Twin Sisters | Left Hand Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Left Hand Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.60%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Todd on 05-21-2006

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Reviews by optiontwo:
Photo of optiontwo
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 2008 bomber into a standard pint glass.

Appearance-Nice light orange/gold color with a good amount of carbonation. Beautiful thick head that I could probably draw a picture in with the remainder of the pour. Big clouds of lacing cling to the glass after a few sips.

Smell-Citrus(mostly grapefruit) and pine are the main scents I pick up but with a definite sweet smell.

Taste-Wow. Wonderfully bitter. The bitterness hits right away and sticks around. Not to be outdone, the malts give a very nice sweetness to this beer without being too grainy. I'm not sure if it's the rye that goes into this beer that makes me enjoy the malt balance so much but it is really quite nice. As I sip I imagine a candied grapefruit, or something along those lines.

Mouthfeel-Syrupy but not to the point to where it's overwhelming. Perfect thickness for a double IPA in my opinion. Nice carbonation that bites along with the generous amount of hops.

Drinkability-At 9% it's hard to imagine having anymore than the bottle I just polished off, but knowing me I probably would. It's just that good. Also, for someone who doesn't usually drink big beers I'd have to think this would be a bit of an undertaking for them.

Overall- Loved it. I'm a total hop head and I try a lot of IPA's and IIPA's and this one stands out in my mind for sure. I'll definitely be picking up at least one more bottle of this. I highly recommend it.

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Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to hoppedup for the bottle,poured a deep hazy orange with a big blooming white head that formed nicely into a 1/2 finger creamy-like mass.Big citrus aromas lemon rind and grapefruit with lighter caramel notes,not as is your face hop wise as most of the style but there is plenty of hops to go around very citrusy and some resiny notes come more as I drink more with some herbal/grass showing thru as well its quite yeasty as well the malt base is on the dryer side and holds up well.I think this is a fine beer not as big and brash as others of the style but quite nice,I would reccomend it.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue IX:

From their "Big Mo" series, this big-ass, bottle-conditioned India Pale Ale is brewed with Rocky Mountain water, malted & flaked barley, malted rye, hops and yeast. Wait, if this is a Double IPA, and IPA stands for India Pale Ale, what's with the redundant "Ale" on the label?

Bright light-golden color with a touch of cloudiness; topped with a tight white, creamy foam lacing. Big green hop aroma, hints of vegetable, soap and spicy rye notes, pine resin and a deep, sweet alcohol. Smooth. Super creamy, fluffy and silky. Full and even. Semi-viscous, near syrupy at times. Sweet up front with a fresh malt character, followed by some caramel, tapioca, overripe pineapple, candied fruits and rye spice around the edges that segue nicely into the hops--which are big with flavor: bitter greens, sticky hop oils, ashy resins and dried leaves. Warming, spicy alcohol. Mouthfeel goes a bit coarse as things warm.

The hops, while certainly present and intricate, seem to get lost in the sweetness; which along with the big fruitiness of this beer, gets a bit too cloying for us.

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Photo of blitz134
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fairly clear amber, caramel color. Huge head on the initial pour, but after topping off a couple of times there is a nice one inch thick, lumpy, off-white head on top that stays til the bottom. Nice lace is spread sporadically on the sides of the glass. Nicely done.

Strong aromas of sweet, citrus and piney hops. Smells like amarillo mostly. The sweetness is a bit of grapefruit and some lemony hints. Caramel malts come in as well to make this smell sweet. Overally it has a nice, fresh, raw hop aroma.

Nice malty backbone supports the bitterness in this well with its biscuity malts, quite the change from the malts found in the aroma. Pine and citrus malts come through once again but with a little more raw earthy taste as well. Finishes fairly bitter. Well done overall I think, maybe a touch understated. No hints of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied which make this go down easy. Coats the mouth well and really allows the bitterness to linger on for a bit. Good drinkability, nothing out of the box but a solid DIPA in my opinion that isn't over the top, which I consider a plus.

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Photo of dandaugherty1221
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, 2008 Bottle Conditioned on the label.
In a pint glass, the beer was a hazy orange color with a thick tan head that rapidly dissipated. A bit of lace.
Strong citrus aroma. Sweet/floral. Tickle your nose peppery.
Grapefruit and tangerine taste, sweet bread. Didn't quite live up to the promise of the aroma.
Still, a nice, mellow DIPA.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, corked and caged. Pours a clear (until the last pour) copper with a decent yellowish creamy head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet bready honey and some fruity piney/grassy hops.

The flavor is sweet melon-ey malts followed quickly by a decent bitter earthy hoppiness. It has a pretty clean finish with little aftertaste, and the alcohol is very well-hidden. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with decent carbonation.

Overall, it's a decent DIPA. The flavor profile is kind of simple though - there's not a lot there. It's not really worth the price - I'd take Hercules over this any day of the week.

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Photo of Twifiter
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of merlin48
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 ml bomber pours a hazy apricot body with some "floaties" in suspension. Sturdy beige head leaves a ton of lace. Aroma has huge waves of maltiness, toffee, molasses, and orange marmalade. Body is almost full. Medium carbonation and a syrupy feel that becomes cloying. Taste has an assertive hops bitterness that is mostly citrus but edged with pine sap. Lots of toffee and caramel maltiness that is overly sweet. Orange marmalade notes in the middle. A bit out of balance on the sweet side.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of innominat
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of jondeelee
3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Twin Sisters opens to a bright, hoppy nose, with pink grapefruit, lemon, sugary rosewater, and pine resin dominating, with lesser touches of grapefruit rind and mint. The aromas are very sweet, everything about this beer—even the hops—geared toward sugary, fruity, citrusy aromas. There’s also a nice bed of fruit esters, including orange, apricot, cherry, berry, and peach, all of which mingle with candi sugar, brown sugar, and dashed of super sweet confectioner’s sugar, and provide a nice bolstering effect to the citrusy hops. Grape Nuts cereal, biscuit, and light floury baguette add earthiness. As a whole, the nose is very nice, and while it is not at all the hop blast that often comes from Double IPAs, it’s still obviously hop-centered, being quite fruity and citrusy, and immediately notable in this sense as excellent summer fare.

