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 SethB2
3.36/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a imperial pint glass. Side note: this the first IPA I have ever encountered that came caged and corked instead of the standard steel cap.

A - Deep burnt orange with a thick, rocky off-white head that stay around for a long time. Actually, it stays around for a lot longer than I want it to (which isn't necessarily a bad thing when it comes to rating.)

S - Sweet malts with a tame hoppiness. This thing smells more like a barleywine than it does an IPA. A little bit of citris hops poke through, but the sweet malts are the star on the nose.

T - Much like the smell, the malts are the star here. Missing is the big bitter start and finish of a "typical" DIPA. Starts with a slight pine punch, but very quickly moves to soft roasted grains and finishes sticky sweet. Like a barleywine.

M - Medium bodied and smooth.

D - Meh, it's a drinkable beer, but I'm a little let down by the lack punch.

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Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
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 JohnnyDuvel
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml. Poured a huge head, which took a while to die down. Strong fruity aroma. The taste reminded me of Indiga, a little "darker" in flavor. A bit thinner than my favorites of the style, with no real standout characteristics. I like having the corked 750, but then again, I paid for it ($15 plus for the bottle). Nice to try, but too many better examples for much (much) lower price.

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Photo of brentk56
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
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 GCBrewingCo
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
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 phisig137
3.41/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Cork pops forth with only a little encouragement, and foam slowly pushes up out of the neck. Pours a hazy mid-amber color, with a one finger head that falls slowly. Good amount of lacing, and a blanket of foam remains.

Aroma is oddly very mild. For being a DIPA, I would expect a hop-bomb, but this seems to be quite restrained. The little aroma that is there is very grassy, and slightly bready. A hint of alcohol is present if you breathe deeply.

Flavor is a big surprize to me here. Malty, and caramel sweet up front, followed by an spurt of hop flavor, and a finish that is not really bitter at all. Heavy alcohol on the finish. Very odd, and a nice change of pace for a double IPA. Mouthfeel is heavy and full, while drinkability is moderate.

Despite my relatively low score, I REALLY like this beer. I think this might possibly be the closest thing that I've ever had to a cask IPA, that has come out of a bottle. It is not at all what i would expect from a typical bottle of DIPA, but this has everything and more that I would enjoy in a cask conditioned IPA. Very smooth all around, balanced, and mellow. Not something that knocks your socks off immediately, but after every couple of sips, you catch yourself thinking "damn this is good!" I'm still not quite sure if it is worth the $11.99 I paid for it though.... I'll get back to you on that.

Don't be put off by your first impressions... this one grows on you.

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

Pours with huge head, leaves pretty good lacing. The body is orange in color. Smells of slight crystal malt, and grassy hops. Faint citrus profile to the hops.

Tastes more earthy than it smells. The taste seems balanced perhaps because of the flavor of the hops rather than the amount of malt. Low level of bitterness. Mouthfeel is good for thew style. Drinkability is excellent, although I am a sucker for IIPAs.

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Photo of yemenmocha
2.56/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A very slight haze, but otherwise a middle of the road amber color. Generous head retains well, very light textured head at that.

Nose is on the weaker side - not a lot of big aromatic notes that scream at you. I detect a clean, light citrus such as lemon peel. Very light.

Flavor is alcohol. Oh, besides that... well, let me retaste... Ok there's some hops too, but mostly warm alcohol flavor with a tinge of malt in there. Finish is very warm, from the alcohol. Why was this bottled in such a special way? Shouldn't have made it to production, IMO.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottle, Sampled August 2006
Pours with a lightly hazy, reddish amber color. The beer is topped by a frothy, initially two-finger thick, amber tinged, tan colored head. The aroma at first strikes a candied orange peel sort of cord, but then the initial finish of the aroma has a hit of hot alcohol to it. Rich, malty aromatics are here as well; notes of caramel and ample crystal malts add a sweet edge to accent the citrus notes, while a touch of toasted grain character rounds things out.

