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: 934
Reviews: 468
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 12.12%
Wants: 45
Gots: 60 | FT: 1
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Two Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

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

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: orbitalr0x on 03-12-2005

Formerly known as Hop Juice.
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Reviews by silenius:
Photo of silenius
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours darker than I expected. A dark orange amber that is slightly hazed with a medium small head that laces lightly.

Smell is sweetened citrus fruits with a hint of bitter. Grapefruit, lemons, and oranges covered in sugar. Very nice.

Taste has a nice bittering. More earthy than something like a Ruination, but along those lines. Nice bitter finish but plenty of malt balance in the center.

Mouthfeel is not quite as thick as I'd like, but smooth.

Very drinkable.

More User Reviews:
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 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 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 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 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 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 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.

Photo of Osiris9588
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.36/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is everything I love about mid-Western IPA/DIPAs. Pours a beautiful deep copper cear deep hue with a thick full on three fngered head of light beige head with fine even speckled lacing evenly strung with each sip. Aromatics bring out deep pine/citrus tones that really bring out the malt profile and mild alcohl nose going on. The onslaught of grapefruit peels and srpuce tips coming from the hops is unrelenting in the best possible way. It doesn't hit with abrasive bitterness just a delightful hop opus that plays like a fuckin' symphony on the palate. Very balanced between earthy notes subtle alcohol and sweet caramel hop candy notes. I've tasted hop candy made with cascades and this is similar to that experience along with the pine and grapefruit additions. This is a great DIPA I can definitely drink this on the regular I'm glad it's available at my local store. Mouthfeel is medium bodied sticky with hop resins and some residual sugars this brew is excellent even easy going carbonation I'm in love with this stuff. Drinkability is great, a beer that I will track down very soon, maybe even bring to my next Pittsburgh tasting at Fathead's.

Photo of brow1901
4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a tulip glass.

A- This beer looks outstanding. It pours a nice clear medium amber color that reminds me its autum. The head is a fluffy bright white the nests above the beer perfectly. It has some of the best lacing I've ever seen in a beer, makes me wonder if there is a touch of something besides like rye, wheat or oats in it. And the retention is to die for, every sip contains a pillow of the head that coats the mouth.

S- There really is not much to complain about in the smell, obviously the hops dominate. It would be nice to catch a wiff of something different, something that would seperate this beer from other Imp IPAs.

T- Again nothing to whine about, a good smack to the mouth with hops. Yet the beer is well balanced, a nice grain backbone smoothes the taste out to make it more drinkable.

M- Good carbonation with a somewhat slick mouth coating feel to it. However now overly syrup like, it washes down very nicely.

D- Highly drinkable, this bomber will be gone in minutes. Refreshing yet full bodied enough to be enjoyed in the cold of winter.

Photo of jeonseh
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on guest tap at Flossmoor Station brewpub and served in a tulip glass.

A - a dark copper color that had a golden and amber hue to it as well. The body was rather reflective and on the whole the beer looked rather clean as there were only a few drops of carbonation floating up through it. There was a nice frothy, one thumb head that sat on top and was composed of a bunch of tiny bubbles sitting one on top of the other. As I drank it the head went away but it left a moderate amount of lacing down the sides.

S - here the prevalent smell really seemed to be the big hops flavors that shined through. I got a big whiff of fresh pine intermingled with some sweeter, mango citrus flavors as well. Rather fragrant as well as could really smell it each time I took a sip.

T - thought this was a nice balanced DIPA that allowed the hops to shine through without becoming overpowering. The first taste that came to me was a strong bitter, pine hops that really comes on strong. However, just when my tongue was about to say it had enough, there was a sweeter, caramel malt flavor that came in to rescue it from the pure hoppiness and managed to balance out the strong hop flavors. In the end though, the hops did win out and they really are the star of this show as the pine flavors and the puckering aspect of the hops came back strong and left you with the last impression.

MF - this was a nice mix between a big thick DIPA and one with a lot of carbonation. The carbonation really helped to bring forth the hop character of the brew and make the taste buds want to cry for help as the bitter flavors seemed to pop even more. The body on this was also good as I thought the beer was thick enough to make its presence known but not so thick that I didn't want to have another.

D - overall, a very tasty DIPA from 2 Bros that is big on the hops, balanced, and not at all overly sweet. The caramel sweetness serves as a nice balance that prevents this from being an utter hop bomb, yet this beer still allows the hops to shine through as the star. It was a bit hard to want to drink more than one though as after awhile my taste buds felt dead to the world. I would however put this in the top tier of midwestern DIPAs that I have had such as Dreadnaught and hopslam.

Photo of glid02
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from France 44 via mail order.

Pours a hazy copper color with a one-finger off-white head that leaves decent lacing.

Smells of muted pale malts with hints of heavier caramel malts along with earthy and deep citrus hops. Also present are mild amounts of herbal hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though not quite as crisp. Equal amounts of pale and caramel malts up front are joined quickly by soft citrus hops. Midway through herbal and heavier earthy hops come into play, carrying through to a moderately bitter ending. Mouthfeel is good, with solid carbonation.

Overall this beer just didn’t have enough hop character to make me want to visit it again, and the malts weren’t rich enough to make up for the hop shortcomings.

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

(Served in an imperial pint glass)

A-medium density white bubbly head with a reddish tan body and a gentle carbonation. The head last for a bit.

S- The smell is green fresh hops, some citrus with some grassiness and a bit of spiciness.

