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Hop Centric Double India Pale Ale - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Hop Centric Double India Pale AleHop Centric Double India Pale Ale

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Ratings: 891
Reviews: 460
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 12.12%
Wants: 44
Gots: 45 | FT: 0
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 NJpadreFan
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%

Two Brothers- Hop Juice

A- Clear/filtered ruby/copper brown with a thick foamy head. Thick ringed lacing.
S- Huge fresh green hops, Pine & floral with a buttery caramel malt.
T- Very sugary sweet caramel malt with hints of buttery toffee and cane sugar. Sweet pine and floral hops are present throughout but never become very bitter.
M- Very sugary sweet and creamy with a big fresh just picked oily hop feel. Thick oily hop finish that is sweet and warming. Alc. well hidden!

Overall- Not as bitter as I like em', but very tasty and so easy to drink, a sessionable
9.9%abv DIPA!

NJpadreFan, Jan 05, 2009
Photo of tempest
4/5  rDev +1%

Thanks to kroggdawg for sharing. I like this DIPA, it reminds me of slightly smoother version of Middle Ages' 10th/DIPA. The flavors aren't huge, but neither are the booze or malts, making this a relatively drinkable. It starts with juicy citrus - tangerine and grapefruit - that flows into an almost too strong perfume and finishes with a traditional spicy bitterness. A nice, but not groundbreaking DIPA. Worth a try if you dig the style.

tempest, Jan 02, 2009
Photo of morimech
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%

Pours a clear copper color with one inch of white head that quickly faded to a thin layer of suds. Minimal lacing is left on the glass. Big hoppy aroma of citrus and pine. I do not detect any malt but I do get a faint whiff of alcohol. Big citrus hop flavor with a little resionous pine thrown in. The malt gives hints of sweetness but otherwise is not tasted. Bitterness is high with a lingering bitter aftertaste. Alcohol gives a warming affect on the finish. The body is suffectient enough to carry the hops and alcohol. Not the most impressive body that kind of fizzles in the end because of the bitterness and alcohol. Takes something away from the texture. Not the best DIPA out there but it is still a good example. Would of liked to see some more malt in the beer.

morimech, Dec 24, 2008
Photo of optiontwo
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%

Appearance: 22 oz. poured into Unibroue tulip. Clear dark ruby/amber with one inch white head that dissipated quickly. Great lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell: Lots of hops as expected. Citrus fruits with mild pine background and also can smell bready malts. Smells like hops but on the sweeter side as far as IIPAs go.

Taste: Whoa. This brew has got some bite. The citrus flavor is in the front with very slight pine then maybe some crisp apple in the finish. Hard to distinguish the flavors in the aftertaste because it's so damn bitter. With each sip the bitterness jumps on to your tongue and stays there for a while, bites the back of your throat too. That sweetness from the smell tries to make its way through but is beaten down by the hop bitterness, much like my taste buds. Very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Great. Coats the mouth without being too thick and the carbonation feels nice.

Drinkability: Medium body makes this one more drinkable but the bitter flavor and high alcohol content will keep you from putting this back very fast.

Overall: Wonderful refreshing IIPA. Smell kind of reminded me of Hopslam at first, although it has been a while, but all in all a very different IIPA. If you want a supremely hoppy brew that will also refresh and quench your thirst then I'd highly recommend getting your hands on this one, if you can.

optiontwo, Dec 21, 2008
Photo of brewdoc75
3.4/5  rDev -14.1%

I was quite excited to find this beer at my local liquor store, after failing to find it at a couple "beer geek" emporiums.

This beer pours out a sleek amber orange color. A soft white head nestles on top. Great lace slides down the side of the glass. This beer looks great overall. The aroma however is a bit lacking. At first, I thought it was too cold, so I let it warm up. warming didn't help much. I do get a faint citrusy hop aroma, but mostly I am sensing a resiny hop smell. Not really complex or aromatic. This is something I expect in a DIPA. It wasn't bad, it just wasn't really good. The flavor is also a bit lacking for a DIPA. There is a solid bitterness, but the hop flavor isn't really that solid or complex. I did really like the sweetness of the malt however. There is a mild caramel flavor there. The mouthfeel is pretty good, but I kinda felt let down from the rest of the beer.

