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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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BA SCORE
85
very good

373 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 373
Reviews: 224
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 24
Gots: 8 | 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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Kadonny

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint glass. Bottle labeled as "2008".

A: A deep amber orange color with a minimal white head and decent glass lacing.

S: Piney earthy hops with citrus and a deep bready malt smell.

T: Hop bite first with hints of pine, earth, citrus and some herbal tones. I then got this huge rush of biscuity bready malt. If I had to guess, this bottle is a tad bit older and not as hoppy fresh as it was meant to be. Finish is malty with some hops bitterness.

M: Oily, thick with a fairly prevalent alcohol bite.

D: Medium to low. By the end of the bomber I had enough. Again, this might drink better if totally fresh.

Overall an ok beer for me, but as I said I think this was a bit old. I would love to try a fresh from the brewery example.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2009 14:32:34 | More by Kadonny
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morimech

Minnesota

3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber with a large white head that has good retention. The head eventually settles to a thick cap. Moderate amount of lacing is left on the glass. Hoppy aroma of grapefruit, pineapple, pine, and there also is some alcohol. The flavor likewise is dominated by citrus hops. I do not get much malt to balance things out so bitterness seems high to me. Alcohol is not detected. Medium body with nice carbonation. Not as balanced as I had hoped. The high bitterness and high ABV limits drinkability.

Serving type: on-tap

05-30-2009 21:54:42 | More by morimech
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blackjack000

Kansas

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

Appearance: The beer has a rich and clear amber. The head is frothy and thick with a light caramel tinge.

Smell: A lot of grapefruit and very grassy, piney, and a bit sugary.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Instant grapefruit! Enough malt, just to keep the beer from overloading the senses with hops, and to give the beer some body. There is an intense citrus bitterness at the finish.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2009 03:54:04 | More by blackjack000
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WesWes

New York

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

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a very nice malt character, which boasts of pale, bisquit, and rye malts. It's bready with a bit of spice. The hops provide a balanced aroma with an excellent bitterness. The taste is good as well. The flavor is just like the aroma suggests. It has a very bitter hop bite along with a complex malt taste. It's bisquity with a lingering rye spiciness. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very good DIPA. It's different than most, because it's got such a complex malt profile and the hops are more piney than citrus.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2009 23:59:52 | More by WesWes
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woemad

Washington

3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $4-5. Label indicates it was "2008 bottle conditioned" but there's no specific bottled-on or best-buy date.

Poured a very hazy, honeyish color, with a creamy white head. Lots of lace.

The nose was very fruity, almost tropically so, with notes of pineapple along with the more common grapefruit scents one commonly finds in IPAs. Sweet malts are present in voluminous amounts but don't quite top the sweet fruit aromas.

The taste is much like the aroma. If anything, too much so. Don't get me wrong - I like how this beer tastes. It's just a little too "fruitilly" sweet for my palate. There's also a caramel malt flavor, but it's not able to stand up to the pineapple-passion fruit elements of the taste of this beer. Dry at the swallow.

Very oily mouthfeel, almost sticky. I think this gets as close to syrupy as a beer can without actually reaching a level that is detrimental to the score.

As for drinkability, it's not bad at the single-bottle level, but I think multiple servings (9% ABV aside) would be a bit cloying. The in-your-face fruitiness makes it an interesting drinking experience, but I'd rather session a more conventional IPA, if it's all the same to you.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2009 00:15:13 | More by woemad
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tavernjef

Minnesota

4.4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gorgeously creamy hazed golden peach color, nearly opaque as its glow is quite murky. A small capping of dirty white capping is created upon the pour that lasts pretty decent and there's a whole ton of lacing in majorly freckled sheeting.

Aroma is all but a whole lot of caramel malty sweetness, fairly deep and ever present with touches to some old grapefruit, even older pineapple, and a whisp of piney woodness.

Taste is more of the same with a super solid core of caramel goodness slightly mixing in with a mild undertone of some tropical fruit thats perhaps been sitting too long on the shelf. Pineapple, grapefruit, apple, mango, and peach all make an appearance of older, mushy stuff with just the right kind of touch of bitterness in some of its tropical setting with ghostly pine sided woodyness and even some floral notes within its hoppy finish.

