Twin Sisters Double IPA - Left Hand Brewing Company

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Twin Sisters Double IPATwin Sisters Double IPA

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232 Reviews

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Reviews: 232
Hads: 425
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 33
Gots: 31 | 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

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Beer added by: Todd on 05-21-2006

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Photo of doopiedoopiedoo
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bomber at Bert's Bierhuis. It says bottled in 8 2011. Very impressive since it's Februari 2011 while I'm drinking it. Fresness matters!

Poured into a Kronenbourg .40 ltr glass.

Poured clear and dark golden brown with a decent two finger white fluffy head.

It smells like Hops, citrus fruits some pine and malts. Pleasant smell.

Caramel malts on the tongue but hops take over pretty quickly and make for a bitter finish.

It's creamy and fairly thick, full bodied with a perfect amount of carbonation. Would have never guessed 9% as it is easy to drink.

I was lucky enough to stumble upon this at Bert's Bierhuis and it being so cheap (4 euro's for a bomber). Glad I picked it up and tried it. While it's maybe not the very best I've had in this style, it's certainly not bad and I would gladly drink it again. (826 characters)

Photo of Phelps
3.11/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Enjoyed from the bottle into a small plastic glass during a recent tasting of double IPAs. No freshness date, so no way to tell how old this guy is.

Pours a dull, coppery orange, perfectly clear, with a half-finger head of off-white. It quickly recedes to a very filmy top layer and ring, leaving spotty lace.

In the nose: grainy malt, saltine crackers, flowers and a bit of dried orange peel. Rather sweet, but it strikes interesting balance with the substantial malt character.

The flavor exhibits an increased English hop bitterness; it's rather earthy. Orange peel, light mango, lots of crackers and honey also appear. Not overly bitter.

Rather soft and kind of syrupy across tongue. Numbing, hot alcohol. Medium massaging carb with light fizz.

The only thing that makes this beer seem like a double IPA is the alcohol content. It isn't bad -- just not too impressive. (882 characters)

Photo of bbarrows
4.42/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured to 5oz taster glass
A: Clear light amber, persistent white head
S: Strong floral aroma, very pleasant
T: Light floral and citrus hops, good malty backbone to balance. Lingering citric hops to finish.
M: Very light on the tongue,
D: High. I could drink this all day, but at 9.00%, I won't.

This IPA ranks just below Pliny the Elder in my book. (351 characters)

Photo of Tncapehart
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A. Golden in color. Laces the glass better than most DIPAs I've had. Thick frothy head. Very clear.

S. Fresh hops...awesome! Like sticking your nose in a new bag of pellets. Nice citrus notes.

T. Has a bit of oxidation taste to it. Overall a nice flavor. Not much else.

M. Medium to medium full bodied. Well carbonated.

D. It's a good beer, and I'm looking forward to drinking the bottle, but probably won't buy it again. (425 characters)

Photo of smcolw
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Modest and lasting tight-bubbled head. Nice blanketing lace on the glass. The liquid is very cloudy with an orange hue to the darker amber color.

Mild, but distinctly piney hop to the nose. Decent malt base to start off.

Excellent dry malt start to the taste. This DIPA is not a hop bomb like most. It is bitter, but balanced. The hop is peppery with a grapefruit accent. The body is full and modestly oily. The carbonation is at the midpoint, but feels lower because of the richness. Interestingly, the alcohol does not show up in the usual way (warmth in the swallow). Overall, a very nice balance of many elements. (619 characters)

Photo of hopheadjuice
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, bottled on date their but washed away, i can make out 2010.

Bought warm when chilled haze becomes wildly noticeable. Pours a cloudy copper/orange with a nice 2 finger dense head that laces well.

Hops and malts are evenly balanced in the aroma. Hops are grassy and slightly citric with a hint of pine. Malts are sweet and bready, slight aroma of alcohol.

Not over the top IIPA but still a good one at that. Hop bill is citric with some tropical fruit flavors coming to mind. extremely well balanced with a sweet caramel like malt profile that makes this IIPA a very easy pleasant drinker. Not overly bitter and no trace of heat from the alcohol in the taste.

