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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: 883
Reviews: 459
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.87%
Wants: 44
Gots: 45 | 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 GeoffRizzo


4.03/5  rDev +1.8%

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!

02-25-2007 13:53:04 | More by GeoffRizzo
Photo of Braudog


3.8/5  rDev -4%

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)

02-20-2007 21:54:38 | More by Braudog
Photo of Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -7.8%

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.

02-20-2007 01:48:34 | More by Viggo
Photo of Umbra


4.33/5  rDev +9.3%

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/

02-07-2007 17:11:50 | More by Umbra
Photo of MuenchenerKindl


4.43/5  rDev +11.9%

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

02-04-2007 06:44:15 | More by MuenchenerKindl
Photo of CaptCleveland


2.65/5  rDev -33.1%

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.

01-28-2007 22:22:19 | More by CaptCleveland
Photo of uncle8gil


3.33/5  rDev -15.9%

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.

01-27-2007 02:43:28 | More by uncle8gil
Photo of markgugs

New Jersey

4.53/5  rDev +14.4%

Serving: 22 oz. bomber poured into tall weiss glass.

A: Pours a gorgeous coppery reddish brown with ample 2 finger head and lots of lacing, before I've even taken a sip. Just by looking at this beer (and reading the label which indicates 100.1 IBUs), you know it's going to be a hoppy/malted monster.

S: For a beer that clearly has a lot of hops and malts, there isn't much smell at all beyond a faint sweet scent, probably from the hops.

T: No doubt, this baby is a hophead's dream. Slight grapefruit & pine flavors dominate the initial tastes and then gradual sweetness from the malt gives way to a wonderful, lingering finish before drying up and begging you to take that next sip (gulp). Not as sweet as some DIPAs, not as overly hopped as others, Two Brothers has created a strong balance here. Delicious.

M: Great mouthfeel to this one, the beer deliciously coats the tongue with loads of well, juices from the NW hops. Leaves a slight oily, slick residue with each sip, I find myself smacking my lips with each mouthful.

D: Exceptional. The beer is not heavy at all, especially given the almost barbaric 9.9% ABV, lol. A couple of these bombers and you'd be dancing the Sly & the Family Stone jig, if you get me.

I loved this beer, too bad it's so limited. As the label says, "...get it now, 'cause when it's gone, it's gone. Boo hoo."

01-24-2007 01:27:30 | More by markgugs
Photo of AaronHomoya


3.18/5  rDev -19.7%

I was very disappointed with this beer after liking other Two Brothers beers and having a name like Hop Juice. Maybe the bottle I had was past its prime - I don't know.

Pours with little head or carbonation and is a light auburn color. Hoppy, citrus and strongly pine aroma with a sour grape, almost musty note.

Taste is very hoppy but sour and bitter like a grapefruit rind. Piney, with a decent hop-bitter finish.

Medium body, but not enough carbonation left it sort of flat.

Not very drinkable in my opinion, but I may have to give this another chance someday to see if I just had a bad bottle.

01-23-2007 02:46:00 | More by AaronHomoya
Photo of Maestro


4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

This beer had an excellent malt presence that balanced out the huge amount of hops. I appreciate the complexity and balance. There was a strong white head with lots of lacing on the glass. The nose was filled with a biscuit aroma. The DIPA was not overwhelmed with citrus, but had some floral and pine notes that balanced out the citrus. The mouthfeel was a bit sticky, butr other than that it was an amazing beer.

01-21-2007 16:52:44 | More by Maestro
Photo of TurdFurgison


4.35/5  rDev +9.8%

Poured from a big Two Brothers bottle into pint glasses. The appearance was sort of weak, little head over a very clear orange beer. But thankfully all other measures were way above average: Excellent pine hop aroma with a sweet malt background smell, same with the flavor, really nicely balanced DIPA (skewed heavily toward hops of course). Thicker than average mouthfeel too, this was a solid DIPA.