On the tongue, the beer proves to be sweet and lightly hoppy, the hops bringing pink grapefruit, sugary rosewater, and very light touches of pine and lemon. More noticeable, however, are the massive levels of sugar and fruit esters, with orange, apricot, cherry, berry, and peach mixing with heavy doses of brown sugar and candi sugar to produce a sweetness more reminiscent of syrup than beer. There’s just enough pine and grapefruit rind to somewhat reign in this sweetness, and the biscuit/floury baguette/Grape Nuts cereal grain base adds further weak pulls back to earth. A bit more hop bitterness does come out late in the mouthful as the sugars die off, and the aftertaste also boasts a bit more hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is a surprisingly heavily sugared Double IPA, and in fact in many ways doesn’t feel like a Double IPA at all. Yes, the 9.6% ABV is well hidden beneath the heavy sugars, but for its 77 IBUs, this still comes across more like a sweet, fruity, citrusy cocktail than a beer, and needed a bit more dandelion stem or pine resin hop bite to balance this sweetness. It’s still good beer, mind you—but not quite what is expected.

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Photo of virinow
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours peachy amber under a 2” white foam cap that hugs the side of the glass.
S: Fresh cut grass with some citrus rind, resin and light caramel.
T: Malt and caramel lead the attack with light fruit and orange in the background followed by citrus rind bitterness that lingers delightfully.
F: Creamy, fine soft carbonation, medium body.
O: A big beer with a decent balance between the malt, hops and alcohol.

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Photo of fionn13
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of juicebox
3.99/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Jsonta
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dizzy
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours copper colored (slightly hazy) with a light tan/off white head. Head retention is great! Smell is citrusy (grapefruit) and maybe some pine like aroma. Strong bitterness is the first thing I taste, but it seems well balanced with all that malt. Medium bodied with quite a bit of carbonation, a faint alcohol burn is noticeable.. This is quite drinkable for the ABV, not as good as Dogfish Head 90 min. IPA, but much better than Rogues I2PA.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark copper color, not much head, formed late in the pour. Aroma, a little sweet, but largely lacking.

Taste, ooh, herbal hop, bitterness, warming, leaning to the almost pine side, possibly because of the herbal feel from the initial mouthfeel. A pretty easy drinking beer given the abv, bitterness. Glad I picked this up, for me, left hand has been all over the place in terms of quality/likeability, but 2010 has been a good year for them in my book.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brilliant bright clear orange copper body with a bright off white head forming thick, lacing is fine and intricate evenly spread. Aroma has earthy/pine/citrus hop character in the nose with an underlying sugar coated malt balance. Flavor is wrapped with booze and malt sweetness a very sharp caramel/sugar coated hop character rolls across the palate. Sharp citrus peels dominates the palate along with evident hot alcohol, sweet yes but even in the sweetness it's like citrus peel bitterness amongst the sweet sugar coated malts. Mouthfeel coats the palate with hop oils/alcohol/and malts a bit of residual sugars this one could get cloying but it's definitely tasty. Drinkability overall this is a solid flavorful DIPA, I didn't know what to expect from Left Hand's super hoppy category I've only really been exposed to their standard lineup. Needless to say a solid offering, just a bit booze ridden compared to some of the more balanced versions of the DIPA.

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Photo of glid02
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this on-tap at BSP in Atlanta.

Pours a dark gold/light copper color with a one-finger slightly off-white head. The head dissipates slowly into a thin layer of bubbles on top and a thick ring around the glass. There's a decent amount of lacing.

Smells good. Lots of pine and sweet malt aromas. There's also a faint citrus smell that makes its way out every now and then.

Tastes similar to how it smells. A very sharp pine hop taste hits right after the sweet malt flavor. There's a light vanilla flavor as well, along with a very light alcohol flavor. A mild bitterness hits at the end.

Mouthfeel is good. This beer has a good thickness, but the carbonation is a bit on the heavy side. Still pretty smooth.

Drinkability is good. This goes down easily for a beer with an ABV this high, and it's hardly noticeable.

Overall this is a good beer, but nothing to write home about - the flavors don't seem to meld together too well. I'm glad I could try this on-tap, as the price for a bomber is a bit steep.

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Photo of jbphoto88
3.41/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a large 25.36 oz brown bottle, corked and cadged. Pours a deep amber clear honey/maple syrup color with a thick tan head. Fluffy and creamy it dissipates to a collar and island of fine bubbles.

Smell is mild for a double IPA. There are muted hops, slightly piney and a warm sweet malt scent.

Taste is nothing stellar either. The same weak hop flavors are there and the base malt profile is almost to sweet for my palate. There are hints of great flavors here but they have subsided. There is no best by date but I imagine by the taste and scent its a little old. Hopefully the flavor was more vibrant when it was fresher because now its a little dull. It has aged well in other areas. The malts albeit a little sweet are warm and complex and the only redeeming factor of this beer.

Fine carbonation keep this beer feeling good however there are few compensatory qualities and this was an expensive brew. I don't think I would ever spend the bucks for this one again. All in all I feel it was a let down for the style, the cost, the flavor and scent.

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Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Twin Sisters from Left Hand Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 472 ratings