Laughing Panda - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Ratings: 136
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.13%
Wants: 6
Gots: 6 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.25% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jjanega08 on 06-03-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Laughing Panda takes his beer with green tea. This brilliant golden IPA has a fruity tropical aroma and a pleasant astringency from the genmaicha green tea. All finished with a light malt backbone with a small touch of hilarity on the tongue.
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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into tulip; clear golden with a big fluffy white head that leaves lots of spotty lacing. Smell is hoppy, pine mostly. Taste is sweet and nutty, slight bitter piney hops and a hint of green tea. Mouthfeel is effervescent and medium-thin. Overall a delicious nutty-malt IPA; don't get much green tea but it's there. Two Brothers always have an interesting take on styles.

Photo of Brenden
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A shade or two lighter than amber, very nearly but not quite clear, this beer forms a tight but sizeable head on the pour. Retention is good. Some stick is shown as a modicum of patches and spotting is left as it falls.
The hops come out of the aroma without having to be coazed, and it's a nice bouquet of tropical fruits and pine, but any pithy or resinous notes are offset by an almost sugary note, which itself is offset by the bitterness, making for a well-balanced tandem. Green tea doesn't disrupt anything but is present without much of an herbal quality.
The flavor likewise reminds me that this is, first and foremost, an IPA, and a solid one at that. A bit of mintiness comes out with mostly tropical fruits but light citrus also. Green tea isn't too subtle, though a bit, and builds up slightly as the session goes on, and displays itself most in the finish. I actually get a very lightly spicy nip as well.
Crisp up front and continuing, the medium body holds it well and a light to medium level of carbonation contributes to a good smoothness.

Photo of secondtooth
4.39/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a vivid, clear amber with attractive head of white foam. Big, loopy tree-line lace.

Nose is deliciously green -- hops definitely and maybe a hint of the green tea essence coming through. I get more creamy citrus and succulent tropical fruit, though. Absolute bliss.

Taste is definitely hoppy, but with something else -- tropical fruit definitely. There's a certain mellowness to this brew, which could be the green tea. Regardless, it's very tasty, hoppy, and very drinkable.

As a serious tea nerd, I had to pick up this bomber, and I would easily again. Here's hoping that Two Brothers will bottle this one more regularly, and maybe make available in 6-packs. I'd do this again in a heartbeat. Absolutely delicious and different.

Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Laughing Panda is a decent IPA....different than most and worth a try. The beer poured a clear (I was careful with the pour) orangish golden color with thin white head that is leaving some lace. The scent has some sweetness, hints of pine and I guess a flare of tea. The taste is on the sweeter side to start then a nice bitter enters which brings some citrus and pine. There is a twang in there that I guess would be from the green tea. The mouthfeel is fuller in body with smooth carbonation. Overall this is a decent beer and I am glad to have had the chance to taste it.

Photo of Gmann
3.04/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy golden color with a short off white head that settles into a light ring.

The aroma is quite sweet. There is a candied tropical fruit note that mixes with a sweet bready malt. Some apricot notes. Too sweet.

The taste is similar to the aroma. Quite tropical with candied apricot. I don't really taste any of the green tea due to the candied notes. Some pepper spice. Overall not very pleasant flavor. Tastes like an old IPA.

Moderate feel with fizzy carbonation. Sweet on the palate.

Disappointed that I don't pick up any green tea. Tastes like a sweet old IPA.

Photo of emerge077
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Saturated orange with bright clarity and plenty of rising carbonation. Off white foam on top that rises above the rim momentarily, and leaves behind sheets of lace in the glass. Long lasting coverage on the surface.

Sweet cantaloupe and fruit cocktail aromas.

Flavors of grapefruit pith, cantaloupe, and light bitter greens in the aftertaste (the tea leaves maybe). Slightly dank and citrus-forward, sweet orange marmalade and caramel malt undertones. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, sticky on the lips. Overall it's a bit sweet, and drinks more like a double IPA, but it tastes and smells great.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased at Nathaniel Square Corner Store in Rochester, NY.

