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 Durge
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bomber from Colorado poured a clear light amber color with a big fuzzy white head and lots of lacing. The aroma is a light and sweet fruit with peppery wheat overtones. Pleasant enough. The flavor is a tangy and hearty malt with a fair amount of alcohol. The results are a nice bodied fairly potent brew with butterscotch sweetness with a wheaty overtone, a bit acidic, not a bad choice.

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Photo of morimech
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber with a large white head that has good retention. The head eventually settles to a thick cap. Moderate amount of lacing is left on the glass. Hoppy aroma of grapefruit, pineapple, pine, and there also is some alcohol. The flavor likewise is dominated by citrus hops. I do not get much malt to balance things out so bitterness seems high to me. Alcohol is not detected. Medium body with nice carbonation. Not as balanced as I had hoped. The high bitterness and high ABV limits drinkability.

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

Gorgeously creamy hazed golden peach color, nearly opaque as its glow is quite murky. A small capping of dirty white capping is created upon the pour that lasts pretty decent and there's a whole ton of lacing in majorly freckled sheeting.

Aroma is all but a whole lot of caramel malty sweetness, fairly deep and ever present with touches to some old grapefruit, even older pineapple, and a whisp of piney woodness.

Taste is more of the same with a super solid core of caramel goodness slightly mixing in with a mild undertone of some tropical fruit thats perhaps been sitting too long on the shelf. Pineapple, grapefruit, apple, mango, and peach all make an appearance of older, mushy stuff with just the right kind of touch of bitterness in some of its tropical setting with ghostly pine sided woodyness and even some floral notes within its hoppy finish.

Creamy mouthfeel, bold, nearly full, low carbonated with a quick kind of tropical bite to it and totally packed with caramel malt goodness. Candy bar-esk minus the chocolate with a wholesome goodness of freshly picked hops that get all tropically flowing and balanced in with a mild underside within its rich caramel setting. Whispy bittering floats into the finish as bits of floral fruity tropics and pine creep in very sublte and all ninja-like.

Yum! My kind of Dbl. IPA. with lots of caramel malt with that certain twist of tropical hopped influence that's really enjoyable. It's not a total hop bomb like some out there, nor does its 9% ever seem to appear. Nor is it a complete brute.
Therefore its super damn drinkable and quite the nice brew. Left Hand sure knows how to make a few brews and this is one of them in my book to keep around! Umm...did I already say yum!

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Photo of Gmann
3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden orange color with a nice dense white head that left a sheet of lacing around the whole glass. The aroma is of light grapefruit, juicyfruit gum, and a honey malt. The taste starts off with citrus and piney hops which is balanced by a honey malt, perhaps some lemon or apple notes. The feel is moderate, slightly chewy and slick, finishes with an earthy bitterness and belly booze burn. A nice flavorful DIPA; doesn't blow me away with flavor but it is in good balance.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a bomber into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a medium, fluffy looking, off-white head with good retention. Color is burnt orange, totally clear, with medium carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a good foam cap leaving immediate lacing down the sides of the glass. A slight wisp and ring remain, leaving some nice lacing as well. Good looking.

SMELL: Sweet pale malts, notes of pine, honeydew melon and pineapple. A nice fruity nose, but it could be a little bolder.

TASTE: Pale malts and some biscuit notes. A little sweeter than the norm, with some honeydew melon and pineapple. Hints of pine and some hop bitterness come through near the finish. A big, lingering aftertaste is piney with some bitter hops. Pretty good really. It's not a bitter, hop bomb, but it starts out with a sweet malt component at the beginning, and slowly transitions to a bitter, hoppier finish. Nice.

PALATE: Medium body and carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down fine with a bit of a burn after the swallow, and finishes slightly mouth-coating.

