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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: 902
Reviews: 461
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 44
Gots: 43 | 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 hammer09
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a hazy amber with a huge (3"+), long-lasting head on a soft pour. Smell is spicy with an evergreen hop aroma typical of pacific northwest hops. However, for a double IPA, the hop aroma is not as potent as I would have expected. Taste is bitter and very hoppy. Although the bitterness isn't present at first, its palate-numbing effect becomes prevalent several seconds after the beer is swallowed. Mouthfeel is very dry, leading one to consume more of this beer in an effort to quench the thirst. Good carbonation and a moderate alcoholic warmth. Drinkability is excellent. This is a very enjoyable brew that epitomizes the style.

hammer09, Jul 06, 2007
Photo of beachbum1975
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed this beer last night. It poured a clear orangy-copper with 1/2 a finger of foam with little head retention.

There was a mild smell sour grapefruit and hops on the nose. Very light in the nose as compared to the taste, but it may be due to the fact that it was still very cold on the pour.

The taste was rich and bitter, as a DIPA should be. Good and balanced, nothing to complain about.

It packed me with a punch - with the high ABV %.

Nice beer.

beachbum1975, Jul 01, 2007
Photo of jjayjaye
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear orange amber color with better than a full finger off white head that resists fading. Some lacing observed.

The smell is very sweet and fruity orange citrus.

The flavor is sweet and fruity as the smell is with a balancing act of a grapefruit piny hop. Lt-Medium bodied, the mouth feel is uniform, but it finishes with an extra couple of notes of hop grapefruit flavor.

A good drinker. The 9.9% ABV is hidden well. Probably a good thing that i can't stop by on the way home from work and snag a load of these.
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Additional Notes 14 Feb 2008
Serving: Growler from the newly opened Two Bros Pub.
Served in the most appropriate vessel: artisan imperial pint glass
Wow, I miss this stuff. The mouth is lighter, but the well balanced hop & malt characters are really enjoyable. Quite creamy. I could drink this all night long ... and in fact, I may.
Thank you DavidEddie for sharing!!

jjayjaye, Jul 01, 2007
Photo of prototypic
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It's a clear, reddish brown color. Head is foamy and about about a finger and a half. Retention was good and a thick, splotchy coat of lace remained.

Smell: Loads of citrusy sweetness up front. Heavy grapefruit and mango. Hops are piney and strong. A nice caramel-toffee malt aroma is also noticeable.

Taste: Citrus sweetness is immediately noticeable. Grapefruit provides a bit of bitterness. Slight hint of dark fruit seems to be present, as well. Hops are certainly strong, piney, and very bitter. Caramel malts give it some balance. But, very bitter on the whole.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's medium bodied and carbonation is pretty good. At nearly 10%, it's pretty strong. But, as such, still pretty drinkable. Overall, it's a pretty good offering. Recommended.

prototypic, Jul 01, 2007
Photo of malcontent
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright orange/amber hue with a finger of head that doesn't die.

Wonderful, fresh grapefruit aromas abound with a soft peppery finish. Herbal scents creep up at points but are quickly put back in their place by the citrus scents that steal the show.

Piny hops up front with a bitter grapefruit pith following and a mildly cloying sweetness on the finish. As it warms the sweetness subsides and the grapefruit rind returns and even borders on orange peel.

Quality creaminess throughout although a touch of oiliness tarnishes the overall drinkability. Mouth-puckering astringency lingers afterward providing a bracing, refreshing beverage. One of the more drinkable DIPAs I've had in a while and a beer that seems to be improving with each brewing.

malcontent, Jun 22, 2007
Photo of merlin48
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle pours a clear and radiant orange amber body with a creamy almond head that rises to about an inch in height. Retention is excellent and lavish lacing patches the glass. Aroma is earthy and leafy, fresh hops laid out to dry. Medium body and carbonation with a serious hop resin feel. Taste follows suit with leafy, resinous, and earthy hops. Dry and bitter. I didn't sense any significant malt presence here. Pine resin and marijuana shake. Alcohol is well hidden. A hop assault that comes off somewhat unbalanced. Interesting.

merlin48, Jun 21, 2007
Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a clear amber with off white head and lacing...your typical american ipa in appearance. aroma is of resiny, piney hops, toffee, caramel, and some stone fruit notes-apricots? taste is an interplay between the sweet caramel malts and the intense hop bitterness with the latter winning out. long, bitter finish. this definitely gets better as it warms. medium to full mouthfeel, carbonation is creamy. somewhat viscous. drinkability suffers due to the abv; there are ipa's out there (AK, anyone?) that offer as much in terms of aroma, flavor, and mouthfeel for significantly less abv. the alcohol is well integrated, detectable only by a slight warming in the throat at the very end.
i just had this fresh on tap, and wow-incredibly powerful piney nose, rich, luscious, and fresh. really was impressed.
have revisited this a few times, a bit too much of a long boiled toffee thing going on, i prefer a paler malt in this style to showcase the hops. on the maltier end of the spectrum partly due to the darker toffee character.

