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Hop Centric Double India Pale Ale - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Reviews: 464
Hads: 968
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 45
Gots: 75 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of cbutova
5/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I went in to this beer with really no expectations at all, looked new on the shelf and I had heard about it before but didnt really know what to expect. Poured a very clear, beautiful orange/amber color that I have never seen in a beer, very good carbonation. Had about a 2 finger head that disappeared after a few minutes into a nice white sheet over the top of the beer. Lacing was good but did not coat the glass completely, nice middle ground. As I opened the cap I could already smell the delicious hoppy aroma, amazing. Citrus, pine and some sweetness in the nose. The taste, wow... Delicious blend of sweetness, fruit, citrus, pine and all the hops you would want. Reminded me of Nugget Nectar and Stone 13th but better. Mouthfeel was smooth, medium with perfect carbonation, nice hoppy coat on the tongue, creamy, what to expect from a DIPA. I drank my first pint of this so fast, very drinkable, I would never guess 9.9 ABV. I could drink this one all night long, absolutely amazing. This is definately my new standard for a DIPA/ hop blaster. (1,052 characters)

Photo of 3nlightenedfool
5/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Let me start this review off on the wrong foot. I drank this straight out of the bomber it came it.

Appearance: Who cares.

Smell: It smells strongly of piney hops.

Taste: Now, to the part worth reviewing...Although it smells predominantly of piney hops, the taste is perfectly balanced with the rich malt flavor. This beer is smooth as silk. It goes down like water. As a lover of IPA's and rich malty ales, this is a grand slam beer. It is intensely hoppy but not really bitter due to the rich malty backbone that is just perfect for the hop flavor present here.

Mouthfeel: Rich and smooth. It coats the mouth and doesn't leave an unpleasant taste behind. It is still piney and sweet. Just top notch.

Overall: Need I say more. For a beer with 9.9% alcohol, it goes down soooo easy. It's for hop lovers, no doubt, but this one is so well balanced that I think it will make hop lovers out of many people who try it. The hops aren't overly complex and they are not very bitter compared to the explosion of flavor that they provide in this beer. In many IPA's the hops are just a bitter component, but in this beer they are almost purely herbal/earthy in the nose and mouth.

The sum it up briefly: This beer is full of flavor, easy to drink, and very strong. Every beer lover should try this beer. It is one of my top 5. Highly recommended! (1,346 characters)

Photo of NewGlarusFan
4.98/5  rDev +27%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into Lunar Brewing Co tulip glass (9oz).

A) Dark amber honey, caramel, as it settles around the edges lighter in color like clover honey and also at the bottom of the glass. It gives a two finger head that is thick like an ice cream float. It leaves a perfect Belgium lace as it slowly dissipates.

S) Wow, pine, sweet candy like skittles or Swedish fish, as the beer goes down i notice more earthy characteristics. Not overly bitter and pleasant.

T) Fruity Hops, pineapple, honey crisp apple, possibly red grape, and then malt almost honey in flavor and texture. Great malt bill not too biscuit flavored or cookie, but that’s probably because it’s a IIPA and the hops takes over my palate.

M) Thicker than i expected like honey mead but not that thick. It coats the mouth with joyous hop flavors swirling and dancing on the tongue.

O) This is Two Brothers best brew. Go out and buy a 6 pack at Trader Joes for $15. I hope to try this on tap again at the brew pub. (997 characters)

Photo of nortmand
4.97/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Lovely amber orange pour, with, I kid not, a green-off white head.

Ruby red grapefruit, blood orange, a virtual basket of citrus fruits in the aroma.

Huge bubblegum hop flavors up front, supported by a supple malt. Leaves a not overly bitter aftertaste. Very balanced and very hoppy.

Medium-full body, this is an awesomely drinkable, incredibly balanced DIPA. Rivals the best of 'em. (392 characters)

Photo of JimboHD2005
4.85/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz bomber poured into a 12 ounce snifter. Color is crystal clear beautiful amber. Head disapates fairly quickly but leaves a nice lacing. Scentes of pine but not overpowering with malt in the background. Holds a malty flavor that balances perfectly with the hops while the alcohol just comes through. Drinks smooth... (dangerously smooth) I can certainly finish a couple of these in one sitting at home. Overall an exceptional example of an Imperial IPA with amazing drinkability. Another great beer from the brothers in Warrenville, IL. (539 characters)

Photo of myown66
4.82/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Like any good American IPA this beer is a Hop Assault! Yes, it burns your nose. Yes, piney resination tingles you tongue. Citrus makes saliva excrete under your tongue. Your brain gets rearranged, and this beer is what you now crave.

