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Twin Sisters Double IPA | Left Hand Brewing Company

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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
Reviews:
240
Ratings:
467
Avg:
3.77
pDev:
14.59%
 
 
Wants:
33
Gots:
51
For Trade:
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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.39/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Darker copper color with a wafer thin head of 1/6" and off white. Aroma was lacking hops and imparting caramel.

Taste has a bitterness jolt, then a floral/herbal component to the taste. Some pine like notions. Still plenty of crystal malt. Not boozy thankfully.

Decent beer, its main strength is its ability to not reveal its strength.

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Photo of Spike
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a massive, 650ml bottle into a spiegelau IPA glass.

Dark, hazy amber. A lot of suspended proteins. Large head recedes rapidly to a cap but leaves plenty of lacing. Negligible carbonation visible.

Resin, dank, some spice. Another west coast IPA with a sack load of Amarillo perchance? Some biscuit malts if you care to look for them.

Woodsy, dark, pine. Sweet malts. In abundance! Good, strong bitterness.

Thick body. Chewy. Alcohol is obvious.

This isn't a bad beer as such. But it seems entirely unnecessary. Overwhelming. Too much alcohol. Too much everything.

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Photo of TLWalsh
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into tulip glass a deep amber with a foamy vanilla head. Not a lot of obvious aroma except a hint of citrus tang. Taste is malty with a hoppy bite and a little grapefruit. You can sense the alcohol with some warmth in your chest and the mouthfeel is almost sticky with density. Finishes crisp enough, I think I want some more.

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Photo of yikesjames
3.26/5  rDev -13.5%
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 HorseheadsHopHead
3.76/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Hand and Foot in Corning, NY.

COMES in a clear amber color with a thin white head. Not much of a nose, but I can smell grapefruit, biscuits, caramel, and alcohol. Tastes pretty nice, though. Grapefruit. Orange. Biscuits, caramel, and toast. Very piney. Some alcohol warmth on the finish with a lingering aftertaste of pine resin, dankness, and grapefruit peel.

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Photo of ZakFaruki
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

L: Pours a dark amber with a thin white head, mild patches of lace occur

S: Mainly pine, followed by an grassy earth smell, not much from that other than some malt

T: Sweet hop upfront that fades into malt before finishing with some booze

F: As others have stated, has that west coast DIPA feel of a medium-heavy body with a nice creaminess that leave a bit of hop oil on the teeth

O: A rather meh DIPA, I understand that Left Hand was trying a different path, but its a rather one-dimensional beer that leaves the palette wanting a bit more.

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Photo of John44
4.06/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really liked this one. I found it to be hoppy yet balanced, with a nice note of alcohol. Nose was nothing special, but I did enjoy the taste. Will definitely buy again, if I can find it.

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Photo of ryannosaurus
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours clear gold with onr fingrr off white head, slightly sticky

Aroma is tropicsl and floral. .. very nice

Flavor runs to resinous pine, fairly bitter with a light caramel sweetness mid palate, a little grassy on the back. Somewhat boozy as it warms

Mouthfeel is medium, fairly livrly carbonation.

Overall a well done effort, aroma made the biggest impression, but the flavor proved a little less interesting. Nicely balanced.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.11/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours light amber with small foamy head. Mild retention and moderate lacing. Citrus, piney and caramel aroma. A little on the weak side. Mild bready taste with good piney hop. Citrus and caramel at the end. Somewhat astringent. Heavy bodied with medium carbonation.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

not the most distinct double ipa on the planet, but a pretty darn good one i think. its very west coast in the way the hops present themselves, oily and sweet, loaded with resin and texture as well as the compounds that make hoppy beer awesome. its hardly bitter, and hardly boozy in its taste, and thats uncommon in the style, especially for a beer pushing up against 10% abv. there is a nice honey sweetness running through this beer that plays really well the hops. not a ton of grain flavor here, they must use some dextrose or something to boost the abv up, because i dont get it from grain. its also not really heavy feeling for how big it is, kind of cool. i wish they pulled the same elements from more exciting hop varietals, this seems like a C hop thing, hints of grapefruit and orange in it, but im not getting any real unique hop flavors, more generic than distinct. the quality of the beer overall though is very high, and i like that its not so bitter, i think its a big ipa for those who have been slow to come around on the style. broad appeal here. a very solid B+ from me.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear, amber, color with a 2 finger high foam that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.
ABV: 9.6 % and Left Hand managed to hide that quite well!

