Twin Sisters Double IPA - Left Hand Brewing Company

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Twin Sisters Double IPATwin Sisters Double IPA

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412 Ratings

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Ratings: 412
Reviews: 232
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 10.93%
Wants: 32
Gots: 25 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Left Hand Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 05-21-2006

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Reviews by SportsandJorts:
Photo of SportsandJorts
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: deep orange. couple fingers of a foamy head that leaves a lacing. good clarity but some sediment

Smell: strong hops and barley

Taste: strong hops right off the bat. turns into a malt strong beer with a spicy rye and barley

Mouthfeel: fairly warm. pretty sticky

Overall: a good take and tasty. well crafted. but the tastes don't work well enough together to be great

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to hoppedup for the bottle,poured a deep hazy orange with a big blooming white head that formed nicely into a 1/2 finger creamy-like mass.Big citrus aromas lemon rind and grapefruit with lighter caramel notes,not as is your face hop wise as most of the style but there is plenty of hops to go around very citrusy and some resiny notes come more as I drink more with some herbal/grass showing thru as well its quite yeasty as well the malt base is on the dryer side and holds up well.I think this is a fine beer not as big and brash as others of the style but quite nice,I would reccomend it.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue IX:

From their "Big Mo" series, this big-ass, bottle-conditioned India Pale Ale is brewed with Rocky Mountain water, malted & flaked barley, malted rye, hops and yeast. Wait, if this is a Double IPA, and IPA stands for India Pale Ale, what's with the redundant "Ale" on the label?

Bright light-golden color with a touch of cloudiness; topped with a tight white, creamy foam lacing. Big green hop aroma, hints of vegetable, soap and spicy rye notes, pine resin and a deep, sweet alcohol. Smooth. Super creamy, fluffy and silky. Full and even. Semi-viscous, near syrupy at times. Sweet up front with a fresh malt character, followed by some caramel, tapioca, overripe pineapple, candied fruits and rye spice around the edges that segue nicely into the hops--which are big with flavor: bitter greens, sticky hop oils, ashy resins and dried leaves. Warming, spicy alcohol. Mouthfeel goes a bit coarse as things warm.

The hops, while certainly present and intricate, seem to get lost in the sweetness; which along with the big fruitiness of this beer, gets a bit too cloying for us.

Photo of blitz134
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fairly clear amber, caramel color. Huge head on the initial pour, but after topping off a couple of times there is a nice one inch thick, lumpy, off-white head on top that stays til the bottom. Nice lace is spread sporadically on the sides of the glass. Nicely done.

Strong aromas of sweet, citrus and piney hops. Smells like amarillo mostly. The sweetness is a bit of grapefruit and some lemony hints. Caramel malts come in as well to make this smell sweet. Overally it has a nice, fresh, raw hop aroma.

Nice malty backbone supports the bitterness in this well with its biscuity malts, quite the change from the malts found in the aroma. Pine and citrus malts come through once again but with a little more raw earthy taste as well. Finishes fairly bitter. Well done overall I think, maybe a touch understated. No hints of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied which make this go down easy. Coats the mouth well and really allows the bitterness to linger on for a bit. Good drinkability, nothing out of the box but a solid DIPA in my opinion that isn't over the top, which I consider a plus.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, 2008 Bottle Conditioned on the label.
In a pint glass, the beer was a hazy orange color with a thick tan head that rapidly dissipated. A bit of lace.
Strong citrus aroma. Sweet/floral. Tickle your nose peppery.
Grapefruit and tangerine taste, sweet bread. Didn't quite live up to the promise of the aroma.
Still, a nice, mellow DIPA.

Photo of Beaver13
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, corked and caged. Pours a clear (until the last pour) copper with a decent yellowish creamy head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet bready honey and some fruity piney/grassy hops.

The flavor is sweet melon-ey malts followed quickly by a decent bitter earthy hoppiness. It has a pretty clean finish with little aftertaste, and the alcohol is very well-hidden. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with decent carbonation.

Overall, it's a decent DIPA. The flavor profile is kind of simple though - there's not a lot there. It's not really worth the price - I'd take Hercules over this any day of the week.

Photo of merlin48
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 ml bomber pours a hazy apricot body with some "floaties" in suspension. Sturdy beige head leaves a ton of lace. Aroma has huge waves of maltiness, toffee, molasses, and orange marmalade. Body is almost full. Medium carbonation and a syrupy feel that becomes cloying. Taste has an assertive hops bitterness that is mostly citrus but edged with pine sap. Lots of toffee and caramel maltiness that is overly sweet. Orange marmalade notes in the middle. A bit out of balance on the sweet side.