Pours a clear light amber, with a one inch head and a lot of lacing towards the top of the glass.

Smells like piney/leafy hops mixed with some sweet green tea aromas.

The tastes follows pretty similarly. The green tea is a good a mix with the piney and leafy hop flavors. Some sweetness from either the green tea or the malts- probably the malts, as the sweetness is a bit caramelly. Sticky sweet finish to this one.

Medium bodied, sticky mouthfeel, good crisp carbonation. Very drinkable.

Green tea is a great adjunct for IPAs, and should be explored further. Really liked this one.

Photo of metter98
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy yellowish amber in color and poured with a quarter finger high white head. This died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a large collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of citrusy and tropical fruit hops are present in the nose along with some hints of candied sweetness.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has notes of green tea along with a light amount of bitterness - tangerines seem to stand out of in particular.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink but I can only taste a faint amount of green tea. It would have been nicer if the green tea flavors were more prominent.

Photo of mfnmbvp
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Ahh yes, after a couple of months I am finally getting around to trying this brew, a new green tea IPA from the local Two Brothers Brewing Company. Haven't had a new beer from these guys in a while, and the idea sounds intriguing, so I'm excited.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Pours two fingers of soft soapy off-white head on top of a light golden-orange colored body. Some nice fluffy strands of lace. Looks pretty enticing.

S - Smell is pretty fresh and inviting, also. Fresh squeezed oranges, tangerine, grapefruit, piney hop resins, lots of dank hop bitterness, a hint of soapiness, & some light bready biscuit malt in the background. Some herbal lemongrass imparted from the green tea.

T - Oh yeah, this is pretty good. Not nearly as biting and bitter as the aroma leads you to believe. Lots of light lemony citrus and herbal grassiness, some cucumber, authentic brewed green tea leaf flavor & sweetness, white sugar, slight graininess, and lots of bready maltiness on the finish. As I let it sit a little, a sort of white peppery taste seems to creep out.

M - Smooth, wet, and oily. Sticky, bitter, and dry on the finish.

Overall, I thought it was a great take on the same old boring everyday IPA, and I definitely wouldn't mind seeing this beer entering Two Brothers Brewing's regular line-up of beers. Would definitely have again; recommended.

Two Brothers Laughing Panda Green Tea IPA ---4/5.

Photo of schwemjw
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: 2 finger white soapy heady on a bright copper.

S: Very herbal. The green tea definitely makes an appearance. Herbal and dank with a little juniper. Very grassy.

T: Sweet pineapple, lemon, herbs and grass. Once again the tea is present and is very nice. Caramel in the middle with a dry pine, tea finish. The finish is quick.

M: Light with decent carbonation. Very refreshing with a fast finish.

O: Very earthy. lots of green tea. You could drink a ton of this. /87

Photo of hermit990
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass. No freshness date on the bottle.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, copper color with about one finger of off-white head. It looks well carbonated as bubbles stream up from the bottom of the glass. The head leaves a good lacing on the glass as it recedes.

Smell: Right from opening the bottle, there's a strong, citrus hop presence. This continues upon pouring into the glass, as the aroma leads with citrus (lemon, orange, grapefruit.) and sweet, light fruits (pear, pineapple). Just beneath this, there are some subtle pine notes. The aroma finishes with an herbal, tea leaf-like quality, closing with an earthy spiciness. Very pleasant smell to this one.

Taste: Some citrus hop bitterness, notes of grapefruit and lemon upfront. Following this is just a touch of sweetness, combining light fruits with a touch of honey, at about the middle of the tongue. The finish is a subtle herbal or medicinal tea leaf quality, mixing well with the citrus from the hops and the light malt sweetness, which becomes slightly bready as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel: The feel is a bit on the thinner side. Bubbles of carbonation scrub over the tongue. There is a slight resinous quality to it as it warms. Leaves a bit of a tingling, numbness on the tongue reminiscent of drinking tea. The finish is very dry. I might have liked a touch more body to this one, but it works as a refreshing brew.

