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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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Reviews: 464
Hads: 968
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 45
Gots: 75 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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: 464 | Hads: 968
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 312HopBomb
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. poured into a Sierra Nevada IPA glass.

Pours a clear to slightly hazy light caramel/honey color with a very creamy off white head. Fine bubbles. Slight lacing.

Aroma of sweet honey malt and resinous piney hop.

Taste detects some alcohol and fairly dry with a firm hop wallop but not too much. Malt is in the background compared to the nose but provides a backstop to the hop assault.

Finish has an alcohol presence mixing with the lingering hop bitterness.

A decent hop fix from Two bros. (500 characters)

Photo of SouthSideSox24
4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured 12 oz bottle into Dogfish Head IPA glass.

A: Deep orange-ish hue with a thicker body for a DIPA. Almost has the appearance of liquid honey. Pour resulted in 2 inches of beige head, which dissipate slowly, leaving thick lacing.

S: Light floral odor, not overwhelming. Light notes of bitter hops.

T: First taste is sweet, with lingering hops retained on the tongue. Taste coats the palate, but not in an unpleasant way. Very definitely has assertive hop flavoring, very reminiscent of Hoptimum, although not quite as sweet and syrupy.

M: Mouthfeel is average, as the beer is thick for a DIPA. Carbonation can be felt all of the way down, but leaves behind a coating in the back of the mouth.

Overall: Definitely one of Two Brothers best efforts, along with Revelry. If you enjoy hop bombs, this beer is for you. (821 characters)

Photo of CHickman
4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a very cloudy amber copper color that looks murky with a foamy 1-2 finger beige head that faded slowly and leaves excellent retention with foamy rings as it goes down.

Smells of fruity candy like Skittles and Razzles dropped into a glass of pineapple/guava juice; very sweet and fruity, the name is perfect as this smells like a glass of fresh squeezed hop juice. Aroma is a mix of orange, guava, mango, pineapple, grapefruit, fresh West Coast citrus hops, piney hops, caramel, wheat bread, sweet (fruity) candy, brown sugar, grass, light spices and mild booze like rum. The alcohol was faint smelling and well covered up, and the hops were juicy and dominating, as expected with the title, but there was enough grainy sweet balance to level things out.

Tastes very similar to the nose, with a mix of pineapple, orange, guava, mango, grapefruit, apple, fresh West Coast citrus hops, grapes, piney hops, caramel, wheat bread, biscuit, candy like Skittles, Gummy Bears and Razzles, mild brown sugar, grass/hay, light spices like coriander, a touch of tea leaf, and mild booze like rum or a red wine. The hops were juicy fresh and potent, but the grainy, caramel sweetened was almost like a biscuit or cinnamon bun dough dipped in an IPA, which was tasty and odd at the same time. The flavor seemed to dial down the strong hop aroma, but this was still a very hoppy beer. The ABV is masked and covered very well, but about ¾ of the way through the bomber the 9.9% started kicking in. This is so sweet that it almost seems like after each swallow a bitter shock is issued by the beer to alert you to take another sip, which of course I did. A really fun DIPA to throw back, this was so much more drinkable than it should be.

Mouthfeel is very thick, chewy and viscous, with a sweet and bitter assault that is packed with fruits, hops and biscuit sweetness, a heavy and even dense body that trails off bitter and puckering with a great deal of bready sweetness; this borders on a Barleywine, and that may be due to the strength of the ABV or malty sweetness, but either way this hop bomb was so tasty and fun to drink that I will seek this out again.

This should be a slow sipper, but I doubt the bomber lasted a half hour because the fresh hop taste really was delicious. A solid beer and one I recommend trying if you can get your hands on it. (2,356 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle (1 pint) poured into my Winnie The Pooh pint glass. No bottled on date present.

The guys at my local beer store have told me that this beer is subject to lawsuit regarding it's name or some sh*t like that, so this could very well be my very last Two Brother's Hop Juice Double IPA ever. It was definitely the last one in the store.

A - Pours an extremely hazy orange, honey looking color, with a nice bunch of sediment floating around, leaving a nice creamy root beer looking head and nice ring of lacing around the top of the glass.

S - Smells of a hop & malt assault, with a very prominent warm oaked booze smell in the foreground.

T - Extreme amounts of bitter, dry hops present themselves. This beer is definitely tasting a bit on the old side, but that doesn't stop the hops from performing a raging assault on your palate, although some hop potency has been noticeably lost. There is a faint oaked flavor buried in there somewhere, but maybe that is just my imagination. In the beginning I also tasted something that resembled a fresh brewed lemon iced tea flavor, but that could also be attributed to the beer's age. Either way, there is definitely a sweetness present in this beer, and it definitely doesn't taste like it has a 9.9% abv.

