Hop Centric Double India Pale Ale - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Ratings: 920
Reviews: 462
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 12.12%
Wants: 45
Gots: 46 | FT: 0
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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

Notes/Commercial Description:
Formerly known as Hop Juice.

(Beer added by: orbitalr0x on 03-12-2005)
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Photo of crossovert
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle. I am told this one came out only 2 weeks ago. It was sold in a fridge too.

Pours a deep orange/reddish amber with a frothy white head. It is darker, that usually means it is gonna be maltier than a typical IPA.

The smell is rich and bursting with hops. There is a distinct pineapple, citrus, and some pine in the scent. It is backed by a nice sweetness, making it smell like, well, hop juice. There is a subtle breadiness as well.

The flavor is pretty good. There is definitely some tropical fruit in the hops, though not too much pineapple which can ruin it. It has a nice hop flavor that runs from the sweetness in the beginning with the big malt backbone to the resinous bitter hop finish. It isn't over the top hopped but it is certainly potent. It is a bit sweet for the style but smooth and drinkable nonetheless.

This doesn't quite live up to its name but it is a very solid DIPA that is wonderful when fresh.

Photo of AleWatcher
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into standard pint glass.

a vigorous pour yields three fingers of thick creamy looking head that is a shade lighter than "light brown sugar." The frothy, sticky head is leaving huge colonies of lace as it ever-so-slowly creeps its way down to the brilliantly clear copper colored body. This and Domaine Dupage are probably the best looking beers from Two Brothers. (Red Eye is a close runner up!)

The beer has a nice prickly mouthfeel as it rumbles across your tongue. This oily feeling lingers after you swallow--- giving a place for a bitterness to hang out and loiter. Big piney and floral nose seems to be masking a huge malt bill. Digging deeper we find a sweet bready malt with hints of candied sugar-- must be from the malts? The flavor starts out sweet before turning citrusy, piney, and floral hops. That candied sugar is there towards the finish-- an definite sweetness hiding behind all these big flavors... The sweetness mingles with a lingering bitterness- like the last two wallflowers at a high school dance.

The lace is still there from the original pour and first sip. Huge staying power. The head has settled now to half a finger-- and I'm 2/3 of the way through the beer.

This is a good, solid, midwest DIPA. It isn't going to blow any SoCal Ba's minds... I wouldn't put this up against Pliny, but it has its place and its own target market. I could easily drink another bomber of this one-- if they weren't already all marked for trades! The nearly 10% abv isn't even a factor. The hops and overall sweetness hide it nicely- although I'd like to say that this reminds me of a cross between an American Barleywine and some sort of Belgian Ale (due to the sweetness that reminds me of brewers sugar in some Quads).

Overall comments-- probably not worth posting an ISO to get-- but definitely worth asking some one you know to send you one-- perhaps as an extra or part of an ongoing trade!

Photo of Aguirre
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed this one. It was served in a goblet at the Fountainhead in Chicago. Nice tight head, and sticky lacing down the sides as I drank it.

Smell was outstanding, resinous, fruity, a little marijuana in there too. Taste couldn't live up the aroma but was full flavored and interesting. Really not extraordinarily bitter considering the name, you can certainly find hoppier DIPAs.

I couldn't believe it was 10% ABV...went down so easy and the booze was never very prominent in the taste.

This hasn't been my favorite brewery in Chicagoland, but I was really impressed with this beer and would definitely drink it again.

Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance -- Pours a deep amber with two fingers of creamy beige head.

Smell -- Pine resin, tropical fruits, caramel. Overall, sweet and a little musky.

Taste -- Tropical fruit sweetness and a little bit of grapefruit rind up front followed by a rush of bitter pine resin tempered with caramel malts. Finish is a bit dry with plenty of resin and a faint echo of tropical fruit.

Mouthfeel -- A little thin for the style, moderate prickly carbonation. Some boozy warmth as time goes on.

Drinkability -- This is a smooth, easy-drinking DIPA if there ever was. Not earth-shattering, but if this were a regular offering I'd see myself keeping this in my fridge often. Absolutely worth a shot.

Photo of thetomG
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sipping on this out of the cask @ the Bluebird event...

Pours nice clear amber color with just another of bubbly foam. Aroma is slightly fruit and taste is similar but with just hint of bitterness and some boozy warmth to go along with the fruit mango, pineapple, and citrus.

Very smooth and easy to drink, especially considering the higher abv... this is definitely something I would drink again.

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

I've had this a few times from bottles but this is a review from a tap keg at the HopJuice Release Festival 2010 at the brewery. I recommend trying a 2010 bottle as I was also underwhelmed by the 2009 bottling. I sought out Hop Juice after being mighty impressed by a six pack of Heavy Handed I tried a few years earlier.

