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

Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.90%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly known as Hop Juice.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.85/5  rDev -27.5%
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

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Photo of kinzo12
4.69/5  rDev +19.3%
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 +1.3%
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 +9.4%
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 -5.1%
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 -3.1%
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 -1.8%
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 -6.1%
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 -2.8%
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 -5.3%
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 +2.3%
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 +6.4%
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 +4.6%
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 weaf
4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

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 -13.5%

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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Photo of russpowell
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lot 1554

Pours an effervescent amber a thumb of cream colored head. Sheets of lacing & pretty good head retention

S: Tropical fruit & breadyness, & a little boozeyness, then grapefruit

T: Pineapple & breadyness, some woody hops with a touch of astringency up front. Dryness, pineapple, grapefruit, a little mango & bready sweetness as this warms. Finishes grapefruitty, with a little pineapple& bready sweetness

MF: Medium bodied, fairly restrained carbonation, good balance, warming

A very enjoyable DIPA, this brewery has pleased me very much so far

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Tipples. Lot 1554 but no bottle date. Pours a deep dark orange red color with a beautifully creamy two finger off white head. Aroma is floral hop notes, rich bready malts, crisp and grassy. Flavor is big time caramel malts here, light fruity and floral hop notes, and a dry floral finish. Medium plus mouthfeel, strong bitterness, and medium plus carbonation. The malts really dominate here and it comes off like a very solid American style barleywine than a hoppy DIPA. No bottle date but I assume this is fresh based on the source of the bottle. In any case solid beer, but go in thinking the other end of the DIPA spectrum from the likes of Heady Topper or even Enjoy By.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.69/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pint poured at Beef O'Brady's in Newburgh, IN.

Pleasant amber color with nice fence lace.

Aroma is pine and bitter citrus. Not great, not bad.

Taste is heavy pine and bitter hops. Plenty of malts to give it a nearly sweet edge. Quite drinkable. This one I really liked, especially following up what (to me) was a sub-par Atwater Hop-A-Peel IPA.

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Photo of Quercus67
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

[12 oz. bottle ] Pours a nice crisp and clear medium amber color with 2/3 finger creamy white head. Small and large bubbles exist. Cool label with pliers squeezing hop cone into pint glass.

Smells slightly citrus orange. Some sweet breadiness/biscuit in there too. slight alcohol. could be more aromatic for my liking in a DIPA.

Definitely more hop in the taste than the smell. Lots of orange citrus, but smooth bitternesss and sweet caramel hit you up front on this one. a little bit of pine too. nice medium body and slightly syrupy mouth feel, but not over the top. balanced pretty well with the 9.9% ABV. carbonation is spot on.

Finishes bitter and malty with a lil alcohol heat.

Pretty good DIPA. I'd drink it again.

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Photo of ThePaintedGrey
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into imperial pint glass.

A: Hazy autumnal amber/orange hue with tons of floating sediment dancing around in the glass. Not 100% sure if that's yeast or hops, but either way, it gives this a mouthwatering unfiltered appearance. The amber-tinged head is lackluster, even after a moderately vigorous pour, and it certainly doesn't stick around for long, but the lacing left behind is wispy, abundant, and worth noting.

S: The nose isn't strong, but a big whiff picks up some pleasant aromas. Juicy citrus, red grapefruit and orange mostly, balanced out (perhaps a little to balanced) by some caramel malts. Was hoping for more of a hop-lead aroma, but nothing to cry about here, because the hops certainly aren't scarce.

T: The flavor is far bigger than the nose would imply. The initial sip is a total hop assault that kind of leaps across the spectrum. A fresh juice medly upfront: grapefruit, orange, pineapple, and there's something else fruity going on in there. I'm not 100% on what it is, but it's definitely there. Towards the middle is a very sturdy caramel malt backbone that adds a little too much sweetness for my liking, but luckily it doesn't linger around too long before being pushed off-stage by some dank, grassy bitterness in the finish. The booze isn't completely shrouded, but it's definitely masked quite well and only shows its face late in the finish, adding a bit of heat and a strange metallic flavor from time to time.

M: Definitely medium-heavy, but not full. Smooth, considerably creamy with a somewhat subdued carbonation.

O: This was kind of purchased on a whim. I had never heard of it before, but the label looked interesting and I can't turn down an opportunity to try a new IPA. Hop Centric, while not strong enough to stand in the ring with the bigger hop wallops, provides a heck of a bite, but keeps the sweetness of caramel malts on deck to balance things out to provide a smooth, even flavor that satisfies. A great beer that I would recommend to those who like a lot of malt presence in their big IPAs.

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Photo of dar482
4.39/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes dark amber.

