Evil Twin Molotov Lite Imperial IPA

evil twin molotovEvil Twin Brewing has rapidly grown in popularity, with its one-off style and limited releases offerings since 2006. Operated as a “gypsy” brewery, meaning they set up shop temporarily in other breweries like Westbrook Brewing Company in South Carolina or Two Roads Brewing Company in Connecticut. Leasing out space is no small endeavor, as last year Evil Twin brewed more than 7,000 barrels!

The Molotov Lite pours a hazy golden color, with a light carbonation and some sediment floating around. The thin off white head hangs around for a while before leaving some lacing behind.

The nose offer some subtle aromatics but not as intense as you might expect for an Imperial IPA. Upfront there is a lot of tropical fruit notes: pineapples and mangos seem to jump out of the glass. This is followed by a rich pine notes and earthy almost grassy character.

The palate offers much more flavors then expected. Leading with a strong hoppy bitterness, no too overpowering, into the smooth tropical fruit flavors. The finish has some minor spice notes with balanced acidity.

One of the better Imperial IPA’s we’ve tasted recently. Has the big flavor to satisfy hopheads without being too over the top. This would be a great pairing with a sharp cheddar, fish tacos or grilled peaches.

The Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 4.0 Pints out of 5


Captain Lawrence Palate Shifter Imperial IPA

Capt Lawrence Palate Shifter IPACaptain Lawrence Brewing Company has been crafting a wide variety of beers in Elmsford, New York since 2005. Featuring year round, seasonal and specialty beers Captain Lawrence Brewing Company has almost two dozen beers in their portfolio. One of their year round offerings is an Imperial IPA named Palate Shifter.

The beer pours a slightly hazy golden color with orange highlights. The one finger white head shows great retention. Once the head finally dissipates a rather impressive lacing is left behind. The carbonation is also notable.

Hop forward aromas of pine resin and grapefruit pith leap from the glass. Citrus notes of lemon and tangerine are also present along with tropical notes of pineapple and mango. Floral and herbaceous hop notes are also detectable. A hint of pale malts can be found hiding beneath the hops.

The palate echoes the bouquet very well. Some pale malt notes provide a backdrop for all the hops. Flavors of pine resin hit first and are immediately followed with grapefruit, pineapple, mango and tangerine notes. Grassy and herbal notes take the lead from the fruit right before they surrender to bitter pine resin and grapefruit pith. The mouth is weighty and the alcohol is well hidden.

This is a great Imperial IPA. It is very well balanced but packs a hop punch! Try this one with stilton, B.L.T. with spicy mayo or papaya sorbet. PintRate-4

The Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 4.0 Pints out of 5

Southern Tier Gemini

Southern Tier GeminiIn operation since late 2002, Southern Tier Brewing Company of Lakewood, New York is a fan favorite for craft beer lovers. Boasting an impressive portfolio of year round and seasonal brews, owners Phin and Sara DeMink keep expanding and pushing the boundaries of their vision.

In 2014 they made a decision to re-release Gemini, an imperial blended ale. Named after twins Castor and Pollux of Greek Mythology, Gemini is a blend of an Imperial Pale Ale and an Imperial IPA.

The beer pours a clear light orange with a one finger soapy white head. The head lacks retention but does leave a bit of lacing. The beer is nicely carbonated and displays a plethora of tiny bubbles rising in the glass.

On the nose citrus notes of grapefruit pith, lemon zest and tangerine hit first. White floral and grassy hop notes make an appearance and then give way to aromas of tropical fruits. Piney hop notes are also notable. Sweet caramel malt and toast grain notes balance the hops and add complexity.

The same citrus notes of tangerine, lemon zest and grapefruit from the nose flood the palate. Tropical notes, dominated by pineapple intermingle with the citrus notes. Floral and earthy hop notes give way to resinous pine notes that bring a certain dryness and bitterness to the profile. Balancing all the hops are sweet caramel malts and bready notes. The finish, while well balanced, shows a lingering pine note.

Gemini is the perfect example of two being better than one. Blending two Imperial beer together makes for one amazing brew! Try pairing this one with Blue Veined Cheddar, Szechuan dishes or Flan. 4 Out Of 5 Pints

The Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 4.0 Pints out of 5

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