The taste has a fair amount of sweetness to it; a combination of fruity notes that are almost berry like as well as lots of crystal malt derived caramelized character. Not nearly as hoppy as I was expecting for an IIPA, but it does have a definite hop edge to it. Notes of candied orange peel, and tangerine mix with an astringent herbal hop note and a solid bitterness. The astringent hop notes combine with a bit of hot alcohol in the finish, creating a bit of a harsh character at the end of this beer. The beer is pretty well carbonated as well, which adds a bit of acidity and sharpness to this brew. When I swirl the beer to release a bit of carbonation, the body becomes a bit more creamy and mouth-coating. This is certainly not a light brew, and would have passed for a Barleywine in the pre-double everything days.

This beer is just a bit too unbalanced; it is not that it is overwhelmingly hoppy, it is that the hops are a bit too astringent and harsh, and these flavors combine with hot, fermentation derived, alcohol / ester notes. This beer does have a huge malt character though; the malt notes are primarily from crystal malt it seems, but there is lots of residual malted grain sweetness here as well. There are lots of good flavors here, it is just that the harsh notes bog the rest of this beer down.

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Photo of ddarden
3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml Bottle poured into pint glass. Massive offwhite head erupts from a fairly gentle puor and slowly recedes. The appearance is a dark, cloudy copper color and the head leaves plenty of lacing as it falls. Pretty impressive appearence!

Smell does not quite deliver on appearance, but not bad, just understated. Faint hops and malt, but not as aromatic as most DIPA's.

The first sip is a very nice blend of malt and hops. Hops are there, but not overpowering and is followed by nice chocalate malt backbone. This is by no means a hop bomb, but a very well balanced beer. The alcohol is present but does not detract from the overall taste. I am not really picking up a good hop profile, but they are there due to the bitterness. Slight pine and citrius?

The mouthfeel is a little better than medium and very nice. Overall the drinkability of this DIPA is pretty good. I am a little disappointed in the missing hop smell and flavor, but it is a very solid beer.

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Photo of benito
3.39/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery; served in a 12 oz. snifter.

A: Orange and copper. Minimal head. Good cloudiness gives the beer a mysterious look.

S: Floral and sweet. The hop presence (bitterness that is) is low.

T: A good upfront maltiness with a citrus bloom mid-palate and aftertaste. It's a little thin toward the end of the palate flavor wise, but this is a minor drawback.

M: Good balance throughout. This has exactly the sort of strength that I want in a DIPA.

D: The balance ups the overall drinakbility, though the thin flavor is a slight drawback. Strangely, it's a pretty simple DIPA (what you see is what you get...), and the lack of complexity is a slight disappointment.

Nonetheless, I marginally recommend this. Try it at the brewery if possible and spare yourself $11 from a bottle.

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Photo of blitz134
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fairly clear amber, caramel color. Huge head on the initial pour, but after topping off a couple of times there is a nice one inch thick, lumpy, off-white head on top that stays til the bottom. Nice lace is spread sporadically on the sides of the glass. Nicely done.

Strong aromas of sweet, citrus and piney hops. Smells like amarillo mostly. The sweetness is a bit of grapefruit and some lemony hints. Caramel malts come in as well to make this smell sweet. Overally it has a nice, fresh, raw hop aroma.

Nice malty backbone supports the bitterness in this well with its biscuity malts, quite the change from the malts found in the aroma. Pine and citrus malts come through once again but with a little more raw earthy taste as well. Finishes fairly bitter. Well done overall I think, maybe a touch understated. No hints of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied which make this go down easy. Coats the mouth well and really allows the bitterness to linger on for a bit. Good drinkability, nothing out of the box but a solid DIPA in my opinion that isn't over the top, which I consider a plus.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer came packaged in a brown corked and caged brown bomber. While the external appearance was Champagne style, the hoppy aroma released after pulling the cork was anything but. In the appointed tulip glass, the beer chugged out orange amber in color and frothy, and sported a little chill haze. Quite a bit darker than a traditional shade of a DIPA, Twin Sisters also did not attack the nose and set the hairs singeing. Instead, the aroma was sweet, spicy, and flowery, with a touch of hay. The taste was also sweeter than the norm, where fruits like pineapple, apricot, and grapefruit were immediately at the forefront, and were followed by a pleasing, mild and spicy, but drawn out hop bitterness. The dark and sweet malts did a very good job of hiding the ABV, but they did make this a little less bright and gulpable. This one reminded me a lot of our local Terrapin Big Hoppy Monster.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
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 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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Twin Sisters Double IPA from Left Hand Brewing Company
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