A: Wonderful green-golden brown color of heavily hopped DIPA. Poured with a half inch of fluffy head that will be difficult to reproduce from a bottle. Dissipated quickly in the humid sunny blacktop of the brewery parking lot.
S: Hops, hops, and hops. Piney, resinous, and citrus. The pineapple is only a suggestion here until ...
T: Now the pineapple stings the tongue and the other hop flavors pour in. There are hoppier DIPAs, but this flavor is complex and layered and the pineapple gives way to pine that fades to citrus. There is substantial malt that balances the astringent end, but the hops linger and remind you they are there for a while if you can resist taking the next sip.
M: Medium-bodied, mouth-filling, and substantial: the malt balances the hops and alcohol.
D: At 10%, I need to make more friends to share the bomber.

Photo of kylehayworth
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Good amber color, with a pretty good head on it.

S: Smells of moderate pine.

T: I get a subtle hop presence, more sweet malts then anything.

M/D: It has a fairly smooth feel, the finish is pretty clean, not an oily mess or anything.

I was dissappointed with this one. A label like this should deliver some serious hop flavor, and it didn't. I'm sure I won't be the only one to say this was overpriced, and fell kind of flat.

Photo of antoines15
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - copper in color with 1/2 inch head that dissipates rather quickly. Some nice lacing on the glass, though.

S - malty, orange spice, and almost like a biscuit or something

T - doesn't seem to taste like most DIPAs. Also, not nearly as hoppy as the name or the label implies. Its not a bad tasting beer by any means, just not what I would expect for "hop juice"

M - not even sure what to say. It doesn't taste too carbonated and I would say the mouthfeel is good. No aftertaste really.

D - Very drinkable for an almost 10% abv. Again, its not bad at all, just not very complex or exciting either.

Photo of fragilemacabre
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This reads much more like what I expect from an IPA than other double IPAs I've experienced, which makes for happy times. Its cloudy umber color and thin head are underwhelming against its taste, which is bombastically hoppy. I'm pleased with this beer, and even though it doesn't break the mold, at a ridiculously tasty and sneaky almost 10% it will make me less inclined to care.

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

I just had myself some Mojo Risin double IPA from Boulder brewing and I have to say that this is quite similar but I like this beer better. It's on the sweeter, maltier side of the IPA spectrum but a little drier than the beer I just reviewed some minutes ago. Flirts with being a barleywine with some level of density and sweetness. Grapefruit is the hop character that is most dominant, with sweetened black tea in there. Maybe some shortbread cookie?
Definitely not turned off by the idea of trying other beers from Two Brothers.

Photo of stakem
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color with a yellowish stained head. Quite a bit of lacing and minor retension of the head. Nose is a sweet mixture of malt blended with both pine and citrus hops. Medium feel and low to medium level of carbonation. Nice lasting hop bitterness is left on the tongue with residual sweetness to counter act. Deep whiffs and sips as the beer warms shows off more alcohol notes in both the aroma and taste with a bit more hop spice.

Photo of hophead247
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color with a medium head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma is citrus hops, resin and light sweet malts. Taste is bitter resiny hops, sugary malt notes and citrus notes as well. Medium bodied. Alcohol is not noticeable and this is quite drinkable. Very nice.

Photo of Duhast500
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured froma 22oz. bottle into a stemmed glass.

The color is a hazing orange/amber with about two fingers of pillowy white foam head.

The smell is funky hop flavor with some wet and sticky fruit flavors. The flavor is sweet, it has some nice earthy flavor.

The taste is a really great fruity flash of orange and hoppiness that zings through your throat at the first sip. It leaves a fruity aftertaste that is sweet and surprisingly not bitter. The flavors that are still sitting on my tongue are just hoppy and fruity with some lemon and some lime as well as a citrus flavor that bring memories of the morning.

The feel of this beer is just light, with some interesting aftertaste as mentioned before. It is a really refreshing beer and steaks to the great skills of brewing that Two Brothers Brewing has. Fantastic.

Photo of hurricanelars
3.4/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured from a bomber into a pint glass to reveal a hazy copper beer with a thick one inch head. It maintained a pretty good head from start to finish and left a very good lacing on the glass.

Smell: Pine and grapefruit hops balanced with some roasted malt. Not as hoptacular as I expected with the name.

Taste: Comes across with some piney notes early and quickly turns into biscuity malts. It has the bitterness if a double IPA but it doesn't come across with nearly the hops I was expecting from this beer.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and a little bit creamy, quickly turning into a malty bitter finish.

Overall, a pretty solid beer, but a bit misleading in the name. It's a very well balanced IPA, but not as hoppy as I was expecting.

