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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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BA SCORE
89
very good

824 Ratings
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Ratings: 824
Reviews: 453
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 42
Gots: 29 | FT: 1
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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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sullysbeer

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Aroma: Huge Pine Hop Aroma, Citrus, Earthy and Grapefruits.

Appearance: Hazy Reddish Orange, White Head that Falls Ring Around the Glass.

Flavor: Huge Maltyness- not so much sweet though- Followed by an Earthy Hop Flavor and Finishes with a Mouth Full of Freshly Picked Hop Cones. The Edges of the Side of my Tongue Kept Scraping Up Against My Molars, Awesome!! Mouth Watering Bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Full Bodied.

Overall Impression: Hop Heads Enjoy!! Some Sips reminded me of a Barley Wine. Great Beer. The Belch was a Reminder of How Hoppy this Beer Really is.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2006 19:30:55 | More by sullysbeer
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meathookjones

Virginia

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber colored body with some floaties in it. Tall foamy head that left some strings of lace. Juicy hop aroma with Citrus and pine hops coming on strong. Also a pretty big malty sweetness in the aroma with light toasted malt notes. Flavor is also pretty well balanced with an upfront hop juicy sweetness with some citric and pine notes and an almost equally big caramel malt. Lightly bitter hoppy finish with some caramel. Tasty but could have used more bitterness and was a bit tame for a double IPA. Smooth and about a medium body. Good all around but in no way a real stand out.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2006 19:21:23 | More by meathookjones
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appears a light orange gold with a small white head that fades into a tiny collar. Lots of spotty lacing left around the glass.
Smell is of huge citrus, bicuity malt, with an almost rye like smell buried deep in the background.
Taste is of the same aromas with nothing else jumping out at me.
Mouthfeel is dry, yeasty, kind of gross in the swallow.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2006 16:01:02 | More by weeare138
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FLAbeergutinMASS

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber purchased at Town and Country. A nicely presented bottle, understated, by classily done.

As far as DIPA go this one fall on the scale of the "lighter" side. ABV slightly lower than your average. Doesn't really live up to it name, sure there are hops but I've tasted more in reuglar Pale Ales.

Overall a pretty nice offering. Well priced for being half-way from across the country. If a beer at 9.9 percent could be called a session beer, this is it.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2006 02:45:51 | More by FLAbeergutinMASS
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monkeytoe

Florida

3.2/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22-oz brown bomber. No freshness or bottled on date that I see.

Nice clear orange amber with a thing cream-white head lacing the edges of my pint glass.

Mostly caramel malt in the nose with some bitter-pith and pine hoppiness. Some melon and summer fruit as the beer warms up.

Quick sweet then grapefruit pith bitterness on the tongue. Alcohol is well-hidden until the beer warms to room temperature. Mostly pine and resin bitterness along with the pith.

Double IPA or barley wine? Either way it was fun to drink but not likely to make a return appearance in my glass.

ps My bottle gives an ABV% of 9.9.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2006 19:49:40 | More by monkeytoe
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RedwoodGeorge

California

3.48/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Wow - I've never seen an IPA (double) with so much sediment before - there was at least a half inch of cloudy gunk at the bottom of this bottle. The pour itself is a hazy orange with only a thin off-white head. The head drops off almost as soon as your pour the glass and leaves only a slight collar and no lacing.

The nose is the highlight of this brew. The bottle label shows a hop cone being "squeezed" like an orange and the aroma sure calls out "hops!" The beer has a very floral aroma of roses, thyme and orange zest with complimenting lower notes of green leaves and a light pine oil note.

The flavor is a letdown after that great nose... The hops are front and center and very "East Coast" with plenty of floral notes. There's also quite a few herbal and earthy / mossy notes in the flavor but unfortunately there's also a surprisingly unbalanced sweetness to this beer. It's like drinking a nice cup of French Roast coffee that someone's put two teaspoons too much sugar in - you can still taste the nice coffee but there's that damn sugar every sip. In this case it's a light golden malt flavor that reminds me of cheap pancake syrup and it's very distracting.

The mouthfeel suffers even more from the sweetness. There's not enough carbonation to liven up this medium-to-heavy bodied brew and not enough bitterness to clear the palate of an ever present sticky sweetness that clings with every sip.

While I'm not the biggest fan of floral hops I can appreciate that they're very well done in this brew. If you like Smuttynose IPA or Stone IPA you'll surely like what they've done with these hops. Unfortunately the malt bill so distracts from the hops that it renders this an average beer at best.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2006 01:27:34 | More by RedwoodGeorge
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Shultzerdugen

Missouri

3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. brown bomber with no dates. 100.1 IBU's, 9.9% ABV.