OVERALL: Pretty decent brew really. It's not a bitter hop bomb, so don't expect that, but it's a tasty, interesting, maltier version of a DIPA. Dare I say, it's a more "balanced" interpretation. The taste profile starts out plenty sweet, showcasing a strong malt backbone, and later moves to the bitter, hoppier act after the swallow. Tells a story, like a beer should. Give it a chance if you see it. Recommended.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue IX:

From their "Big Mo" series, this big-ass, bottle-conditioned India Pale Ale is brewed with Rocky Mountain water, malted & flaked barley, malted rye, hops and yeast. Wait, if this is a Double IPA, and IPA stands for India Pale Ale, what's with the redundant "Ale" on the label?

Bright light-golden color with a touch of cloudiness; topped with a tight white, creamy foam lacing. Big green hop aroma, hints of vegetable, soap and spicy rye notes, pine resin and a deep, sweet alcohol. Smooth. Super creamy, fluffy and silky. Full and even. Semi-viscous, near syrupy at times. Sweet up front with a fresh malt character, followed by some caramel, tapioca, overripe pineapple, candied fruits and rye spice around the edges that segue nicely into the hops--which are big with flavor: bitter greens, sticky hop oils, ashy resins and dried leaves. Warming, spicy alcohol. Mouthfeel goes a bit coarse as things warm.

The hops, while certainly present and intricate, seem to get lost in the sweetness; which along with the big fruitiness of this beer, gets a bit too cloying for us.

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

Picked up a 750 ml bottle at Sportsman's at the beginning of August for $12.49.

Beer is orange-copper in color and poured a very nice off white head that is sustaining very well. Nose is malty and well spiced by citrus with a hint of alcohol. Taste is well balanced. The malts in this brew are not too sweet and it is balanced nicely by a generous amount of hops. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and goes down fairly smooth. Overall drinkability is good. They did a nice job disguising the alcohol although i suspect one will be more than enough!

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a slightly hazy golden-orange color with rich, foamy white head with a healthy amount of lacing.

A big aroma bursts forth with loads of pine and grapefruit hoppiness.

The taste is maltier than expected but I'm not complaining. Big on the caramel. The grapefruit hops are there for sure as well. The finish is on the bitter side and carries some booze with it.

Medium bodied, sharp, and moderately carbonated.

A very nice DIPA from the folks at Left Hand. Full of character and love.

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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 tpd975
3.61/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a murky orange hue with a nice foamy head. Very good retention with tons of thick sticky lace.

S: Lots of sweetness going on. Caramel malt and sweet resinous pine dominate. Light notes of grain and citrus round things out.

T: Lots of sweetness in the taste as well. Caramel malt for sure, hints of honey as well. The hops are pine forward and compound the sweetness. A touch of bitter citrus on the backend put nothing really stands a chance against the sweetness here.

M: Rather full in body for the style, rich, thick, sweet.

D: Not really to be honest. Not cloying but overly sweet. Not a bad beer, just not my kind of DIPA. It is one to share for sure. A bomber was hard to put down by myself.

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Photo of CHickman
3.42/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very cloudy orange gold color with a 2 finger off white foamy head that was full of bubbles and faded slowly leaving a layer on top and good spotty lacing as it went down, leaving rings; there was a ton of yeast particles floating in this murky looking brew that also had bubbles racing up it and looked more like a Belgian than an IPA after the head dissipated.

Smells of malt, orange peel, citrus hops and light caramel; the nose was very faint and it took effort to pull the notes out which is quite unusual for an IPA/DIPA…the nose was kind of lame.

Tastes of sweet malt and citrus hops up front, with brown sugar, toasted grains, orange, mango, grapefruit, cinnamon, piney hops, biscuit, grass, tea leaf, spices like pepper and coriander, and some more bready notes like yeast or graham cracker; it seemed like the hops were going to smash ashore with a huge wave of flavor but when it hit the beach the malty sweetness washed over the palate and left a grainy/buttery coating. The hops are present, but for a DIPA are on the weak side. English IPA style more than DIPA, but pretty tasty none the less.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and slick, with a buttery feel as it slides down and hides the 9.6% ABV quite well; medium to heavy body that was chewy and on the thick side, with light to average carbonation and a sweet overall flavor that showcases the malts and bready notes more than the hops. Finish is sweet with a slightly bitter touch that trails off sweet and grainy, like drinking an IPA with a piece of buttered toast in your mouth.

