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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:
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Added by Todd on 05-21-2006

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Reviews: 240 | Ratings: 465
Photo of JordanEllwanger
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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

Pours a very nice orange amber with a respectable white head that leans to a thin pillow, coating the edges of the glass as it falls. Smells wonderful. A big hearty, light and bready malt is outspoken by layers of pine sap, mint, pepper, orange peel and grapefruit juice. Beautiful hop profile moving through! Taste isn't quite as spectacular as the nose but a nice, one diminsional bready malt leads the way for spicy pine hops, notes of fresh orange juice, some tropical mango, bits of pineapple and mint. A metallic taste moves through as the beer finishes (a bit hot and dry). Overall, enjoyable beer.

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Photo of beersensei305
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
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 optiontwo
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 2008 bomber into a standard pint glass.

Appearance-Nice light orange/gold color with a good amount of carbonation. Beautiful thick head that I could probably draw a picture in with the remainder of the pour. Big clouds of lacing cling to the glass after a few sips.

Smell-Citrus(mostly grapefruit) and pine are the main scents I pick up but with a definite sweet smell.

Taste-Wow. Wonderfully bitter. The bitterness hits right away and sticks around. Not to be outdone, the malts give a very nice sweetness to this beer without being too grainy. I'm not sure if it's the rye that goes into this beer that makes me enjoy the malt balance so much but it is really quite nice. As I sip I imagine a candied grapefruit, or something along those lines.

Mouthfeel-Syrupy but not to the point to where it's overwhelming. Perfect thickness for a double IPA in my opinion. Nice carbonation that bites along with the generous amount of hops.

Drinkability-At 9% it's hard to imagine having anymore than the bottle I just polished off, but knowing me I probably would. It's just that good. Also, for someone who doesn't usually drink big beers I'd have to think this would be a bit of an undertaking for them.

Overall- Loved it. I'm a total hop head and I try a lot of IPA's and IIPA's and this one stands out in my mind for sure. I'll definitely be picking up at least one more bottle of this. I highly recommend it.

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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 cannabanaceae
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one poured in a pint glass, then as I was reviewing it noticed a snifter pattern on bottle so ,then poured into snifter. Straw colored to orange. Tiny white head.

Smell was fruity with a malt background, not overwelming.

Taste was a solid IIPA. Bitter in front, with a noticeable malt profile. Noticing a alcohol presence. With a hop aggressiveness. The rye in this beer ads to th eoverall complexity. Nice lingering bitter finish. Not jaw dropping but solid.

Pretty easy drinking for the alchol and the style. KUDOS. One of the better beers ive had from this brewery.

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

Really good looking DIPA. Crisp, clean amber pour with great retention and lacing.

Smell is strong, just not enough of what I like in my DIPAs: hops. Sweet citrus scent. Some hop oils. Caramel malt.

Taste is nice and bitter. Malty. Sweet, maybe a little too much so. More late addition hopping would have added much needed hop flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium and nicely carbonated.

Nice when cold out of the fridge, but as it warms, what little hop flavor it has to start out with dissipates and leaves a thick syrupy malt. A good DIPA that could be great with the help of a little more focus on the hops.

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Photo of TLWalsh
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into tulip glass a deep amber with a foamy vanilla head. Not a lot of obvious aroma except a hint of citrus tang. Taste is malty with a hoppy bite and a little grapefruit. You can sense the alcohol with some warmth in your chest and the mouthfeel is almost sticky with density. Finishes crisp enough, I think I want some more.

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Photo of Bobikel
2.74/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - This is a clear, light copper ale with a thick white two inch head. Retention is descent.

Smell - Malt dominates with a slight yeast background. Hops while present, were hard to get a hold of.

Taste - Malt sweetness still dominates, with hop bitterness taking a back seat. Slight alchohol.

Mouthfeel - Well rounded, with nice carbonation. Plenty of little bubbles.

Drinkability - Smooth and easygoing, a little cloying.

Overall - This really is more of a pale in character. Hops are way to underdefined for a "Double IPA". The only thing about this ale IPA-like is the alchohol content, weighing in at 9.6% by volume. Probobly won't buy this one again.

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

A: Pours a gold color, was expecting it to be darker, kind of surprising. The lacing is thick and this sits in the glass a thinly tinted orange with draped auburn highlights.

S: Fruity almost apricot-like smell and a bit of a floral tone in there as well.

T: Tart and slight bitterness with floural and citrus flavors and a hint of salt.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

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Photo of blackjack000
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: The beer has a rich and clear amber. The head is frothy and thick with a light caramel tinge.

Smell: A lot of grapefruit and very grassy, piney, and a bit sugary.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Instant grapefruit! Enough malt, just to keep the beer from overloading the senses with hops, and to give the beer some body. There is an intense citrus bitterness at the finish.

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Photo of sonata2008
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
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 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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4.53/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In a word...YUM!

The beer poured a light amber color, and left a creamy, almost nitro delivered looking head. It lasted throughout the entire beer, and left a beautiful lace on the glass as I drank.

The ABV wasn't printed on the label, but I could tell it was high after my first sip. However, it's not over the top-- I could drink another one of these because it's so tasty!

I liked the balance of the malt and hops. I'm a big fan of anything IPA (love hops), and thought this was a perfect representation of a double IPA. Nice and hoppy, yet balanced with malt to make it highly drinkable.

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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 ZakFaruki
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

L: Pours a dark amber with a thin white head, mild patches of lace occur

S: Mainly pine, followed by an grassy earth smell, not much from that other than some malt

T: Sweet hop upfront that fades into malt before finishing with some booze

F: As others have stated, has that west coast DIPA feel of a medium-heavy body with a nice creaminess that leave a bit of hop oil on the teeth

O: A rather meh DIPA, I understand that Left Hand was trying a different path, but its a rather one-dimensional beer that leaves the palette wanting a bit more.

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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 dondeez21
3.37/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I grabbed a bottle from my local liquor store. It was priced wrong. I have seen these bottles cost 9$ and I dont feel the beer is worth that but the mislabeled price was 2.99 which was more reasonable. The appearence was a cloudy pale golden color with a very thin white head that disappeared very fast. The smell was very strong cascade hops. The first sip you would think you were drinking grapefruit juice. Very citrusy with not much malt to it. I would say it was a medium body. Drinkability was average at best. Decent beer but in no way worth a 9$ price tag. I would only purchase it again if it was still the mislabeled price.

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Photo of xhuskr
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
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 telecomz
2.9/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Nice copper. Fast dissipating head.

S - Slight citrus and weak hop aroma. Weak for a DIPA.

T - Malt and hops. More malt than hops. Slightly disappointing.

M - Moderate wight. Suitable carbonation (light)

D - Average. Felt hot.

Not the best, not the worst.

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Photo of whitehouse50
4.37/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Unibroue Maudite snifter.

Appears to be a amber golden color with a nice thick head on it.

Smells very pleasantly hoppy with great citrousy notes.

Taste is much different from other DIPA's I have had. It has great hoppy flavors but a suprisingly noticeable malt character in it too. I could taste hints of chocolate, coffee, and caramel. Overall its very nicely hopped and goes so well with the other flavors that I would not suspect in an DIPA.

Mouthfeel is a little creamy actually but very smooth and leaves you with a nice aftertaste.

Drinkability - I can't see myself having more than one of these in a night but it was a great. I will certainly be buying this one again

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Twin Sisters Double IPA from Left Hand Brewing Company
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