I tried it in December 2008 and still crave it. This beer turned me into a Hophead before I ever heard the term. Who knows how long this hop crack will consume my interest. This beer reinvigorates my patriotism, and makes me want the flag to have hops instead of stars. (505 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.8/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip. No date.

A - Rich, clear, brilliant amber with a creamy two finger tan head with great retention, reducing after a while to a small layer while leaving thick lacing.

S - Very citrus and pine hop-heavy with light floral aromas and a solid backbone of malts. Light pineapple and mango aromas dance about as well.

T - Holy shit is that a hop punch to the face. STRONG hops even with a robust malt backbone. Light caramel malts linger behind unwavering fruity and floral hops. Citrus and light pine combine with the malts for an excellent beer!

M - Creamy and smooth, it's one fuller-bodied DIPA with a hoppy and bitter blast at the end. Fully carbonated but really smooth on the way down. Moderate-low alcohol warming.

D - Holy crap is this a fantastically crafted beer. I wish I knew the age on it. The alcohol is mellow but hits you soon enough and it goes down very well. Super strong. (930 characters)

Photo of BeerRun13
4.8/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to dhchatfield for this one.

Pours a super clear & ultra magnifying golden amber. A very fluffy, pure white head sits on top but fades a bit and leaves limited lacing.
Sweet and toasty malt behind floral and piney hops. Hops show more as the beer warms.
Suprisingly, incredibly balanced. Yes lots of hops, nut more subtle than you might think from the aroma. Lightly toasty background. Hops are piney and a touch of sweet citruss shows along with some other fruit notes. Bitterness starts to grow and sticks. Some alcohol in there for sure.
Medium to full bodied. Moderateley carbonated. Very clean finish. A little bittering down the center of the tounge. Warming alcohol all the way to the stomach. Again very balanced and clean for a DIPA.
An overall incredible DIPA. Extremeley easy to drink, but at 9.9% that could be dangerous.

Thanks Dan! (867 characters)

Photo of madmanjf
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this on cask the same evening it was opened.

The appearance was slightly cloudy with an orange glow. Head was thick yet fine. Bubbles and creamy foam were present with nice lacing. You could easily count your sips.

The smell was that of pine and orange with a floral hop aroma. It was simply a great experience on the nose.

For my own tastes, I was pleased that it was absent of grapefruit flavor. Instead, it had a nice dry-hopped balance with mild malt flavors. The hoppiness wasn't bitter; instead, it had a mild sweetness to it.

The beer was very smooth with a slight tanin finish. Quite silky for an IPA. No alcohol taste or bite was present.

It was quite an easy drinking IPA, well balanced and quick feeling for a buzz. This comes in quite high around 10%.

I enjoyed two 12oz pours which were both very smooth and easy to drink. It was difficult to believe it was 9.9% alcohol. (897 characters)

Photo of weaf
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

Wow! As always Two Brother's Brewing never leaves me disappointed! Every beer I've had from them since they hit the Jacksonville, FL market has been excellent in taste and quality. A bit strong in flavor and alcohol compared to my normal beers I am still very impressed. Love IPA but the double and the imperial really kick it all up a few notches.

Great Beer...if you love strong IPA type beers and like Imperials you will enjoy this quality craft beer. (456 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.72/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The smell is hops, hops and more hops with a little citrus and malt mixed in.

T: Heavy hops blast coupled with a citrus malt sweetness. I’d say that this is one of the strongest hops flavors with the least bitterness that I’ve ever had. Very-well balanced! The hops stick around in a strong after-taste that contains a bit more bitterness, which is quite welcome.

M: Very crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, leaves a little bit of a sticky feel afterward.

D: The speed with which I polished off this bomber is testament to haw drinkable this beer is. The fact that it has a 9.90% ABV may make me pay later for drinking it that fast but it will be worth it. I first tried this beer at a tasting and decided to give it a full-bottle chance. The rep that was pouring at the tasting mentioned something about this beer having a “cult following” in this area. If that’s the case I’d gladly be part of that cult. This is a flat-out excellent beer. (1,155 characters)

Photo of sopclod
4.72/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On the bottle there is a picture of a hop bud being squeezed by a pair of pliers, and that's exactly what this beer is like. In fact, I can't think of any beer I've had (in my somewhat limited experience) that has the quality AND quantity of hoppiness of this brew.

Now, the thing that really knocks it out of the park for me is the drinkability. Somehow it's hoppy and bitter but smooth and drinkable at the same time. I feel like I could down 3 or 4 22 oz bombers in a sitting, although I would probably be sleeping in my own puke after that.