01-19-2007 00:41:29 | More by TurdFurgison
Photo of BEERchitect


4.22/5  rDev +6.6%

Good name for this brew; it seems that they just squeezed the malts from the hops and served it straight to me. The beer begins with a copper / amber color and less viscous than expected. A light fluffy head caps the pint glass and the carbonation inviting. Aromas that emmit from the pour are extremely citrusy, perfumy, floral, and pine-ey. A sweet malt character rounds out the beer, but cannot gain any dominance. Flavors of sweet caramel malts are quickly overtaken by a rich hop bittering, resins, pine, orange peel, lemons, apples, and mint. Though the flavors remain strong, the body stays constent with a medium thickness that allows for a crisp, clean drink. Kinda has a snap in the finish, with only a linger of the hop flavors, bittering, and dryness. The alcohols even give way to the hops. The beer has a body much like a very good Standard IPA (Two Hearted?), but with the hop intensity of a Double. Very drinkable and enjoyable brew.

01-17-2007 04:27:55 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of BeerBelcher


3.83/5  rDev -3.3%

This beer pours a light absorbing dark brown with a moderate amount of head.

Smell is very appealing...a hop bitterness that is neither overtly sweet nor piney.

Taste is very hop-bold, but without being either citrus-y or piney. I've had this beer on draft at Roman's Pub (Milwaukee) before, and believe it was better on draft.

Mouthfeel is only marginally sticky, which is somewhat remarkable given the very hoppy quality of this beer.

I found this beer is rather drinkable.

12-23-2006 03:47:19 | More by BeerBelcher
Photo of BeerRun13


4.83/5  rDev +22%

Huge thanks to dhchatfield for this one.

Pours a super clear & ultra magnifying golden amber. A very fluffy, pure white head sits on top but fades a bit and leaves limited lacing.
Sweet and toasty malt behind floral and piney hops. Hops show more as the beer warms.
Suprisingly, incredibly balanced. Yes lots of hops, nut more subtle than you might think from the aroma. Lightly toasty background. Hops are piney and a touch of sweet citruss shows along with some other fruit notes. Bitterness starts to grow and sticks. Some alcohol in there for sure.
Medium to full bodied. Moderateley carbonated. Very clean finish. A little bittering down the center of the tounge. Warming alcohol all the way to the stomach. Again very balanced and clean for a DIPA.
An overall incredible DIPA. Extremeley easy to drink, but at 9.9% that could be dangerous.

Thanks Dan!

12-19-2006 17:52:07 | More by BeerRun13
Photo of joe1510


4.3/5  rDev +8.6%

22oz. Bomber
Binny's Willowbrook

100.1 IBUs
Hop Juice poured a beautiful clear dark ruby red. The body absolutely glows when held up toward the light. There was a 1 finger creamy white head upon the pour that faded to a swirling but left lacing on the drop. For the head dying down like it did every sip leaves sheet upon sheet of lacing.

The smell is jam packed full of resiny hops. Smells to me like tar made from hops. Maybe that's though to comprehend but it is what it is. There is a hint of dark fruits that give the malt backbone. Cherries and overripe plum interesting scents to say the least for a IIPA. There's even a leather and tobacco aroma in there if you keep searching. Unique and interesting.

The taste goes right along with the scent in uniqueness. It's dominated by big resiny hops that coat the entire mouth. A mild sweetness keeps the hops in check. There is tobacco and an earthiness in the flavor that go perfectly with the resiny hops. There are definately rough edges in the taste but it somehow fits the flavors perfectly. I have never had a IIPA that was so resiny before and I'm liking it.

Mouthfeel is almost perfect. It's medium bodied and in no way viscous like some IIPAs tend to be. Mild carbonation lets the brew ease along on it's own. The strong dose of hops leave a moderate bitterness on the swallow that multiplies with each drink. This one will punish your tongue. I can even feel my bottom lip going numb.

Drinkability for a beer of this weight is good. I can find myself getting lost in the earthy flavors and big hops with each sip. I probably wouldn't drink more than one bomber at a time because of the palate destroying but it is easy to enjoy.

