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Evil Twin Molotov CocktailEvil Twin Molotov Cocktail
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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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Avg:
3.9
pDev:
12.56%
 
 
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Photo of minterro
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bought from Little's Wine and Liquor Store in Denver, CO. About 3.75 after taxes.

Bottled 06/25/13

A&S: Extremely sweet in the aroma. Not super complex and interesting. Hops are on the tropical side (pineapple, mango, grapefruit). Translucent ruby red colored beer. Head is a light tan and fades quickly.

T&M: One word to describe this beer would be intense. Citrus (lemon) and sugary sweetness are the main components of this beer. Right away I was like 13% this doesn't taste that intense, but almost before I could finish that thought it hit me like a 'wave of mutilation'. It legitimately kinda burnt on the way down and you can really feel the alcohol warming your stomach when it reaches it. Crisp and clean finish, not much lingers besides a sense of alcohol. Very smooth

Overall: I get the impression about this beer that they might having been trying to make something powerful more then delicious. Don't get me wrong it is well put together for trying that angle, but I felt that this beer is going for a bit of a shock value.

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Photo of rapidsequence
4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle from Pints O Plenty. It was about $4. Bottled 7/31/13, so reasonably fresh at five weeks.

Appearance: Orange- golden color with some hop haze. Off white head with short retention. Decent lacing and some legs too.

Smell: Tropical fruit and fresh flowers. Malty sweet, almost candy-like smells. Enough alcohol to tingle in the nose a little.

Taste: Sweet and fruity hops and a pretty hefty malt bill. A bit of caramel flavor to the malt, but not so much that this becomes like a barleywine. Big time bitterness both from the hops load and the significant alcohol. Long boozy finish, sweet and bitter.

Mouthfeel: Very full for an IPA, but it dries out fairly well and doesn't feel overly chewy.

Overall: Big surprise. I expected this to be a disappointment, but they pretty well hit their mark. Tasty, aromatic hops, and huge gravity. It works well. Definitely boozy, but its supposed to be. I'd get this again, and wouldnt hesitate if I saw it on draft.

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Photo of Hopswagger
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

P: Crystal clear burnt orange effervescent body. Topped with a creamy off white head that settles to a thick cap. Layered lacing.

S: Aggressive and powerful nose full of booze, bold spices and face slapping hops. Sweet toasted caramel malt, astringent alcohol, orange oil, lime, soap, pine resin, doughy yeast, and leather.

T/M: Spiced orange and lemon peel forward with toasted caramel and a aggressive sting of grain alcohol. Bready, resinous pine, melons and hints of honey. Warms the throat and chest on the way down. Black pepper and roasted chilies lurk in the background on the finish. Thick sticky body with just enough carbonation action to give a gentle tingle.

O: Put on your big boy pants and get ready for this explosion of palate destruction. Great exhibit of hops and strong alcohol. This would make a delicious winter IPA due to its warming sensation. This is a must try. Cheers!

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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 PsilohsaiBiN
4.49/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 7/31/13

Appearance: Amber, unfiltered and cloudy. The carbonation is above average for an ipa of this size and there is a small white head on the glass' perimeter.

Smell: Citrus, mango, pineapple and some malt backbone. Like a boquet of dank, tropical hops, this smells pretty amazing. It kind of smells like a pina colada. Weird, but good.

Taste: Juicy as hell! Up front you're just blasted by mango, citrus and then pineapple. The finish is bitter grapefruit. While all this is going on, there's a nice malt base that really balances things out nicely. There's definitely a bit of booze at the end, but this is 13% after all. If you're chugging this instead of sipping...you're just asking for it anyway.

Mouthfeel: Hops attack the tongue like a champ. Medium bodied with enough caronation to keep this interesting.

Overall: Although this is boozy at the end as expected, it is so damn tasty and just delicious. This exceeded my expectations in almost every way. Really good and would love to see what age does to this. Not to mention that it was favorably priced compared to competitors. Awesome.

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Photo of Crazy4LegMoose
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 6/25/2013

A: Golden amber hue with 1 finger of creamy off white head. Head retention fades rather quickly leaving delicate light lacing on the glass.

S: Lots of piney hops, alcohol esters and some caramel malt in the background. Hints of sweet cantaloupe and a good bitter burn in the nose.