Nose: Orange marmelade, vanilla, green tea, toffee, tropical fruit and pine.
Taste: Dried fruit, hops, tropical fruit, citrus and toffee. A great bitterness.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Best by: 10/26/15.

Pours a clear dark golden-orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, grapefruit juice, and earthy hop aromas. Taste is much the same with candied citrus zest, grapefruit juice, black tea, and earthy hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice mix of citrus and earthy hop qualities all around.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of Beer-Revelry
3.89/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a standard, straight sided pint glass.

A - 4.75 - I really like the color of this. Very clear, but with a unique honey and orange gold color. Weak head potential. A hard pour formed about a half finger of slightly yellowed, white colored head. Decent head retention, nice solid rings of lacing left behind.
S - 3.75 - A decently good aroma to this. Has some of the more savory, west coast styled smells I like such as pine, resinous wood sap, grapefruit rind, earthiness and rain water, but also some of my not so favorite smells like sweeter tropical fruits, peaches and oranges. Not to the syrupy sweet levels of a barleywine though.
T - 3.75 - Good. A good balance between the two previously stated aromas, but in taste. The bitterness balances the sweetness fine, so I can't complain too much. But I still would have liked a touch more bitterness.
F - 4.5 - Very silky and oily. Good medium/full bodied mouthfeel.
O - 3.75 - A decently good, standard double IPA.

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Photo of madelfonatree
4.07/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Look - Clear orange. Ivory bubbly head. It is thick. Globular lacing.

Smell - Very malty. Bread. Caramel. Lemon. Piny

Taste - Malt and alcohol up front. Citrus in the middle. Malt and alcohol finish. Pine aftertaste.

Feel - Little carbonation. Chewy. Smooth. I like it!

Overall - Had to pick up this Left Hand. Warrior and Homefront are good IPAs as well. Malty, as advertised.

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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 Dikfour
3.09/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look: White bubbly head quickly dissipates. Light carbonation. Clear pale dark orangish.

Smell: Fresh peeled orange. Light pineyness. Slightly floral. Pleasent

Taste: Strong on the Pine. Not to much citrus. Really well balanced for a dipa. Not as complex as I was hoping. Alcohol is a little hot and is really lingers with the aftertaste

Feel: Lighter body than I was expecting. A little creamy.

Overall: Meh. I love Left Hand. One of my favorite breweries. This one falls a little flat. Not bad, not great. Pretty average.

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Photo of lochef81
3.44/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is my first experience with Left Hand and it was a solid one but not anything worth pursuing. This offering pours a hazy copper amber color with a short lasting slightly off white head. The nose of this ale is subtle with notes of piney hops and malty sweet. The taste follows the nose with elements of Floral and some citrus hops. This is balanced by a generous amount of malt that supplies the sweetness needed to balance this ale.

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Photo of rand
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From 22 oz bottle to nonic pint glass

It's nice to try some "big" IPA's off the West Coast...Left Hand tries to blaze their own trail with this one ignoring the punchy, citrusy profiles that are popular right now, opting for more floral and dank (to use the 'term de jour' for brewers right now) flavors. Not the best DIPA I've had, but it works for what it's trying to do.

A: Deep copper-tan in color, opaque and lightly carbonated. A small head quickly dissipates and leaves little lacing.

S: Honey and floral notes, reminding of honeyed tea. A crackery backdrop lingers.

T/M: The flavors largely follow the nose, with the floral aspects at the front of the palate. Subtle notes of orange rind play against a good dose of honey-sweet malts. Viscous, almost chewy, the brew could use a little more carbonation to rinse the bold concoction. Alcohol is noted toward the finish, which is long and leans sweet.

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Photo of CHickman
3.42/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very cloudy orange gold color with a 2 finger off white foamy head that was full of bubbles and faded slowly leaving a layer on top and good spotty lacing as it went down, leaving rings; there was a ton of yeast particles floating in this murky looking brew that also had bubbles racing up it and looked more like a Belgian than an IPA after the head dissipated.

Smells of malt, orange peel, citrus hops and light caramel; the nose was very faint and it took effort to pull the notes out which is quite unusual for an IPA/DIPA…the nose was kind of lame.