Overall, this was a pretty average DIPA. There are so many better options out there. What really brings this beer down is the price. At 9 bucks a bomber, it just isn't worth it. I could get a six pack of Celebration Ale and be much happier. This isn't a bad beer, it just doesn't live up to its price and hype. I don't think I'll buy it again. I may try it on tap sometime.

brewdoc75, Dec 17, 2008
Photo of kirok1999
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%

Sits a nice clear copper in the glass. Lots of sticky lacing.
Smell is very mild, with a bit of sweet malt and citrusy hops.
Man, I really like this. Very smooth carbonation level, lots of malt sweetness and a wonderful hop twang. The hops are dryingly bitter in the finish but the malts lend a nice sweetness tha balances it very well. Some sticky pine and floral notes play well in the finish.
Damn easy to drink, so rich it's a real sipper.

kirok1999, Dec 16, 2008
Photo of ommegoose
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%

Pours from a bomber. I'm thinking this was released a few weeks ago according to their website. This beer has traveled a lot less than most IIPAs I've had, so I hope this is reflected in the taste.

Bright reddish color, with good clarity, some light carbonation visible. Thick, creamy head with lots of medium-sized bubbles. Laces wonderfully with sticky foam all the way around. Medium retention.

Smells caramel sweet. I was expecting it to have a much more potent aroma. Pineapple, citrus. Underwhelming.

Runs through a range of flavors going across the tongue. Carmel malty start, which gives way to a fruit blend of grapefruit and pineapple, giving way to some grapefruit rind and a piney bitter snap. Finishes sharp and acidic, with an earthy bite. Long, long finish, dry and herbal/spicy. Listed at 100 ibus, and does still deliver a lot of that. Not overly sweet, balanced, for the style. Alcohol is very subdued. Did I mention that the finish is looong? Later on, fruit flavors expand. Serve slightly chilled.

Not quite a syrupy malt bomb, but smooth and with some heft. About as much body as I'd expect. Alcohol is nearly unnoticeable.

This is more of the style of IIPA I like. Generously malted, smooth bodied, without too much pine bite. Yet, doesn't approach some of my favorites. Aroma left something to be desired. Overall solid, and better than the Heavy Handed IPA, but not something I'd run out and buy, especially at a so-so price range.

ommegoose, Dec 12, 2008
Photo of ryrust5301
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%

Appearance - A dark bronze color almost rust like. Head was a pleasing one finger length. This one looks almost like a barley wine. This ones gonna be vicious.

Smell - Once again very much like a barley wine. Hops are present, but it has a ton of caramel malt in the nose. Hops are there but faint. This one has been in the cellar for seven months, so that might have had an affect. Smells smoother than silk.

Taste & Mouthfeel - Well let me say right off the bat that this one definitely backed up the smell and has more barleywine like qualities. Hops are indeed there, but this one has mellowed out and the smooth creamy caramel malts have set up shop. The hops help to break up the party, as well as a little bit of orange. Bitterness is glancing to give your tounge a different flavor. Mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy, and has very little of the bite expected from a DIPA.

Drinkability - Maybe I left this one in the cellar too long. I'll have to pick up another bottle in Chicago when I had back up for Dark Lord Day and consume right away. Can't be to hard on this one, as it still damn drinkable.

ryrust5301, Dec 04, 2008
Photo of ShrLSU
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%

S - Smells of citrus hops with sweet malt and caramel malt overtones. A - A dark amber color with a thin white head that clings to the glass. T - Nice citrus hops and bitter hop taste gives way to caramel and toffee malts. Has a bit of a roasted taste on the palatte after drinking a sip. M - Very tingly but not overly carbonated. A nice creaminess and smooth finish once it settles in your mouth. D - This ones not for the normal IPA lover. It's fairly alcoholic but not overbearing. Its smooth for most DIPA's but packs a punch. It almost seems a bit like a barely wine in some respects.

ShrLSU, Dec 04, 2008
Photo of UA8
4.08/5  rDev +3%

A- Pours a somewhat syrupy rich amber color with a slow to develop dense head.

S- Smells mainly of citrus hops and toffee malts with hints of dried fruits.

T- Flows in with vibrant citrus and floral hops which are almost immediately balanced out with semi sweet malts.

