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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

378 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 378
Reviews: 224
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 25
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 MarkyMOD
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

MarkyMOD, Apr 02, 2013
Photo of jwc215
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 Rochefort10nh
3/5  rDev -20%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of smcolw
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

smcolw, Feb 12, 2011
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottle, Sampled August 2006
Pours with a lightly hazy, reddish amber color. The beer is topped by a frothy, initially two-finger thick, amber tinged, tan colored head. The aroma at first strikes a candied orange peel sort of cord, but then the initial finish of the aroma has a hit of hot alcohol to it. Rich, malty aromatics are here as well; notes of caramel and ample crystal malts add a sweet edge to accent the citrus notes, while a touch of toasted grain character rounds things out.

The taste has a fair amount of sweetness to it; a combination of fruity notes that are almost berry like as well as lots of crystal malt derived caramelized character. Not nearly as hoppy as I was expecting for an IIPA, but it does have a definite hop edge to it. Notes of candied orange peel, and tangerine mix with an astringent herbal hop note and a solid bitterness. The astringent hop notes combine with a bit of hot alcohol in the finish, creating a bit of a harsh character at the end of this beer. The beer is pretty well carbonated as well, which adds a bit of acidity and sharpness to this brew. When I swirl the beer to release a bit of carbonation, the body becomes a bit more creamy and mouth-coating. This is certainly not a light brew, and would have passed for a Barleywine in the pre-double everything days.

This beer is just a bit too unbalanced; it is not that it is overwhelmingly hoppy, it is that the hops are a bit too astringent and harsh, and these flavors combine with hot, fermentation derived, alcohol / ester notes. This beer does have a huge malt character though; the malt notes are primarily from crystal malt it seems, but there is lots of residual malted grain sweetness here as well. There are lots of good flavors here, it is just that the harsh notes bog the rest of this beer down.

Gueuzedude, Aug 08, 2006
Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12/18/07- Purchased at Sun Devil Liquors in Mesa, AZ.

Presentation- 750ml bottle, both caged and corked. Vintage 2006 per silk screened label. Poured into an oversized wine glass.

Appearance- Slightly murky rust orange colored pour. 3/4 inch pour which settles at a nice frothy rim. Lace streaks are present, but evaporate fairly quickly.

Smell- Very nice blend of caramel malt and grapefruit hops.Maybe a touch of lemon and orange as well.

Taste- Rounds out very well in the taste catagory as well. Nice rich caramel malted flavor with an equally potent grapefruit-lemon peel hoppy flavor. A bit more on the malty side, but quite nice.

Mouthfeel- About the perfect carbonation for a DIPA, with just a slight touch of a watery ending. Aftertaste is just a touch of silky caramel and a bit of hoppy bitterness.

Drinkability- A. Was excited when I saw a DIPA that I hadn't tried.
B. Was really excited when I saw it was a very cool silk screened bottle and made by Left Hand who makes one of my favorite IPA's (Warrior IPA). BUT, C. Was disappointed when I saw the $11.99 price tag, and D. Was really disappointed when I saw it was rated at a subpar score. BUT...again, you have to try it before you can judge it. Overall it's better than I expected after reading some reviews (especially since I had an aged bottle), and I thought it was quite good, well balanced and a pleasure to drink. It, however, was not worthy of a $11.99 price tag (one worthy of only Pliny the Younger if they had bottled it). So far Left Hand has my business, they are two for two with this and Warrior. I have a Ten Pin Porter to try soon. Impressed. Ethan, you might like this. I'll see if they have another to snag for you.

GClarkage, Dec 19, 2007
Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Brick Store Pub. I like this a good deal better on tap than in the bottle. Pours an orange/light amber with a nice head that fades to a thin cap with decent lacing. The aroma exhibits nicely balanced sweet malt and citrusy hops, with the emphasis on orange. The taste on the other hand showcases bitter, piney hops on an earthy base with a hit of sweet malt and then some citrus finely showing up on the finish. The flavors seem sharper, cleaner, and fresher on tap. The mouthfeel shows firm malt- it's almost chewy. Nice, and really for the price of their bottles probably relatively a better deal on tap relative to some other brews.

