Hop Centric Double India Pale Ale - Two Brothers Brewing Company
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Reviews by taylorhamrick:
3.43/5 rDev -13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Pours out a nice beautiful copper color, very clear, with a massive, pillowy head, dense and sticky, kind of off-white, that leaves nicel lacing. This one looks absolutely beautiful. The smell has a nice piney and grapefruity hop presence. Kind of resinous and sticky, some light herbal and spicy notes, maybe some tart cherries. It has enough of the hop components. Almost no malt presence, which isn't always a bad thing in a DIPA, but I can definitely smell the alcohol. I'm not so sure I like the smell of the alcohol in this beer. The taste kicks in first with a nice light maltiness, kind of powdery, not too sweet, this one definitely has a good dryness to it. Then a little kick of bitterness comes, but it's not too bad. The taste comes off a little soapy, but there's a nice crisp hop presence, a bit grassy and piney at first, then a little tart, finishes with a bit of resins and a tiny kick of bitterness comes up with the dryness. The alcohol isn't as dominant as I expected, but there is definitely a peach kind of warmth to it. That's the only complaint I really have - and I would maybe ask for a bit more dry hops. But overall, a good DIPA. It does come off a tiny bit syrupy - a little more full than I wanted. I think it kind of gets in the way of what I want to experience. The carbonation is very light, it must've all come up in the head, which sort of lends itself to fullness, and there's really only a tiny tickle of carbonation to speak of. And I found it to be quite enjoyable, but it caught up with me kind of quickly. I would recommend it as a nice example of a DIPA. I kind of wanted a little more from something named 'Hop Juice' though.
Serving type: bottle
07-14-2009 23:31:49 | More by taylorhamrick
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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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