Hop Centric Double India Pale Ale
Two Brothers Brewing Company

Hop Centric Double India Pale AleHop Centric Double India Pale Ale
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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #2,928
Ranked #7,594
3.98 | pDev: 11.56%
Two Brothers Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
Very Good
Hop Centric Double India Pale AleHop Centric Double India Pale Ale
Notes: Formerly known as Hop Juice.
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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Murky dark orange hue.

White head; Nice lace.

Orange, with a spicy edge on the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Orange flavor with a hint of metal.

Deep but slightly disappointing.

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Photo of ChrisMon02
3.91/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Clear Orange with a decent egg shell head. Smells of hop oil, slight touch of mint and caramel malts. Classic taste with a slightly bitter finish. Pretty balanced and drinkable for such a high ABV. Not a standout but still rather enjoyable.

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Photo of SB2017
3.05/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

What a beautiful looking beer. Deep amber almost red, wonderful lace, a medium lasting finger of off-white foam. Its super nondescript on the nose, smells very very sweet. Despite its hoppyness the taste of the beer is quite sweet as well. Very strong malts in there. Almost as though someone mixed a bunch of hops into a 40 of Olde English 800. And that's not necessarily a bad thing. This beer looks and feels great, but it's just not super strong in flavor. It's bright, clear, and sweet, but the overall maltiness of it renders it a little weak, since while the hops here are delicious, the grains do it no favors.

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Photo of DMarlinJ
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Has all the look of a great double IPA. It lacks in aromatic hops, more in malt smell, bready and a bit stank. Tastes balanced and not heavy or overly sweet, nice clean hop bitters. Pine resin mostly without a sticky linger. No alcohol burn for the abv level. I miss depth in flavors. Mouth feel is clean and medium carbonation. Overall it's very good but nothing stands out to bring me back to it, the flavor is just not compelling for me.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Clear orange-brown body with fine streams of carbonation, fizzy/fine off-white head and an intricate web of lace. The nose is pure hop essential oil and faint caramelly-malt; bitter orange concentrate, pine oil, and biscuit/bread crust malt. Pure and intense. The taste is orange/grapefruit bitter to the point of being chemically, plus pine resin, a touch of alcohol and spice, and a moderate amount of malty sweetness. The body is full, sticky, moderate carbonation.
Intense and straightforward but balanced focused. Big flavor, varied but withing a tight range, a hint of the strength behind this, and palatable but harsh for the unprepared. I liked it, there was definitely skill behind this guy but I think it still left something in the still.

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Photo of ocelot2500
4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear, dark copper color with a tight, white head that leaves plenty of lacing.

Smells of big pine and citrus hops.

Tastes of the big hops layered over and equally big malt backbone. Hops lead off with notes of pine, grapefruit, and flowers. This gives way to caramel and toffee malt notes. Plenty of sweetness to back up the hops. More hops come towards the end with some herbal and mint notes. Finishes with some lingering hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a tasty DIPA.

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Photo of rdilauro
4.01/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours that nice orange hue we all come o expect from a high hopped brew. The ivory laced head lasted just a few but it still looked awesome on top of the orange. The pine tar resin grapefruit tropical banana nose was as present as I was expecting.
The initial taste was big and soft. Not what I was expecting. I was looking for that crisp, dry clean taste. Seems that I might have reached my limits on DIPAs
Hard to believe this one had a 100 IBU rating an 9.9% abv. Neither value came across that hard. Perhaps because this was a big soft beer, 100 IBUs were well contained. If I was to have guessed, around 75-80IBU and a 7%abv.

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Photo of HopsAreDaMan
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

UPDATE 9/2018: This holds up well after a couple of years, morphing into a reasonably nice barleywine with plenty of bite.

Globe, 12oz bottle. 'Lot#1476'

This is a damn good double IPA, even at 9+ months old.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.85/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Bottle purchased as part of a 6 pack at a Whole Paycheck in NYC. Brief impressions below:

Piney flavours join with big bold tropical fruit flavours for a heavy wallop of hops and concomitant bitterness, but the pale malt/caramalt backbone doesn't quite quell the bitterness and bring this brew into balance...and it does have some undisguised alcohol warmth. Fans of cleanly citrusy or oily and resinous hop profiles will find nothing for them in this aggressively hopped bitter brew, but it's not bad by any means. Built for fans of new world tropical fruit-emphatic imperial IPAs, offering nothing in terms of classic floral, citrusy, resinous, or (non-tropical) fruit hops.