Georgiabeer, Jan 14, 2009
Photo of superspak
4.23/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 9/4/2013. Pours fairly hazy pale orange amber color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big orange peel, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, grapefruit, peach, floral, grass, light pine, honey, and floral earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/tropical hops, with a moderate malt balance that isn’t overpowering. Taste of orange peel, tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, peach, lemon zest, floral, grass, light pine, honey, bread, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus peel, pineapple, peach, lemon zest, floral, grass, light pine, honey, and floral earthiness on the finish for a while. Excellent complexity and balance of citrus/tropical hop flavors; with a moderate malt balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately creamy, sticky, and fairly crisp mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent DIPA! Great balance and complexity of hop flavors, with a moderate malt balance; and very smooth to sip on for 9.8%. A highly enjoyable offering.

superspak, Jun 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

afsdan, Mar 21, 2014
Photo of Mebuzzard
2.85/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A huge beer, here. Pours a light brown/ruby color, topped with a nice looking head. Good retention and lacing.

Aroma = hops and alcohol, with some sweet malt spread in here and there. Balanced, it is not in the aroma. Eye watering.

yeah, hops in the flavor. Pine, some orange peel soaked in alcohol, and candied sugar. This isn't impressing me. If balance was the goal, it was missed--wide right. But, if this is a hop bomb, well done. Although the alcohol makes the hops and bitterness burn. The flavor is lost.

The bite of the hops is negated by huge sugars and alcohol. harsh.
Hard to drink a big bottle...so I didn't finish it.

Mebuzzard, Sep 25, 2010
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3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle bought at Julio's, Marlboro, MA. Corked and caged.

Poured in an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" tan head over the clear coppery amber brew. Dense head dwells for awhile, with minimal lacing. Nose is syrupy maltiness with citrusy hops. Taste follows the same road, everything melds together nicely, but the hoppiness is a bit underwhelming for the style. Mouthfeel is smooth and pleasing, with a reasonably easy drinkability. Alcohol could sneak up on you with this one.

ppoitras, Dec 05, 2006
Photo of brandoman63
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

brandoman63, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of rab53
3/5  rDev -20%

rab53, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of Latarnik
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Latarnik, May 28, 2014
Photo of beerthulhu
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Murky cadmium orange with low light allowance coming through. On top lied a marshmellow sandy beige head of good retention that left a generous helping of thick spongy lace. A very slow and lazily rising effervesce is revealed upon backlighting.

S: Pine hops are the first to get noticed, but barely. Very light in strength with very little helping in terms of complexity and hop muscle which was sorely lacking. Finishes off with a dry flowery pine scent.

T: Strong hoppy juices flow from the get go, worthy of double standards. Flowery pine, bitter grapefruit peel along with a toasty warm quality of caramel gains and dry lemons parches the tongue's taste buds with a good sense of bitterness. After a near silent nose, the hops have awoken. The heavily handed specialty grain base adds substance and equal recognition along with the hops. Bitter dry orange peels rounds things out.

M: Thick and viscose hop juices lie on the tongue with a sense of bitterness. Sparkling carbonation and warm pine and grapefruit juices warm the inner cheeks. A nice sense of dry bitterness appears on the swallow.

D: Nice and hoppy, worthy of 2x ipa label lacing and parching the tongue with a good assault of hops. Should satisfy the most avid of hop heads. Bomber worthy.

beerthulhu, Mar 17, 2011
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3.05/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear copper. Thick looking dirty white head. Retention is quite good and the frothy top leaves a nice viewing of lace as I drink. The nose is very average. Some perceptible tones of citrus and perfume, but not a lot. And a little pine sap and sweet caramel, but again, not as boastful as a DIPA aroma should be. Onto the palate, I again would like to know where the fuck the hops are?!?! I get a little of that perfumey hop flavor and some sappy tones. Sweet caramel malt base. But none of that great hop flavor. NO good hop burps. They kid about this having 11,428 IBUs on the bottle, but never go on to list the actual IBUs. If I had to guess, I would bet it's not even over 50. I hardly detect a bitterness and that which I do detect can be attributed to the spicy alcohol character. Now after all that ranting, I should say this is a decent beer, just not a DIPA. The malts are more prominent than the hops and the alcohol tones are almost secondary. Leaving hops tertiary.