Medium/full bodied with a good amount of carbonation. semi dry finish has you hankering for more.

For a double IPA this one goes down easy. I like to see brewery focusing on balance as opposed to ripping your teeth out with hops when it comes to this style! (934 characters)

Photo of BeTheBall
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy copper color with a nice active two finger head. Nice lacing on the glass. Smelled of citrus and grassy. Taste was piney and citurs-like, but not very bitter, which surpirised me for a DIPA, and wasn't what I craved when buying one. Mouthfeel was nice with carbonation. Drinkability was good, but as I said, I was hoping for a hop bomb, and this didn't hit the spot. It was easy to drink though. (409 characters)

Photo of mchalups
3.14/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is my first review on BA...I hope I adhere to the rules (and would appreciate personal feedback to me on my critiquing)

The appearance of the beer and my love for IPA's were my two deciding factors for buying the Twin Sisters Double IPA. It opens and pours relatively easily. It has a nice brownish-gold color to it.

The smell was average and seemed "darker" from other IPA's I have tasted. The first taste confirmed my smell, but it still has a decent flavor to it with a non-combative aftertaste (doesn't linger in a bad way). It's a good start-off drink to your night, but I wouldn't be having it all night long. The price was very competitive too, which I felt was a plus. Overall, I would buy it again, but only if I were in the mood. (746 characters)

Photo of feylure
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is great. I love me a great double IPA!

Color is a nice, slightly cloudy gold with a nice rim of carbonation.

Smell is nice. Definitely a sweet and hop filled aroma.

Taste takes off right where the smell leaves you. First hit is a great, sweet, caramel taste. Second hit is a wonderful, hoppy, bold BITE. It's filled with delicious bitters that really attack your tongue. The tail fades with with hop and caramel notes.

Mouthfeel is great. Not too much carbonation to overtake the taste, and it's easy to drink. Great brew!

Cheers (540 characters)

Photo of TheHoppiest
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a tulip glass. Pours a cloudy copper color, with a dimpled white head that unevenly dissipates.

Smells of sweet citrus, cane sugar, and mild pine. The hops are shining through, in a very pleasant way.

Starts bitter and buttery, with sweet malt and bitter hops combining in a pleasing fashion. Pine resin, burnt sugar, and orange are all present in this delicious DIPA.

Medium to full bodied, the creamy, almost buttery start ends with a tongue drying bitterness that will leave any hop head satisfied.

Highly drinkable, I'd note that the label has changed, and is now tan, cranberry and gold in color with two female faces looking opposite directions, like the Roman god Janus. (714 characters)

Photo of rrski198
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Done from brief notes at a beer festival

A: Cloudy yellow amber color. Soft white head.

S: Leafy earthy hops. Not much citrus and not overly pungent. Must have some eauropean hops here.

T: Taste follows the scent. Earth, dirt, leaves, and mild bitterenss. Solid malt backbone. This IPA focuses well on the balance of the bitter and sweet.

M: Good carbonation. Mild gum spicyness. Perfectly balanced. Would like some citrus but with the hops chosen, this is well done.

D: Not bad and very nicely balanced. This is not a hop bomb due to the european hops and the malt sweetness is perfect. I like the focus of creating a perfect double IPA and not just wrecking the palate with a brutal amount of hops. (707 characters)

Photo of adamette
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Live review. Poured from the brown bomber that I bought at Wine and Beverage Depot in Mentor a few days ago for $7.99 into my silver rimmed Orval goblet. No observed "best by" date.

