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

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1,388
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256
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
12.56%
 
 
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Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A hoppy beer with a long boozy finish. Hazy slight amber tinge to body, generous retained head. Hops and alcohol fumes to smell. Above average mouthfeel, IBU is there, but not quite up to a DIPA in hop presence or good malting. I drank it but thought it so-so. Disappointing for $15 a 330 ml at Bierkraft.

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Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 10/15/13.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy orange-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and herbal onion and garlic hop aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet citrus zest and herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but it is quite sweet and boozy in the flavors.

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Photo of spycow
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

an absolutely punishing adult beverage. pouring a red tinted burnt orange color and reeking of hop essences and alcohol, it is surprisingly high quality for its brutal strength. an aromatic profile of resinous hops, hardly bitter, caramelized almost, with strong fusel alcohols backing it up. a grain bill nondescript but large enough to not be washed away or too out of balance for such a brazen brew. good carbonation and a full as heck body, this is a beer completely intended to embarrass the drinker, which I do not support. it does however weed out the weenies, and this is a beer drinkers beer. a little more than anyone should want to chew off in a tulip, but a high quality (and gravity) brew that deserves to be in the conversation with some of the bolder india pales on the market. evil twin is hot to trot.

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Photo of kjkinsey
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of djrn2
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Knapp85
3.23/5  rDev -17.2%
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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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of metter98
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy orange in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that quickly died down, leaving a thin film of bubbles on the surface and a thick collar of large bubbles around the edge of the glass and some lacing down the sides.
S: Moderate aromas of pine resin hops are present in the nose along with notes of citrusy hops and hints of alcohol.
T: Like a Molotov Cocktail, the taste of this beer is a hop bomb that explodes into your mouth, packing an intense punch of pine resin hops and notes of citrusy hops, both of which contribute a moderate amount of bitterness. The hops dominate the overall taste of this beer and obscure the underlying malts, but you can tell this beer is strong by the notes of alcohol that are perceptible in the finish, which also has lingering notes of bitterness.
M: The feel of this beer somewhat resembles that of a barleywine as it is a little more than medium-bodied on the palate and has a bit of warming from the alcohol. I didn't notice any crispness from the hops.
O: If you really like IPAs, this is a nice beer to sip and savor on a chilly winter night. The alcohol is noticeable, but it is dangerously drinkable for a beer that comes in at 13%.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

And for the sake of "big-ness" does an Imperial IPA infultrate the beer scene with an abrupt hop taste and bitterness, a counter balance of malt and the challenge of alcohol complexities to boot. Their description says it all- it'll "knock your tongue off!"

But to the eye- the ale sells its IPA appearance very well. Deep in amber and with mild brandy-ish legging, the ale trends a touch dark and rich but still holds true to its hoppy form. Capped with a dense and creamy yellowish head, the ale struggles to hold its foam stance and laces only lightly as the beer fades.

With no real disclosure of its alcohol content within, the beer bursts with caramel dipped fruit: grapefruit wedges, orange slice, pine needles, and a bouquet of herbs. Deeply malted, the scent of caramel, honey and grain are inescapable.

But to taste, the ale is everything but timid. Its strong malty sweetness latches onto the tongue with malty caramel, toffee, and nearly brown sugar. A slow and patient turn to middle palate reveals sweet and solventy taste that includes lemons, grapefruit, orange, tea, and rubbing alcohol. Its strong alcohol taste is rosy and bitter, which exacerbates the hop bitterness to close. Somewhat resembling "balance" the ale lingers with bittersweet malt and hops intertwined.

This "beer of excess" carries a full-ish body of weighted and residual malt texture. But its hop character does a remarkable job of drying the ale and keeping it sided with the hops. Its finish of alcohol heat, unsettled bitterness and sappy stickiness causes the ale to finish complicated even if semi-dry.

"To make omelets, we must break eggs." -paraphrasing Robert Moses; and that's what happens with this beer... To make a better IPA- one that breaks the mold- a brewer has to challenge the notion of what hop-forward ales can be. If nothing else, the taste here causes us to rethink the grandeur of what the future of IPA holds. hmmmm...

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Photo of biboergosum
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle. Again with the baiting and referencing another beer on the label.

This beer pours a cloudy, murky medium golden amber hue, with two pudgy fingers of foamy, melted marshmallow head, which leaves some splotchy, inverted pyramid lace around the glass as it evenly fades away.

It smells of bitter, somewhat musty citrus rind and pine sap, bready caramel/toffee malt (more the latter, actually), and a rather threatening herbal tincture of alcohol. The taste is orange cream, mildly bitter citrus pith and pine resin, seemingly aerated toffee candy, a bit of biscuity tea cracker, and softly sweet (at this ABV it is) warming, but not dull-edged booze.

The bubbles are quite subdued, the body a hefty medium-full weight, the alcohol-buffeted toffee flyin' high, and similarly smooth, somewhat egregiously so. It finishes on the sweet side, the hops fully crossing the aisle to join up with the lingering caramel malt.

A tasty enough DIPA, but with nowhere near the incendiary level of hop bitterness as promoted by the associated marketing pap. The flip side is, they aren't even all that necessary as a distraction here, given the very well integrated out-of-band ABV levels. I'll still keep a match away from this, more to prevent further caramelization of the malts, as I don't think I could take my IPAs any sweeter than this. Once again, maybe traversing the Atlantic in a container ship isn't the best idea for a beer that we are entreated to 'consume now'.

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Photo of kojevergas
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 oline73
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I had this on-tap at Max's. Poured into a sample glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden amber color with an orange hue. There is a layer of fluffy white head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass and leaves some lacing.

Smell: Quite sweet from the malt. Citrus peel and herbal hops. A bit like smelling honey.

Taste: Very sweet! Citrus notes remind me a bit of Sprite. Bitter citrus peel finish with lots of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Thick and sticky body with smooth and tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This beer is anything but average, I'm just not sure it all worked for me. Too much alcohol and sweet like soda. Probably going to pass on this one in the future.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.76/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Bottle: Poured a hazy beige/orangey color ale with a small foamy head. Aroma of dry hoppy notes with loads of residual sugar notes and also plenty of ethanol notes. Taste is hoppy and somewhat bitter with way too much residual sugars and way too much ethanol notes. Body is full with medium carbonation. Unbalanced and incredibly messy IIPA that I won’t be revisiting any time soon.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of zeff80
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dmorgan310
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of largadeer
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 10/15/2013. Pours very hazy/cloudy bright orange color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, apricot, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, floral, grass, light pine, caramel, honey, biscuit, and floral/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with bright citrus/tropical hops and moderate caramel/bready malt sweetness; with great strength. Taste of huge grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, apricot, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, floral, grass, pine, caramel, honey, biscuit, and floral/toasted earthiness. Good amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, mango, apricot, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, floral, grass, pine, caramel, honey, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity and balance of juicy citrus/tropical hops and moderate caramel/bready malt sweetness; with huge robustness and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a smooth, moderately creamy/sticky, and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome DIPA! Fantastic complexity and robustness of juicy citrus/tropical hops and moderate caramel/bready malt sweetness; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Evil Twin Molotov Cocktail from Evil Twin Brewing
3.9 out of 5 based on 1,388 ratings.
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