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:
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Added by Todd on 05-21-2006

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Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a bright slightly hazy golden-orange color with a finger of frothy slightly off-white head. The head fades down slowly to a ring around the glass lacing behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is full of citrus hops and a touch of floral hops. Lots of grapefruit. There is also some sweet caramel malt in the background.

T - Starts off with some citrus hop flavor and bitterness. Nice grapefruit flavor along side some sweet malts. Through the middle some stronger bitterness and other fruits come through. The finish is a mix of hop flavor and bitterness with just enough caramel malts and a touch of booze that lingers.

M - Medium to medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and even a touch crisp. Finish is really dry and a touch bitter and very nice.

D - Very drinkable. The 9% abv is definitely noticeable here, but not in a particularly bad way. The rest of the flavors mix together well and blend very nicely.

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

A; dark yellow, nice full head.

S; citrus,hops, some wood.

T; citrus, grapefruits,hopbitter and some sweetness and saltyness.

M; the bitter is overwelming but you dont taste the high alcohol nice double i.p.a.

O: if you like hopbitters in your beer this is a good beer for you, but watch it its 9%.

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

Poured into my newly acquired Spaten glass. Dark burnt orange, with a two finger head that is just a shade off of bright white. Not a lot of carbonation bubbles. Lace appears to want to stick around for dinner.

The smell is very sweet malt, kinda smells like a Double Simcoe at first. Some citrus hops that smell like orange rind come too. Just a bit of alcohol and yeast as this one warms.

And here is where you lose me. The taste is an odd sweet, yeasty, chalky, bitter. I am very in love with bitter, but this is just odd. I want to try to explain the taste as best I can and all I can come up with is maybe biting a grapefruit peel (from the outside) and then licking sugar off of your upper thumb. Kinda like how people take Tequila shots and lick the salt off their thumbs.

With all that time wasted typing I must say this changes quite a bit as it sits and warms. The uber bitter has mellowed and has change to more of a taste like a hybrid orange and yellow grapefruit might taste. As it warms it also gains some musty yeast taste and the alcohol comes out quite a bit.

The mouth is good for the style. For as sweet as it is I think it could be a bit more silky and full at the end. The bitter wins the battle, but I don't think that's all bad. I do love Ruination!

Overall I like this one, from the Centennial State, but having to judge this beer as a DIPA really hurts the score in my opinion. I did like this beer and think it is worth a taste if you get the chance, but as for a DIPA at $9 I think your local bottle shop probably has a better choice at a better price.

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Photo of Cozzatoad
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, purchased at a local beershop

A- Dark orange, almost red. Hazy but you can still see through. The creamy head is small but shows very good retention

S- Pine aromas are dominant, but there are also fruity notes (citrus, orange) and a nice biscuit sweetness from the malts

T- What the smell suggest. The beer is not just hops and in fact it is pleasantly creamy with a nice sweet malts character and some caramel undertones. But of course hops are dominant: a bitter pine flavour is nicely balanced by citrus, apple and orange on the tongue. Leaves a very bitter aftertaste on the palate that takes your mind away from other flavours, really too bitter for my liking

M- A creamy beer, quite soft on the mouth for the style, alcohol is well hidden. I don't know wheter that just my feeling but a bit more carbonation would bring more life, though that may be caused by the long distance that the bottle had to cover

D- 9% ABV is very well hidden and the beer feels refreshing and rich. That bitter aftertaste is still too strong in my opionion

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Photo of zrab11
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a nice Copper orange. Has a nice 2 finger head.

S-Has a hoppy malty smell with some nice citrus and pine notes

T-This is a nice hoppy balance taste. The sweet pine and carmel flavors combine nicely with the hoppiness

M-Medium bodied with nice carbonation

D-I don't know if i was really thirsty or what but this tasted exceptional to me. And that 9% is hidden so u think you are drinking a 5%. Really like this beer alot and will get this many more times

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.76/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Murky cadmium orange with low light allowance coming through. On top lied a marshmellow sandy beige head of good retention that left a generous helping of thick spongy lace. A very slow and lazily rising effervesce is revealed upon backlighting.

S: Pine hops are the first to get noticed, but barely. Very light in strength with very little helping in terms of complexity and hop muscle which was sorely lacking. Finishes off with a dry flowery pine scent.

T: Strong hoppy juices flow from the get go, worthy of double standards. Flowery pine, bitter grapefruit peel along with a toasty warm quality of caramel gains and dry lemons parches the tongue's taste buds with a good sense of bitterness. After a near silent nose, the hops have awoken. The heavily handed specialty grain base adds substance and equal recognition along with the hops. Bitter dry orange peels rounds things out.

M: Thick and viscose hop juices lie on the tongue with a sense of bitterness. Sparkling carbonation and warm pine and grapefruit juices warm the inner cheeks. A nice sense of dry bitterness appears on the swallow.

D: Nice and hoppy, worthy of 2x ipa label lacing and parching the tongue with a good assault of hops. Should satisfy the most avid of hop heads. Bomber worthy.

