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Hop Centric Double India Pale Ale - Two Brothers Brewing Company

Hop Centric Double India Pale AleHop Centric Double India Pale Ale

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very good

792 Ratings
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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)
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Photo of mwill7287


4.58/5  rDev +15.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2011 19:10:22 | More by mwill7287
Photo of blackcompg


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

Poured from a bomber into my 12oz beer glass, this came highly recommended by another BA...

Appearance - Poured a quick thick finger of light tan/prange head. Color of the ale is a hazy copper orange-red color, really a gorgeous beer! Fantastic lacing after i finished the glass, big sudsy soap lines.

Smell - Sweet piney grapefruit, some citrus and grassy hops.

Taste - Wow...starts out sweet pineapple up front with some bitter citrus, then ruby red grapefruit, all riding along a strong malt backbone. Then crisp carb tingles the sides and back of the tongue - then yellow grapefruit peel and slight pine assert themselves at the finish and remain long after. The alcohol (9.9% ABV) is extremely well hidden. This is definitely a sweeter DIPA, which is my preference. The hops are absolutely there, but are definitely kept in check with a noticeable malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Very smooth and almost creamy, medium mouthfeel, just enough carb to make this very drinkable. There is a citrusy/hoppy juiciness for sure, the name of this ale is spot on, and the dry and pine/citrus peel bitterness are long in the finish.

Overall - I Really Like this ale! This appears to be one of TB's artisan releases. If you come across this and you like a big, hoppy, juicy DIPA on the sweeter side, then this is a must!

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2011 03:19:55 | More by blackcompg
Photo of glid02


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

Bottle purchased from France 44 via mail order.

Pours a hazy copper color with a one-finger off-white head that leaves decent lacing.

Smells of muted pale malts with hints of heavier caramel malts along with earthy and deep citrus hops. Also present are mild amounts of herbal hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though not quite as crisp. Equal amounts of pale and caramel malts up front are joined quickly by soft citrus hops. Midway through herbal and heavier earthy hops come into play, carrying through to a moderately bitter ending. Mouthfeel is good, with solid carbonation.

Overall this beer just didn’t have enough hop character to make me want to visit it again, and the malts weren’t rich enough to make up for the hop shortcomings.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2011 18:33:41 | More by glid02
Photo of lstokes


4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy orange with a smallish head but lots of lacing, this is dominated by caramel malt with some citrus hops. The taste itself is exquisitely well-balanced--bitter pine/orange/grapefruit hops and lots of toasty caramel. Mouthfeel is not particularly coating, instead it kind of evaporates on the tongue. The bitterness lingers on the tongue for a long time. Awesome beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2011 15:51:52 | More by lstokes
Photo of superspak


3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip, 2011 bottle. Pours slightly hazy reddish orange color with a dense 2 finger light khaki head with great retention that reduces to a fairly thick lacing cap. Some fairly thick lacing clings to the glass as well. Aromas of huge caramel sweetness, orange, grapefruit, pine resin and a bit of pineapple; with a bit of alcohol. Decent aromas but not what I was hoping for. Taste of big caramel, pine resin, orange, grapefruit, and spiciness. Big amount of bitterness on the finish, as expected, that lingers for a while with citrus, pine, and caramel flavor. Fairly full bodied with medium carbonation; with a slick and sticky mouthfeel. Well balanced with bitterness and sweetness. Alcohol is fairly well hidden for being almost 10%, but the big warming on the finish lets you know it’s there. Definitely a sipping beer, not drinkable at all, but that was expected. Overall, a very nice DIPA to be enjoyed very slowly.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2011 03:22:39 | More by superspak
Photo of YumYumGumGum


3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - certainly has an Imperial look. Great two finger head, dark orange with a small amount of loose sediment. Some lacing. A good looking, inviting double.

S - very pale hop aroma. Lacking.

T - very hoppy on the back of the tongue, with lots of warth from almost 10% alc. Pretty simple but on the stronger side, even for a double. Taste is lasting, shpuld be the last beer in your tasting.

M - good carbonation, heavy imperial body, but not complex. The veggie feel is nice, but not wonderful.

O - Good, but overrated.

If you can find this beer near you, pick some up. If you have to order this online like me, dont.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 23:12:43 | More by YumYumGumGum
Photo of ZimZamZoom

West Virginia

3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy orange-amber color, Tan head starts thick but fades fast. Quite a blast when I popped the top off of this, but really not much visible carbonation bubbles in it at all.

Musty hop aroma with some nice malt promise. It's a fairly balanced aroma, not over the top or in your face. Taste is mostly hops at first, bitter and aggressive. Some sweet malty goodness weaves its way in, and a big alcohol warmth joins in. This is a bit hot IMO, but it is saved in the end by a nice bitter hop burn that drys out and lingers on.

