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Twin Sisters Double IPA - Left Hand Brewing Company

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Twin Sisters Double IPATwin Sisters Double IPA

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376 Ratings

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Ratings: 376
Reviews: 224
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 24
Gots: 9 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 05-21-2006)
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Photo of babaracas


3.9/5  rDev +4%

Pours a clear amber with one finger dense foamy white head, fades leaving splotchy lace. Smell: bam! citrus rind, grapefruit, pine, resinous. Taste: grapefruit, orange, spicy, a bit green, pretty alcoholic, a nice juicy pale malt backdrop with just a touch of caramel sweetness. Very happy that this one didn't live up to the label's promise of a balanced DIPA. A bit rough around the edges, but enjoyable. Late Sept 2010 release.

10-29-2010 04:35:15 | More by babaracas
Photo of sonata2008


4.33/5  rDev +15.5%

I was pleased to see that a local pub offered this beer as a cask.

A: Clear, golden copper color with a finger width of foam. Not much carbonation.
S: Definitely a strong hops aroma with lots of pine.
T: A nice grapefruit flavor with some spice, and floral notes. A pleasant bitter hops finish. Very nicely balanced.
MF: Medium mouth feel, smooth and creamy.
D: A lovely beer. Very smooth. Goes down nicely.

10-24-2010 21:35:10 | More by sonata2008
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


3.74/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

10-24-2010 05:21:11 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of lordofthewiens


4.1/5  rDev +9.3%

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.

10-20-2010 21:57:21 | More by lordofthewiens
Photo of BigPlay1824

New York

3.53/5  rDev -5.9%

Served in a pint glass

A: Overall not an entirely beatiful beer to look at. Has a very clear appearance without even the slightest hint of cloudiness i sometimes enjoy in strong beers. The color is mostly golden with a slight reddish hue.

S: Lacking slightly in this category because the brew does not have the strong scent that most other double IPA's have. very dulled hoppiness as far as the smell is concerned.

T: As with the other categories, Twin Sisters is lacking slightly in the taste category. That is not to say that it is in anyway a bad taste but that it is not up to the level of the strong tastes that i would associate with a double ipa.

M: Very smooth mouthfeel which makes it a very easy to drink brew.

D: As mentioned above it is a very easy to drink brew and i would go as far as saying that it is one of the few double ipa's that could be drank in large amounts.

10-20-2010 00:09:46 | More by BigPlay1824
Photo of ocelot2500


3.68/5  rDev -1.9%

Pours a clear golden orange with a tight white head that leaves plenty of lacing.

Smells of tropical fruits and some citrus.

Tastes of decent hops up front with a decently bitter finish. Malt backbone is fairly good with some caramel sweetness coming through and rounding everything out. Hops have notes of grapefruit, mango, and pineapple. Hops could be more assertive on the palate. Would like more bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

10-16-2010 02:42:53 | More by ocelot2500
Photo of daledeee


3.85/5  rDev +2.7%

A 22 oz bomber with a new label compared to the website.

The beer poured a very dark gold with an orange tinge. Head was medium but lacing was excellent.

Nose is floral and citrus. Not real strong. As I drank the beer and swirled it, I got a couple whiffs of strong alcohol.

Taste is citrus, mostly grapefruit, malt and sweet. It tastes good but the depth is not quite there.

Mouth feel is medium and not quite top shelf.

Drinkability is good; alcohol is not real strong/warming.

10-15-2010 23:27:06 | More by daledeee
Photo of chaz410

North Carolina

3.3/5  rDev -12%

Got this beer at the flying saucer in Charlotte NC on tap.
Pours a staw colored yellow body with a thick white head that disappears quickly.
Smells of piney and grassy hops with very dried malty backbone.
Taste similar to smell. Very dry and grassy overall. Some floral bittering flavor colliding with thick and basic caramel malt character.
It's pretty dry but not overpowering for the ABV and IBUs.
Thick mouthfeel and it's fairly dense for the style.

10-14-2010 03:18:31 | More by chaz410
Photo of Jeffo


3.85/5  rDev +2.7%

Got this at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a bomber into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a medium, fluffy looking, off-white head with good retention. Color is burnt orange, totally clear, with medium carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a good foam cap leaving immediate lacing down the sides of the glass. A slight wisp and ring remain, leaving some nice lacing as well. Good looking.

SMELL: Sweet pale malts, notes of pine, honeydew melon and pineapple. A nice fruity nose, but it could be a little bolder.

TASTE: Pale malts and some biscuit notes. A little sweeter than the norm, with some honeydew melon and pineapple. Hints of pine and some hop bitterness come through near the finish. A big, lingering aftertaste is piney with some bitter hops. Pretty good really. It's not a bitter, hop bomb, but it starts out with a sweet malt component at the beginning, and slowly transitions to a bitter, hoppier finish. Nice.

PALATE: Medium body and carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down fine with a bit of a burn after the swallow, and finishes slightly mouth-coating.

