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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: 927
Reviews: 466
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 12.12%
Wants: 45
Gots: 50 | 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:
Beer added by: orbitalr0x on 03-12-2005

Formerly known as Hop Juice.
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Photo of marcpal
4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thank you sman262 for this growler in the exchange. Right up my alley.

Poured 16oz into pint glass.

A: Orange and amber color with full clarity and a tense bubbling. Very thin bright white head with standard lacing.

S: Lots of earthy hops backed by malty flavors. Smells distinctly lake a stack of pine needles soaked in sugary honey.

T: Grassy herbal hops and grapefruit flaovors with honey again. Bitter hops are ideally and perfectly balanced with strong malts. The booze is unnoticeable virtually. Wasnt sure how well it would have held up in the growler over time, but it was mad fresh.

M: Coating and oily and the malts left the sugar resins. Remarkedly light body.

D: Bitter but a greatly balanced hop bomb. The abv concerns me a bit with this growler in front of me. Thanks again to sman, good choice.

Photo of pwoods
3.86/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz. brown bomber, purchased at Belmont Party Supply, poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a ruby tinted amber with good visibility. 2 fingers of tight cream head with good retention. Nice lacing.

S: Fresh, oily hop resin, full of flowers and citrus oil. Strong sweet malts round things out.

T/M: A nice balance between hops and malts. Nice hop resins with a bit of pine. Super sweet malts with plenty of sweet brad that is slightly chewy.

D: 9.9% is gonna limit drinkability but it's a nicely balanaced DIPA.

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

This is the 2008 release at Two Brothers new pub. Poured into a snifter it has a nice sudsy head. Medium amber colour. The aroma is the thing here: overwhelming aromatic pine fills the glass, just wonderful, akin to a hop wine if there was such a thing. Lots of citrus on the palate makes for a balance of the sweetness and hop bitterness in the finish. In the style of Dreadnaught without the nuances. Definitely a sipping beer.

Photo of FtownThrowDown
2.96/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark gold in color. Only a little bit of head forms atop the beer. Smell is subtle hops and a ton of malt. Taste is much the same. I don't know when this was bottled, but I just bought it yesterday. This is all malt, all the time. Medium body on the mouthfeel. I was expecting something different and alot more hops.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brownish orange. Minimal head. Perfumed nose with mild citrus tones. Flavor is syrup like with hop character, of course. More of a bark like thing going on than anything else. This doesn’t carry the mass of citrus that many other DIPAs do. Feels nice on the mouth, though a bit syrup like and sticky. This is a pretty nice DIPA. Certainly isn’t bringing a huge amount of character, but is smooth and nice to drink.

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

Intial head is decent and retention is great. Color is amber, and I can see my fingers through the glass.

The smell is of strong hops and caramel malts. Very well balanced nosed. Nice, strong grape smell comes out.

Taste is very sweet for a dipa. This is actually well balanced. It my have been aged to mellow out the flavors. Initially the flavor is sweet, followed by caramel malts, and an agressive, yet mellowed hop bitterness. Really well balanced for a DIPA

Mouthfeel has moderately low carbation but is full and clings to the mouth very well. This beer is very well balanced, and is therefore pretty drinkable.

Question is: do you want a fresh harsh hopped dipa or a balanced well rounded dipa with nice caramel malting and a sugary sweetenss to balance the hop flavor?

I like this beer. I wish they sold it where I lived.

Thanks to David Eddie for the sample.

Photo of jdoncbus
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a water glass. Hazy, amber with small carbonation and head. Moderate lacing.

Nose is extremely sweet smelling, almost of a lime lifesaver. Can make out some carmel malt and not much alcohol; despite its 9.9% ABV.

Malt really comes through on first taste. Sweet hops thus hit the palate consisting of orange, tangerine and pine with an additional biscuit/alcohol note. Mouthfeel at first glance is mildly slick and chewy but ends with a nice dryness.

A nice change-up DIPA in my opinon. There is a nice balance between the sweet malt and hops; unlike most DIPAs that slam with the hops (which I actually thrive on). I will pick this up again when the months continue to get colder.

Photo of meatyard
3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a hazy, orange/amber color. The short head falls quickly to a ring and a bit of lacing.
The smell is mostly hops with a very light hint of sweet malt.
The taste is a bit of light hop flavor, malt sweetness in the middle and a lot of bitterness at the end.
Mouthfeel is a solid medium leaning towards thick.
Drinkability is lower than a number of other DIPA's for me.

I just don't get enough individual smells and tastes in this beer for me to want another, especially with the 9% ABV. It's good, different and a little interesting but it's not in my top 10 DIPA's.

Photo of baos
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
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
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
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
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
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
3.28/5  rDev -17.2%
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
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
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
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
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
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
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
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
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
4.72/5  rDev +19.2%
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
3.08/5  rDev -22.2%
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
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Hop Centric Double India Pale Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 927 ratings.