Overall: This is an interesting take on an enjoyable IPA. The subtle tea notes work well with the typical IPA characteristics making a very pleasant drink. It is priced reasonably for a bomber ($6.99 in my area), but the limited availability will likely make it difficult to find. I found myself really enjoying this one, and look forward to seeing what else Two Brothers has in mind.

Photo of Oakenator
4.56/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a golden amber with a full head. Head persists well and leaves lots of lacing streaks on the glass.

S: Hops - lots of fresh pine scented hops.

T: Really interesting flavors - they packed a load of hops up front in a low ABV. The green tea is a welcome twist and hangs on the palate nicely.

M: Medium bodied, fine carbonation.

O: Great brew.

Photo of KFBR392
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Thick creamy head to about two fingers on the pour. Subsided but was present while drinking. Heavy lacing on the glass as I enjoyed it. Some darker orange accents then a regular IPA look. Very active carbonation. Has an absolutely delicious look.

Smell: Bright fresh hops hit right away. Really brighten up the beer, a great front. Some subtle tea leaf accents hit toward the middle of the body. Some honey and pear accents. Some slight tangerines and mangos as well. A really great american single IPA aroma.

Taste: Exotic leafy accents hit the palette right away which mix well with the hops. The fruit tones burst through in the body, pineapple, oranges, and grapefruit. Piney flavors finish off the brew well. Some alcohol accents mix on the back end and add a real spicy texture on the palette.

Mouthfeel: Interesting mixture of the tea leaves, pine, and alcohol. Dries out the palette.

Overall: An excellent IPA from Two Bros. I've been skeptical of their bombers recently but this one may get them a few more opportunities. An easy drinker good for a hot summer day. Keep an eye out for this one.

Photo of maxcoinage
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16 oz draft at Beer Market in Vernon Hills (rated on 6/20/13) .
Aroma - citrus / floral notes
Appearance - light golden
Taste - mild hop flavor that’s well balanced. As it warmed up the tea flavor started coming through
Palate - medium carb, its a bit of a sticky resinous
Overall - great tasting beer esp on a hot day. Not sure I’d buy a bomber since that’s the only format its sold in but if it came in 6 packs I might pick it up

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass; no bottle dating, but was released recently. Pours moderately hazy golden orange color with a 2 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big orange zest, tangerine, lemon zest, pineapple, green tea, bread, light caramel, floral, grass, light pine, and herbal earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hop, tea, and malt notes; with good strength. Taste of tangerine, lemon zest, orange zest, green tea, floral, grass, bread, light caramel, light pine, and herbal earthiness. Light pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, green tea, bread, light caramel, floral, grass, light pine, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of hop, malt, and tea flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, lightly creamy, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice spiced IPA. All around nice balance and complexity of malt, hop, and tea flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of TheSSG
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a HUGE, soapy, resiny, off-white head with good persistence and nice lacing. A nice piney hop aroma. Wonderful, amber-straw color. Starts off with an interesting bitter/floral hop/tea flavor which builds into a nice piney, medium-high bitterness. The finish has a little bit of malt coming through, and then that tea/hop bitterness lingers. If you let the finish REALLY linger, the herbal/floral green tea well outlingers the hops, and it becomes quite nice.

Overall, it's not bad. The bitter green tea is pretty subtle against 70IBU's of hops, so maybe a lighter style would have better showcased the tea.
If you like tea and IPA, this is a MUST try.

Photo of homebrew311
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance is pale gold, clear, white head, a bit of lace. Nose is pine forward with light sweet malts and only a touch of green tea comes in at the finish. Taste is delightfully bitter with piny hops up front, notes of honey and malt in the middle, and nice notes of green tea on the finish. Mouthfeel is medium with moderate carbonation. Overall, one of two brothers better offerings, a little more green tea aromatics would have taken this to he next level.

