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 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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Photo of inlimbo77
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz, 2013 (from the back of the bottle)

A: Slightly Cloudy orange color. On the lighter side. Didn't get a lot of head. Loose bubbles.

S: Sweet peach. Some mango. Sweetness from the malts. Doesn't smell aggressively bitter or hop bombish.

T: Very nice smooth sip. It doesn't jump out at you on the tip of the tongue. Bitterness comes in during the mid palate and carries on through the end. Sweet peach, mango, really juicy fruits. Finish is fairly dry.

M: Medium bodied. Drinks like a lower ABV.

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

from12 oz bottle
A-pours a dark amber color with a small off white head very little lacing
S- burnt malts with toffee
T- very malt forward with dank hops loads of caramel,toffee some pine and a sweet and boozy finish
M- boozy with medium/lower carbonation
O- an average 2ioa one and done for me just to malty and sweet with not enough hops

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Photo of justintcoons
3.32/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured into a shaped pint glass.

Amber with 3 fingers of head. Excellent clarity and head retention. Moderate carbonation.

Toffee, apple, caramel and grapefruit.

Caramel mixed with toffee and honey. Pine grapefruit, orange zest and pine. Notes of golden apple. Residual sugars and resin linger.

Full bodied, oily, smooth, sticky and dry.

Highly malty with a limited hop profile, but hides the alcohol well.

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Photo of TheSSG
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a huge, dense, resiny, off-white head that has fantastic persistence and laces madly. A sublime hop aroma that that is citric and even has a touch of super-ripe berries behind it. As the head settles, it becomes softer. Nice amber-straw color. Starts with a huge bitterness and a burst of fresh grapefruit and citrus rind, with pine sap peeking through. Builds into a more poignant, citrus rind bitterness before booziness and a flash of floral hops. The finish is hop bitterness on top of smooth malt. Lingering bitterness takes on a floral characteristic.

This smells wonderful. The flavor is very good, but I'd like it if it were as bright as the aroma, and a tad less bitter. If you like your IIPA's on the bitter end, this is for you.

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Photo of larryarms847
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear copper red with a finger and a half of off-white foam.

Bitter hop resins, pine, orange, citrus, and some sweet toffee/caramel.

Caramel, toffee, and caramelized sugar malt backbone holds up well with a decent amount of citrus, resin, and pine.

Medium-bodied, medium carbonation, sweet start, bitter finish.

Overall, a solid DIPA from TB.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.27/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to krl2112 for sending this bottle down! Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a TBBC pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy copper, with visible carbonation towards the low side and a one-finger white head.

S: Malty sweet, caramel, some booze and some pine bitterness. This doesn't smell very hoppy at all.

T: Sweet, bready and toasted malts, some pine and less grapefruit rind hops, and some boozy heat here too. The promise of a hop-forward beer goes unfulfilled here.

M: Medium to full-bodied for style, moderate carbonation. Amount of alcohol heat exceeds what I believe to be expected for style.

O: It's not an unpleasant beer, but (at least this bottle) completely whiffed on style. Unfortunately, Two Brothers apparently doesn't believe in giving any useful freshness information on their bottles - the only dating I can find is an unhelpful "Believe In The Swirl 2013" on the back label. The Fresh Beer website lists Two Brothers as using a Best By dating system, so I can only assume the brewery wanted me to drink this in 2013...which I did. Cannot recommend this beer to anyone who wishes to drink a DIPA.

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

A: Dark murky brownish red with an amber around the edges. a decent bright white head.

S: Dark, thick pine resin hits you like a tank. Herbal and earthy with an onion quality. Notes of citrus cut the pine.

T: Juicy fruit and big acid mixed with sharp pine. Sweet caramel and a little of a wood or oak quality. More pine in the finish. A little booze on the end with a fast finish. Not very bitter.

M: As i stated not very bitter and pretty light of a DIPA. Very drinkable.

