Twin Sisters Double IPA - Left Hand Brewing Company

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Twin Sisters Double IPATwin Sisters Double IPA

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384 Ratings

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Ratings: 384
Reviews: 225
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 27
Gots: 10 | 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:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 05-21-2006)
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Photo of tobelerone
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.

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.

Photo of glid02
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.

Photo of Bitterbill
4.4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from caged and corked 750ml bottle a hazy amber gold with a large head of foam that takes its time shrinking down to a solid 1" layer with good lacing. An absolutely beautiful pour!

The smell has a huge nose of caramel malt and I mean it is huge. Very inviting!

The taste is also HUGE on the caramel malt up front...big, deliciously sweet notes that, if left unattended, could take you over the brink but.... it is offset by a good hop infusion midway through creating a good balance(though the Malt *still* dominates) that makes this a top notch American Double IPA in my book.. Hell, I think this would be a great representation of an English style DIPA if one exists.

Btw, As I sipped more and more on this wonderful nectar....I completely forgot about the fact that this is close to 10%abv! Kudos to Left Hand for making this one so drinkable!!

Bottom line: Wow...this is a *great* American DIPA that I would *easily* pick up if and when I next find myself in Colorado.

Photo of bark
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lot code "12-2009".

The colour is gold-orange; the finger thick off white head leaves lots of lacing.

The smell is very hoppy, notes of grape fruit and balanced sweet notes: Milder than expected from a DIPA.

The taste is hoppy and sweet as expected, grape fruit and honey. It is heavy on the malt, but not the rush of hops that I had hoped for. The aftertaste is medium bitter with sweet honey and a touch of metal and caramel.

The carbonation is medium, the bubbles medium sized. The liquid is smooth and a bit thick.

I am a little disappointed: This is not the aggressive hop monster I want a DIPA to be. Still, a good beer.

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of scruffwhor
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The would almost be the perfect looking IPA if it wasn't for the color. Great monsterous head, strong vibrant lacing and carbonation to boot. The color was a little too dark for me though. The deep amber, with highlights of carrot. The color just did't make me think of my perfect looking DIPA. The aroma was more orangey than grapefruity in it's bitterness. God balance between malts and hops though. The taste is equally blanced. Good resiny hops and syrupy malts. Almost detect some brown sugar qualities in the malts toasty palate.

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Griffith
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of claspada
3.18/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Aroma is somewhat subdued with mild pine mixed with carmelized malts to balance it out, nothing really note-worthy here.
The tastes begin with strong orange peel, tropical fruitiness, and a rough pine and herb to give it a good punch. As prevalent as the malt was in the nose, it lacks in the taste making this too overly bitter for me to enjoy more than a pint of. For as much alcohol as in this, the sweetness is not very detectable, which some people enjoy, but I do not because I like a more balanced DIPA. Overall this is a bitter bomb, which is not for me, but is loved by many.

Photo of cjgator3
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle
2008 edition

A- Pours a golden orange color with a large off-white head that leaves a good amount of lacing.

S- The aroma is malt with hints of rye, and some citrusy hops.

T- The taste features a solid malt backbone and a good dose of citric hops in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- This is a pretty solid DIPA that is worth a shot. Recommended.

Photo of Durge
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bomber from Colorado poured a clear light amber color with a big fuzzy white head and lots of lacing. The aroma is a light and sweet fruit with peppery wheat overtones. Pleasant enough. The flavor is a tangy and hearty malt with a fair amount of alcohol. The results are a nice bodied fairly potent brew with butterscotch sweetness with a wheaty overtone, a bit acidic, not a bad choice.

Photo of tavernjef
4.4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gorgeously creamy hazed golden peach color, nearly opaque as its glow is quite murky. A small capping of dirty white capping is created upon the pour that lasts pretty decent and there's a whole ton of lacing in majorly freckled sheeting.

Aroma is all but a whole lot of caramel malty sweetness, fairly deep and ever present with touches to some old grapefruit, even older pineapple, and a whisp of piney woodness.

Taste is more of the same with a super solid core of caramel goodness slightly mixing in with a mild undertone of some tropical fruit thats perhaps been sitting too long on the shelf. Pineapple, grapefruit, apple, mango, and peach all make an appearance of older, mushy stuff with just the right kind of touch of bitterness in some of its tropical setting with ghostly pine sided woodyness and even some floral notes within its hoppy finish.

Creamy mouthfeel, bold, nearly full, low carbonated with a quick kind of tropical bite to it and totally packed with caramel malt goodness. Candy bar-esk minus the chocolate with a wholesome goodness of freshly picked hops that get all tropically flowing and balanced in with a mild underside within its rich caramel setting. Whispy bittering floats into the finish as bits of floral fruity tropics and pine creep in very sublte and all ninja-like.