M - Pleasant, sticky, sweet mouthfeel. Not too watery, definitely not too thick or heavy. This was definitely a good brew, although eerily similar to many of Two Brothers's other beers like the Heavy Handed IPA or the Heavier Handed Double IPA.

Overall, this was surely a beer worth drinking, and if it truly is done for and none of us will ever have the pleasure of drinking it again, we will all decidedly miss it. I'm glad I was able to enjoy it.

Two Brother's Hop Juice Double IPA ---4/5. (1,759 characters)

Photo of jzeilinger
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a caramel/ruby gold color with a very thick lacing ring and delicate, almost transparent creamy layer, mild carbonation.

S - Aroma comes off as balanced with biscuity, lightly doughy caramel malt and an evenly balanced citrus nose with no alcohol presence and for an almost 10% beer that's really impressive.

T - Caramel biscuity malt with lemons, grapefruit, and some orange. Not one flavor dominates and everything blends evenly.

M - Thick medium body, viscous, slick, velvet carbonation.

O - Balance all the way and most impressive is the lack of alcohol presence for such a big beer. I prefer my D-IPA's much more in your face, this beer is not that. The most impressive feature of this beer is not the balance but the full control of alcohol presence. (772 characters)

Photo of RickS95
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bit dark for the style, pouring an almost brownish light shade of chestnut with some orange hues. The head is bright white and unmistakingly IPA. Fluffy like a cloud, imploding in on itself as it dissipates, leave sticky white lace in its tracks.

Citrus in the nose, mostly pineapple, with some lemon and honey added for good measure. Malty backbone just to give it some structure.

Citrus is prevalent as the hops dominate the mouth. The brown sugar is a welcome addition.

It's all about the hops with this, as well it should be. The hops grab you from the beginning of the sip til the end with a controlled bitterness that's aggressive, yet drinkable given it's high ABV and 100 IBUs. Feels full bodied. Sticky finish as the resiny pine won't let go of the tongue.

Despite the manliness of the beer, it's very drinkable for the style. It has good flavor, which isn't entirely masked by the alcohol or the hops. Really a good beer. (937 characters)

Photo of daledeee
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 22 oz bottle.

Poured a dark chestnut, but clear. Head is off white and good lacing.

Nose is pretty floral with roasted malt(just a little). Nice and fresh smelling.

Taste is maltier than may IPA but it is nice for a change. Not everybody has to overdose hops. Don't get me wrong, this is not a hop weakling. I would put this on the grassier end of the spectrum. Also some citrus but a darker malt profile is pretty dramatic. Really a nice beer. Also warms the throat with good carbonation. This is a good offering. (520 characters)

Photo of yamar68
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright ruby gold, a soft fluffy white few finger of head recedes to a thin loose cap. Great, great lacing.

Massive hops... great balance but leaning towards an earthy citrus. Certainly fresh.

The booze takes stronger role on the tongue. Fresh hops show a bit more pine than was evident on the nose.

Pretty easy drinking, even given the unexpected alcohol presence.

Good beer. All 4's. (397 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
3.54/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Beautiful clear caramel body. Creamy light khaki head has great staying power and fantastic lace.

S - Sweet caramel, touch of raisin, brown bread, hint of pesto.

T - Super malty. Lace of booze supports a woody hop with herbal overtones. Nice cocoa finish.

M - Medium body. The booze brightens the frame.

O - For 100 IBUs there's not quite the hop character I was looking for. The malt sweetness over balances and washes out most of the bitterness. (455 characters)

Photo of ChiPool
3.46/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into Duvel tulip.

HJ pours an opaque, burnt orange color. The head on this is remarkable: quite pretty. Fluffy, crean colored clouds of foam retain indefinitely. The nose offers mainly malty notes. i was hoping for more citris/pine there. Taste is similar: mainly bready malts, lacking any true hop kick. The feel is representative of the style. Beat feature of HJ is the lack of heat at 9.9%.

Hoping for a bit more on this one. Hard to revisit when Dready & Ninja v Unicorn are at my fingertips. Would love to see some citra added to this one. (560 characters)

Photo of chanokokoro
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a snifter

Pours a burnt orange amber with a off white three finger head. A considerable amount of lacing can be found on the glass as the head recedes. The smell of citrus and sweet flora dominates the nose. The brew opens with a mild citric sweetness very closely followed by a intense grapefruit rind bitterness transitioning back to citrus-tinged sweet malt and finishing with juicy grapefruit and rind and pine bitterness. Definitely a heavy medium-bodied DIPA with an abundant malt backbone and very pleasant slick but satfying mouthfeel. Overall a solid DIPA, which is a bit sweeter and juicier that others. (647 characters)

Photo of tut2528
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a solid 2 fingers worth of head and head retention is very strong. Big cream bubbles stick around the top, as well to the side of the glass. Appearance is rust-like which is barely transparent.

