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

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Added by Todd on 05-21-2006

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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 Mebuzzard
2.86/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A huge beer, here. Pours a light brown/ruby color, topped with a nice looking head. Good retention and lacing.

Aroma = hops and alcohol, with some sweet malt spread in here and there. Balanced, it is not in the aroma. Eye watering.

yeah, hops in the flavor. Pine, some orange peel soaked in alcohol, and candied sugar. This isn't impressing me. If balance was the goal, it was missed--wide right. But, if this is a hop bomb, well done. Although the alcohol makes the hops and bitterness burn. The flavor is lost.

The bite of the hops is negated by huge sugars and alcohol. harsh.
Hard to drink a big I didn't finish it.

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

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a very nice malt character, which boasts of pale, bisquit, and rye malts. It's bready with a bit of spice. The hops provide a balanced aroma with an excellent bitterness. The taste is good as well. The flavor is just like the aroma suggests. It has a very bitter hop bite along with a complex malt taste. It's bisquity with a lingering rye spiciness. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very good DIPA. It's different than most, because it's got such a complex malt profile and the hops are more piney than citrus.

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

Had on tap at the Brick Store Pub. I like this a good deal better on tap than in the bottle. Pours an orange/light amber with a nice head that fades to a thin cap with decent lacing. The aroma exhibits nicely balanced sweet malt and citrusy hops, with the emphasis on orange. The taste on the other hand showcases bitter, piney hops on an earthy base with a hit of sweet malt and then some citrus finely showing up on the finish. The flavors seem sharper, cleaner, and fresher on tap. The mouthfeel shows firm malt- it's almost chewy. Nice, and really for the price of their bottles probably relatively a better deal on tap relative to some other brews.

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

750ml bottle, Sampled August 2006
Pours with a lightly hazy, reddish amber color. The beer is topped by a frothy, initially two-finger thick, amber tinged, tan colored head. The aroma at first strikes a candied orange peel sort of cord, but then the initial finish of the aroma has a hit of hot alcohol to it. Rich, malty aromatics are here as well; notes of caramel and ample crystal malts add a sweet edge to accent the citrus notes, while a touch of toasted grain character rounds things out.

The taste has a fair amount of sweetness to it; a combination of fruity notes that are almost berry like as well as lots of crystal malt derived caramelized character. Not nearly as hoppy as I was expecting for an IIPA, but it does have a definite hop edge to it. Notes of candied orange peel, and tangerine mix with an astringent herbal hop note and a solid bitterness. The astringent hop notes combine with a bit of hot alcohol in the finish, creating a bit of a harsh character at the end of this beer. The beer is pretty well carbonated as well, which adds a bit of acidity and sharpness to this brew. When I swirl the beer to release a bit of carbonation, the body becomes a bit more creamy and mouth-coating. This is certainly not a light brew, and would have passed for a Barleywine in the pre-double everything days.

This beer is just a bit too unbalanced; it is not that it is overwhelmingly hoppy, it is that the hops are a bit too astringent and harsh, and these flavors combine with hot, fermentation derived, alcohol / ester notes. This beer does have a huge malt character though; the malt notes are primarily from crystal malt it seems, but there is lots of residual malted grain sweetness here as well. There are lots of good flavors here, it is just that the harsh notes bog the rest of this beer down.

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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 clayrock81
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
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 cjgator3
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle
2008 edition

A- Pours a golden orange color with a large off-white head that leaves a good amount of lacing.

S- The aroma is malt with hints of rye, and some citrusy hops.

T- The taste features a solid malt backbone and a good dose of citric hops in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- This is a pretty solid DIPA that is worth a shot. Recommended.

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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 Bitterbill
4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from caged and corked 750ml bottle a hazy amber gold with a large head of foam that takes its time shrinking down to a solid 1" layer with good lacing. An absolutely beautiful pour!

The smell has a huge nose of caramel malt and I mean it is huge. Very inviting!

The taste is also HUGE on the caramel malt up front...big, deliciously sweet notes that, if left unattended, could take you over the brink but.... it is offset by a good hop infusion midway through creating a good balance(though the Malt *still* dominates) that makes this a top notch American Double IPA in my book.. Hell, I think this would be a great representation of an English style DIPA if one exists.

Btw, As I sipped more and more on this wonderful nectar....I completely forgot about the fact that this is close to 10%abv! Kudos to Left Hand for making this one so drinkable!!

Bottom line: Wow...this is a *great* American DIPA that I would *easily* pick up if and when I next find myself in Colorado.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.39/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Darker copper color with a wafer thin head of 1/6" and off white. Aroma was lacking hops and imparting caramel.

Taste has a bitterness jolt, then a floral/herbal component to the taste. Some pine like notions. Still plenty of crystal malt. Not boozy thankfully.

Decent beer, its main strength is its ability to not reveal its strength.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours peachy amber under a 2” white foam cap that hugs the side of the glass.
S: Fresh cut grass with some citrus rind, resin and light caramel.
T: Malt and caramel lead the attack with light fruit and orange in the background followed by citrus rind bitterness that lingers delightfully.
F: Creamy, fine soft carbonation, medium body.
O: A big beer with a decent balance between the malt, hops and alcohol.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle bought at Julio's, Marlboro, MA. Corked and caged.

Poured in an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" tan head over the clear coppery amber brew. Dense head dwells for awhile, with minimal lacing. Nose is syrupy maltiness with citrusy hops. Taste follows the same road, everything melds together nicely, but the hoppiness is a bit underwhelming for the style. Mouthfeel is smooth and pleasing, with a reasonably easy drinkability. Alcohol could sneak up on you with this one.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.46/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into an imperial pint

Pours a slightly cloudy orange amber with little bits of yeast floating around. A large, orange infused 2 finger rocky head bubbles up and recedes slowly. Large rings of lace find their way to the bottom of the glass.

