Twin Sisters Double IPA | Left Hand Brewing Company

BA SCORE
85
very good
469 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good
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Twin Sisters Double IPATwin Sisters Double IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Left Hand Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
lefthandbrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 05-21-2006

BEER STATS
Ratings:
469
Reviews:
241
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
10.58%
 
 
Wants:
33
Gots:
51
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 469 |  Reviews: 241
Photo of niceonebro
5/5  rDev +32.3%

Photo of Harkrank
4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.74/5  rDev +25.4%
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 +24.3%
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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Photo of coule
4.68/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of robinson31a
4.66/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of iMiah
4.57/5  rDev +20.9%

Photo of IPALOVER
4.53/5  rDev +19.8%
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 Chilly_E
4.5/5  rDev +19%

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4.5/5  rDev +19%

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4.5/5  rDev +19%

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4.5/5  rDev +19%

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4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of atsprings
4.5/5  rDev +19%
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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4.5/5  rDev +19%

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4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.45/5  rDev +17.7%
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 bigbeerfan
4.44/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Pencible
4.44/5  rDev +17.5%
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 +16.9%
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...
Reccommended...

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Photo of bbarrows
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
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 +16.9%
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 +15.9%
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 +15.9%
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 +15.9%
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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Twin Sisters Double IPA from Left Hand Brewing Company
3.78 out of 5 based on 469 ratings.
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