A Brief light brown creamy head over a medium to dark caramel opaque body that reminds me of a dark butterscotch candy. Good look. 4.0

S Surprising barley notes along with elevated hops that I expected. The sweet malt smell is higher than I expected and higher than most beers in this style. Interesting. 4.0

T Mmmmm. Sure enough there is a nice honey like syrupy malt sweetness that predominates with a hops bitterness that, thankfully, is not overwhelming and not long lasting bitterness. Instead, there is a nice gentle bitterness. The barley presence that I detected in the smell continues to be significant as this beer has a strong barley grain taste to it. I find it interesting and good. 4.0

M Some bitterness, as mentioned, but this is a rather "workable" bitterness that shows its presence but does not dominate and overwhelm everything else (a pet peeve in the style). This remains a "big" beer with the significant malt sweetness and bitterness. A lot of that is expected in this style. 4.0

D Not really good. That is common for me in the style, though. The bigness, the sweetness, the (in this case mild) bitterness and the elevated ABV all drag the drinkability down for me, but it is certainly on target for the style. 3.0

Notes: This review marks an end of my reviews for a while. I dedicate it to my own Twin Sisters, Lauren & Evelyn, with whom I will be spending more time. (1,579 characters)

Photo of garrettparkal
3.08/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was a disappointment for me. Appearance is a bit lighter than i expected (hoped for), the taste was really there, the mouthfeel was a little smooth for a dbl ipa, and overall it was just ehh.

Whatever the ranking just below "good" is, thats how i'd rate this. Definitely drinkable, but just not something id buy again, and felt a bit disappointed. (359 characters)

Photo of Seanibus
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a surprisingly clear amber with a giant fluffy head. The aroma is rich and coppery, with a firm carmelly malt and a metallic sting. The flavor is crisp, surprisingly so for such a strong beer, with a warm cherry and plum character and an herby, grassy hop taste with a citrus edge on the finish. The bitterness is broad and spicy, almost more like a malt-driven Oktoberfest than a hop-driven DIPA. There is a distinct alcohol sting, but the mouthfeel is light and fluid considering teh strength of the beer. (513 characters)

Photo of csiewert
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy dark orange color with one finger of foamy white head that clings to the glass extremely well. The aroma explodes of fruity/citrusy hops. The taste starts somewhat malty and then finishes with a citrus bitterness. The mouthfeel is a little harsh and definitely leaves a strong aftertaste for a while. (323 characters)

Photo of david131
3.64/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- A bright, luminescent, cloudy orange liquid with a craggy bone white head that has excellent retention and leaves nice lacing.

S- Rather mild with some caramel, pine, citrus, and a hint of Swiss cheese. Smells a little old school too.

T- Pine, caramel, and some citrus to round things off. Sweet and bitter but not overly rich or overbearing.

M- A nice amount of carbonation gives it some bite. The finish is ever so slightly oily and bitter.

D- An enjoyable beer with well hidden alcohol, but overall, it does not leave a lasting impression. Not bad by any means, just not a stand out. (593 characters)

Photo of BMoney575
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 12-30-10

Pours a cloudy golden orange color, with a very thin white head and sticky lacing.

Smell is sweet, lots of slightly roasted malt and caramel. The hops are more sweet than bitter, with an earthy quality at the very end.

Taste is right where the smell would lead you, very sweet with a more subtle hop bitterness. There's a fruitiness at the very end, with a bitter, dry finish.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, right for the hop character.

Drinkability is good, watch out for the abv.

Overall, a good, if average, example of the style. (558 characters)

Photo of bump8628
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a pleasant find at the pub on a Weds. afternoon. Pours a hazed honey-gold with a good finger of white head.

Aroma is somewhat subdued - mild pine mixed with sugared malt about rounds it out.

What the nose lacks the taste makes up for. Candied orange peel, tropical fruitiness, and just enough rough pine and herb to give it a good punch. Alcohol goes almost unnoticed too, which is quite impressive at this ABV. Malt pretty much gets out of the way, only laying down a general sweetness to counter this bitter bomb.

This was more impressive from the tap than the bottle. There are quite a few DIPAs out there that are better, but few of those ever show up on my local pub's tap. (690 characters)

Photo of OakedCanuck
3.28/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into MS cervoise

This beer pours a murky to clear tinted yellow with good white head retention and nice ringed lacing after every sip. Smell is acidic and citric, mostly lemon. Taste is of off piney hops, lemon, orange. You can really taste the alcohol in this one and it detracts from the hops and fruits usually found in DIPAs. I also expected some sweetness from the malt but didn't find hardly any. Mouthfeel is thin and hot from the alcohol. Decent enough and easy to drink but I think there are way better offerings out there. Still like Left Hand, just not this one that much. (596 characters)

Photo of PlineytheBearded
4.42/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This beer was suprisingly cloudy and very inviting. Little head and minimal lacing.

