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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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BA SCORE
85
very good

371 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 371
Reviews: 224
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 24
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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fionn13

Ireland

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

09-09-2013 01:47:30 | More by fionn13
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Imstillthegman

Delaware

3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2008 23:36:50 | More by Imstillthegman
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Kadonny

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2009 14:32:34 | More by Kadonny
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azdback

Arizona

3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2011 06:52:17 | More by azdback
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jbphoto88

Texas

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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Grebdioz

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

12-28-2011 02:12:38 | More by Grebdioz
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midlifec

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev 0%

06-25-2014 22:08:48 | More by midlifec
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MNBeer1017

Minnesota

2.75/5  rDev -26.7%

03-30-2013 02:15:23 | More by MNBeer1017
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SportsandJorts

Virginia

3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2013 02:46:00 | More by SportsandJorts
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brentblack1

New York

4.5/5  rDev +20%

09-07-2012 00:37:42 | More by brentblack1
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BigPlay1824

New York

3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2010 00:09:46 | More by BigPlay1824
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ali1987

Florida

4/5  rDev +6.7%

08-01-2013 23:28:38 | More by ali1987
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Dank26

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

11-12-2012 14:51:54 | More by Dank26
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Filabee

Michigan

3/5  rDev -20%

04-05-2014 13:51:20 | More by Filabee
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paulthebeerguru

Florida

4.45/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2008 23:16:22 | More by paulthebeerguru
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phisig137

Virginia

3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Cork pops forth with only a little encouragement, and foam slowly pushes up out of the neck. Pours a hazy mid-amber color, with a one finger head that falls slowly. Good amount of lacing, and a blanket of foam remains.

Aroma is oddly very mild. For being a DIPA, I would expect a hop-bomb, but this seems to be quite restrained. The little aroma that is there is very grassy, and slightly bready. A hint of alcohol is present if you breathe deeply.

Flavor is a big surprize to me here. Malty, and caramel sweet up front, followed by an spurt of hop flavor, and a finish that is not really bitter at all. Heavy alcohol on the finish. Very odd, and a nice change of pace for a double IPA. Mouthfeel is heavy and full, while drinkability is moderate.

Despite my relatively low score, I REALLY like this beer. I think this might possibly be the closest thing that I've ever had to a cask IPA, that has come out of a bottle. It is not at all what i would expect from a typical bottle of DIPA, but this has everything and more that I would enjoy in a cask conditioned IPA. Very smooth all around, balanced, and mellow. Not something that knocks your socks off immediately, but after every couple of sips, you catch yourself thinking "damn this is good!" I'm still not quite sure if it is worth the $11.99 I paid for it though.... I'll get back to you on that.

Don't be put off by your first impressions... this one grows on you.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2006 00:16:04 | More by phisig137
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rkarimi

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev 0%

07-06-2013 03:03:28 | More by rkarimi
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CreightonSM

New York

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

05-22-2013 02:40:52 | More by CreightonSM
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philbertk

Washington

3.05/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Left Hand Brewing Company Twin Sisters Double IPA Ale 2008-9 Release 22 oz. Bottle. 9.90% ABV. 77 IBU's 3.0 / 5.0 IPA--Double. Bottle Conditioned 2008.Very thin white light lacy head. Hazy bright rich orange gold color. Odd floral hop front. Crisp dry sweet hot thin rich golden ale fully fermented light caramel hop infused citrus pine body. Hot hop spice EtOH end. Unbalanced--Aged Poorly. Sampled2/5/2010. $4.99 Each.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2010 05:42:32 | More by philbertk
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In_Control_Mike

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

08-24-2013 19:44:05 | More by In_Control_Mike
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Mark5252

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -20%

06-07-2013 03:16:39 | More by Mark5252
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OUJayhawk1799

Oklahoma

3.75/5  rDev 0%

07-22-2013 22:35:03 | More by OUJayhawk1799
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EnojysAnyBeer

Colorado

4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2009 03:02:28 | More by EnojysAnyBeer
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rand

California

3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From 22 oz bottle to nonic pint glass

It's nice to try some "big" IPA's off the West Coast...Left Hand tries to blaze their own trail with this one ignoring the punchy, citrusy profiles that are popular right now, opting for more floral and dank (to use the 'term de jour' for brewers right now) flavors. Not the best DIPA I've had, but it works for what it's trying to do.

A: Deep copper-tan in color, opaque and lightly carbonated. A small head quickly dissipates and leaves little lacing.

S: Honey and floral notes, reminding of honeyed tea. A crackery backdrop lingers.

T/M: The flavors largely follow the nose, with the floral aspects at the front of the palate. Subtle notes of orange rind play against a good dose of honey-sweet malts. Viscous, almost chewy, the brew could use a little more carbonation to rinse the bold concoction. Alcohol is noted toward the finish, which is long and leans sweet.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2013 08:12:02 | More by rand
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4Socialanxiety

Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

05-01-2013 03:02:22 | More by 4Socialanxiety
Twin Sisters Double IPA from Left Hand Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 371 ratings.