M- The texture is rich and lightly syrupy with a nice light carbonation.

D- Overall a beer which stands out in its texture, but misses ever so slightly in complexity of flavor. This is so so close to being a great beer. Still a solid effort and definitely worth trying.

UA8, Nov 27, 2008
Photo of Morbo
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%

A nice golden amber with a long lasting fluffy white head and loads of lacing

The nose is dominated by grapefruit and pine, the usual suspects in a DIPA. A little bit of sugary sweetness comes through, and as it warms the 10% alcohol makes itself known... but only in the nose.

There is quite a bit of caramel sweetness in the taste, but it pales in comparison to the resinous pine and citrus hop flavors. Hop spiciness lingers, along with a hint of vanilla.

The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish is somewhat dry and leaves a nice spiciness behind that covers any evidence of alcohol.

This beer is not as overpoweringly hoppy as I once thought it was, but it is a very drinkable double IPA. There's plenty of hops flavor and aroma without a sacrifice in drinkability.

Morbo, Nov 26, 2008
Photo of ATPete
3.15/5  rDev -20.5%

22oz bottle received in a trade.

Hop Juice pours a beautiful blood orange color with a perfect looking off white head. Semi transparent with some visible carbonation. A big nose of spicy hops and a stronger than average hop presence. Lots of malt sweetness while tasting also, but that doesnt hide the fact that this beer is hoppy as hell. Very sugary sweet aftertaste, some notes of dried fruit. This bottle is getting a bit disappointing, the malt texture is so dominant that it takes away from its immense hoppyness. A beer named Hop Juice should bleed hop flavor, balance is very important, i understand this, but if you're going to make a 100 IBU beer, throw a bit of the need to balance mentality out the window to really allow the beauty of the hop to shine through. The malt structure of Hop Juice is too bulky and adds unnecessary body and texture to the beer. As it warms it becomes cloying and sticky on the back of my throat, corn syrup? I dunno, i expected more...

ATPete, Sep 11, 2008
Photo of jwinship83
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

A- dark clear amber with a small sized sticky bone white head

S- very hoppy. citrus and pine hops against a caramel malt backbone

T- wow. hoppy. strong grapefruit flavor. well balanced with a strong caramel malt presence. wonderfully hoppy aftertaste.

M- full bodied and kind of thick. different for the style, but certainly not a bad thing.

D- the alcohol presence is almost non existent. this one is dangerously drinkable, but it will catch up to you quickly at 10% ABV. im very happy i was able to bring a half gallon of this home. something ill be looking for in the future. highly recommended

jwinship83, Sep 10, 2008
Photo of blakesell
3.08/5  rDev -22.2%

Poured from the tap into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Beer pours a red amber with a half finger head, beer pours clear, and objects can be made out through the redness. Lacing is ample and thick with a hint of green? Is it all in my head?

Smell- Hops are heavy and gluey. I'm smelling malt but it's not powerful at all. I am very glad I have let this beer warm so I can detect the little malt that is there.

Taste- Sweet grapefruit fruitiness and gluey hop presence. It's like eating a paper with hop syrup stuck to it. Papery, thick, syrupy, like sucking on a hop cone. Sweet, almost like candi sugar has been added. Very astringent.

Mouthfeel- Astringent, gluey, full-bodied, highly-carbonated, very high in the ABV department.

Drinkability- Good, but too thick. I won't be going for this on tap again.

blakesell, Aug 27, 2008
Photo of brentk56
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a foamy head that strips some lace on the sides of the glass

Smell: Surprisingly blended between the citrus and pine hops and the caramel malt

Taste: Well-blended from the outset, with both citrus and pine and a big caramel malt bill shining through; after the swallow, the bitterness becomes more prominent but the sweet malt flavors persist and linger on the tip of the tongue for quite some time

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A darn nice example of the style; could be a bit hoppier but then again, my bottle could be a bit fresher

brentk56, Aug 09, 2008
Photo of samriggins
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%

"We Squeeze To Please" 22oz from Anderson's in Toledo

Pours a beautiful orange copper into a tulip glass. Nice head that leaves plenty of lacing and sticks around.

My nose must be off today. All I get is the smell of some toasty caramel malt and alcohol in the background.