I have sampled some of Two Bothers offerings, and to be totally honest, wasn't expecting a whole lot from this. I've never been happier to have been wrong. This is a really unique and interesting beer. There isn't much like this out there right now. I don't think it's something everyone would enjoy but it's definately worth a try if you see it.


12-16-2006 01:41:22 | More by joe1510
Photo of SkinnyElvis


4/5  rDev +1%

Thanks to beerbeing who gave me this bottle in person as a gift at the Sly Fox IPA Project 2006. He is a true beer advocate.

Typical IPA color. Not an overpowering smell of hops. Very piney in taste. The ABV is not noticeable. An easy to drink DIPA for a hophead. Not spectacular but I would buy this if it was available in my corner of PA.


12-14-2006 01:39:56 | More by SkinnyElvis
Photo of mmcave


4/5  rDev +1%

Purchased at sams, a bomber. Poured into a tulip glass a hearty translucent red, rust color. The head rises and drops to about three centimeters and leaves slightly under whelming lacing. The retention is ok on this, but I still must note the presence of little bubbles rising. The nose, citrus, pine, hints of cinnamon and caramel, basically the sweet malt is there it is just over whelmed by the "northwest" hops (listed on the bottle) and now as it warms up I get vanilla and definite grapefruit. The taste begins with some medium sweet malt and then on to some a nice hop bitterness, with some subtle hints of cinnamon, caramel and spice. This is a nice Double IPA, but something doesn’t sit right with me, maybe its just me. Any how like I said this is a good Double IPA, but there isn’t too much in it that makes it stand out as a fav. I might want little more malt sweetness or even maybe a different hop combo. All and all this is a worth while Double IPA, I might even buy it again at some point.

12-10-2006 06:39:52 | More by mmcave
Photo of IntriqKen


4.08/5  rDev +3%

Cloudy golden orange with lots of little flakey things floating in the glass.
Half finger of white craggy head that melts to sticky top covering lacing.
Pure clean citrus hops in the aroma.
Ok...here we go....first taste is sweet amber malt..,.candy sweet but followed and buried immediately with lemon citrus peel hops.
Second sip...sweet malts have now begun to blend with the citrus hops to make a nice balance.
Next sip...nice balance...the sweetness of the malt is blending perfectly with the citrus hops. I miss seeing (tasting) any pine or grapefruit in the hops, but still nice and the balance is wonderful.

12-10-2006 02:16:27 | More by IntriqKen
Photo of trep

West Virginia

3.8/5  rDev -4%

Thanks to JeffKrenner for a chance to sample this one.

Murky golden honey body with a bubbly white head. Lots of yeast in suspension of various sizes. Nice citrus and pine hop aroma with a caramel malt background. A lil alcohol too.

Aggressive hop bitterness up front that quickly fades to let the more subtle malt flavors come through. Finishes bitter with an ounce of white grape bittersweetness. Some vanilla undertones in there. Not a very balanced beer at all, but it is quite delicious nonetheless.

Oily medium-full body with appropriate carbonation. Not too drinkable due to the massive bitterness inbalance. But, for the style I guess it's about average.

10-31-2006 06:32:58 | More by trep
Photo of hoppymeal


3.58/5  rDev -9.6%

Pours a murky and slightly chunky coppery orange with a very small white head that recedes quickly. There is some piney hoppiness upon agitation in the aroma, also some sweet malts accentuate a peach-nectarine aroma. Aroma isn't over the top fairly mild in fact. The taste exhibits a small amount of sweet orange flavor and tropical fruit, mango and papaya, as well as a raw, fresh hoppiness. The beer finishes fairly dry and bitter. I do enjoy the pure bitter strength of this one but also find that I am searching for a deeper aroma and flavor to balance it out a little. I'm probably 3/4 thru the 22 ounces while I'm typing and my palette has become fairly numb. Still enjoyable though for the intense hop thrashing.