Big bodied and fairly smooth, with moderate carbonation. There is a lot going on here palate-wise but it comes off as a good drinkable DIPA. That said, it's not near the top of my list of favorites in this style. A bit hot and not as hoppy as I'd like a beer called "Hop Juice" to be.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 18:21:37 | More by ZimZamZoom
Photo of wvsabbath

West Virginia

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

Serving type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Dark tan/golden brown, 1/2 creamy head, minimal lacing.

Smell - Piney hops, citrius fruits, sugars, some malts, carmal, orange, lemon, not real strong armoa.

Taste - Very piney, orange-ish carmal malt backbone. Alcohol is actually present, get some warmth right from the start. Theres a oaked feel to this beer also. Sugars add some sweetness to the hops.

Mouthfeel - Its quite the wrecker. Medium thickness, tounge gets bittered, warmed by the booze. Palette gets hops and sugars, and booze. Not the kind of beer to drink and want to switch to a regular ipa or apa.

Overall - Its pretty good, since im a sucker for oaked beers this beer has that feel to it that made me enjoy it moreso then the average person. Only complaint is the alcohol is a little too much, Before the bitter kick of hops has a chance to really bitter your mouth up, the booze comes in and changes the feel. Soild, id really like to try this with a few months on it.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2011 23:14:36 | More by wvsabbath
Photo of BBP

Ontario (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A very dark and deep amber. Head quickly turns into a film, that leaves fairly substantial amounts of lace.

S- Floral and pine hops. A nice aroma, but a little understated.

T- This tastes a lot like a barleywine. There's a ton of malt to it. Hop bitterness isn't compromised though, and it is true to it's name. After trying to find a date on the bottle, and seeing that the label has 2005 on it, I'm not sure whether I got the fresher batch from the summer, or some 6 year old bottle. Regardless, it doesn't disappoint.

A ton of pine and a ton of caramel has almost left a dirty taste from my experience in DIPAs, but Hop Juice does it just fine. The combination is quite seamless. It really strikes me as something that's either great with age, or fresh.

M- Medium body. Fair amount of carbonation, but it isn't all to aggressive. Quite dry in the finish and slightly sticky.

O- Drinkability is better and worse than average. There's nothing that will stop a hop-head here, and at the same time the alcohol will provide some heat if consumed fast enough.

I found this beer to be quite different than expected. I expected a powerful, clean DIPA from the name. What I got was more of a barleywine that wasn't so much a hop showcase, but rather a standard, although not disappointing, example of the style.

I'd recommend giving this one a try.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2011 21:00:44 | More by BBP
Photo of mulder1010


3.13/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

had on tap at Goose Island and at Two Brothers while in US.

A-- Poured a dark, hazy orange grapefruit color. Half finger of bright white head. Went quickly to film. No visible carbonation, good rings of lacing while drinking.

S-- Orange, grapefruit and pine with a Carmel backbone. Very alcohol forward nose. Not very well hidden at all.

T-- Ethanol, fresh but soft grapefruit, orange and pine. Lots of alcohol in the taste and very little malt backbone.

M-- Dry and crisp. Slightly creamy. Hoppy pine and grapefruit in the mid palate. Lots of alcohol in the mouth. Pine and grapefruit finish.

O-- Could be reallly good except for the amount of booze in this. Finished dry and clean but to me the problem was the amount of alcohol in this. Not very well hidden. Was better at Two Brothers I thought on hand pump.

Serving type: on-tap

08-10-2011 02:41:10 | More by mulder1010
Photo of Nugganooch


3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another goodie from my Mid-West connect.
Cheers Bro!

Notes from 08/07/11
*Bomber to pint

A: 2 Brothers Hop Juice pours a hazy burnt copper orange color with a choppy 2 finger khaki tan head and some droopy lace.

S: A nice pine and spicy orange rind nose to it.

T: Tastes of tangy citrus and orange fruit hop flavors. Juicy. Pine resin. Caramel malt throughout but the sweet doesn't completely weigh this one down. Nice light pick up on the finish. Dry and peppery.

M: Light creamy texture with a tad sweet stickiness on the tongue.

D: I wrote down that "it's pretty good" which sums things up here. Some definite juicy hop character and profound caramel malts that are relatively harmonious. ABV's really well masked at 9.9%.

Definitely glad to have tried and much better than the local "Hop Juice" if you ask me! Yikes.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2011 21:16:50 | More by Nugganooch
Photo of Treebs


3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap, served in a tulip.

A: Pours a dark amber, almost like a cherry wood, with a big frothy white head with some very sticky lace. Great rings follow me down the glass, looks great.

S: I'm picking up a very piney, resiny note that seems to fit right with my expectations. Also there is some very oaky/tree-like notes as well.

