Twin Sisters Double IPA | Left Hand Brewing Company

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Twin Sisters Double IPATwin Sisters Double IPA

Brewed by:
Left Hand Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Double / 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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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.74/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a balloon glass.

Look: Light copper, light cream head that leaves chunks of bubbles and good webby lacing.

Aroma: Piny hops, spices, cedar.

Taste: bitter citrus, pine, bitter hops, faint spices and tropical fruit.

Mouthfeel: Medium with a dry finish.

Overall: One of the best DIPAs I've had, and certainly one of my faves from Left Hand.

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Photo of Portertime
4.7/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was wary of buying this 16 dollar beer (price at Total Wine and More in Fort Myer, FL) but I was happily surprised by the taste. This was the best double IPA I've had. It poured with a nice thick head and had a nice cloudy gold color. The scent was floral and sweet. The taste was delicious with a pleasant hoppiness. The 9.6% ABV helped for a very nice buzz after killing the bottle. I am glad I purchased this beer and whole-heartedly recommend it to any IPA lover.

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4.53/5  rDev +20.2%
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 atsprings
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured a hazy amber with a great lasting head that left spotty lacing on the glass. The aroma was dominated by citrus hops followed by pale malts. The taste was a wonderful balance of hops and malts. The tastes danced together nicely on the palate with both showing their presence back and forth. The hops were certainly there, but the malt kept them from overpowering. The beer was medium on the palate and the alcohol was well hidden. This is a great DIPA for anyone who appreciates great balance, not just an overload of hops.

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Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.45/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: snifter. opaque yellow-orange color. nice off-white head. good retention and good lacing.

S: big tangerine nose from the big citrus hops. nice bite with a good sweet aroma from the rich malts.

T: wonderful hop flavors, big citrus tangerine flavors. big alcohol esters as well. great malt backbone.

M: medium to full bodied. great carbonation level. pretty mellow for 9%

D: too smooth for the ABV...a fast creeper, but delicious. a great double IPA.

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Photo of Pencible
4.44/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a hazy light copper with off-white head. It smelled like a blend of orange, grapefruit, floral, and pine hops, with some sweet honey malt. It tasted like a mix of creamy orange and bitter grapefruit and pine hops, with honeysuckle and a bit of sweet yeast. It was thick with some carbonation, and had a lasting and very bitter aftertaste. Overall this beer had great flavor that nicely balanced bitterness with sweetness. Nothing was too complex about it, but the flavors were all very clean and delicious. It had great body too, and hid the alcohol pretty well. This was a highly enjoyable beer, better for sipping due to its very strong flavors.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.42/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 Pint 6 fl oz bottle purchased from Total Wine and More in Union for $5.99...
Appearance: Pours a hazy, murky hue with a decent-sized foamy and frothy head... Light in color with slight carbonation...
Smell: Fresh, hoppy, pine-filled aroma with hints of mint, slight vanilla, and green cloves...
Taste: Mint-dominated aroma, very hoppy, with grapefruit and fresh citrus essences... Definitely a great DIPA... Not as hoppy as some examples of the genre, but an easily drinkable DIPA nonetheless... Good stuff from Left Hand... Definitely wouldn't mind letting this sit for a while...
Good drinkability for a 9% ABV...

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Photo of bbarrows
4.42/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured to 5oz taster glass
A: Clear light amber, persistent white head
S: Strong floral aroma, very pleasant
T: Light floral and citrus hops, good malty backbone to balance. Lingering citric hops to finish.
M: Very light on the tongue,
D: High. I could drink this all day, but at 9.00%, I won't.

This IPA ranks just below Pliny the Elder in my book.

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Photo of PlineytheBearded
4.42/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This beer was suprisingly cloudy and very inviting. Little head and minimal lacing.

Smell: Nice dank hoppy aroma. Hints of lemon added a nice sweetness.

Taste: This was served just a bit colder than I would have liked, but not so much as to hamper the flavor. It didn't have quite the bite I would have expected from a double, but it did have a good blend of fruit and hops with a malty aftertaste that lingered just long enough to allow you to truly appreciate this beer.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation was on point. This beer was a little chewy but not too heavy. Overall a good blend.

Drinkability: I thought it went down very smooth to be a double. Nice hoppy tones but not overpowering. I could drink quite a few of these, at least until the 9% ABV caught up with me! I would recommend this to my friends.