Yum! My kind of Dbl. IPA. with lots of caramel malt with that certain twist of tropical hopped influence that's really enjoyable. It's not a total hop bomb like some out there, nor does its 9% ever seem to appear. Nor is it a complete brute.
Therefore its super damn drinkable and quite the nice brew. Left Hand sure knows how to make a few brews and this is one of them in my book to keep around! Umm...did I already say yum!

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hoppy aroma is not strong but has a good fruity undertone and a hint of caramel. It pours a nice clear, rather dark amber with a decent pale tan head. Flavor is QUITE hoppy, evergreen and a little bitter, with hints of grapefruit, apple and caramel. Texture has plenty of fizz and good firm body.

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of champ103
3.28/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a nice hazy reddish/orange color. A thin and bubbly white head forms. The foam gently recedes to a ring and leaves some lace.
S: Big floral, grassy, and citrus aromas up front. There is a nice herbal, green tea like aroma. A sweetness lingers to balanced everything out.
T: This is odd. Kind of nondescript, dank and musky hops. A big sweetness of candy sugar. There is a light grainy quality as well. Odd dry wood lingers with a fairly strong bitterness. Just odd all around, and nothing meshes well.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Crisp snap with a nice dry feeling. Plenty of alcohol that makes for a slow sipping beer.

This is just an odd beer. Interesting, but nothing really meshes right for me. Worth a try, but will not be a repeat by for me.

Photo of pathman
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of clayrock81
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of cpetrone84
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-very hazy deep orange color, decent two fingers of a slightly off white head leaving a pretty nice lacing on the glass

S-sweet malt up front that is immediately followed by a light smell of grapefruit

T/M-smooth and oily, slick down the throat, bitter hops hit right away followed by a sweet caramel malt, finishing with a slight amount of citrus

D-very average DIPA, its relatively balanced but the alcohol shines through

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into an imperial pint

Pours a slightly cloudy orange amber with little bits of yeast floating around. A large, orange infused 2 finger rocky head bubbles up and recedes slowly. Large rings of lace find their way to the bottom of the glass.

A very sweet malt base with a grapefruit, orange and grassy hop profile that can't seem to get over and through the malt. A touch of alcohol is present in the nose.

Grassy, earthly hops with lightly sweet toasted malt and a piney hop finish. There are a good amount of hops here, but it really falls short of most dipa's out there. The balance is a little out of whack. Almost like a malt lovers dipa.

Slick and oily mouthfeel. Good carbonation, medium body.

Drinkability is ok, just a little too sweet for me. It really started to bother me towards the bottom of the bottle.

Photo of smithj4
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Gmann
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden orange color with a nice dense white head that left a sheet of lacing around the whole glass. The aroma is of light grapefruit, juicyfruit gum, and a honey malt. The taste starts off with citrus and piney hops which is balanced by a honey malt, perhaps some lemon or apple notes. The feel is moderate, slightly chewy and slick, finishes with an earthy bitterness and belly booze burn. A nice flavorful DIPA; doesn't blow me away with flavor but it is in good balance.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, 2008 Bottle Conditioned on the label.
In a pint glass, the beer was a hazy orange color with a thick tan head that rapidly dissipated. A bit of lace.
Strong citrus aroma. Sweet/floral. Tickle your nose peppery.
Grapefruit and tangerine taste, sweet bread. Didn't quite live up to the promise of the aroma.
Still, a nice, mellow DIPA.

Photo of EgadBananas
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2006 vintage. Corked and Caged 750ml bottle.

Excellent pour. Dark orange, hazy and opaque. Spongy yellow/beige head of two fingers forms and laces nicely.

Aroma is of biscuits and bread, light malt sweetness, and surprisingly for the age, some citrus in the back.

Taste is rich and malty, not thick and syrupy as I would have suspected. Light bready sweetness, nutty, and mild citrus notes. Finish was slightly bitter and citrusy, which was a nice surprise, again, due to the age.

Feel was creamy, still nicely carbonated, medium bodied, and slick.

Drinkability was solid. Finishing the fifth won't be hard.

Photo of tpd975
3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a murky orange hue with a nice foamy head. Very good retention with tons of thick sticky lace.

S: Lots of sweetness going on. Caramel malt and sweet resinous pine dominate. Light notes of grain and citrus round things out.

T: Lots of sweetness in the taste as well. Caramel malt for sure, hints of honey as well. The hops are pine forward and compound the sweetness. A touch of bitter citrus on the backend put nothing really stands a chance against the sweetness here.

M: Rather full in body for the style, rich, thick, sweet.

D: Not really to be honest. Not cloying but overly sweet. Not a bad beer, just not my kind of DIPA. It is one to share for sure. A bomber was hard to put down by myself.

Twin Sisters Double IPA from Left Hand Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 384 ratings.