T: Same as the nose but much more pronounced and balanced. Big resiny notes with a big oak backbone. It's not overpowering though and balances nicely with the slight dry malt. Also a little bite of bitterness at the end that really brought it together.

M: Sticky and slightly syrupy with a medium carbonation. Coats the palate with a nice piney bitterness, but very smooth.

O: This was thicker and more oaky than I was expecting with my line of other DIPA's, but I enjoyed it. It was well balanced as well.

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2011 14:28:05 | More by Treebs
Photo of lacqueredmouse


3.3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From cask at The Pony Bar in New York.

Pours an deep amber colour. Head is crackly and frothy, forming languidly from the hand-pump pour. Body is firm and fine, with no carbonation at all except the perturbation from the pump. Fine, however. Looks pretty good.

Nose is disappointing, I'll not deny it. Slow, soft marshmallowy malt character, with a hint of pine (the only mention of hops at all) and a touch of carbonic acidity. Very weak and very disappointing from and IPA, let alone a double.

Taste is similar. Although the cask conditioning makes it very smooth, this almost muffles the already underplayed and substandard hop characters. It's still clear and clean, with soft malts, a dried apricot sweetness and a tingle of bitterness, but not a huge amount. Feel is great, though, of course.

Eh, a very disappointing brew all up. I expected a lot more, I'm afraid.

Serving type: cask

08-05-2011 03:46:00 | More by lacqueredmouse
Photo of jsanford


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

22oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass.

Pours a nice orange with a creamy white head that leaves some spotty lacing. Crisp, pungent aromas of piney hops and some sweet caramel malt. Smells nice. Taste is also very pungent, lots of pine resin and grapefruit with a touch of pineapple. Caramel malt provides a solidly sweet backbone, and the finish has a nice lingering mild bitterness. Mouth-feel is slightly sticky, with a touch-over-medium body and good carbonation. Really an impressive DIPA, the high alcohol level is masked nicely.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2011 03:39:17 | More by jsanford
Photo of kawilliams81

Yukon (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a 16 oz. snifter.

A- Copper/orange in color with a 2 finger white head. Lots of lacing on the glass.

S- Citrus aromas, with some pine/grass and alcohol.

T- Sweet caramel malts upfront with lots of citrus flavors in the middle. Finishes with a good amount grassy hop bitterness.

M- Medium bodied. Higher carbonation for the style. Carbonation and alcohol tingle your mouth and tongue.

O- I am a big fan of Hop Juice and this year's version did not disappoint. Always look forward to June when this releases (not to mention Hop Juice Fest!).

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2011 01:28:08 | More by kawilliams81
Photo of Jammies


3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- yellowish and orange with two inches of foam. Incredible retention and great lacing.

S- sweet and citrusy with a floral smell

T- not what I was expecting at all. Sweet with some grassy notes. Not as hoppy as I imaginied.

M- great body, thicker feel than most IPAs

O- very interesting taste, well balanced for a double.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2011 01:09:57 | More by Jammies
Photo of warbird07


3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my favorite all around glass, the New Belgium globe...

This looks good as I pour, deeeep amber color, great carbonation and lacing...looks the part of a malty DIPA..

My nose is greeted a fruity,sweet caramel-like smell,minute pine...hops, but not as much as I expected for a 100ibu beer..the hoppy aroma is straddled by malty sweetness..before it hits my mouth I can tell what I am in for..

and boy is this beer sweet from the get-go, you are hit with some nice citrus hops, big malt, sort of rough around the edges, in the middle there is a emerging bitterness that follows to the finish..9.9% apv is hidden well...

mouthfeel is substantial for the style, a bit sticky, coats the tongue a bit..if you like malty DIPAs you will not hate this...pretty drinkable....I am not sure this is worth the 8.99 I paid for it, but good enough....

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2011 02:17:18 | More by warbird07
Photo of KickInTheChalice


3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: Out of the bottle, Hop juice pours a dark, murky orange amber color. A thick, creamy white head with multi-sized bubbles give this a regal appearance.

Smell: A good amount of citrus and pine hop aroma to go along with a medium malt sweetness. Caramelized grapefruit and sticky pine are the primary

Taste: This is fairly sweet up at the beginning, with a lot of caramel flavors. Fairly quickly the flavor turns to grapefruit and assorted citrus, with some pine and spruce toward the end. A lingering general bitterness extends from the end of the sip into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: The body is light to medium, with a soft residual hop residue. The sensation of hops cutting through the other flavors to create a strong hop bite simply was not there. Above average creamy carbonation.

Overall: This was a little disappointing. The intense malt sweetness could be confused for balance, but it really seemed overly simple and lacking in the hop department.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2011 05:45:27 | More by KickInTheChalice
Photo of

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Beautiful bright orange-gold with a large, frothy head that has good retention and lacing.

