Hop Centric Double India Pale Ale - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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88
very good

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Reviews: 462
Hads: 946
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 44
Gots: 67 | 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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Photo of falloutsnow
3.45/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased from Friar Tuck's in Savoy, IL.
No best by or bottled on date.
Poured into a standard US pint glass.

From the bottle, this pours a 1cm head of off-white foam, smallish bubbles. Head fades gradually to a thin ring around the glass, leaving some modest lacing that is refreshed with each sip. Body is a hazy copper-gold color with orange highlights.

Aroma is fairly balanced, though leaning towards malt. Caramel malt sweetness mixed with some grapefruit rind bitterness. Somewhat vague pine and herbal scents.

Taste is heavily tilted towards maltiness, somewhat surprisingly, given the name. Rather a heavy, mildly dark sweetness in the front of the palate with a bit of citrus hop zing. Back of the tongue picks up grapefruit rind, lemon zest, some pine. Ethanol noticeable. Aftertaste of sweetness tempered by bitterness and ethanol.

Medium to medium-heavy bodied with carbonation just strong enough to make this pleasantly palatable. Finishes dry, with slight burn and warmth from the alcohol.

With a name like hop juice, this was overly malty and laid waste to my expectations. I will attempt to find a bottle that is very fresh next year and compare it to this ~4 month old bottle. Still, an acceptable DIPA, just not one that I'm particularly excited about. (1,284 characters)

Photo of nitro0292
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour into a snifter produced a cloudy bronze color with a full inch of white head consisting tight bubbles. Left lovely strings of lace. Excellent retention, almost Belgian-like, particularly on the refills.

Smell is citrus and piney hops, with sweet malt thrown in. Hops dominate but not by much.

Was more hop forward when cold, which is to be expected. As it warmed the malts showed up to balance and eventually overwhelm the hops, especially in the mid palate and on the finish. Would prefer finish a little dryer. Less residual sugars will show off the hops.

Mouthfeel is appropriate for strength.

Overall this is a nice balanced DIPA. Needs another 20 IBUs. (666 characters)

Photo of 3nlightenedfool
5/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Let me start this review off on the wrong foot. I drank this straight out of the bomber it came it.

Appearance: Who cares.

Smell: It smells strongly of piney hops.

Taste: Now, to the part worth reviewing...Although it smells predominantly of piney hops, the taste is perfectly balanced with the rich malt flavor. This beer is smooth as silk. It goes down like water. As a lover of IPA's and rich malty ales, this is a grand slam beer. It is intensely hoppy but not really bitter due to the rich malty backbone that is just perfect for the hop flavor present here.

Mouthfeel: Rich and smooth. It coats the mouth and doesn't leave an unpleasant taste behind. It is still piney and sweet. Just top notch.

Overall: Need I say more. For a beer with 9.9% alcohol, it goes down soooo easy. It's for hop lovers, no doubt, but this one is so well balanced that I think it will make hop lovers out of many people who try it. The hops aren't overly complex and they are not very bitter compared to the explosion of flavor that they provide in this beer. In many IPA's the hops are just a bitter component, but in this beer they are almost purely herbal/earthy in the nose and mouth.

The sum it up briefly: This beer is full of flavor, easy to drink, and very strong. Every beer lover should try this beer. It is one of my top 5. Highly recommended! (1,346 characters)

Photo of tobelerone
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a dark gold beer with a slowly settling off white head; very slightly cloudy.

Aroma is nicely hoppy; vague suggestion of caramel malt; booze underneath. Subtle citrus and pine.

Really delicious. Maltier and sweeter than I often prefer a DIPA but the balance was just right here. Everything worked harmoniously; the caramel malt helped to soften the big booze hit, although it's definitely there. The piney/grapefruit hops pack substantial bitterness but are reigned in just enough to not overwhelm the end result.

This DIPA has lively carbonation, pleasantly sticky in the mouth, long, lingering bitter finish. Not too much though...remains a happy memory not an irritation to the palette like some hop bombs. (721 characters)

Photo of jsprain1
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a orange-golden. Head is a one finger of foam. Pretty solid sheets of lacing.
S- The smell is pretty top notch. Hoppy with a citrus, herbal, and slightly floral aroma. There is a sweet malt presence to.
T- Initially it's hoppy. Very herbal. Wow yeah it's herbal and slightly floral. There is a sweetness to it. But there is also a booziness that pervades the finish. Not as good at hiding the alcohol as I wish it were.
M- Light and quite dry. ut
O- I had high hopes because it smelled great. There was ample hoppiness. But it just didn't strike me as a great IIPA. The booziness was too strong. (606 characters)

Photo of iadler
2.95/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Twisted Spoke. Served in a pint glass.