Cloudy orange/amber with sediment in suspension. Egg-shell tinged cap of heterogeneous bubble size. Very clingy lace.

Sharp pine, mellow grapefruit, and lime in the aroma. Herbal notes - some similar to cannabis sativa - and a touch of bready sweetness.

Medium-full bodied with mellow carbonation. Biting pine and juniper flavors grab hold of the taste buds right off the bat, paired by a peppery alcohol presence. Grapefruit and citrus notes are mellow, underneath which lies a cracker and sweet caramel tinged malt center. Despite the high ABV and IBUs I never got a slickness or oily coating in the mouthfeel.

Solid but not earth shattering.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2006 00:29:06 | More by Shultzerdugen
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dhchatfield

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber purchased chilled about an hour ago. I know this is fresh stuff as it wasn't in-store on my last visit 9 days ago, and it is produced within 20 miles of my home.

Cloudier than other DIPA's I've sampled of late, with very little lacing.

A good huff of the bottle after opening gave me what I had hoped for: a good hoppy blast.

The first hit honestly didn't impress me, but the second was significantly better and it's been all good ever since.

Wonderful in the mouth, with very little bitterness. A deceptive 9.9 ABV for sure.

I could drink WAAAAY too many of these. Seeing as I have to work tomorrow, I'm glad I only bought one. After work tomorrow however, I plan to buy at least a case.

It is a great pleasure to find so fine an offering produced so close to home. I have my wife convinced to visit the brewery in the next few weeks.

Any interested traders?

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2006 00:03:14 | More by dhchatfield
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Blakaeris

Iowa

4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy golden orange. Modest carbonation and a huge head that coats the glass as it dissipates.

Smell is herbal piney hop. Very fruity and juicy. Light malt aroma.

Taste is toasted caramel malt up front. However, it's no surprise that the hop character is in control. Definite fruity orange-grapefruit bitterweet flavor. The finish is lingering piney hop. Alcohol is virtually unnoticable until you try to stand up after drinking the bomber.

Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy and medium-full with hop oilyness.

Although it lacks the complexity of a truly great DAPA such as Stone Ruination, it is still a decent offering. It's amazing how easy it is to drink at 10%.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2006 22:56:27 | More by Blakaeris
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WeymouthMike

Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Great looking beer right off the bat, nice golden color with a red hue and a nice on finger head. Smells of pine and citrus just like you would expect from a west coast DIPA yet this is from Illinois. Taste is hoppy and citrus sweet with little bite for a DIPA and the close to 10% abv is hidden pretty well. Mouthfeel is the lowest score on this one as it is a bit watery and light. I had no problem putting down a bomber after a day of work.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2006 23:03:14 | More by WeymouthMike
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ultralarry2006

Illinois

3/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle. After pouring the first part of this into the 16 oz. glass I was using, I got a one finger head that quickly dissipated into surface skim and it left a gritty looking lacing that was different from the usual graceful lacing I have come to expect from DIPA's and AIPA's. I realized that the crazy amount of yeast I saw in the bottle ( before pouring ) should have been handled like a Belgian, that is, carefully decanted, which is what I did with pour for the remainder. This second pour yielded no head and there was no lacing. Of course, in both cases the color was the usual orange-copper-amber that would be expected for the style.

Aroma - The nose was piney hops, and hint of bready, caramelly, malt.

Taste - From the first pour ( the undecanted pour ) , the taste was chalky, gritty, sour yeast, and not much else. Some resiny hops and again hint of carmelly malt. With the second pour ( decanted pour ) much more of both hops and malt were much more discernable, and again was it just the resiny hops, and the bready, caramelly malt just barely registering. The malt was doing it's job of backbone, just without too much flair. The resin hops were big flavor, but not as big as I expected, and not that good at that. That is, lots of hops just not much in the way of excellent hop flavor (the grapefruit, oranges, floral, etc. ), and not all that bitter, either , for the style ( which is a testament to the strength of the malt backbone balancing it, even though it is very unimpressive flavorwise ). Though it will be very bitter, and sour if you get too much yeast in it, as I did the first pour. The good news with the high abv is that I could not taste it at all, and there was no alcohol burn, which I think are excellent traits - in fact, the only thing making me take notice of the abv is the slight buzz I had going on at the end of this bottle. Dry, bitter, resiny finish and aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - full, a little chewy, not much carbonation. If you fail to decant it will also be disgustingly gritty and chalky, if you do decant it, than it won't. Moderate to low mouth coating from hop oils, which is actually dissappointingly low considering the style.

