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
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
twobrothersbrewing.com

Style: American Double / 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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,043
Reviews:
474
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
11.96%
 
 
Wants:
46
Gots:
100
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 1,043 |  Reviews: 474
Photo of Sammy
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Meets the style, a good hop delivery and lots of caramel and malt backbone. Northwest by Northwest, would like something more complex. It was still enjoyable and very drinkable. Alcohol was well hidden. Above average mouthfeel, resiny. Lasting half inch of whitehead on golden body. Hop aromas. Beverage Warehouse.

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Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of GRG1313
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Remove the name "Hop Juice," call it something else to change expectations and you may get "straight A's!"

Pours a dark copper with a nice white head. This is a double IPA but the nose is pure sweet chocolate! Actually smells like a melted chocolate bar and nothing else. (Bottle old??)

Mouthfeel is big, creamy and well balanced.

Flavors are big malt, carmel, toffee and sweet chocolate with the bitterness anticipated coming only in the finish.

Finish is bitter grapefruit/bitter espresso bean and with an "end finish," for lack of a better word, of grapefruit oil. Very appealing and drinkable. A big beer with huge flavors and character.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of metter98
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy amber in color and has a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of citrus and pine resin hops and sweetness from the caramel malts in the nose.
T: The taste is fairly similar to the smell and has a moderate amount of bitterness. There are also some notes of brown sugar and fruits in the flavors.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate.
D: The beer is very drinkable and goes down easily; the alcohol content is very well masked.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Good name for this brew; it seems that they just squeezed the malts from the hops and served it straight to me. The beer begins with a copper / amber color and less viscous than expected. A light fluffy head caps the pint glass and the carbonation inviting. Aromas that emmit from the pour are extremely citrusy, perfumy, floral, and pine-ey. A sweet malt character rounds out the beer, but cannot gain any dominance. Flavors of sweet caramel malts are quickly overtaken by a rich hop bittering, resins, pine, orange peel, lemons, apples, and mint. Though the flavors remain strong, the body stays constent with a medium thickness that allows for a crisp, clean drink. Kinda has a snap in the finish, with only a linger of the hop flavors, bittering, and dryness. The alcohols even give way to the hops. The beer has a body much like a very good Standard IPA (Two Hearted?), but with the hop intensity of a Double. Very drinkable and enjoyable brew.

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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 brentk56
4.37/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a foamy head that strips some lace on the sides of the glass

Smell: Surprisingly blended between the citrus and pine hops and the caramel malt

Taste: Well-blended from the outset, with both citrus and pine and a big caramel malt bill shining through; after the swallow, the bitterness becomes more prominent but the sweet malt flavors persist and linger on the tip of the tongue for quite some time

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A darn nice example of the style; could be a bit hoppier but then again, my bottle could be a bit fresher

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Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just released yesterday at Two Brothers, For the Love of Hops fest.

Had a taste of it on tap there, but this bottle seems to be more alive with the fresh hop character. Poured into a 22 oz. Spaten glass. Deep toasted caramel orange body, drippy lace clinging all around to the sides. Good resiny hop aroma, smells like a Simcoe hop cone, a touch of sweet malt and light whiff of alcohol.

Smooth, easygoing DIPA, plenty of fruity/resiny/bitter flavors, some peach, grapefruit and pine. Moderate to full body with a viscous, syrupy impression that finishes fairly dry. At almost 10% this really packs a punch, so take it easy!

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Photo of zeff80
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip, 2011 bottle. Pours slightly hazy reddish orange color with a dense 2 finger light khaki head with great retention that reduces to a fairly thick lacing cap. Some fairly thick lacing clings to the glass as well. Aromas of huge caramel sweetness, orange, grapefruit, pine resin and a bit of pineapple; with a bit of alcohol. Decent aromas but not what I was hoping for. Taste of big caramel, pine resin, orange, grapefruit, and spiciness. Big amount of bitterness on the finish, as expected, that lingers for a while with citrus, pine, and caramel flavor. Fairly full bodied with medium carbonation; with a slick and sticky mouthfeel. Well balanced with bitterness and sweetness. Alcohol is fairly well hidden for being almost 10%, but the big warming on the finish lets you know it’s there. Definitely a sipping beer, not drinkable at all, but that was expected. Overall, a very nice DIPA to be enjoyed very slowly.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.72/5  rDev +20.1%
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 Kegatron
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle into a snifter.

Pours a clear light ruby with 2+ fingers of frothy eggshell white foam that formed a beautiful looking 1/2 finger of creamy retention and left some massive sticky lacing and oily residues down the sides of the glass. The aroma is a bit subdued but still pulls out a pleasant mix of pine, tangy smelling citrus notes, with a bit of bready malt sweetness coming through the most. Just a tinge of heat can be detected in the backend.

The taste profile is similar to that of the aroma with a mix of resinous bitterness, fairly prominant citrus character, and caramel sweetness backing things up. It's all very well balanced but much like the aroma, it just doesnt go as full or deep as it seems like it could. For a beer called "Hop Juice" I would expect this to be dripping with flavor but it just didn't. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium with a slick and easygoing feel that belies it's almost 10% ABV. There's just maybe a touch of heft to the body that reminds you that your drinking a bigger beer.

My issues aside with the aroma and taste, this is still one unbelievably drinkable DIPA that provides "enough" of a hop fix for those that crave it. I'm pretty certain that this bottle was from the latest release but I would be more than welcome to revisit this again during the next to make sure that it's issues don't have to do with freshness.

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Photo of XmnwildX12
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of billab914
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Russian River tulip. It poured a dark amber, almost copper color with a thin white spotty head floating on top of the beer. The head didn't last long but it left some nice lacing on the glass as I drank it.

The aroma has a juicy hop presence to it with a lot of citrus and fruity flavors with grapefruit and orange leading the way. Just as bold is the sweet, malty, caramel flavors that come through. Pretty nice mix of flavors in the nose, but I also typically enjoy sweet and hoppy beers.

The taste shows off the caramel and malty sweetness probably even more then the hops. The hops do come through with a juicy and citrusy flavor with a lot of orange and grapefruit and just a hint of pine. It finishes with a a moderate pine bitterness trying to compete with all the malt sweetness.

The mouthfeel is a little above medium bodied with carbonation being a little below average. Drinkability is good, it had a nice mix of flavors to it. The malt plays a much bigger role in it then I expected, but I enjoyed the sweetness it gave it. Is it worthy of the name hop juice? Maybe not compared to some other DIPA's, but personally I really liked the malty and hoppy mix it had.

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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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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of smcolw
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ever slight haze to an otherwise clear, solid amber colored brew. Modest head, but it leaves ample ring lace after each sip.

Sweet, hop smell. First thought was a combination of Grape Kool-Aid and a mild APA. Not really the fresh hop smell of an IPA.

Strong grapefruit hop flavor up front that leads to a peppery finish and long-lasting aftertaste. Solid body with a slight oiliness from the high alcohol. There's a subtle sweetness to the brew, but it is not a sugary taste. The potency is evident in every warming sip.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.54/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Beautiful clear caramel body. Creamy light khaki head has great staying power and fantastic lace.

S - Sweet caramel, touch of raisin, brown bread, hint of pesto.

T - Super malty. Lace of booze supports a woody hop with herbal overtones. Nice cocoa finish.

M - Medium body. The booze brightens the frame.

O - For 100 IBUs there's not quite the hop character I was looking for. The malt sweetness over balances and washes out most of the bitterness.

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Hop Centric Double India Pale Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
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