Twin Sisters Double IPA | Left Hand Brewing Company

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85
very good
469 Ratings
THE BROS
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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 Seanibus
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a surprisingly clear amber with a giant fluffy head. The aroma is rich and coppery, with a firm carmelly malt and a metallic sting. The flavor is crisp, surprisingly so for such a strong beer, with a warm cherry and plum character and an herby, grassy hop taste with a citrus edge on the finish. The bitterness is broad and spicy, almost more like a malt-driven Oktoberfest than a hop-driven DIPA. There is a distinct alcohol sting, but the mouthfeel is light and fluid considering teh strength of the beer.

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Photo of csiewert
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy dark orange color with one finger of foamy white head that clings to the glass extremely well. The aroma explodes of fruity/citrusy hops. The taste starts somewhat malty and then finishes with a citrus bitterness. The mouthfeel is a little harsh and definitely leaves a strong aftertaste for a while.

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Photo of gordavidson
3.64/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- A bright, luminescent, cloudy orange liquid with a craggy bone white head that has excellent retention and leaves nice lacing.

S- Rather mild with some caramel, pine, citrus, and a hint of Swiss cheese. Smells a little old school too.

T- Pine, caramel, and some citrus to round things off. Sweet and bitter but not overly rich or overbearing.

M- A nice amount of carbonation gives it some bite. The finish is ever so slightly oily and bitter.

D- An enjoyable beer with well hidden alcohol, but overall, it does not leave a lasting impression. Not bad by any means, just not a stand out.

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Photo of BMoney575
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 12-30-10

Pours a cloudy golden orange color, with a very thin white head and sticky lacing.

Smell is sweet, lots of slightly roasted malt and caramel. The hops are more sweet than bitter, with an earthy quality at the very end.

Taste is right where the smell would lead you, very sweet with a more subtle hop bitterness. There's a fruitiness at the very end, with a bitter, dry finish.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, right for the hop character.

Drinkability is good, watch out for the abv.

Overall, a good, if average, example of the style.

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Photo of bump8628
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a pleasant find at the pub on a Weds. afternoon. Pours a hazed honey-gold with a good finger of white head.

Aroma is somewhat subdued - mild pine mixed with sugared malt about rounds it out.

What the nose lacks the taste makes up for. Candied orange peel, tropical fruitiness, and just enough rough pine and herb to give it a good punch. Alcohol goes almost unnoticed too, which is quite impressive at this ABV. Malt pretty much gets out of the way, only laying down a general sweetness to counter this bitter bomb.

This was more impressive from the tap than the bottle. There are quite a few DIPAs out there that are better, but few of those ever show up on my local pub's tap.

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Photo of OakedCanuck
3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into MS cervoise

This beer pours a murky to clear tinted yellow with good white head retention and nice ringed lacing after every sip. Smell is acidic and citric, mostly lemon. Taste is of off piney hops, lemon, orange. You can really taste the alcohol in this one and it detracts from the hops and fruits usually found in DIPAs. I also expected some sweetness from the malt but didn't find hardly any. Mouthfeel is thin and hot from the alcohol. Decent enough and easy to drink but I think there are way better offerings out there. Still like Left Hand, just not this one that much.

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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 xhuskr
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy appearance after being poured into a pint glass..more than I expected

Nice smell with hops dominating in a balanced manner

Nice taste...alcohol taste present, but still behind the hops with a more fruity flavor as it warms

Very drinkable, but at 9% either I need another due to my Huskers playing so poorly or cause it got to me faster than expected.

bottles says CA redemption value, but I've not found this brew or any Left Hand in SoCal...post if you know of any place to find it to save me waiting for visits from friends/family

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Photo of Spider889
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another beer from Bodega. This beer is supposedly inspired by some of the local geography and... brewed with Rocky Mountain water? sounds kinda like a BMC marketing scheme.

I've always liked Left Hand though and was excited to see this on draft.

Pours a slightly cloudy golden yellow color. Small white head that recedes into average spotted lacing.

Smell has a lemony character to it, with piney hop oil aromas.

