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 Beer4Baltimore
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of Oxymoron
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of CreightonSM
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of grahamboudreaux
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of FrankHammer
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 22oz bottle

A- Creamsicle-like, light-orange color with an interesting head consisting of many different sized bubbles. Bottle-conditioned haze makes beer translucent. Lacing is very sticky and consistent.

S- Orange, pine, soap and caramel come to mind. Smells are all very crisp and clean. Some pineapple notes from yeast I believe.

T- The sweetness, bitterness, grainy and alcohol flavors are all very high. A bit harsh and cloying, but really nothing unacceptable in my book. Lots of caramel malt and American West Coast hops combined in a pretty standard way for a DIPA.

M- Nice and thick, just the way I like my beer. Carbonation is pretty smooth compared to the sting from the bitter hops.

D- Truly a testament to hops, I don't get where all the complaints about a lack of bitterness are coming from. If you can still find this one, I suggest getting it.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeerBelcher
2.96/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a hazy amber with a head composed of tiny bubbles. This beer's aroma was somewhat hoppy with a lot of caramel maltiness that was reminiscent to me of a maibock. The caramel-ness was over the top and it made me pucker with a very wine-y quality that reminded me of a non-hoppy barleywine and was rather intense. Mouthfeel was pretty smooth. Not bad; I'd weakly recommend it.

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Photo of lochef81
3.44/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is my first experience with Left Hand and it was a solid one but not anything worth pursuing. This offering pours a hazy copper amber color with a short lasting slightly off white head. The nose of this ale is subtle with notes of piney hops and malty sweet. The taste follows the nose with elements of Floral and some citrus hops. This is balanced by a generous amount of malt that supplies the sweetness needed to balance this ale.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a pretty cloudy burnt orange color with a lasting off white head. It takes quite a few minutes for the head to fal into the beer, and never stops clinging to the sides of the glass. There is a whole bunch of lacing left on the glass after drinking.

Aroma: I get a whole basket of citrus in the nose. I can pick up grapefruits in particular. As the beer sits a bit, you can pick out the caramel malts as well as a bit of sweetness. The aroma is pretty complex once the hops mellow a bit.

Taste: This beer goes down pretty smooth for a IIPA. It has a whole lot of hop presence in the flavor, but the bittering are reserved enough to actually let you taste the malt on the way down. I get a good bit of sweetness in this beer that comes across a bit more like it was underattenuated. I guess that is to give the yeast something to do since it is naturally carbonated. The finish is pretty balanced, but there is a bit of syrupy sweetness in there that leaves you with the feeling like you just ate a piece of candy.


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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 WritersBlock
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of lovindahops
4/5  rDev +5.8%

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 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 claytong
3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
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 firkingroovin
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Corburk
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: deep orange. couple fingers of a foamy head that leaves a lacing. good clarity but some sediment

Smell: strong hops and barley

Taste: strong hops right off the bat. turns into a malt strong beer with a spicy rye and barley

Mouthfeel: fairly warm. pretty sticky

Overall: a good take and tasty. well crafted. but the tastes don't work well enough together to be great

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of AlexJ
4.16/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A gorgeous beer, this pours a rich, hazed, honey amber with a KILLER head of eggshell puff that forms stiff rocky peaks and deposits thick clumps of lace. The last sip is covered by a thin veil. Rarely does an IIPA look like this.

Aroma is sweet caramel, brown sugar and honey with plenty of oily citrus rind, powdery orange candy, crushed Fir pine needles, and Amarillo baby asparin bittersweetness.

Flavor is delicious, big caramel and honey malts upfront with touches of golden fruit and sweet biscuits balanced by intense tangerine and grapefruit citrus, pine needles, sweet florals, and fruit hops. Well balanced and no heat, very smooth. Hoppy, but utilizing citrussy and fruity hops. Really good.

Body is big, slippery, and creamy. Huge drinkability for an IIPA. Worth the $$ and very enjoyable.

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Photo of TexIndy
4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml caged and corked bottle with 2006 Bottle Conditioned on the label. It had a rich copper color and was full of tiny bits of yeasts. It poured with a thick 2 finger foam that slowly settled to a constant foam with nice lacing. There was a constant stream of carb from the bottom throughout the drinking. The smell was kinda subtle for a ADIPA but was still good. It was hoppy, but not as much as you'd think, and also floral. The taste was solid and went down smooth. Some ADIPA's end with a bitter finish but this one had an extremely well balanced taste from start to finish. The mouthfeel was nice and creamy with good carb. Overall this is a very tasty brew that if not for the extremely high price I'd put into the regular rotation. Another excellent offering from Left Hand and recommend you try it - ignore the price and enjoy. (4.5, HR, T, Y)

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to JeffKrenner for this beer.

A: Vibrant saffron color with a haze to it. Head is full and creamy, an attractive light khaki color.

S: Sappy pinecones, lime zest, graham, toffee and grapefruit.

T: Begins fruity with aspects of apricot, marmalade and juicy fruit. One can also find red apple and cantaloupe mixed in with the other fruits. Spicy hops with floral characteristics come next, slightly leaning towards the earthy spectrum of bitterness. Finishes out with moments of marshmallow, butterscotch and pineapple.

M: Medium body, full but somewhat prickly.

D: This one was a little too sweet for my tastes. I prefer my IPA’s to be citrusy opposed to tropical like this one. Tastes like it has some age on it, I don’t know when in 2006 it was brewed. Perhaps a fresh sample would have had more hop character.

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Photo of Zimm
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of jasonjlewis
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a 1 finger head with excellent retention and a nice yellow color.

Smell is of C hops to the extreme there are grapefruit hops and a citrusyness throughout.

Malts are light and a little dry. Hop bitterness is intense and the aroma is great. The problem is that this beer becomes too dry and alcoholic as it warms. It becomes a nuisance.

This beer has too much alcohol. It needs a bit more body.

As I've said before, this beer is too boozy, however the aroma and flavor are nice.

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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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