Molotov Cocktail | Evil Twin Brewing

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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.

Added by bark on 08-29-2011

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Ratings: 1,433 |  Reviews: 269
Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at The Reservoir, Waterbury, VT. This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a burnt hazy ruddy off to dark orange almost brown color with a one finger white foamy head that quickly dissipated. Lacing was here and there. The smell starts off with some sweet blueberry. Light citrus and tropical fruits slide in underneath to keep it fairly sweet. Bitterness seems a bit lower. And just as I suspected, the flavor has the bitterness is pretty low as well. The rest is pretty much the same as the aroma with a little bit of creamy almost vanilla and a sly little bit of breadiness. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a decent sipping feel about it. Carbonation felt good with a nice blueberry creaminess smoothing out on my tongue. Overall, okay, I get it now, I think. Yeah, I’m pretty sure this is only my second DIPA I’ve ever had that I actually get the "smooth to creamy" feature on my tongue. It felt great. I’d have this again.

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Photo of smcel371
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of gratefulbeerhead
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of monkist
4.99/5  rDev +27%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

After having its little brother, Molotov Lite yesterday, I knew that this one would be beyond all expectations. Molotov Lite was a killer and an extremely impressive, rich IIPA, a true experience indeed.
This one takes it all to a "syrupy" level, although saying so gives it a different meaning. No, this is not sticky sweet, but still it feels as if it was a concentrate of the Lite IIPA. Caramel malts squared and the hops... the hops come in such a strength - no, not "in your face" style but rather - like Stone's anniversary IIPAs with a depth, signalling the excessive amount being used when brewing. 13% is also present in the beer somehow, with a slight but very pleasant alcoholic overtone especially in the nose.
The taste is is deep, deep, deep, the most of the hops went into brewing itself, not trying to show off with only dry hopping - here the real hoppines comes from the flavor and take you on an amazing journey.
Surprisingly the 13% is neither wild nor rough, compared with its lil brother at 8% you almost don't feel it at all, rather sense it in its density of ingredients. It is a concentrated IPA of taste and feeling, gives a boost to your senses and makes you feel like you're forever a boy scout out in the woods, something that gives you a very pleasant and positive state of mind.
I must admit that I am a fan of American Imperial IPAs especially with a high ABV, easily said this was just spot on, one of the kind of beers I consider perfect. Amazing, outstanding, world class - a treasure in a bottle indeed.

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Photo of NickThePyro
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dekkar
1.29/5  rDev -67.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

tour de force in hoppiness... Yeah... About that..
It isn't anywhere close.
T: avoid at all costs unless you enjoy sugar with sugar and syrup on top.

Shit does the trick though if you're willing and able to partake

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Photo of ppavlick
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gmcb_5
1.76/5  rDev -55.2%
look: 4 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Way too sweet for me!

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Photo of CMC73
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RMW66
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Giggy
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Muss42
4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gerred
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LAp
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Quality IPA, but with some very present booziness. Tried on tap and in cans multiple times by now - a solid IPA, but one that's harder to classify in the typical West Coast, East Coast, or NE IPA categories. Would probably place between East and West if I had to choose.

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Photo of vabeerguy
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of axf4129
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zkoehn
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of justinm4bama
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beginner2
3.4/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

How is that this successful 3rd generation brewery focussed on the British tradition has escaped me ? (This is my first.)
Answer: they make their money hopping-up IPA's and stouts... then doubling-up the malt etc for high alcohol.
OK, but not my style.

Molotov Cocktail poured a big head and, then, went away... almost totally.
Smell? Yes, there are hops. Taste? There are lots of hops (and there must be something more since I've gotten quite heady.)
Feel? I didn't notice.
Overall... If you are a hop-head, try this. If you are a Belgian-phile like me, I advise one and done.

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Photo of Strohm
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of IckyT2012
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bruno74200
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well that's an ipa to sip. The booze is there all along. It's nonetheless balanced between the piney and citrusy hops and the caramel malts. This strong beer becomes more drinkable with each sip. Some aging might do some good
A bit better 6 months later

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Photo of Foley67
4.54/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Everydayoff
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

It pours a bright amber orange color with some haziness and lots of sediment. The pour builds up thick creamy off-white head that stands with pretty good retention before gradually subsiding to a long-lasting bubble film atop and leaving some spotty and patchy lace. This is a good showcase for such high ABV beer.

Loads of hop intensity in the aroma, it is dank, heavily juicy, tropical, grapefruit, a bit of pineapple, resin, and massive peppery spice like a black pepper. Malt is quite underlying with its biscuit and subtle caramel beneath all the hoppy goodness.

The palate is taken over by hop with only just the initial sip. It provides breathtaking bitterness covering all over before letting the other tastes to incorporate. I can taste citrus, grapefruit, tropical, resin, and loads of peppery spice yet black pepper together with some warming alcohol. Again, malt is undertone as a base of the flavor structure with its biscuit, slight sweet, and caramel. The end and aftertaste is wrapped up and lasting with solid resiny bitterness from hop.

The body is full and bold also a bit sticky and syrupy at time. Thanks to the just right amount of crispness and carbonation to handle it well under the smooth palate and some lively feeling. Finish is pleasantly dry.

This IPA is equipped with the surreal amount of hop. It is so tasty and same time hefty as hell but you won’t feel it until the bottoms up. Prepare to get Molotov before trying.

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Photo of bushbeer75
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured from a 1pt. 6 fl. oz. brown bottle - dated 3/4/2015

Evil Twin's Molotov Cocktail Single Simcoe Hop Edition has a hazy orange/gold body that produced a 1-finger off-white bubbly head. The head was reduced to a foamy collar with no lacing to speak of. The nose was dominated by clean/fresh floral hops, grapefruit and citrus. The taste, as the nose was dominated by hops. There is an intense flavor of grapefruit, citrus, and pine. The malt is masked by the hops This leads to a lingering hop bitterness. There is also a warming alcohol at the finish. The mouth feel is crisp and smooth for such a high abv. Medium body and carbonation.

This hoppy ale is a good representation of the American Double/Imperial IPA - a true hopheads brew. A real tongue twister for this non-hophead and this had some age on it!

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Molotov Cocktail from Evil Twin Brewing
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 1,433 ratings