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Hop Centric Double India Pale Ale - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Ratings: 917
Reviews: 462
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 12.12%
Wants: 45
Gots: 46 | 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 ThePeskyDingo
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Splitting a bottle of this with DerrickBerg tonight.

Poured with a 1 finger off white head. The beer itself is a clear amber color with low carbonation.

Smells of hops and fruity smells... citrus, very light blueberries maybe.

Tastes bitterat first, then the bitterness goes away. The hops are apparent off the bat, then the citrus flavors come in. The longer the beer sits in my glass, the less bitter it is. The alcohol is covered well. can barley taste it.

Mouthfeel has a medium carbonation to it. Clean finish.

Easy to drink. Wouldn't guess that it contained 9.9% ABV. I could probably drink plenty of these, as long as i could stay standing.

ThePeskyDingo, Apr 09, 2009
Photo of KBoudreau66
2.7/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber in to my new Double Bastard glass.

Pours a nice copper color with one finger of white head that will leave lacing down the glass. No carbonation to speak of.

The nose is much maltier than would be expected of a DIPA. Has a really sweet and syrupy smell with pine and citrus hop aroma. So far, from the nose of this beer, I really don't know what to expect from this brew.

I kind of saw this one coming. A little bit too sweet and malty from what I would expect of a DIPA. Grapefruit and citrus hops, toasted bread and caramel malt flavors.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth and syrupy. Finishes a bit dry.

I really don't know what to make of this beer. It's not unpleasant to the taste, but the malt flavors stand out too significantly for a DIPA. It's pretty balanced but in my mind is too syrupy and sweet for what I would look for in this style of beer.

KBoudreau66, Apr 05, 2009
Photo of Lexluthor33
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange with a a small head and thin lace.
The aroma of malts,burnt sugar,some grapefruit with citrus notes and caramel hints.
The taste starts off with tough,bitter hops and follows with malts and grapefruit. Some alcohol warmth.
The feel was syrupy,full bodied with medium carbonation. The balance seemed to struggle.Hop residue sticks to tongue and throat.

Notes: This is a respectable beer and for the style it may hold it's own,but falls short of being a great beer. Asides the balance between malts and bitter hops this is a fine beer that hides the alcohol very well. I suppose I would have it again,but not going to be in my top 10.

Lexluthor33, Mar 30, 2009
Photo of maximum12
3/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to my beautiful wife for this brew, one of several untried beers that arrived in a box for my most recent birthday. What more could one ask for in a wife? Oh, lots, I know, but she has most of that stuff too...lucky me!

First, let me say: please be good. Of the handful of 2 Bros. brews I've had, none have distinguished themselves from a lackluster macro, & I want to like their beers. Maybe this hopball-buster is the magic. Let's go.

Beer is classic IPA in coloring & let me add, that lacing is for old people & little girls, not beers. I've seen the worst beer in the world leave lacing that would make a black widow proud. Seriously, who gives a rip? Smell is suspiciously subdued for a DIPA. Please, no.

Blah. Another sip, same reaction. I get the hops, but they're balanced out by that brewery "standard" that I just find bland & unappealing. Too much malt.

Mouthfeel is fine, drinkability suffers greatly. Disappointed, again. Average, & not good for a DIPA.

maximum12, Mar 29, 2009
Photo of Dotcubed
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Why don't they have 22oz Bottle on as an option.
Bottle seems well designed, they got me with the graphics.

Nice crystal clear dark amber. Quite deep color, lacks carbonation. Foam dies away leaving a really nice lace.

Very nice fresh hops aroma. Sweet jesus this is hoppy.

Really bitter, maybe a bit astringent. Dry, tangy. Has some oil slick property to it.
Lacks carbonation. I want born on dating. This was a recent purchase that I thought would be awesome. Needs to be complimented with some thing.

Definately hoppy, certainly juicy.

Revised Review
New 22oz bottle!!

Gentle pour got me a decent inch and left a little lace.
Looks darker than I remember. And not Clear! Mirky Dark Amber Brown.

