Twin Sisters Double IPA | Left Hand Brewing Company

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85
very good
469 Ratings
THE BROS
83
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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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Photo of Sammy
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
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 acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of GRG1313
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange amber with a nice white head that is not long lasting.

Nose is ultra sweet ripe pineapple with heavy perfume; Mouthfeel is medium to full, creamy and rich with a very nice balance though heavy on the bitter hops.

Flavors are sweet on the very front palate and then go to big bitter grapefruit/pine bitter hops that carry over to a big bitter grapefruit/pine finish.

This is a big bodied beer that is all about the hops but with a delightful sweetness in the very front. Well made and bold. A hop-head's delight.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
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 spycow
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
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 kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Knapp85
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a murky looking copper color with a white head on top. the smell of the beer was earthy with some light citrus notes. The taste of the beer was more earthy than anything. It was bitter and it dried my mouth out but I was hoping for a little more of a West Coast style instead. The mouthfeel was a little bit on the thick side which I didn't mind. The beer dries the mouth out pretty fast. Overall this beer wasn't too bad it just depends on what IPA style you prefer.

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Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of metter98
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
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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Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
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 brentk56
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a very hazy amber color with a bounteous head (watch out!) that leaves plenty of lace

Aroma: Filled with caramel malt and very little hops

Taste: Big and malty but the hops just don't come through

Mouthfeel: Moderately thick and well carbonated

Drinkability: For a Double IPA, I expect a lot more on the hops front; this beer was all about the yeast and the malt but surely not about the hops; a real disappointment for the money, although not a bad beer, if you understand what I am saying

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Photo of emerge077
4.01/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Due to it's retirement on BA, and the dustiness of the shelf, i'm guessing this bottle is a year old. First review was 14 months ago... "2006 bottle conditioned"

Pours with a huge fluffy head, soufflé-esque with rings of lace in the 3F imp. pint. A deep, sexy caramel amber tone. Low, even clarity. Tiny visible streams of carbonation.

Aroma is vaguely sweet and malty, muted in the hop department. I'll chalk that up to the age of the bottle. Grain and earthy herbs.

Very nice hop profile, low bitterness, but still juicy and full. Average level of maltiness, some fruit, mild sweetness.

Medium bodied, not as beefy or viscous as some DIPAs. This increases the drinkability quite a bit, especially since the 9% is barely detected.

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Photo of zeff80
4.09/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden-yellow color (lighter than most DIPAs). It had a small, white head that left soay lace.

S - Grapefruit and grasses are the main aromas. There is also a touch of caramel.

T - This one really brings a powerful bitterness from the hops. Fairly dry, too. The caramel malt flavor is understated compared to the citrus and hop taste.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A medium bodied beer.

D - This is pretty good. Definately a hop-forward DIPA.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
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 olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of nickfl
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with a small, white head on a slightly hazy, orange-copper body. Decent retention and lace.

S - Fruity hops with some orange and pineapple notes and a hint of pine. Toast and bready malt notes in the background.

T - Fruity, spicy hops up front with sweet, toasty malt. More pine notes develop towards the finish with moderate pithy bitterness. Grapefruit and a hint of tobacco linger on the palate.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Quite drinkable, nice fruity hops and plenty of bitterness are balanced by light, sweet malt. I just happened to come across this the other day and while I wouldn't have necessarily expected much from a Lefthand double IPA, I was pleasantly surprised.

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Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
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 NeroFiddled
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Left Hand's Twin Sisters Double IPA is named after the Twin Sisters peaks in the Rocky mountains.

The bottle I have is not painted, and has a metallic glued-on body label but no neck label.

Here's my review...

A: Clear golden body beneath a 2 to 3 finger thick head. Excellent retention. Brilliant lacing... initial wide rings of creamy lace eventually fade, but at the end of the glass it's entirely coated with residual rings, streaks, spots and splatters! Oddly, the label reads "2008 bottle conditioned but I don't detect any yeast at all.
S: The aroma is more malty than hoppy, which is an interesting twist. There's a light bit of spiciness, which may be alcohol, or may be the rye. It's also a bit fruity from the yeast. Oddly, I also got a quick note of popcorn (but don't think butter! - think more the corn of popcorn... it's a grainy note). Surprisingly, it's not really hoppy, but VERY enticing!
T: Remarkably well-balanced between lightly sweet, directly grainy, and just slightly caramelish malt with a hint of yeasty fruitiness, and floral and grassy hops. The rye adds a touch of residual spiciness to the finish. The hops, however, are kind of elusive - not that they're not there - it's just that they're not clear as to what variety they are. Which is OK with me, and in fact, I kind of like that. I could hazard a guess at Crystal being included, but really who knows or cares, it's a good blend!!! (This year's version is probably different that the previous years due to the unavailability of hops this time around).
M: Medium bodied, but fairly well dried out. Some medium bodied beers can have a dextrinous edge to them, but this does not, it's just straight-on 'medium'. Fine-bubbled carbonation. Mildly zesty on the tongue, which works well with the malt and hops.
D: Very drinkable beer. As in VERY DRINKABLE BEER! And especially for a double IPA!!! If this is actually 9% I'm shocked. It doesn't taste it at all. Superbly done! Well worth trying!!!

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Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of smithj4
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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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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