Thursday, March 26, 2015

Evil Twin Molotov Lite

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1313) - Albany, New York, USA - MAR 26, 2015
Seeing a beer with the word “lite” on the label and 8.5% ABV would seem to be a contradiction in terms. Though Evil Twin Molotov Lite is actually a scaled-down version of the 13% ABV Molotov Cocktail. It also mentions “natural flavors” on the can, though I don’t taste anything in here that seems to be derived from the malts, hops or yeast (perhaps hop extract?). Whatever the case may be, this is a more than solid double IPA that will certainly please any hophead.

I poured a 16oz can into a tulip glass. It was canned on 2/24/15 and cost $3.99 ($0.25 per ounce).

Appearance: Hazy shade of orange/amber. Little visible carbonation. Pours to a large, bright white, soapy head which mostly dissipates and leaves minor lacing.

Smell: Sweet tropical fruit and citrus concentrate. Almost vanilla or candy-like scent.

Taste: For a hop-forward beer the palette here is remarkably sweet. Rich amber maltiness is present from beginning to end, with a slight vanilla or birthday cake flavor on the back end. That’s not to say the hops are diminished, as there’s plenty of fruit cocktail flavors bristling across the tongue constantly. Pineapple, peach, pear, and grapefruit are all quite prominent. They have a light sweetness to them, akin more to hard candy rather than juice. There’s an pretty intense sensation of bitterness as well; it’s slightly dry but nothing the average hophead can’t handle. Some spicy or herbal sensation that appears on the finish as well; almost like cinnamon (or maybe just Noble hops?). Overall, it’s what you want and expect in an imperial IPA and this certainly doesn’t disappoint.

Drinkability: Usually, 8.5% ABV is pretty easy to handle and Evil Twin Molotov Lite is certainly not a challenge to get down. That being said, it’s surprisingly hot with a lot of raw alcohol heat and liquor-like intensity in the mouth. A fine level of carbonation to be sure, though it is a tad cloying in the aftertaste. This would be a fun beer to pair with a really savory or spicy dinner. Works fine on its own, though. 
Grade: 8/10

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