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 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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Photo of NewGlarusFan
4.98/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into Lunar Brewing Co tulip glass (9oz).

A) Dark amber honey, caramel, as it settles around the edges lighter in color like clover honey and also at the bottom of the glass. It gives a two finger head that is thick like an ice cream float. It leaves a perfect Belgium lace as it slowly dissipates.

S) Wow, pine, sweet candy like skittles or Swedish fish, as the beer goes down i notice more earthy characteristics. Not overly bitter and pleasant.

T) Fruity Hops, pineapple, honey crisp apple, possibly red grape, and then malt almost honey in flavor and texture. Great malt bill not too biscuit flavored or cookie, but that’s probably because it’s a IIPA and the hops takes over my palate.

M) Thicker than i expected like honey mead but not that thick. It coats the mouth with joyous hop flavors swirling and dancing on the tongue.

O) This is Two Brothers best brew. Go out and buy a 6 pack at Trader Joes for $15. I hope to try this on tap again at the brew pub.

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Photo of 312HopBomb
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. poured into a Sierra Nevada IPA glass.

Pours a clear to slightly hazy light caramel/honey color with a very creamy off white head. Fine bubbles. Slight lacing.

Aroma of sweet honey malt and resinous piney hop.

Taste detects some alcohol and fairly dry with a firm hop wallop but not too much. Malt is in the background compared to the nose but provides a backstop to the hop assault.

Finish has an alcohol presence mixing with the lingering hop bitterness.

A decent hop fix from Two bros.

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Photo of SouthSideSox24
4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured 12 oz bottle into Dogfish Head IPA glass.

A: Deep orange-ish hue with a thicker body for a DIPA. Almost has the appearance of liquid honey. Pour resulted in 2 inches of beige head, which dissipate slowly, leaving thick lacing.

S: Light floral odor, not overwhelming. Light notes of bitter hops.

T: First taste is sweet, with lingering hops retained on the tongue. Taste coats the palate, but not in an unpleasant way. Very definitely has assertive hop flavoring, very reminiscent of Hoptimum, although not quite as sweet and syrupy.

M: Mouthfeel is average, as the beer is thick for a DIPA. Carbonation can be felt all of the way down, but leaves behind a coating in the back of the mouth.

Overall: Definitely one of Two Brothers best efforts, along with Revelry. If you enjoy hop bombs, this beer is for you.

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Photo of CHickman
4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a very cloudy amber copper color that looks murky with a foamy 1-2 finger beige head that faded slowly and leaves excellent retention with foamy rings as it goes down.

Smells of fruity candy like Skittles and Razzles dropped into a glass of pineapple/guava juice; very sweet and fruity, the name is perfect as this smells like a glass of fresh squeezed hop juice. Aroma is a mix of orange, guava, mango, pineapple, grapefruit, fresh West Coast citrus hops, piney hops, caramel, wheat bread, sweet (fruity) candy, brown sugar, grass, light spices and mild booze like rum. The alcohol was faint smelling and well covered up, and the hops were juicy and dominating, as expected with the title, but there was enough grainy sweet balance to level things out.

Tastes very similar to the nose, with a mix of pineapple, orange, guava, mango, grapefruit, apple, fresh West Coast citrus hops, grapes, piney hops, caramel, wheat bread, biscuit, candy like Skittles, Gummy Bears and Razzles, mild brown sugar, grass/hay, light spices like coriander, a touch of tea leaf, and mild booze like rum or a red wine. The hops were juicy fresh and potent, but the grainy, caramel sweetened was almost like a biscuit or cinnamon bun dough dipped in an IPA, which was tasty and odd at the same time. The flavor seemed to dial down the strong hop aroma, but this was still a very hoppy beer. The ABV is masked and covered very well, but about ¾ of the way through the bomber the 9.9% started kicking in. This is so sweet that it almost seems like after each swallow a bitter shock is issued by the beer to alert you to take another sip, which of course I did. A really fun DIPA to throw back, this was so much more drinkable than it should be.

Mouthfeel is very thick, chewy and viscous, with a sweet and bitter assault that is packed with fruits, hops and biscuit sweetness, a heavy and even dense body that trails off bitter and puckering with a great deal of bready sweetness; this borders on a Barleywine, and that may be due to the strength of the ABV or malty sweetness, but either way this hop bomb was so tasty and fun to drink that I will seek this out again.

