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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: 76 | FT: 1
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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 Bierguy5
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy orange color. Thin white head disappeared immediately. Not much lace on the sides of the glass. Strong citrusy hop aroma. Fairly strong malt character, followed by a nice citrusy hop flavor. Bitterness not as intense as aroma might indicate. Medium to full body, moderate carbonation. Pretty good, although not as bitter as I would think. Not a bad balance, and a pretty drinkable IIPA. Alcohol is well hidden. (417 characters)

4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a murky copper color, crawling with yeasties, their faces pressed to the glass like the bums outside a packy on Sunday at 8 AM. This has a nearly gelatinous look overall. If I swirl it a little, using the yeasties as a reference, they wiggle a bit but settle to rest at their exact same resting point.
The smell is a conglomeration of wild swamp roses, grapefruit, unbaked sourdough, and northern lights.
The hops in this are bombastic, with pine tar running ahead by at least 3 lengths. A bakery and a basement dankness try to catch up, but this one is not even close, and the betters have a nice day for themselves.
This is thick and slick in the mouth. CO2 is backes off, but the ale never becomes droopy. It's definitely a good thing. If this had a jagged sandy carbonation, the ink in my notebook would be streaked by my tears of pain. Instead, I can't hide a grin.
Just when I thought I was over this sort, I find this. I guess DIPAs never leave your blood. This is probably the closest resemblance to Rogue's I2PA, back in the days before they fucked it up royally. That's fine, because this has eclipsed. Too bad for the limited offering... (1,165 characters)

Photo of carln26
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a hazy copper into the glass. It was topped by a thick cream colored head that left a light lace on the side of the glass. The only visual problem with this beer was the clumpy residue in the bottom. I don’t normally complain about floaters in my beer, but this was like drinking oatmeal. The aroma has a nice hop flower character with mown hay, grass, grapefruit rind and the hop flower. The taste has all of this, subtler than I expected, but very none the less. Pleasant bitterness on the finish, slick mouth feel. Good drinakbility. If it wasn’t for the serious residue in the beer, this would be a 4.5+. (627 characters)

Photo of maxpower
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber pours a hazy glowing orange color with a thick creamy off-white head that leaves a nice lace in my glass. Nice hoppy aroma of grapefruit and pine, resinous sticky pine and grapefruit flavors , full bodied with a soft and creamy mouthfeel, not syrupy like most double IPAs, finishes with a lingering bitterness, alcohol very well hidden for almost 10%. (365 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
3.16/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" light beige head over the clear coppery amber brew. Head fades but still with us, and lacing is pretty heavy and sticky. Aroma is lightly of piney hops, but slacking here. Taste is sweet maltiness, which switches to hops bitterness, but without the artistry of hops, just brute bitterness. Not even really all that bitter for a DIPA. Mouthfeel is okay, and drinkability is a bit better, but this one let me down. Your milage may vary. (565 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I dont know what it is about tonight but as I sit sipping on this beer I finally feel like I am ready to start reviewing. So here goes nothing I guess...

serving type: 22oz bottle, purchased at City-Wide Liquors in Mishawaka, IN. $5.89

appearance: Very cloudy, off amber in color. Tons of sediment present. Hardly any head present.

smell: Not as hoppy as I suspected it would be. Slight citrus smell. Nothing too impressive here.

taste: Fairly bitter. Not as overpowering as others of the style. Somewhat dissapointing. Taste is a bit smoother as it warms.

mouthfeel: Somewhat thin for a double IPA

drinkability: Shopkeep advised that I split this with someone and I now understand what he was getting at. The alcohol is not overpowering but this is somewhat of a tough drink. I don't think I will be purchasing this again. (841 characters)

Photo of bashiba
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poures a cloudy amber color with lots of hop resin drifting about, tons of carbonation running through it, but very little head, however what is there has great retention and good lacing.

Smell is dominated by fresh green hop odor, very floral and citrusy. Great!

Taste is a big blast of grassy and citrusy hops with a touch of toasted malts. But this one is basically all about the hops, very junipery and grapefruity and very bitter. A hopheads delight.

Mouthfeel is crisp and dry with a touch of carbonation.

Drinkablility if very good on this one if in need of a hop fix, this fits the bill. (607 characters)

Photo of longarm
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy and apricot colored, one would expect that this beer would have poor head retention since it has a high content of alcohol, but the head holds-up surprisingly well. Loads of tiny bubbles demonstrate good carbonation. Chunks of something (hops, perhaps yeast) float in the brew (not disturbingly).

Very little aroma. Some citrus hops, but I'm expecting more given the name. Still, I'm enticed because there's something subtle that's egging me to start drinking.

