Tasting: December 5, 2014
Style: Imperial IPA
Beer #: 661
The tweet from Evil Twin proclaimed that people on a beer community website had favorably compared the brewery’s Molotov Lite to the legendary imperial IPA – Heady Topper.
Okay, I’ll bite.
A four-pack of Molotov Lite in tall-boy cans was $15.99. This is can number two. Even though I can’t do a side-by-side, I have had a number of Heady Toppers over the last couple of months and my last was as recent as this past week. Heady Topper and its near perfection are burned into my taste bud memory.
On the not-so-fast side – Molotov Lite doesn’t come close to the aromatics, viscosity and the juicy nectar characteristics of Heady Topper.
On the wait-a-minute side – Molotov Lite does have an eerily similar taste to Heady Topper. It is simply delicious and mimics the pineapple and tangerine rind bitterness.
I’ve said this before – rarity sometimes skews the actual product. I often wonder if Heady Topper were canned under a different label and available everywhere would this new beer enjoy the same status? Who knows? For now, I’ll call Molotov Lite about as close as a copy has come and I didn’t have to drive ten hours round trip. 94 points for Molotov Lite from me.