Pine resin and fresh steamed needles create an inviting hop bitterness. slightly sweet with a bready malt backbone.

Well carbonated, this beer arrives on the tongue bright and crisp, and drinks easily, though I was somehow expected a little more from this beer.

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Photo of Spica66
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received this one from Jason on his way through to Kalamazoo.

A: Deep yellow with good head formation and retention. The beer is opaque.

S: Citrus hops over a sweet malt base. Very pleasing.

T: Sweet malt and citrus hops. Almost a little too sweet on the malt, but there is substantial hop bitterness on the finish to make your mouth forget about the "over" sweetness.

M: Full-bodied and properly carbonated. A little more stickiness than one would normally associate with a DIPA.

D: this is a sipper to be sure.

This is the twin brother to Dark Horse's Double Crooked Tree.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a somewhat brownish body with two-finger head that slowly dies and leaves lace patches. A sharp, pungent citric hop aroma along with some caramel and other malts. Medium-bodied with a husky body that's dry as the citric hops pack a wallop and there's also a bready, caramel malt sensation for a little bit of sweetness. Overall, the beer is less fruity and on the more dry side of DIPAs. A dry, crisp finish as the alcohol complements the beer and I find this a quality after-dinner sipper.

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Photo of katan
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber into a pint

A - Pours a very opaque, deep golden color. Not hazy, just solid. Strong head formation, leaving behind a off white 2mm thick layer.

S - Very strong, floral, citrus, and grapefruit aromas of hops. Very smooth, almost seems sweet. Some more resinous notes are there bu well hidden.

T - Starts off with the floral citrus notes of hops, tied directly to a potent 2-row malt profile. Mid-stream gets to add alot of bitterness. FInishes with a more nutty caramel, malty sweetness - perhaps associated with rye. Aftertaste is beyond bitter.

M - Moderate to strong beer body, complemented by a potent but not unbalanced carbonation. Noticeably oily and sticky on the tongue - big retained bitterness.

D - A very potent, slow drinking DIPA. Bitterness is quite pronounced. ABV is strong. A very enjoyable slow drinking IPA, perhaps more close to a barleywine.

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Photo of thain709
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A dark copper body that showed carbonation running to the top...the head was small and white and didn't retain a lot...but it left nice lacing down the glass

S - The nose was sweet from both the hops and the malts...citrus notes of oranges and pineapples were from the hops and caramel from the malts

T - There was an initial sweetness up front from the citrus fruits...the caramel flavor played around in the middle and added to the sweetness...so to start things off this beer is really sweet...towards the end the bitter hops start coming through...but so does the alcohol

M - Medium bodied...syrupy, oily, slick, bitter, and alcohol

D - This IIPA was just okay for me...I enjoyed the sweetness on the nose and at first sip...but after a while it almost became cloying...the bitterness was enjoyable but the 9% ABV coming through was not

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Photo of rarbring
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer is orange amber, very cloudy, good lacing.

The smell has honey, citric nuances, grass and hay.

Tasting of honey and brown sugar, fruit nuances, orange and mango, candy and liqueur style.

Medium carbonation, a huge body and a dry finish.

IMHO a really nice dipa.

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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 JordanEllwanger
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice cloudy amber tone that floats a dense soft white head. A strong hop sent at first then a strong malt sent. Both somewhat cancel each other out and leave a 'pure' sent. That's all I can say to describe that. The taste is a lot like the smell, I can tell there is a lot there but . A very elegant flavor and feel. Not too harsh and very drinkable. I could do a session with this.
Cheers.

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Photo of terrapinfan88
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Again on tap at the Oxymoron even at Galaxy hut.

Appearance: Burnt orange, little to No head, awesome lacing

Smell: PINEAPPLES never actually had this before this beer smelled like someone had poured pineapple juice in it. I loved that. Everything else takes a backseat to that smell but pine and other bright fruits are present.

