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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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very good

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 hopfacebrew
3.13/5  rDev -16.5%

Poured from bomber to pint glass.

A - The beer pours a translucent copper color with a 1/2 finger slightly off-white color. Some retention and lacing.

S - So much malt it's biscuity, similar to the Warrior IPA. There is a bit of floral aroma and earthy hops, but dominated by malty boozy sweetness.

T/M - The beer starts off with a medium earthy bitterness. The beer develops into a sweet malt character along with a somewhat fruity tone: citrus, honey, biscuit. Not as bitter as it seemed at first. The beer finishes syrupy and hot. Too much alcohol in my opinion. Medium carbonation and medium bodied.

D - Meh.

Overall, this wasn't what I as expecting for the style, which seems to be synonymous with Left Hand's beers. Not a fan.

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 03-07-2011 14:47:33

hopfacebrew, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of jondeelee
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.

jondeelee, May 10, 2013
Photo of JohnQVD
4/5  rDev +6.7%

JohnQVD, Aug 21, 2013
Photo of MNBeer1017
2.75/5  rDev -26.7%

MNBeer1017, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of midlifec
3.75/5  rDev 0%

midlifec, Jun 25, 2014
Photo of ajs4bd
3/5  rDev -20%

ajs4bd, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of fionn13
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

fionn13, Sep 09, 2013
Photo of azdback
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.

azdback, Apr 16, 2011
Photo of Imstillthegman
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.

Imstillthegman, Oct 21, 2008
Photo of Kadonny
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.

Kadonny, Jun 04, 2009
Photo of SportsandJorts
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

SportsandJorts, Jul 18, 2013
Photo of jbphoto88
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.

jbphoto88, Jun 24, 2008
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Grebdioz, Dec 28, 2011
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3/5  rDev -20%

Filabee, Apr 05, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +20%

brentblack1, Sep 07, 2012
Photo of rkarimi
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

rkarimi, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of In_Control_Mike
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

In_Control_Mike, Aug 24, 2013
Photo of BigPlay1824
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.

BigPlay1824, Oct 20, 2010
Photo of ali1987
4/5  rDev +6.7%

ali1987, Aug 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Williaar, May 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Bieniek30, Dec 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Dank26, Nov 12, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

CreightonSM, May 22, 2013
Photo of Mark5252
3/5  rDev -20%

Mark5252, Jun 07, 2013
Twin Sisters Double IPA from Left Hand Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 377 ratings.