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Photo of TexIndy
4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml caged and corked bottle with 2006 Bottle Conditioned on the label. It had a rich copper color and was full of tiny bits of yeasts. It poured with a thick 2 finger foam that slowly settled to a constant foam with nice lacing. There was a constant stream of carb from the bottom throughout the drinking. The smell was kinda subtle for a ADIPA but was still good. It was hoppy, but not as much as you'd think, and also floral. The taste was solid and went down smooth. Some ADIPA's end with a bitter finish but this one had an extremely well balanced taste from start to finish. The mouthfeel was nice and creamy with good carb. Overall this is a very tasty brew that if not for the extremely high price I'd put into the regular rotation. Another excellent offering from Left Hand and recommend you try it - ignore the price and enjoy. (4.5, HR, T, Y)

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Photo of tavernjef
4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gorgeously creamy hazed golden peach color, nearly opaque as its glow is quite murky. A small capping of dirty white capping is created upon the pour that lasts pretty decent and there's a whole ton of lacing in majorly freckled sheeting.

Aroma is all but a whole lot of caramel malty sweetness, fairly deep and ever present with touches to some old grapefruit, even older pineapple, and a whisp of piney woodness.

Taste is more of the same with a super solid core of caramel goodness slightly mixing in with a mild undertone of some tropical fruit thats perhaps been sitting too long on the shelf. Pineapple, grapefruit, apple, mango, and peach all make an appearance of older, mushy stuff with just the right kind of touch of bitterness in some of its tropical setting with ghostly pine sided woodyness and even some floral notes within its hoppy finish.

Creamy mouthfeel, bold, nearly full, low carbonated with a quick kind of tropical bite to it and totally packed with caramel malt goodness. Candy bar-esk minus the chocolate with a wholesome goodness of freshly picked hops that get all tropically flowing and balanced in with a mild underside within its rich caramel setting. Whispy bittering floats into the finish as bits of floral fruity tropics and pine creep in very sublte and all ninja-like.

Yum! My kind of Dbl. IPA. with lots of caramel malt with that certain twist of tropical hopped influence that's really enjoyable. It's not a total hop bomb like some out there, nor does its 9% ever seem to appear. Nor is it a complete brute.
Therefore its super damn drinkable and quite the nice brew. Left Hand sure knows how to make a few brews and this is one of them in my book to keep around! Umm...did I already say yum!

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from caged and corked 750ml bottle a hazy amber gold with a large head of foam that takes its time shrinking down to a solid 1" layer with good lacing. An absolutely beautiful pour!

The smell has a huge nose of caramel malt and I mean it is huge. Very inviting!

The taste is also HUGE on the caramel malt up front...big, deliciously sweet notes that, if left unattended, could take you over the brink but.... it is offset by a good hop infusion midway through creating a good balance(though the Malt *still* dominates) that makes this a top notch American Double IPA in my book.. Hell, I think this would be a great representation of an English style DIPA if one exists.

Btw, As I sipped more and more on this wonderful nectar....I completely forgot about the fact that this is close to 10%abv! Kudos to Left Hand for making this one so drinkable!!

Bottom line: Wow...this is a *great* American DIPA that I would *easily* pick up if and when I next find myself in Colorado.

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Photo of whitehouse50
4.37/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Unibroue Maudite snifter.

Appears to be a amber golden color with a nice thick head on it.

Smells very pleasantly hoppy with great citrousy notes.

Taste is much different from other DIPA's I have had. It has great hoppy flavors but a suprisingly noticeable malt character in it too. I could taste hints of chocolate, coffee, and caramel. Overall its very nicely hopped and goes so well with the other flavors that I would not suspect in an DIPA.

Mouthfeel is a little creamy actually but very smooth and leaves you with a nice aftertaste.

Drinkability - I can't see myself having more than one of these in a night but it was a great. I will certainly be buying this one again

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Photo of rarbring
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer is orange amber, very cloudy, good lacing.

The smell has honey, citric nuances, grass and hay.

Tasting of honey and brown sugar, fruit nuances, orange and mango, candy and liqueur style.

Medium carbonation, a huge body and a dry finish.

IMHO a really nice dipa.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lovely auburn color, pale amber, near crimson, fluffy head, staying, nice, big it...

Beautiful hops greet the nose at the front, citric, grapefruity, a bit of banana and pineapple also...quite pleasing in the olfactory.

Full flush phalanx of hops blast on the tongue, a treat for the senses. Delicious. Bright fruity flavor, lush malt, well-balanced, not too bitter, but hoppy all the way. Strength isn't felt all the way, until,... whoa, there it is...

Dangittydang, very tasty and sweet, not too bitter, as I said...soft, rather easy-going, despite the high hoppiness and booze-isity.

I'm still not sure that it's worth $11 for the 750ml bottle, but now the choice is up to you, dear reader, act on your own, buy or no buy, but it is an enjoyable DIPA, so take that to your money changer.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a half-liter mug, this beer pours out a cloudy orange-brown color with a solid, fluffy head atop it. Aroma smells of resin and grapefruit rind. Sweet, very lightly caramel malt flavor, followed by a huge burst of citrusy hop flavor. Bitterness isn't as high as many double IPA's, or even normal IPA's, but there's hop flavor out the wazoo. Dries out quite well at the end. Good creamy body.

