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Evil Twin Molotov CocktailEvil Twin Molotov Cocktail

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Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States

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.

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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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Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy golden-orange with a finger of frothy white head. Fades normal.

S - Grapefruit, citrus, pine hops, caramel and biscuit malts, some booze.

T - Grapefruit, orange, citrus, pine, grassy hops with some good resiny bitterness, sweet caramel malts with some biscuit malts, and some booze.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a dry, bitter, and warming finish.

D - Good DIPA. Big and malty and hoppy but overall well balanced.

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Photo of malmquna
4.84/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bronze toward orange, cloudy, fine foam, but particularly beautiful.

Smells initially sweet, clear floral and piney hop aromas, heavy-duty lightly toasted malt also dominates. It's a feast in the nose.

Continuing the aroma profile, toffee sweetness, full malt assault of biscuit and bread, finishes as hoppy bitter in the finish as full in the beginning. Fills the mouth pleasingly.

Overall one of my favorite beers. A must if you seek flavor in your beer.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy dark straw body. Foamy white head with ok retention and nice lace.

S - Orange, deep malt, edge of lemon, booze, cantaloupe.

T - Thick bready malt, white booze, and a cascade of agressively bitter fruits and herbs. Campari, orange marmalade, lemon pith, and bitter tarragon.

M - Full body, almost chewy for the style. Could maybe use a touch more carbonation.

O - Hides the booze well, but man, Evil Twin is not f*ck'n around with the hop profile in this DIPA. Think DFH 110 minute IPA.

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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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Photo of GPHarris
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - poured a one finger thick bubbly light tan head into a pint glass that left nice lacing and a thin sheet throughout. the body was a hazy, light golden-amber color.
s - very sweet and boozy with a hint of citrus and pine aromas.
t - big citrusy and piney hop flavors. very malty, big caramel and toffee flavors balance this one out. leans more towards malty over hoppy.
m - bubbly yet creamy.
o - interesting offering. this is not a DIPA though, it's an american-style barleywine in my opinion.

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Photo of PhantasIPA
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a very cloudy almost silty consistency. It is light gold in color and poured with no head. It leaves no lacing at all.

The smell is a combination of sharp citrus (grapefruit) and pine, followed quickly by a left hook of alcohol...no hiding that 13%!

The taste is smooth, thick and powerful. The bitter hops jump right on top of your palette. After that I taste an intense combination of grapefruit citrus and piney hops. The after taste is sweet, like brown sugar, followed by the strong alcohol. Smooth and light but you cannot mask the ABV.

The mouthfeel is smooth with no carbonation at all. There is a muskiness that is inherit of a strong beer, but it is not a negative, just a fact of life at 13%.

Overall I like the beer, I do not really like the price (I paid $13 for a single bottle in eastern Maryland) but it was worth trying, worth sharing with friends in the future, but I am not going to be 6 of these for a weekend of slurred speech. The sharp citrus and pine hops is common among intense IPA's, but the freshness of a 13% beer is uncommon. High marks for that.

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Photo of nimrod979
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle into a Schlafly snifter.
Pours a hazy orange with a one finger creamy head. Quite a bit of lacing sticking to sides of the glass.

Citrus, herbal, and piney hop aromas. Plenty of caramel and bready malt aromas swirling around. Smells a bit on the sweet side.

This beer punches you right in the face. Christ. Quick bite of piney hop bitterness, followed by more sweeter orange and grapefruit notes before having a more herbal aftertaste. Some dry bready malts really thicken this thing up. Quite the malty backbone. The beer is a little bit of a mess and kind of un-balanced. But I enjoy the flavor.

It's thick and full bodied. Prickly carbonation and bit on the sweeter side, of course, still plenty of bitterness pulling through. I'd say it drinks more like a barleywine rather than an IPA. Has a bit of a kick. At 13% this beer lives up to it's name. Noticeable heat.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a Mikkeller stemmed tulip. Poured a slightly hazy yellow-orange with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount very quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, caramel, citrus, citrus hop, caramel hop, and sweet alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, alcohol, citrus, citrus hop, wood, caramel, caramel hop, and subtle fruit. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. Upon pouring this brew and taking my first smell of the aroma, I was concerned that I would not like this one due to the alcohol smell on the nose. However, the flavor was a little more well balanced and easier to manage. The citrus was more forward in the flavor which made it feel like a nice and easy to drink brew despite the high ABV. Would suggest this to others and really hope to find this one on tap someday to taste the difference.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Slips out a rather hazed appearance for a dirty gold body with a small, fizzy, white head.