Chalk it up to personal preference, but this one doesn't offer much to my tastes. The mouthfeel is fine - your usual slightly overcarbonated, aptly medium-bodied, smooth, wet texture - but not special. Depth of flavour is limited, as is flavour duration. Flavour intensity is moderately high.

It's drinkable fare and I'll enjoy the six pack I bought, but I can't see anyone justifying picking this up over better priced and higher quality expressions of the style from the likes of Lagunitas, Deschutes, Victory, et al....let alone slightly higher priced style paragons from breweries like Ballast Point, Alpine, Bell's, and the like. Pretty unremarkable overall, but I'm glad I tried it once.

C (2.85) / AVERAGE

08.07.17 2nd impression on-draught at Jake Melnicks, Chicago, IL.

Pretty malty. A scintilla of juniper.


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Photo of kinzo12
4.69/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

This seasonal beer from Two Brothers is worth the wait. This double IPA got me hooked. The piney citrus flavor is unique and smooth. Isn't filling like a normal DIPA but certainly packs a punch.

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Photo of ImperialChi
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottle now has a new look, different than the current Ba label.

A- Thick, cloudy copper color. Head faded after a bit, cream colored. Looks thick and slightly creamy.

S - Sweet, heady booze with a rush of resin and pine fades into heavy sweet malt. Haven't looked at the abv for this yet, guessing north of 9%. Smell is intense but fades quickly after pulling away from the glass.

T - Whoa. Beastly pine resin and bitters, definitely north of the 80 IBU IPA limit. Almost maple syrup with layers of citrus rinds, dark and sweet. Like brown sugar/syrup was used to make the beer, with some molasses poured in for good measure. The fruit is dark and candied, dried orange and pineapple, sticky sweet tropical notes that crush and wrap the senses on the palate with cameral and toffee-like notes. Smelled 9%, this could be 10%. I'm going to guess this was Simcoe dry-hopped? Seems to fit the profile, but I could be drunk after a few sips of this.

M- Heavy and thick. Cream gives way to a heavy, flat feeling on the palate.

O- I love double IPAs and this is a bombshell of a beer. I've had double IPAs though that better integrated the various extremes a double IPA has, some subtle rough edges that separate this from the very best. A very enjoyable, slow sipper that is fun to try.

*looks at bottle*

10% and 100 IBU. Sounds right.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This big boy poured a thick, heavy copper in color with an easy, staying head. You can tell right away that this one means business.

Smell – The rich pine and orange are huge at the nose. There’s also a light spicing to this aroma but the hops are huge and respectfully balanced with candied malts. I don’t typically think of DIPAs as complex but this has a lot going on and is very fun to smell.

Taste – No disappointment at the taste. The resiny orange from the nose makes it’s way to the tongue and the substantial malt base provides ample support. This is a big beer.

Mouthfeel – In between medium and full-bodied with a good bitter character but not brutal, it actually goes down pretty easy.

Drinkability – It might be a bit troubling for the novice, but aficionados of big hoppy ales will enjoy this one to no end.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a narrow glass: color is copper, head is light tan and presents about 1 inch thick then lingers nicely, slowly dissipating while laces the glass.

Smell is big on piney and grapefruit aromas, some spicy hop notes as well, resinous qualities with some hints of caramel and toasted malts.

Taste is even more resinous in quality with more pronounced malt and piney hops: malt is a bit sweet and sticky, but could be the interplay of the hops that overtake and attempt to dry the beer out some. Hops are resinous, mainly pine, then some lighter spice (seen some reviews refer to a tea like quality which i get), then some lighter citrus rind flavors.

Mouthfeel is a bit cloying for my preference on DIPAs, i think the sweet and resionus malt do not counter balance as some dryer DIPAs do, a lot of lingering bitter and sweetness.

Overall, a BIG flavored DIPA, but does not execute well in the combination of flavors and finish

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Photo of cfalls
3.81/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L - Dark copper with slight haze, off-white head fades fast

S - Caramel, honey, a little pine

T - Malty, floral, bitter, some sweetness, some dusty/earthy notes

F - Fairly thick for an IPA, medium carbonation, boozy

O - Maltier than I like, and not enough of the hop flavors other than bitter, but no real faults

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.86/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

-spiegelau ipa 100 ibu. Lot#1735.

A: Dark coppery coloring in the vessel with a good moderate rate of carbonation. Foamy two inch head is dull white with yellowish tints and an amazing retention. Glass smothering lace coverage concludes things here for a very good visual.

S: Candied orange and grapefruit with lots of sticky pine resins. Perfumy hop aroma that fades rather quickly to toasted bread crust. Duration is very short, strength was average at best.

