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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 05-21-2006

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Photo of BelgiumBill
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. A nice 1/2 inch off-white foamy head formed from a gentle pour. A beautifully mysterious hazy amber color filled the glass. As it receded it left sticky foam about the side of the glass.
First whiff produced sweet ripe tropical fruits and subdued hops taking a backseat to the fruit.
Flavors were consistent with the nose...tropical fruit forward and less pronounced hops than i would have expected. not a defect by any means. In fact, I enjoyed not having my taste buds blown out by a 100 IBU monster. The rich fruit was ever present and well balanced surrounded by the hop frame. Well balanced.
The alcohol was well concealed and integrated as this DIPA coated the mouth with a luscious feel but not cloying either. Not particularly carbonated and provides a lingering finish.
I'd buy this again.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber with a fine one finger white head with great retention and lacing. Nice aroma of piney and lightly herbal hops and bready malt. Flavor of extremely well melded pine and citrus hops with sweet caramel malt and stone fruit. The flavors are so well balanced that the hops do not seem very dominant until the finish, which is long lasting piney hops and a mixture of caramel and biscuit malt. Extremely creamy and mouth soothing texture. I was a bit taken aback on my first sip, because the hops seemed very subdued, but as the initial malt subsided, the hops revealed themselves nicely. This is not a hop bomb, but instead a well balanced, very malty imperial IPA. Nicely done and different. Not for those who don't like malty IPAs, but I really like it.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.57/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a snifter at Firkin.

Finishing my fill of the Left Hand tap takeover here at Firkin with their double IPA. It pours a lightly-hazy sunrise amber topped by a finger of off-cream foam. The nose comprises grapefruit zest, mild sweet caramel, earthy and spicy greens, and a twinge of mandarin orange. The taste brings in more of the same, with rindier fruit, some candied orange peel, some extra mixed greens, and some sharp grass. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a nice DIPA, nothing really special, but one I could see drinking again without a grimace of unhappiness.

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Photo of peabody
3.29/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours out a slight amber color with lots of effervescence but only slight foam. Some lacing around the glass.
Smell is pine resin and sugar malts. As it warms you get a little bit of grapefruit. Not a lot of nose here.
Taste is bitter dark hop and a sugary malt that taste like two row smells when it is cooking.
Mouthfeel is very clean and there is just a tad of bitter aftertaste that soon leaves the palate.
Good beer for a juicy rare steak. Otherwise this one is a little plane for a double IPA.

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Photo of jondeelee
3.96/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Twin Sisters opens to a bright, hoppy nose, with pink grapefruit, lemon, sugary rosewater, and pine resin dominating, with lesser touches of grapefruit rind and mint. The aromas are very sweet, everything about this beer—even the hops—geared toward sugary, fruity, citrusy aromas. There’s also a nice bed of fruit esters, including orange, apricot, cherry, berry, and peach, all of which mingle with candi sugar, brown sugar, and dashed of super sweet confectioner’s sugar, and provide a nice bolstering effect to the citrusy hops. Grape Nuts cereal, biscuit, and light floury baguette add earthiness. As a whole, the nose is very nice, and while it is not at all the hop blast that often comes from Double IPAs, it’s still obviously hop-centered, being quite fruity and citrusy, and immediately notable in this sense as excellent summer fare.

On the tongue, the beer proves to be sweet and lightly hoppy, the hops bringing pink grapefruit, sugary rosewater, and very light touches of pine and lemon. More noticeable, however, are the massive levels of sugar and fruit esters, with orange, apricot, cherry, berry, and peach mixing with heavy doses of brown sugar and candi sugar to produce a sweetness more reminiscent of syrup than beer. There’s just enough pine and grapefruit rind to somewhat reign in this sweetness, and the biscuit/floury baguette/Grape Nuts cereal grain base adds further weak pulls back to earth. A bit more hop bitterness does come out late in the mouthful as the sugars die off, and the aftertaste also boasts a bit more hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is a surprisingly heavily sugared Double IPA, and in fact in many ways doesn’t feel like a Double IPA at all. Yes, the 9.6% ABV is well hidden beneath the heavy sugars, but for its 77 IBUs, this still comes across more like a sweet, fruity, citrusy cocktail than a beer, and needed a bit more dandelion stem or pine resin hop bite to balance this sweetness. It’s still good beer, mind you—but not quite what is expected.

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Photo of watsonmd
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Fresh as I can find...(best by 09/05/13) kept at 34 degrees, into snifter.

A: Golden amber, slight head, dissipates quickly, and there is a fine lacing during the session.

S: Hops, but not overpowering. Floral, citrus, maybe lavender?

T: Balanced, citrus forward hop, nice taste, but not as "grab you by the tongue" as most DIPA/IIPA beers are.