Drinkability - goes down easy if you decant, and not, if you don't. It's not a bad brew, it's just somewhat one dimensional with the resin hop taste ( decanted version, that is ), which is not really the hop taste that hopheads want from their DIPA's and AIPA's ( they, at least I, want the more citrusy and floral thing going on with a little, that is, a little of the pine and resin in there ) . Also high abv limits it to one or two max at any given sitting.

Note - my numbers and descriptions of taste, aroma, etc., here (except where noted ) are all reflective of the decanted pour , which is of course, the intended presentation, and hence accurate ratings from my experience of this ale.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2006 21:16:57 | More by ultralarry2006
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scruffwhor

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a one pint six oz bottle.

Appearance- Even after a very aggresive pour into my Carlsberg impy pint glass, only a half finger head was yielded. Colro is a slightly browned sweet potato skin amber. Nolacing, but some sediment at the bottom and in suspended animation.

Smell- Lots of Oregon hops. Lots of lightly cooked citrus aromas mixed with some browned and toasted malts mixed in.

Taste- I think I bought a well stored, aged IPA. The sediment and the almost overwhelming caramel flavor, citrus flavor for a double IPA. The toasty malts get bit more balance with the citric hops as afr as taste is concerned.

Mouthfeel- For a double IPA, this was pretty sweet on the palate. Lets not forget the pleasant bitterness. But so much caramel on this palate was pretty nice for my tongue.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2006 03:58:46 | More by scruffwhor
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sinstaineddemon

Connecticut

4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - this DIPA pours a hazy amber/brown color, with very minimal carbonation, with amazingly, NO head, then after a few seconds a very thin white head wells up and dissipates after a few seconds

S - HOLY HOPS! a Hopsplosion, with distinct tea aromas, and also a fruity citrus aroma, man I can't wait to try this

T - HOLY HOPS again! this is a realy hop bomb, very hoppy with a background of tea and sweet honey flavors

M - smooth and bitter, well balanced, but then again, i love my bitterness

D - youd have to love DIPA's or at least bitterness to pound this, but even if you dont, one could easily tip this back, a great brew

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2006 04:30:00 | More by sinstaineddemon
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granger10

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a copper orange color with a small but steady amount of carbonation. Smallish white head. Tons of what I believe to be hops rest at the bottom of my mug. Awesome.

Aroma is strong and resiny with hops definitely dominating. There also seems to be this butteryness in there that surprised me. Quite citrusy but not really acidic. A bit of some alpha acid bitterness strikes me last.

Taste has an odd mix of malts and hops. The hops definitely dominate but they're not quite as flavorful as I was thinking they would be. They're still resiny and bitter but there's a lack of finesse imo. Brown sugar, toffee, and caramel sauce reign underneath the hoppiness but they're lacking a bit. The finish leaves me with a bit of resin and some hoppy fruits. Finish lingers with fruit juice.

Body is medium but the carbonation seems too light. It's a bit dead to me and the malts and hops suffer. Drinkability is decent. Not too much alcohol noticed which is quite impressive, but I split this and was fine to move on. I didn't really crave anymore but I liked what I had. All in all, a decent DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2006 14:18:45 | More by granger10
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taez555

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a clear orange/tan body with a small white head that died quickly.

Talk about fresh hops. Hands down, you win, as of today I've rated over 420 beers on this site, and this is THE FRESHEST HOP NOSE I HAVE EVER SMELLED WITHOUT USING A RANDALL. Extremely floral and a tad citrusy. Not over the top citrus or citrus peel smell. Much more like a fresh bouquet of flowers, but if you're a home brewer you'll know this smell. it's like opening up a fresh bag of whole leaf hops and taking a huge whiff. DAMN!!!! Very nice and very different from you typical hop monster.

Taste is medium bodied with a smooth very even citrus bitterness. The flavors never really separate, but just mash together in a very nice hop balance. Flowers, citrus peel, oranges, lemons, grapefruit, limes, lime peel and touches of dirt. Little touches of black pepper and even green pepper as well. Touches of honey with a chalky flavor and mouthfeel. Bitterness is big and in your face, but for a hop monster very well balanced.