A- Cloudy dark orange with no head and no retention. A few rising bubbles here and there but nothing special.

S- Very sweet with toffee and caramel malt and some citrus hop bitterness of pink grapefruit, orange some lemon zest and pine.

T- Sweetness is again very prominent in the taste followed by some grapefruit, orange, lemon zest faint tropical notes with perhaps some pineapple. Pine is present as well.

M- Low to medium carbonation and medium body. Oily mouthfeel that finishes dry, bitter and a bit warm from the fairly noticeable 9.9%.

O- Wasn't really impressed by this beer. Way too sweet for my liking in DIPA's and the boozy finish really hurt the drinkability. Maybe it was better fresh and out of a bottle. (775 characters)

Photo of mryuk
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours an unfiltered orange with a finger of head.

smell is sweet orange and citrus that finishes with strong hops.

taste is fresh. starts out sweet and smooth with a very nice hop bitter finish.

mouth is medium thick with good carbonation.

overall very enjoyable. unique sweetness and flavors. (297 characters)

Photo of antlerwrestler19
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours amber orange with a big bubbled two finger head that leaves peaks of froth as it dissipates - nice streaks of lacing as I slowly sip 'er down. The smell doesn't boast a whole lot of hop complexity I was hoping for but it is very sweet and clean. The taste is much more satisfying - fruity and sweet featuring mango, citrusy pineapple and a little bitter resin hops, also good amount of sweet malt backing up the hops. The mouthfeel is quite sticky and syrupy - the alcohol is pretty well hidden though. This beer was a quick grab at a store while in Brainerd, MN - snagged it up because of the name and label and, well, I love hops!!! Wasn't let down by this purchase at all it was delicious and pleased my palate for quite awhile as I sipped. Only knock would be the necessity for a little more hop complexity - but what was in it was just fine.

Cheers (860 characters)

Photo of BearsOnAcid
1.86/5  rDev -52.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Dense off-white head with a reddish-amber body. Plenty of head retention and sticky lacing.

Aroma is heavy on malt, caramel, and toffee. Reminds me of those old Sugar Daddy candies. Some dank, piney and citrusy hops in the background. Really hard to tell though.

More caramel and light toffee flavors. Intense alcohol and bitter astringency creates one of the worst finishes I've ever had on a beer. Between the fiercely present alcohol and sweet malt I can't even taste any hop flavor. Maybe some nutty, piney simcoe but I'm just grabbing at anything here. The flavor gets a little more dank and nutty as it warms. Hop Juice, this is not. Bordering on fail territory. (670 characters)

Photo of Humulus85
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first brew from Two Brothers. Bought it on impulse yesterday; I liked the graphic of the wrench and hop cone. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter.

A: Nice, slightly off-white head at 1 1/2 fingers dissipated rather quickly but left a bit of lacing. Color is interesting. In room light it has a deep auburn color like good apple cider, but back lit some nice ruby tones come through.

S: Smell is fruity hops, there is malt (just not as much as expected), and a bit of alcohol.

T: Good, but not exceptional. Hop aggressive in the front, and a nice boozy malt finish; what you would expect from a good Double IPA, right? It just doesn't have that extra something. The hop profile isn't complex, and the malt flavors could be deeper.

M: Light and carbonated, could be a bit thicker, but very drinkable for the style

To me this was more of a good looking, high ABV IPA. Could have gone farther in terms of hop/malt complexity to be a true Double. Cheers! (966 characters)

Photo of mwill7287
4.58/5  rDev +16.8%
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 (1,435 characters)

Photo of blackcompg
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
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! (1,313 characters)

Photo of glid02
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
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. (754 characters)

Photo of lstokes
4.47/5  rDev +14%
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. (371 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (944 characters)

Photo of YumYumGumGum
3.44/5  rDev -12.2%
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. (621 characters)

Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
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. (818 characters)

Photo of wvsabbath
4/5  rDev +2%
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. (985 characters)

Photo of BBP
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
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. (1,359 characters)

Photo of mulder1010
3.15/5  rDev -19.6%
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. (822 characters)

Photo of Nugganooch
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (831 characters)

Photo of Treebs
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (840 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.31/5  rDev -15.6%
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. (875 characters)

Photo of jsanford
4/5  rDev +2%
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. (534 characters)

Photo of kawilliams81
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
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!). (554 characters)

Hop Centric Double India Pale Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 462 ratings.