Earthy nose, hiding hop content behind a malty backdrop.
Malt candy that puts a hop profile on notice.

Tastes quite a bit light in the hop compare to some other IPA's. Bold heavy malt flavor, Warming alcohol, and Bright Piney herb that we all know and love.

Can't really drink it all that much as it has a heft to it.
Not too crazy about aging a bottle as it would in on a boat trip to India.
Good the way it is, enjoyed slowly with a tulip glass.

Dotcubed, Mar 27, 2009
Photo of timmay41
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bomber poured into a tulip. Not going to lie: the on-bottle marketing/label design totally got me on this one. I'd never heard of Two Brothers before, but the bold font reading HOP JUICE was hard to look past. The visual of a hop getting wrenched over a pint glass was awesome as well. So desire was created in this instance.

A: The color upon pouring is somewhere between a light amber and burnt orange. Looks a little "thin," you could say, meaning that it's diaphanous. The head is one-finger thick, creamy, and buttermilk biscuit colored.

S: Rich, spicy, dank! Almost caramel-like hop & malt character and bittersweetness too. Minty... like spearmint gum or pine needles. At just about 10%, the alcohol is well hidden.

T & M: That first taste is almost violent--the taste buds are knocked into blissful submission. Very aggressive, dank hop bite. Full bodied, syrupy, and an ass-kicking bitter aftertaste. Medium carbonation, a little chewy, and alcohol warmth on the back end. There's a slightly detectable malt base trying to steer this one back to balanced, but I'm pretty sure the brewers didn't want it to be. This is unabashed in its hop monstrosity. Also, by bomber's end there's a thin film of hop resin stickiness on the lips. Pretty cool.

D: Want to forget a hard day at the office? Get pulled over doing 90 in a 55? Your team just suffer a devastating loss? This brew will make your and your sensory organs forget it all. It's a beast of a DIPA... which lowers its drinkability score overall. But it has it's time and place and I'll have it again.

timmay41, Mar 26, 2009
Photo of number1bum
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very slightly hazed burnt orange color with two fingers of creamy, dense beige head. Head settles slowly and leaves rings of stick as it falls, eventually keeping a pretty full, solid lacing on top and an absolute mess on the sides.

Smell has a good deal of caramel malt sweetness and even a bit of a toasty note. Hops are very resiny with aromas of grapefruit, pineapple, and pine. Alcohol is evident in the nose, which is decent overall, but is not quite as hoppy as I'd prefer.

Taste is quite well balanced with a lot of malt flavor, both caramel sweetness and some toasted malt. Hops are resiny and earthy with some citrus flavor and pine. Bitterness is pretty substantial and the deeper I get into the bottle the more I find myself moving away from the word balanced and instead wishing there was more hop flavor. By balanced I mean that it's not just a hop bomb, because there is enough malt to offset the substantial bitterness, but the malt takes on a prominence that it shouldn't and wouldn't if there were more hop flavor. The alcohol is pretty well balanced but does show its head with a bit of burn now and again.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and quite slick, with lots of oily hop resins. Finish is quite bitter and slightly dry.

This is a good DIPA and there is plenty of malt to provide balance, which is a good thing, but frankly I wish it popped with more hop flavor and aroma. I don't think this is more than 3 or 4 months old so I doubt that the hops have simply faded. I think it just needs more flavoring hops and less bittering hops in order to be really special. A good DIPA but not one of my favorites.

number1bum, Mar 21, 2009
Photo of htomsirveaux
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle tried 16 May 2008.

Very tight foamy white head. Moderate carbonation. Clear almond color. Strong aroma of resin, pine, sweet and soapy. Opens quite hoppy but also has a good amount of caramel malt for balance. Resiny, slightly earthy, carrots. Long lingering bittersweet finish. Medium body. Alcohol slightly warming but not too strong.