Creamy mouthfeel, bold, nearly full, low carbonated with a quick kind of tropical bite to it and totally packed with caramel malt goodness. Candy bar-esk minus the chocolate with a wholesome goodness of freshly picked hops that get all tropically flowing and balanced in with a mild underside within its rich caramel setting. Whispy bittering floats into the finish as bits of floral fruity tropics and pine creep in very sublte and all ninja-like.

Yum! My kind of Dbl. IPA. with lots of caramel malt with that certain twist of tropical hopped influence that's really enjoyable. It's not a total hop bomb like some out there, nor does its 9% ever seem to appear. Nor is it a complete brute.
Therefore its super damn drinkable and quite the nice brew. Left Hand sure knows how to make a few brews and this is one of them in my book to keep around! Umm...did I already say yum!

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2009 01:57:53 | More by tavernjef
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Kromes

Georgia

3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours and orange with thick head and good lacing down glass. The smell was very hoppy with a sweet malt almost tea-like background. Very hoppy taste with good malt sweetness. The hop taste quickly fades and leaves only a lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel is on the heavy side. The hop flavor was very good, piney, citrus, floral, and spice all going on. Only thing was that the flavors kind of ended abruptly and left only bitterness and an alcohol warmth.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2009 18:58:00 | More by Kromes
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MrMcGibblets

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

light in color, a cloudy golden orange. nice creamy white head and lacing. bready, doughy, yeasty malts dominate the aroma with some floral, honey, and tropical fruit notes in the background. sweet biscuity malts are just barely overtaken by the smooth hop bitterness. medium-bodied with a nice lively, creamy carbonation. this just threw me off a bit for a dipa but i can't quite put my finger on it.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2009 06:09:12 | More by MrMcGibblets
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jujubeast6000

Texas

3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Reviewed 3/13/2009 (Bottled 2008):

Pours a semi-cloudy strong yellow color body, with a big foamy whitish head, okay lacing and somewhat lasting. Grapefruity malty bitter aroma, nutty and dusty too. Bitter taste, some grapefruit, but lots of nutty and dusty malts. English malt tasting. Could be more bitter. Somewhat alcoholy. Almost caustic, unbalanced. Too much after a while.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2009 23:47:47 | More by jujubeast6000
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skeeordye11

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours very cloudy golden yellow with very little head.
S- Smells like alcohol and very strong spicy hops.
T- Subtle spicy malt flavor with a huge abundance of hops.
M- Very full bodied and robust. Hot alcohol taste. Big beer.
D- VEry good, but the alcohol gets you. Could sip on one in a nice evening at home.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2009 23:33:17 | More by skeeordye11
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HoustonTX

Texas

4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Twin Sisters is a deeply murky golden orange in color. No head, but has an ample halo of lace, and carbonation.

Aroma of sticky caramel malt, infused with a nice hoppy citrus zest.

The first thing that pops out about the taste is the immense amount of slick hop oil that drenches your palate. Creating striking juicy citrus notes along with a nice pungent herbaceous bitterness. A hefty dose of caramel malt/bready rye serve to balance this beast nicely.

Overall, the mouthfeel, balance, and bitterness are exactly where they need to be. Great DIPA all around.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2009 23:04:39 | More by HoustonTX
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whitehouse50

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Unibroue Maudite snifter.

Appears to be a amber golden color with a nice thick head on it.

Smells very pleasantly hoppy with great citrousy notes.

Taste is much different from other DIPA's I have had. It has great hoppy flavors but a suprisingly noticeable malt character in it too. I could taste hints of chocolate, coffee, and caramel. Overall its very nicely hopped and goes so well with the other flavors that I would not suspect in an DIPA.

Mouthfeel is a little creamy actually but very smooth and leaves you with a nice aftertaste.

Drinkability - I can't see myself having more than one of these in a night but it was a great. I will certainly be buying this one again

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2009 17:14:19 | More by whitehouse50
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RonfromJersey

New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First note, this is a bomber, not a corked and caged 750 ml.

Slighty hazy yellow orange body with a lively dense snow white head of micro micro bubbles. Good tight lacing.