Flavor is really well balanced. I usually like DIPAs to knock me over the head with the hops. This seems to be more subdued. The flavor is that of oaky vanilla with the hops leaving a nice tingling on my toung. I get a caramalized sugar flavor in there too Faint alcohol kicks in during the finish. Towards the end of the beer I start getting some grapefruit in the finish as well.

The mouthfeel is where this beer shines. Very smooth almost creamy feel. The carbonation really makes this beer pop.

For 10% and 100 IBU this beer is very drinkable. I could cruise through another bomber with no problem.

This beer is way different than I thought it would be. I always like a nice surprise in styles that I love.

samriggins, Jun 25, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%

1 Pint, 6 fl oz bottle purchased from New Beer Distributors in Manhattan on Chrystie street...
A hefty pour yielded a dark-copper, amber hue with a decent-sized foamy and frothy head that exhibited impressive staying power and deposited a thin film of lacing around the serving glass...
Assertive around bursting with fresh, wet, hops, caramel, and a hint of vanilla on the nose...
Taste strongly complemented the aroma, with a huge dose of hops, a hint of alcohol on the tongue, grapefruit, green apples, citrus, and fruits...
Slick, slightly-watered down mouthfeel, but still a hefty, flavorful brew...
Really good drinkability for a beer with an almost 10% ABV... The alcohol was more evident in the nose than on the tongue...
Certainly not the richest or most flavorful Double IPA I've ever sampled, but certainly a top-notch selection nonetheless...

dsa7783, Jun 12, 2008
Photo of Kegatron
3.8/5  rDev -4%

22 oz bottle into a snifter.

Pours a clear light ruby with 2+ fingers of frothy eggshell white foam that formed a beautiful looking 1/2 finger of creamy retention and left some massive sticky lacing and oily residues down the sides of the glass. The aroma is a bit subdued but still pulls out a pleasant mix of pine, tangy smelling citrus notes, with a bit of bready malt sweetness coming through the most. Just a tinge of heat can be detected in the backend.

The taste profile is similar to that of the aroma with a mix of resinous bitterness, fairly prominant citrus character, and caramel sweetness backing things up. It's all very well balanced but much like the aroma, it just doesnt go as full or deep as it seems like it could. For a beer called "Hop Juice" I would expect this to be dripping with flavor but it just didn't. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium with a slick and easygoing feel that belies it's almost 10% ABV. There's just maybe a touch of heft to the body that reminds you that your drinking a bigger beer.

My issues aside with the aroma and taste, this is still one unbelievably drinkable DIPA that provides "enough" of a hop fix for those that crave it. I'm pretty certain that this bottle was from the latest release but I would be more than welcome to revisit this again during the next to make sure that it's issues don't have to do with freshness.

Kegatron, May 29, 2008
Photo of aerozeppl
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%

A: Nice deep copper color. A finger of white head with really nice lacing.

S: Fresh hops and citrus. Not as good as some other DIPAS but not bad either.

S: Starts off sweet then goes into that nice citrus hop taste. Finishes sweet.

M: Very nice and creamy body. Love the creamy DIPAS!

D: This is a super drinkable DIPA. No real hint of the ABV. The sweetness really balanced things out for me.

aerozeppl, May 14, 2008
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.45/5  rDev +12.4%

Appearance - an orange amber pour with a thick foamy head of a finger and then some. A tint of yellow to it, very sticky. Holds the head for a while and sticks plenty of lace around.

Aroma - heavy pine and grapefruit release on the pour. A little malt sneaks in after some setup time, but this is still mainly a hoppy (piny) smell.

Taste - a nice play of sweet, chewy, biscuity malts in front, followed by plenty of hops. They are juicy and citrusy at first, like orange juice. They progress in bitterness, starting on the swallow. A little abv heat mixed in accentuate things. Just when start to go a little medicinal, they fade out. A little toastiness on the finish with some added drying bitterness.

Mouthfeel - good heaviness and smoothness, carbonation is properly crisp.