Photo of jondeelee
3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Twin Sisters opens to a bright, hoppy nose, with pink grapefruit, lemon, sugary rosewater, and pine resin dominating, with lesser touches of grapefruit rind and mint. The aromas are very sweet, everything about this beer—even the hops—geared toward sugary, fruity, citrusy aromas. There’s also a nice bed of fruit esters, including orange, apricot, cherry, berry, and peach, all of which mingle with candi sugar, brown sugar, and dashed of super sweet confectioner’s sugar, and provide a nice bolstering effect to the citrusy hops. Grape Nuts cereal, biscuit, and light floury baguette add earthiness. As a whole, the nose is very nice, and while it is not at all the hop blast that often comes from Double IPAs, it’s still obviously hop-centered, being quite fruity and citrusy, and immediately notable in this sense as excellent summer fare.

On the tongue, the beer proves to be sweet and lightly hoppy, the hops bringing pink grapefruit, sugary rosewater, and very light touches of pine and lemon. More noticeable, however, are the massive levels of sugar and fruit esters, with orange, apricot, cherry, berry, and peach mixing with heavy doses of brown sugar and candi sugar to produce a sweetness more reminiscent of syrup than beer. There’s just enough pine and grapefruit rind to somewhat reign in this sweetness, and the biscuit/floury baguette/Grape Nuts cereal grain base adds further weak pulls back to earth. A bit more hop bitterness does come out late in the mouthful as the sugars die off, and the aftertaste also boasts a bit more hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is a surprisingly heavily sugared Double IPA, and in fact in many ways doesn’t feel like a Double IPA at all. Yes, the 9.6% ABV is well hidden beneath the heavy sugars, but for its 77 IBUs, this still comes across more like a sweet, fruity, citrusy cocktail than a beer, and needed a bit more dandelion stem or pine resin hop bite to balance this sweetness. It’s still good beer, mind you—but not quite what is expected.

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours peachy amber under a 2” white foam cap that hugs the side of the glass.
S: Fresh cut grass with some citrus rind, resin and light caramel.
T: Malt and caramel lead the attack with light fruit and orange in the background followed by citrus rind bitterness that lingers delightfully.
F: Creamy, fine soft carbonation, medium body.
O: A big beer with a decent balance between the malt, hops and alcohol.

Photo of Dizzy
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours copper colored (slightly hazy) with a light tan/off white head. Head retention is great! Smell is citrusy (grapefruit) and maybe some pine like aroma. Strong bitterness is the first thing I taste, but it seems well balanced with all that malt. Medium bodied with quite a bit of carbonation, a faint alcohol burn is noticeable.. This is quite drinkable for the ABV, not as good as Dogfish Head 90 min. IPA, but much better than Rogues I2PA.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark copper color, not much head, formed late in the pour. Aroma, a little sweet, but largely lacking.

Taste, ooh, herbal hop, bitterness, warming, leaning to the almost pine side, possibly because of the herbal feel from the initial mouthfeel. A pretty easy drinking beer given the abv, bitterness. Glad I picked this up, for me, left hand has been all over the place in terms of quality/likeability, but 2010 has been a good year for them in my book.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brilliant bright clear orange copper body with a bright off white head forming thick, lacing is fine and intricate evenly spread. Aroma has earthy/pine/citrus hop character in the nose with an underlying sugar coated malt balance. Flavor is wrapped with booze and malt sweetness a very sharp caramel/sugar coated hop character rolls across the palate. Sharp citrus peels dominates the palate along with evident hot alcohol, sweet yes but even in the sweetness it's like citrus peel bitterness amongst the sweet sugar coated malts. Mouthfeel coats the palate with hop oils/alcohol/and malts a bit of residual sugars this one could get cloying but it's definitely tasty. Drinkability overall this is a solid flavorful DIPA, I didn't know what to expect from Left Hand's super hoppy category I've only really been exposed to their standard lineup. Needless to say a solid offering, just a bit booze ridden compared to some of the more balanced versions of the DIPA.

Photo of glid02
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this on-tap at BSP in Atlanta.