Tastes of sweet malt and citrus hops up front, with brown sugar, toasted grains, orange, mango, grapefruit, cinnamon, piney hops, biscuit, grass, tea leaf, spices like pepper and coriander, and some more bready notes like yeast or graham cracker; it seemed like the hops were going to smash ashore with a huge wave of flavor but when it hit the beach the malty sweetness washed over the palate and left a grainy/buttery coating. The hops are present, but for a DIPA are on the weak side. English IPA style more than DIPA, but pretty tasty none the less.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and slick, with a buttery feel as it slides down and hides the 9.6% ABV quite well; medium to heavy body that was chewy and on the thick side, with light to average carbonation and a sweet overall flavor that showcases the malts and bready notes more than the hops. Finish is sweet with a slightly bitter touch that trails off sweet and grainy, like drinking an IPA with a piece of buttered toast in your mouth.

Overall it was a good beer, tasty enough and easy to drink considering the ABV; however, this was made and labeled as a DIPA and it was weak for the style and a tad pricey as well. I would have this again as it was good, but I doubt I’d pick up another bomber if there were other options at the same place.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.57/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

"For as long as people have inhabited Colorado's front range, the twin sisters peaks have had a strong impact on our sensibilities. Make the trek up the 11,428' peaks for breathtaking views, or enjoy them from afar here at the brewery as an expression of admiration we crafted Twin Sisters Double IPA. This is no Ale of singular dimension, for double doesn't just mean double the hops, but double the malt in our book. The balance between these two siblings brings a complexity and depth far too often overlooked." Brewed in the style of an American Double IPA. Released annually in 22 oz. bottles.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a tulip glass. Served above 53º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a medium thick fizzy golden white head over a clear orange body. There is no haze nor cloudiness, but sediment is plentiful, with pulpy matter in suspension. Retention is above average, lacing is light and spotty. 4

(Smell) Hop aromas of tropical fruits and herbal notes keep the light caramel and peppery rye malt bill in check. Potency is medium- this is a rather tame DIPA with an aromatic preference for sweeter malt undertones. Altogether, it's an enjoyable, if not too ordinary aroma. 3.75

(Taste) Malt characters of caramel syrup with a mellow herbal and fruit hop background. The beer finishes with a peppery, boozy and big bitter finish. There wasn't much hop flavor in this Double IPA, although the bitterness certainly did a good job at countering the malt build. The beer also has a bit more difficulty concealing the alcohol than most Double IPAs, thus making it a gracious sipper. It's not a Double IPA for everybody. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Texture is smooth and slick, relatively light with a mild stickiness. Carbonation adds some zip to the texture and a bit of creaminess. Body is light/medium amongst Double IPAs, medium+ overall. Finishes dry with a very noticeable ethanol presence- alcohol presence is medium/high. I'm curious if the off notes were intentional or just a by product of a lighter-bodied Double IPA. 3.25

(Overall) Amongst a country of world-class Double IPAs, this beer doesn't stack up quite as well. Expect a light and simple malt base with a very faint hop flavor, a substantial hop bitterness and some strong boozy esters and faint phenols. It leaves a bit more to be desired. 3.5

Left Hand Brewing Company's
Twin Sisters Double IPA
3.55/5.00

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ever so strong, classy and true to taste, the Left Hand Brewing Company comes to the table with an aggressively fortified IPA that supports its zesty bitterness with ample caramel sweetness. Though out of the West, its taste strikes me as more of a Midwest stab at the style.

Its appearance is quintessential high gravity Pale Ale. Deep in copper and amber, it cast a ned of haze across its aesthetics and gives it a denser-than actual appearance. A dense and creamy cap of foam rises to garnish its surface with strong retention and broken lace.

Its bold hop aromas start off sharply of grapefruit, orange peel and fresh sawn pine. Not to be outdone, a quick rebuttal from malt reveals high caramel, husky grain, and a bit whiff of bread crust. With a spicy note of alcohol, Twin Sister's aromas are quite complex but simplistically strong. Even a hint of pepper and licorice rise as the beer warms.

Its taste is malt driven at first- especially as the caramel, grain, bread crust and starch gives the beer a rounded, smooth and sweet start. Heading into the middle palate, the taste of hops begin to counteract the malt with elements of citrus peels and pulp. Fruit juice-like, its taste develops into an earthy grass, pine and certain botanical flavor. Yet to finish, it trails with a bitter tilt of resinous woods and herbs and never completely releases its caramel sweetness. Its final taste is salty and spicy with fennel and grain.

