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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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373 Ratings

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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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Photo of KJH


3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Twin Sisters pours a golden straw color with moderate head. Slight citrus scent on the initial smell.

Initial taste shows a strong Cascade hops presence. A slight fresh hop characteristic is displayed as the sip fades away. The alcohol then begins to show itself in the back of your throat.

The malt in this beer cannot compete with its bitterness. The body is appropriate for the style.

This beer is drinkable but I think the hop/malt balance is a little off. Needs some more malt to balance the bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2008 01:04:26 | More by KJH
Photo of optiontwo


4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 2008 bomber into a standard pint glass.

Appearance-Nice light orange/gold color with a good amount of carbonation. Beautiful thick head that I could probably draw a picture in with the remainder of the pour. Big clouds of lacing cling to the glass after a few sips.

Smell-Citrus(mostly grapefruit) and pine are the main scents I pick up but with a definite sweet smell.

Taste-Wow. Wonderfully bitter. The bitterness hits right away and sticks around. Not to be outdone, the malts give a very nice sweetness to this beer without being too grainy. I'm not sure if it's the rye that goes into this beer that makes me enjoy the malt balance so much but it is really quite nice. As I sip I imagine a candied grapefruit, or something along those lines.

Mouthfeel-Syrupy but not to the point to where it's overwhelming. Perfect thickness for a double IPA in my opinion. Nice carbonation that bites along with the generous amount of hops.

Drinkability-At 9% it's hard to imagine having anymore than the bottle I just polished off, but knowing me I probably would. It's just that good. Also, for someone who doesn't usually drink big beers I'd have to think this would be a bit of an undertaking for them.

Overall- Loved it. I'm a total hop head and I try a lot of IPA's and IIPA's and this one stands out in my mind for sure. I'll definitely be picking up at least one more bottle of this. I highly recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2008 23:50:22 | More by optiontwo
Photo of jwc215


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

22 oz. bottle, poured into snifter:

Pours hazed golden amber with a thin head that becomes a swirl, leaving some trailing, vanishing, lace.

The smell is bitter - piney and grapefruity with a bit of aspirin. Estery alcohol comes through, giving a flash of polish remover in my mind.

The taste is bitter at first - more of a bitterness than a taste of something bitter - though there is some grapefruit/pine and some aspirin. At first sweetness seems to come more from alcohol - which is noticeable, but not too sharp than from maltiness. But, as it progresses, it develops a caramel/toffee character. It has a drying finish.

It has a firm medium body that grows to medium-full. Alcohol has a cleansing affect on the palate.

It maintains a certain drinkability, and it's a pretty interesting brew. I'm assuming that the brewery meant for the "twins" to represent a double - in this case "ipa". And, they succeeded pretty well. But, to me, as I drank it, it seemed more like the twins were the sweet and bitter - both assertively present, but seemingly at different times - had these met and rounded each other out more, I think I would have enjoyed it more. Also the bitterness, especially at the first, seemed a bit too aspriny. Still, it is assertive without being overbearing and has some interesting malt character and a noticeable bitterness and alcohol warmth, fitting the bill of the style well enough!

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2008 20:43:16 | More by jwc215
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4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a gold color, was expecting it to be darker, kind of surprising. The lacing is thick and this sits in the glass a thinly tinted orange with draped auburn highlights.

S: Fruity almost apricot-like smell and a bit of a floral tone in there as well.

T: Tart and slight bitterness with floural and citrus flavors and a hint of salt.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2008 23:08:44 | More by beerfairy
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3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a metallic copper and golden hue which is not as dark as I was expecting. The head has an orange tint that is both full and creamy. The lacing is thick and this sits in the glass a thinly tinted orange with draped auburn highlights.

S: Caramel mixed with various tropical fruits and a grassy undertone. Grapefruit is noticeable but overall the nose is very subtle. Pine aroma but not overwhelming.

T: Immediate pine hops and cool citrus backdrop. The bitterness is apparent and welcomed. There is also a decent chocolate and caramel malted taste that adds to the overall spine of the beer. Slightly bready but still with the expected hops slam. Alcohol present.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

D: Coupled this with the new Electric Wizard/Reverend Bizarre split. Overall this is very drinkable and recommended for anyone who is a fan of this genre.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2008 04:11:34 | More by erikm25
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4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2008 02:47:05 | More by cannabanaceae
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4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a slightly hazy golden-orange color with rich, foamy white head with a healthy amount of lacing.

A big aroma bursts forth with loads of pine and grapefruit hoppiness.

The taste is maltier than expected but I'm not complaining. Big on the caramel. The grapefruit hops are there for sure as well. The finish is on the bitter side and carries some booze with it.

Medium bodied, sharp, and moderately carbonated.

