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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: 927
Reviews: 466
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 12.12%
Wants: 46
Gots: 54 | 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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Ratings: 927 | Reviews: 466
Photo of blakesell
3.14/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of brentk56
4.37/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of samriggins
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"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.

Photo of dsa7783
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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...

Photo of Kegatron
3.81/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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

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.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of dfillius
4.52/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of bassmantin
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of lightindarkness
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Hophead101
3.66/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of madmanjf
4.75/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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

Very tasty.

Pours a light amber. Moderate white head. Keeps a bit of bubbling and a white crust throughout. Smells like pine and citrus. Taste also definitely leans on the piney, rather than the grapefruity, side of DIPAs. Still, there's a nice sweet background (tangerine?) and some caramel malt.

Very tasty, well balanced. I like! Wish the mouthfeel was either a bit thicker, or had more carbonation, though. But, given the ABV, that's to be expected.

Photo of Deuane
4.57/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Slightly hazy copper with a thick, fluffy white head that sticks to the side of the glass and leaves significant lacing.

S-A litteral blast citrusy hop goodness! A bit of caramel malts poke thru the CRAZY onslught of hops to your olfactories!

T-Man, you had better love the hops to love this beer....good thing, I DO! This is crazy fresh tasting and CRAZY good. Fantastic citrus hop goodness with a nice supporting caramel malt cast.

M-Medium light body with a delectable juiciness!

D-I downed one pint quickly and jumped into my second in no time! This stuff fresh is simply stunning....on of my fav dipa's for sure....cant wait to get more next year. Keep yer bottles..this stuff can only be truly appreciated from the tap.

Photo of tpd975
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up at Whole Foods in NYC.

A: Pours a nice golden orange hue with a nice thick head. The head lingers and lingers refusing to die. There are lovely sheets of lacing left behind as the beer is consumed.

S: Big bold aromas rise from the not so fitting hotel drink glass. Big aromas of sweet pine and orange zest. A bit of alcohol can be noted if you breathe in real deep.

T: It's a big brew no doubt. The pine and orange zest from the nose transfer to the taste as well. The beer is big on the hops. There is a malty backbone beneath though that attmepts to balance things out a bit, and is almost successful.

M: Big beer that is full bodied and downright thick.

D: This one really should be shared, but I conused the entire bomber myself.

Overall: My first from this brewer, and let me say I am impressed. This is a big DIPA that would be enjoyed by all us hopheads out there. It does not skimp on aroma, flavor, or ABV. If you can find it try it. I know if I run across any more Two Bros brews I will buy them.

Photo of Douglas14
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber/ orange color with a nice tan thick head that leaves lots of lace. The nose is strongly of hops and maybe some biscuit aromas. The taste is strongly of hops (wish it was stronger though) and has a nice sweetness to it that balances this beer out well. The aroma and taste together of the hoppiness delivers characteristics for a good imperial IPA.

Naming your beer hop juice is a bold move that should be followed by an equally bold brew. Unfortunately, I was let down a little by this beer. I am not saying that it is not good - it is very good, actually - but just saying that I was expecting to be knocked off of my feet by the intensity of the hops.

Photo of akorsak
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A growler (or partial growler) courtesy of Deuane and SierraGS.

A: The pour is the last of the growler, so the carbonation is next to nil The result is a miniscule pool of white head that sticks to the side of the glass. The ale is an orange amber hue, a touch hazy but still reasonably translucent.

S: The nose is a blast of citrusy goodness, lots of grapefruit and nectarine to make the tastebuds water. Caramel malts add a strong flavor that manages to make itself known under the hops.

T: The ale is deliciously, scaldingly bitter. Intense, concentrated citrus flavors practically peel the skin off of your tongue, assaulting the senses. Floral, grassy herbs lift out to the morass of hops, further strengthening the hoppiness. The name is dead on, this really is drinking hop juice. There are malts present, throwing back enough caramel sweetness to prevent the hops from stripping the enamel from your teeth. Excellent bite but it can get to be too much.

M: The mouthfeel is a hoppy delight. I think that the decreased carbonation has really helped to concentrate those flavors and prevent them from being washed away with each successive sip.

D: Surprisingly, I like the diminished carbonation, it brings out the hops more intensely. A nice floral slurry of hops.

Photo of SierraGS
4.63/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a beautiful double IPA from a family owned and operated brewery just outside Chicago.

The growler had a nice foam in the neck, and it poured with a head like that of an ice cream float.

As I sip this ale, a thick lacing lines the sides of the glass. The color is a beautiful amber-orange. The big, frothy head is deceiving, because the overall carbonation is actually light in the mouth.

The nose is pleasant and light - like the freshness of a forest after spring rains. I'm really enjoying the flavors of citrus, herb and and pine. It has the sweetness of brown sugar and a bit of resin and bitterness from the hops.

The website informs me this is a 2008 seasonal artisan release for February and is brewed to 9.9% AVB, 100.1 IBUs, and dry hopped with a pound of hops per barrel.

I'm glad to be enjoying this extremely drinkable ale this from the comfort of my home, as I'll be having more than one pint tonight!

Photo of joekfsu
3.02/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bottle. Pours light copper with a with a 2 cm off white head. Aroma of dirty socks and dank, overwhelming. Initial flavor of sweet malt and grapefruit, followed by dry hoppiness and alcohol. Some lacing, light to medium body, short lasting aftertaste, and some noted alcohol. Drinkability is limited due to the pure craziness of this DIPA, but for the hopheads its glory.

