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Hop Centric Double India Pale Ale - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Hop Centric Double India Pale Ale
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89
very good

920 Ratings
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Ratings: 920
Reviews: 462
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 12.12%
Wants: 45
Gots: 46 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

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

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
Formerly known as Hop Juice.

(Beer added by: orbitalr0x on 03-12-2005)
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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of GRG1313
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Remove the name "Hop Juice," call it something else to change expectations and you may get "straight A's!"

Pours a dark copper with a nice white head. This is a double IPA but the nose is pure sweet chocolate! Actually smells like a melted chocolate bar and nothing else. (Bottle old??)

Mouthfeel is big, creamy and well balanced.

Flavors are big malt, carmel, toffee and sweet chocolate with the bitterness anticipated coming only in the finish.

Finish is bitter grapefruit/bitter espresso bean and with an "end finish," for lack of a better word, of grapefruit oil. Very appealing and drinkable. A big beer with huge flavors and character.

Photo of metter98
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy amber in color and has a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of citrus and pine resin hops and sweetness from the caramel malts in the nose.
T: The taste is fairly similar to the smell and has a moderate amount of bitterness. There are also some notes of brown sugar and fruits in the flavors.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate.
D: The beer is very drinkable and goes down easily; the alcohol content is very well masked.

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of brentk56
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a foamy head that strips some lace on the sides of the glass

Smell: Surprisingly blended between the citrus and pine hops and the caramel malt

Taste: Well-blended from the outset, with both citrus and pine and a big caramel malt bill shining through; after the swallow, the bitterness becomes more prominent but the sweet malt flavors persist and linger on the tip of the tongue for quite some time

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A darn nice example of the style; could be a bit hoppier but then again, my bottle could be a bit fresher

Photo of BEERchitect
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Good name for this brew; it seems that they just squeezed the malts from the hops and served it straight to me. The beer begins with a copper / amber color and less viscous than expected. A light fluffy head caps the pint glass and the carbonation inviting. Aromas that emmit from the pour are extremely citrusy, perfumy, floral, and pine-ey. A sweet malt character rounds out the beer, but cannot gain any dominance. Flavors of sweet caramel malts are quickly overtaken by a rich hop bittering, resins, pine, orange peel, lemons, apples, and mint. Though the flavors remain strong, the body stays constent with a medium thickness that allows for a crisp, clean drink. Kinda has a snap in the finish, with only a linger of the hop flavors, bittering, and dryness. The alcohols even give way to the hops. The beer has a body much like a very good Standard IPA (Two Hearted?), but with the hop intensity of a Double. Very drinkable and enjoyable brew.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dusky rustic orange containing a blizzard of fine yeast. Or are those hop flecks? Since they aren't uniform in size, I'll go with hops. The orangish beige head is on the small side, barely two fingers after a vigorous pour, but looks like it'll be around for the long haul. Bubbles of all sizes are piled higgledy-piggledy on top of one another. A carpet of thick lace covers the upper reaches of the glass and will likely do the same farther down. This is a serious looking DIPA.

I like the nose, but I don't love it. There's a modest amount of citrus fruity hops and at least an equal amount of toasted caramel. Unfortunately, the latter interferes with my appreciation and enjoyment of the former. The beer smells like it might have been a humdinger when fresh, but I don't believe the word fresh applies anymore. My loss.

Hop Juice, at this point in time, is what results when one foolishly attempts to age a DIPA. These babies are made to be consumed when the hops are still kickin' up a fuss, not when they've agreed to co-exist peacefully with the malt. In truth, this beer tastes like it had a pretty fair caramel malt load right out of the hopper.

At this stage, the toffee-firm, caramel-creamy malt backbone is the centerpiece. The hops, although still flavorful and decently bitter, are mere accoutrements. As I enter the bottom half of the bomber, I realize that isn't entirely fair. Bittersweet orange peel and white grapefruit zest gain an urgency as the beer warms. Their flavor, and especially their bitterness, gather steam like a runaway locomotive.

The finish is long, caramel drizzled fruity and impressively bitter. Alpha acids appear to have a longer half-life than hop flavor, something I've noticed on more than just this occasion. It's fairly easy to tell that Hop Juice is a high-ABV beer, but it's still pretty mellow considering the fact that it's close to double digits. Age has its advantages it seems.

Big beers deserve big bodies and this one has been given a suitably sized one. It's medium-full (even when keeping style in mind) and has a melted taffy chewy stickiness that I'm enjoying immensely. Thankfully, the carbonation is unobtrusive while still managing to provide enough lift to keep the mouthfeel from becoming too syrupy.

I wish I had had the opportunity to drink Two Brothers Hop Juice Double India Pale Ale when it was young and oozing with hop juiciness. It's still a damn good beer and is well worth a look.