Smell: Strong-scented florals paired with wafting, solventy alcohol, hints of stone fruit, pepper, chewing gum, dried bitter orange peel.

Taste: Fairly sweet, malty upfront followed by a big kick of oranges, grain alcohol, dried apricot, and distilled florals. Some spice there. Cutting bitterness with plenty of astringent alcohol throughout. Then, a curious taste of Bubble Yum cotton candy-flavored bubble gum. Slightly drying, hot, fruity finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: It's an aptly named beer, I'll give it that.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a three finger cream head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. hazy amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Tart citric nose and flavor is tart hoppiness but balanced with some caramel. Decent DIPA. Very high ABV is hidden. Pricey at $13.99 for a 330ml bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, MA

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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 BerkeleyBeerMan
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Glowing orange honey color with white fluffy head that thins down quickly. Big opacity and some yeast in the glass.

The smell is tart. The bitterness begins piney then goes into tropical fruits, mango and grapefruit into lemon zest and tangerine. Big malts back up the the hops. Doughy bread and caramel sweetness.

The taste is pleasantly citric and bitter. The fruity and piney taste mesh well with the bready malt backing. I can feel the medicinal alcohol but it is pretty well matched by the bold flavor profile. The beer finishes with a mild minty tngle There is some bitterness but it isn't cloying, rather it finishes smooth and dry.

I thought this beer might be unapproachable but it has good flavors and balance.

The price tag was worth it for a beer that will probably never come my way again. My strongest IPA so far. Very good.

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Photo of Rizalini
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into my Deschutes tulip.

A - This one pours a hazy golden yellow color with a foamy 2 finger white head that leaves a nice lacing as it fades.
S - No sign of alcohol in the smell, which is surprising for the abv. Very piney aroma.
T/M - The heat in the taste suggests otherwise. Not as hoppy as I was hoping for after reading the bottle, but it is bitter. Medium mouthfeel, good carbonation.
O - This beer is good, not great. I dont know how long this one was bottled before I tasted it, and coming from Denmark, it could be a while.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Strong, hoppy aroma has a note of fresh-cut pine wood and a hint of miso. It pours a nice clear amber with a thick, fluffy white head. Flavor is - WHOA!!! Definitely NOT for the faint of heart! Alcohol bite is the offspring of a pine tree and a liquid pit bull - what a chomp! Other than that, it is like drinking an evergreen tree, ferociously hoppy, quite bitter, with more than a hint of sweet pomme (apple, pear, etc.). Ragged, lively texture will not leave your tongue alone! Molotov Cocktail indeed!

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Photo of PerHops
3.41/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer looked like a very light style of IPA. Smelling it told me otherwise. Smells boozy, but with a good amout of hop presence. The taste starts where the nose leaves off, however, it finishes a little dry with a very interesting herbal complexity. I am not a fan of the price tag on this beer, but it would be worth revisiting at a less offensive cost.

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

Pours a cloudy yellow/orange with a large frothy white 2 finger head that recedes fairly slowly. It leaves a ton of heavy lacing. A very hoppy citrus aroma dominates the nose. First sip is chewy and hoppy but with a plenty of malt to balance this bad boy. This is much more east coast then west coast and almost borders on a hoppy American barley wine. Very well carbonated adds to a spectacular mouth feel. ABV is very well hidden. I cannot help but wonder how fresher and better this would be if did not travel all the way from Denmark. Either way…very good!

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Photo of kiddynamite920
3.41/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Very aggressive pour leads to about two fingers worth of head. Very foamy and sizzly. The beer is a cloudy orange, not really what I'd expect from an American IIPA.

S: Smell is strong on grapefruit, but a bit too malty. Caramel comes through with big hits of alcohol. Not very well hidden.

T: Huge citrus notes are rushed away by a big malt mudslide, oranges and grapefruits shine up front but are erased by a huge malt base. The citrus actually remains throughout. Quite an achievement for such a strong beer.

M: Sticky and sweet, lacks carbonation and a definitive hop presence. Suppose this falls into the barleywine category.

O: A malty mess, hops are here then there. Malt sweetness hits you in the face and leaves some hops to nurture the wound.

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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 bark
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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Evil Twin Molotov Cocktail from Evil Twin Brewing
3.9 out of 5 based on 1,364 ratings.
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