Twin Sisters Double IPA | Left Hand Brewing Company

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85
very good
469 Ratings
THE BROS
83
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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 ChainGangGuy
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, mahogany body with a thick, off-white head that simply lasts and lasts.

Smell: Strong, sweet aroma of toffee and caramel followed by a richly resinous pine and grapefruit undertone.

Taste: An upfront, overflowing maltiness strikes the tongue. The flavor is honey sweet and filled with vanilla notes. Tangerine and pineapple fruitiness in the middle. Hop bitterness mixes with a bite of alcohol to make for an astringent finish.

Mouthfeel: Just barely medium-bodied and well carbonated. I'm sorry to say the mouthfeel was a bit too insubstantial for me.

Drinkability: Decent, but you know what, I think the brew just isn't worth the $11 price tag. It Exceeded the Worthwhile Threshold (also an upcoming Tom Clancy title).

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Photo of russpowell
3.66/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Review based on notes

Pours an effervescent apricot with 2+ fingers of cream colored head. Sheets of lacing circle the the glass, good head retention as well.

S: Some piney hops & apricot

T: Piney hops, breadyness, a touch of honey malt, & leafy hops up front. Pineapple & grapefruit hops on the roof of the mouth, as this warms. Finishes piney with a touch of breadyness

MF: Creamy, perfect carbonation, good balance, skews fruitty

Drinks alright for a DIPA, a bit over priced @ $8.99 a bomber IMO

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Photo of smcolw
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
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 BuckeyeNation
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Softly glowing coppery orange as the slanting rays of the setting sun diffuse through the liquid. The beer is chock full of tiny yeast flecks and languidly rising bubbles that are nearly as small. Up above, the pale tangerine cap looks tremendous (due to its incredible stickiness) and has already begun to slather the glass with thick, soon to be crusty, sheets of lace.

The nose doesn't leap out of the glass as I'd hoped it might. It's a good one, but it takes quite a bit of effort to discern that. I'm not exactly sure what some members of the hop bill smell like other than the first and the last (Cascade, Glacier, Tomahawk, Liberty and Crystal). Caramel coated grapefruit dominates.

Twin Sisters is a solid DIPA that, nevertheless, doesn't make me want to sing its praises from the highest mountaintop. It's fairly well-malted (pale, rye, Left Hand 'custom') without being overly sweet. Actually, a little more malty sweetness might be a good thing. Although I'm not sure that I could have identified it without a program, I can appreciate the spicy zestiness of the rye malt.

I'm less and less impressed as the ounces go by. The biggest reason is that there isn't much of a hop presence; never a good thing in what is supposed to be a hop-centric style. Those little green cones are throwing off plenty of alpha acids, but are a bit stingy when it comes to hop flavor. Perhaps I'm not thrilled with the varieties chosen, but I think it's more than that.This is still a relatively fresh beer, so age surely isn't a factor.

Alcohol is too prominent as well. I wouldn't mind quite so much if the flavor profile was full to bursting with resinous hoppiness. More months in the bottle will undoubtedly help, but then the hops will have faded even more. Ah, the classic double-edged sword of an incompletely masked, high alcohol DIPA.

I'm fairly satisfied with the mouthfeel. It's medium-full for the style, probably favoring medium. Again, more malt would seem to be the obvious solution (assuming that a medium-bodied DIPA is a problem). The fine-bubbled nature of the mouthfeel mirrors the fine-bubbled look of the beer. It's still a tad on the fizzy for me.

Twin Sisters Double IPA started off on my good side. As I got deeper into the bottle though, its flaws became all too obvious. Did I really pay $13.99 for this beer? There are too many phenomenal DIPAs out there for me to give this one another go, even if it was only half that much.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

another new one thanks to david. i hadnt had much left hand in a while so a nice welcome change

The pour was very nice with a rich light golden amber. Smooth and very cloudy, this thing looked like it was about to kick my ass, and as I was about to find out, it was defintley going to. Lots of ripe grapefruit and pineapple hops that just tore through the air as soon as I leaned in to it. Huge notes of hops dominated the entire flavor as well. Sharp flavor here as the resin like hops took all the moisture out of my mouth and left me parched, dry and looking for more. One of the best finishes I have had in a big IPA in a very, very long time. I would love to try this one again and will defitely be on the lookout to try it again.

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Photo of MarkyMOD
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.57/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a snifter at Firkin.

Finishing my fill of the Left Hand tap takeover here at Firkin with their double IPA. It pours a lightly-hazy sunrise amber topped by a finger of off-cream foam. The nose comprises grapefruit zest, mild sweet caramel, earthy and spicy greens, and a twinge of mandarin orange. The taste brings in more of the same, with rindier fruit, some candied orange peel, some extra mixed greens, and some sharp grass. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a nice DIPA, nothing really special, but one I could see drinking again without a grimace of unhappiness.