Smell: Nice dank hoppy aroma. Hints of lemon added a nice sweetness.

Taste: This was served just a bit colder than I would have liked, but not so much as to hamper the flavor. It didn't have quite the bite I would have expected from a double, but it did have a good blend of fruit and hops with a malty aftertaste that lingered just long enough to allow you to truly appreciate this beer.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation was on point. This beer was a little chewy but not too heavy. Overall a good blend.

Drinkability: I thought it went down very smooth to be a double. Nice hoppy tones but not overpowering. I could drink quite a few of these, at least until the 9% ABV caught up with me! I would recommend this to my friends. (818 characters)

Photo of xhuskr
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy appearance after being poured into a pint glass..more than I expected

Nice smell with hops dominating in a balanced manner

Nice taste...alcohol taste present, but still behind the hops with a more fruity flavor as it warms

Very drinkable, but at 9% either I need another due to my Huskers playing so poorly or cause it got to me faster than expected.

bottles says CA redemption value, but I've not found this brew or any Left Hand in if you know of any place to find it to save me waiting for visits from friends/family (543 characters)

Photo of Spider889
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another beer from Bodega. This beer is supposedly inspired by some of the local geography and... brewed with Rocky Mountain water? sounds kinda like a BMC marketing scheme.

I've always liked Left Hand though and was excited to see this on draft.

Pours a slightly cloudy golden yellow color. Small white head that recedes into average spotted lacing.

Smell has a lemony character to it, with piney hop oil aromas.

Pine resin and fresh steamed needles create an inviting hop bitterness. slightly sweet with a bready malt backbone.

Well carbonated, this beer arrives on the tongue bright and crisp, and drinks easily, though I was somehow expected a little more from this beer. (681 characters)

Photo of Spica66
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received this one from Jason on his way through to Kalamazoo.

A: Deep yellow with good head formation and retention. The beer is opaque.

S: Citrus hops over a sweet malt base. Very pleasing.

T: Sweet malt and citrus hops. Almost a little too sweet on the malt, but there is substantial hop bitterness on the finish to make your mouth forget about the "over" sweetness.

M: Full-bodied and properly carbonated. A little more stickiness than one would normally associate with a DIPA.

D: this is a sipper to be sure.

This is the twin brother to Dark Horse's Double Crooked Tree. (580 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a somewhat brownish body with two-finger head that slowly dies and leaves lace patches. A sharp, pungent citric hop aroma along with some caramel and other malts. Medium-bodied with a husky body that's dry as the citric hops pack a wallop and there's also a bready, caramel malt sensation for a little bit of sweetness. Overall, the beer is less fruity and on the more dry side of DIPAs. A dry, crisp finish as the alcohol complements the beer and I find this a quality after-dinner sipper. (496 characters)

Photo of katan
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber into a pint

A - Pours a very opaque, deep golden color. Not hazy, just solid. Strong head formation, leaving behind a off white 2mm thick layer.

S - Very strong, floral, citrus, and grapefruit aromas of hops. Very smooth, almost seems sweet. Some more resinous notes are there bu well hidden.

T - Starts off with the floral citrus notes of hops, tied directly to a potent 2-row malt profile. Mid-stream gets to add alot of bitterness. FInishes with a more nutty caramel, malty sweetness - perhaps associated with rye. Aftertaste is beyond bitter.

M - Moderate to strong beer body, complemented by a potent but not unbalanced carbonation. Noticeably oily and sticky on the tongue - big retained bitterness.

D - A very potent, slow drinking DIPA. Bitterness is quite pronounced. ABV is strong. A very enjoyable slow drinking IPA, perhaps more close to a barleywine. (881 characters)

Twin Sisters Double IPA from Left Hand Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 232 ratings.