Beer Review: Evil Twin Molotov Cocktail

Style: Imperial IPA

ABV: 13%

Drink if you like: Sugary sweetness, bold citrus hops, foxholes, and historic weaponry


A Molotov cocktail is the name for an improvised incendiary weapon coined by the Finns during the Winter War in 1939. In keeping with the original definition, Evil Twin’s version of the Molotov Cocktail is an Imperial IPA designed to blow the taste buds out of your head…and their success is glorious.

This Imperial IPA pours a cloudy deep-copper hue. A threatening color that instinctively begs a scan of the room for open flames. A frothy, cream head briefly sits atop this beer and recedes gracefully into a thin cap and pleasant lacing. The dominant aromas of this bold beer are tart citrus, biscuit, and sweet malt. This closely mirrors the wonderful flavors ahead. After the first sip you wake up some three minutes later in a snow-banked foxhole next to a guy named Rudolf. Chaos and confusion overpower your senses as fire bombs light up the sky. mc-how-to  Your head starts to clear and you realize you’re back in your living room, but you begin to miss Rudolf. You couldn’t understand him, but you knew he had your back. After the cobwebs subside, you start to piece together the huge flavors that transported you to Eastern Finland. A blast of burnt sugar sweetness balances the strong mango, grapefruit, and lemon hop notes. Intense pine bitterness quickly follows, along with a mellow biscuity base. Warm alcohol is present, but not as overbearing as the 13% ABV label would have you to expect. This medium-bodied beer is smooth and coating.

Overall, Molotov Cocktail is very well constructed and a wonderful addition to our lineup. This beer is a bomb of big flavors and will be an instant favorite of hop heads here in Arkansas.

Enjoy and keep away from flames…just in case.

You can find this hop bomb at the following locations:
Colonial Wines and Spirits – Little Rock
Celebrations Fine Wine – Arkadelphia
Poinsett Package – Harrisburg
Liquor Mart & Wine Shoppe – Fayetteville
Lake Liquor – Maumelle
Flying Saucer – Little Rock
Liquor World – Fayetteville
Express Liquors – Harrison
Springhill Wine & Spirits – North Little Rock
Big Orange – Little Rock
Jack’s Package Store – Mountain Home
(not to be confused with Jackie Don’s Place)

We gave this beer 4 Diamonds:


2 thoughts on “HOP BOOM

  1. Rex says:

    I tried the Molotov Cocktail last Thurs. night, and again on Fri. night, just to make sure I was right about my initial impressions…and I was. This beer is everything you say it is, and more. However, I tend to think the name “Molotov Cocktail” has as much (if not more) to do with its volatile ABV as it does with the truly delightful and explosive flavor combo.

    My point, if I can remember it, is that one should be careful not to blow oneself up by trying to drink too many of these. One will surprise you, and two will pretty much kick your ass.

    Who could ask for more in a beer? Not me…this stuff is awesome.

    1. arbeergeek says:

      I think you are totally dead on Rex…. People use “hop bomb” frequently, and this was probably a play on that combined with that burning ABV factor. I love the name. And yes – drinker beware! They hit you nice and hard! Thank you for the comment once again 🙂

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