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Hop Centric Double India Pale Ale - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Hop Centric Double India Pale AleHop Centric Double India Pale Ale

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Ratings: 927
Reviews: 466
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 12.12%
Wants: 45
Gots: 54 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.90% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: orbitalr0x on 03-12-2005

Formerly known as Hop Juice.
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Ratings: 927 | Reviews: 466
Reviews by jampics2:
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3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 22oz bottle from a generous trader who included this as an extra. Thanks and cheers!

Looks nice in the snifter I poured it into. Autumnal brown with red and orange highlights. The color reminds me of the forest floor in Ohio in late October. Small head and decent lace. Just not the ideal color for a DIPA for me, but still a respectable looking brew.

Smell is interesting. This is not a citrus bomb, but has some notes of orange and pineapple. There's a lot of sweet caramel from the malt here too, and the hops have more of an earthy, tea-leaf scent than anything else. Finally, I'm able to identify a nice cotton candy smell wafting from the glass. This is pleasant, but I like a bit more boldness, especially if the beer touts some sort of crazy number of IBU's on the label - I expected more hoppiness to shine through.

After being slightly underwhelmed by the nose, the taste is really quite nice. Bready, biscuity malt is the leading element. On top of that base, we have some hoppiness that manifests itself as lush, tropical notes reminiscent of freshly cut citrus and some rind and peel. There's a bitterness that appreciated, but it's just not the body-slam my taste buds were anticipating. Some minor lingering bitterness finishes things up with just a touch of perceived alcohol. Nicely done, especially for a DIPA that's not normally my favorite take on the style.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and carb is low enough to make this feel substantial. Not sticky or ruinous, and a sweet caramel aftertaste is joined by just a touch of bitterness. This is a nice beer, again, not my ideal as I gravitate towards West Coast influenced beers that really rock the hops in brash but really flavorful ways. To me, this was almost more of a barleywine as it was flavorful and full but driven more by the malt than the hops. That being said, this was really pleasant and well-done and I would drink again, probably with more appropriate expectations.

More User Reviews:
Photo of DanHarper
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of dmheinz57
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Brand new Artisan Bottling series 22oz bomber. 22.7 degrees plato, 100.1 IBU's. Right now I am one excited hophead! Pours from the bomber a bright clear amber orange with a lovely creamy, bubbly off white head sitting atop. Nice strands of lacing on the side of the glass. Awesome big grapefruity, citric hop nose...sticky with hints of pine sap and a nice caramel sweetness as well. The hops are vibrant and each inhalation brings a smile to my face.

First sip brings a nice citrus hoppiness upfront with notes of grapefruit, orange and lemon. They meld into a light caramel malt backgound. The bitterness is well established and lingers after each sip. Hops are fresh and damn tasty. Quite a nice Double IPA....hop burps are great :-) The alcohol is nowhere to be found in the taste...wow.

Mouthfeel has a nice creaminess to it...however the body seems to be a bit lacking. I think a little more maltiness would've helped...but the hoppiness makes up for it in my mind. This is a brew that I could drink alot of without a problem. Cheers to Two Brothers for brewing a great Double IPA and putting it in bombers. Highly recommended to all the hop lovers. I look forward to their future special releases.

Photo of blitz134
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Caramel, orange body. Pretty clear. Smallish white head on the pour that reduced to a thinish layer. Leaves nice lacing on the glass on the way down.

Aroma is pretty straightforward hops. Citrus pith and a touch of pine sap. Not much else besides a little sugary sweetness, but it isnt cloying at all, just works in quite well.

Taste is sharp hops, citrus pith and pine again. Finish is slightly more resiny and even has a malty biscuity finish that fights through. Pretty good. Absolutely no hint of the alcohol level in this.

Mouthfeel is a little thin when compared to the top DIPA brews. A fair amount of carbonation works in well and makes this quite refreshing.

Drinkability is good...at least I'm enjoying the heck out of quaffing this one down quickly at the moment. Been outside all day working on the truck in the sun, so this is quite refreshing with its carbonation levels and such. Almost drinks like some a lower ABV IPA. Worth a shot.

Photo of danthehopslamman
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of DaftPatrick
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of csmartin6
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of sponberg
4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big bomber bottle courtesy of NucularGeorge :thumbup:

Pours a clousy, slightly muddy orange/amber with a head that dies quickly but has a proper wake. Aroma is primarily citrusy hops with a toasted grain maltiness.