OVERALL: Pretty decent brew really. It's not a bitter hop bomb, so don't expect that, but it's a tasty, interesting, maltier version of a DIPA. Dare I say, it's a more "balanced" interpretation. The taste profile starts out plenty sweet, showcasing a strong malt backbone, and later moves to the bitter, hoppier act after the swallow. Tells a story, like a beer should. Give it a chance if you see it. Recommended.

10-13-2010 11:29:09 | More by Jeffo
Photo of MetalHopHead6


3.85/5  rDev +2.7%

Left Hand Twin Sisters Double IPA is liquid bread.

It poured cloudy gold with a thick white head and cascading bubbles. There was a wall of lace left on the glass. The aroma was crisp and citric during the pour; however, the flavor was thick and yeasty with a salty dry roasted finish. The feel also was thick with a rich, but not over-powering bitterness.

The thick feel of Twin Sisters is like ale-soaked bread and the flavor is salty and nutty. It was a good experience.

10-10-2010 22:49:08 | More by MetalHopHead6
Photo of kk73


3.38/5  rDev -9.9%

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into my glass. Bottled in 2010. Thanks to dmunroe for this one.

A - Pours a slightly cloudy brunt orange/amber color. Less than a one finger white head that disappeared quickly into a ring of foam around my glasss, some lacing.

S - Maybe the nose if off, but some bready malt. Piney hops, with a hint of citrus, which I cant pinpoint.

T - Seems to follow the nose. Piney hops upfront, sweet malt midway, followed with some citrus notes. Slightly bitter on the finish.

M - Definitely not sticky. I would say more oily, medium body, and moderate carbonation.

D - This was ok, but did not leave me wanting another. Always worth seeking out at least once. Fairly well balanced, but the hop presence seemed less than inspiring.

10-08-2010 07:16:41 | More by kk73
Photo of telecomz


2.9/5  rDev -22.7%

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.

10-06-2010 23:10:00 | More by telecomz
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West Virginia

4.13/5  rDev +10.1%

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.

10-05-2010 02:18:20 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of GilGarp


4.03/5  rDev +7.5%

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.

09-30-2010 03:48:56 | More by GilGarp
Photo of Mebuzzard


2.85/5  rDev -24%

A huge beer, here. Pours a light brown/ruby color, topped with a nice looking head. Good retention and lacing.

Aroma = hops and alcohol, with some sweet malt spread in here and there. Balanced, it is not in the aroma. Eye watering.

yeah, hops in the flavor. Pine, some orange peel soaked in alcohol, and candied sugar. This isn't impressing me. If balance was the goal, it was missed--wide right. But, if this is a hop bomb, well done. Although the alcohol makes the hops and bitterness burn. The flavor is lost.

The bite of the hops is negated by huge sugars and alcohol. harsh.
Hard to drink a big bottle...so I didn't finish it.

09-25-2010 21:58:04 | More by Mebuzzard
Photo of ism

New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev -2.7%

Bottle poured into a pint glass, mostly clear with deep amber hues, and a creamy wheat-coloured head and sudsy lacing. Very good retention, and a pleasure to feel the creaminess of the head on your tongue. Nose is predominantly malty sweet, with orange bitterness, rye spice, and a smidge of pine.

Body is syrupy smooth, medium, with good carbonation. Big grapefruit hops in front, with a sweet malty backbone, biscuit notes, and piney resin in the finish. An undercurrent of spice livens it up, but on the whole, a little too sweet for my tastes.

Definitely a bold beer, hiding the alcohol very well, complex, but just a little too bland due to cloying sweetness approaching that of a 40oz. Would have again, but for very infrequent occasions.

09-25-2010 00:20:28 | More by ism
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3.65/5  rDev -2.7%

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.

09-20-2010 17:12:34 | More by BeerAdvocate
Photo of BeanBone


3.68/5  rDev -1.9%

Appearance: A crystal-clear orange-amber body capped by a finger and a half of tightly packed off-white head that endures well and leaves great lacing.

Aroma: Hops with notes of caramelized orange, spice, and piney over a solid caramel malt body. Lots of booze as it warms.

Flavor: Citrusy, piney, and spicy hops up front. Underneath, biscuit and rye malt with a splash of alcohol following closely. A big blast of orange peel right at the finish. Somehow it seemed a little thin at first, as if the hops were more focused on aroma than flavor, but after a few sips it came alive. Orange peel and spicy alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with smooth carbonation and a dry finish. Oily alcohol throughout.

Drinkability: Drinks a little quicker than the average for the style, but still requires some time.

Verdict: Twin Sisters is a solid Double IPA geared towards the spicier side of the spectrum. It won't blow you away with a three-figure IBU rating, but still delivers lots of complexity along with above-average drinkability.

09-20-2010 01:54:55 | More by BeanBone
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3.28/5  rDev -12.5%

A: Pours a nice hazy reddish/orange color. A thin and bubbly white head forms. The foam gently recedes to a ring and leaves some lace.
S: Big floral, grassy, and citrus aromas up front. There is a nice herbal, green tea like aroma. A sweetness lingers to balanced everything out.
T: This is odd. Kind of nondescript, dank and musky hops. A big sweetness of candy sugar. There is a light grainy quality as well. Odd dry wood lingers with a fairly strong bitterness. Just odd all around, and nothing meshes well.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Crisp snap with a nice dry feeling. Plenty of alcohol that makes for a slow sipping beer.