T: Sweet grapefruit, honey and pine that blends with the carbonation into a bitter punch of hops that finishes with a slight caramel sweetness and a continued alcohol and bitter burn on the palate. The alcohol esters present in the nose only present themselves in the burn of the aftertaste. The bitter hops mask them well in this brew. Also slight hints of cantaloupe and mango mixed into the sweetness of the hops.

M: Thin to medium bodied beer. The carbonation transitions the sweetness of the hops into a bitter punch in the finish.

O: Quite good beer. Strong and overflowing with hop bitterness. Good punchy bitter imperial IPA.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber with a fine half finger off white head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of pineapple and tropical fruit, grassy and piney hops, caramel malt, similar to a barleywine. Flavor follows aroma with tropical and dark and light stone fruit, citrus and piney hops, nice heavy malt supporting body. Finishes hot with citrus rind and lots of piney and citrus hops. Medium to full bodied and creamy. This is very warming and full flavored and begs the question of where Imperial IPA meets barleywine. The ABV is noticeable but fully covered by the intense flavors. Very tasty and dangerous. If I can find another bottle, I'm going to cellar it because although the hops may fade, it is substantial enough to age well as any barleywine.

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Photo of chugalug06
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Sticky straw colored head resides on the glass walls once the two-finger head recedes. The head is about what you'd expect for a 13% brew, fast growing and fast going. Brew is nice peach color with great clarity.

I can smell this brew from a few feet away. Tons of juicy mango, pine, virtuously resinous. Slight garbage/baby diaper aroma.

BAM, a blast of hard biting heat, a great burn. You can sure taste the booze. Not well hidden like a 120 minute. Mango and pine and forward a slow to retreat. Back burn is strong and hard to palate. Initial onset of flavors are great, but recede to harsh burning bubbles. Acid reflux in a bottle? Lots of lingering pepper and spice. High heat.

A very weird brew. It starts outstanding and quickly drops into overwhelming and overpowering. Almost a liquor. A recommended brew, but lives up to it's name, Molotov Cocktail...

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Photo of flexabull
3.37/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice and bright copper color with a nice white head.

Aromas are earthy and resiny. Lots of graininess, with some syrup, and booze. At this ABV this smells more like a hopped barleywine instead of a DIPA.

Taste is really grainy and sweet up front. Some creaminess, warmth, and slick booze. Finish is bitter and hot.

Mouthfeel is prickly, warm, and full with good body.

As with some other super amped up DIPAs, this one goes over the edge, and becomes more of a barleywine type beer to me. But, it misses out on the malt component a bit, and end up more like a really bitter barleywine that lacks balance. Ok, but far from great.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.42/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

this one hit town recently so had to try it when it was fresh. enjoyed from a tørst wine glass. bottled 7/31

a - brew poured transparent but rich orange brown with a thin head. real syrupy and thick looking.

s - again fairly rich, sweet...and reminiscent of 120 or devil dancer.

t - much like the nose, this one falls right between 120 and devil dancer. not nearly as abrasive as devil dancer or rich and full bodied as 120, but big time sweetness and a mouthful of pine cone hops...so much so that it becomes caramel-like.

m - thick, rich, full.

o - first few sips knocked my socks off. when i picked them up off the floor and my palette adjusted, i found it to be fairly enjoyable. that being said, this aint no hoptimum. hard to say if i'd get this again...sometimes i like these big bombs, but for the time being, glad i nabbed a single instead of a 4 pack.

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Photo of johnsonni
4.29/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 7/31 Drank 8/23

A: Nice color, gold, lightly cloudy, decent head, not much lacing

S: Sweetness, Floral hops, Citrus hops

T: If you say this is like a barleywine, I have to disagree completely, maybe if you drink one that's over a couple months old and has lost some of the hop characteristics. For a 13% IPA, this is nothing close to an overly sweet barleywine like most big IIPAs are. Definitely hop focused, citrus and floral hops. Some booziness, but not overwhelming at all. This doesn't have the malt bill to be compared to a barleywine.

M: This is a big beer, not chewy, but nicely bodied to be able to hold up to the hops

O: Overall, this is easily the best high ABV IPA that I've had. I prefer this over Oracle as I'm not a big malt IPA fan. It is a big IPA, but easily drinkable. Would definitely try if you have the chance, especially if fresh

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: in a snifter, medium amber with orange hue; center pour produced naught but a modest cap of tan foam; left behind faint speckles

S: fruits - mango, peach, tangerine aromas; flowery and citrusy hops

T: a real flavorful beer - all the fruits are present - mango, lemon, orange, like an overripe orchard; massive array of hops somehow find balance with these sugary sweets, floral and herbal, and even some hints of pine and polish

M: full body, slick, no carbonation, lush, bitter and dry finish

O: impressive - a massive onslaught of flavor and aroma, fully present in mouthfeel, and incredibly balanced and drinkable.