T: Flavor was dry bittering hops with a grapefruit tang, with some slightly soured lemon and a big dry toasted helping of malt. Wet, juicy pine oils come in flashes with some herbal tea, grape skins and juicy herbaceous hop finish. The alcohol is moderate at 9.1% combining with a lingering citrus bitterness and warming of raw hop flowers.

M: Sticky, warming citrus oils make up the mouthful, along with a gentle glow from the alcohol on the inner cheeks. Bittering, some juicy hop oils increase after the swallow with quick flash of wetness and a long standing bittering rate there-after.

O: Very bittering, deep malty lush body, flashes of hop juices and a warming of alcohol and hop flowers. The flavor was nothing outstanding, just very bittering forward and toasty for those interested. Good one standing beer, you're not going to down to many multiples here.

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Photo of Taybeh
3.69/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a single into a tulip. Pours a deep dark copper with a reddish tint and a big 2 finger khaki foamy head with good retention and very good lacing. Some pine on the nose, earthy juicy citrus, caramel and sweet bread, but for a big double iPa something about these notes...I don't know. Taste has what the nose promises; pine and caramel are big...this seems pretty old school, but it is a bit too sweet and it doesn't entirely come
together for me. Also lacks a good bite and doesn't come off as bitter as I expected for the 100 ibus. Something extra sweet and different from the caramel and citrus at the end that I can't place. This isn't bad, but I don't know...there are so many great iipas out there, I don't foresee a desire to revisit this.

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Photo of Beerds
3.82/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Super dark almost like an amber. All I can smell is the alcohol yet it doesn't have a lot of kick to it. Not sure what the main flavor is, almost like a syrup feel to it like some other DIPAs. Very smooth and little aftertaste, doesn't drink like a damn near 10% ABV.

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Photo of pagriley
3.72/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L - pours deep copper with off white fluffy head that lingers for ages
S - Honey sweetness up front with pine and a hint of tropical fruit
T - much softer than I was expecting. Some sweetness, and some pine then bitterness, but no real character or distinct 'thing' to define the beer
M - medium bodied, carb was on spec for the style

Overall just nothing about this grabbed me to engage my interest - a good beer certainly, but nothing about it made me want to drink it again

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Photo of Tiernan
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pow! That's a kick in the mouth.
Looks a bit hazy for a DIPA.
Smells unbelievable. Super dank. Tropical. Pineapple. Pinecones.
Tastes punchy. Fruit punchy. Prickly-hairs standing up on end.
Feels is a little on the hot side. Little too hot. Boozy hot.
Good strong one. If that's what you need.

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Photo of Gregaroo
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap and served in short tulip glass at the Dandelion Pub in Philly. Great spot to watch The Open. Nice IPA from theses folks. Hope to see them more on the east coast.

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Photo of dukeandduke
4.11/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

3/24/15 (Draft - Iron Horse Ale House Chicago) - Solid pour, slight tan head, copper red look. Nominal scent, great hoppy taste. Solid feel and texture, moderate carbonation, strong texture, bitter taste and kick going down. Overall excellent beer.

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Photo of zeff80
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Poured out a clear, copper color with a small, white head. It smelled of citrus, grapefruit and some pine. It tasted of pine, citrus and grapefruit with sweet toasted caramel.

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Photo of REVZEB
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap and in bottle. A throwback classic enjoyed in my youngest drinking years. For it's time, it was a revelation, hops pervasive through out, meanwhile having a decently thick body, verging on a lager body, and perfectly hiding the higher abv. If one were to have this now, I still believe it would stand up to easily available ipas today. Actually like as a winter ipa more than summer

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Photo of weaf
4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

Wow! As always Two Brother's Brewing never leaves me disappointed! Every beer I've had from them since they hit the Jacksonville, FL market has been excellent in taste and quality. A bit strong in flavor and alcohol compared to my normal beers I am still very impressed. Love IPA but the double and the imperial really kick it all up a few notches.

Great Beer...if you love strong IPA type beers and like Imperials you will enjoy this quality craft beer.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.4/5  rDev -14.6%

Pours a clear amber with white head, some retention, and decent lacing. The nose is herbal with piney hops and thick malt profile. Some booziness is present on the nose, especially on the finish. The taste heavily bitter with strong earthy and herbal hop character. The maltiness is again very forefront and present and brings on significant heat towards the end. Mouthfeel is heavy and moderately carbonated. Overall, this IIPA lacks balance and comes off as boozy and malty.

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Hop Centric Double India Pale Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
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