This is really a fantastically unique beer from a bottle. Reminds me of a killer homebrew or even better brewpub hop monster one off. Very compact, but I was pleasantly surprised by how good this beer is. Kudos to two brothers. It really lives up to it's name. Tastes like hop juice.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2006 01:30:08 | More by taez555
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nlmartin

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was poured into a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer had a very good coppery amber coloration. The head was off white to honey colored about an inch thick. Unfortunately the head fell all to rapidly. Thick rings of lacing remained behind on the glass.

Smell: This was a very good smelling IIPA. The beer had loads of floral, medicinal, grapefruit, orange and lemon zest. In short the beer smelled like a great big pinesol bomb. This would probably be the shit fresh.

Taste: The beer has taste similar to its smell. In addition to all the great piney resiney taste. The beer has a very good malty backbone supporting all these hops. Again this would have been the shit fresh.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer had a meduim to full body. There is a fantastic hop oilyness that prolongs the hop taste. The alcohol was well covered in the taste and smell. The beer is a unbalanced between hoppy and maltyness. I think this was the point of the beer. This beer is a hop head treat.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2006 06:38:34 | More by nlmartin
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dusky rustic orange containing a blizzard of fine yeast. Or are those hop flecks? Since they aren't uniform in size, I'll go with hops. The orangish beige head is on the small side, barely two fingers after a vigorous pour, but looks like it'll be around for the long haul. Bubbles of all sizes are piled higgledy-piggledy on top of one another. A carpet of thick lace covers the upper reaches of the glass and will likely do the same farther down. This is a serious looking DIPA.

I like the nose, but I don't love it. There's a modest amount of citrus fruity hops and at least an equal amount of toasted caramel. Unfortunately, the latter interferes with my appreciation and enjoyment of the former. The beer smells like it might have been a humdinger when fresh, but I don't believe the word fresh applies anymore. My loss.

Hop Juice, at this point in time, is what results when one foolishly attempts to age a DIPA. These babies are made to be consumed when the hops are still kickin' up a fuss, not when they've agreed to co-exist peacefully with the malt. In truth, this beer tastes like it had a pretty fair caramel malt load right out of the hopper.

At this stage, the toffee-firm, caramel-creamy malt backbone is the centerpiece. The hops, although still flavorful and decently bitter, are mere accoutrements. As I enter the bottom half of the bomber, I realize that isn't entirely fair. Bittersweet orange peel and white grapefruit zest gain an urgency as the beer warms. Their flavor, and especially their bitterness, gather steam like a runaway locomotive.

The finish is long, caramel drizzled fruity and impressively bitter. Alpha acids appear to have a longer half-life than hop flavor, something I've noticed on more than just this occasion. It's fairly easy to tell that Hop Juice is a high-ABV beer, but it's still pretty mellow considering the fact that it's close to double digits. Age has its advantages it seems.

Big beers deserve big bodies and this one has been given a suitably sized one. It's medium-full (even when keeping style in mind) and has a melted taffy chewy stickiness that I'm enjoying immensely. Thankfully, the carbonation is unobtrusive while still managing to provide enough lift to keep the mouthfeel from becoming too syrupy.

I wish I had had the opportunity to drink Two Brothers Hop Juice Double India Pale Ale when it was young and oozing with hop juiciness. It's still a damn good beer and is well worth a look.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2006 23:22:03 | More by BuckeyeNation
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Crosling

Colorado

3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Powdery, vitamin-like hop aroma, with hints of pine, lemon and grapefruit. The smell if soft, lke a pillow, not expressive like the best Double IPA’s. Nice mouthfeel. The flavor is, well, like a high alcohol 1.25 IPA. Not very hoppy, considering the potency and style, in the mouth, this is equally as malty as it is hoppy. Butter toffee, toffee and caramel flavors, while the hops accent the finish, with a fine pine-like, bitter hop finish.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2006 02:57:32 | More by Crosling
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MaltyGoodness

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber

Pours a slightly hazy amber with a thin white head that maintains. Speckled lacing on the glass.

Nice citrusy aroma with a bit of grapefruit, but seems a little mild for an DIPA.

A sweet and malty taste is present for the first second before a wave of citrusy hops decimates it. Lots of grapefruit flavors and a lot of IBUs. It finishes with a lingering hop taste and bitterness.

Rich, full body with plenty of carbonation.