Smell - Deep and rich caramel and honey malt flavours layered with resinous hops. While there are hoppy pine and grapefruit aromas, they are well-integrated with the sweet malt. This is not nearly the hop assault I expected, but is still very hoppy.

Taste - Starts with honey and caramel leading in to a nice, intensely bitter middle, followed by resinous, piney finish.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2011 22:56:50 | More by
Photo of koopa

New Jersey

3.43/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by a generous patron at the Copper Mine Pub in North Arlington NJ thanks!

Appearance: Pours a "dirty goldfish orange" with a 1 finger white crown that displays minimum retention and lace.

Smell: Fusel alcohols and a mildy herbal hop note.

Taste: Same as nose with some added citrus hop notes.

Mouthfeel: Thin side of medium bodied with minimal carbonation.

Drinkability: Bleh.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2011 01:07:10 | More by koopa
Photo of JackieTH


4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gorgeous pour hazy honey-apricot with two fingers of chunky persistent tawny head that left rings and rings of lace.

Smells of hops resins and grapefruit astringency yet with a hint of bready malt.

Piney and citrus hop resins assault the palate, bitterness coats and persists. Where's that hint of malt hinted at in the nose? Not here. But no matter, this one is pleasantly bitter, just a bit fruity. Finishes bitter and acerbic, but certainly not jarring like some experimentally over-hopped brews.

Mouthfeel is creamy and coating.

Overall it's missing that luscious tropical fruitiness that I think the greatest of the great DIPA's have, but this is an observation, not a complaint. Excellent brew.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 02:56:20 | More by JackieTH
Photo of AmericanGothic


4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a Sam Adams pint.

A: Pours a clear amber color with one finger of pale yellow head. Good retention and lace.

S: Light citrus aromas with sweet, slightly earthy malt underneath.

T: Leads with the sweet malt, then turns quickly to mango. Ends with a bit of piney bitterness as well. Really good flavors.

M: Medium body, good creaminess and a bit of oil.

O: This is a really tasty beer, and I will be very happy to buy it again. Yum!

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2011 21:05:40 | More by AmericanGothic
Photo of Wadsey


3.35/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hop Juice

Served in a New Belgium globe glass

A: Pours clear amber with rocky, Belgian-looking head that has very good retention. When it eventually subsides, a dollop of foam remains atop the beer, and great lacing is stuck to glass. Medium effervescence. 

S: Perfume-like and pungent hops abound, smelling mainly like tropical fruits. There is also some resin. Beneath the "hop juice" biscuity and caramel malts can be found. I will add that I expect this beer to be sweet. 

T:  Yes, malty sweetness starts things off. Next, caramel, vague tropical fruits, resin and heavy-handed alcohol pile on top of one another. Medium-high bitterness steps in and sets tone for long, bitter finish. Honestly, sweet, bitter and alcoholic are the main ingredients in this beer's taste. 

M: Medium-heavy body and medium-light carbonation. Smooth and warming. 

O: Taste is the Achilles' heel of Hop Juice, and rare is the beer that can overcome that fault. Everything else about this beer, however, redeems it. Still, I think Hop Juice is only a good DIPA. 

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2011 02:35:39 | More by Wadsey
Photo of readbaron


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

Pours a deep orange with a bit of white foam. decent lacing, not much retention.

The nose is a little light on the hops. Smell is good - some floral hops and sweet honey malts. Just subtle for a DIPA. A bit of booze as it warms.

Taste is good. Initially lots of bitter hops that fade into the floral/piney variety before a decent sweet honey malt backbone shows up. Finish is bitter.

Mouthfeel is a bit heavy and prickly, also somewhat sticky.

Solid DIPA, but there are better options.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2011 00:26:53 | More by readbaron
Photo of Yagman3000

New York

4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 22 ounce bomber into a large Duvel goblet.

Appears an orange apricot just short of hitting a brown tone. A half inch of foamy creamy head. Creamy foam laces the side of the glass.

Smells excellent. Screams of hops. Fruity and citrusy with definite grapefruit coming through. A touch of bready malt peaks out suggesting a possible balance. Excited to taste!!!

Taste is heavy duty! This is a double IPA if I ever tasted one. Gives a complete hop wallop with a sour bitterness. Nose is fruitlet than the taste but I enjoy the shear power offered here.

Mouthfeel is smooth and thick. It fills the mouth and leaves an interesting coat to the roof of the mouth.

Overall one ofcthe better double IPAs I've cone across in a bit. My only gripe and what held it back from a 4.5 is that I wished the taste backed up the nose. I'm seeking a super fruity hop wallop - this came close.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2011 00:08:53 | More by Yagman3000
Hop Centric Double India Pale Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 792 ratings.