Photo of krisandajt
2.88/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: An easy pour into my Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass conjures forth a clear, amber colored brew. There's an ample 1 inch + worth of thick, bubbly, craggy head. Retention is outstanding, barely diminishing as I consume this beverage. Lacing is impressive too, leaving lots of thick sticky schlop all along the sides of the glass.

Smell: A subtle hop presence, a mix of citrusy bitterness and earthy spice blended with a strong biscuity malt backbone.

Taste: A little disappointing here. With a name like Hop Juice I was expecting the hops to be much stronger. Instead I find them fighting a losing battle with the biscuity malt. Sure, the citrusy grapefruit I picked up in the nose is there, but it doesn't stand out like it should.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with good carbonation. Leaves a nice tingle on the tongue. Texture is slick, almost oily. Not the best feature of this beer.

Drinkability: An average at best DIPA, I find this particular brew to be too malty for the style. Couple that with an unimpressive mouthfeel and I would hesitate to recommend this to anybody looking to get a good hop fix.

Photo of Roostereno
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this one up about a week ago based on the name.

Poured into a gobletish wine glass, a smallish slightly underwhelming off-white head is revealed. The beer itself is an alluring dark amber, perhaps a bit darker than your typical DIPA, with no yeast or floaties to be found.

Smell is obviously quite heavy on the hops (with an emphasis on the pine and sticky citrus) but there is definitely a strong malt backbone to be found along with a the sweet brandyish alcohol notes that are to be expected with the high abv.

Taste is quite frankly not quite as hoptastic as I was expecting. The malt backbone is definitely there, not to say that this is a bad thing. Along with the grapefruit-heavy hops (fantastic, as I am a grapefruit nut of sorts) the malt brings a nice grain/cereal flavor and even, if my tongue doth not fool me, a touch of rye.

Mouthfeel is par for the course with a strong, citrus-heavy DIPA which is to say thick, heavy, sticky, syrupy with just enough of that alcohol touch. In fact, considering the listed abv, it feels a tad light (not in a bad way) though the sticky hoppiness makes up for it.

Drinkability is surprisingly high. It is a bit heavy but goes down smooth. In a six pack this deceptiveness could lead to trouble but as is it makes for a nice post-dinner drink to enjoy with the football game.

In terms of the sheer hop bomb I was expecting and craving this beer is something of a disappointment. That being said, I usually prefer this kind of 'balanced' (a very relative term) DIPA. It basically reminds me of a poor mans 90 Minute IPA (another relative term there). Considering the fact that the Dogfishery doesn't do retail in Minnesota I can't gripe then. All in all, a tasty DIPA that I would definitely consider again in the future if I am in the mood for a well crafted, balanced interpretation of the style.

Additional note: My mom loved it. I guess its never too late to discover the joys of craft beer.

Photo of TeddyBrew
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I've tried this one twice. The first time my reaction was, "Is this beer a delicious, but overwhelming work of art, or kind of just overwhelming?" The second time, my reaction was the same.

This beer is as advertised. It is truly "hop juice" and is "extreme" and for "hopheads only". So big props to these guys, they've created one of the strongest tasting beers I've had. Not super bitter "high" notes, but rather strong, deep hoppy and piney mid-notes. But it strikes me as syrupy, and hence a low drinkability rating.

I will buy this one again, when I want to show some friends a BIG hop DIPA, or I crave something like this. But the lack of balance in flavor makes me say this is not a beer I can drink very often.

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

A: Translucent and amber in color with a half-fingers worth of head.

S: Interesting smell, more-so than the taste actually. Maltier than expected with pine hops on top.

T: Fairly malty for an DIPA, back of the tongue bitterness. Not as hop-forward as expected with the 100+ posted IBUs. Kind of disappointed really.

M: Thick, heavy and smooth without being too syrupy.

D: Fairly high for a DIPA

not worth the money. at ~$10 a bottle, I'd invest in something different.

Photo of wenkalman
3.05/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a standard pint glass.

Appearance - Golden amber color with a slightly off white head. Was able to get about 2 fingers width of head that had a good lasting time. When it settled, there was some sticky lacing.

Smell - Just a slight citrus note with mostly earthy pine.

Taste - A lot of maltiness in the taste. Just a slight hoppy back end. Not well balanced, compared to some of the better DIPA's I have had.

Mouthfeel - Thick like a lot of DIPA's. Little to no carbonation, which I missed because of the thickness.

Drinkability - DIPA's are never high on my list of drinkability, and this one is no different. It wasn't bad, but I wouldn't drink a lot of it.

I would only recommend this to friends of mine that are looking to try new IPA's. This wouldn't be on the top of my list.