O: A nice tasty, earthy take on a double ipa. Not the hop bomb i was expecting but still a good offering. /85

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Photo of magictacosinus
3.07/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

Thanks, Todd. First beer proper by Two Brothers. Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. No freshness date, other than "believe in the swirl 2013." Uhh... Thanks, I guess.

Glad to see a different color on this one after ramming through dozens of similar to looking DIPAs. Hop Centric pours a super hazy, cloudy amber orange, to the point where it looks like apricot or papaya juice. There's not much of a head on this, but it does rise to about 1.5 fingers worth before settling down eventually (though it takes a while) to next to nothing. Huge alcohol legs and decent lacing on the glass. Very viscous. Each initial swirl revealed its thick, bread-like nature as all the foam rose to the top by the end. It deteriorates over time, but I'm glad it's different from others in its class.

The aroma consists of resinous, slightly candied citrus peel, pine needles, tons of caramel, tons of caramel, and tons of honey as well. This thing is swimming in sugar and booze, for the most part. The hops are most definitely there, but the booze is high enough to produce brandy like characteristics. This must be an old bottle, because otherwise I don't know where this is trying to go. I really try to find fruity notes, but alas, I fail each time. Very bready and sweet and astringent, but totally unbalanced.

The flavor is equally head scratching in terms of approaching this to style, so at this point, I'm only overseeing the beer for what it is. Dried lemon and citrus peel rush the front of the tongue, only to then be replaced by intense notes of caramel and toffee and honey, as before. There's a robust, earthy breadiness that follows, but it's brief and replaced by a lot of the heat from the alcohol, as well as the sugary syrupy feel of everything else. It's luckily not too cloying, but I fail to see how this is above 100 IBU's. It's just really boozy and sweet and resembles orange filled caramel candy, but that's about it. At least it's pretty silky in feel, and if it weren't for the extra booze burn, this would be almost perfect.

I immediately have a strong love-hate relationship with this one, as it is relatively easy to drink with its juicy mouthfeel, but extremely underwhelming in terms of flavor, or it terms of being the hoppy beer it is advertised as. Very sweet and boozy, but not completely terrible. It's just not my favorite.

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Photo of BB1313
2.73/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a hazy burnt orange; tan/white head which slowly fades and leaves nice lacing and retention. Okay, this DIPA is malt forward. Tons of caramel and orange peel in the nose. The flavors are on the sweeter side and is loaded with sticky resin. Alot more caramel and butterscotch in the mix. The hops are there, but not in the way most people would expect with the style. The malts definitely outweight the hops. There's a ton of pine resin going on in the flavors. This one has a bit of a spicy kick to it. There's a subtle warmth in the finish, but it's not too hot or boozy. Mouthfeel is very nice; full-bodied; fluffy and creamy. The alcohol is actually well hidden and goes down relatively smooth. Malty-resin bomb!

Okay, I'm a fan of Two Brothers, especially when it comes to their hoppy beers. This DIPA is just a big miss for me. At the same time, I acknowledge that this is what they were going for and there's a market for this type of DIPA. Maybe I'm being a little tough, but this was ultimately a disappointment. But hey, people seem to really enjoy this one, so don't take my word for it. It just doesn't have what I personally look for in the style. Others may enjoy this type of DIPA. I'll admit it's unique. At the end of the day, the craftsmanship is there.

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Photo of ksimons
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-an orangish amber with about a fingers worth of white head that quickly disappears to leave some lacing around the top

S-bready backbone with caramel and citrus and pine hops

T-taste is similar to the nose with a decent amount of malt presence followed by citrus and bitter piney hops. Alcohol is well hidden.

M-medium body, medium carbonation

Overall I guess I expected this beer to be hoppier than it was. I am not sure what the bottle date was. Overall it isn't bad tasting, it's actually very tasty, was just expecting something a bit more.

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Hop Centric Double India Pale Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
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