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Hop Centric Double India Pale Ale - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Hop Centric Double India Pale Ale
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Ratings: 919
Reviews: 462
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 12.12%
Wants: 45
Gots: 46 | FT: 0
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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

Notes/Commercial Description:
Formerly known as Hop Juice.

(Beer added by: orbitalr0x on 03-12-2005)
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Photo of baos
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Drinking whilst typing.

22 oz. into pint glass.

A: A pretty translucent blonde amber color. One finger head that dissapates to a ring around the glass with a bit of head left in the middle, descent lacing.

S: Hops hops and mas hops. Citrus and fresh caramel.

T: Hops and light caramel notes. Orange blossom honey. Finishes bitter and fairly dry.

M: Very nice. I'm starting to get spoiled with bodied beers, the last several I've tried have been outstanding body wise.

D: Pretty bitter, but if you like super hoppy brews go for this one. If the bitterness was balanced with something it would be a better beer.

Photo of sweethome
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark golden color from this bomber. Small head is rather white. It provides very nice lacing.

Decent nose of pine resins, a little citrus. Some sweet maltiness too.

Hits the mouth with a malty sweetness, then flows out and loads up the hop flavor...bam the bittering hits. Some nice carmel malts in here too. the finish has pretty intense bittering, but the flavor steps down here. Some sweetness that doesn't align with the hops.

The beer belies the 10% alcohol. Hides it well. There is a little fire early, but not on the finish.

A nice nightcap or winter warmer...not at the top of style, but a good, strong, hoppy beer.

Photo of Homerbag
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My brother in law got a keg of this. Not your typical DIPA as far as aroma, but very much so in appearance. This is what I would call a creeper beer. It doesn't look or smell like you would think by the hype from the label, but the hop does kick your taste buds hard. The alcohol content is impressive too. You have to watch yourself with this one. I can't wait to go back and help finish this off.

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

Slick palate. Serious hop sting. 100 IBU's but not out of control; alcohol is masked well. Murky amber with deep ruby hue. Minimal head (I pour VERY slow) no retention on the honey yellow head. Medium mouthfeel. Conditioning is not harsh at all, and no bloating either. Well balanced. Laced in wispy rings. Like Maharaja / Dreadnaught. Very drinkable; LOVE it!

Photo of sstackho
3.33/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On draft at Sunset Grill in Allston, MA. Pours medium gold. The aroma is noticeably lacking for an IPA - especially for a DIPA. The flavour is decent and hoppy, but it's far from "hop juice". The hops aren't too piney and grapefruity. This was nice though, but I was surprised to find here that this is supposed to be a DIPA.

Photo of WesWes
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark golden color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a solid malt scent of pale and carapils malts along with a moderate piney hop aroma. The hop aroma isn't that great. The taste is good. It has a killer hop taste that dominates the flavor profile. The malts add warmth and a bit of stability. It goes down smooth with a residual hop taste. This is a very bitter beer. The piney hop flavors are great. The mouthfeel is decent. This beer needs more body and a little more CO2. It's awfully light for such a big beer. Also, the increased CO2 would add more depth to the hop aroma. This is a good drinking beer. It's big and hoppy; just the way I like it.

Photo of crayphish
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hop juice? The name had me itching to try it for quite some time. Pours a clean burnt umber hue with a big fluffy head. The head lingers stubbornly leaving a lot of lace. Smell is a huge bready malt hop mash. Some notes of citrus and pine in there. At this point I was eagerly anticipating the taste. The taste did not follow the strength of the aroma. The bready malt aspect tends to over power the favor. Balanced? Maybe, I was hopeing for more hops, after all the name is Hop Juice. The citrus fruit was noted as well. Mouthfeel is decent despite the malt presence, finished clean and dry. Drinkability was decent, the 9.9% abv has hidden beneath the malts.

Photo of atsprings
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on guest tap at Barley's Smokehouse in Columbus and reviewed from notes. Served a crisp deep amber with a thin head that diminished to a ring. The aroma was of sweet malts and earthy citrus hops. The taste was a complex blend of sweet malts and citrus hops. Pine hops surprisingly come trough in the last sip. The beer was medium bodied with slightly hidden alcohol. This is a very enjoyable DIPA.

Photo of Monkeyknife
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle a clear burnt orange color with a low off-white head and wet lacing on the sides.

Sweet biscuity malts are there along with some citrus and pine resin.

The biscuity malts, caramel, and citric hops make combine to make something special. The alcohol heat lets it's presence be felt and there's a nice zing on the tongue with every sip.

Medium mouthfeel with that previously mentioned zing to the tongue.

This is a really nice DIPA. Lots of flavor including a touch too much on the alcohol side.

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

Pours a clear burned orange amber with some sediment at the bottom with a big cloudy head that retains well and laces. Smells of huge hops, juicy fruit, citrus and rind. Tastes of strong malt with piney hops, dried fruit and a little alcohol. Finishes mildly bitter. Feels medium and crisp in the mouth. A delicious brew with the feel of a single IPA. Very drinkable and the ABV is so well hidden that you should enjoy carefully. A tasty brew indeed.

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ruddy peach color, cloudy as heck, nice 1/4" creamy white head..

Juicy, piney, grapefruit, fresh and hoppy, vibrant.

Big, tart bitterness on the palate....caramel malt creeps in, spreads around...citric hops pop up and pucker the place...then all eventually fades back and rounds out...softly departing the tongue.
Taste again, and it's back, this odd, potent mix of some sour funky stuff and an out-of-whack hop attack...plenty malt balance, but maybe too much for a 100 IBU, 10 % DIPA...I need it fresher, bitterer, maybe a little punishing....that's what it's about, man!