Taste: Again Taste like it was a pineapple and Hop beer which in my opinion is about the coolest thing ever. Never had a double or a pale ale with a STRONG pineapple taste, but If I could find one with a more reasonable ABV I'd be drinking it all the time. Plenty of hops in this brew just the way I like it. Again everything is trumped by the pineapple but pears and a present but not over powering booze taste.

Mouthfeel: Heat, moderate carbonation, awesome hop bite that lingers

Drinkability: Again if it were strictly based on taste all day I could drink it. But this was only my second pint and I was not drunk but past tipsy. So the ABV sinks this one to a three but if you are on a mission to get destroyed drinking pineapple juice look no further.

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Photo of beersensei305
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beers pours an a deep apricot with a thin head. A big hops aroma with some earthy tones like pine. Sweet and syrupy up front, you can taste the rye and malts. Some dryness at the from grapefruit added. However, the complexity tis beer boasts is not present. A good tasting beer.

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Photo of babaracas
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber with one finger dense foamy white head, fades leaving splotchy lace. Smell: bam! citrus rind, grapefruit, pine, resinous. Taste: grapefruit, orange, spicy, a bit green, pretty alcoholic, a nice juicy pale malt backdrop with just a touch of caramel sweetness. Very happy that this one didn't live up to the label's promise of a balanced DIPA. A bit rough around the edges, but enjoyable. Late Sept 2010 release.

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Photo of sonata2008
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was pleased to see that a local pub offered this beer as a cask.

A: Clear, golden copper color with a finger width of foam. Not much carbonation.
S: Definitely a strong hops aroma with lots of pine.
T: A nice grapefruit flavor with some spice, and floral notes. A pleasant bitter hops finish. Very nicely balanced.
MF: Medium mouth feel, smooth and creamy.
D: A lovely beer. Very smooth. Goes down nicely.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark copper color, not much head, formed late in the pour. Aroma, a little sweet, but largely lacking.

Taste, ooh, herbal hop, bitterness, warming, leaning to the almost pine side, possibly because of the herbal feel from the initial mouthfeel. A pretty easy drinking beer given the abv, bitterness. Glad I picked this up, for me, left hand has been all over the place in terms of quality/likeability, but 2010 has been a good year for them in my book.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, 2008 Bottle Conditioned on the label.
In a pint glass, the beer was a hazy orange color with a thick tan head that rapidly dissipated. A bit of lace.
Strong citrus aroma. Sweet/floral. Tickle your nose peppery.
Grapefruit and tangerine taste, sweet bread. Didn't quite live up to the promise of the aroma.
Still, a nice, mellow DIPA.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass

A: Overall not an entirely beatiful beer to look at. Has a very clear appearance without even the slightest hint of cloudiness i sometimes enjoy in strong beers. The color is mostly golden with a slight reddish hue.

S: Lacking slightly in this category because the brew does not have the strong scent that most other double IPA's have. very dulled hoppiness as far as the smell is concerned.

T: As with the other categories, Twin Sisters is lacking slightly in the taste category. That is not to say that it is in anyway a bad taste but that it is not up to the level of the strong tastes that i would associate with a double ipa.

M: Very smooth mouthfeel which makes it a very easy to drink brew.

D: As mentioned above it is a very easy to drink brew and i would go as far as saying that it is one of the few double ipa's that could be drank in large amounts.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden orange with a tight white head that leaves plenty of lacing.

Smells of tropical fruits and some citrus.

Tastes of decent hops up front with a decently bitter finish. Malt backbone is fairly good with some caramel sweetness coming through and rounding everything out. Hops have notes of grapefruit, mango, and pineapple. Hops could be more assertive on the palate. Would like more bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

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Photo of daledeee
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 22 oz bomber with a new label compared to the website.

The beer poured a very dark gold with an orange tinge. Head was medium but lacing was excellent.

Nose is floral and citrus. Not real strong. As I drank the beer and swirled it, I got a couple whiffs of strong alcohol.

Taste is citrus, mostly grapefruit, malt and sweet. It tastes good but the depth is not quite there.

Mouth feel is medium and not quite top shelf.

Drinkability is good; alcohol is not real strong/warming.

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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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