A very nice DIPA from the folks at Left Hand. Full of character and love.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2008 01:17:49 | More by Monkeyknife
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a mostly clear copper amber with a medium off-white head. Aroma is moderately sweet with caramel, grapefruit and light pine. Flavor is grapefruit, caramel, some toffee, pine and light alcohol. Medium to full body, creamy and chewy texture. Long carmelly sweet and bitter finish.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2008 17:19:48 | More by kmeves
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3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2008 14:51:01 | More by russpowell
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Standard for style. Orange Golden. Not too much head but some lacing.

S: Solid Bitter Floral Hop Nose

T: Starts off with lots of pleasantly bitter floral hops then they give way to another wave of hop that is less light. Soon after an alcohol tinge rushes in. A bitter aftertaste follows. Zero malt presence. After about 6oz the tinge stops hitting me...probably because my palate has been decimated.

M: Low carbonation, medium body.

D: Blasts your palate and is a bit rough to get through. Not very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2008 20:38:35 | More by koopa
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New York

3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden orange color with a nice dense white head that left a sheet of lacing around the whole glass. The aroma is of light grapefruit, juicyfruit gum, and a honey malt. The taste starts off with citrus and piney hops which is balanced by a honey malt, perhaps some lemon or apple notes. The feel is moderate, slightly chewy and slick, finishes with an earthy bitterness and belly booze burn. A nice flavorful DIPA; doesn't blow me away with flavor but it is in good balance.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2008 02:21:25 | More by Gmann
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New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 Pint 6 fl oz bottle purchased from Total Wine and More in Union for $5.99...
Appearance: Pours a hazy, murky hue with a decent-sized foamy and frothy head... Light in color with slight carbonation...
Smell: Fresh, hoppy, pine-filled aroma with hints of mint, slight vanilla, and green cloves...
Taste: Mint-dominated aroma, very hoppy, with grapefruit and fresh citrus essences... Definitely a great DIPA... Not as hoppy as some examples of the genre, but an easily drinkable DIPA nonetheless... Good stuff from Left Hand... Definitely wouldn't mind letting this sit for a while...
Good drinkability for a 9% ABV...

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2008 22:33:43 | More by dsa7783
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4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Bright yellow tinged copper with a medium off-white head that left nice lace.

S-Very sharp peppery and pine hop kick. A bit of sweetness in the background. Make no mistake though this one is all about the hops.

T-Strong,sharp pine/spicy bitterness takes the forefront over the caramel malt. Not a lot of sweetness in this one and in fact comes off quite dry.

M-Medium body with a long lasting bitterness and a very dry aftertaste.

D-Certainly a hop-forward DIPA that hides it's 9% ABV very well behind a wall of pine/spicy hops. If you those kind of hop flavours this is one for you! I tend to lean more towards the citrus hops so this one is not quite my style....it is no doubt good but just not for me.

Serving type: on-tap

09-05-2008 14:20:28 | More by Deuane
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4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden-yellow color (lighter than most DIPAs). It had a small, white head that left soay lace.

S - Grapefruit and grasses are the main aromas. There is also a touch of caramel.

T - This one really brings a powerful bitterness from the hops. Fairly dry, too. The caramel malt flavor is understated compared to the citrus and hop taste.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A medium bodied beer.

D - This is pretty good. Definately a hop-forward DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2008 18:57:51 | More by zeff80
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3.1/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fresh, new bomber! It's a yellow/orange colored beer. Thin layered head that quickly disappears and leaves a ring around the glass. Nose disappoints and doesn't deliver any bright hop aromas. Hops are present, but in light volumes, showing only light traces of tropical fruit, herbs and peach, perhaps a little caramel and cookie. Flavor is on the lighter side of the style, in both hop bitterness and hop flavor. Has malt complexity of caramel and dough, with a nice honey-like sweetness. But...there isn't a lot of hop character and what is there is pure bitterness. It's a pretty good beer, but for the style, it misses the mark. I usually don't mention price, but for $ 9.00 a bomber, Left Hand needs to realizes who they are competing with in Colorado (Hopsickle, Pliny, Ruination, Moylander...all cheaper and better examples.) Thing is, it has great potential it seems, but they really need to reconsider the hop schedule.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2008 14:18:38 | More by Crosling
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New York

3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- hazy golden orange. Small foamy head. Sticky lacing.

S- Smells like weedy-hops (and I'm not talking about dandelions.)

T- Strong bittering hops. Unfortunately, there's just no hop balance. Some sweetness finally kicks in way at the end of the finish. Its not bad, just all over the place- no balance.

M- Pleasant sticky sweet mouthfeel. Medium, tingly carbonation. Very nice.

D- The drinking's pleasant except for the hop burn at the back of my throat.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2008 01:59:59 | More by Avryle
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New York

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

A: Standard hazy copper color. Tons of lacing.

S: Really nice nose on this beer. A mix of wet hopping and a close floral relative to the hop. Just a really nice hop nose. No hints of malt or anything else. Just hops.

T: Starts off with a sweet bitterness.As it gets further back on your tongue it goes into a different wave of bitterness. At the end it has that weird it is so hoppy it feels like my throat is closing in on itself and salt is being thrown on it. Sweet. There is barely any malt to hold this animal back.