No false advertising here, tastes like fresh squeezed hops.

htomsirveaux, Mar 08, 2009
Photo of Durge
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours from the bomber into the glass a clear rosy copper color with a very nice off-white head and fantastic lacing. The aroma is citrus hops and some soapy bubblegum, pretty good but fairly mild. The taste is a full bodied mild piney hops and toffee with plenty of malt and alcohol. It has an earthy character, a touch of brine but a malty sweetness. A pleasurable choice with fair drinkability for the style.

Durge, Feb 26, 2009
Photo of smcolw
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ever slight haze to an otherwise clear, solid amber colored brew. Modest head, but it leaves ample ring lace after each sip.

Sweet, hop smell. First thought was a combination of Grape Kool-Aid and a mild APA. Not really the fresh hop smell of an IPA.

Strong grapefruit hop flavor up front that leads to a peppery finish and long-lasting aftertaste. Solid body with a slight oiliness from the high alcohol. There's a subtle sweetness to the brew, but it is not a sugary taste. The potency is evident in every warming sip.

smcolw, Feb 21, 2009
Photo of BarrytheBear
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Bitter pineapple up front, pronounced sweetness on the back, and some mouth puckering, tongue wrapping funkiness in the middle.
Mouthfeel is thick and chewy; beer rolls and tumbles and leaves a steady lacing along my Tyranena pint glass. Wish, like many bigger beers, this could be purchased in 12 oz bottles.

BarrytheBear, Feb 12, 2009
Photo of hooliganlife
3.35/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

poured from bomber to an imperial Harp pint glass. pours a deep copper with light white head that retains well and leaves a great residue on the glass. the smell was a sweet hoppiness, almost like a wet hop. the taste was very light citrus hops, detected a hint of orange and raisin. taste also reminded me of a wet hop flavor. malty finish with an alcohol presence. mouthfeel was very impressive with light carbonation. overall i found this pretty weak for a DIPA. decent, but not something i would seek out again.

hooliganlife, Feb 06, 2009
Photo of waldoiverson
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into Nonic

A: more copper than orange with but very viscous head (though slight) and body

S: Slightly sharper than orange but less than grapefruit...there is also a hint of green grape. The malt isn't that noticeable but assume it is what makes for the taming of the nose. I almost expected more with the name...can't really smell from a distance which I can with others in the style

T: mmm...immediate pure hop flavor that gets more than just the acid but almost the greenness, it gets pretty sweet after the initial blast, then a very reasonable bitterness. The throat is warmed by the alcohol.

M: Like the appearance suggested this is very viscous and sweet. I'd like a bit more carbonation to cleanse the palate but then again, this is an extreme style.

D: It may be a bit sweet for me without enough clensing from either bitterness or carbonation so it loses some score. The abv is not the beer's fault but knocks it down a bit. Still, i will buy this again.

waldoiverson, Jan 27, 2009
Photo of ffejherb
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Lazy Boy Saloon & Ale House on 1/20/09.

A - Poured a cloudy burnt orange body with one-finger off-white head that retained quite well and left adequate lacing around the glass.

S - Plenty of citrus hops up front with a caramel malt sweetness. Hints of orange and citrus rind dominate the aroma.

T - Much like the aroma, Hop Juice features a prevalent orange citrus flavor with a caramel malt backbone to balance the hops. However, there is plenty of candy sweetness present to counter the citrus hop flavor, giving this DIPA an almost muted hop profile.

M - Medium body with a smooth, creamy texture and soft carbonation. Finish is bittersweet on the palate at best. Certainly not very hoppy for a DIPA.

D - Very easy to drink for a DIPA. While this has a predominant orange citrus flavor, the hops seem rather subdued and weak, giving way to a sweet and somewhat malty DIPA with only a hint of hop bitterness. Sure it's tasty, but it misses its mark a bit.

ffejherb, Jan 21, 2009
Photo of mltobin
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap.
The color is an amber tone with a small head to it.
It smells peppery as well as tones of citrus. While the taste has more of a bite to it, and as could be expected from the double ipa style, a very hoppy taste is present on the palate as well.
This is a very good beer and I believe the first that I have had to opportunity to try from Two Brothers Brewing.

mltobin, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of Jmoore50
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The best part of this double IPA is the taste and the color. I love getting beer that I know nothing about, and that applies to this beer.