I may just have to stop trying these "special" caged and corked brews from Left Hand at $13 a pop.

Bighuge, Dec 06, 2006
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark copper color, not much head, formed late in the pour. Aroma, a little sweet, but largely lacking.

Taste, ooh, herbal hop, bitterness, warming, leaning to the almost pine side, possibly because of the herbal feel from the initial mouthfeel. A pretty easy drinking beer given the abv, bitterness. Glad I picked this up, for me, left hand has been all over the place in terms of quality/likeability, but 2010 has been a good year for them in my book.

Beerandraiderfan, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of KAF
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

KAF, Jul 17, 2014
Photo of iL0VEbeer
3.75/5  rDev 0%

iL0VEbeer, Jun 04, 2013
Photo of rolltide8425
3.75/5  rDev 0%

rolltide8425, Apr 29, 2013
Photo of Tone
3.51/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and slight lacing. Smells of citrus hops, sweet malt, slight floral hops, alcohol, and a hint of earthy malt. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of citrus hops, floral hops, sweet malt, slight alcohol, and a hint of earthy malt. Overall, decent appearance, good aroma, decent feel, and decent body.

Tone, Apr 26, 2013
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3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this on-tap at BSP in Atlanta.

Pours a dark gold/light copper color with a one-finger slightly off-white head. The head dissipates slowly into a thin layer of bubbles on top and a thick ring around the glass. There's a decent amount of lacing.

Smells good. Lots of pine and sweet malt aromas. There's also a faint citrus smell that makes its way out every now and then.

Tastes similar to how it smells. A very sharp pine hop taste hits right after the sweet malt flavor. There's a light vanilla flavor as well, along with a very light alcohol flavor. A mild bitterness hits at the end.

Mouthfeel is good. This beer has a good thickness, but the carbonation is a bit on the heavy side. Still pretty smooth.

Drinkability is good. This goes down easily for a beer with an ABV this high, and it's hardly noticeable.

Overall this is a good beer, but nothing to write home about - the flavors don't seem to meld together too well. I'm glad I could try this on-tap, as the price for a bomber is a bit steep.

glid02, Oct 13, 2008
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3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a bit of an older bottle so take this review with a grain of salt, I suppose. The lacing and head were modest. Nice aroma of malt with some citrus behind it. Taste is strongly alcoholic but actually fairly balanced...time may have mellowed the hops a bit, leaving them even with the malt underneath. Definitely boozy. Long bitter finish that stays on a bit too long for my taste. Funny that the hops sit back a bit upon first drinking but really linger on the tongue after you swallow. As another reviewer said, could be dryer.

Not bad..I will probably return if I can find a fresher bottle.

tobelerone, Sep 06, 2011
Photo of LiquidAmber
4.24/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber with a fine one finger white head with great retention and lacing. Nice aroma of piney and lightly herbal hops and bready malt. Flavor of extremely well melded pine and citrus hops with sweet caramel malt and stone fruit. The flavors are so well balanced that the hops do not seem very dominant until the finish, which is long lasting piney hops and a mixture of caramel and biscuit malt. Extremely creamy and mouth soothing texture. I was a bit taken aback on my first sip, because the hops seemed very subdued, but as the initial malt subsided, the hops revealed themselves nicely. This is not a hop bomb, but instead a well balanced, very malty imperial IPA. Nicely done and different. Not for those who don't like malty IPAs, but I really like it.

LiquidAmber, May 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Cynic-ale, Jul 30, 2013
Twin Sisters Double IPA from Left Hand Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 378 ratings.