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Photo of MacQ32
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a golden orange with about a finger of light tan head, decent retention, strong lacing.

S - Lots of mango/pineapple tropical fruit initially, some lighter grapefruit and a decent amount of bitterness.

T - Tons of tropical sweet mango flavors (and a hint of malty sweetness) quickly transition to a bitter resin flavor. The finish and aftertaste are a great combination of really great grapefruit/pineapple bitterness.

M - Medium bodied or lighter, good carbonation, quite drinkable.

O - Really like this, for 13%, its not at all overbearing, definitely a bit of a punch in the mouth but I found it quite palatable and very tasty.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12o bottle from Five Points Bottle Shop (Athens, GA). 13.99/ 4 pack. Bottled 6/25/13. Served in a Terrapin goblet.

Pours murky orange amber with a full finger pale sandy head. The head fades to a thin cap that leaves small spots of lace- actually more than expected for the abv.

Aromas of mango, orange peel, lemon and caramel malts. A slight booze burn on the back but it's nice.

Big, dank, bitter, tropical and citrus hops up front. Mango, mandarin, pine, lemon zest, orange, cracker, biscuit, pepper all mixed with a healthy dose of booze. The alcohol is abundant and present throughout but nevr distracting or detracting. Overall quite nice.

Oily slick medium heavy body with a fair bit of carbonation. Coating and lingering bitter tropical hoppy aftertaste.

A well done hop-centric imperial IPA. Most big IPAs start getting sweet when the abv creeps over 10-11 (which I like) but this one stays focused on those hops. Huge flavors in a big body that remains easily quaffable for the high alcohol content. Enjoyable and worth a try. I'll most likely get another 4 pack at some point.

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Photo of zac16125
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a snifter
Bottled on: 6/25/13

A: Pours a hazy dark amber with reddish hues. 1/2 a fingers width of light khaki colored head dissipates down fair quickly to a thin film. Leaves effectively no lacing but some alcohol legs.

S: Huge hop notes with big grapefruit, piney bitterness, and citrus zest. This is balanced by lots of sweet malts, caramelized sugar, and an aroma I cant quite place thats between nutmeg and cinnamon. Some booze as well. Wow, just an awesome aroma.

T: Taste doesnt live up to the aroma. Flavor is much more malt forward, with some American Barleywine flavors like burnt sugar, herbaceous notes, and booze. Hops take a back seat, and what I mostly get for the hop profile is piney bitterness and citrus rind. The bitterness is significant though. Tasty, but a let down from the nose.

M/D: Full bodied, carbonation appropriately low, boozy but in a good way so I consider the ABV to be kept well in check. And surprisingly, drinkablilty is exceptional. This goes down far to easily for a 13% beer.

O: Overall, a really enjoyable beer. Not your typical DIPA, its bigger, bolder, and boozier. But if you like those qualities (like I do), then definitely give this one a try.

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Photo of avalon07
4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a copper color and a clear consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Average lacing.

S: A big, alluring aroma of citrus, hops, and some malt.

T: Tasted of hops, hops, and more hops. Also had some light malt, citrus (grapefruit), and a sugary quality as well. The hops content is borderline overpowering, but not obnoxious. A nicely done flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a very bitter and sharp finish. Medium-bodied.

O: If you like hoppy beers, give this one a shot. It's aggressive, complex, and drinkable.

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Photo of RacerX5k
4.59/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Wow. This is an IPA perfect for me, and blows away the 4 ipas I had last nite and just about every IPA I've ever had. This ranks with fresh Hop 15 and Brew Dog's Hard Core as the best ipas I've had. Was intrigued by the description, had to go try it, soon as I tasted, ordered my 32 oz growler. And now that I'm halfway in, I know this is a world class beer.

Perfect color, tons of bubbles, the first pour in my sniffer clear and bubbly, subsequent pours thicker and opaque. Smells and tastes of huge dank hops, pine and citrus, huge bitterness envelops every part of your palate, leaving you dry, bitter, and thirsting for more. The amount of hops in this beer is insane, so freaking good it's unbelievable. Booze? Yea its boozy, just the way I like it.