Medium-full in body, the beer's residual sweetness is evident early and often. Its high level of creaminess is attributed to the beer's residual sweetness and embedded carbonation to give it a bready-sweet texture. And it takes the beer a while to turn to a bitter-dry feel with spicy warmth to give final impressions.

It wouldn't surprise me to learn that the beer had employed rye as part of their grist as the spicy grain-like character reminds me of pumpernickle bread (sans caraway seed). Better-still, the ale seems to strive for a more even-keel balance than is typical for the trendy IPA- making it much more like a Dogfish Head 90 Minute type beer than a Stone IPA variety.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

We crack a bomber, pouring a brew of glowing golden amber into our Founders snifters. It holds a two finger head of thick cream colored bubbles, showing excellent retention. Lacing is patterned and spotty. A chill haze cuts clarity, while chunks of sediment are suspended throughout. Carbonation appears to be mild. The aroma gives big floral and nectary hops, freshly sliced mango, pale and lightly caramel malts, fusel booziness, toffee, tannic teas, whole white peppercorn, tart candy sugars, meaty protein airs, honey, and pine sap. With warmth comes more booze, butters, dark cherry fruitiness, honey, barnyard grassiness, and a pseudo-cedar woodiness. Our first impression is that the flavoring showcases big booze, deep malts, and bright, syrupy fruity inclusions, with decent drinkability. As we sip, the taste opens with raw honey, chilling booze, butterscotch sugars, caramel and pale maltiness, light adjuncty grain, cinnamon and black pepper spice, pineapple, apricot, and mango fruitiness, and nectary and earthy hops. The middle comes to a peak with more of a floral hoppiness, with continued earthy bite, light dust and musk, stark alcohols, black pepper, caramel maltiness, lactic creaminess, and aluminum. Mixing through the finish are notes of vinyl plastics, caramel and cleaner pale maltiness, nail polish remover, harsh and hot booze, star fruit and pineapple flesh, floral hops, light vanillas, and faint buttery diacetyls. The aftertaste breathes of black pepper, mango and pear flesh fruitiness, adjuncty pales, vegetal bitterness, bittered orange rind, millet, soured lemon juiciness, soapy, herbal, and floral hoppiness, watery honeys, and sweet candied cherries. The body is medium to full, and carbonation is moderate. Each sip gives okay slurp, smack, cream, and froth, with thin finishing pop. The mouth is thickly coated at first, giving way to boozy pucker, and a decently strong fusel astringency reaching across the hard palate. The abv is appropriate, but heavily noticeable, and the beer sips decently.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its aroma. Here we were given notes of happily mixed grain of varying depth and clarity, with a beautiful floral hop. These blended nicely, affording an inviting start to the tasting. The taste, however, showed something that was overly boozy and a bit hot, without much of the overlying balance of hoppiness, or cleanliness of malts. The malts themselves were also a bit too much to the side of the rich and caramel, again forcing the hops to the outskirts. This is a hearty beer that is certainly worth sharing with a friend or two, but don’t expect anything wildly consistent or exciting.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: deep orange. couple fingers of a foamy head that leaves a lacing. good clarity but some sediment

Smell: strong hops and barley

Taste: strong hops right off the bat. turns into a malt strong beer with a spicy rye and barley

Mouthfeel: fairly warm. pretty sticky

Overall: a good take and tasty. well crafted. but the tastes don't work well enough together to be great

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 9/4/2013. Pours fairly hazy pale orange amber color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big orange peel, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, grapefruit, peach, floral, grass, light pine, honey, and floral earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/tropical hops, with a moderate malt balance that isn’t overpowering. Taste of orange peel, tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, peach, lemon zest, floral, grass, light pine, honey, bread, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus peel, pineapple, peach, lemon zest, floral, grass, light pine, honey, and floral earthiness on the finish for a while. Excellent complexity and balance of citrus/tropical hop flavors; with a moderate malt balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately creamy, sticky, and fairly crisp mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent DIPA! Great balance and complexity of hop flavors, with a moderate malt balance; and very smooth to sip on for 9.8%. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of metter98
3.72/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Thirsty Monk, Asheville, NC

A: The beer is clear amber-yellow in color. It poured with a thin white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Faint hints of citrusy hops and sweet malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste has initial hints of sweet malts followed by light flavors of orange citrus and piney hops. There is a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seems rather sweet for an IPA but still packs in enough hops and bitterness to keep it true to the style.

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Twin Sisters Double IPA from Left Hand Brewing Company
3.77 out of 5 based on 467 ratings.
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