Twin Sisters Double IPA | Left Hand Brewing Company

BA SCORE
85
very good
469 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good
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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 tobelerone
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
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 WesWes
4/5  rDev +5.8%
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 +5.8%
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 bigred89
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of clayrock81
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
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 Latarnik
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
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 KAF
3.25/5  rDev -14%

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

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
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 Bitterbill
4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
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 Evil_Pidde
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.39/5  rDev -10.3%
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 cjgator3
3.93/5  rDev +4%
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 -0.5%
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 Hohnbaum
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WDJersey
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pathman
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of IdrinkGas
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of iL0VEbeer
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.46/5  rDev -8.5%
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 ppoitras
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
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 bark
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
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 scruffwhor
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
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 JNForsyth
3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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