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

2006 vintage. Corked and Caged 750ml bottle.

Excellent pour. Dark orange, hazy and opaque. Spongy yellow/beige head of two fingers forms and laces nicely.

Aroma is of biscuits and bread, light malt sweetness, and surprisingly for the age, some citrus in the back.

Taste is rich and malty, not thick and syrupy as I would have suspected. Light bready sweetness, nutty, and mild citrus notes. Finish was slightly bitter and citrusy, which was a nice surprise, again, due to the age.

Feel was creamy, still nicely carbonated, medium bodied, and slick.

Drinkability was solid. Finishing the fifth won't be hard.

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Photo of claspada
3.2/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Aroma is somewhat subdued with mild pine mixed with carmelized malts to balance it out, nothing really note-worthy here.
The tastes begin with strong orange peel, tropical fruitiness, and a rough pine and herb to give it a good punch. As prevalent as the malt was in the nose, it lacks in the taste making this too overly bitter for me to enjoy more than a pint of. For as much alcohol as in this, the sweetness is not very detectable, which some people enjoy, but I do not because I like a more balanced DIPA. Overall this is a bitter bomb, which is not for me, but is loved by many.

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Photo of doopiedoopiedoo
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bomber at Bert's Bierhuis. It says bottled in 8 2011. Very impressive since it's Februari 2011 while I'm drinking it. Fresness matters!

Poured into a Kronenbourg .40 ltr glass.

Poured clear and dark golden brown with a decent two finger white fluffy head.

It smells like Hops, citrus fruits some pine and malts. Pleasant smell.

Caramel malts on the tongue but hops take over pretty quickly and make for a bitter finish.

It's creamy and fairly thick, full bodied with a perfect amount of carbonation. Would have never guessed 9% as it is easy to drink.

I was lucky enough to stumble upon this at Bert's Bierhuis and it being so cheap (4 euro's for a bomber). Glad I picked it up and tried it. While it's maybe not the very best I've had in this style, it's certainly not bad and I would gladly drink it again.

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Photo of Phelps
3.11/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Enjoyed from the bottle into a small plastic glass during a recent tasting of double IPAs. No freshness date, so no way to tell how old this guy is.

Pours a dull, coppery orange, perfectly clear, with a half-finger head of off-white. It quickly recedes to a very filmy top layer and ring, leaving spotty lace.

In the nose: grainy malt, saltine crackers, flowers and a bit of dried orange peel. Rather sweet, but it strikes interesting balance with the substantial malt character.

The flavor exhibits an increased English hop bitterness; it's rather earthy. Orange peel, light mango, lots of crackers and honey also appear. Not overly bitter.

Rather soft and kind of syrupy across tongue. Numbing, hot alcohol. Medium massaging carb with light fizz.

The only thing that makes this beer seem like a double IPA is the alcohol content. It isn't bad -- just not too impressive.

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Photo of bbarrows
4.42/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured to 5oz taster glass
A: Clear light amber, persistent white head
S: Strong floral aroma, very pleasant
T: Light floral and citrus hops, good malty backbone to balance. Lingering citric hops to finish.
M: Very light on the tongue,
D: High. I could drink this all day, but at 9.00%, I won't.

This IPA ranks just below Pliny the Elder in my book.

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Photo of Tncapehart
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A. Golden in color. Laces the glass better than most DIPAs I've had. Thick frothy head. Very clear.

S. Fresh hops...awesome! Like sticking your nose in a new bag of pellets. Nice citrus notes.

T. Has a bit of oxidation taste to it. Overall a nice flavor. Not much else.

M. Medium to medium full bodied. Well carbonated.

D. It's a good beer, and I'm looking forward to drinking the bottle, but probably won't buy it again.

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Photo of smcolw
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Modest and lasting tight-bubbled head. Nice blanketing lace on the glass. The liquid is very cloudy with an orange hue to the darker amber color.

Mild, but distinctly piney hop to the nose. Decent malt base to start off.

Excellent dry malt start to the taste. This DIPA is not a hop bomb like most. It is bitter, but balanced. The hop is peppery with a grapefruit accent. The body is full and modestly oily. The carbonation is at the midpoint, but feels lower because of the richness. Interestingly, the alcohol does not show up in the usual way (warmth in the swallow). Overall, a very nice balance of many elements.

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Photo of hopheadjuice
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, bottled on date their but washed away, i can make out 2010.

Bought warm when chilled haze becomes wildly noticeable. Pours a cloudy copper/orange with a nice 2 finger dense head that laces well.

Hops and malts are evenly balanced in the aroma. Hops are grassy and slightly citric with a hint of pine. Malts are sweet and bready, slight aroma of alcohol.

Not over the top IIPA but still a good one at that. Hop bill is citric with some tropical fruit flavors coming to mind. extremely well balanced with a sweet caramel like malt profile that makes this IIPA a very easy pleasant drinker. Not overly bitter and no trace of heat from the alcohol in the taste.

Medium/full bodied with a good amount of carbonation. semi dry finish has you hankering for more.