Pours a dark gold/light copper color with a one-finger slightly off-white head. The head dissipates slowly into a thin layer of bubbles on top and a thick ring around the glass. There's a decent amount of lacing.

Smells good. Lots of pine and sweet malt aromas. There's also a faint citrus smell that makes its way out every now and then.

Tastes similar to how it smells. A very sharp pine hop taste hits right after the sweet malt flavor. There's a light vanilla flavor as well, along with a very light alcohol flavor. A mild bitterness hits at the end.

Mouthfeel is good. This beer has a good thickness, but the carbonation is a bit on the heavy side. Still pretty smooth.

Drinkability is good. This goes down easily for a beer with an ABV this high, and it's hardly noticeable.

Overall this is a good beer, but nothing to write home about - the flavors don't seem to meld together too well. I'm glad I could try this on-tap, as the price for a bomber is a bit steep.

Photo of jbphoto88
3.41/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a large 25.36 oz brown bottle, corked and cadged. Pours a deep amber clear honey/maple syrup color with a thick tan head. Fluffy and creamy it dissipates to a collar and island of fine bubbles.

Smell is mild for a double IPA. There are muted hops, slightly piney and a warm sweet malt scent.

Taste is nothing stellar either. The same weak hop flavors are there and the base malt profile is almost to sweet for my palate. There are hints of great flavors here but they have subsided. There is no best by date but I imagine by the taste and scent its a little old. Hopefully the flavor was more vibrant when it was fresher because now its a little dull. It has aged well in other areas. The malts albeit a little sweet are warm and complex and the only redeeming factor of this beer.

Fine carbonation keep this beer feeling good however there are few compensatory qualities and this was an expensive brew. I don't think I would ever spend the bucks for this one again. All in all I feel it was a let down for the style, the cost, the flavor and scent.

Photo of jmz62565
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange amber with a white foamy head. The lacing is great and the head itself lasts forever. The smell is a very strong "bisquity" aroma. Walk into a bakery,thats this beer. The taste is like the smell with a full bread yeast flavor with bitter hops and the high alcohol leaves a nice warming bite. There are also slight sweet flavors of candy sugar and carmel along with a piney flavor. The m/f is medium with the flavors mixing pretty well. A good beer, not great,but you could do a lot worse than this. Cheers.

Photo of GilGarp
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber served cold into a pint glass.

New label artwork is a huge improvement over the old one, by the way.

It pours a slightly hazy copper red with a creamy sticky head that leaves great lace. A very nice looking double IPA.

Aroma is very fresh and hoppy. Not entirely west coast but not all east coast either. I guess that makes sense for a Colorado DIPA.

Flavor is huge, hoppy, and very bitter. There is actually a nice bit of sweetness up front but it doesn't go very far towards balancing it out. Lots of citrus including grapefruit. There is a little bit of barleywine going on with the caramel but it still seems very fresh.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and properly carbonated.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed a couple of these from the sto.

Pours a totally clear orange ambery color with an ok white head that dissipates fast and leaves ok lacing.

Nose is mostly west coast hoppage and a bit of spice. Some biscuit malt as well.

Taste comes through first with good citrus pine hops, mostly pine, and some spice. The biscuity malt comes through, but not in full force. Kind of an akward corn sugary taste through the middle. Bitter hop finish is dry and lingers nicely.

Mouthfeel is good for the style but could use just a touch more carbonation. All around though, the mouthfeel is nice.

Drinkability is quite good for the style and especially for the 9% abv. Goes down easy, could make more than one of these happen for sure.

Overall a pleasant DIPA and a fair representation of the style. Certainly not the best DiPA out there, but one worth having every now and then. LH is hit or miss with me, but this one doesnt fall into either category as far as im concerned. No gem, but certainly a good beer.

Photo of Sammy
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Maple Sugar. I like rye, it added to the edgy bitterness in this DIPA. Dark orange colour, lacey. Average mouthfeel. Surprisingly no aroma. Good hop mix Cascade, Glacier, Tomahawk, Liberty and Crystal. Big IBU. Not the Best of the style, far from the worst, good drinkability.Sipper however.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Left Hand's Twin Sisters Double IPA is named after the Twin Sisters peaks in the Rocky mountains.

The bottle I have is not painted, and has a metallic glued-on body label but no neck label.

Here's my review...