The appearance was great. A really darkened amber. This beer poured great with a off white head that came to about two fingers.

The smell is great. It has a hop spice that I have never had, and because I have never had this this smell its great. What is great about new breweries that I have never had is that they use totally different hops than the ones that I am used to here.

The taste is great. The first sip or so just hits you in the tongue pretty hard and backs off just as fast. Every sip comes with a great bitter hop taste that leaves you just as quickly. Great surprise for a hop beer.

The mouthfeel is like getting punched in the face and walking it off, thats all I can come up with. This hit in the mouth and fast recovery. This beer is good and I would buy it again.


Jmoore50, Jan 16, 2009
Photo of PlaywrightSam
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber. A: Beautiful deep reddish orange, minimal amount of head, some lacing. Nose is strong caramel malt backbone up front with a lot of citrus and pine hops. Taste is dominated by the citrus hops, grapefruit is really present, a lot of citrus. Really opens up after a few seconds. Mouthfeel is very thick, sticky. As DIPA's go it's pretty solid. Not the most complex I've ever had, but really solid and delicious. I'd be really interested to try it on tap.

PlaywrightSam, Jan 16, 2009
Photo of alexgash
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle. No freshness date.

Mostly clear, deep orange-copper to burnt sienna. Dense thumb-width of creamy, lacy, soft beige to light khaki head. Nose of rummy tropical fruit and caramel malts mixing with a piny, orange, pineapple-y hop component. The malts definitely dominate the nose on this one.

Sugary malt dominance continues with the taste--at least at first. Butterscotch and cookie dough blend with tropical fruits, before resinous, piny hop bitterness comes in offering some respite. Sugary malts make a little comeback into the finish, along with a hint of fruity, warming alcohol. Light aspirin, orange citrus, and pineapple hop bitterness take it away. Medium-full body with a slightly syrupy feel. One of the maltiest DIPAs I can remember drinking, and a decent one at that.

alexgash, Jan 15, 2009
Photo of JimboHD2005
4.88/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz bomber poured into a 12 ounce snifter. Color is crystal clear beautiful amber. Head disapates fairly quickly but leaves a nice lacing. Scentes of pine but not overpowering with malt in the background. Holds a malty flavor that balances perfectly with the hops while the alcohol just comes through. Drinks smooth... (dangerously smooth) I can certainly finish a couple of these in one sitting at home. Overall an exceptional example of an Imperial IPA with amazing drinkability. Another great beer from the brothers in Warrenville, IL.

JimboHD2005, Jan 14, 2009
Photo of CHSLBrew
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bomber poured into a snifter and shared with my recently laid-off friend.

A-Brilliantly clarified light-copper-orange beer topped with a nice tan head. Head is frothy and attractive with decent retention.

S-Orangey citrus alongside a thick, resiny pine. Some fruits also emerge, along with a nutty maltiness.

T-Needless to say, this beer is THICK WITH HOPS!! Off the bat, a strong (yet far from overpowering) bitterness slammed me in the face and didn't let up, even through the finish. Hop flavors in the realm of piney and floral assaulted my palate, making way for hints of citrusy perfume to come through. Malts are largely overshadowed by the hop characters, but nutty, bready, and toffee malt flavors are able to emerge.

M-Full, bitter body with a medium-low carbonation. This beer just feels heavy with hoppiness. There is also a definite warming sensation in my belly.

D-YUM!! I think this beer is fantastic. I will definitely need to try this one again, before it runs out. I will fully recommend picking this up if you have a chance.

CHSLBrew, Jan 13, 2009
Photo of nrbw23
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a hazy golden orange color with a few floaties in there. A cream colored head that has good retention and turns into a nice layer of foam on top of the brew. Great amount of layered lacing.

S- Hops are all over the place here. Piney, floral and citrusy. A bit of a sweet malts in there as well.