Photo of brentk56
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber verging on golden with a frothy little head; decent retention and a few strands of lace

Smell: The combination of green tea and piney hops smells a bit weird, almost sweaty; not something I would want to contemplate

Taste: Unlike the smell, the taste is rather interesting; the green tea flavors mingle with the biscuity malts on the front end and then build, adding a minty quality to the piney hops that dominate the middle; the finish is somewhat dry with an interesting blend of the biscuit and the green tea flavors, with the pine receding

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; somewhat crisp

Overall: Now this is one interesting beer; while I am not a fan of the aroma, the unusual taste profile leads me to tip my hat in respect to the brewer

Photo of beardown2489
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber poured split with a friend. Served in snifters.

A - nice tropical orange color. Nothing abnormal in the head, pours how an IPA should.

S - really nice scent. Hops explode right away an get me excited. Really had no idea what to expect but the scent immediately raised the expectation. Not much green tee herbal character but its not like that's a dominating smell compared to the other tropical scents going on (grapefruit, mango, orange)

T - Impressive. Reminded me of some of the pipeworks ninja series for a second. The hops are that fruitful and the malt is that supportive. Once again, the green tea is not the main attraction. But that's ok, this thing is just oozing flavor.

M - This is where I noticed the green tea coming into play. After a few sips, the beer begins to leave a residual earthy tea flavor on the palate just like a pure green tee would. It's pretty cool. A subtle nuance to me, but appreciated.

O - this is the best offering to date from Two Bros. they are hitting their stride now in the ale category. Side kick was done well, and I knew it wouldn't be long before they did something great in an IPA format. Their other IPAs are decent but this will be a game changer for them. Two Brothers is raising the bar.

Photo of TTAmod
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Clear light orange with a rocky off-white head. Retention is good.

S: Smell is very tropical and malty, too. Lots of overtones of orange, peach, and caramel.

T: Hops up front, mostly of the tropical variety. Again, lots of orange and peach, but also some grapefruit. Get a bit of soothing mint and green tea leaf taste on the back end. Not bitter at all...has the bitterness of an unsweetened green tea. Malt base is actually pretty strong, but never too overpowering.

M: Medium mouthfeel...not too thick,but not too thing. Slightly bubbly, but not overly so. This beer is pretty much all about balance.

O: Never had a green tea IPA, and I must say I dug it. I'm a big fan of green tea, and the flavors of the green tea and hops surprisingly mesh together well. I've had a LOT of different Two Brothers IPAs, and this is a great one from them. As people should know by now, you pretty much always want to pick up a Two Brothers limited release beer.

Photo of IPAdams
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Poured a dark gold with a half inch white head that lingers but leaves minimal lacing.

Smell- Strong smell of green tea and citrus. Gives off a hint of potato chips

Taste- Lots of green tea with a very balanced bitterness and a slight sweetness on the finish. Also get some fruit flavors, maybe green grapes.

Mouthfeel- Medium mouthfeel with a good amount of carbonation.

Overall- Very drinkable with a good flavor and good bitterness. Didn't care much for the smell but otherwise pretty good beer.

Photo of jjanega08
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No freshness dating on the bottle.

A= Pours a beautiful translucent orange color with a nice thick two fingers of still head that holds great retention and lacing on the side of the glass.

S= The smell is very hop forward for sure. Big fruity hops with a bit of a medicinal character. I wouldn't say it's green tea smelling necessarily but I'm sure that is what is contributing to the aroma.

T= The taste is again a very nice hop forward flavor with a big fruit presence. Some of the fruitiest hops I've had in a while actually. The green tea comes through a lot more in the flavor however. Again slightly medicinal but more of a nice smooth green tea flavor comes out. Really works in mellowing the bright hop flavors to keep your tongue happy.

M= Smooth and supple. The tea adds a great mouth to it. Prolly just placebo but I like it.

O= This is one hell of a beer. Great hop profile and an excellent tea flavor to round it out. It's the best of both worlds.