This should be a slow sipper, but I doubt the bomber lasted a half hour because the fresh hop taste really was delicious. A solid beer and one I recommend trying if you can get your hands on it.

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

22 oz. bottle (1 pint) poured into my Winnie The Pooh pint glass. No bottled on date present.

The guys at my local beer store have told me that this beer is subject to lawsuit regarding it's name or some sh*t like that, so this could very well be my very last Two Brother's Hop Juice Double IPA ever. It was definitely the last one in the store.

A - Pours an extremely hazy orange, honey looking color, with a nice bunch of sediment floating around, leaving a nice creamy root beer looking head and nice ring of lacing around the top of the glass.

S - Smells of a hop & malt assault, with a very prominent warm oaked booze smell in the foreground.

T - Extreme amounts of bitter, dry hops present themselves. This beer is definitely tasting a bit on the old side, but that doesn't stop the hops from performing a raging assault on your palate, although some hop potency has been noticeably lost. There is a faint oaked flavor buried in there somewhere, but maybe that is just my imagination. In the beginning I also tasted something that resembled a fresh brewed lemon iced tea flavor, but that could also be attributed to the beer's age. Either way, there is definitely a sweetness present in this beer, and it definitely doesn't taste like it has a 9.9% abv.

M - Pleasant, sticky, sweet mouthfeel. Not too watery, definitely not too thick or heavy. This was definitely a good brew, although eerily similar to many of Two Brothers's other beers like the Heavy Handed IPA or the Heavier Handed Double IPA.

Overall, this was surely a beer worth drinking, and if it truly is done for and none of us will ever have the pleasure of drinking it again, we will all decidedly miss it. I'm glad I was able to enjoy it.

Two Brother's Hop Juice Double IPA ---4/5.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a caramel/ruby gold color with a very thick lacing ring and delicate, almost transparent creamy layer, mild carbonation.

S - Aroma comes off as balanced with biscuity, lightly doughy caramel malt and an evenly balanced citrus nose with no alcohol presence and for an almost 10% beer that's really impressive.

T - Caramel biscuity malt with lemons, grapefruit, and some orange. Not one flavor dominates and everything blends evenly.

M - Thick medium body, viscous, slick, velvet carbonation.

O - Balance all the way and most impressive is the lack of alcohol presence for such a big beer. I prefer my D-IPA's much more in your face, this beer is not that. The most impressive feature of this beer is not the balance but the full control of alcohol presence.

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Photo of RickS95
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bit dark for the style, pouring an almost brownish light shade of chestnut with some orange hues. The head is bright white and unmistakingly IPA. Fluffy like a cloud, imploding in on itself as it dissipates, leave sticky white lace in its tracks.

Citrus in the nose, mostly pineapple, with some lemon and honey added for good measure. Malty backbone just to give it some structure.

Citrus is prevalent as the hops dominate the mouth. The brown sugar is a welcome addition.

It's all about the hops with this, as well it should be. The hops grab you from the beginning of the sip til the end with a controlled bitterness that's aggressive, yet drinkable given it's high ABV and 100 IBUs. Feels full bodied. Sticky finish as the resiny pine won't let go of the tongue.

Despite the manliness of the beer, it's very drinkable for the style. It has good flavor, which isn't entirely masked by the alcohol or the hops. Really a good beer.

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Photo of daledeee
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 22 oz bottle.

Poured a dark chestnut, but clear. Head is off white and good lacing.

Nose is pretty floral with roasted malt(just a little). Nice and fresh smelling.

Taste is maltier than may IPA but it is nice for a change. Not everybody has to overdose hops. Don't get me wrong, this is not a hop weakling. I would put this on the grassier end of the spectrum. Also some citrus but a darker malt profile is pretty dramatic. Really a nice beer. Also warms the throat with good carbonation. This is a good offering.

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Photo of yamar68
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright ruby gold, a soft fluffy white few finger of head recedes to a thin loose cap. Great, great lacing.

Massive hops... great balance but leaning towards an earthy citrus. Certainly fresh.

The booze takes stronger role on the tongue. Fresh hops show a bit more pine than was evident on the nose.

Pretty easy drinking, even given the unexpected alcohol presence.

Good beer. All 4's.

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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
3.93 out of 5 based on 1,036 ratings.
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