A nice drinking DIPA, and I think it's my first Two Brothers beer. I will certainly be on the lookout for more of their stuff.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2006 03:41:01 | More by MaltyGoodness
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Px2GrafX

Virginia

4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a medium orange-brown with an off-white eighth inch head in a pint glass. laces well. liquid is clear, but there are floaties suspended with bubbles of carbonation rising all around. there is a ton of yeast in the bottom of the glass by the end of the 22. aroma is a strong piney, grassy hop character. fruity aromas as well. some pear and citrus smells. some vegetabley aromas as well. first sip is strong hop bitterness. hop flavors are very piney, grassy, spicy and herbal. strong alcohol flavor/warming. burps taste like freshly mowed grass. malt character is muted, but there are some bready yeasty notes at the end of the sip. bitterness is lip smackingly good. mouthfeel is a light-medium body that's fairly smooth but clunks a touch in the swallow. there is an alcohol burn while sipping, but it's not a hinderance; it's actually quite nice which can be dangerous with a 9.9% abv. easy to drink and the finish begs for another sip. overall, this is a pretty good dipa. different hop character that reminds me of a stronger, hoppier, more bitter st. george ipa. definitely a good try especially if you're looking for something different.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2006 04:16:29 | More by Px2GrafX
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ThreeDollarDewey

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep red orange, oily and a bit cloudy with an almost nonexistent head, but clings in light, lacy rings around the glass as it depletes.

Light grassy, citrus notes, with a bit of tangerine. Surprisingly subtle, however.

Piney, bitter, but very pleasing heavy hop notes. I expected a lot more wallop, but it's pretty restrained, and very drinkable for such a potent brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2006 02:29:42 | More by ThreeDollarDewey
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murphysbleachers

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Murphy's Bleachers, poured into an American style tumbler pint:

Appearance: Hazy orange color with a nice finger of head on the top. Lacing leaves a thick coat all the way down the glass.

Smell: Pine and lemon/grapefruit rind citrus. More and more grapefruit as it warms up.

Taste: Bitter, like a glass of fresh squeezed grapefruit juice (but in a good way) with a long puckering finish.

Mouthfeel: A little creamy and oily, but not so much that it coats the tongue.

Drinkability: Easy going down and refreshing for 9%.

Notes: Its interesting to me that they released this beer for February this year. The grapefruity citrus character would make it a better warm weather beer for me. A very good Double IPA that I look forward to drinking again, but given the availability of other examples of the style, I would recommend others before this one.

Serving type: on-tap

03-12-2006 22:55:56 | More by murphysbleachers
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unclederby

Oregon

3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

hop juice is a nice amber color with a slight haze. a small foamy cap rings the top and mild carbonation is visible.
the nose is full of spicy, citrusy hops yet reveals a nice sweet malty presence underneath.
upon sipping, one gets notes of a bit of sweet citrus which gives way to grapefruit and spicy hops. the finish is a little short and the hop bitterness only mild to my tastes.
mouthfeel is a bit thin (though creamy enough) for a 2IPA and this brew is pretty easy to put down, but overall i think it's only average for it's style.

not bad, but better can be had for the price tag.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2006 00:54:38 | More by unclederby
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WanderingFool

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

If hops are what you are looking for then hop juice is the beer for you. It pours a hazy copper color with a creamy off white head on top. The foam leaves a good amount of netted lace on the side of the glass.

The strong hoppy aroma is full of pine and earthy notes of hay. Each sip of this thick bodied beer is smooth and syrupy on the tongue. The flavor is dominated by citrus and pine hops. However, towards the end of each sip there's a fruity sweetness mixed in. Kind of reminds me of a strawberry flavor. It finishes bitter leaving behind some piney flavors.

For a 10% abv beer it hides it's alcohol well. This beer is a must have for hop heads.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2006 19:58:17 | More by WanderingFool
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kmo1030

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hazed copper with a thin tan head.
the aroma is piney and grapefruity, very, very pungently hoppy. there is a clean, non hoppy citrus aroma in there too. not picking up anything in the way of malts. did i mention it smelled hoppy? as it approaches room temp some really perfumey grapefruit aromas come out, they almost smell exactly like fresh cut grapefruit.
the taste is loaded with resinous oily hops. sweet citrus is the first thing you taste mid mouth you get a little toasted caramel added to that. after that, the hop truck hits you and it's all over. oily piney hops wash over the tongue with high bitterness. some amarillo-like chalky qualties.
somewhat full bodied with crisp carbonation.
reasonably good drinkability for the bitterness and abv.
a solid DIPA, but nothing that separates it form the pack. certainly worth a try though

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2006 22:14:17 | More by kmo1030
Hop Centric Double India Pale Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 824 ratings.