1. Don't miss our 7th annual American Craft Beer Fest featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers this May 30 & 31 in Boston, MA! Buy your tickets now!
  2. BeerAdvocate on your phone?! True story. Try the beta now.

Hop Centric Double India Pale Ale - Two Brothers Brewing Company

Hop Centric Double India Pale AleHop Centric Double India Pale Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

792 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 792
Reviews: 452
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.84%

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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Reviewers
Ratings: 792 | Reviews: 452 | Show All Ratings:
Photo of mattcrill


4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Label states that it's limited edition with 100 IBU's and 9.9% ABV.

Appearance: Cloudy iced tea like in color fading to yellow edges. Eggshell foam head that clings to the glass like glue. Small islands of carbonation settle as the head disappates.

Smell: Carmel malts, citrus hops, orange, and grapefruit. Smells refreshing and inviting.

Taste: Tea-like hop bitterness first, carmel malts definitely in the background. They do a nice job of balancing. The hops are like sucking on the skin of a grapefruit. Lip puckering goodness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, very oily, and resinous. Leaves a bittering finish on the palate.

Drinkability: I can't imagine drinking more than one of these as my palate would be destroyed. Not that I mind. A very refreshing summer beer. One to savor. A bevvy of bountiful hops and malts for the palate.

Strongly recommended.

Edit: After it warmed a bit it started tasting like a combination of Bigfoot and Celebration. A mouthfeel more like Bigfoot and a hop profile similar to fresh Celebration. Anyway, if you like the SN line-up and you like your hops, you should dig this beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2005 18:29:07 | More by mattcrill
Photo of CRJMellor


3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review # 750
Pours a light caramel and yellow color with a very thin white head that still manages to impart some lace to the glass.
Aroma of mulitple layers of resins, almost a glue-like epoxy hit, on top of some simple sugar and caramel notes.
Flavor is a strong caramel and sugary base with a secondary citrus tone behind the full hop resins as advertised.
Mouthfeel is sweet with a spicy resinous note. Little bit too thin for the style but pleasant enough. Citrus sweetness really takes over as it warms a bit.
Drinkability is solid. A lighter version of a DIPA but a very pleasatn rendition of the style. Not too aggressive but enough hops to let you its a serious beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2005 01:39:17 | More by CRJMellor
Photo of Redrover


3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz brown bomber. As usual with this brewery, you get a very cool and informative label.

The beer pours a hazy bronze with a decent off-white head.

Nice nose of citrus (Grapefruit) and fresh pine. I don’t pick-up any real trace of the malts in this one.

Taste is best described as bracing (in a good way). The beer has a wonderful hop bite, Lots of slightly sour grapefruit taste. The malts are pushed into the background. The beer is out of balance , but maybe by virtue of being a double IPA, it has to be?

Excelent oily mouthfeel that coats your tongue and the inside of your mouth. Great low carbonation. Drinkability is a slightly tougher call. The 9.9% makes this one not a session beer, but I would have no problem picking it up on occasion.

$5.99 a bomber at Sam’s Wine & Liquors in Downers Grove.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2005 23:20:53 | More by Redrover
Photo of clvand0


3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a light amber color with a moderate head that falls fast and leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma is full of pine and citrus hops. Slight malt backing, but mostly hops. The flavor has a lot of the piny hop character in there. Slight caramel background, but the hop flavors dominate, making it slightly unbalanced. Tasty, but a little too heavy on the hop flavors for me. The drinkability is very good for the level of alcohol and it has a thick mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2005 17:02:18 | More by clvand0
Photo of kmpitz2


4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to orbitalr0x for bringing this to me. It departs the bottle a nice golden color with a light clating of head over top that falls to a nice ring. The nose is rich with caramel and resiney citrusy and piney hop. Nice. The flavor is not quite as I would expect. The caramel is there and nice, but the hop is just not big enough for me. Its there, but almost seems subdued. The feel is big and thick, almost slightly syrupy. Drinkability is huge on this. 9.9% is nowhere to be found. Overall, I think this is a nice brew. I enjoy the feel and just find it to drink like a champ.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2005 23:10:50 | More by kmpitz2
Photo of SheepNutz


3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bomber poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a hazy medium orange color with one finger of head. There's just a touch of lacing. The smell is very hoppy. Lots of piney and citrusy hops fill the nose, and there's just a hint of alcohol too. The taste is very hoppy, but more bitter than full of hop flavor. There's not much else going on, just a bit of alcohol on the finish. The mouthfeel is just a little light and watery. The drinkability is great for 9.9%. A decent double IPA. Thanks for breaking this one out Kev!

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2005 23:07:07 | More by SheepNutz
Photo of EPseja

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden burnt orange color. Highlights of rusty brown. Slight haze. BIG rocky head. Very nice!

S - Miscellaneous citrus, spicy pine, dried apricots. More understaed than I would have expected (hoped).

T - Round malts and hops up front, honeylike sweetness in the middle. Smooth finish with lingering bot not overly bitter hops. Good tasting, but lacking in complexity.

