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Hop Centric Double India Pale Ale - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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928 Ratings
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Ratings: 928
Reviews: 467
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 12.12%
Wants: 45
Gots: 54 | FT: 1
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:
Beer added by: orbitalr0x on 03-12-2005

Formerly known as Hop Juice.
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Ratings: 928 | Reviews: 467
Photo of katan
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz into a pint, not dated

A - Pours a very opaque, deep dark brown color. A small amount of amber highlights. Quick head formation, but just as quickly breaks down to a film. Little lacing.

S - Very strong hop nose. Orange, grapefruit, a little piney, orange like. Some nutty malt notes come through in the background.

T - Starts off very malty, sweet, but then seamlessly breaks into a orange hop sweetness. Very smooth, grapefruit. Balanced bitterness. Finishes with some more malty notes, caramel and toffee. Nothing overly piney or grassy about this DIPA. Very smooth.

M - Thick and creamy. Carbonation is light, probably a little below adding the right body to this beer. Finishes with a cling of sugar and hop resin.

D - Very deceivingly drinkable for a DIPA. ABV is well hidden. Flavors are so smooth and sweet that you wouldn't see it coming. Lightly filling.

Photo of jampics2
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 22oz bottle from a generous trader who included this as an extra. Thanks and cheers!

Looks nice in the snifter I poured it into. Autumnal brown with red and orange highlights. The color reminds me of the forest floor in Ohio in late October. Small head and decent lace. Just not the ideal color for a DIPA for me, but still a respectable looking brew.

Smell is interesting. This is not a citrus bomb, but has some notes of orange and pineapple. There's a lot of sweet caramel from the malt here too, and the hops have more of an earthy, tea-leaf scent than anything else. Finally, I'm able to identify a nice cotton candy smell wafting from the glass. This is pleasant, but I like a bit more boldness, especially if the beer touts some sort of crazy number of IBU's on the label - I expected more hoppiness to shine through.

After being slightly underwhelmed by the nose, the taste is really quite nice. Bready, biscuity malt is the leading element. On top of that base, we have some hoppiness that manifests itself as lush, tropical notes reminiscent of freshly cut citrus and some rind and peel. There's a bitterness that appreciated, but it's just not the body-slam my taste buds were anticipating. Some minor lingering bitterness finishes things up with just a touch of perceived alcohol. Nicely done, especially for a DIPA that's not normally my favorite take on the style.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and carb is low enough to make this feel substantial. Not sticky or ruinous, and a sweet caramel aftertaste is joined by just a touch of bitterness. This is a nice beer, again, not my ideal as I gravitate towards West Coast influenced beers that really rock the hops in brash but really flavorful ways. To me, this was almost more of a barleywine as it was flavorful and full but driven more by the malt than the hops. That being said, this was really pleasant and well-done and I would drink again, probably with more appropriate expectations.

Photo of AndrewNations
3.56/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Lots of nice hop aroma on the noise. I immediately notice how I dont taste the normal aggressiveness in this double ipa. The hops or abv does not have a huge bite which makes this nice and session-able for this style of beer.

The mouthfeel is also quite nice as its not a thick as most other DIPAs. Nice but not thin.

Overall, I like this. Its a nice change of pace for this style. Love the bottle artwork as well.

Photo of bigjoebrews
4.62/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful flavors and aromas! My favorite!! Its jammed full of hop flavor and aroma, yet doesn't have that "twangy" flavor I get from many other double/triple IPAs. "twangy" flavor- can't describe it, kinda makes you pucker a little- It gives many IPAs a taste like it's enhanced or processed to the point the oils are harsh, hop juice is very smooth yet chock full of hop flavor and extreme IBUs...

Photo of drabmuh
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer poured into a Duvel tulip. beer is amber and slightly hazy. Forms a thin head of off white bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate.

Aroma is sweet, slightly alcohol, lots of hops. Smells good.

Beer is medium bodied and has a nice hop bitterness to it. It leads off mildly sweet and the midpalate is little dry, it finishes a little dry too. Its almost creamy in the mouthfeel and the drinkability is really high, especially for a 10% beer. Wow, what a great beer!