10-27-2006 02:47:35 | More by hoppymeal
Photo of bkett01


4.03/5  rDev +1.8%

Pours a golden copper hue with hardly any head presence. This is clearly bottle conditioned as I can see yeast suspended freely in the beer. Nice hop aroma leading with hints of citrus and leafy hops. Not nearly the most overwhelming DIPA I've had in terms of smell or taste, but on par nonetheless.
Taste is suprisingly balanced for a DIPA, with caramel biscuit malts mixing well with grapefruity hops. Begins with the typical hop bite before smoothly transitioning into the clean malt finish. A rather drinkable DIPA overall, but not as overwhelming as the name might suggest.

10-19-2006 00:56:44 | More by bkett01
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3.93/5  rDev -0.8%

Pair of pliers squeezing a hop - Hop Juice as the name - kinda sets a high level of expectation for the hop profile....

22oz. bomber. Poured a slightly hazy, orange-gold color. Developed a medium sized, light tan head. The aroma was quite mild and consisted mainly of hops, pine and mint. Based on the bottle, I would have expected a much stronger hop blast. Flavor was very good, with the malt and the hops balanced nicely. Malt character was biscuity and husky, with the hops coming in the citrus variety. Hops flavors lingered long into the aftertaste. This was a "light" beer for it's style, coming in as something less than medium bodied. The carbonation was pretty low, and, IMO, could be punched up a bit. This was a very drinkable beer, and the ABV was hidden extremely well. My only complaint is that it didn't really live up to the expectations created by the label.

10-03-2006 13:21:51 | More by
Photo of MillRat


4.18/5  rDev +5.6%

A: This was fresh from brewery and got lost in the back of the kegerator. Still nicely clear amber when carefully poured of a bit of sediment in the bottom. Good off-white head.

S: Hops. Hops. Hops. Holding its Amarillo hops citrusy aromas better than most DIPAs.

T: Nice malt backbone propping up all that hop bitterness (100.1 IBU) without getting to sweet. Really have to concentrate to recognize the alcohol in there. Deceptively powerful in that regard.

M: Like a good DIPA, the malt that should cling onto your tongue like drunk to streetlamp post gets a firm "move along buddy" from the hop cop. It is substantial but not as heavy-tasting as the malt notes would suggest.

D: I'm rating this rather high because: 1) This is very drinkable for a DIPA. The malt really keeps the hops in check, and that's no small accomplishment. 2) At 9.9% alcohol, just how many of these 22 oz. bombers can you drink? By the time the taste of this beer would get tiring, you'd need to concentrate on other things like staying on top of the bar stool and focusing well enough to read your bar tab anyway.

09-29-2006 00:13:51 | More by MillRat
Photo of Westsidethreat


3.95/5  rDev -0.3%

A: Vibrant hazy cayenne with a solid creamy oatmeal colored top. Looks nice.

S: Resiny hop oil, subtle grapefruit, red fruits and minor pine.

T: Up front fruitiness; apricot, strawberries and some peach. Grapefruit and crab apple play a part as well. The alcohol is present in this one, get some evidence on the tongue almost thru the entire process. Pine cone wood and bitterness pops up as the red fruit takes a back seat. Finishes with light pear syrup and pine sap.

M: Medium body, lightly oily.

D: Good DIPA. Straight forward and nothing surprising.

09-24-2006 19:59:20 | More by Westsidethreat
Photo of sponberg

New York

4.3/5  rDev +8.6%

Big bomber bottle courtesy of NucularGeorge :thumbup:

Pours a clousy, slightly muddy orange/amber with a head that dies quickly but has a proper wake. Aroma is primarily citrusy hops with a toasted grain maltiness.

Rippingly good bitterness right off the bat - citrus and pine in equal amounts, not tongueslappingly uber-bitter but still a heapin helpin' o' hops in the boil. There's almost enough malt to balance, a caramelly smooth maltiness with slight fruitiness (Red Delicious apples and grapefruits) that gradually heads towards a pine/grapefruit lingering afterburn. Slight alcohol warmth is very well hidden. Mouthfeel is rather light for the alcohol involved, which makes it dangerously drinkable.

Really enjoyed the flavors in this one - would be almost lethally dangerous on a hot day.

F'n George!!!

09-20-2006 02:43:16 | More by sponberg
Hop Centric Double India Pale Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 883 ratings.