Hop Centric Double India Pale Ale - Two Brothers Brewing Company
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Reviews by ngandhi:
4.03/5 rDev +1.5%
From cask at The Blind Pig Co., Champaign, Illinois.
I guess hops are the grand equalizer. With my expectations about as low as can be--this brewery has often dissapointed me--I was amazed to find a richness and purity here rarely seen in such potent IPAs. The hops aren't dramatic because they aren't fruity, but this greener profile works just as well as that of the famous West coast hop bombs.
The flavors aren't muted, but they also aren't pronounced. The silkiness of the cask is an awesome backdrop for the edgy notes of green mango and bitter orange. It smells much the same, but a little smokier.
For its alcohol--considering that it's not incredibly malty--this beer has surprising balance and consistency. The final bits of the pint taste like vodka, but really good vodka.
Unfortunately, I can't get that damn Nelly song out of my head now.
07-16-2005 14:28:58 | More by ngandhi
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4.18/5 rDev +5.3%
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.
03-12-2005 03:23:36 | More by orbitalr0x
3.68/5 rDev -7.3%
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.
04-30-2007 00:11:10 | More by blitz134
4.3/5 rDev +8.3%
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.
09-20-2006 02:43:16 | More by sponberg
4.22/5 rDev +6.3%
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.
06-02-2007 13:09:15 | More by Duster72
3.78/5 rDev -4.8%
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 dont 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. Im with him.
08-22-2005 11:37:51 | More by tjthresh
3.88/5 rDev -2.3%
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.
06-21-2007 16:28:00 | More by merlin48
4.38/5 rDev +10.3%
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
07-28-2006 02:51:45 | More by Billolick
4.13/5 rDev +4%
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.
09-09-2005 00:32:21 | More by warriorsoul
4/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
08-16-2010 23:02:53 | More by Mora2000
4/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
12-14-2006 01:39:56 | More by SkinnyElvis
3.7/5 rDev -6.8%
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.
05-08-2006 23:03:14 | More by WeymouthMike
3.6/5 rDev -9.3%
22oz bomber, capped, no date. Pours a rich clear bronze color. The white head is quite frothy, forming rocking plateaus of froth. Great retention and gobs of small-bubbled lacing.
It smell like hop juice, dank and piny, with some bright citrus and floral notes fluttering up above. The flavor is hops from start to finish: a little more grapefruit, a slight presence of caramel malt appears in the middle, than it grows more piny and herbaceous on the end. The alcohol is there clearly burning, but doesn't overwhelm it too much.
It's medium-bodied and well carbonated, but is a bit of a monobrew--all hops, then more hops. I like hopped up brews, but this doesn't seem to have as much nuance as a Bell's Hopslam. Though I certainly recommend this to all those hop-heads out there.
07-12-2007 17:25:04 | More by Osiris9588
Hop Centric Double India Pale Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
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