T- The taste is sharp hops, citrus and pine again. Finish is slightly more resiny and even has a malty biscuity finish. No hint of the alcohol level in this.

M- Medium in body and good carbonation.

D- Wow I really enjoyed this one. Went down way too easy.

nrbw23, Jan 12, 2009
Photo of tavernjef
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rusty golden orange color, smeared hazy body, and a small tuft of foam dallops the top. Small bits of lacing graze across the glass.

Aroma is loftily set in a soft pungencey that has a rounded juicy tone of the tropical stuff of orange, melon, pineapple, and some grapefruit. Zesty and smothered with peels and gritty greasy hopitude. A slight toasty caramel aspect looms within each wiff.

Taste has a bold toasty caramel backing that keeps a smooth, soft, supple body under the juicy hops of orangey and white grapefruit peels. Mango and pineapple along with a twist of tangerine lifts under a slight dulled lemon. Its all well placed and dullishly juiced up in milding lofty texture and tasty tone that at length keeps adding more caramel as it goes. Slight bitterings of the zesty hops lull late as it finishes.

All in all this has a creamy zest and fairly mild tone throughout. Its semi chewy with quite a bit of heft in its caramel base. Finishes firm and hoppy in bitterness that's faintly greasy and buttered in orange marmalade.

As solid as this stuff is, it somehow seemed more like a flattened out IPA. As it just didn't quite have the jump, girth, and hoppy weight and tone of most other Dbl. IPA's that I favor. Still wouldn't turn it down if offered but won't go out of my way to reach for it when seen on any shelves.

tavernjef, Jan 12, 2009
Photo of WYVYRN527
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. brown bottle...

A.- The beer pours a rich clear amber with a creamy head that thins to a slight film on the surface. The carbonation is fickle, but still present.

S.- The aroma of this brew is citrusy and piney, with a sweet backbone that shows through the hops.

T.- The resinous hops are the first thing to show uppon sipping this beer. Citrus, cedar, and grassy notes dominate, but are balanced. It finishes malty with flavors of toffee and caramel.

M.- Full-bodied and rich, Hop Juice still didn't overwhelm my palate like I expected it to. It came and went too quickly.

D.- Overall, it was a pretty decent brew. I would buy it again on occasion. I think I have spoiled myself on too many others that this one just didn't quite stand up to.

WYVYRN527, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of MacDomer
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber bottle poured into my Duvel tulip. Hogged this one to myself.

A - A nice hazy rusty orange with a smaller, lighter head. Great lacing, though, which lasts forever and coast everything.

S - This is nice, but not great. Not as hoppy as I'd like, a bit more malty. More East Coast than West Coast overall. Good citrus hops, a lot of caramel. Nicely balanced, but that is not what I was looking for in this one. Maybe I went in with the wrong attitude or expectations.

T - Starts with caramel/toffee, then leads into hops with some spiciness. There's some orange and grapefruit, as well as some nice bitterness, but nothing stands out. This is good and bad. Alcohol well hidden. The finish is long.

M - Nice big body. A bit chewy, but not overly so. Perfect carbonation to help this one down. Will maybe try again next release if I don't already have too many DIPAs in my fridge. Good enough to drink again, but not great enough to seek out.

A local brewer to boot, so lend your support and try some out!

MacDomer, Jan 09, 2009
Photo of callmemickey
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear deep bronze body, almost amber in complexion... thick off white head... nice lacing/

S: Soft citrus hop aromas. grapefruit is prominent. some more piney tones as well. not as bold as i was anticipating, but nice none the less

T: The taste amps up the aroma profile. Citrus bitterness is the main focus. Sweet malt backbone keeps this bad boy in check. Good hop finish.

M: Smooth. Crisp. Slightly drying.

D: The edges to the flavor profile seem to be a bit blurred which helps make this beer a more drinkable beverage. Nice. Left me with a good first impression of this brewery.

callmemickey, Jan 09, 2009
Hop Centric Double India Pale Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 917 ratings.