This is why we drink beer, immediately leaps to my best of list. It's not for everyone, but its certainly for me. Outstanding.

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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 BlackBelt5112203
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter at cellar temperature.

L – Medium amber color with a 2-finger frothy, foamy cream-colored head. Awesome retention and some fantastic lacing. Clear with lots of bubbles.

S – This really smells close to an American barleywine with caramel and toffee malts, molasses, figs, and a very resinous hop profile with grapefruit and pine notes. There’s some alcohol here, too. This smells like a beast.

T – It starts off slightly sweet with caramel malts and is quickly overtaken by very bitter pine, grapefruit, and floral hops. As the bitterness fades, some more of the richer malt characteristics come back with sweet molasses and fig notes. Definitely some alcohol here, too. Again, close to a barleywine.

F – Medium-full-bodied, good carbonation, a sticky, chewy, and mouth-coating feel, and a very bittersweet and very dry finish. Caramel sweetness lingers for a bit but pine and grapefruit hops linger the longest. There’s definitely some throat and palate-warmth from the alcohol.

O – This is a decent beer but it’s really closer to a barleywine than a DIPA. The 13% ABV seems like a little bit of overkill and cuts down on the beer’s drinkability. Regardless of that, it is pretty tasty and it’s a beast of a beer if you’re into big beers. Worth a try, but I probably wouldn’t seek it out again.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains grassy hops, citrus, caramelized malts and some alcohol.

T: The taste starts out with a bit of a boozy hit up front which is expected in a beer with 13.00% ABV. Then some citrus and caramel sweetness come in. The hops presence is strong but not over-powering and the malt character is hearty creating a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and pretty smooth for such a high ABV, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, very strong kick, good representation of style, it’s a solid beer but it’s definitely more of a sipper than a pounder because of the high ABV.

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Photo of Tone
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of hops, slight citrus, alcohol, sweet malt, and a hint of rye. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of hops, slight citrus, sweet malt, hint of rye, alcohol, and hint of earthy malt. Overall, good appearance and body, but very hop centric.

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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 barczar
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy deep copper with a frothy cream had that dissipates at a medium pace, leaving minimal lacing.

Caramel malt, alcohol esters, pine, resin, fruit cocktail, and grapefruit pith form the initial aroma. While hop dominant, there seems to be substantial malt character. Toasted notes emerge late.

Citrus underpinnings open the flavor profile, slowly giving way to alcohol and bitter, resiny hops. Grapefruit and tropical notes of mango and pineapple accompany pine, fresh cut grass, and a caramel malt backbone. Truly taxing on the palate. The aftertaste is fairly spicy.

Body is moderate, with moderate carbonation, light astringency, and substantial alcohol heat.

Wow. Very hoppy beer. Full of both flavoring and bittering hops, with just enough malt to tie them together. Way too hot, but with this much flavor, it should be, because one of these is about all I can handle before palate fatigue. A bit too bitter for my liking.

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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 wordemupg
3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle poured into tulip 15/1/13

A murky dark amber and it just looks like thick liquid right out of the bottle, I cant see many visible bubbles but there's a two finger head that falls to a dense finger of foam and then it just sits there, great retention with some thick rings of lace, looks bad ass

S I was expecting a massive hop overkill but I'm getting loads of caramels and a little biscuit, fairly malty but there's some citric and earthy hops in there. This was just released here but I'm guessing it took a long time to arrive, it smells decent but faded

T sweet malty caramel notes with some grapefruit rind and pine sap, again it tastes like a massive DIPA but with some time behind it, faint booze but I'd say its very well hidden considering its 13%, I'd never guess its that strong

M thick and just a little gritty, very little heat and that impresses me, piney caramel rind lingers on the finish strong and long

O its a big beer but I was expecting an enamel stripping fuck off monster, reminds me more of a Barley Wine then a DIPA, more malt then expected but still very enjoyable

No bottle date that I can see, I'd assume its relatively fresh seeing how its a new release here in Alberta but all signs point to age. hops have faded, the booze is so well hidden I could see this creating problems for some and the malty caramels coming out strong, I liked it but wonder if its the experience the brewer intended

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Evil Twin Molotov Cocktail from Evil Twin Brewing
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