The aroma has sweet honey, floral, light pine, nectarine.

The aroma has chewy bready malt, pine, grapefruit peel, nectarine, but then it transitions aggressively onto a light and very clean mouthfeel. Then onto a pop of fruity honey sweetness and lots of floral. The mouthfeel on this is really well done. There’s a pop of chewy malt in the front onto a really well done mid and late transition in a really clean and easy drinking hoppy presence.

Relevant to Hopslam, but much better crafted.

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Photo of Circles413
4.41/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I love this beer. I tried the last brew under the name, Hop juice but I have to say that they make bells a run for their money with Hopslam. This is the closest I have found to an old brew of Hopslam. It's smooth, well balanced & the mouthfeel is amazing. I absolutely love this beer!!!

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Photo of woodychandler
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Once again, this site's dictums cause it to trip over its own feet. This used to be called "Hop Juice" but when they changed its name, it also became an annual with each iteration deserving of its own listing. I a) have no idea how to unscrew this mess nor b) do I have any inclination to do so. I am now merely a reviewer and occasional poster where I was once an unpaid and abused BFG. Onward!

From the bottle: "Artisan Bottling"; "We Squeeze To Please"; "Two Brothers is a craft brewery on the outskirts of Chicago that specializes in rare and seldom-brewed beer styles. The two of us - Jason and Jim Ebel - strive to produce the very best beers available anywhere."; "We hope that you enjoy them as much as we do!"

This bottle is marked: "Believe In the Swirl 2013" FWIW.

I went with a gentle pour as I was unsure about what "The Swirl" may be referring to, plus it has been in my fridge for an extended period. Although it was initially sans head, an employment of the server's trick created a foamy finger of tawny head with decent retention. Color was a deep coppery-amber (SRM = 4 -5) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had begun to go over to a caramel sweetness, but the minty intensity of the hops was still quite evident. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full with an intense heat followed by a combined one-two blast of caramel sweetness followed closely by an intense minty hoppiness. Holy hops, Batman! Once more, my poor, bruised tongue wondered what I was trying to do to it. The inherent heat in this one had not diminished in the least, despite my inadvertent aging. Jesus! My throat constricted, I choked and gagged and when I recovered, I could not wait to take another deep draught. This was a DIPA for hopheads, especially, and NOT for the faint of heart.

My original, Hop Juice review dtd 02 June 2008 with scores of 3.5; 3.5; 4; 4 and 4 follows:

The pour produced a finger's worth of bone-white head with low retention. The color was a murky orangish-amber. The nose was full of hops, but somewhat muted from the last time that I had this beer. The mouthfeel was medium with a grassy hops flavor on the tongue. The finish was definitely hoppy and very flavorful. I want to revisit this one.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.44/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I don't know what possesses me to keep buying more new IPAs, when there are so many other more interesting styles I want to explore. But this one is new to me, and the bottle design sucked me in. Label says "Eve in the swirl 2013", whatever that means. Tasted 15 September 2013.

Pours a 98% clear medium orange-rust color. I can just make out a stream of bubbles in the center. One finger of off-white head, good retention, decent lacing. Just fine.

Smell is melony and sweet with half a dose of pine and some tropical fruit behind it. Some toast; slightly mildewy. Doesn't bowl me over with hops. Smelling it blind, I might peg it as something totally different, like maybe an English bitter. It's juicy in a way that could be hops, but feels like malts. I like "balance", but I'm worried this might be a sweet-bomb of an IPA.

A malt bomb it is! There are hops in here, but they're vastly overshadowed by sweet caramel malts, which bring... caramel. Also brown sugar and peaches, and a little melon. There's a piney tingle, which almost pushes its way through, but it gets beaten back down by the sweetness. There's almost more bitterness from the alcohol (good god, almost 10%!) than from the hops. This drinks more like a barleywine than a DIPA. And though I like sweet barleywines, this isn't working for me.

Feel is good. Super sticky, medium-bodied, prickly carbonation that rises and falls like a roller on the open sea.

Beers like this are why I wish I could break the IPA addiction. It's like so many others, presenting me with some good characters, but heavily tilted away from the malt-hop balance that I desire. In this case, unusually, it's the lack of hops in either the smell or the taste that bothers me. It's like IPA meets English barleywine. And it has the alcohol to go with that, too.

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Photo of Omnium
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours a dark goldish orange, 1 finger of khaki head, thick lacing.
S - Smells of overly ripe tropical fruits, big sweet malt.
T - Very sweet malt and tropical fruit up front, then you get some spicy hop bite.
M - Sweet and clingy, but is somewhat dry.
O - Its an OK Double IPA, they do make much better beers than this though.

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