Twin Sisters
Left Hand Brewing Company

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Style:
American Imperial IPA
Ranked #3,866
ABV:
9.6%
Score:
85
Ranked #30,186
Avg:
3.76 | pDev: 10.37%
Reviews:
241
Ratings:
472
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Left Hand Brewing Company
 
Colorado, United States
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85
Very Good
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Reviews by pvibeer:
Photo of pvibeer
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

More User Reviews:
Photo of Crosling
3.09/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fresh, new bomber! It's a yellow/orange colored beer. Thin layered head that quickly disappears and leaves a ring around the glass. Nose disappoints and doesn't deliver any bright hop aromas. Hops are present, but in light volumes, showing only light traces of tropical fruit, herbs and peach, perhaps a little caramel and cookie. Flavor is on the lighter side of the style, in both hop bitterness and hop flavor. Has malt complexity of caramel and dough, with a nice honey-like sweetness. But...there isn't a lot of hop character and what is there is pure bitterness. It's a pretty good beer, but for the style, it misses the mark. I usually don't mention price, but for $ 9.00 a bomber, Left Hand needs to realizes who they are competing with in Colorado (Hopsickle, Pliny, Ruination, Moylander...all cheaper and better examples.) Thing is, it has great potential it seems, but they really need to reconsider the hop schedule.

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Photo of ATXRyan
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the glass fairly clear with some chunkies and golden amber. The head was tan and rose tall falling very slowly and lacing the glass.

The aroma was fruity and floral with strong malt backbone and a citrusy hop character. The aroma also had quite a bit of caramel and a toasty/bisuity presence.

The flavor was mostly caramel with some lightly citrus hops and a bit of grassiness. The caramel maltiness was toasty and bready and more like Munich malt that 2-row with caramel. The hop bittering was enough to keep the malt in check but the balance of the beer was definitely toward malt.

The finish was dry with a caramel malt presence and light citrus lasting long into the aftertaste. The body was medium full with a creamy carbonation. A very understated Double IPA. The alcohol level was low thoughout the beer leading to a good drinkability but there was some warming presence after consumption. Nothing about this beer was offensive, but nothing stood out either. Just another empty Double IPA bottle to add to the recycling bin.

750 ml bottle.

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Photo of gentlystewed
2.96/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this one on tap, poured into a tulip. It has a nice cloudy copper color to it but not much head to speak of, which I found surprising.



As far as aroma goes there was nothing jumping out of the glass and yanking on my nose. I did pick up some grapefruit, and a little sweet malt, but I had to try hard to get that.



The taste is thick and kind of sweet like syrupy malt and fruit cup juice, with a little hop bitterness on the tail-end. The high ABV is most certainly present here.



The mouthfeel is heavy with little carbonation.



Overall, a crashing disappointment.

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Photo of merlin48
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
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 afsdan
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Beaver13
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
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 CreightonSM
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of IPALOVER
4.53/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In a word...YUM!

The beer poured a light amber color, and left a creamy, almost nitro delivered looking head. It lasted throughout the entire beer, and left a beautiful lace on the glass as I drank.

The ABV wasn't printed on the label, but I could tell it was high after my first sip. However, it's not over the top-- I could drink another one of these because it's so tasty!

I liked the balance of the malt and hops. I'm a big fan of anything IPA (love hops), and thought this was a perfect representation of a double IPA. Nice and hoppy, yet balanced with malt to make it highly drinkable.

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Photo of yikesjames
3.26/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured it from a 22oz. bottle into a tulip glass. It came out hazy to a deep orange with just a bit of head at the top.

It is towards the end of the night, but i don't really get much of a smell. Slight citrus and pine,I also get a bit of sweetness, but bad nose.

The taste has slight malt and hops with a bitterness tinge to the tongue, and a slight piney after taste. Also, end of the night.

This is definitely a drinkable beer. Doesn't really taste like a double. It's not overly hopping or danky. It's clean. Feels session-able. also, end of the night.

Overall, In a sea of IPAs and DIPAs I would search for one that punches me in the gut and makes me take notice, but I would definitely think of this beer if I was hanging out with some who "doesn't like beer."

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Softly glowing coppery orange as the slanting rays of the setting sun diffuse through the liquid. The beer is chock full of tiny yeast flecks and languidly rising bubbles that are nearly as small. Up above, the pale tangerine cap looks tremendous (due to its incredible stickiness) and has already begun to slather the glass with thick, soon to be crusty, sheets of lace.

The nose doesn't leap out of the glass as I'd hoped it might. It's a good one, but it takes quite a bit of effort to discern that. I'm not exactly sure what some members of the hop bill smell like other than the first and the last (Cascade, Glacier, Tomahawk, Liberty and Crystal). Caramel coated grapefruit dominates.

Twin Sisters is a solid DIPA that, nevertheless, doesn't make me want to sing its praises from the highest mountaintop. It's fairly well-malted (pale, rye, Left Hand 'custom') without being overly sweet. Actually, a little more malty sweetness might be a good thing. Although I'm not sure that I could have identified it without a program, I can appreciate the spicy zestiness of the rye malt.

I'm less and less impressed as the ounces go by. The biggest reason is that there isn't much of a hop presence; never a good thing in what is supposed to be a hop-centric style. Those little green cones are throwing off plenty of alpha acids, but are a bit stingy when it comes to hop flavor. Perhaps I'm not thrilled with the varieties chosen, but I think it's more than that.This is still a relatively fresh beer, so age surely isn't a factor.