M: Nice, lingering, hop and sweet, with a minimal carbonation.

O: Nice offering, but not one I am rushing out to stock-pile, especially in the 22 oz format.

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Photo of Tone
3.52/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and slight lacing. Smells of citrus hops, sweet malt, slight floral hops, alcohol, and a hint of earthy malt. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of citrus hops, floral hops, sweet malt, slight alcohol, and a hint of earthy malt. Overall, decent appearance, good aroma, decent feel, and decent body.

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Photo of godlessape
2.96/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this one on tap, poured into a tulip. It has a nice cloudy copper color to it but not much head to speak of, which I found surprising.

As far as aroma goes there was nothing jumping out of the glass and yanking on my nose. I did pick up some grapefruit, and a little sweet malt, but I had to try hard to get that.

The taste is thick and kind of sweet like syrupy malt and fruit cup juice, with a little hop bitterness on the tail-end. The high ABV is most certainly present here.

The mouthfeel is heavy with little carbonation.

Overall, a crashing disappointment.

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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 Pegasus
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark, hazy orance, with a modest white head, which fades fairly quickly. Thin, scattered lacing adorns the glass walls.

Aroma: Substantial medicinal hop notes in the aroma, as well as lots of caramel, and sweet alcohol.

Taste: Opens with a strong wave of citric and medicinal hops. Against this, there is a strong backbone of very sweet caramel malt. As the taste develops, the hops and the malt play off against each other, with the hops ultimately triumphant. At the end of the taste, there is a lingering medicinal bitterness, which vanquishes any remnant of the malt.

Mouthfeel: Very soft and full, quite pleasant, with a dry finish.

Drinkability/notes: A nice example of the style. It would be interesting to pair with barbeque.

Presentation: Packaged in a twenty-two ounce brown glass bomber, served in a Chimay chalice.

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Photo of TwelveOunces
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a tulip glass
The bottle I have has different label art. No date.

A- Pours super hazy orange. A very small head, only a quarter finger and it was gone very quickly.

S- Very hoppy as you may expect. Mine seems to smell a bit older. The hop profile I got consists of grapefruit, pineapple and some darker fruit. The fruit profile seems a bit over ripened which I dont mind but I think its because this brew isn't too fresh, I prefer fresh IPA's. Tiny touch of alcohol and some nice roasted malts.

T- A little bit of bitterness washed over first along with a big wave of those overly ripened fruits. Finishes bitter and with a nice unique maltiness that seems somewhat roasted and reminiscent of rye. The hop flavor has likely faded with age but is quite strong and flavorful; consisting of grapefruit figs and other bitter fruits.

M- A slight burning and little alcohol taste going down. Bitter, very bitter but not the most bitter I have tasted, A moderately dry aftertaste. not too heavy and a little actually pretty refreshing.

O- This is a nice IPA, nothing I haven't had before but very well done and nicely balanced. I cant help but thinking I would have given this a much higher score had this been a fresh bottle.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hoppy aroma is not strong but has a good fruity undertone and a hint of caramel. It pours a nice clear, rather dark amber with a decent pale tan head. Flavor is QUITE hoppy, evergreen and a little bitter, with hints of grapefruit, apple and caramel. Texture has plenty of fizz and good firm body.

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Photo of hopfacebrew
3.15/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bomber to pint glass.

A - The beer pours a translucent copper color with a 1/2 finger slightly off-white color. Some retention and lacing.

S - So much malt it's biscuity, similar to the Warrior IPA. There is a bit of floral aroma and earthy hops, but dominated by malty boozy sweetness.

T/M - The beer starts off with a medium earthy bitterness. The beer develops into a sweet malt character along with a somewhat fruity tone: citrus, honey, biscuit. Not as bitter as it seemed at first. The beer finishes syrupy and hot. Too much alcohol in my opinion. Medium carbonation and medium bodied.

D - Meh.

Overall, this wasn't what I as expecting for the style, which seems to be synonymous with Left Hand's beers. Not a fan.

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 03-07-2011 14:47:33

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.46/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a hazy orange, good initial amount of head but quickly decreased, heavy lacing

S - very aromatic, not as hoppy as i imagined for a double ipa

T - heavy on the malt, bitter after taste

M - heavy on the mouth, sticky on the lips

O - not bad at all, nothing above average though aside from its very aromatic smell

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Photo of Knapp85
3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
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 osusullins
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours gold with white head.

Smells strongly of hops. Lots of citrus.

Taste is caramel up front, with loads of citrus hops that finish up strong. Light body with medium carbonation.

This is an average DIPA. This is my favorite beer style, and while I can appreciate the taste of this beer there are several DIPA's that I would reach for before even thinking about this beer.