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow-amber color with an off-white head. The aroma is resiny hops and is pretty straightforward. The flavor is a mix of piney and resiny hops with some orange citrus mixed in as well as a nice caramel malt backbone. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of metter98
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy amber in color and has a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of citrus and pine resin hops and sweetness from the caramel malts in the nose.
T: The taste is fairly similar to the smell and has a moderate amount of bitterness. There are also some notes of brown sugar and fruits in the flavors.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate.
D: The beer is very drinkable and goes down easily; the alcohol content is very well masked.

Photo of MbpBugeye
2.98/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I havent been too satisfied with Two Brothers as of late. The girlfriend picked up this bottle and shared a glass with me.

A- Standard looking clear amber with a moderately sized white cap. Decent lacing builds.

S- I dont know how fresh this bottle is but it cant be more than a month or so old. Already I feel like it might be starting to fade. The nose is really malty. Lots of caramel with alcohol and a faint touch of pine and citrus.

T- Again, for something named Hop Juice I expected more hoppiness. This beer could be fading but if that is the case Im surprised at how fast it went. Caramel and biscuity malts are the dominant flavors. The finish has some nice bitterness from citrus hops but its not a hop bomb. Its getting close to an English barleywine.

Photo of TexIndy
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650ml bomber into a tulip glass. No dating info but I believe this just came out a few months ago. It was a hazy reddish amber color with good carb streams. It had an average sized head that settled into a thick collar and and central foam cap. Good slow sliding lace with good amount sticking.

The aroma was good but under powered. Mix of pine and citrus balanced with caramel malt. Good but just not that strong. The taste was also good but lacking punch. The hop flavor was good with a bit of bitterness but it seemed weak and overpowered at the finish by the malt. Makes it very drinkable but miss the hops. Mouthfeel was full with good carbonation and slightly sweet aftertaste.

Overall, a good but not great DIPA for me. Tasted and smelled good but needed more hops to stand out in a crowded field. Wouldn't turn one down if offered but wouldn't go out of my way to get one either. Mild recommend. Not avail here in TX so shipped back from my Indy trip. Rotation - per above, one is probably good enough unless I find a really fresh one or am at a bar that has it on tap. Not bad just didn't excite. [N/O;O;TLH]

Photo of jjanega08
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A= A strong pour reveils a nice burnt amber colored beer with a good looking finger of head on it that holds some average retention and lacing. Not a bad looking DIPA by any means.

S= Really quite piney but also there is a ton of caramel malt in it comparatively. It isn't a malt bomb at all but there is an unusual amount of caramel malt in it for a DIPA. I would call this a balanced DIPA if that makes sense.

T= Again there is a lot of really nice delicious piney hops but there is also a good amount of caramel malt in it. The mix sort of brings a clemenetine orange taste to it in a slight way. Interesting.

M= Tons of nice little bubbles and I would even say almost perfect. Maybe touch the bubbles back just a tiny bit.

D= An interesting brew but not nearly as hoppy as I'm looking for in a a DIPA. WOrth trying but not buying again.

Photo of nas5755
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice malty looking dipa with a good head lots of piney nose with maltly overtones. The taste is sweet malt balanced by big doses of resin piney hops with slight citrus notes. The mouth feel is solid, with a medium to a medium-low carb level. The drinkability is decent, a tad sweet but very pine based. A nice dipa.

Photo of womencantsail
3.87/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jeff for sending me a growler fill of this. Shared a couple weekends back at Stone Sour Fest.

A: The pour is a vibrant copper color with a minimal white head forming and some mild carbonation bubbles.

S: The nose is a big burst of piney hops followed by some herbal and grassy notes. The malt is also quite pronounced here, providing quite a bit of caramel sweetness.

T: The flavor is quite bitter, but at the same time has a fair amount of sweetness. Light citrus hop flavors, but plenty of resinous pine. A touch of alcohol comes through at times.

M: The body is medium with a somewhat light carbonation that I'll attribute to the growler.

D: This wasn't the most drinkable DIPA, but it did have some nice flavors to it. Sort of intense in all areas, but doesn't necessarily fit all together throughout the entire glass.