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

Had this on guest tap at Flossmoor Station brewpub and served in a tulip glass.

A - a dark copper color that had a golden and amber hue to it as well. The body was rather reflective and on the whole the beer looked rather clean as there were only a few drops of carbonation floating up through it. There was a nice frothy, one thumb head that sat on top and was composed of a bunch of tiny bubbles sitting one on top of the other. As I drank it the head went away but it left a moderate amount of lacing down the sides.

S - here the prevalent smell really seemed to be the big hops flavors that shined through. I got a big whiff of fresh pine intermingled with some sweeter, mango citrus flavors as well. Rather fragrant as well as could really smell it each time I took a sip.

T - thought this was a nice balanced DIPA that allowed the hops to shine through without becoming overpowering. The first taste that came to me was a strong bitter, pine hops that really comes on strong. However, just when my tongue was about to say it had enough, there was a sweeter, caramel malt flavor that came in to rescue it from the pure hoppiness and managed to balance out the strong hop flavors. In the end though, the hops did win out and they really are the star of this show as the pine flavors and the puckering aspect of the hops came back strong and left you with the last impression.

MF - this was a nice mix between a big thick DIPA and one with a lot of carbonation. The carbonation really helped to bring forth the hop character of the brew and make the taste buds want to cry for help as the bitter flavors seemed to pop even more. The body on this was also good as I thought the beer was thick enough to make its presence known but not so thick that I didn't want to have another.

D - overall, a very tasty DIPA from 2 Bros that is big on the hops, balanced, and not at all overly sweet. The caramel sweetness serves as a nice balance that prevents this from being an utter hop bomb, yet this beer still allows the hops to shine through as the star. It was a bit hard to want to drink more than one though as after awhile my taste buds felt dead to the world. I would however put this in the top tier of midwestern DIPAs that I have had such as Dreadnaught and hopslam.

Photo of Stoneman78
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at Clark St Alehouse in Chicago. . .

Appearance is a clear dark red hue, modest soapy layer of foam, watery lacing runs down the glass

Smell is big, bold hops, mostly fresh/grassy/earthy/pine, scent is similar to evergreens and x-mas trees, pale malts in the back

Taste is dominant hops, sweet cotton candy and orange peel with grassy/piney hops, finishes dry and bitter

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, creamy texture, mild carbonation from the cask

Drinkability is moderate, one of the most "green" and tree-smelling DIPAs I have had, smooth, creamy, and delicious with well-masked alcohol, would probably only drink in smaller amounts

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

Served in a tulip glass at Map Room 3/8/08.

A: Served a dark amber/tarnished copper color with a frothy/bubbly head. After the agitation from the cask pour died down the body of the beer was pretty hazy.

S: Nice aromas of toasted malt, hops, caramel malt, and apple.

T: The taste follows the smell pretty closely with the addition of more toasted malt, more caramel, and more hops that shift from pine to grapefruit, depending on temperature.

M: Big and smooth. Slightly spicy. Sweet malt is countered nicely by the dry and peppery hops.

D: Very good. Could easily session this. The alcohol feels almost non-existant.

Photo of drunkmonk
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Vigorously poured from a growler into a snifter.

Pours dark cloudy orange, creamy head exits quickly with just a spot of lacing. Citric and sticky piney hops dominate the aroma. Thinking juicy grapefruit. Very aromatic. Sweet sticky caramel apple malts upfront, followed by grassy and red ruby grapefruit hops, sweet malt flavors linger. Almost syrupy mouthfeel, carbination is somewhat subdued. The alcohol is hidden fairly well in this one. It's a good thing the sweet finish on this one keeps me in check, or I would be in trouble. I am having fun with this one. A really nice sipping DIPA.

Very worthy.

Big thanks DavidEddie for the opportunity to try this, especially from a growler.

Photo of orsulacp
3.86/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer has a very clear amber body with orange highlights under a nice tight off white head. Nice citrus/grapefruit nose with a slight bready malt background. The taste starts with citrus hoppiness and the bready malt washes it down. There is a little bitterness in there too, but the grapefruit sweetness wins in the end. It has a medium mouthfeel with a slightly dry finish. The alcohol is very well hidden, making this beer very drinkable.

Photo of srobertson59
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a 24 oz. snifter (bomber from the Dilly Deli):

A - Pours a deep amber that is strikingly clear. A tight foamy head forms that has decent retention leaving "Dracula Blood" lacing down the glass.

S - Juicy citrus mixes of grapefruit and sour apple combine with a sweet biscuity malt. Much sweeter on the nose than other DIPAs, but still has that resiny quality that makes my mouth water.

T - Probably the best balanced Hop/Malt blend I've had. Juicy hops hit the tongue first, followed closely by the taming malty sweetness. Finish is definitely hops, but well tamed in bitterness.

M - Smooth and creamy; especially as this one warms. Malts take on a fresh-baked bread quality between sips. Carbonation is very quiet in the blend.

D - Alcohol is barely noticeable while sipping, but lets you know it's there as you go. It seems to keep it's balance as it warms and never takes on a different taste.

A quick swirl in the snifter always provides a skimming of foam and a huge release of aromas. This one's been fun to drink! Not the hoppiest I've had, but well blended.

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Hop Centric Double India Pale Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
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