Hop Centric Double India Pale Ale - Two Brothers Brewing Company
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Reviews by sweemzander:
4.68/5 rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
22oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass. No bottled date. Many thank yous to BeerFMAndy for the trade on this one!
(A)- Pours a slightly hazy amber with red highlights. Produced a very respectable white head that is definitely staying around for awhile. Some good lacing present.
(S)- A very creamy smell that has citrus of lemon, pine, pineapple, and grapefruit with a honey/vanilla presence. It smells alot like mead, only mead that has tons upon tons of hop addition! Almost floral at the end.
(T)- A very full-bodied DIPA that has citrus of lime, lemon, grapefruit, and pineapple with a rather massive woody pine bitterness that is almost nutty. An ample to equally massive malt backbone that provides a really nice caramel, but more like neutral brown sugar sweetness. The northwest hops added gives it a rustic feel to the beer overall.
(M)- Great carbonation level combined with a great balance of massive dry hops and maltiness. This has a high abv, but the alcohol is well integrated, yet still present.
(D)- A very fun and well made DIPA that has a really great balance that actually increases its drinkability significantly. The only thing standing in its way is the high abv, that wont hit you immediately, but 3/4 of the way through the sizeable bottle. A superb beer that should be sought out for any hardcore IPA lover.
Serving type: bottle
09-17-2009 00:15:37 | More by sweemzander
More User Reviews:
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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