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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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very good

377 Ratings

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Ratings: 377
Reviews: 224
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 26
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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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

maltlikker, Dec 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Bieniek30, Dec 11, 2013
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3.71/5  rDev -1.1%

randeezy74, Nov 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

ChiefHopHead, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of rand
3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From 22 oz bottle to nonic pint glass

It's nice to try some "big" IPA's off the West Coast...Left Hand tries to blaze their own trail with this one ignoring the punchy, citrusy profiles that are popular right now, opting for more floral and dank (to use the 'term de jour' for brewers right now) flavors. Not the best DIPA I've had, but it works for what it's trying to do.

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.

rand, Nov 13, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

FINLANDski_1619, Oct 26, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20%

FrankHammer, Oct 21, 2013
Photo of Kevin79
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Kevin79, Oct 14, 2013
Photo of CHickman
3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and slick, with a buttery feel as it slides down and hides the 9.6% ABV quite well; medium to heavy body that was chewy and on the thick side, with light to average carbonation and a sweet overall flavor that showcases the malts and bready notes more than the hops. Finish is sweet with a slightly bitter touch that trails off sweet and grainy, like drinking an IPA with a piece of buttered toast in your mouth.

Overall it was a good beer, tasty enough and easy to drink considering the ABV; however, this was made and labeled as a DIPA and it was weak for the style and a tad pricey as well. I would have this again as it was good, but I doubt I’d pick up another bomber if there were other options at the same place.

CHickman, Oct 13, 2013
Photo of Jadjunk
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

"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

Jadjunk, Sep 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

SpongeRuiner, Sep 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

sneezye, Sep 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

fionn13, Sep 09, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ever so strong, classy and true to taste, the Left Hand Brewing Company comes to the table with an aggressively fortified IPA that supports its zesty bitterness with ample caramel sweetness. Though out of the West, its taste strikes me as more of a Midwest stab at the style.

Its appearance is quintessential high gravity Pale Ale. Deep in copper and amber, it cast a ned of haze across its aesthetics and gives it a denser-than actual appearance. A dense and creamy cap of foam rises to garnish its surface with strong retention and broken lace.

Its bold hop aromas start off sharply of grapefruit, orange peel and fresh sawn pine. Not to be outdone, a quick rebuttal from malt reveals high caramel, husky grain, and a bit whiff of bread crust. With a spicy note of alcohol, Twin Sister's aromas are quite complex but simplistically strong. Even a hint of pepper and licorice rise as the beer warms.

Its taste is malt driven at first- especially as the caramel, grain, bread crust and starch gives the beer a rounded, smooth and sweet start. Heading into the middle palate, the taste of hops begin to counteract the malt with elements of citrus peels and pulp. Fruit juice-like, its taste develops into an earthy grass, pine and certain botanical flavor. Yet to finish, it trails with a bitter tilt of resinous woods and herbs and never completely releases its caramel sweetness. Its final taste is salty and spicy with fennel and grain.

Medium-full in body, the beer's residual sweetness is evident early and often. Its high level of creaminess is attributed to the beer's residual sweetness and embedded carbonation to give it a bready-sweet texture. And it takes the beer a while to turn to a bitter-dry feel with spicy warmth to give final impressions.

It wouldn't surprise me to learn that the beer had employed rye as part of their grist as the spicy grain-like character reminds me of pumpernickle bread (sans caraway seed). Better-still, the ale seems to strive for a more even-keel balance than is typical for the trendy IPA- making it much more like a Dogfish Head 90 Minute type beer than a Stone IPA variety.

BEERchitect, Sep 08, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -26.7%

Rekrule, Aug 25, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20%

shiggins22, Aug 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

In_Control_Mike, Aug 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

JohnQVD, Aug 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

pastramionrye7, Aug 18, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

pheelingIt, Aug 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

pathman, Aug 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

stampfler07, Aug 08, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Kips, Aug 07, 2013
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3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

We crack a bomber, pouring a brew of glowing golden amber into our Founders snifters. It holds a two finger head of thick cream colored bubbles, showing excellent retention. Lacing is patterned and spotty. A chill haze cuts clarity, while chunks of sediment are suspended throughout. Carbonation appears to be mild. The aroma gives big floral and nectary hops, freshly sliced mango, pale and lightly caramel malts, fusel booziness, toffee, tannic teas, whole white peppercorn, tart candy sugars, meaty protein airs, honey, and pine sap. With warmth comes more booze, butters, dark cherry fruitiness, honey, barnyard grassiness, and a pseudo-cedar woodiness. Our first impression is that the flavoring showcases big booze, deep malts, and bright, syrupy fruity inclusions, with decent drinkability. As we sip, the taste opens with raw honey, chilling booze, butterscotch sugars, caramel and pale maltiness, light adjuncty grain, cinnamon and black pepper spice, pineapple, apricot, and mango fruitiness, and nectary and earthy hops. The middle comes to a peak with more of a floral hoppiness, with continued earthy bite, light dust and musk, stark alcohols, black pepper, caramel maltiness, lactic creaminess, and aluminum. Mixing through the finish are notes of vinyl plastics, caramel and cleaner pale maltiness, nail polish remover, harsh and hot booze, star fruit and pineapple flesh, floral hops, light vanillas, and faint buttery diacetyls. The aftertaste breathes of black pepper, mango and pear flesh fruitiness, adjuncty pales, vegetal bitterness, bittered orange rind, millet, soured lemon juiciness, soapy, herbal, and floral hoppiness, watery honeys, and sweet candied cherries. The body is medium to full, and carbonation is moderate. Each sip gives okay slurp, smack, cream, and froth, with thin finishing pop. The mouth is thickly coated at first, giving way to boozy pucker, and a decently strong fusel astringency reaching across the hard palate. The abv is appropriate, but heavily noticeable, and the beer sips decently.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its aroma. Here we were given notes of happily mixed grain of varying depth and clarity, with a beautiful floral hop. These blended nicely, affording an inviting start to the tasting. The taste, however, showed something that was overly boozy and a bit hot, without much of the overlying balance of hoppiness, or cleanliness of malts. The malts themselves were also a bit too much to the side of the rich and caramel, again forcing the hops to the outskirts. This is a hearty beer that is certainly worth sharing with a friend or two, but don’t expect anything wildly consistent or exciting.

TheBrewo, Aug 03, 2013
Twin Sisters Double IPA from Left Hand Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 377 ratings.