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Hop Centric Double India Pale Ale | Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Hop Centric Double India Pale AleHop Centric Double India Pale Ale
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Hop Centric Double India Pale AleHop Centric Double India Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.90%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly known as Hop Juice.

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Ratings: 1,056 |  Reviews: 484
Reviews by Douglas14:
Photo of Douglas14
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber/ orange color with a nice tan thick head that leaves lots of lace. The nose is strongly of hops and maybe some biscuit aromas. The taste is strongly of hops (wish it was stronger though) and has a nice sweetness to it that balances this beer out well. The aroma and taste together of the hoppiness delivers characteristics for a good imperial IPA.

Naming your beer hop juice is a bold move that should be followed by an equally bold brew. Unfortunately, I was let down a little by this beer. I am not saying that it is not good - it is very good, actually - but just saying that I was expecting to be knocked off of my feet by the intensity of the hops.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.86/5  rDev -2.5%
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 Prufrock
3.64/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz. bomber into a pint glass.

slightly hazy orange amber with a weak layer of white head. some coagulated proteins in the bottle that settle to a thin layer at the bottom.

sugary sweet hoppy aroma. floral and fruity hop presence with strong peachy gummy candy elements and a sweet malt backing.

flavor is fairly distinct from the aroma: piney, resiny, oily hop bitterness throughout. hints of peach and citrus precedes a stiffly oil hop bitterness in the finish. light-medium mouthfeel with a medium-high carbonation. finish is slightly unbalanced and hurts the drinkability, but everything preceding it is incredibly pleasant.

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Photo of fragilemacabre
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This reads much more like what I expect from an IPA than other double IPAs I've experienced, which makes for happy times. Its cloudy umber color and thin head are underwhelming against its taste, which is bombastically hoppy. I'm pleased with this beer, and even though it doesn't break the mold, at a ridiculously tasty and sneaky almost 10% it will make me less inclined to care.

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Photo of elkinbrown
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Gregaroo
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
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 Oxymoron
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Squeezed for her pleasure. The beer pours out a coppery shade with light brown and amber shades. Very clear, epically for a DIPA, even with some extra leftovers from the bottom of the bottle. Ok head that remains around the edges but limited lacing.

The smell is big as a DIPA should be. Most noticeable is the citrus taste but backed behind with more floral and herbal notes. More of an orange smell then grapefruit. A sweet malt backing with a touch of caramel and bread like qualities. I can also pick up some signs of the yeast.

The taste is easy and very inviting. The sweet malt is the first thing noticed. A basic malt backing with a syrupy flow. The bitterness is mild but comes out next. A bit of a sticky, piny resin feel. This is followed by more of a noticeable citrus taste that finishes the beer off nicely. The aftertaste leaves a oily somewhat chalky taste.

The body is mid to full. The malts support the hops, maybe a little too much. Very easy to drink with a smudge of off notes and alcoholic flavors at the end. A good beer that needs a huge. I guess that is why they say they “squeeze to please.”

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of CEDAMA
2.25/5  rDev -43.2%

Photo of KeithE
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of monkeytoe
3.18/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22-oz brown bomber. No freshness or bottled on date that I see.

Nice clear orange amber with a thing cream-white head lacing the edges of my pint glass.

Mostly caramel malt in the nose with some bitter-pith and pine hoppiness. Some melon and summer fruit as the beer warms up.

Quick sweet then grapefruit pith bitterness on the tongue. Alcohol is well-hidden until the beer warms to room temperature. Mostly pine and resin bitterness along with the pith.

Double IPA or barley wine? Either way it was fun to drink but not likely to make a return appearance in my glass.

ps My bottle gives an ABV% of 9.9.

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of Herky21
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of JeffSK
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Deuane
4.57/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Slightly hazy copper with a thick, fluffy white head that sticks to the side of the glass and leaves significant lacing.

S-A litteral blast citrusy hop goodness! A bit of caramel malts poke thru the CRAZY onslught of hops to your olfactories!

T-Man, you had better love the hops to love this beer....good thing, I DO! This is crazy fresh tasting and CRAZY good. Fantastic citrus hop goodness with a nice supporting caramel malt cast.

M-Medium light body with a delectable juiciness!