Overall it was a good beer, tasty enough and easy to drink considering the ABV; however, this was made and labeled as a DIPA and it was weak for the style and a tad pricey as well. I would have this again as it was good, but I doubt I’d pick up another bomber if there were other options at the same place.

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

Reviewed on 12/22/08. Bottle. Pours a cloudy light orange with a thick white head. Aroma of citrus hops and cracker malt. Flavor of light citrus fruits with a nice cracker malt base, some alcohol forwardness but this is relatively smooth compared to other IIPAs. This is a pretty good IIPA and I am very surprised by the low style percentage. Give this a try, it is better than the scores suggest.
7/4/7/4/15 (3.7/5)

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Photo of Beaver13
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, corked and caged. Pours a clear (until the last pour) copper with a decent yellowish creamy head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet bready honey and some fruity piney/grassy hops.

The flavor is sweet melon-ey malts followed quickly by a decent bitter earthy hoppiness. It has a pretty clean finish with little aftertaste, and the alcohol is very well-hidden. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with decent carbonation.

Overall, it's a decent DIPA. The flavor profile is kind of simple though - there's not a lot there. It's not really worth the price - I'd take Hercules over this any day of the week.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.32/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, 2008 edition, served in a standard pint glass.

L - the LH website says "orange copper" but the beer in my glass is a hazy golden yellow with a white head that fell to a ring that left some spots of lacing.

S - sweet tangerine/citrus aroma.

T - nice balance of bitter citrus hops and sweet malts, alcohol is well hidden in intense flavors.

F - medium bodied with mild carbonation feel.

D - with alcohol almost undetectable this is a fairly easy drinking dub ipa.

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Photo of merlin48
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 ml bomber pours a hazy apricot body with some "floaties" in suspension. Sturdy beige head leaves a ton of lace. Aroma has huge waves of maltiness, toffee, molasses, and orange marmalade. Body is almost full. Medium carbonation and a syrupy feel that becomes cloying. Taste has an assertive hops bitterness that is mostly citrus but edged with pine sap. Lots of toffee and caramel maltiness that is overly sweet. Orange marmalade notes in the middle. A bit out of balance on the sweet side.

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Photo of Vancer
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Left Hand toned down the bottle - now a capped bomber instead of the cork and cage. Good move on their part.

The Twin babes pours a hazy amber, lots of thick ivory head providing a nice cap. Brussels lace all the way down the glass.

Not much in the way of aroma - thin sniff of a piney citrus. Quaff checks in with a medicine orange hop kick. Oily body, no hint of any booze - even though it has a 9% ass to it. I really like this one, it draws to back for sip after sip. The over 10 spot for a bomber will limit it in my BDF, but it sure was a fine tasty brew.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.42/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 Pint 6 fl oz bottle purchased from Total Wine and More in Union for $5.99...
Appearance: Pours a hazy, murky hue with a decent-sized foamy and frothy head... Light in color with slight carbonation...
Smell: Fresh, hoppy, pine-filled aroma with hints of mint, slight vanilla, and green cloves...
Taste: Mint-dominated aroma, very hoppy, with grapefruit and fresh citrus essences... Definitely a great DIPA... Not as hoppy as some examples of the genre, but an easily drinkable DIPA nonetheless... Good stuff from Left Hand... Definitely wouldn't mind letting this sit for a while...
Good drinkability for a 9% ABV...

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

A-Bright yellow tinged copper with a medium off-white head that left nice lace.

S-Very sharp peppery and pine hop kick. A bit of sweetness in the background. Make no mistake though this one is all about the hops.

T-Strong,sharp pine/spicy bitterness takes the forefront over the caramel malt. Not a lot of sweetness in this one and in fact comes off quite dry.

M-Medium body with a long lasting bitterness and a very dry aftertaste.

D-Certainly a hop-forward DIPA that hides it's 9% ABV very well behind a wall of pine/spicy hops. If you those kind of hop flavours this is one for you! I tend to lean more towards the citrus hops so this one is not quite my is no doubt good but just not for me.