Photo of patpbr
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle
A - Poured orange with a small but nice head with nice retention.
S - Smell is hoppy with what i want to call green tea sneaking in.
T - Hops and fruit that are orange and grapefruit some citrus and mint. The green tea taste is a nice addition
M - Medium body, Tea really takes any bitter hops out of the mix and makes it very pleasant.
O - Great combination and well worth the price. Will be revisiting this one again soon.

Photo of barnzy78
3.51/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, body is a deeper golden color; rocky, frothy off-white head hangs around forever leaving chunks on the glass as it finally fades. Fresh floral hop aroma with biscuit, toasted grain, citrus, lemon & grapefruit zest, faint tea leaf, caramel, spice all present in a surprisingly complex nose. Tastes are very unbalanced from the get-go with hop forward flavors of pungent grapefruit rind and lingering pine dominating the palate. Malt is present, but hides behind the hops as caramel, biscuit, toasted grain. Green tea flavors to make a slight presence and provide a herbal, ashy characteristic. Lighter than medium body, resiny, moderate carbonation, drying bitter finish lingers. Overall, way off balance here. I like my beer bitter, but there needs to be some sort of maltiness to counter the hops. Oh wait, was this a take on hop tea? I think get it...

Photo of falloutsnow
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From: Binny's, Champaign, IL
Date: Nothing specific (0873A20958 stamped on bottom of bottle)
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

This beer was brewed with genmaicha (roasted brown rice green tea) and not the pure leaf tea that might be expected. As a result, do not expect green tea flavors and aromas to burst forth, but instead only trace hints of roasted brown rice tea show through, and the tannins from the tea leaves contribute to the exceptionally dry close and/or add a bit of leafy and vegetative sweetness to the aroma and flavor (though I may be forcing this as well). Overall, this is a very flavorful and enjoyable US IPA, though not as unique as one might hope by the "green tea" label. Would I try it again? Maybe if it were in six-packs and priced accordingly.

Pours a 2cm tall head of slightly off-white foam, made up of small, dense bubbles that together give the appearance of a solid frothy mass. Retention is excellent, the foam lasting over two minutes as it settles to a thin (0.2cm) cap atop the beer for the duration of the session. Lacing is also quite good, solid washes of thin foam, as well as heavy dots and lines, cling to the inner walls of the glass. Body is a dark orange-yellow color, mostly transparent (20-30% opaque), with light bringing out lighter goldenrod-colored hues. Carbonation is visible rising along the sides and center of the glass.

The beer produces an aroma of sweet pale malt sugars with a mixture of woodsy/herbal/leafy/spicy and flowery/citrus/tropical (orange/pineapple) hop aromas and very faint brown rice green tea. The hop scents suggests a mixed usage of Germanic and US/New Zealand hops, though the effect could probably be generated with careful use of the former. It would be nice if Two Brothers would include the malt and hops used in the beer, so as to educate us.

Overall flavors are of heavily mixed tropical and citrus fruits (pineapple, mango, orange, grapefruit) with spicy, herbal, pine and leafy accents, both courtesy of hops (US and/or German) and well-balanced (that is, they "mesh" well together), the sweet malts acting as a low-level agent to facilitate the blending of these intense hop flavors. Front of palate features pale malt sweetness with notes of leafy, herbal hops, with hints of grapefruit, pineapple, and hop bitterness. Mid-palate with some leafy, spicy, and medium-high bitterness noble hops alongside fruity and citrusy (grapefruit and orange) characters as well, undoubtedly contributed by both yeast and hop. Back of palate finds medium-high bitterness with spicy hops, hints of grapefruit, pine, and a Germanic leafy hop character. Aftertaste is of spicy hops, green tea astringency, high hop bitterness, with notes of grapefruit and pine.

Beer is medium-bodied with carbonation of medium-low levels, leading to a slightly effervescent, but mostly smooth and foamy mouthfeel. Closes exceptionally dry, perhaps from the use of extensive hops and green tea, with moderate stickiness lingering across the palate.

Laughing Panda from Two Brothers Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.