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Hop Centric Black - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Ratings: 92
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 13.22%
Wants: 11
Gots: 13 | FT: 2
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Two Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  9.90% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: WoodBrew on 06-19-2011

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle pour for New Brew Thursday's 3rd Anniversary event held at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy off-white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with an herbal hop flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty and hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but has a better smell in my opinion.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was at the Hop Juice Festival yesterday when the release of the Black version of the Hop Juice occured. A significant sized crowd was present prior to the opening in anticipation of the release. I am guessing at this time that this is a limited release, but it may be popular enough to make the rotation as the original HOP JUICE did. The appearance is quite nice....dark and opaque, cannot see through it. The nose is dominated by hop, pine, and some citrus. Not a lot of roast present in the aroma that I could pick up. There was a slight breeze that made smelling a bit difficult. The taste was very similar to the original HOP JUICE at the start, full bodied, pine and citrus undertones that mask the abv. As the beer clinges to the pallate a nice roastiness comes forth as hangs giving the beer a nice complexity. The mouthfeel is good, it would be tough to session a beer of this magnitude, but boy is it a good one!

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of scruffwhor
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my buddy Nate for picking this bottle up for me at the festival.

Color is black with a brown head. You would not know this was a DIPA until you taste it.
The aroma is toasted bitter grain. Charred malt aromas with spicy citrus and pine notes as well. Very inviting, bitter smelling aroma.

Full on roastedto burnt malt mix. Blend that with a strong earthy, spicy, and citric hops bitterness really balances everything out. This is a unique and enjoyable DIPA. The zest but smooth palate made this 22 ounce bomber a great sipper worth savoring.

Photo of Duff27
3.56/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Inch tall ligh mocha head in a black body. Good head retention and lacing.

Sweet cocoa.

Tastes like a dipa :p Hardly much roastiness at all. Some cocoa.

Medium thin mouthfeel, good carbonation.

Average ABA. No flaws just no wow flavors. Thanks egrace84/kawilliams81.

Photo of Dicers
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of thinwhiteduke
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of jaasen64
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber, many thanks to EdwardFortyHands! Poured into Hunahpu snifter. Fairly fresh, I believe Hop Juice Fest was earlier this month.

A- Pours a mostly opaque dark purplish, brown black that lets a little bit but hardly any light through. About a quarter finger of light creamy mocha brown head that fades fairly fast leaving very little head and spotty lacing around the sides of the glass. About average carbonation, definitely more then the regular Hop Juice.

S- Complex and fruity (orange, pineapple, mango- similar to regular Hop Juice) with roasted malts. Not the most aromatic, but I definitely loved the complexity between the fruit and roasted malts- what a black IPA should be like. Nice balance between the two.

T- Similar taste to the regular Hop Juice- pineapple, orange, mango, bannana, etc. mixed with darker tastes of roasted malts and a little bit of cocoa mix. Definitely not as bitter on the finish as Hop Juice, but still has a sweet fruity aftertaste mixed with a little bit of sweet cocoa. Again a little bit lacking on aroma and sweetness, but pleasant.

M- Very smooth and drinkable, alcohol very well hidden, well balanced, medium bodied, not too much carbonation. Overall a very nice feel.

O- This was a very well done Black IPA, one of the better ones I've had. I definitely enjoyed this one a little bit more then the regular Hop Juice. I loved the increased complexity between the well-balanced fruity flavors and hops and the darker qualities of the cocoa and roasted malts. The more I drink it the more I appreciate it. Thank you again EdwardFortyHands for adding this, I wish I had more bottles!

Photo of CHickman
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Rattle-N-Hum in NYC on 9/30/2011: pours pitch black with a small creamy tan head that left very good lacing as it went down.

Aroma was sweet and hoppy with floral hops, piney hops, sweet malt, caramel, citrus hops, light grains and light grapefruit; smells real sweet and juicy, on par for an IPA or black ale.

Tastes like it smells with floral hops, piney hops, sweet malt, caramel, citrus hops, light grains or biscuit, grapefruit, orange peel, a hint of toffee and light spices; this was smooth and balanced, with a medium body, creamy mouthfeel and enough citrus and piney hop flavor to hide the ABV.

Too bad I had several beers before this that night, as I would have liked to given it a better and more thorough review, but I did really enjoy it and thought that it was highly drinkable and very enjoyable.

Photo of hooliganlife
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of AleWatcher
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into tulip pint.

So I rather *wanted* to dislike this beer.
1). It's a black ipa.
2). It's just do fun (and usually easy) to take a shot at 2Bros...

But I'll be damned, because... I actually... kinda... like... this beer.

Oh well. Better to not dwell on it.

Great 3 finger head upon a dark blackish body-- sounds a bit like a stripper I saw once... Nice retention, very nice lacing-- sticky webs of interwoven lace with a very pleasing aesthetic to it.
The wheel weaves as the wheel wills.

Smells and tastes roasty, slightly sweet, nicely bitter, and I get a touch of citrus hops that hide behind a a grassy floral note.

Feels spot on-- medium body, good roast, mild but firm bitterness, oily hop residue feel lingers well after each sip an leaves just a touch of grittiness on my teeth.

Overall-- this is a pretty tasty and enjoyable brew. I would actually drink this again-- in fact, I drank this entire bomber. That really doesn't happen too often (i would say I drainpour 82% of the beer I open).

Photo of oldvines
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of kawilliams81
4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a 16 oz snifter.

A- Pours pitch black, no light shows through at all. Nice tan head with good lacing on the glass.

S- Roasted malts, some vanilla, and pine hops.

T- Chocolate malt with, hint of coffee and vanilla. Nice blend of citrus and pine flavors from the hops.

M- Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Beer trickles down your throat after the finish.

O- Great beer! Combines the quality of a good stout with a magnificent blend of citrus and pine hop flavors. Abv is hidden well. The 2 bottles I have left will not tide me over until next Hop Juice Fest!

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of vande
4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This has got to be one of the darkest IPAs I've ever seen. Pours crayola black, with a dirty, gritty, thin lacing along the circumference of my pint glass

S: Hops immediately with dark, roasted malts...this nose does not let the soon to be drinker understand near as much about what they're going to be experiencing...

T: Woah... Was kind of expecting Hop Juice with "black flavoring" and was pleasantly surprised. Definite hops..but there's a quick blend of dark, rich chocolate and roastiness that causes the hops to not be so upfront.. along with a little splash of vanilla intertwined.. Kinda unique. I like.

M: This one feels viscous as you drink. Sounds weird, but it has a nice texture to it.

O: Pretty good. Funny, there were rumors that it would show up eventually on the retail market...which were apparently NOT true.. I'm glad I swung by and picked up a few bottles. Think I have 2 left. Yum!

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Hop Centric Black from Two Brothers Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.