Alcohol is too prominent as well. I wouldn't mind quite so much if the flavor profile was full to bursting with resinous hoppiness. More months in the bottle will undoubtedly help, but then the hops will have faded even more. Ah, the classic double-edged sword of an incompletely masked, high alcohol DIPA.

I'm fairly satisfied with the mouthfeel. It's medium-full for the style, probably favoring medium. Again, more malt would seem to be the obvious solution (assuming that a medium-bodied DIPA is a problem). The fine-bubbled nature of the mouthfeel mirrors the fine-bubbled look of the beer. It's still a tad on the fizzy for me.

Twin Sisters Double IPA started off on my good side. As I got deeper into the bottle though, its flaws became all too obvious. Did I really pay $13.99 for this beer? There are too many phenomenal DIPAs out there for me to give this one another go, even if it was only half that much.

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Photo of zrab11
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a nice Copper orange. Has a nice 2 finger head.

S-Has a hoppy malty smell with some nice citrus and pine notes

T-This is a nice hoppy balance taste. The sweet pine and carmel flavors combine nicely with the hoppiness

M-Medium bodied with nice carbonation

D-I don't know if i was really thirsty or what but this tasted exceptional to me. And that 9% is hidden so u think you are drinking a 5%. Really like this beer alot and will get this many more times

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Photo of Sammy
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Maple Sugar. I like rye, it added to the edgy bitterness in this DIPA. Dark orange colour, lacey. Average mouthfeel. Surprisingly no aroma. Good hop mix Cascade, Glacier, Tomahawk, Liberty and Crystal. Big IBU. Not the Best of the style, far from the worst, good drinkability.Sipper however.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +13%
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 WOLFGANG
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of garrettparkal
3.08/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was a disappointment for me. Appearance is a bit lighter than i expected (hoped for), the taste was really there, the mouthfeel was a little smooth for a dbl ipa, and overall it was just ehh.

Whatever the ranking just below "good" is, thats how i'd rate this. Definitely drinkable, but just not something id buy again, and felt a bit disappointed.

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Photo of bark
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lot code "12-2009".

The colour is gold-orange; the finger thick off white head leaves lots of lacing.

The smell is very hoppy, notes of grape fruit and balanced sweet notes: Milder than expected from a DIPA.

The taste is hoppy and sweet as expected, grape fruit and honey. It is heavy on the malt, but not the rush of hops that I had hoped for. The aftertaste is medium bitter with sweet honey and a touch of metal and caramel.

The carbonation is medium, the bubbles medium sized. The liquid is smooth and a bit thick.

I am a little disappointed: This is not the aggressive hop monster I want a DIPA to be. Still, a good beer.

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Photo of MisterGrizz
2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

Photo of ppoitras
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle bought at Julio's, Marlboro, MA. Corked and caged.

Poured in an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" tan head over the clear coppery amber brew. Dense head dwells for awhile, with minimal lacing. Nose is syrupy maltiness with citrusy hops. Taste follows the same road, everything melds together nicely, but the hoppiness is a bit underwhelming for the style. Mouthfeel is smooth and pleasing, with a reasonably easy drinkability. Alcohol could sneak up on you with this one.

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Photo of Tncapehart
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A. Golden in color. Laces the glass better than most DIPAs I've had. Thick frothy head. Very clear.

S. Fresh hops...awesome! Like sticking your nose in a new bag of pellets. Nice citrus notes.

T. Has a bit of oxidation taste to it. Overall a nice flavor. Not much else.

M. Medium to medium full bodied. Well carbonated.

D. It's a good beer, and I'm looking forward to drinking the bottle, but probably won't buy it again.

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Photo of smcolw
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Modest and lasting tight-bubbled head. Nice blanketing lace on the glass. The liquid is very cloudy with an orange hue to the darker amber color.

Mild, but distinctly piney hop to the nose. Decent malt base to start off.

Excellent dry malt start to the taste. This DIPA is not a hop bomb like most. It is bitter, but balanced. The hop is peppery with a grapefruit accent. The body is full and modestly oily. The carbonation is at the midpoint, but feels lower because of the richness. Interestingly, the alcohol does not show up in the usual way (warmth in the swallow). Overall, a very nice balance of many elements.

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Photo of feylure
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is great. I love me a great double IPA!

Color is a nice, slightly cloudy gold with a nice rim of carbonation.

Smell is nice. Definitely a sweet and hop filled aroma.

Taste takes off right where the smell leaves you. First hit is a great, sweet, caramel taste. Second hit is a wonderful, hoppy, bold BITE. It's filled with delicious bitters that really attack your tongue. The tail fades with with hop and caramel notes.

Mouthfeel is great. Not too much carbonation to overtake the taste, and it's easy to drink. Great brew!

Cheers

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Photo of mnapier
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Service Temperature, 50 degress. Glassware, Rainier Schooner 12 ounce.

It pours a light orange and clear with some off-white foamy head and a mild crown of lace along the glass. The aroma is sweet with orange citrus, and some minor pine with some copper.
The sweet medium orange citrus and pines are evident alongside some spice.
The mouth is overall medium

A nice addition to some chicken or pork.

Cheers

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Photo of JohnQVD
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Twin Sisters from Left Hand Brewing Company
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 472 ratings