Photo of plaid75
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at The Blind Tiger, NYC.

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a grainy malt with a light sweetness.

The taste consisted of a well balanced combination of piney hops and grainy malt. Not overly sweet.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style with a dry finish.

Overall a well balanced user friendly ale.

Photo of jpmclaug
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a SA Perfect Pint glass

A - Nice clear dark amber color with a bubbly off white head

S - Nice whiff of earthy, grassy hops with a hint of citrus. A slight hint of aroma similar to Gubna.

T - Follows the nose very closely. Earthy, grassy hop flavor with a malty backbone to take most of the hop punch. Reminds me once again a little bit of Gubna. I wonder if this beer has Summit hops in it? Nice bitter bit in there but not enough to make this an amazing DIPA.

M - medium, body with a fair amount of carbonation and a little bit of a syrupy texture.

D - Pretty easy drinking DIPA. This beer is good but not amazing. I would drink this again but wouldn't go nuts trying to seek it out.

Photo of Pentastar
3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A beautiful dark red amber with an off white head, lacing is present on the glass.

Aroma: Very herbal and somewhat floral, grassy, some pine, earthy, woodsy.

Taste: Similar to aroma but grapefruit presence shines through, very herbal and some pine.

Mouthfeel: A good amount of carbonation and a full mouthfeel, very good for the high abv.

Drinkability: Not the kind of beer that's easy to drink, a sipper for sure, but pretty good.

Photo of djhowell
3.37/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. Has a dark amber body and a thin white head that dissipates quickly but leaves lots of lacing all the way down.
S: Lots of hops (grapefruit, some pine), caramel.
T: Kind of boozy; Sweet caramel, floral and citrus hops, bitter only in the finish. Sweeter than I thought it would be.
M: Medium in body and carbonation, finishes clean.
D: Goes down easy enough for such a high ABV beer but the hops aren't as prominent in the taste as they are in the scent, kind of a misleading beer.

Photo of wedgie9
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted from 22oz bottle at Lush Roscoe. Pours a clear deep amber with a thin white head that leaves some lace on the side of the glass. Nose is "dank" hops with some nice caramel malt and a hint of sweetness. On the front of the palate the sweet malt comes through nicely, giving way to some resin notes and a bitter/citrus hops blast on the back of the palate. The body is medium plus with fairly light carbonation and a long bitter hops finish. The alcohol and flavors are all very well integrated.

Photo of bheilman
4.55/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark rich amber color. Much darker than most IIPAs. Has a strong hop/fruit scent but not off-putting. Enough to capture interest but not enough to make you expect an overly bitter bite. The taste is great. I mostly taste orange, but it is a rich orange with a strong malt influence. It reminds my of Alpha King but richer sweeter and smoother. It has the caramel-like sweetness of Alpha King combined with some raisin and a nice citrus aftertaste. The flavor lingers in a good way, very refreshing. The beer is really easy going down and doesn't exhibit a strong alcohol flavor. I feel like I could drink this all night, but with the high ABV it's definitely a beer to be shared.

Photo of cvaypai
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to chicagobeerriot for this. An extra no less. Thanks Tim.

Poured from bottle to new belgium globe.

Appearance - Pours an deep amber orange, more amber than orange. The red hue comes out nice when held to light. Totally translucent with a very thin white bubbly head that dissipates rather quick and leaves a spotty lacing down the glass.

Smell - Smells very earthy with grassy hops and earthy spicy hops. Maybe a hint of grapefruit and other citrus but the main smell is earthy hops. The sweetness comes through a lot, lots of caramel sweetness picked up in the nose.

Taste - Sweet caramel malts come right out in the front, followed by the spicy earthy hops picked up in the nose. The grassy hops also come through but I'm mostly getting a candy like sweetness. Alcohol can be found in the end.

Mouthfeel - This has a good mouthfeel, the weight is good on it, not too heavy or light, the bitterness bites just like I would like and the beer is rather smooth and creamy. The carbonation is not lacking, it's good despite the small head.

Drinkability - I could easily drink the bomber of this in a sitting. I could attempt another. It's 77 degrees and this is pairing well with the day.

