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Twin Sisters Double IPA - Left Hand Brewing Company

Twin Sisters Double IPATwin Sisters Double IPA

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BA SCORE
85
very good

365 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 365
Reviews: 224
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.2%


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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 05-21-2006)
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jondeelee

Massachusetts

3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2013 19:25:56 | More by jondeelee
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A: Deep copper-tan in color, opaque and lightly carbonated. A small head quickly dissipates and leaves little lacing.

S: Honey and floral notes, reminding of honeyed tea. A crackery backdrop lingers.

T/M: The flavors largely follow the nose, with the floral aspects at the front of the palate. Subtle notes of orange rind play against a good dose of honey-sweet malts. Viscous, almost chewy, the brew could use a little more carbonation to rinse the bold concoction. Alcohol is noted toward the finish, which is long and leans sweet.

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Pours a very cloudy orange gold color with a 2 finger off white foamy head that was full of bubbles and faded slowly leaving a layer on top and good spotty lacing as it went down, leaving rings; there was a ton of yeast particles floating in this murky looking brew that also had bubbles racing up it and looked more like a Belgian than an IPA after the head dissipated.

Smells of malt, orange peel, citrus hops and light caramel; the nose was very faint and it took effort to pull the notes out which is quite unusual for an IPA/DIPA…the nose was kind of lame.

Tastes of sweet malt and citrus hops up front, with brown sugar, toasted grains, orange, mango, grapefruit, cinnamon, piney hops, biscuit, grass, tea leaf, spices like pepper and coriander, and some more bready notes like yeast or graham cracker; it seemed like the hops were going to smash ashore with a huge wave of flavor but when it hit the beach the malty sweetness washed over the palate and left a grainy/buttery coating. The hops are present, but for a DIPA are on the weak side. English IPA style more than DIPA, but pretty tasty none the less.

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"For as long as people have inhabited Colorado's front range, the twin sisters peaks have had a strong impact on our sensibilities. Make the trek up the 11,428' peaks for breathtaking views, or enjoy them from afar here at the brewery as an expression of admiration we crafted Twin Sisters Double IPA. This is no Ale of singular dimension, for double doesn't just mean double the hops, but double the malt in our book. The balance between these two siblings brings a complexity and depth far too often overlooked." Brewed in the style of an American Double IPA. Released annually in 22 oz. bottles.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a tulip glass. Served above 53º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a medium thick fizzy golden white head over a clear orange body. There is no haze nor cloudiness, but sediment is plentiful, with pulpy matter in suspension. Retention is above average, lacing is light and spotty. 4

(Smell) Hop aromas of tropical fruits and herbal notes keep the light caramel and peppery rye malt bill in check. Potency is medium- this is a rather tame DIPA with an aromatic preference for sweeter malt undertones. Altogether, it's an enjoyable, if not too ordinary aroma. 3.75

(Taste) Malt characters of caramel syrup with a mellow herbal and fruit hop background. The beer finishes with a peppery, boozy and big bitter finish. There wasn't much hop flavor in this Double IPA, although the bitterness certainly did a good job at countering the malt build. The beer also has a bit more difficulty concealing the alcohol than most Double IPAs, thus making it a gracious sipper. It's not a Double IPA for everybody. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Texture is smooth and slick, relatively light with a mild stickiness. Carbonation adds some zip to the texture and a bit of creaminess. Body is light/medium amongst Double IPAs, medium+ overall. Finishes dry with a very noticeable ethanol presence- alcohol presence is medium/high. I'm curious if the off notes were intentional or just a by product of a lighter-bodied Double IPA. 3.25

(Overall) Amongst a country of world-class Double IPAs, this beer doesn't stack up quite as well. Expect a light and simple malt base with a very faint hop flavor, a substantial hop bitterness and some strong boozy esters and faint phenols. It leaves a bit more to be desired. 3.5

Left Hand Brewing Company's
Twin Sisters Double IPA
3.55/5.00

Serving type: bottle

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Twin Sisters Double IPA from Left Hand Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 365 ratings.