M - Low carbonation, oily and slick. Very nice.

D - Decent drinkability, but it seems that they concentrated so hard on massively hopping this beer that they forgot to give it unique character.

Overall, a tasty representative of this style.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2005 00:40:32 | More by EPseja
Photo of marcobrau


3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a huge (two fingers) bright, white head. The foam retreats slowly, leaving lacework. The color of this beer is a remarkably clear gold to light amber. The aroma reminds me of coriander and little bit of fresh cut grass. The first sip is spicy and hoppy, but not much so, as one would expect after reading the label, which states, "don't come crying to us if too much for you. This one's for hopheads only." Well, it's hoppy, it's tasty, but I've had hoppier -- the resinous hoppiness of other extra hoppy ales seems to be missing -- perhaps this has to do with filtration. It's definitely a beefy beer, even if the malt seems to just play a supporting role for the hops, at almost 10 percent alcohol by volume. I know the point is to make this beer all about hops, but working some malts or sugars into the mix could make this beer more interesting. The mouthfeel is smooth and the body fairly firm, but not as full-bodied as some other double IPAs that I've tried. The bitter and spicy hops seem to have a cumulative affect on palate, that is left full of more an more bitterness with each sip. What is amazing about this beer, is that the alcohol content is completely hidden -- dangerous!! Overall, I would probably have this beer again, but I'd better do it soon. I'm told it was brewed in very limited quantities.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2005 02:56:19 | More by marcobrau
Photo of silenius


4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours darker than I expected. A dark orange amber that is slightly hazed with a medium small head that laces lightly.

Smell is sweetened citrus fruits with a hint of bitter. Grapefruit, lemons, and oranges covered in sugar. Very nice.

Taste has a nice bittering. More earthy than something like a Ruination, but along those lines. Nice bitter finish but plenty of malt balance in the center.

Mouthfeel is not quite as thick as I'd like, but smooth.

Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2005 01:44:48 | More by silenius
Photo of rhoadsrage


4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in an imperial pint glass)

A-medium density white bubbly head with a reddish tan body and a gentle carbonation. The head last for a bit.

S- The smell is green fresh hops, some citrus with some grassiness and a bit of spiciness.

T- Good hop bitterness with a nice floral hop resiny taste and a faint lightly roasted malt base. The alcohol warmth finish is covered by the hops and they both stick on your breath for a bit.

M- This has a bit of a thick body but its not really a sweet finish. It has a gentle alcohol warmth but the finish is not astringent.

D- This is a well crafted DIPA. It has a great depth of hops and a nice alcohol warmth to balance the flavors. I would recommend this beer and I imagine it would be excellent on cask.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2005 02:17:40 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of jahred


2.25/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Over the past few years, as I've descended more and more into a love of fine beers, my appreciation for hops has exploded. As of even 3-4 years ago, I probably would have nursed a pint of a good IPA for several hours. Now, I love a strong resinous, grapefruity, piney, lemony, orangey, floral, spicy and earthy (ie hoppy) beer. With that said, I was excited to see Two Brothers brewing up a special DIPA, especially in 22 oz bottles. But they got it all wrong... =(

Pours a medium brown amber color with a very small white head. The scent isn't bad - you can tell from the aroma that this is a hoppy beer, though no particular hop scents emerge.

As for the taste, well - this is the definition of a one-dimensional, over-the-top beer. The overuse of bitter, Pacific hops is overwhelming, and yet there's almost no hop flavor to the beer! The mouthfeel is chalky and overly bitter, yet surprisingly the beer isn't even suprisingly particularly resinous (it doesn't have that fantastic hop oil presence that I love).

The bottle claims 100.1 IBU - I won't disagree. It's just 100.1 IBUs without any flavor, which makes for a rather poor beer. Very disappointing.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2005 17:53:23 | More by jahred
Photo of orbitalr0x


4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Brand new Artisan Bottling series 22oz bomber. 22.7 degrees plato, 100.1 IBU's. Right now I am one excited hophead! Pours from the bomber a bright clear amber orange with a lovely creamy, bubbly off white head sitting atop. Nice strands of lacing on the side of the glass. Awesome big grapefruity, citric hop nose...sticky with hints of pine sap and a nice caramel sweetness as well. The hops are vibrant and each inhalation brings a smile to my face.

First sip brings a nice citrus hoppiness upfront with notes of grapefruit, orange and lemon. They meld into a light caramel malt backgound. The bitterness is well established and lingers after each sip. Hops are fresh and damn tasty. Quite a nice Double IPA....hop burps are great :-) The alcohol is nowhere to be found in the taste...wow.

Mouthfeel has a nice creaminess to it...however the body seems to be a bit lacking. I think a little more maltiness would've helped...but the hoppiness makes up for it in my mind. This is a brew that I could drink alot of without a problem. Cheers to Two Brothers for brewing a great Double IPA and putting it in bombers. Highly recommended to all the hop lovers. I look forward to their future special releases.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2005 03:23:36 | More by orbitalr0x
Hop Centric Double India Pale Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 792 ratings.