MrMcGibblets, Jun 17, 2007
Photo of iwrs
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served from a 22 oz. bomber direct from Two Brothers a day after botteling. This excellent DIPA pours a nice dark orange color with not too much head. The smell is very hoppy and slightly citrusy. The taste hits the tounge very well and the blend of big hops and sweet malts tastes great. Very sweet, but doesnt drown out the hops. I will continue to purchase this brew while its available.

iwrs, Jun 16, 2007
Photo of Duster72
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy copper color with a very small off white head. Nice lacing. Aroma is on the mild side with sweet malts and citrusy hops. Taste is an excellent blend of big hops and sweet malts. Citrus and piney hops meld well together with the brown sugary malts. Much better balance than most DIPAs. Not too sweet. Highly drinkable DIPA, one of the better examples of the style.

Duster72, Jun 02, 2007
Photo of Mdog
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy dark orange with lots of particles, not much head.

Smell: Bready citrus aroma.

Taste: Starts with a touch of sweetness before a nice mix of citrus and piney hops take over.

Mouthfeel: Seems a little flat and under carbonated.

Drinkability: Pretty tasty but not available in Minnesota, strange mouthfeel knocks it down a little.

Yet another DIPA brought back from Milwaukee. Pretty good beer but not outstanding.

Mdog, May 27, 2007
Photo of John_M
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Although perhaps nothing spectacular, this is still a good solid DIPA.

The beer pours a nice orange mahogany color; maybe a bit darker then what I normally associate with a DIPA. The head dissipates rather quickly, but leaves a trace of foam, with pretty good lacing. On the nose one gets a pretty good dose of citrus, with a bit of underlying sweet malt. I'm not blown away by it, but it smells attractive. On the palate one gets an immediate rush of hops, with excellent citrus and fruit. Neither the malt or hops is overdone with this DIPA, so the beer comes across as neither too sweet nor too bitter, and there's no harshness whatsoever in the finish. The beer has a medium bodied mouthfeel, and does not come across as too heavy. The beer is surprisingly drinkable for it's abv., and is not the least bit tiring to drink. A nice DIPA from Two Brothers Brewing; the first beer I've ever had from this brewery.

John_M, May 19, 2007
Photo of Wasatch
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes to NucularGeorge for this brew.

Pours a cloudy dark orange color, some carbonation, tiny fizzy off-white head which leaves quickly, some sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is sweet malty, hoppy, piney, citrusy, and some caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, more on the malt side, hoppy, nice piney/citrusy, and a good dose of caramel. The finish is bitter/dry. Medium body. Very drinkable, a nice DIPA from the brothers, recommended.

Wasatch, May 18, 2007
Photo of oakbluff
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a RR tulip glass. Cloudy tangerine caramel colour. Initial white head that disapears into a dish soapy puddle. Nose is hop forward as expected and wanted. Taste- grassy hops and biscuity, cookie dough malts. Mouthfeel is creamy and malts are quite sweet. Hops are decent but they don't jump out at you. Herbal and grassy- not the punch of pine and citrus I would have hoped for. Perhaps bottle is past its prime. The lament of the DIPA seeker. Finishes dry with an odd twang of an aftertaste. Booze is hidden- and is drinkable. Average DIPA.

oakbluff, May 13, 2007
Photo of soulgrowl
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice, slightly hazy but bright peach-skin pinkish brown. Head is small and retains far more poorly than I'd expect from a highly-hopped brew such as this - and that's in a glass with etching. Hmm.

Smell: Nice, but... weak. If there's one word that shouldn't come to mind when sniffing a double IPA, it's "weak." That said, it still smells pretty good. Citric and slightly piney hops, with a soft floral undertone that melds nicely with a solid base of nutty, slightly toasty caramel malts. Fruity notes also abound, including strawberry and banana. Overall, this smells very balanced - but is that really what you want in a DIPA?