Aroma is heavy on pine and fruit, but more apricot than the familar grapefruit and orange.

A sweet malty strip down the center is quickly engulfed by a truck load of fruit. Clean finish. what is not there is any real sort of bitter hop bite at the swallow. Not even at IPA levels let alone a DIPA, as this is billed. Alcohol is totally hidden.

Smooth creamy mouthfeel. Really good drinkability for a 9% ale.

A tasty fruity piney ale and if you like your ipas that way, without any bitter bite, it could be your thing. Others may see the DIPA label and be unbitterly disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2009 04:41:23 | More by RonfromJersey
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williamherbert

New York

3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The appearance is a hazy, honey-gold color, through which vague shapes can be seen. The head disappears quickly but does leave some frothy lace.

The aroma is roasted caramel malts, under a flowery citrus hop. There is a feint hint of bready yeast.

The hops are bitter (somewhat soft, maybe due to age), and kick some citrus and flowery esters. Almost an amber-like malt. Hops would be nicer if they were just a tad fresher. Still pleasant enough.

Creamy and a bit chewy on the palate; milky. A decent -- if slightly overpriced -- ale. Nice enough but the hops didn't blow me away.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2009 03:26:17 | More by williamherbert
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midaszero

Washington

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Hazy orange straw with some white head but no lacing

S - Clean floral hops dominate the nose

T - Good balance of flavor and bitter hops. Little bit of malt in the back

M - Medium body with light carbonation

D - Not bad but not great. Worth trying but I probably wouldn't pick up another.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2009 22:50:51 | More by midaszero
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

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

Had on tap at the Brick Store Pub. I like this a good deal better on tap than in the bottle. Pours an orange/light amber with a nice head that fades to a thin cap with decent lacing. The aroma exhibits nicely balanced sweet malt and citrusy hops, with the emphasis on orange. The taste on the other hand showcases bitter, piney hops on an earthy base with a hit of sweet malt and then some citrus finely showing up on the finish. The flavors seem sharper, cleaner, and fresher on tap. The mouthfeel shows firm malt- it's almost chewy. Nice, and really for the price of their bottles probably relatively a better deal on tap relative to some other brews.

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2009 14:50:07 | More by Georgiabeer
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Durge

Connecticut

3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bomber from Colorado poured a clear light amber color with a big fuzzy white head and lots of lacing. The aroma is a light and sweet fruit with peppery wheat overtones. Pleasant enough. The flavor is a tangy and hearty malt with a fair amount of alcohol. The results are a nice bodied fairly potent brew with butterscotch sweetness with a wheaty overtone, a bit acidic, not a bad choice.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2009 05:15:45 | More by Durge
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dondeez21

New Jersey

3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I grabbed a bottle from my local liquor store. It was priced wrong. I have seen these bottles cost 9$ and I dont feel the beer is worth that but the mislabeled price was 2.99 which was more reasonable. The appearence was a cloudy pale golden color with a very thin white head that disappeared very fast. The smell was very strong cascade hops. The first sip you would think you were drinking grapefruit juice. Very citrusy with not much malt to it. I would say it was a medium body. Drinkability was average at best. Decent beer but in no way worth a 9$ price tag. I would only purchase it again if it was still the mislabeled price.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2009 16:09:28 | More by dondeez21
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wagenvolks

Texas

3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber into a Duvel chalice.

Pours a surprisingly pale, golden-orange body with a nice clarity and a sluggish carbonation level that fuels a well-retained inch of bone white head. Thick lacing coats the chalice, as expected per the style, but the hue of this IIPA is still throwing me off. The aroma develops a pleasant booziness that underlies notes of white grapes, lemon, grapefruit, caramel, and a hint of mint leaf.