S: huge hops rise to the top on this one with strong citrus notes such as orange peel, a touch of grapefruit and lemon zest. Bready/biscuit is also lingering there in the background. Everything seems to be well balanced and blended together quite nicely. No ABV present.

T: similar to the nose. Very nice hops blended together nicely with high acidic fruits such as oranges and grapefruit. There are some spices blending very nicely with the hops and has a enjoyable bready malt. Very nice dry hop finish with no ABV present.

M: medium bodied, nice carbonation.

O: overall I think this is another well constructed brew by Two Brothers. And I honestly do not pick up on the 9.9% ABV. The beer has very high drinkability and with a high ABV, this beer becomes deliciously dangerous. Something that I would definitely buy again. And perfect for summer time drinking (1,069 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 Sunhunters
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving type: 22oz bottle into Bordeaux-style stemware.
Bottling date unknown.

Appearance (4.0) - Pretty handsome beer: Medium-dark orange with slightly red tinge. About one finger of bright white foam. Spotty lacing. On the clear side with a faint haziness.

Smell (4.5) - Pine, spice, and grapefruit lead the charge. Spice especially. On their heels are bing cherries, cream soda, and a dash of porcini mushroom. More earthy than fruity. Pleasant, inviting.

Taste (4.5) - Spice is definitely sticking around. Angostura bitters and burnt orange peel. Notes of pine and white grapefruit. Slight hint of cherry cola. The well balanced spice shines in the support role; anise, allspice and wood.

Mouthfeel (3.5) - Loose, warm, and slightly chalky. Really nails the carbonation; creamy and round. Dry finish which strips the moisture from the tongue and cheek. Pretty enjoyable but a wee bit rougher than I'd like.

Overall (4.0) - Pretty fine IPA. Really glad I got this as a bonus in a recent trade, or else I may never have stumbled upon it. Suffice to say my interest in Two Brothers is piqued! Not going to de-throne my No. 1 double IPA, but definitely a wonderful and extremely enjoyable beer.

Thanks to acpocalypsezombie for beering me this delicious brew! (1,264 characters)

Photo of jaasen64
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle thanks to EdwardFortyHands! Poured into CCB snifter.

A- Pours a translucent golden brownish color with a thin layer of head that disappears fast and leaves almost no traces of a head. Leaves spotty lacing around the sides of the glass. Not too many carbonation bubbles, definitely below average carbonation.

S- Hops- slightly sweet, piney, and a little bit citrusy. A tiny bit of a bready yeasty smell. Not overly aromatic, but the smell is pleasant. Definitely not as sweet as some DIPAs.

T- Strong bite of hops, nice light fruity flavor- pineapple, oranges, mangoes, etc., a tiny bit bitter but not that noticeable. Not bursting with flavor or very citrusy like some DIPAs, but definitely enjoyable. A tiny bit bitter finish with a light sweet fruity aftertaste. Nice fruity taste, but could have been a little bit more pronounced.

M- Medium bodied, goes down very smooth, abv hard detect, kind of drinks like juice with it's smoothness + hidden abv + fairly low carbonation. In my opinion this is my favorite part of this beer.

O- Not a bad DIPA offering, I liked how it went down especially for it's abv and the fruity flavors. The only reason why it's a little bit lacking as a world class DIPA is due to its lack of strength in both taste and aroma. Hop Juice Fest was at the beginning of this month so this should still be fairly fresh (still seems like it has most of it's freshness). I would drink this again given the chance, however I wouldn't go out of my way to acquire some. (1,505 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Two Brothers Roundhouse - Aurora, IL

Pours a deep amber-copper color into a snifter glass. Tall beige head holds great retention and leaves sticky lacing all over the glass. Aromas are a bit muted when served, but do blossom as the ale warms. Toasted grain, caramel, citric grapefruit are all present, along with some booze as it warms. Tastes are complex and excellently balanced with notes of fresh hops up-front bursting with citrus and pine. Grapefruit, caramel, and faint toasted grain are notable as well. Pungent and bitter, yet well balanced with a nice sweetness. Medium bodied and pleasantly carbonated. Alcohol is well concealed but as it warms the booze does become more apparent. Overall, each time I have this one I seem to enjoy it more and more. Excellent representation of the style. (811 characters)

Photo of Etan
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark orange with a soft off-white head. Nice lacing.

S: Big bitterish rind and juicy citrus - orange, mint, grapefruit. A bit of dank oniony goodness comes out as it warms.