Drinkability - a more than drinkable DIPA. The alcohol is detectable but most of the hotness is subdued.

brewdlyhooked13, Apr 30, 2008
Photo of dfillius
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Enjoyed in a pint glass at the Ginger Man in NYC
A: One finger of creamy white head. Cloudy (chill haze?) orangey-amber.
S: Cannabid/piney hop - very nice. Small caramel and biscuity malt character.
T: Very hoppy! Good balance despite the strong hops. Reminds me of Pliny the Elder, but this Hop Juice is slightly less hoppy. Delicious
M: Perfect carbonation, A bitter bomb.
D: Too strong. Despite the strength it is delicious.

dfillius, Apr 24, 2008
Photo of bassmantin
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%

Pours a transparent golden color with a sticky white head. Smell is intensely hoppy and bitter. A bit harsh in the bitterness.

The hops hit hard on the initial taste with a bit of sweetness the just gets overpowered by the hops. The hops are well done but not very well balanced.

Hop heads will love this one, but there's not a whole lot of complexity to it. I'm a big hop fan, so I'm enjoying it, just watch out before you try it.

bassmantin, Apr 15, 2008
Photo of lightindarkness
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

I love this beer. Excellent for hop lovers looking for full intense hop flavor without compromising balance and overall character.

Pours a very attractive gleaming coppery golden orange color, with copious ivory hued head leaving big sticky lace.

Smell is of big clean juicy hops, plenty of peach, grapefruit and a touch of pineapple. Soft and sweet floral notes hold their own under the citrusy tang, leaving room for some pine scent mixing more subtly with the understated light grainy malt. This nose embodies what I love in a good DIPA. Some astringent alcohol burns the nose slightly.

Taste is pretty well balanced for all its hoppy goodness. Plenty of citrus juice and bite to it up front, smoothing out into a very light caramelly flavor that peaks in a strong, slightly resinous, bitter finish. Citrus continues throughout, ending finally with a mellowing balance of flavor and grainy, yeasty, bread-like softness. With some sips, inhaling at the wrong time drives the alcohol to the front, skewing some of the other flavors into an uncomfortable imbalance of alcohol fumes and grain, but for me this does not deter from appreciating the overall flavor.

Feel is very smooth, with a pretty sturdy medium body that holds back a lot of the carbonation feel. Drinks clean, but leaves a nice mildly sticky coating on the mouth that hangs flavors on the palate long after the swallow. Not too sticky or resiny like some other DIPAs. Pretty nicely constructed and very pleasant to hold in the mouth. Only mildly syrupy at times, which I don't really mind with the hoppy coating it leaves.

I'm surprised at how easily I can drink this. For its strength of alcohol and flavor, I find it very easy to consume. I've had it on tap and now in a bottle, and it remains one of my favorite solid versions of a DIPA. A pure hop fix every time, but without completely wrecking my tastebuds.

lightindarkness, Apr 07, 2008
Photo of Hophead101
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%

poured into wide mouth glass. only in fridge for 2 hours - so it wasn't too cold. let it stand for a few minutes anyway.

appearance: pours a beautiful clear orange/copper color with fantastic head - a good inch thick or more. head stuck around for a while too with equally good lacing.

smell: strong strong smell. malty alcohol laced with hops and faint hints of vanilla? it is a thick and burning smell, quite nice.

taste: very creamy taste. hops spread throughout the mouth. flavor goes away pretty quickly with hops lingering in the mouth.

mouthfeel: the soft creaminess is quite nice. makes for great mouthfeel.

Hophead101, Apr 05, 2008
Photo of madmanjf
4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

I had this on cask the same evening it was opened.

The appearance was slightly cloudy with an orange glow. Head was thick yet fine. Bubbles and creamy foam were present with nice lacing. You could easily count your sips.

The smell was that of pine and orange with a floral hop aroma. It was simply a great experience on the nose.

For my own tastes, I was pleased that it was absent of grapefruit flavor. Instead, it had a nice dry-hopped balance with mild malt flavors. The hoppiness wasn't bitter; instead, it had a mild sweetness to it.

The beer was very smooth with a slight tanin finish. Quite silky for an IPA. No alcohol taste or bite was present.

It was quite an easy drinking IPA, well balanced and quick feeling for a buzz. This comes in quite high around 10%.

I enjoyed two 12oz pours which were both very smooth and easy to drink. It was difficult to believe it was 9.9% alcohol.

madmanjf, Apr 03, 2008
Hop Centric Double India Pale Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 891 ratings.