A: Clear golden body beneath a 2 to 3 finger thick head. Excellent retention. Brilliant lacing... initial wide rings of creamy lace eventually fade, but at the end of the glass it's entirely coated with residual rings, streaks, spots and splatters! Oddly, the label reads "2008 bottle conditioned but I don't detect any yeast at all.
S: The aroma is more malty than hoppy, which is an interesting twist. There's a light bit of spiciness, which may be alcohol, or may be the rye. It's also a bit fruity from the yeast. Oddly, I also got a quick note of popcorn (but don't think butter! - think more the corn of popcorn... it's a grainy note). Surprisingly, it's not really hoppy, but VERY enticing!
T: Remarkably well-balanced between lightly sweet, directly grainy, and just slightly caramelish malt with a hint of yeasty fruitiness, and floral and grassy hops. The rye adds a touch of residual spiciness to the finish. The hops, however, are kind of elusive - not that they're not there - it's just that they're not clear as to what variety they are. Which is OK with me, and in fact, I kind of like that. I could hazard a guess at Crystal being included, but really who knows or cares, it's a good blend!!! (This year's version is probably different that the previous years due to the unavailability of hops this time around).
M: Medium bodied, but fairly well dried out. Some medium bodied beers can have a dextrinous edge to them, but this does not, it's just straight-on 'medium'. Fine-bubbled carbonation. Mildly zesty on the tongue, which works well with the malt and hops.
D: Very drinkable beer. As in VERY DRINKABLE BEER! And especially for a double IPA!!! If this is actually 9% I'm shocked. It doesn't taste it at all. Superbly done! Well worth trying!!!

Photo of cjgator3
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle
2008 edition

A- Pours a golden orange color with a large off-white head that leaves a good amount of lacing.

S- The aroma is malt with hints of rye, and some citrusy hops.

T- The taste features a solid malt backbone and a good dose of citric hops in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- This is a pretty solid DIPA that is worth a shot. Recommended.

Photo of telecomz
2.9/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Nice copper. Fast dissipating head.

S - Slight citrus and weak hop aroma. Weak for a DIPA.

T - Malt and hops. More malt than hops. Slightly disappointing.

M - Moderate wight. Suitable carbonation (light)

D - Average. Felt hot.

Not the best, not the worst.

Photo of russpowell
3.66/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Review based on notes

Pours an effervescent apricot with 2+ fingers of cream colored head. Sheets of lacing circle the the glass, good head retention as well.

S: Some piney hops & apricot

T: Piney hops, breadyness, a touch of honey malt, & leafy hops up front. Pineapple & grapefruit hops on the roof of the mouth, as this warms. Finishes piney with a touch of breadyness

MF: Creamy, perfect carbonation, good balance, skews fruitty

Drinks alright for a DIPA, a bit over priced @ $8.99 a bomber IMO

Photo of osusullins
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours gold with white head.

Smells strongly of hops. Lots of citrus.

Taste is caramel up front, with loads of citrus hops that finish up strong. Light body with medium carbonation.

This is an average DIPA. This is my favorite beer style, and while I can appreciate the taste of this beer there are several DIPA's that I would reach for before even thinking about this beer.

Photo of neddy191
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle dated 2006.

Pre-sample impression: I expect the hops to have dissipated but at 9.6% hopefully it has aged well.

A: moderately hazy. copper. 1 finger off-white head.

S: not as strong as I would expect for a double IPA but given its age I think its expected. Definately hop predominant. Citrusy American hops

T: Remarkably, more balanced than I had expected - again likely related to age. Still balanced toward the hops but a nice malt backbone stands up to the hops well.

M: medium bodied. Nice, not nearly as thick as I would anticipate a 9.6% abv beer to be.

D: very drinkable in its current aged-state. This is more of a session beer than any strong ale I've had to date. I'd pop open another bottle if I had one.

Overall a very good beer. I expect it would have been better fresh but still very good.

Photo of cannabanaceae
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one poured in a pint glass, then as I was reviewing it noticed a snifter pattern on bottle so ,then poured into snifter. Straw colored to orange. Tiny white head.

Smell was fruity with a malt background, not overwelming.

Taste was a solid IIPA. Bitter in front, with a noticeable malt profile. Noticing a alcohol presence. With a hop aggressiveness. The rye in this beer ads to th eoverall complexity. Nice lingering bitter finish. Not jaw dropping but solid.

Pretty easy drinking for the alchol and the style. KUDOS. One of the better beers ive had from this brewery.

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Twin Sisters Double IPA from Left Hand Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 412 ratings.