Hop Centric Double India Pale Ale - Two Brothers Brewing Company
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Reviews by bryanbrick:
4.65/5 rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
An extra from d0b. And what an extra it is. Such a rad hook-up and that comes from a picky IPA/DIPA guy. This is knocking my socks off.
No apparent bottle date but I've been told from the source that this was released last Saturday!!!
A great amber color, deeply hued with orange highlights and a 1/2 inch thick stark white head that dissapates quickly but comes half way back with some agitation. Pinpoint lacing all over the glass.
A truely great nose. So full of pine, orange peel, dill, crushed peppermint and touch of toffee like notes from the malt. This is awesome and should be savored.
I love the flavors here, everything is perfectly understated but complete and satisfying. The driving bitterness never becomes overpowering, or medicinal, and the freshness is off the charts. Get this and drink it! Grapefruit, fresh cut grass, cedar treacle, creme brulee. Need I say more. My only knock is that it becomes a bit sappy as you get further into the bottle. Most would proably see that a good thing, but it gets a bit cumbersome for me.
The broadness and length of the flavors are exceptional, with the bitter ultra fresh hops riding the wave all the way to the shore. You taste this long after it is actually gone.
I would have no problem with a full 22 of this, I'm having none right now. I wouldn't want this all the time but if I had access to this it would be one of my go to Hop-Bombs.
For me this is a truly great find and I would put it in the same breath with other hyped West Coast IPA/DIPAs like PtE, Hop Henge, AleSmith IPA and Stone IPA. Thanks Dave this rocks.
Serving type: bottle
06-14-2009 06:37:47 | More by bryanbrick
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4.46/5 rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
I love this beer. I tried the last brew under the name, Hop juice but I have to say that they make bells a run for their money with Hopslam. This is the closest I have found to an old brew of Hopslam. It's smooth, well balanced & the mouthfeel is amazing. I absolutely love this beer!!!
Serving type: bottle
02-25-2014 08:32:24 | More by Circles413
3.88/5 rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Once again, this site's dictums cause it to trip over its own feet. This used to be called "Hop Juice" but when they changed its name, it also became an annual with each iteration deserving of its own listing. I a) have no idea how to unscrew this mess nor b) do I have any inclination to do so. I am now merely a reviewer and occasional poster where I was once an unpaid and abused BFG. Onward!
From the bottle: "Artisan Bottling"; "We Squeeze To Please"; "Two Brothers is a craft brewery on the outskirts of Chicago that specializes in rare and seldom-brewed beer styles. The two of us - Jason and Jim Ebel - strive to produce the very best beers available anywhere."; "We hope that you enjoy them as much as we do!"
This bottle is marked: "Believe In the Swirl 2013" FWIW.
I went with a gentle pour as I was unsure about what "The Swirl" may be referring to, plus it has been in my fridge for an extended period. Although it was initially sans head, an employment of the server's trick created a foamy finger of tawny head with decent retention. Color was a deep coppery-amber (SRM = 4 -5) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had begun to go over to a caramel sweetness, but the minty intensity of the hops was still quite evident. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full with an intense heat followed by a combined one-two blast of caramel sweetness followed closely by an intense minty hoppiness. Holy hops, Batman! Once more, my poor, bruised tongue wondered what I was trying to do to it. The inherent heat in this one had not diminished in the least, despite my inadvertent aging. Jesus! My throat constricted, I choked and gagged and when I recovered, I could not wait to take another deep draught. This was a DIPA for hopheads, especially, and NOT for the faint of heart.
My original, Hop Juice review dtd 02 June 2008 with scores of 3.5; 3.5; 4; 4 and 4 follows:
The pour produced a finger's worth of bone-white head with low retention. The color was a murky orangish-amber. The nose was full of hops, but somewhat muted from the last time that I had this beer. The mouthfeel was medium with a grassy hops flavor on the tongue. The finish was definitely hoppy and very flavorful. I want to revisit this one.
Serving type: bottle
02-13-2014 16:57:11 | More by woodychandler
Hop Centric Double India Pale Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
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