Flavor is incredibly well balanced. Some sweet malt, but it's all hops and nothing but hops. If you love the hop flavor, this is a fine beer.

A little out of balance, but it finishes extremely well.

This is easily one of the best IPA's I've had. If you want a ramped-up hop flavor that mixes well and is easily quaffed then try it. Careful since the alcohol content is high. (854 characters)

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

From cask at The Blind Pig Co., Champaign, Illinois.

I guess hops are the grand equalizer. With my expectations about as low as can be--this brewery has often dissapointed me--I was amazed to find a richness and purity here rarely seen in such potent IPAs. The hops aren't dramatic because they aren't fruity, but this greener profile works just as well as that of the famous West coast hop bombs.

The flavors aren't muted, but they also aren't pronounced. The silkiness of the cask is an awesome backdrop for the edgy notes of green mango and bitter orange. It smells much the same, but a little smokier.

For its alcohol--considering that it's not incredibly malty--this beer has surprising balance and consistency. The final bits of the pint taste like vodka, but really good vodka.

Unfortunately, I can't get that damn Nelly song out of my head now.

Relax, relax.
ng (887 characters)

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

Matte and opague mustard-hued peach crowned with a tight beige froth.
Nose, initially, is flagrant with rust, bitter orange rind, and pine tar. But as it settles, malt vapors of grilled peaches and brown sugar grab a foothold.
Begins with a toasted caramel maltiness that quickly migrates to assorted fruit preserves. Apricot, blood orange, kiwi, papaya, fleshy mango, and plantain, all caramelized, mashed, and slightly burned. The middle is distinct in that it suggests some sort of (non-existent to my knowledge) wood-aging, as whispers of dried coconut, oak tannins, and cedar add hallucinatory depth.
The hops are large, but not mouth-rendingly so...at least right away. Full of pine pitch, grapefruit, and citrus distillate. The only ding here is that it never gains the earthy, resinous dankness that it seems to crave, and thus alot of the bitterness seems freefloating and arbitrary. The closure is modest, but several seconds after the sip, the mouth echoes with rusted tin, green stems, and burning pinecones. Its afterimage is far more bitter than the beer ever was. The carnage is far more than the storm would indicate. But as it warms, some gerneralized congruency is acheived, as the overall in-sip bitterness grows and grows throughout the bottle.
The mouthfeel give it a decided cask-like feel with its low carbonation and particle-rich, with slightly thinned sense of girth.
As close as any 10% brew comes to a true drinker. This can be toppled with a quickness for the unwary or the gluttons or the thirsty.
Despite a nitpicky complaint or two, this is a solid DIPA, and the more I drink of it, the more I enjoy it. (1,643 characters)

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

Pours out a ruby orange color. Very miniscule white head. Quite undercarbonated. Smells of pine and grapefruit, slightly sweet malt. Not too much aroma though. Taste is sugary sweet at first, brown sugar, definitely. Some bitterness is present, piney and orangish flavor. The hops are kind of subdued, not very bold for a double IPA. The mouthfeel on this one is shot due to lack of carbonation. All in all, kind of a subpar DIPA. I've tasted more reckoning IPAs. (463 characters)

Photo of Sephiroth
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip, this beer is a somewhat hazy orange color. The smell is of piney, citrusy hops.

I am impressed by the taste. It seems to have that wet hop characteristic that I so love in their Heavy Handed IPA. I detect piney, resiney, citrus flavors. There is a considerable caramel malt backbone to this stuff. The mouthfeel is the lightest I have encountered in this style. I actually really enjoy the light body. The drinkability is high. As a registered hophead, I feel a binge coming on. I wish I could have had this fresh. I'm not sure when my bottle was brewed, but the early reviews go back to March, and the bottle says its a limited release brew. Get it before its gone.

2/12/06 Edit: Just bought a case of this year's edition, and it just reinforces what most already know. IIPAs are better fresh. The lacing is better, the bitterness is more intense, the hops are more piney, citrusy, and resiny. Love those wet hop IPA/IIPAs. (953 characters)

Photo of mattcrill
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
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. (1,146 characters)

Photo of CRJMellor
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
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. (681 characters)

Photo of Redrover
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (825 characters)

Photo of clvand0
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
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. (471 characters)

Photo of kmpitz2
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (582 characters)

Photo of SheepNutz
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
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! (528 characters)

Photo of EPseja
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (627 characters)

Photo of marcobrau
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (1,329 characters)

Photo of silenius
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (476 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +2%
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. (765 characters)

Photo of jahred
2.32/5  rDev -40.8%
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. (1,168 characters)

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
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. (1,210 characters)

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