavour profile particularly well; there's no marriage of texture to taste.

Dr: ABV isn't too well hidden here. It's certainly downable - a feat for the high ABV. But I definitely wouldn't pick it up again, especially at its unfairly high price for the quality. A seemingly sincere attempt at a good imperial IPA that falls short of its ambitious aims. Something of a disappointment from Evil Twin. I wouldn't recommend it to friends. I've yet to have a great IIPA from this brewer.

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Photo of Sabtos
2.74/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Gold-amber with a soft thin collar.

Smell is grass, rug resin, weed, and bread.

Taste is Sweet Tarts, hot grapefruit, bread, weed, and onion.

This puppy is really pungent, and sharp, like a pine forest fire.

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Photo of Albianfire
2.74/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Look - nice rusty orange color that is typical of barleywine type beers or high alcohol DIPA's. Poured gently with no head whatsoever. Effervescence is there. No particles suspended and no haze.

Smell - sweet malty, alcohol present, surprisingly not much of a hop note but some citrus. Not very complex.

Taste - citrus up front quickly followed by alcohol finishing sweet. I like it but fear it will wear on me quickly as it warms. Yes, it definitely gives that impression that if you lit a rag in the top of the bottle you would have a weapon on your hands!

Mouthfeel - Medium. I've had thicker DIPA's. This is probably thinner due to the high attenuation. I am pretty happy that it is not thicker or it would really get old fast.

Overall - won't buy it again. It just doesn't hit the mark for me. I wanted something with a higher ABV today and it delivered. However, on a drinkability scale it comes in to low. I have 3 more of these and will be lucky to get in one more at the rate I am sipping through this. Very pricey as well at $13.00 for a 4pack at HEB grocery store in TX.

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2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

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