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Photo of claytong
3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2008 vintage

appearance - golden orange in color, with a good sized head and good lacing, nice sticking. gushed a bit upon opening.

smell - citrus, orange, hops, wow amazed hops made it, caramel malt

taste - follows with the citrus on the end and caramel malt up front

mouthfeel - smooth, good body, good carbonation. very nice for autumn. aged dipa time.

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Photo of Sammy
3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
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 tobelerone
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a bit of an older bottle so take this review with a grain of salt, I suppose. The lacing and head were modest. Nice aroma of malt with some citrus behind it. Taste is strongly alcoholic but actually fairly balanced...time may have mellowed the hops a bit, leaving them even with the malt underneath. Definitely boozy. Long bitter finish that stays on a bit too long for my taste. Funny that the hops sit back a bit upon first drinking but really linger on the tongue after you swallow. As another reviewer said, could be dryer.

Not bad..I will probably return if I can find a fresher bottle.

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Photo of chocosushi
3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A ~ Pours dark orange with great lacing.

S ~ Sticky orange slices, wet leaves, graham crackers...Malt-forward for sure. Very full aromas.

T ~ Malt! Earthy, Slightly sweet, & heavy on the Barley, lending biscuits & burnt caramel. Notes of Tangerine pith, orange zest, & apricot...there is a bit of Basil-like herbyness that was off putting on the finish. Hops are citric, but buried beneath dopey amounts of malt. Not feelin' it.

M ~ Sticky, sweet, & prickly. Should be more dry than it currently stands. Not very balanced.

D ~ One & done. Probably would not buy again or reccomend, but I am very glad I tried this one as I have wanted to for a long time. I prefer the Warrior much more.

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Photo of FanofHefe
3.41/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a pint glass; although there is a place on the label for a "bottled on" date, it is blank, so no information. Pours a hazy golden colored body with a nice three-finger ecru head. Good retention and rings of lacing.

Uh oh...malty aroma. Not my favorite way to start a DIPA. Caramel malt dominates the aroma with some light citrus hops in the background.

Unfortunately the taste does not improve much over the aroma. The malt flavor is actually very rich, but it overpowers the hops. I get only a shadow of fruity hop flavor in the background which makes for a sweet beer overall.

A medium mouthfeel that borders on cloyingly sweet. Definitely needs a better hop flavor to compete with the best.

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Photo of Forb
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a pint bottle...

Appearance: A golden, orange, amber, copper hue to it. Many colors throughout depending on light with a minor frothy head and almost white walled lacing.

Smell: A sugary hoppy aura lingers from the glass showing me that this one will have some fair malt to it as well as hop bitterness.

Taste: Tastes of sugary caramel malt with a piney, citrusy backbone. Not at all what I was expecting but deliciously so.

Mouthfeel: One of it's best qualities. Creamy and smooth on a medium body.

Overall: The sweetness was a bit much for me at first being that I don't much care for sweet beers. But a few sips later here I am indulging in the sugary goodness. From a company known moreso for their stouts and porters; this beer weighs in quite well for this hophead.

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Photo of Dotcubed
3.34/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A random selection from a new store. They had a good wide selection.

New label design is better.

Now I want to know why there's so many A+ top examples of this style.

Pours beautiful, big bubbles in the bottle. In the glass there's a good sticky foam. Clear, coppery.

Pineapples and peach. Smells tame.

Massive hit o hops. Hi booze heat. Like an out of control pint of bitter. Long lasting flavor. Very warming. Smooth. Some weight to it.


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Photo of mikesgroove
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

another new one thanks to david. i hadnt had much left hand in a while so a nice welcome change

The pour was very nice with a rich light golden amber. Smooth and very cloudy, this thing looked like it was about to kick my ass, and as I was about to find out, it was defintley going to. Lots of ripe grapefruit and pineapple hops that just tore through the air as soon as I leaned in to it. Huge notes of hops dominated the entire flavor as well. Sharp flavor here as the resin like hops took all the moisture out of my mouth and left me parched, dry and looking for more. One of the best finishes I have had in a big IPA in a very, very long time. I would love to try this one again and will defitely be on the lookout to try it again.

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4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glowing copper with peach edges. Big light beige head, thick and frothy. Big cavernous laces.

Spicy resinous and floral with a touch of grapefruit peel. Some toasty biscuit and caramel. Great aroma, but a bit muted, could pack a little more punch.

Juicy and resinous floral hops. Sweet toasty biscuit, caramel, and a touch of spicy rye. Spicy resinous big bitterness.

Med+ body. Slightly thick and sticky, but still lively, drying and refreshing. Medium carbonation.

Tasty DIPA. Nice hop character and rye addition. Overall a decent brew that I'd get again.

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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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