Excellent double IPA example

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 22oz bottle

A- Creamsicle-like, light-orange color with an interesting head consisting of many different sized bubbles. Bottle-conditioned haze makes beer translucent. Lacing is very sticky and consistent.

S- Orange, pine, soap and caramel come to mind. Smells are all very crisp and clean. Some pineapple notes from yeast I believe.

T- The sweetness, bitterness, grainy and alcohol flavors are all very high. A bit harsh and cloying, but really nothing unacceptable in my book. Lots of caramel malt and American West Coast hops combined in a pretty standard way for a DIPA.

M- Nice and thick, just the way I like my beer. Carbonation is pretty smooth compared to the sting from the bitter hops.

D- Truly a testament to hops, I don't get where all the complaints about a lack of bitterness are coming from. If you can still find this one, I suggest getting it.

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Photo of feylure
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
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!


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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.32/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, 2008 edition, served in a standard pint glass.

L - the LH website says "orange copper" but the beer in my glass is a hazy golden yellow with a white head that fell to a ring that left some spots of lacing.

S - sweet tangerine/citrus aroma.

T - nice balance of bitter citrus hops and sweet malts, alcohol is well hidden in intense flavors.

F - medium bodied with mild carbonation feel.

D - with alcohol almost undetectable this is a fairly easy drinking dub ipa.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a tulip glass. Pours a cloudy copper color, with a dimpled white head that unevenly dissipates.

Smells of sweet citrus, cane sugar, and mild pine. The hops are shining through, in a very pleasant way.

Starts bitter and buttery, with sweet malt and bitter hops combining in a pleasing fashion. Pine resin, burnt sugar, and orange are all present in this delicious DIPA.

Medium to full bodied, the creamy, almost buttery start ends with a tongue drying bitterness that will leave any hop head satisfied.

Highly drinkable, I'd note that the label has changed, and is now tan, cranberry and gold in color with two female faces looking opposite directions, like the Roman god Janus.

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Photo of sonata2008
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was pleased to see that a local pub offered this beer as a cask.

A: Clear, golden copper color with a finger width of foam. Not much carbonation.
S: Definitely a strong hops aroma with lots of pine.
T: A nice grapefruit flavor with some spice, and floral notes. A pleasant bitter hops finish. Very nicely balanced.
MF: Medium mouth feel, smooth and creamy.
D: A lovely beer. Very smooth. Goes down nicely.

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Photo of orangemoustache
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this at Brewhaus(Springfield,Il)with some friends. In dim lighting I could not tell this apart from my friends Blue Moon,that said this had a light golden glow with a tall light orange cap of dense foam that retained a respectable amount of time. This left tons of lace. The nose was citrus hops upfront with some light caramel malt on the end,very fresh and inviting. Pineapple is the first of many fruits to excite my pallet,followed by grapefuit and freh melon and cantaloupe. Not quite as hoppy as I had expected,but plenty hoppy enough to suit the style and my tastebuds. Some grainy malts presents it's self but is overtaken quickly by the fruity hops. The mouthfeel is pretty full even for a double,not really as creamy as I would have liked,more highly carbonated like. The finish is a little dry with lots of stickiness left behind. If I can forgive myself for paying 15 dollars for this for a moment, I have to say it is one of the most drinkable DIPA that I have had,and probably the best offering from Left Hand I have had thus far.

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Photo of stephens101
4.27/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ran all over town trying to find this bitch. Let's hope it's worth it. Pours a pale orange with a fluffy two-finger off-white head that has some staying power. Some rolling, jagged lacing is left behind when it eventually settles. Smells of striking hops with an immediaty citrusy (lemons, grapefruit) smell, and some sweet fruits as well. Tastes sweet and citrusy (oranges, lemons) up front with a more than adequate hop bitterness and alcohol heat at toward the end and some spicy candy ala "red hots" mixed in. This one's a little crisp and medium-bodied. Pretty actively carbonated. Damn good effort from the LH crew.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
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 kirok1999
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber bottled in 2006. I've got high hopes for this one as I've developed a respect for Left Hand.

Appearance- Copper/gold, thick and cloudy. Nice thick head lasts for quite some time.

Smell- Hops dominate, citrus and some floral notes, very nice bitterness. Also some vanilla and caramel sweetness. The malts try to come through but the hops take over.

Taste- Again the hops dominate, citrus and grassy, fruity and thick. There is a difinite note of vanilla present and this appears to be a well balanced brew. Nothing too over the top, just a nice hop presence balanced by a moderate malt body.

Drinkability- Very nice smooth brew, nothing too exceptional. Personally I prefer Stone Double Bastard or He'brew Bittersweet Lenny. But then I like way over the top brews.

Personal note to Dave at West Milton gotta review faster than that buddy! Maybe next time you'll beat me to it :-)

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