D-I downed one pint quickly and jumped into my second in no time! This stuff fresh is simply stunning....on of my fav dipa's for sure....cant wait to get more next year. Keep yer bottles..this stuff can only be truly appreciated from the tap.

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Photo of Beejay
3.3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: A nice medium amber. Crystal clean with a nice and thick off white head. Good lacing.

S: Huge hops with caramel. I am picking up mostly citrus, especially grapefruit. Some grassy notes, and a bit of floral. Very nice, I like the grapefruit punch with a sweet caramel back.

T: There is some good bitterness, but it is in the finish. The hops really linger in the finish, but up front there is not much of the hop flavor coming out. Bit of a booze flavor in the end.

M: Medium bodied, carbonation feels about right.

D: From the bottle: "Don't come crying to us if it's too much for you: this one's for hopheads only." I am certainly no hop head, but this beer leaves me wanting more. More hop flavor, better balance, and MORE HOP FLAVOR. I think the bitterness is alright, but definitely lacking the hops flavor up front. Possibly I am just drinking this late, since I cannot find a bottle date I don't know. But with a warning like that, you better bring your "A Game" and I don't think this beer holds up to it's talk.

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Photo of mpayne5
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of Stephen_Woods
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very true to form double IPA. 9.9% ABV, but masked well considered.

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Photo of Bumpon10s
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a deep amber, very cloudy. A small white head that goes away quickly.

S - I get hops with a little fruit, not a massive aroma, but it's sure there.

T - Hops and then more hops, with a touch of hops. It's a good pine hop, for some reason though this isn't shouting dIPA to me. You can taste the alcohol quite easily also.

M - Very, very smooth with a bit of tingle from the alcohol, perhaps now the double status is due.

D - Drinkability on this is middle of the road, at the near 9.9%, it loses a bit.

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Photo of rpstevens
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to d0b for this bomber, poured into my smuttynose tulip.

The beer is ruby red, copper/burnt orange with a slight glow. A thick two finger white head that fades into sticky, thick lacing on the sides of the glass.

The smell is resinous, sticky, sweet pine with some citrus. The bitterness of the hop is evident in the smell, which has me really excited to take a sip of the beer.

The taste is all hops, rolling through the entire profile of hop flavors that I recognize. Pine, citrus, floral, mild grass/floral notes there is a subtle sweet sugary flavor from a malt backbone and the booziness.

The alcohol warms throughout the experience, this is a "chewy" beer, thick and viscous. The hops split the tongue at the beginning of the taste and then they mellow out but rush back to the dry and almost sweet finish. The strangest thing about this beer is the after-taste. The hoppy bitterness dries the tongue and leaves the taste buds with a sweet, citrusy sensation. It is almost the equivalent of drinking large quantities of orange juice or eating a bunch of starburst jellybeans. It's as if your mouth is recreating the sweet flavors and begging you to ingest more of them, very strange, but very cool.

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Photo of rob99er
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a great double. It is definitely a hop bomb, but not as hoppy as SN Hoptimum.

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Photo of MykeJ
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.72/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The smell is hops, hops and more hops with a little citrus and malt mixed in.

T: Heavy hops blast coupled with a citrus malt sweetness. I’d say that this is one of the strongest hops flavors with the least bitterness that I’ve ever had. Very-well balanced! The hops stick around in a strong after-taste that contains a bit more bitterness, which is quite welcome.

M: Very crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, leaves a little bit of a sticky feel afterward.

D: The speed with which I polished off this bomber is testament to haw drinkable this beer is. The fact that it has a 9.90% ABV may make me pay later for drinking it that fast but it will be worth it. I first tried this beer at a tasting and decided to give it a full-bottle chance. The rep that was pouring at the tasting mentioned something about this beer having a “cult following” in this area. If that’s the case I’d gladly be part of that cult. This is a flat-out excellent beer.

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Photo of u2carew
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber
A) Transparent. Active head with tight, sticky lacing. Copper in color.
S) Floral. Citrus notes. Peach. Apricot.
T) Big blast of caramel malts then moves to a citrus and fruity hop blend. Linger floral in the aftertaste.
M) Smooth. Creamy. Medium bodied. Light fizziness.
D) A great hop bomb. I would definitely drink another.

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Photo of NMA
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Hop Centric Double India Pale Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 1,056 ratings