For a double IPA this one goes down easy. I like to see brewery focusing on balance as opposed to ripping your teeth out with hops when it comes to this style!

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

Poured a hazy copper color with a nice active two finger head. Nice lacing on the glass. Smelled of citrus and grassy. Taste was piney and citurs-like, but not very bitter, which surpirised me for a DIPA, and wasn't what I craved when buying one. Mouthfeel was nice with carbonation. Drinkability was good, but as I said, I was hoping for a hop bomb, and this didn't hit the spot. It was easy to drink though.

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Photo of mchalups
3.14/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is my first review on BA...I hope I adhere to the rules (and would appreciate personal feedback to me on my critiquing)

The appearance of the beer and my love for IPA's were my two deciding factors for buying the Twin Sisters Double IPA. It opens and pours relatively easily. It has a nice brownish-gold color to it.

The smell was average and seemed "darker" from other IPA's I have tasted. The first taste confirmed my smell, but it still has a decent flavor to it with a non-combative aftertaste (doesn't linger in a bad way). It's a good start-off drink to your night, but I wouldn't be having it all night long. The price was very competitive too, which I felt was a plus. Overall, I would buy it again, but only if I were in the mood.

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Photo of feylure
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is great. I love me a great double IPA!

Color is a nice, slightly cloudy gold with a nice rim of carbonation.

Smell is nice. Definitely a sweet and hop filled aroma.

Taste takes off right where the smell leaves you. First hit is a great, sweet, caramel taste. Second hit is a wonderful, hoppy, bold BITE. It's filled with delicious bitters that really attack your tongue. The tail fades with with hop and caramel notes.

Mouthfeel is great. Not too much carbonation to overtake the taste, and it's easy to drink. Great brew!


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Photo of TheHoppiest
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a tulip glass. Pours a cloudy copper color, with a dimpled white head that unevenly dissipates.

Smells of sweet citrus, cane sugar, and mild pine. The hops are shining through, in a very pleasant way.

Starts bitter and buttery, with sweet malt and bitter hops combining in a pleasing fashion. Pine resin, burnt sugar, and orange are all present in this delicious DIPA.

Medium to full bodied, the creamy, almost buttery start ends with a tongue drying bitterness that will leave any hop head satisfied.

Highly drinkable, I'd note that the label has changed, and is now tan, cranberry and gold in color with two female faces looking opposite directions, like the Roman god Janus.

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Photo of rrski198
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Done from brief notes at a beer festival

A: Cloudy yellow amber color. Soft white head.

S: Leafy earthy hops. Not much citrus and not overly pungent. Must have some eauropean hops here.

T: Taste follows the scent. Earth, dirt, leaves, and mild bitterenss. Solid malt backbone. This IPA focuses well on the balance of the bitter and sweet.

M: Good carbonation. Mild gum spicyness. Perfectly balanced. Would like some citrus but with the hops chosen, this is well done.

D: Not bad and very nicely balanced. This is not a hop bomb due to the european hops and the malt sweetness is perfect. I like the focus of creating a perfect double IPA and not just wrecking the palate with a brutal amount of hops.

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Photo of adamette
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Live review. Poured from the brown bomber that I bought at Wine and Beverage Depot in Mentor a few days ago for $7.99 into my silver rimmed Orval goblet. No observed "best by" date.

A Brief light brown creamy head over a medium to dark caramel opaque body that reminds me of a dark butterscotch candy. Good look. 4.0

S Surprising barley notes along with elevated hops that I expected. The sweet malt smell is higher than I expected and higher than most beers in this style. Interesting. 4.0

T Mmmmm. Sure enough there is a nice honey like syrupy malt sweetness that predominates with a hops bitterness that, thankfully, is not overwhelming and not long lasting bitterness. Instead, there is a nice gentle bitterness. The barley presence that I detected in the smell continues to be significant as this beer has a strong barley grain taste to it. I find it interesting and good. 4.0

M Some bitterness, as mentioned, but this is a rather "workable" bitterness that shows its presence but does not dominate and overwhelm everything else (a pet peeve in the style). This remains a "big" beer with the significant malt sweetness and bitterness. A lot of that is expected in this style. 4.0

D Not really good. That is common for me in the style, though. The bigness, the sweetness, the (in this case mild) bitterness and the elevated ABV all drag the drinkability down for me, but it is certainly on target for the style. 3.0

Notes: This review marks an end of my reviews for a while. I dedicate it to my own Twin Sisters, Lauren & Evelyn, with whom I will be spending more time.

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Photo of garrettparkal
3.08/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was a disappointment for me. Appearance is a bit lighter than i expected (hoped for), the taste was really there, the mouthfeel was a little smooth for a dbl ipa, and overall it was just ehh.

Whatever the ranking just below "good" is, thats how i'd rate this. Definitely drinkable, but just not something id buy again, and felt a bit disappointed.

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Photo of Seanibus
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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 -0.5%
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 -3.4%
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 +0.3%
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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Twin Sisters Double IPA from Left Hand Brewing Company
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