M: Sticky medium body. Low carbonation.

D: This is one bitter DIPA. Glad I split the bomber. This would really kill your taste buds flying solo. If you are a hophead who has ruined your taste buds this one is a must try. Not bad but I want more citrus hops then bitter hops.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2008 01:58:42 | More by aerozeppl
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3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew was a little lighter in color than I was anticipating. It was more golden than red. Decent head and good lacing all the way through the glass, but I was disappointed by the sweetness of this brew. It seemed that it killed the very mild bitterness offered from the hops. I swear there were sips where this brew tasted more like a quad because of the alcohol and sweetness. This one clearly needed more hops, and it was a double!

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2008 01:55:45 | More by HoppyMcStout
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4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

GLASS: Imperial Pint Glass
TEMP: Chilled to approx 50 degrees

Clear medium amber color with light-bodied eggshell colored head. Decent retention and very good lacing.

Smells very tasty. Nice big hoppiness. Pine resin and citrus notes. Pineapple and spiceiness. Light kiss of malty sweetness.

Wow. This is a very nicely balanced double IPA. Good level of sweet malt flavors in the front. Nice piney, citrusy hops flavor in the middle. Spicey Rye wraps it up with a nice bite at the end. There is an underlying buttery caramel pineapple flavor throughout.

Nice creamy mouthfeel. A little light in the body for my tastes, in general. Although, for an IPA it's pretty dead on, right where it should be.

Even at 9% ABV, this is one freakin' tasty and highly drinkable beer. The alcohol is practically undetectable on the tongue.
IMO, this is a truly exceptional offering from a great brewery.
Thank you Left Hand!

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2008 22:45:16 | More by coldmeat23
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4.28/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ran all over town trying to find this bitch. Let's hope it's worth it. Pours a pale orange with a fluffy two-finger off-white head that has some staying power. Some rolling, jagged lacing is left behind when it eventually settles. Smells of striking hops with an immediaty citrusy (lemons, grapefruit) smell, and some sweet fruits as well. Tastes sweet and citrusy (oranges, lemons) up front with a more than adequate hop bitterness and alcohol heat at toward the end and some spicy candy ala "red hots" mixed in. This one's a little crisp and medium-bodied. Pretty actively carbonated. Damn good effort from the LH crew.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2008 22:58:25 | More by stephens101
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4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Brass coloured with a centimeter head, and a bit of carbonation

S: The aroma is completely hoppy with some citrus residues.

T: A nice kick from the hops with a sweet malty flavour. Hints of citrus in the bitterness. Not super hoppy, but a great malt flavour helps it out. Quite unique and tasty.

M: Creamy with a bit of carbonation

D: Quite.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2008 23:28:42 | More by swizzlenuts
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3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2008 01:22:50 | More by jbphoto88
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3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2008 15:23:32 | More by merlin48
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3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Twin Sisters Double IPA pours a hazy orange with an off white head from a 750 ml corked and caged bottle. The aroma has quite a bit of malt and a fair amount of citrusy hops. The taste has quite a bit of malt, this bottle has been cellared for about nine months, and I think that either the hops have faded a bit, or they just weren't very strong in the first place. They are obviously present, but not as strong as I would expect for the style. Alcohol is quite noticeable too, and it comes close to overpowering at times. Not the best balance for a DIPA, enjoyable overall, but the alcohol cuts down on the drinkability. And very expensive by any measure.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2008 03:27:46 | More by Drew966
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3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the label: Thanks for purchasing another offering in our series of "Big Mo" Beers. For as long as people have inhabited Colorado's Front Range, the Twin Sisters have had a strong impact on Colorado residents. The views from atop the 11,428' peaks are breathtaking and afford sweeping views of the entirety of Rocky Mountain National Park. As an expression of admiration we have crafted an ale that exhibits a profound impact all its own. At 11428 IBU's (just kidding), Twin Sisters is a mountainous testament to hops, and that they bring. A feeling of ease and relaxation become apparent for all whom would dare to climb it. So for all that enjoy summiting ales with copious hops additions to achieve a felling of contentment and awe, we offer Twin Sisters Double IPA. Enjoy!

Left Hand's Twin Sisters IPA pours up with ample carbonation that creates a tannish white head that sits craggily over a slightly hazy orangish-amber body. The aroma is earthy, grassy, and very malty. Some alcohol noted. The flavor is malt oriented with some Northwest hop character left, but the balance is now tipped back towards the caramel/toffee maltiness. The finish is big, sweet, & warming. This is a finely crafted DIPA (more of a barleywine now) that's probably past its prime, but still very enjoyable. Drink up if you have any left. Here's to Colorado's Twin Sisters!

CHEERS! Beertracker

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2008 08:28:19 | More by Beertracker
Twin Sisters Double IPA from Left Hand Brewing Company
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