Maybe I got an old bottle (says 2008 bottle conditioned...bought it a week ago), but the hops seem subdued in comparison to the sweet, nearly overpowering toffee and caramel malt notes. A bit of piney hoppiness powers through on the finish, leaving a bitter resin aftertaste that's grainy and wooden. Mouthfeel is on the thicker side of medium, with a low carbonation level and a viscous-creamy consistency. Overall, Twin Sisters was somewhat of a disappointment, but then again, many of Left Hand's brews follow along those lines.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2009 02:51:51 | More by wagenvolks
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 12/22/08. Bottle. Pours a cloudy light orange with a thick white head. Aroma of citrus hops and cracker malt. Flavor of light citrus fruits with a nice cracker malt base, some alcohol forwardness but this is relatively smooth compared to other IIPAs. This is a pretty good IIPA and I am very surprised by the low style percentage. Give this a try, it is better than the scores suggest.
7/4/7/4/15 (3.7/5)

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2008 18:22:55 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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Chelsea1905

Washington

4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks very nice, light amber, with a good head that simmers down to a lacing on the top that lingers.

amber pine and berry make up the smell, hops adds a lot of characteristic to the smell of this beer too.

Tastes like citrus and pine, nice hoppy mouthful upfront that lingers into a small amount of malt in the background

Good mouthfeel, in that it is not too gaseous, but not too flat either, medium body.

Pretty high alcohol I'm sure for a DIPA but drinks very well. Tastes nice to the last drop

Scott

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2008 05:36:43 | More by Chelsea1905
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orangemoustache

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this at Brewhaus(Springfield,Il)with some friends. In dim lighting I could not tell this apart from my friends Blue Moon,that said this had a light golden glow with a tall light orange cap of dense foam that retained a respectable amount of time. This left tons of lace. The nose was citrus hops upfront with some light caramel malt on the end,very fresh and inviting. Pineapple is the first of many fruits to excite my pallet,followed by grapefuit and freh melon and cantaloupe. Not quite as hoppy as I had expected,but plenty hoppy enough to suit the style and my tastebuds. Some grainy malts presents it's self but is overtaken quickly by the fruity hops. The mouthfeel is pretty full even for a double,not really as creamy as I would have liked,more highly carbonated like. The finish is a little dry with lots of stickiness left behind. If I can forgive myself for paying 15 dollars for this for a moment, I have to say it is one of the most drinkable DIPA that I have had,and probably the best offering from Left Hand I have had thus far.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2008 02:47:43 | More by orangemoustache
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baggio

Sweden

3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle@home

A: Golden-orange with a decent sized head that leaves some lacing on the glass.

S: Tropical fruit, Citric notes, Bread and Hops.

T: Caramel, Orange, Exotic fruits, Honey, Pine.

M: Quite thick on the palate. Plenty of malt in this brew so it feels quite balanced at first but a certain bitterness kicks in at the end. Plenty of carbonation.

A very balanced dipa and even though i'd wished for some more hops this was damn good. Wouldn't recommend it to all hopheads out there tho.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2008 20:48:47 | More by baggio
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bark

Sweden

3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lot code "12-2009".

The colour is gold-orange; the finger thick off white head leaves lots of lacing.

The smell is very hoppy, notes of grape fruit and balanced sweet notes: Milder than expected from a DIPA.

The taste is hoppy and sweet as expected, grape fruit and honey. It is heavy on the malt, but not the rush of hops that I had hoped for. The aftertaste is medium bitter with sweet honey and a touch of metal and caramel.

The carbonation is medium, the bubbles medium sized. The liquid is smooth and a bit thick.

I am a little disappointed: This is not the aggressive hop monster I want a DIPA to be. Still, a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2008 21:18:05 | More by bark
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ColForbinBC

New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into an imperial pint

Pours a slightly cloudy orange amber with little bits of yeast floating around. A large, orange infused 2 finger rocky head bubbles up and recedes slowly. Large rings of lace find their way to the bottom of the glass.

A very sweet malt base with a grapefruit, orange and grassy hop profile that can't seem to get over and through the malt. A touch of alcohol is present in the nose.

Grassy, earthly hops with lightly sweet toasted malt and a piney hop finish. There are a good amount of hops here, but it really falls short of most dipa's out there. The balance is a little out of whack. Almost like a malt lovers dipa.

Slick and oily mouthfeel. Good carbonation, medium body.

Drinkability is ok, just a little too sweet for me. It really started to bother me towards the bottom of the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2008 21:54:24 | More by ColForbinBC
Twin Sisters Double IPA from Left Hand Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 373 ratings.