A very sweet malt base with a grapefruit, orange and grassy hop profile that can't seem to get over and through the malt. A touch of alcohol is present in the nose.

Grassy, earthly hops with lightly sweet toasted malt and a piney hop finish. There are a good amount of hops here, but it really falls short of most dipa's out there. The balance is a little out of whack. Almost like a malt lovers dipa.

Slick and oily mouthfeel. Good carbonation, medium body.

Drinkability is ok, just a little too sweet for me. It really started to bother me towards the bottom of the bottle.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The would almost be the perfect looking IPA if it wasn't for the color. Great monsterous head, strong vibrant lacing and carbonation to boot. The color was a little too dark for me though. The deep amber, with highlights of carrot. The color just did't make me think of my perfect looking DIPA. The aroma was more orangey than grapefruity in it's bitterness. God balance between malts and hops though. The taste is equally blanced. Good resiny hops and syrupy malts. Almost detect some brown sugar qualities in the malts toasty palate.

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

Lot code "12-2009".

The colour is gold-orange; the finger thick off white head leaves lots of lacing.

The smell is very hoppy, notes of grape fruit and balanced sweet notes: Milder than expected from a DIPA.

The taste is hoppy and sweet as expected, grape fruit and honey. It is heavy on the malt, but not the rush of hops that I had hoped for. The aftertaste is medium bitter with sweet honey and a touch of metal and caramel.

The carbonation is medium, the bubbles medium sized. The liquid is smooth and a bit thick.

I am a little disappointed: This is not the aggressive hop monster I want a DIPA to be. Still, a good beer.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.06/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear copper. Thick looking dirty white head. Retention is quite good and the frothy top leaves a nice viewing of lace as I drink. The nose is very average. Some perceptible tones of citrus and perfume, but not a lot. And a little pine sap and sweet caramel, but again, not as boastful as a DIPA aroma should be. Onto the palate, I again would like to know where the fuck the hops are?!?! I get a little of that perfumey hop flavor and some sappy tones. Sweet caramel malt base. But none of that great hop flavor. NO good hop burps. They kid about this having 11,428 IBUs on the bottle, but never go on to list the actual IBUs. If I had to guess, I would bet it's not even over 50. I hardly detect a bitterness and that which I do detect can be attributed to the spicy alcohol character. Now after all that ranting, I should say this is a decent beer, just not a DIPA. The malts are more prominent than the hops and the alcohol tones are almost secondary. Leaving hops tertiary.

I may just have to stop trying these "special" caged and corked brews from Left Hand at $13 a pop.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
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 champ103
3.32/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a nice hazy reddish/orange color. A thin and bubbly white head forms. The foam gently recedes to a ring and leaves some lace.
S: Big floral, grassy, and citrus aromas up front. There is a nice herbal, green tea like aroma. A sweetness lingers to balanced everything out.
T: This is odd. Kind of nondescript, dank and musky hops. A big sweetness of candy sugar. There is a light grainy quality as well. Odd dry wood lingers with a fairly strong bitterness. Just odd all around, and nothing meshes well.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Crisp snap with a nice dry feeling. Plenty of alcohol that makes for a slow sipping beer.

This is just an odd beer. Interesting, but nothing really meshes right for me. Worth a try, but will not be a repeat by for me.

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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 lordofthewiens
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
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 glid02
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this on-tap at BSP in Atlanta.

Pours a dark gold/light copper color with a one-finger slightly off-white head. The head dissipates slowly into a thin layer of bubbles on top and a thick ring around the glass. There's a decent amount of lacing.

Smells good. Lots of pine and sweet malt aromas. There's also a faint citrus smell that makes its way out every now and then.

Tastes similar to how it smells. A very sharp pine hop taste hits right after the sweet malt flavor. There's a light vanilla flavor as well, along with a very light alcohol flavor. A mild bitterness hits at the end.

Mouthfeel is good. This beer has a good thickness, but the carbonation is a bit on the heavy side. Still pretty smooth.

Drinkability is good. This goes down easily for a beer with an ABV this high, and it's hardly noticeable.

Overall this is a good beer, but nothing to write home about - the flavors don't seem to meld together too well. I'm glad I could try this on-tap, as the price for a bomber is a bit steep.

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Photo of Pencible
4.44/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a hazy light copper with off-white head. It smelled like a blend of orange, grapefruit, floral, and pine hops, with some sweet honey malt. It tasted like a mix of creamy orange and bitter grapefruit and pine hops, with honeysuckle and a bit of sweet yeast. It was thick with some carbonation, and had a lasting and very bitter aftertaste. Overall this beer had great flavor that nicely balanced bitterness with sweetness. Nothing was too complex about it, but the flavors were all very clean and delicious. It had great body too, and hid the alcohol pretty well. This was a highly enjoyable beer, better for sipping due to its very strong flavors.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-very hazy deep orange color, decent two fingers of a slightly off white head leaving a pretty nice lacing on the glass

S-sweet malt up front that is immediately followed by a light smell of grapefruit

T/M-smooth and oily, slick down the throat, bitter hops hit right away followed by a sweet caramel malt, finishing with a slight amount of citrus

D-very average DIPA, its relatively balanced but the alcohol shines through

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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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Twin Sisters Double IPA from Left Hand Brewing Company
3.77 out of 5 based on 468 ratings.
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