Photo of shadow1961
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Two Brothers Hop Juice Double IPA pours a steady finger of foam over a clear deep amber brew. Carbonation is steady, the nose is floral and pine hop aromas. Flavor is hops forward, again with the West coast hops, with resinous notes of pine and grapefruit rind, malt adding biscuit and shredded wheat and a bit of sweetness in the background keeping it all in check. Mouthfeel is pretty round even with the strong hop presence. Alcohol by volume comes in at 9.9%, though it's only really felt as a warming sensation- just the same treat this one with respect. The hops do start to mellow out quite a bit as the brew warms though there is a long hop aftertaste. It might be interesting to cellar this one and see how the flavor evolves as the hops mellow down a bit. All in all, a pretty decent DIPA- hopheads will be satisfied.

Photo of ckeegan04
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark caramel brown with hints of dark earthy orange. Big khaki colored head, about two finger thick. Quickly fades to a 1/2" cap and leave spiderwebs of lace behind on the glass.

S - Big caramel maltiness matced with a citrus fruitiness. Play together very well. As the beer warms the hops really take over with a big punch of west coast hop citrus aromas. Lost of grapefruit and a little lemon mixed in.

T - Very sweet with alot of caramel and sugar. Big balance of citrus hops but definitely more sweet than hoppy. Hints of pine come through as the beer warms.

M/D - Medium bodied and sticky sweet. Bitterness is strong but not overwhelming. Alcohol is very well masked but definitely comes through as 22oz is being enjoyed.

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

This is a tasty beer - a little out of balance, perhaps, with a bit too much alcohol burn and maybe a bit sweet.

Pours reddish with a slight fluffy head. Aroma is sweet and grapefuity. Flavor is grapefruity and slightly sweet. Plummy malt, a little alcohol burn. Deep slow developing bitterness. Mouthfeel is a little thin.

Photo of brow1901
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a tulip glass.

A- This beer looks outstanding. It pours a nice clear medium amber color that reminds me its autum. The head is a fluffy bright white the nests above the beer perfectly. It has some of the best lacing I've ever seen in a beer, makes me wonder if there is a touch of something besides like rye, wheat or oats in it. And the retention is to die for, every sip contains a pillow of the head that coats the mouth.

S- There really is not much to complain about in the smell, obviously the hops dominate. It would be nice to catch a wiff of something different, something that would seperate this beer from other Imp IPAs.

T- Again nothing to whine about, a good smack to the mouth with hops. Yet the beer is well balanced, a nice grain backbone smoothes the taste out to make it more drinkable.

M- Good carbonation with a somewhat slick mouth coating feel to it. However now overly syrup like, it washes down very nicely.

D- Highly drinkable, this bomber will be gone in minutes. Refreshing yet full bodied enough to be enjoyed in the cold of winter.

Photo of sweemzander
4.68/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass. No bottled date. Many thank yous to BeerFMAndy for the trade on this one!

(A)- Pours a slightly hazy amber with red highlights. Produced a very respectable white head that is definitely staying around for awhile. Some good lacing present.

(S)- A very creamy smell that has citrus of lemon, pine, pineapple, and grapefruit with a honey/vanilla presence. It smells alot like mead, only mead that has tons upon tons of hop addition! Almost floral at the end.

(T)- A very full-bodied DIPA that has citrus of lime, lemon, grapefruit, and pineapple with a rather massive woody pine bitterness that is almost nutty. An ample to equally massive malt backbone that provides a really nice caramel, but more like neutral brown sugar sweetness. The northwest hops added gives it a rustic feel to the beer overall.

(M)- Great carbonation level combined with a great balance of massive dry hops and maltiness. This has a high abv, but the alcohol is well integrated, yet still present.

(D)- A very fun and well made DIPA that has a really great balance that actually increases its drinkability significantly. The only thing standing in its way is the high abv, that wont hit you immediately, but 3/4 of the way through the sizeable bottle. A superb beer that should be sought out for any hardcore IPA lover.

Photo of alcstradamus
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Straight pour into my 25 oz. snifter yields two full fingers of head and a nice spiderweb of lacing (not common in this glass).

Smell is a potent blend of floral hops and caramel malts, this one invades the senses from two feet away.

The hops are toned way down in the flavor, negating themselves to background status. Luckily, the malt profile holds its own and provides a nice caramel/biscuit flavor to counteract the remaining bitterness.

Mouthfeel medium to full bodied with nice soft carbonation.

This drinks very smoothly, but at nearly 10% ABV if I am drinking a DIPA I would prefer a little more hop flavor. This is till OK, but its not much better than your average brewpub's attempt at the style.

Hop Centric Double India Pale Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 920 ratings.