Twin Sisters Double IPA - Left Hand Brewing Company
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3.94/5 rDev +5.1%
Twin Sisters opens to a bright, hoppy nose, with pink grapefruit, lemon, sugary rosewater, and pine resin dominating, with lesser touches of grapefruit rind and mint. The aromas are very sweet, everything about this beer—even the hops—geared toward sugary, fruity, citrusy aromas. There’s also a nice bed of fruit esters, including orange, apricot, cherry, berry, and peach, all of which mingle with candi sugar, brown sugar, and dashed of super sweet confectioner’s sugar, and provide a nice bolstering effect to the citrusy hops. Grape Nuts cereal, biscuit, and light floury baguette add earthiness. As a whole, the nose is very nice, and while it is not at all the hop blast that often comes from Double IPAs, it’s still obviously hop-centered, being quite fruity and citrusy, and immediately notable in this sense as excellent summer fare.
On the tongue, the beer proves to be sweet and lightly hoppy, the hops bringing pink grapefruit, sugary rosewater, and very light touches of pine and lemon. More noticeable, however, are the massive levels of sugar and fruit esters, with orange, apricot, cherry, berry, and peach mixing with heavy doses of brown sugar and candi sugar to produce a sweetness more reminiscent of syrup than beer. There’s just enough pine and grapefruit rind to somewhat reign in this sweetness, and the biscuit/floury baguette/Grape Nuts cereal grain base adds further weak pulls back to earth. A bit more hop bitterness does come out late in the mouthful as the sugars die off, and the aftertaste also boasts a bit more hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium.
Overall, this is a surprisingly heavily sugared Double IPA, and in fact in many ways doesn’t feel like a Double IPA at all. Yes, the 9.6% ABV is well hidden beneath the heavy sugars, but for its 77 IBUs, this still comes across more like a sweet, fruity, citrusy cocktail than a beer, and needed a bit more dandelion stem or pine resin hop bite to balance this sweetness. It’s still good beer, mind you—but not quite what is expected.
05-10-2013 19:25:56 | More by jondeelee
4.3/5 rDev +14.7%
2008 22oz bottle
A- Creamsicle-like, light-orange color with an interesting head consisting of many different sized bubbles. Bottle-conditioned haze makes beer translucent. Lacing is very sticky and consistent.
S- Orange, pine, soap and caramel come to mind. Smells are all very crisp and clean. Some pineapple notes from yeast I believe.
T- The sweetness, bitterness, grainy and alcohol flavors are all very high. A bit harsh and cloying, but really nothing unacceptable in my book. Lots of caramel malt and American West Coast hops combined in a pretty standard way for a DIPA.
M- Nice and thick, just the way I like my beer. Carbonation is pretty smooth compared to the sting from the bitter hops.
D- Truly a testament to hops, I don't get where all the complaints about a lack of bitterness are coming from. If you can still find this one, I suggest getting it.
06-20-2009 03:02:28 | More by EnojysAnyBeer
3.63/5 rDev -3.2%
Poured into my newly acquired Spaten glass. Dark burnt orange, with a two finger head that is just a shade off of bright white. Not a lot of carbonation bubbles. Lace appears to want to stick around for dinner.
The smell is very sweet malt, kinda smells like a Double Simcoe at first. Some citrus hops that smell like orange rind come too. Just a bit of alcohol and yeast as this one warms.
And here is where you lose me. The taste is an odd sweet, yeasty, chalky, bitter. I am very in love with bitter, but this is just odd. I want to try to explain the taste as best I can and all I can come up with is maybe biting a grapefruit peel (from the outside) and then licking sugar off of your upper thumb. Kinda like how people take Tequila shots and lick the salt off their thumbs.
With all that time wasted typing I must say this changes quite a bit as it sits and warms. The uber bitter has mellowed and has change to more of a taste like a hybrid orange and yellow grapefruit might taste. As it warms it also gains some musty yeast taste and the alcohol comes out quite a bit.
The mouth is good for the style. For as sweet as it is I think it could be a bit more silky and full at the end. The bitter wins the battle, but I don't think that's all bad. I do love Ruination!
Overall I like this one, from the Centennial State, but having to judge this beer as a DIPA really hurts the score in my opinion. I did like this beer and think it is worth a taste if you get the chance, but as for a DIPA at $9 I think your local bottle shop probably has a better choice at a better price.
04-16-2011 06:52:17 | More by azdback
3.63/5 rDev -3.2%
2006 vintage. I know....but I just found it in the cellar. Better late than never, right?
Pours a cloudy amber with about an inch of off-white head. Still leaves some pretty decent lacing. The second pour from the bottles reveals even more particulates floating about.
The smell is of sweet, biscuity malts. There is still some hints of piney hops with just a touch of citrus. The alcohol is still noticeable in the aroma after 2+ years.
The flavor is surely less hoppy than what it would be fresh, I imagine. Almost along the lines of a barleywine now. Honey sweetened biscuit, a hint of toffee, and yet still a faint note of hops. The abv shows much more than expected. Slightly sour tinge of diacetyl.
The mouthfeel lacks much of the carbonation presented in the head. Thicker medium body that's a bit syrupy. But what do you expect for letting a DIPA sit for over two years? This may be better fresh, so I guess I'll have to find it and give it a shot.
10-21-2008 23:36:50 | More by Imstillthegman
3.63/5 rDev -3.2%
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.
06-04-2009 14:32:34 | More by Kadonny
3.43/5 rDev -8.5%
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.
06-24-2008 01:22:50 | More by jbphoto88
3.68/5 rDev -1.9%
Appearance: deep orange. couple fingers of a foamy head that leaves a lacing. good clarity but some sediment
Smell: strong hops and barley
Taste: strong hops right off the bat. turns into a malt strong beer with a spicy rye and barley
Mouthfeel: fairly warm. pretty sticky
Overall: a good take and tasty. well crafted. but the tastes don't work well enough together to be great
07-18-2013 02:46:00 | More by SportsandJorts
3.53/5 rDev -5.9%
Served in a pint glass
A: Overall not an entirely beatiful beer to look at. Has a very clear appearance without even the slightest hint of cloudiness i sometimes enjoy in strong beers. The color is mostly golden with a slight reddish hue.
S: Lacking slightly in this category because the brew does not have the strong scent that most other double IPA's have. very dulled hoppiness as far as the smell is concerned.
T: As with the other categories, Twin Sisters is lacking slightly in the taste category. That is not to say that it is in anyway a bad taste but that it is not up to the level of the strong tastes that i would associate with a double ipa.
M: Very smooth mouthfeel which makes it a very easy to drink brew.
D: As mentioned above it is a very easy to drink brew and i would go as far as saying that it is one of the few double ipa's that could be drank in large amounts.
10-20-2010 00:09:46 | More by BigPlay1824
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.
10-02-2008 23:16:22 | More by paulthebeerguru
Twin Sisters Double IPA from Left Hand Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 376 ratings.