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of mikesgroove
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a very very clear, bright burnt orange amber. A nice about one inch head graced the top from the very beginning, this slowly faded to reveal just a film across the top. No significant side glass lacing on this one. Decent carbonation could be seen rising up from the bottom of the glass. Nice overall look.

Lots of piney citrus likes hops dominated the aroma. But the story was much more complex then that. Lots of balance was present as well. Some good earthy grains and sugar were also present and well represented. Nice balanced smell nothign really blowing you down in either direction. Super smooth with a delicate underlying malt layer. Lots of sweet orange peel and sugar, a hint of some grapefruit. Very nice fresh cut grass flavor as well. Alot more complex then your typical hop bomb. Very well crafted.

Super smooth again, Decent carbonation led to a good mouthfeel. Nothing slick or oily. Nothing watered down either. A good ole fashioned nice sipper. A total sipper as mentioned, although the 9% abv by no means feels that strong, you can tell this was one that you just dont gulp down, for sure. This one went down over more then an hour and every sip was just fantastic.

Overall This was a really good brew. I really like my double IPA and this did not dissapoint.

Photo of womencantsail
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jeff for sending me a growler fill of this. Shared a couple weekends back at Stone Sour Fest.

A: The pour is a vibrant copper color with a minimal white head forming and some mild carbonation bubbles.

S: The nose is a big burst of piney hops followed by some herbal and grassy notes. The malt is also quite pronounced here, providing quite a bit of caramel sweetness.

T: The flavor is quite bitter, but at the same time has a fair amount of sweetness. Light citrus hop flavors, but plenty of resinous pine. A touch of alcohol comes through at times.

M: The body is medium with a somewhat light carbonation that I'll attribute to the growler.

D: This wasn't the most drinkable DIPA, but it did have some nice flavors to it. Sort of intense in all areas, but doesn't necessarily fit all together throughout the entire glass.

Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just released yesterday at Two Brothers, For the Love of Hops fest.

Had a taste of it on tap there, but this bottle seems to be more alive with the fresh hop character. Poured into a 22 oz. Spaten glass. Deep toasted caramel orange body, drippy lace clinging all around to the sides. Good resiny hop aroma, smells like a Simcoe hop cone, a touch of sweet malt and light whiff of alcohol.

Smooth, easygoing DIPA, plenty of fruity/resiny/bitter flavors, some peach, grapefruit and pine. Moderate to full body with a viscous, syrupy impression that finishes fairly dry. At almost 10% this really packs a punch, so take it easy!

Photo of TMoney2591
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a GameWorks shaker pint glass.

Thanks to taiyed for sharing this bottle!

Funny, when I squeezed my hops with pliers, no such juice came out. Maybe I did it wrong... Anyway, this brew pours a clear amber topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises light pine, light fusels, and buttery toffee. Hmm, not quite the hop-bomb I expected to go off in my 'strils... The taste holds the same components, but ups the pine and butter antes, while relegating the fusel into the far background. Still, the hops are barely there, more demure than explosive. The body is a rather light medium, with a light carbonation and a dry-ish finish. Overall, this was pretty disappointing. Our first thought was that it was an old bottle, but many other reviews suggest otherwise. I was promised hops, hops, and more hops, but only received the first installment. The result may not live up to the advertising, but it's not really all that bad, either.

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of zeff80
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.75/5  rDev +19.9%
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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
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 Kegatron
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle into a snifter.

Pours a clear light ruby with 2+ fingers of frothy eggshell white foam that formed a beautiful looking 1/2 finger of creamy retention and left some massive sticky lacing and oily residues down the sides of the glass. The aroma is a bit subdued but still pulls out a pleasant mix of pine, tangy smelling citrus notes, with a bit of bready malt sweetness coming through the most. Just a tinge of heat can be detected in the backend.

The taste profile is similar to that of the aroma with a mix of resinous bitterness, fairly prominant citrus character, and caramel sweetness backing things up. It's all very well balanced but much like the aroma, it just doesnt go as full or deep as it seems like it could. For a beer called "Hop Juice" I would expect this to be dripping with flavor but it just didn't. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium with a slick and easygoing feel that belies it's almost 10% ABV. There's just maybe a touch of heft to the body that reminds you that your drinking a bigger beer.

My issues aside with the aroma and taste, this is still one unbelievably drinkable DIPA that provides "enough" of a hop fix for those that crave it. I'm pretty certain that this bottle was from the latest release but I would be more than welcome to revisit this again during the next to make sure that it's issues don't have to do with freshness.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brownish orange. Minimal head. Perfumed nose with mild citrus tones. Flavor is syrup like with hop character, of course. More of a bark like thing going on than anything else. This doesn’t carry the mass of citrus that many other DIPAs do. Feels nice on the mouth, though a bit syrup like and sticky. This is a pretty nice DIPA. Certainly isn’t bringing a huge amount of character, but is smooth and nice to drink.

Photo of Slatetank
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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Hop Centric Double India Pale Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 920 ratings.