T- Good hop bitterness with a nice floral hop resiny taste and a faint lightly roasted malt base. The alcohol warmth finish is covered by the hops and they both stick on your breath for a bit.

M- This has a bit of a thick body but its not really a sweet finish. It has a gentle alcohol warmth but the finish is not astringent.

D- This is a well crafted DIPA. It has a great depth of hops and a nice alcohol warmth to balance the flavors. I would recommend this beer and I imagine it would be excellent on cask.

Photo of pwoods
3.86/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz. brown bomber, purchased at Belmont Party Supply, poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a ruby tinted amber with good visibility. 2 fingers of tight cream head with good retention. Nice lacing.

S: Fresh, oily hop resin, full of flowers and citrus oil. Strong sweet malts round things out.

T/M: A nice balance between hops and malts. Nice hop resins with a bit of pine. Super sweet malts with plenty of sweet brad that is slightly chewy.

D: 9.9% is gonna limit drinkability but it's a nicely balanaced DIPA.

Photo of IntriqKen
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy golden orange with lots of little flakey things floating in the glass.
Half finger of white craggy head that melts to sticky top covering lacing.
Pure clean citrus hops in the aroma.
Ok...here we go....first taste is sweet amber malt..,.candy sweet but followed and buried immediately with lemon citrus peel hops.
Second sip...sweet malts have now begun to blend with the citrus hops to make a nice balance.
Next sip...nice balance...the sweetness of the malt is blending perfectly with the citrus hops. I miss seeing (tasting) any pine or grapefruit in the hops, but still nice and the balance is wonderful.

Photo of NJpadreFan
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Two Brothers- Hop Juice

A- Clear/filtered ruby/copper brown with a thick foamy head. Thick ringed lacing.
S- Huge fresh green hops, Pine & floral with a buttery caramel malt.
T- Very sugary sweet caramel malt with hints of buttery toffee and cane sugar. Sweet pine and floral hops are present throughout but never become very bitter.
M- Very sugary sweet and creamy with a big fresh just picked oily hop feel. Thick oily hop finish that is sweet and warming. Alc. well hidden!

Overall- Not as bitter as I like em', but very tasty and so easy to drink, a sessionable
9.9%abv DIPA!

Photo of Stigs
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, served in a Duvel tulip - thanks to a74gent for the trade!

A - pours with almost an inch of rich, creamy and frothy light tan colored foam - slight reddish hue. the beer is a bit hazy (chill?), amber in color.

S - rich and resinous citrus hops, bringing some grapefruit along with wet pine. strong and assertive malt layer, toffee and caramel..smells balanced and "east" like.

T - begins with bright citrus hops, oranges and grapefruit. immediately cut into by strong caramel, molasses, and lightly spiced malts. finishes with some wet pine, and a twinge of boozy alcohol.

M - rich, creamy full body with subtle but prickly carbonation. a bit chewy, finishes slick and oily. lingering citrus hops and bold caramel.

D - big and bold one here, bordering that line of east coast DIPA and barleywine. solid overall, and has enough bitterness to cure a hop craving, yet lacks a bit of true hop flavor. split this with a buddy.

Photo of cokes
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Matte and opague mustard-hued peach crowned with a tight beige froth.
Nose, initially, is flagrant with rust, bitter orange rind, and pine tar. But as it settles, malt vapors of grilled peaches and brown sugar grab a foothold.
Begins with a toasted caramel maltiness that quickly migrates to assorted fruit preserves. Apricot, blood orange, kiwi, papaya, fleshy mango, and plantain, all caramelized, mashed, and slightly burned. The middle is distinct in that it suggests some sort of (non-existent to my knowledge) wood-aging, as whispers of dried coconut, oak tannins, and cedar add hallucinatory depth.
The hops are large, but not mouth-rendingly so...at least right away. Full of pine pitch, grapefruit, and citrus distillate. The only ding here is that it never gains the earthy, resinous dankness that it seems to crave, and thus alot of the bitterness seems freefloating and arbitrary. The closure is modest, but several seconds after the sip, the mouth echoes with rusted tin, green stems, and burning pinecones. Its afterimage is far more bitter than the beer ever was. The carnage is far more than the storm would indicate. But as it warms, some gerneralized congruency is acheived, as the overall in-sip bitterness grows and grows throughout the bottle.
The mouthfeel give it a decided cask-like feel with its low carbonation and particle-rich, with slightly thinned sense of girth.
As close as any 10% brew comes to a true drinker. This can be toppled with a quickness for the unwary or the gluttons or the thirsty.
Despite a nitpicky complaint or two, this is a solid DIPA, and the more I drink of it, the more I enjoy it.

Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber

A peach-amber brew that only bubbled up a thin layer of foam even on a fairly aggressive pour, with suspended sediment clouding the liquid.

Aroma is, well, pure hop juice - sticky, piney, citrusy, sweet hop nectar - and the taste is more of the same. The substantial alcohol content mitigates the hops a bit, and there is a hint of biscuit, but really, the focus here is on the hops.

Fairly easy to drink despite the 9.9% ABV and over 100 IBU's, this beer is very good--if not quite the best double IPA I've had.

Photo of Sammy
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Meets the style, a good hop delivery and lots of caramel and malt backbone. Northwest by Northwest, would like something more complex. It was still enjoyable and very drinkable. Alcohol was well hidden. Above average mouthfeel, resiny. Lasting half inch of whitehead on golden body. Hop aromas. Beverage Warehouse.

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Hop Centric Double India Pale Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
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