My first from 2 brothers. Very solid midwest DIPA.

Photo of beerhan
3.61/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle.

Pours a very thick amber color with a thin head. Definetly not what I was expecting

I don't even know what this smells like, but it is not bad, just a little boozy.

This beer really tastes weird to me. Never have I had a DIPA confuse me like this. It feels great and goes down great and I could probably take a lot out but it is too smooth. It is almost as if it lacks in taste but makes up for it in being very drinkable and the alcohol is hidden.

Final thoughts; try this beer but be careful. Its not the most flavorful DIPA but its one of the most interesting I have had.

Photo of regspeir
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired in a trade with wnoble.
Poured a dark cloudy amber with a smallish head that dissolved into a coating. Lacing was pretty intense and remained throughout. Nose was pineapple, grapefruit and some resin and sweet malts. Taste was surprisingly malt forward and some breadiness, although citrus and pine from the hops was there. Pretty well balanced beer but on the sweet side of the DIPA spectrum. Finish was nice and dry but not overly bitter. Mouthfeel was medium, creamy and somewhat oily. Carbonation was moderate. I did not tire of this and would drink as much as the 9.9% would allow. I was pleasantly surprised at this beer and would abosolutely try it again if it were available.

Photo of DavoleBomb
2.61/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured into a snifter.

4.5 A: Clear orange amber color. Two fingers of thick creamy off-white head with good retention and lots of lacing.

3.5 S: Dank, pungent hops. Grapefruit, herbal, woody, and some pine. Simple, but very nice.

2.0 T: Unholy union of booze, too sweet caramel, and citrusy hops make an undesirable peachy flavor. I'm not a fan of DIPAs that go this route. Even worse, the bitterness is just about fully covered up my the other aspects. Higher bitterness would have made this more palatable.

3.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Needs to be a lot more creamier, especially for what it tastes like.

2.0 D: Not a big fan of this one. This type of DIPA definitely has a niche following, but unfortunately I'm not a part of it.

Photo of HosP
3.72/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up a fresh bottle last week!

A: Caramel color with medium white head. A small amount of retention.

S: Sweeter smell. Floral, piney hop aroma. Hints of caramel malt to it.

T: Stronger pine hop taste with good amount of bitterness to it. More roasted caramel malt to it than I would expect. As the beer warms the flavors do seem to blend very well with the hops coming to the forefront.

M: Medium body. Small amount of carbonation. Creamy taste with good bitterness.

D: Overall a good solid DIPA. Didn't stand out to much compared to others, but still a very drinkable beer. This beer did get better the longer it sat. First two brothers beer I've had and it was a good one!

Photo of Beejay
3.3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: A nice medium amber. Crystal clean with a nice and thick off white head. Good lacing.

S: Huge hops with caramel. I am picking up mostly citrus, especially grapefruit. Some grassy notes, and a bit of floral. Very nice, I like the grapefruit punch with a sweet caramel back.

T: There is some good bitterness, but it is in the finish. The hops really linger in the finish, but up front there is not much of the hop flavor coming out. Bit of a booze flavor in the end.

M: Medium bodied, carbonation feels about right.

D: From the bottle: "Don't come crying to us if it's too much for you: this one's for hopheads only." I am certainly no hop head, but this beer leaves me wanting more. More hop flavor, better balance, and MORE HOP FLAVOR. I think the bitterness is alright, but definitely lacking the hops flavor up front. Possibly I am just drinking this late, since I cannot find a bottle date I don't know. But with a warning like that, you better bring your "A Game" and I don't think this beer holds up to it's talk.

Photo of mwa423
3.38/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a perfectly clear amber with a finger and a half of nice solid white head.

S - Smells slightly unfermented, hoppy but doesn't knock you off your feet with the IBU's.

T - Very hoppy (obviously), with a floral and citrusy base. The malt tastes slightly like wort and could be hoppier.

M/D - Mouthfeel is decent but a bit watery. This is reasonably drinkable especially considering the abv and the absence of alcoholic burn is pleasant.

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Hop Centric Double India Pale Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 928 ratings.