Rippingly good bitterness right off the bat - citrus and pine in equal amounts, not tongueslappingly uber-bitter but still a heapin helpin' o' hops in the boil. There's almost enough malt to balance, a caramelly smooth maltiness with slight fruitiness (Red Delicious apples and grapefruits) that gradually heads towards a pine/grapefruit lingering afterburn. Slight alcohol warmth is very well hidden. Mouthfeel is rather light for the alcohol involved, which makes it dangerously drinkable.

Really enjoyed the flavors in this one - would be almost lethally dangerous on a hot day.

F'n George!!!

Photo of Twifiter
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of Duster72
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy copper color with a very small off white head. Nice lacing. Aroma is on the mild side with sweet malts and citrusy hops. Taste is an excellent blend of big hops and sweet malts. Citrus and piney hops meld well together with the brown sugary malts. Much better balance than most DIPAs. Not too sweet. Highly drinkable DIPA, one of the better examples of the style.

Photo of Swane
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of tjthresh
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. Served at 55*F. Pours copper with orange and yellow hues. Nice big resinous white head that clings to the side of my glass. I have all kinds of yeast floating in my glass though. I don’t care for that. No mention of bottle conditioning on the bottle. You can smell the hop resin. I love that. Loads of sweet caramel malts. Alcohol is in the distance. The hop flavor and malt backbone work great together. The bitterness is quite smooth. There is no way this thing has 110 IBUs. I’m with him.

Photo of merlin48
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle pours a clear and radiant orange amber body with a creamy almond head that rises to about an inch in height. Retention is excellent and lavish lacing patches the glass. Aroma is earthy and leafy, fresh hops laid out to dry. Medium body and carbonation with a serious hop resin feel. Taste follows suit with leafy, resinous, and earthy hops. Dry and bitter. I didn't sense any significant malt presence here. Pine resin and marijuana shake. Alcohol is well hidden. A hop assault that comes off somewhat unbalanced. Interesting.

Photo of Billolick
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a couple of bombers at Spirit House in Amherst MA., $6.10 per. No freshness indication. Pours brilliant almond amber, pretty clear after some sediment/hop flecks settle in the glass. Head is tan, initially creamy, then a tiny bubble film, and leaving scattered fine lacing. NOse is only faintly of citrussy hops. This is a big, thick, rich and very hoppy brew. Hops notes do not "pop" freshly out of this one, but the bitterness is more of a dull, strong, steady barrage. Grapefruit, resin, oily, hop heads rejoice and go get some of this...hop juice indeed

Photo of warriorsoul
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to kmpitz2 for this one...
Pours a clear copper color w/ a full finger and a half of bright white head...decent lacing holds to the side of my snifter glass.
Aromas of fruity hops and carmelized malt...no alcohol at this point.
The taste is a bitter hop punch to the mouth w/ a sweet malt backbone balancing out this double...slight alcohol in the flavor, but no way distracting to the overall experience. It is actually very well hidden as I finish the last few swallows.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied...could be a tad thicker IMO, but the carbonation is right where I like to see it.
Drinking this bad boy darn near room temperature and it is going down too easy...drinkability for the IIPA is quite high and reflects in the score.
I enjoyed Two Brothers Heavy Handed IPA and this is even better...a great representation of the style and one I am real glad to get my hands on. Hey Nick...you better hold onto a few more of these for me...I'll be in soon enough.

Photo of mctizzz
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow-amber color with an off-white head. The aroma is resiny hops and is pretty straightforward. The flavor is a mix of piney and resiny hops with some orange citrus mixed in as well as a nice caramel malt backbone. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of Sawvell11
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of runlong320
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Skye1024
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of SkinnyElvis
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to beerbeing who gave me this bottle in person as a gift at the Sly Fox IPA Project 2006. He is a true beer advocate.

Typical IPA color. Not an overpowering smell of hops. Very piney in taste. The ABV is not noticeable. An easy to drink DIPA for a hophead. Not spectacular but I would buy this if it was available in my corner of PA.


Photo of standardcherry
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of WeymouthMike
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Great looking beer right off the bat, nice golden color with a red hue and a nice on finger head. Smells of pine and citrus just like you would expect from a west coast DIPA yet this is from Illinois. Taste is hoppy and citrus sweet with little bite for a DIPA and the close to 10% abv is hidden pretty well. Mouthfeel is the lowest score on this one as it is a bit watery and light. I had no problem putting down a bomber after a day of work.

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Hop Centric Double India Pale Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
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