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Photo of stakem
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brilliant bright clear orange copper body with a bright off white head forming thick, lacing is fine and intricate evenly spread. Aroma has earthy/pine/citrus hop character in the nose with an underlying sugar coated malt balance. Flavor is wrapped with booze and malt sweetness a very sharp caramel/sugar coated hop character rolls across the palate. Sharp citrus peels dominates the palate along with evident hot alcohol, sweet yes but even in the sweetness it's like citrus peel bitterness amongst the sweet sugar coated malts. Mouthfeel coats the palate with hop oils/alcohol/and malts a bit of residual sugars this one could get cloying but it's definitely tasty. Drinkability overall this is a solid flavorful DIPA, I didn't know what to expect from Left Hand's super hoppy category I've only really been exposed to their standard lineup. Needless to say a solid offering, just a bit booze ridden compared to some of the more balanced versions of the DIPA.

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Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of rolltide8425
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of rab53
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of jwc215
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle, poured into snifter:

Pours hazed golden amber with a thin head that becomes a swirl, leaving some trailing, vanishing, lace.

The smell is bitter - piney and grapefruity with a bit of aspirin. Estery alcohol comes through, giving a flash of polish remover in my mind.

The taste is bitter at first - more of a bitterness than a taste of something bitter - though there is some grapefruit/pine and some aspirin. At first sweetness seems to come more from alcohol - which is noticeable, but not too sharp than from maltiness. But, as it progresses, it develops a caramel/toffee character. It has a drying finish.

It has a firm medium body that grows to medium-full. Alcohol has a cleansing affect on the palate.

It maintains a certain drinkability, and it's a pretty interesting brew. I'm assuming that the brewery meant for the "twins" to represent a double - in this case "ipa". And, they succeeded pretty well. But, to me, as I drank it, it seemed more like the twins were the sweet and bitter - both assertively present, but seemingly at different times - had these met and rounded each other out more, I think I would have enjoyed it more. Also the bitterness, especially at the first, seemed a bit too aspriny. Still, it is assertive without being overbearing and has some interesting malt character and a noticeable bitterness and alcohol warmth, fitting the bill of the style well enough!

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Photo of malfunxion
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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

Retasted from draft at Firkin on June 5, 2015.

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Photo of Tone
3.52/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and slight lacing. Smells of citrus hops, sweet malt, slight floral hops, alcohol, and a hint of earthy malt. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of citrus hops, floral hops, sweet malt, slight alcohol, and a hint of earthy malt. Overall, decent appearance, good aroma, decent feel, and decent body.

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

Lovely auburn color, pale amber, near crimson, fluffy head, staying, nice, big carbonation...like it...

Beautiful hops greet the nose at the front, citric, grapefruity, a bit of banana and pineapple also...quite pleasing in the olfactory.

Full flush phalanx of hops blast on the tongue, a treat for the senses. Delicious. Bright fruity flavor, lush malt, well-balanced, not too bitter, but hoppy all the way. Strength isn't felt all the way, until,... whoa, there it is...

Dangittydang, very tasty and sweet, not too bitter, as I said...soft, rather easy-going, despite the high hoppiness and booze-isity.

I'm still not sure that it's worth $11 for the 750ml bottle, but now the choice is up to you, dear reader, act on your own, buy or no buy, but it is an enjoyable DIPA, so take that to your money changer.

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Photo of Cynic-ale
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12/18/07- Purchased at Sun Devil Liquors in Mesa, AZ.

Presentation- 750ml bottle, both caged and corked. Vintage 2006 per silk screened label. Poured into an oversized wine glass.

Appearance- Slightly murky rust orange colored pour. 3/4 inch pour which settles at a nice frothy rim. Lace streaks are present, but evaporate fairly quickly.

Smell- Very nice blend of caramel malt and grapefruit hops.Maybe a touch of lemon and orange as well.

Taste- Rounds out very well in the taste catagory as well. Nice rich caramel malted flavor with an equally potent grapefruit-lemon peel hoppy flavor. A bit more on the malty side, but quite nice.

Mouthfeel- About the perfect carbonation for a DIPA, with just a slight touch of a watery ending. Aftertaste is just a touch of silky caramel and a bit of hoppy bitterness.

Drinkability- A. Was excited when I saw a DIPA that I hadn't tried.
B. Was really excited when I saw it was a very cool silk screened bottle and made by Left Hand who makes one of my favorite IPA's (Warrior IPA). BUT, C. Was disappointed when I saw the $11.99 price tag, and D. Was really disappointed when I saw it was rated at a subpar score. BUT...again, you have to try it before you can judge it. Overall it's better than I expected after reading some reviews (especially since I had an aged bottle), and I thought it was quite good, well balanced and a pleasure to drink. It, however, was not worthy of a $11.99 price tag (one worthy of only Pliny the Younger if they had bottled it). So far Left Hand has my business, they are two for two with this and Warrior. I have a Ten Pin Porter to try soon. Impressed. Ethan, you might like this. I'll see if they have another to snag for you.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
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 Wasatch
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. Bomber

Pours a pretty nice yellowish color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy/foamy white head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, with some nice citrus. The taste is hoppy, malty, citrusy, pine. Medium body. Overall, a pretty tasty brew.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of Mebuzzard
2.86/5  rDev -24.3%
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 bottle...so I didn't finish it.

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Photo of afsdan
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of brandoman63
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Twin Sisters Double IPA from Left Hand Brewing Company
3.78 out of 5 based on 469 ratings.
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