If you love hops, get this beer. If you don't like sleeping in puke, resist the urge to gulp it down too heavily. (664 characters)

Photo of IchabodcraneIpa
4.7/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured this hoppy little devil into a glass

The color of this one is an apple cider cloudy amber color with a beautiful head of creamy foam. The smell of this one is a deep resinous pine smell mixed with earthy scents reminding me of hiking through the woods. The taste of this one is a crisp piney resin taste with not too bitter of a hop taste one the palate. The front of this one is an extremely well balanced exquisite flavor with sublime earthy tones. The mouthfeel is a nice refreshing feel that does not leave the extreme hop aftertaste of other DIPA's. I definitely could see myself drinking these lords of hop town on a regular basis if they were readily available due to the easy big hop flavor that would definitely give a hop head their fix.

Excellent quality beer in the DIPA category this one is as easy to slam as it is good. (which it definitely is without a doubt to any hop head) (900 characters)

Photo of bryanbrick
4.67/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

An extra from d0b. And what an extra it is. Such a rad hook-up and that comes from a picky IPA/DIPA guy. This is knocking my socks off.

No apparent bottle date but I've been told from the source that this was released last Saturday!!!

A great amber color, deeply hued with orange highlights and a 1/2 inch thick stark white head that dissapates quickly but comes half way back with some agitation. Pinpoint lacing all over the glass.

A truely great nose. So full of pine, orange peel, dill, crushed peppermint and touch of toffee like notes from the malt. This is awesome and should be savored.

I love the flavors here, everything is perfectly understated but complete and satisfying. The driving bitterness never becomes overpowering, or medicinal, and the freshness is off the charts. Get this and drink it! Grapefruit, fresh cut grass, cedar treacle, creme brulee. Need I say more. My only knock is that it becomes a bit sappy as you get further into the bottle. Most would proably see that a good thing, but it gets a bit cumbersome for me.

The broadness and length of the flavors are exceptional, with the bitter ultra fresh hops riding the wave all the way to the shore. You taste this long after it is actually gone.

I would have no problem with a full 22 of this, I'm having none right now. I wouldn't want this all the time but if I had access to this it would be one of my go to Hop-Bombs.

For me this is a truly great find and I would put it in the same breath with other hyped West Coast IPA/DIPAs like PtE, Hop Henge, AleSmith IPA and Stone IPA. Thanks Dave this rocks. (1,592 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
4.65/5  rDev +18.6%
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. (1,343 characters)

Photo of SierraGS
4.63/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a beautiful double IPA from a family owned and operated brewery just outside Chicago.

The growler had a nice foam in the neck, and it poured with a head like that of an ice cream float.

As I sip this ale, a thick lacing lines the sides of the glass. The color is a beautiful amber-orange. The big, frothy head is deceiving, because the overall carbonation is actually light in the mouth.

The nose is pleasant and light - like the freshness of a forest after spring rains. I'm really enjoying the flavors of citrus, herb and and pine. It has the sweetness of brown sugar and a bit of resin and bitterness from the hops.

The website informs me this is a 2008 seasonal artisan release for February and is brewed to 9.9% AVB, 100.1 IBUs, and dry hopped with a pound of hops per barrel.

I'm glad to be enjoying this extremely drinkable ale this from the comfort of my home, as I'll be having more than one pint tonight! (930 characters)

Photo of jsh420
4.62/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours amber orange with a big 2+ finger head that coated the glass with lacing

smells like a west coast ipa - lots of pine & grapefruit but mostly pine (which i like)

taste is even better then the smell - big pine flavor then a great malt backbone and finishes with some bitter grapefruit citrus

mouthfeel is a medium body beer that is somewhat sick and smooth with just the right amount of carbonation

drinkability is very scary - with the taste this beer brings i wish they made this in 6packs

overall this beer ranks up with the best DIPA's i have had - Hopslam - Double Crooked - Pure Hoppiness (604 characters)

Photo of bigjoebrews
4.62/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful flavors and aromas! My favorite!! Its jammed full of hop flavor and aroma, yet doesn't have that "twangy" flavor I get from many other double/triple IPAs. "twangy" flavor- can't describe it, kinda makes you pucker a little- It gives many IPAs a taste like it's enhanced or processed to the point the oils are harsh, hop juice is very smooth yet chock full of hop flavor and extreme IBUs... (399 characters)

Photo of atremains
4.6/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden color with a 1.5 finger head that receeds quickly to a ring. Very little lacing throughout. The smell is sweet with a sharp citrusy hop tone. Taste is citrus hops with some Grapefruity notes and a grainy finish. Mouthfeel is what I've been looking for lately. Creamy and longlasting with just the right amount of carbonation and bitterness. At almost 10% it's dangerous how drinkable this one is but I would session it with caution because of it deliciousity. (481 characters)

Photo of mwill7287
4.58/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz. bomber into 11oz. snifter.