T: Hits all the good parts: starts off with some nice rindish fruit - grapefruit pith, mango, orange - then into a bit of raw pine and grass, black pepper and onion, and finally the bitterness comes up in a nice wave. Sweet fruit, honey, and a good grainy, bready maltiness in the finish, with a nice breath of warm alcohol.

M: Small carbonation, creamy, sort of thick body.

O: This is quite balanced and tasty. (645 characters)

Photo of TTAmod
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fresh 22 oz. bomber poured into pint glass.

A: Pours a slightly hazy medium-amber with a two finger off-white head. Retention is good. Bit of sediment is present.

S: Smell is heavy orange and grapefruit with caramel and pine undertones.

T: The heavy tropical fruits carry on with the taste. Starts off with heavy orange, grapefruit, pineapple, and cream. This is supported by a nice caramel malt base. Finishes with a bit of piney hops. Doesn't taste anywhere near 101 IBU.

M: Slightly heavier than medium. Oily on the palate.

O: This is a good DIPA. Unfortunately, it's a seasonal/limited beer. It's reminiscent of Hopslam, but not as assertive. I have a feeling that it's Resistance IPA, but stronger and not oak-aged. A good, reasonably priced bomber to have on hand during the summer months. (802 characters)

Photo of t420o
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Two bros hop juice

A- pour produces a 1 finger slightly off white head that recedes rather quick leaving decent lacing. Body is a slightly hazy golden- orange color 4 

S- grapefruit, orange, pine, slightly tropical. Caramel malt 4

T- balanced very well with citrus fruits upfront, pine, and a bitterness that is perfectly balanced by caramel malt. 4

M- slightly thick for an ipa but good cabonation 3.5 
O- very drinkable, and drinks more like a ipa than a dipa. Wouldn't have guessed over 100 iBus either. Top notch beer.  4

B+/a- (543 characters)

Photo of buschbeer
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

1 pint 6oz bottle
Served in a tulip glass

A - It pours an orange, amber, almost copper color. I got an inch of off white head.

S - The smell is malty and sweet. I get some hints of alcohol and pine.

T - The taste is sweet with an understated hop presence. I get a molasses and honey taste.

M - Nice and syrupy

O - I kind of hesitated to buy this thinking it was an old bottle. Turns out it was. I will have to try a fresh bottle this year. This old bottle reminded me of a barley wine, and it's still 9.9% so it wasn't a total waste. (540 characters)

Photo of vic21234
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a snifter. I definitely forgot about this one in the back of my fridge. I love it fresh, hopefully 6 months hasn't hurt it too bad.

A- Pours a cloudy orange with a finger's worth of head that sticks around for awhile.

S- Smells sweet, with some citrus aromas. Hints of pine as well.

T- Nice malty beginning leads way toward a blast of hops. Hop bitterness differs some from the smell, as I get more piney resin than anything.

M- Medium bodied, nicely carbonated. Heavily bitter, but an easy drinker.

When it's available in the summer, Hop Juice is one of my go-to bombers. It's fairly priced, and widely available in my area. A good one to try for hopheads. (682 characters)

Photo of isaiahcutright
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden amber with good head, about one and a half fingers. Smells of intense hop aroma but there is also a nice malt aroma very interesting, I was looking for some cirtus aroma not there. I'm a little confused I'm getting a lot of malt, but some hops are prevalent could be an old bottle not too sure, not very familiar with this brewery, no bottle date. Besides that it still has a nice mouthfeel and I like the overall flavor, would try this one again. (462 characters)

Photo of rmcnealy
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served chilled in a traditional pint glass.

Poured a light amber gold that was rather translucent, very slight, slight sediment. Poured an energetic small bright white head that fleeted to a miniscule layer and a consistent lace ring around the glass. Smells are of slight hop, roast, caramel and little malt. The tastes are not extremely robust. The hoppiness is there, but we need more hops! (in a Christopher Walken voice) Very potent tastes of caramel and roast. Leaves a slight bitterness which is appreciated. Overall a decent beer. The almost 10% abv is not too obvious. Two Brothers is one of my favorite Chicagoland brews and they create some wonders with hops. I'd suggest trying Heavy Hand which is a great regular production IPA.

Enjoy! (751 characters)

Photo of PerHops
3.29/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Very beautiful golden orange. Looks like a fantastic IPA

S- Not a whole lot of hops evident here. I smell a lot of caramel and alcohol

T- Follows the nose. A little disappointing, but not shocking considering the nearly 10 percent ABV. I would say it is a pretty average tasting double IPA

M- Nice carbonation and a good malty well rounded mouthfeel

O- I would like to try this again when it is a little fresher in hopes that the hops would be more evident. For me, the jury is still out on this one (506 characters)

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