Hop Centric Double India Pale Ale - Two Brothers Brewing Company
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4.01/5 rDev +1%
12oz. bottle poured into imperial pint glass.
A: Hazy autumnal amber/orange hue with tons of floating sediment dancing around in the glass. Not 100% sure if that's yeast or hops, but either way, it gives this a mouthwatering unfiltered appearance. The amber-tinged head is lackluster, even after a moderately vigorous pour, and it certainly doesn't stick around for long, but the lacing left behind is wispy, abundant, and worth noting.
S: The nose isn't strong, but a big whiff picks up some pleasant aromas. Juicy citrus, red grapefruit and orange mostly, balanced out (perhaps a little to balanced) by some caramel malts. Was hoping for more of a hop-lead aroma, but nothing to cry about here, because the hops certainly aren't scarce.
T: The flavor is far bigger than the nose would imply. The initial sip is a total hop assault that kind of leaps across the spectrum. A fresh juice medly upfront: grapefruit, orange, pineapple, and there's something else fruity going on in there. I'm not 100% on what it is, but it's definitely there. Towards the middle is a very sturdy caramel malt backbone that adds a little too much sweetness for my liking, but luckily it doesn't linger around too long before being pushed off-stage by some dank, grassy bitterness in the finish. The booze isn't completely shrouded, but it's definitely masked quite well and only shows its face late in the finish, adding a bit of heat and a strange metallic flavor from time to time.
M: Definitely medium-heavy, but not full. Smooth, considerably creamy with a somewhat subdued carbonation.
O: This was kind of purchased on a whim. I had never heard of it before, but the label looked interesting and I can't turn down an opportunity to try a new IPA. Hop Centric, while not strong enough to stand in the ring with the bigger hop wallops, provides a heck of a bite, but keeps the sweetness of caramel malts on deck to balance things out to provide a smooth, even flavor that satisfies. A great beer that I would recommend to those who like a lot of malt presence in their big IPAs.
07-14-2014 23:03:52 | More by ThePaintedGrey
Hop Centric Double India Pale Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 884 ratings.