This is just an odd beer. Interesting, but nothing really meshes right for me. Worth a try, but will not be a repeat by for me.

09-16-2010 21:44:35 | More by champ103
Photo of StoneBrewFanatic


3.95/5  rDev +5.3%

22 oz. Bottled in 2010

A - Pours a very nice amber color into my pint glass with two fingers of head, really excellent retention and lacing.

S - Sweet Malts are prominent, followed by biscuit, piny hops and a bit of orange/grapefruit citrus.

T - Sweetness is at the front again, caramel and toffee malts, nice hop bite to it that is a bit citrus and piny. I really like the bitterness that lingers on my palate making me want to drink more.

M - The feel is this brews strong point in my opinion. SUPER creamy, coats the mouth oh so nicely, not too heavy, and really pleases the palate overall.

D - I am enjoying this one for sure and probably will pick up another at some time. It's really smooth, very tasty, and overall a solid DIPA.

09-12-2010 20:37:49 | More by StoneBrewFanatic
Photo of philbertk


3.05/5  rDev -18.7%

Left Hand Brewing Company Twin Sisters Double IPA Ale 2008-9 Release 22 oz. Bottle. 9.90% ABV. 77 IBU's 3.0 / 5.0 IPA--Double. Bottle Conditioned 2008.Very thin white light lacy head. Hazy bright rich orange gold color. Odd floral hop front. Crisp dry sweet hot thin rich golden ale fully fermented light caramel hop infused citrus pine body. Hot hop spice EtOH end. Unbalanced--Aged Poorly. Sampled2/5/2010. $4.99 Each.

02-06-2010 05:42:32 | More by philbertk
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3/5  rDev -20%

A - Copper colored. Pretty darn hazy actually.

S - Very nice and citrusy, but not at high enough levels in my opinion. However, there was some sweetness in the background which came out nicely. I am just wanting more hop aroma. Thats what you expect from an Imperial IPA with the aroma.

T - Not bad. Definitely citrus flavored, but I got sweetness too that was from the malts. Malty flavors are acceptable in this style of beer, but I thought the malty flavor actually out-powered the hoppy flavor. But I have had other IPAs like this one, just not Imperial styled IPAs. It was ok, but not what I expected from a double.

M - Slightly dry mouthfeel, but not really dry. Great carbonation level and decent weight on it. I think the sweetness lent to the mouthfeel the most, which is not what I expected.

D - Not bad, but not great. It was just Average all around. I drank this one, but I guess I was expecting a lot more from it. For an I-IPA, it lacked a stronger hop aroma and a hoppy flavor.

Overall this was a pretty average beer. I mean I probably might buy it again, but there are definitely better beers out there.

Maybe it was just a bad bottle. SOMEONE, QUICK!! RUN ME TO THE BEER STORE TO GET ANOTHER ONE!!

01-13-2010 21:25:04 | More by phillipzayas
Photo of cpetrone84


3.65/5  rDev -2.7%

A-very hazy deep orange color, decent two fingers of a slightly off white head leaving a pretty nice lacing on the glass

S-sweet malt up front that is immediately followed by a light smell of grapefruit

T/M-smooth and oily, slick down the throat, bitter hops hit right away followed by a sweet caramel malt, finishing with a slight amount of citrus

D-very average DIPA, its relatively balanced but the alcohol shines through

11-22-2009 16:51:27 | More by cpetrone84
Photo of nickfl


4.2/5  rDev +12%

A - Pours with a small, white head on a slightly hazy, orange-copper body. Decent retention and lace.

S - Fruity hops with some orange and pineapple notes and a hint of pine. Toast and bready malt notes in the background.

T - Fruity, spicy hops up front with sweet, toasty malt. More pine notes develop towards the finish with moderate pithy bitterness. Grapefruit and a hint of tobacco linger on the palate.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Quite drinkable, nice fruity hops and plenty of bitterness are balanced by light, sweet malt. I just happened to come across this the other day and while I wouldn't have necessarily expected much from a Lefthand double IPA, I was pleasantly surprised.

09-24-2009 07:13:30 | More by nickfl
Photo of claykeller


3.78/5  rDev +0.8%

Serving Type: 1pt 6oz bottle. Poured into the Sam Adams glass.

Appearance: Very thick and cloudy dirty yellow.

Smell: Pine and malts. Can clearly smell the alcohol.

Taste: Pine and malt flavoring. Less bitter than any other Double's I've had.

Mouthfeel: Fairly thick beer, but not as slippery as I would expect from one this thick.

Drinkability: Very drinkable due to low bitterness, but it is a rich beer. Be careful on this one. It went down very easy, but it hit me pretty hard a bit later.

Notes: This one needs to warm in order to taste more balanced. The alcohol smell is a little overpowering at that point though.

09-05-2009 22:24:00 | More by claykeller
Twin Sisters Double IPA from Left Hand Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 376 ratings.