Taste: Again... balanced. Almost weirdly so, for a beer that boasts 10% ABV and 100 IBUs. There is no date anywhere on the bottle, and I wonder if this one may be a bit old, because everything seems remarkably mellow - the hops, the malts, the alcohol, everything. Flavor is quite sweet, but covered with a sort of blanket of hops that feels like it kind of floats above the palate until the finish, when it lands with a soft yet very strong bitterness that lingers on for quite a while, along with a bit of sweet, slightly medicinal alcohol. Overall, the flavor profile is predominantly fruity (orange, peach), herbal (Campari, mint), and resinous (bitter orange, pine, white grapefruit juice). Very good, actually, just not as sharp as I expected.

Mouthfeel: A bit flat, somewhat heavy and lifeless on the palate. Could benefit from a bit more carbonation.

Drinkability: Very drinkable - dangerously so, in fact. Most beers of this strength I've had have not been so easy to drink. Watch out.

Note: I tried my second pour after dropping a miracle fruit - hops are still noticeable, but malt sweetness has become VERY prominent. Sweet!

soulgrowl, May 06, 2007
Photo of blitz134
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Caramel, orange body. Pretty clear. Smallish white head on the pour that reduced to a thinish layer. Leaves nice lacing on the glass on the way down.

Aroma is pretty straightforward hops. Citrus pith and a touch of pine sap. Not much else besides a little sugary sweetness, but it isnt cloying at all, just works in quite well.

Taste is sharp hops, citrus pith and pine again. Finish is slightly more resiny and even has a malty biscuity finish that fights through. Pretty good. Absolutely no hint of the alcohol level in this.

Mouthfeel is a little thin when compared to the top DIPA brews. A fair amount of carbonation works in well and makes this quite refreshing.

Drinkability is good...at least I'm enjoying the heck out of quaffing this one down quickly at the moment. Been outside all day working on the truck in the sun, so this is quite refreshing with its carbonation levels and such. Almost drinks like some a lower ABV IPA. Worth a shot.

blitz134, Apr 30, 2007
Photo of SacoDeToro
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice amber color with a small foamy white head.

The aroma had some hops, but this beer was probably about a year out so nothing was bursting forth. Some alcohol and light caramel was in the nose. Faint vinous notes were also present. Perhaps a slight hint of oxidation as well.

The flavor of the beer was reasonably bitter with mostly herbal/earthy hop flavors. The malt profile was too caramelly for this style IMO. Following a bottle of 3F Dreadnaught, this beer fell flat. The beer lacked any kind of broad hop profile, which the masters (Pliny, Dreadnaught, Maharaja) posess.

The carbonation was fine and the mouthfeel was light/medium.

This beer was pretty average for a double IPA. Nothing too impressive here. I'd like to try it fresher if possible. Regardless, this double has an "east coast" malt profile to it. This style is favorably evolving into a lighter, crisper beer with less malt that lets the hops remain bright. Hop Juice seems to be behind that evolution as with many other east coast double IPAs IMO.

SacoDeToro, Apr 17, 2007
Photo of SixpointJMH
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice looking copper colour with a decent sized (although slightly small for a Double IPA) head that is good and sticky. Nice stuff here.

The aroma is nice and balanced. There's a rich juiciness from the hops as well as some floral notes but it is balanced nicely with some sweetness from the malt. I didn't know this was a Double IPA when I ordered it and wouldn't have guessed so from the nose, but that's not a bad thing as it again shows nice balance. Did it seem like a bold, regular IPA? Yes, but not a DIPA if that makes sense.

The flavour is basically more of the same...its hoppy but still well balanced with a malt sweetness. There's a bit more dirtiness here but it just can seep into to the flavour more by getting past the floral, juicy notes of the hops. Alcohol is barely noticeable, which was a bit surprising @ almost 10%. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a bit chewy.

I liked this one. It wasn't a bold in your face hop monster like most DIPA's are. It was still aggressive but balanced itself well. Worth trying.

SixpointJMH, Mar 21, 2007
Photo of umustdrink
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle

A - Very cool looking beer. Pours a bright orange color. Held up to light in my tulip glass it looks like an illuminated peach. Head is a milky white that settles in fluffy patches. Lacing is very strong, sticks to the glass in big white patches.

S - Pungent cirtrusy hops, citrusy like a clementine. Dark Bready malt presence here as well with some hotter spices, maybe a faint cayenne.

T - Good balance of hops and malts here, with the hop presence starting off the taste, segwaying into a spicy malt and then finally finishing with a bitter hop. Very nice.

