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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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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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Photo of mnapier
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%

Service Temperature, 50 degress. Glassware, Rainier Schooner 12 ounce.

It pours a light orange and clear with some off-white foamy head and a mild crown of lace along the glass. The aroma is sweet with orange citrus, and some minor pine with some copper.
The sweet medium orange citrus and pines are evident alongside some spice.
The mouth is overall medium

A nice addition to some chicken or pork.


mnapier, Oct 08, 2008
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%

22oz bottle, 2008 edition, served in a standard pint glass.

L - the LH website says "orange copper" but the beer in my glass is a hazy golden yellow with a white head that fell to a ring that left some spots of lacing.

S - sweet tangerine/citrus aroma.

T - nice balance of bitter citrus hops and sweet malts, alcohol is well hidden in intense flavors.

F - medium bodied with mild carbonation feel.

D - with alcohol almost undetectable this is a fairly easy drinking dub ipa.

JoeyBeerBelly, Oct 06, 2008
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.18/5  rDev +11.5%

Left Hand's Twin Sisters Double IPA is named after the Twin Sisters peaks in the Rocky mountains.

The bottle I have is not painted, and has a metallic glued-on body label but no neck label.

Here's my review...

A: Clear golden body beneath a 2 to 3 finger thick head. Excellent retention. Brilliant lacing... initial wide rings of creamy lace eventually fade, but at the end of the glass it's entirely coated with residual rings, streaks, spots and splatters! Oddly, the label reads "2008 bottle conditioned but I don't detect any yeast at all.
S: The aroma is more malty than hoppy, which is an interesting twist. There's a light bit of spiciness, which may be alcohol, or may be the rye. It's also a bit fruity from the yeast. Oddly, I also got a quick note of popcorn (but don't think butter! - think more the corn of popcorn... it's a grainy note). Surprisingly, it's not really hoppy, but VERY enticing!
T: Remarkably well-balanced between lightly sweet, directly grainy, and just slightly caramelish malt with a hint of yeasty fruitiness, and floral and grassy hops. The rye adds a touch of residual spiciness to the finish. The hops, however, are kind of elusive - not that they're not there - it's just that they're not clear as to what variety they are. Which is OK with me, and in fact, I kind of like that. I could hazard a guess at Crystal being included, but really who knows or cares, it's a good blend!!! (This year's version is probably different that the previous years due to the unavailability of hops this time around).
M: Medium bodied, but fairly well dried out. Some medium bodied beers can have a dextrinous edge to them, but this does not, it's just straight-on 'medium'. Fine-bubbled carbonation. Mildly zesty on the tongue, which works well with the malt and hops.
D: Very drinkable beer. As in VERY DRINKABLE BEER! And especially for a double IPA!!! If this is actually 9% I'm shocked. It doesn't taste it at all. Superbly done! Well worth trying!!!

NeroFiddled, Oct 05, 2008
Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.45/5  rDev +18.7%

A: snifter. opaque yellow-orange color. nice off-white head. good retention and good lacing.

S: big tangerine nose from the big citrus hops. nice bite with a good sweet aroma from the rich malts.

T: wonderful hop flavors, big citrus tangerine flavors. big alcohol esters as well. great malt backbone.

M: medium to full bodied. great carbonation level. pretty mellow for 9%

D: too smooth for the ABV...a fast creeper, but delicious. a great double IPA.

paulthebeerguru, Oct 02, 2008
Photo of KJH
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

KJH, Oct 02, 2008
Photo of optiontwo
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%

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.

optiontwo, Sep 30, 2008
Photo of jwc215
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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!

jwc215, Sep 29, 2008
Photo of beerfairy
4/5  rDev +6.7%

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.

beerfairy, Sep 23, 2008
Photo of erikm25
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%

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.

erikm25, Sep 21, 2008
Photo of cannabanaceae
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%

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.

cannabanaceae, Sep 21, 2008
Photo of Monkeyknife
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%

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.

Monkeyknife, Sep 17, 2008
Photo of kmeves
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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.

kmeves, Sep 16, 2008
Photo of russpowell
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%

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

russpowell, Sep 16, 2008
Photo of koopa
3.75/5  rDev 0%

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.

koopa, Sep 14, 2008
Photo of Gmann
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%

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.

Gmann, Sep 13, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
4.43/5  rDev +18.1%

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...

dsa7783, Sep 09, 2008
Photo of Deuane
4/5  rDev +6.7%

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.

Deuane, Sep 05, 2008
Photo of zeff80
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%

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.

zeff80, Aug 31, 2008
Photo of Crosling
3.1/5  rDev -17.3%

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.

Crosling, Aug 26, 2008
Photo of Avryle
3.45/5  rDev -8%

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.

Avryle, Aug 24, 2008
Photo of aerozeppl
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%

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.

aerozeppl, Aug 24, 2008
Photo of HoppyMcStout
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%

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!

HoppyMcStout, Aug 24, 2008
Photo of coldmeat23
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%

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!

coldmeat23, Aug 21, 2008
Photo of stephens101
4.28/5  rDev +14.1%

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.

stephens101, Aug 14, 2008
Photo of swizzlenuts
4.22/5  rDev +12.5%

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.

swizzlenuts, Aug 10, 2008
Twin Sisters Double IPA from Left Hand Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 377 ratings.