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

Served in a half-liter mug, this beer pours out a cloudy orange-brown color with a solid, fluffy head atop it. Aroma smells of resin and grapefruit rind. Sweet, very lightly caramel malt flavor, followed by a huge burst of citrusy hop flavor. Bitterness isn't as high as many double IPA's, or even normal IPA's, but there's hop flavor out the wazoo. Dries out quite well at the end. Good creamy body.

Excellent double IPA example

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Photo of koopa
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Standard for style. Orange Golden. Not too much head but some lacing.

S: Solid Bitter Floral Hop Nose

T: Starts off with lots of pleasantly bitter floral hops then they give way to another wave of hop that is less light. Soon after an alcohol tinge rushes in. A bitter aftertaste follows. Zero malt presence. After about 6oz the tinge stops hitting me...probably because my palate has been decimated.

M: Low carbonation, medium body.

D: Blasts your palate and is a bit rough to get through. Not very drinkable.

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Photo of yemenmocha
2.56/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A very slight haze, but otherwise a middle of the road amber color. Generous head retains well, very light textured head at that.

Nose is on the weaker side - not a lot of big aromatic notes that scream at you. I detect a clean, light citrus such as lemon peel. Very light.

Flavor is alcohol. Oh, besides that... well, let me retaste... Ok there's some hops too, but mostly warm alcohol flavor with a tinge of malt in there. Finish is very warm, from the alcohol. Why was this bottled in such a special way? Shouldn't have made it to production, IMO.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark, hazy orance, with a modest white head, which fades fairly quickly. Thin, scattered lacing adorns the glass walls.

Aroma: Substantial medicinal hop notes in the aroma, as well as lots of caramel, and sweet alcohol.

Taste: Opens with a strong wave of citric and medicinal hops. Against this, there is a strong backbone of very sweet caramel malt. As the taste develops, the hops and the malt play off against each other, with the hops ultimately triumphant. At the end of the taste, there is a lingering medicinal bitterness, which vanquishes any remnant of the malt.

Mouthfeel: Very soft and full, quite pleasant, with a dry finish.

Drinkability/notes: A nice example of the style. It would be interesting to pair with barbeque.

Presentation: Packaged in a twenty-two ounce brown glass bomber, served in a Chimay chalice.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the glass fairly clear with some chunkies and golden amber. The head was tan and rose tall falling very slowly and lacing the glass.

The aroma was fruity and floral with strong malt backbone and a citrusy hop character. The aroma also had quite a bit of caramel and a toasty/bisuity presence.

The flavor was mostly caramel with some lightly citrus hops and a bit of grassiness. The caramel maltiness was toasty and bready and more like Munich malt that 2-row with caramel. The hop bittering was enough to keep the malt in check but the balance of the beer was definitely toward malt.

The finish was dry with a caramel malt presence and light citrus lasting long into the aftertaste. The body was medium full with a creamy carbonation. A very understated Double IPA. The alcohol level was low thoughout the beer leading to a good drinkability but there was some warming presence after consumption. Nothing about this beer was offensive, but nothing stood out either. Just another empty Double IPA bottle to add to the recycling bin.

750 ml bottle.

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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 wagenvolks
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber into a Duvel chalice.

Pours a surprisingly pale, golden-orange body with a nice clarity and a sluggish carbonation level that fuels a well-retained inch of bone white head. Thick lacing coats the chalice, as expected per the style, but the hue of this IIPA is still throwing me off. The aroma develops a pleasant booziness that underlies notes of white grapes, lemon, grapefruit, caramel, and a hint of mint leaf.

Maybe I got an old bottle (says 2008 bottle conditioned...bought it a week ago), but the hops seem subdued in comparison to the sweet, nearly overpowering toffee and caramel malt notes. A bit of piney hoppiness powers through on the finish, leaving a bitter resin aftertaste that's grainy and wooden. Mouthfeel is on the thicker side of medium, with a low carbonation level and a viscous-creamy consistency. Overall, Twin Sisters was somewhat of a disappointment, but then again, many of Left Hand's brews follow along those lines.

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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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