Appearance: Hop Juice has a rich, resonant copper or almost amber color. The beer is fairly clear, with just a faint bit of haze in the body. About a finger's worth of a frothy off-white head sits atop the body after a fairly gentle pour. Lively carbonation runs up the side of the glass. Excellent head retention keeps almost perfectly throughout the whole beer, leaving behind a nice lace on the glass. A very pretty beer! 5/5

Smell: Super hoppy aroma with citrusy grapefruit tones and piney aromas shooting off the beer into my nostrils. Sweet malts attempt to balance the hop attack. The booze of the 9.9% ABV is present but mostly masked by the hops. Lovely. 4.5/5

Taste: Tropical right off the bat. Tons of grapefruit, orange, and other tropical fruits along with some sappy pine flood the taste buds. The bitterness in this beer is strong and delicious. A sweet caramel malt backbone is tucked in to take a bite off the hops attack. Nicely balanced. The bitter aftertaste sneaks up on you a little after the sip. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Quite dry, felt instantly upon sipping. Pretty remarkable. Fairly high in carbonation. Medium mouthfeel with a little bit of creamy texture. 5/5

Overall: This is a classic hop monster from Two Brothers. Bitter, citrusy, and dry. I did not have any trouble at all finishing this bomber, though I don't know if I could have too much more after. 4.5/5 (1,435 characters)

Photo of AylwinForbes
4.57/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the 2008 release at Two Brothers new pub. Poured into a snifter it has a nice sudsy head. Medium amber colour. The aroma is the thing here: overwhelming aromatic pine fills the glass, just wonderful, akin to a hop wine if there was such a thing. Lots of citrus on the palate makes for a balance of the sweetness and hop bitterness in the finish. In the style of Dreadnaught without the nuances. Definitely a sipping beer. (429 characters)

Photo of Deuane
4.57/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Slightly hazy copper with a thick, fluffy white head that sticks to the side of the glass and leaves significant lacing.

S-A litteral blast citrusy hop goodness! A bit of caramel malts poke thru the CRAZY onslught of hops to your olfactories!

T-Man, you had better love the hops to love this beer....good thing, I DO! This is crazy fresh tasting and CRAZY good. Fantastic citrus hop goodness with a nice supporting caramel malt cast.

M-Medium light body with a delectable juiciness!

D-I downed one pint quickly and jumped into my second in no time! This stuff fresh is simply stunning....on of my fav dipa's for sure....cant wait to get more next year. Keep yer bottles..this stuff can only be truly appreciated from the tap. (731 characters)

Photo of buck1futter
4.57/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Burnt orange typical ipa color, nice off white head.

S- A ton of sweet citrus. not to many malts getting through, with a subtle pine.

T- Grapefruit. Hop resin. Really good. Coming in at 9.9 hardly any alc comes though. Little bit of a sweetness on the side of the tongue .

M- Thick of hop resin.

O- Top notch IIPA. If you get a chance to try, and you luv them hops then this is ready to go. Really do enjoy this beer, needs to come around more. (452 characters)

Photo of bheilman
4.55/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark rich amber color. Much darker than most IIPAs. Has a strong hop/fruit scent but not off-putting. Enough to capture interest but not enough to make you expect an overly bitter bite. The taste is great. I mostly taste orange, but it is a rich orange with a strong malt influence. It reminds my of Alpha King but richer sweeter and smoother. It has the caramel-like sweetness of Alpha King combined with some raisin and a nice citrus aftertaste. The flavor lingers in a good way, very refreshing. The beer is really easy going down and doesn't exhibit a strong alcohol flavor. I feel like I could drink this all night, but with the high ABV it's definitely a beer to be shared. (679 characters)

Photo of brushtachio
4.54/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review reconstructed by very sparse yet glowing notes:

A - deep yet glowing burnished gold. Great billowing head that develops a complex systems of canyons within it as the bubbles begin to collapse upon each other reluctantly.

S - Standout. Truly exceptional. First word that comes to mind is fresh...

Freshly cut pine
Freshly squeezed grapefruit
A freshly picked earthy organic mint/basil
Sweet background - maybe honey

T- Excellent - not as good as the nose but close

M/D - also great...I'd have to check but I bet I haven't given many ten percenters this high of a drinkability rating... actually had no idea it was this high until I went to document this.

Conclusion - I really dig this beer and rate it right up there with my favorites in the style. (761 characters)

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Hop Centric Double India Pale Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 464 ratings.