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
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.