M - Medium consistency with an oily aspect via hops. Carbonation is also at a medium level.

D - This is one tasty brew. For the 2IPA style its spot on, really great hop presence with a good malt balance. Good beer we have here.

umustdrink, Feb 26, 2007
Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Murky bright orange in color, tender yeasty-hoppy sediments which eventually come together to form a well maintained white dusty head. The nose contains a large offering of citrus hops, your a-typical grapefruit rind and orange peel scents and warming further reveals some caramel malt notes. No question that the body is hopped-up, but how do they get there? Floral and piney hops dominate with a mild caramel malt backbone. Grassy hops and tropical fruits become bitter and sticky and some sweet alcohol and candy is left stuck on the palate. The 9.9 ABV is quickly noticeable; can there be a sessionable-DIPA? If so, we've got a winner here!

GeoffRizzo, Feb 25, 2007
Photo of Braudog
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draft at KClingers. Dark and reflective orange, very still, the foamy head disappated after the first sip. Slightly hop-oily aroma, somewhat more evident in the palate. Somewhat citrusy, slightly astringent, strongly flavored ... reminds me of eating frozen orange juice concentrate with a spoon. (#2714, 2/18/2007)

Braudog, Feb 20, 2007
Photo of Viggo
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber/gold, huge white head, tons of chunky lace on the glass, real nice, great retention, really looks nice. Smell is sweet and malty, some toffee, big pine hops, grapefruit, some floral, citrus and pineapple. Taste is sweet up front, fruity caramel malts, strawberries, some pine/grapefruit, bit of acidity, weak finish, decent bitterness, not too crazy, pretty balanced. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. Would be okay with a bit more hop intensity and a better finish.

Viggo, Feb 20, 2007
Photo of Umbra
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange with decent head and lacing. Chunks towards the bottom of the bottle. Floral and piney hop aroma.

Very caramelly brew with a citrus and pine mix of hops. Comes off medium bodied but crisp. Not as overly bitter as some IIPAs out there, which increases the drinkability. Went down smooth and easy and it was an affordable alternative, assuming one can get obscure mid-west microbrews. At least it was much better than pimp juice/

Umbra, Feb 07, 2007
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a big 22 oz bottle provided by Shbobdb, Thanks Bro! to a pint glass. The liquid is a nice clear copper with good carbonation. the Head is 2 fingers fluffy off white color and leaves some lace.

The smell is very hoppy, an extra sharpness to the typical DIPA piney scent. Some sweet malty goodness in the back ground.

The taste is great, just what I wanted. A very nice hoppy, piney grapefruit taste with very distinctive woody notes. The malt is there but it is not as pronounced as in some DIPAs. Suggesting the balance is a bit of but in this brew it works out great. This is a Hop Fest, indeed.

The mouthfeel is good, nice body, the lesser malt brings lesser body but still real big just not very full.

The drinkability is great I need to slow this down so I can enjoy more.

Prosit und Zum Wohl, MK

MuenchenerKindl, Feb 04, 2007
Photo of CaptCleveland
2.65/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

We have an excellent selection of hoppy brews in Cleveland and I purchased this bomber at the local Wild Oats.

A: nice amber color, foam head dissipates quickly, minimal lace.

S: What smell? Not much here. Maybe subtle hops if I put my nose into the brew (and I mean INTO).

T: Yes there are hops, brief, gone with the swallow. Disappointment considering the cost of the bomber and the name on the label.

M: Thin, as if this was a European lager. Sad. Maybe this bottle was stored in sunlight?

D: You can definitely drink many of these, and I would say it is more of a session brew, though I'm sure that is not the intent.

I will not be trying another bomber at $5.95/per, but look forward to other evaluations. For my money, I will stick with Great Lakes, Bells or Victory for my Hop fix.

CaptCleveland, Jan 28, 2007
Photo of uncle8gil
3.33/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

i was excited to pick up a beer that was reportedly 100.1 ibu's of bitterness. love 'em bitter. i cracked it open, perhaps a bit too cold yet, and poured into my glass...and no head. not one blessed bubble of head. thinking that odd, i dismissed it and drank. this beer has an amazing full taste of hoppy citrus amazement, but is lacking in carbonation. i wanted this one to dance upon my tongue, which it does not. the taste is severely inhibited by this and left the mouth feeling quite empty. but it is a good, hoppy taste, i will be picking up a second bottle to insure i didn't just get a bad one.

uncle8gil, Jan 27, 2007
Hop Centric Double India Pale Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 902 ratings.