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.

Added by orbitalr0x on 03-12-2005

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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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 RoyalT
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
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 Marklaker
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tiernan
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
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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4/5  rDev +1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Brand new Artisan Bottling series 22oz bomber. 22.7 degrees plato, 100.1 IBU's. Right now I am one excited hophead! Pours from the bomber a bright clear amber orange with a lovely creamy, bubbly off white head sitting atop. Nice strands of lacing on the side of the glass. Awesome big grapefruity, citric hop nose...sticky with hints of pine sap and a nice caramel sweetness as well. The hops are vibrant and each inhalation brings a smile to my face.

First sip brings a nice citrus hoppiness upfront with notes of grapefruit, orange and lemon. They meld into a light caramel malt backgound. The bitterness is well established and lingers after each sip. Hops are fresh and damn tasty. Quite a nice Double IPA....hop burps are great :-) The alcohol is nowhere to be found in the taste...wow.

Mouthfeel has a nice creaminess to it...however the body seems to be a bit lacking. I think a little more maltiness would've helped...but the hoppiness makes up for it in my mind. This is a brew that I could drink alot of without a problem. Cheers to Two Brothers for brewing a great Double IPA and putting it in bombers. Highly recommended to all the hop lovers. I look forward to their future special releases.

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Photo of blitz134
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Caramel, orange body. Pretty clear. Smallish white head on the pour that reduced to a thinish layer. Leaves nice lacing on the glass on the way down.

Aroma is pretty straightforward hops. Citrus pith and a touch of pine sap. Not much else besides a little sugary sweetness, but it isnt cloying at all, just works in quite well.

Taste is sharp hops, citrus pith and pine again. Finish is slightly more resiny and even has a malty biscuity finish that fights through. Pretty good. Absolutely no hint of the alcohol level in this.

Mouthfeel is a little thin when compared to the top DIPA brews. A fair amount of carbonation works in well and makes this quite refreshing.

Drinkability is good...at least I'm enjoying the heck out of quaffing this one down quickly at the moment. Been outside all day working on the truck in the sun, so this is quite refreshing with its carbonation levels and such. Almost drinks like some a lower ABV IPA. Worth a shot.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of sponberg
4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big bomber bottle courtesy of NucularGeorge :thumbup:

Pours a clousy, slightly muddy orange/amber with a head that dies quickly but has a proper wake. Aroma is primarily citrusy hops with a toasted grain maltiness.

Rippingly good bitterness right off the bat - citrus and pine in equal amounts, not tongueslappingly uber-bitter but still a heapin helpin' o' hops in the boil. There's almost enough malt to balance, a caramelly smooth maltiness with slight fruitiness (Red Delicious apples and grapefruits) that gradually heads towards a pine/grapefruit lingering afterburn. Slight alcohol warmth is very well hidden. Mouthfeel is rather light for the alcohol involved, which makes it dangerously drinkable.

Really enjoyed the flavors in this one - would be almost lethally dangerous on a hot day.

F'n George!!!

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of Duster72
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy copper color with a very small off white head. Nice lacing. Aroma is on the mild side with sweet malts and citrusy hops. Taste is an excellent blend of big hops and sweet malts. Citrus and piney hops meld well together with the brown sugary malts. Much better balance than most DIPAs. Not too sweet. Highly drinkable DIPA, one of the better examples of the style.

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Photo of Swane
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of tjthresh
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. Served at 55*F. Pours copper with orange and yellow hues. Nice big resinous white head that clings to the side of my glass. I have all kinds of yeast floating in my glass though. I don’t care for that. No mention of bottle conditioning on the bottle. You can smell the hop resin. I love that. Loads of sweet caramel malts. Alcohol is in the distance. The hop flavor and malt backbone work great together. The bitterness is quite smooth. There is no way this thing has 110 IBUs. I’m with him.

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Photo of merlin48
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle pours a clear and radiant orange amber body with a creamy almond head that rises to about an inch in height. Retention is excellent and lavish lacing patches the glass. Aroma is earthy and leafy, fresh hops laid out to dry. Medium body and carbonation with a serious hop resin feel. Taste follows suit with leafy, resinous, and earthy hops. Dry and bitter. I didn't sense any significant malt presence here. Pine resin and marijuana shake. Alcohol is well hidden. A hop assault that comes off somewhat unbalanced. Interesting.

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Photo of Billolick
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a couple of bombers at Spirit House in Amherst MA., $6.10 per. No freshness indication. Pours brilliant almond amber, pretty clear after some sediment/hop flecks settle in the glass. Head is tan, initially creamy, then a tiny bubble film, and leaving scattered fine lacing. NOse is only faintly of citrussy hops. This is a big, thick, rich and very hoppy brew. Hops notes do not "pop" freshly out of this one, but the bitterness is more of a dull, strong, steady barrage. Grapefruit, resin, oily, hop heads rejoice and go get some of this...hop juice indeed

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Photo of warriorsoul
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to kmpitz2 for this one...
Pours a clear copper color w/ a full finger and a half of bright white head...decent lacing holds to the side of my snifter glass.
Aromas of fruity hops and carmelized malt...no alcohol at this point.
The taste is a bitter hop punch to the mouth w/ a sweet malt backbone balancing out this double...slight alcohol in the flavor, but no way distracting to the overall experience. It is actually very well hidden as I finish the last few swallows.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied...could be a tad thicker IMO, but the carbonation is right where I like to see it.
Drinking this bad boy darn near room temperature and it is going down too easy...drinkability for the IIPA is quite high and reflects in the score.
I enjoyed Two Brothers Heavy Handed IPA and this is even better...a great representation of the style and one I am real glad to get my hands on. Hey Nick...you better hold onto a few more of these for me...I'll be in soon enough.

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Photo of mctizzz
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow-amber color with an off-white head. The aroma is resiny hops and is pretty straightforward. The flavor is a mix of piney and resiny hops with some orange citrus mixed in as well as a nice caramel malt backbone. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of runlong320
4/5  rDev +1%

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Hop Centric Double India Pale Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
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