Although the alcoholic content does indeed start to creep up, this feels like a very hoppy IPA, but still doesn't seem enough...at least not enough to match the Stone-like boasting on the label. "Don't come crying to us if it's too much for you;t his is for hopheads only!"

Yes, it is, I can concur, but yet it's not as big as all that, and I know Two Brothers can do better.

Photo of Nipitato
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bomber at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: A clear reddish copper hue. Minimal off white head with weak retention. Excellent crystal clear clarity. Sticky lacing.

S: A touch of booze is noticeable right off the bat. Good solid grapefruit citrus hop aroma. Also some perfumy, grassy, and resin notes. A biscuity sweet malt flavor underscores.

T: Sharp and bitter grapefruit hop flavor. Dry bittering finish that lingers and is long lasting. Some undefined malt flavor adds balance.

MF: Smooth bordering on slick mouthfeel. Dry. Light carbonation. Definite alcohol warming.

D/notes: Nice sipping double IPA that is well balanced. I think it could be a little stronger.

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

On the bottle there is a picture of a hop bud being squeezed by a pair of pliers, and that's exactly what this beer is like. In fact, I can't think of any beer I've had (in my somewhat limited experience) that has the quality AND quantity of hoppiness of this brew.

Now, the thing that really knocks it out of the park for me is the drinkability. Somehow it's hoppy and bitter but smooth and drinkable at the same time. I feel like I could down 3 or 4 22 oz bombers in a sitting, although I would probably be sleeping in my own puke after that.

If you love hops, get this beer. If you don't like sleeping in puke, resist the urge to gulp it down too heavily.

Photo of BeerTruth
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to dhchatfield for this DIPA.

22 oz. bomber poured into a nonic.

Pours a clear copper hue with a one finger fluffy white head that slowy dies down to a nice lacing. Leaves a very nice stickiness all over the sides of the glass. Smell is a very clean citrus hop with a tiny bit of pine as well. A bit of an earthy hop scent in the nose as well. Taste starts off very clean and sweet. Good mix between the huge citrus hop and mild caramel malt. Tastes finishes pretty dry but enjoyable. Not a whole lot in terms of flavor, but what's there is damn good. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a fair amount of carbonation. Drinkablity is amazing, I have no idea where the 9.9% comes in at all. It's not in the nose or on the tongue. Very nice burps come from Hop Juice too, wish I could burp this flavor all day long. Good solid DIPA all around.

Photo of nortmand
4.97/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Lovely amber orange pour, with, I kid not, a green-off white head.

Ruby red grapefruit, blood orange, a virtual basket of citrus fruits in the aroma.

Huge bubblegum hop flavors up front, supported by a supple malt. Leaves a not overly bitter aftertaste. Very balanced and very hoppy.

Medium-full body, this is an awesomely drinkable, incredibly balanced DIPA. Rivals the best of 'em.

Photo of YonderWanderer
3.13/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a bold orange/copper color. Not much of a head, a thin white layer of foam that dispersed fairly quickly.

S: A slight hops smell -citrusy, grapefruit. Not as strong as I would expect or look for in a double IPA, but not too bad overall.

T : After not being overly impressed by the smell or the appearance, the taste comes through as being quite solid. Starts off very bitter, with a resiny hop taste, finishes with a strong bitterness. The finish is definitely stronger than the start, and the aftertaste is pleasant. Not great, but decent. The malt character is completely hidden by the hops, as is the alcohol.

M: Smooth, not too watery, and not too syrupy. Good consistency and smooth going down.

D: This is a decent double IPA. Not the best I've had, but certainly not the worst. I've got one more of these in the fridge. After that, I would probably either go to another double IPA I haven't tried or one of my standbys. I'm curious to see how it tastes as it warms up.

Photo of Osiris9588
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bomber, capped, no date. Pours a rich clear bronze color. The white head is quite frothy, forming rocking plateaus of froth. Great retention and gobs of small-bubbled lacing.

It smell like hop juice, dank and piny, with some bright citrus and floral notes fluttering up above. The flavor is hops from start to finish: a little more grapefruit, a slight presence of caramel malt appears in the middle, than it grows more piny and herbaceous on the end. The alcohol is there clearly burning, but doesn't overwhelm it too much.

It's medium-bodied and well carbonated, but is a bit of a monobrew--all hops, then more hops. I like hopped up brews, but this doesn't seem to have as much nuance as a Bell's Hopslam. Though I certainly recommend this to all those hop-heads out there.

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

22 oz. bomber into a tulip glass.

Pours a brilliant, near blaze-orange color with a thin cap of beige foam. Good carbonation initially, despite the jacked up ABV. Aroma is rife with oily, resinous pine hops, as well as sickly-sweet toffee, caramel, cut grass, florals, and fruit (citrus, mango, pear). Nice blend.

Bravo on the taste! Extraordinarily hoppy, but balanced with sweet caramel malts, and of course a spicy alcohol note. Mouthfeel is medium-thick bodied and a bit syrupy due to the high alcohol concentration, but the aftertaste is demolishing w.r.t. the tastebuds on the back of the palate. Love it. This brew pairs extremely well with spicy mexican food, try it with a good burrito. This is an extremely tasty, intoxicatingly-potent, complex brew. Definately worth pursuing again. Too bad the bottle says it's a limited-run brew. I hope I can get my hands on another one.

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.

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.

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!!

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.

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.

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.

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.

Hop Centric Double India Pale Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 919 ratings.