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 LuckySevens82
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber courtesy of Beerhandy.

Pours a deep burnt orange color with a lazy cascading head. Retention is kind of lousy, but lacing is nice.
Smell is hops, hops, and more hops. Piny, citrusy, and just a bit earthy. Balanced out well with a slightly sweet and almost vanilla undertone.
Taste is not nearly as bitter as I thought it would be. Defintely bitter, defintely hops. But more hop flavor (piny, earthy, somewhat smoky actually) than anything else. Balanced out nicely with a caramel and slight vanilla backbone, this one works well.
Mouthfeel is perfect for the style. I could stand a bit more carbonation, but for a beer like this, it's not that necessary.
Overall, a good and solid DIPA, better than some I've tried, not quite as good as others. Loads of hop flavor without the overhwelming bitterness that some DIPAs carry. A good offering overall.

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3.32/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours hazy amber brown with a decent foamy tan head.

The hops are noticeable in the nose without even getting your nose close. Sweet honey vanilla notes are evident on a closer smell.

Very smooth on the first sip. Hops have bite but not to much. Bitter is well balanced. Hop juice is the perfect name cause it is almost juicey. The alchol is very prominent. Finishes with a bitter hue in the mouth. Sedimet in the glass at the end isnt cool. Overall pretty good.

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Photo of Bumpon10s
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a deep amber, very cloudy. A small white head that goes away quickly.

S - I get hops with a little fruit, not a massive aroma, but it's sure there.

T - Hops and then more hops, with a touch of hops. It's a good pine hop, for some reason though this isn't shouting dIPA to me. You can taste the alcohol quite easily also.

M - Very, very smooth with a bit of tingle from the alcohol, perhaps now the double status is due.

D - Drinkability on this is middle of the road, at the near 9.9%, it loses a bit.

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Photo of Truh
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got out the bug dope with this one on 9/11/2005. 22-oz. bomber poured twice in an oversized amphora of a bulbous pint glass.

Very wispy, ghost-like presence of head skimming around on the surface, with some thin lace crennelating the sides; a bit more near the top. Slightly hazy, amber hue to the proceedings, making it difficult to make out the hoppenings going on inside, but it is there. Real silky hop character on the nose; not a bomb by any means, but it's there and seems wrapped in something else; some whispers of cleansing agents involved too. Again, for a DIPA, this one has a definite weirdness factor going on with it - the hops grab the front of the mouth, hanging from the lower lip, but this seems to get overpowered by a kind uf crunchy peanutty note, not overly present, but it still sits there, omnipresent. Or if not peanut, then grapenuts, or something. Almost seems to be some lavender in there too.

On the whole, good stuff. Actually prefer this over some of the headier hop bombs out there.

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Photo of walleye
3.3/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

from the bottle. poured a cloudy orange with a small of white head that didn’t last very long with lots of floaties. aroma when I 1st popped the cap the hops jump right out of the bottle, nice blend of caramel, orange, malts and grapefruit. flavor not as hoppy as I was hoping for but not to bad. did get a hint of malt and grapefruit. with a touch of alcohol. not to bad took care of the hop craving I was having

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Photo of warriorsoul
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
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 Skidz
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out golden amber and sits a deep, bright copper in the glass with a smallish creamy white head. Fades to glassy surface with some lacings around the glass.

Aroma is highly citric and fruity, boasting ripe oranges, grapefruit, apricots, pears and lime. Syrupy sugars beneath, doughy malty core.

Tastes moderately sweet up front, caramel and brown sugar stand out amongst the malty flavors. Backed by a rather delicate dose of fruitiness, touching on oranges and grapefruit as well as pine. Mild alcoholic bite with moderate grassy bitterness leading into the finish.

Smooth and creamy to the very deepest depths. Mild carbonation levels and a rich full body.

Far easier to drink than expected. Alcohol perks up as it warms, this definately benefits from cooler serving temperatures. Worth a shot, but not a stand-out.

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Photo of tjthresh
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
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 RockyTopHeel
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber

A peach-amber brew that only bubbled up a thin layer of foam even on a fairly aggressive pour, with suspended sediment clouding the liquid.

Aroma is, well, pure hop juice - sticky, piney, citrusy, sweet hop nectar - and the taste is more of the same. The substantial alcohol content mitigates the hops a bit, and there is a hint of biscuit, but really, the focus here is on the hops.

Fairly easy to drink despite the 9.9% ABV and over 100 IBU's, this beer is very good--if not quite the best double IPA I've had.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bomber. This beer pours out hazy brown with a lot of sediment for an IPA. The aroma is hoppy and fruity with pineapple and grapefruit notes. The flavor is very bitter, with lots of hops and fruit. Very unbalanced with little malt flavor. Becomes spicy in the finish. Full mouthfeel. The 9.9% abv is masked but not completely hidden. This beer is pretty hoppy, but for a beer this bitter I like even more hop flavor. Still, this is a pretty good IPA.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy orange color. Thin white head disappeared immediately. Not much lace on the sides of the glass. Strong citrusy hop aroma. Fairly strong malt character, followed by a nice citrusy hop flavor. Bitterness not as intense as aroma might indicate. Medium to full body, moderate carbonation. Pretty good, although not as bitter as I would think. Not a bad balance, and a pretty drinkable IIPA. Alcohol is well hidden.

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4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a murky copper color, crawling with yeasties, their faces pressed to the glass like the bums outside a packy on Sunday at 8 AM. This has a nearly gelatinous look overall. If I swirl it a little, using the yeasties as a reference, they wiggle a bit but settle to rest at their exact same resting point.
The smell is a conglomeration of wild swamp roses, grapefruit, unbaked sourdough, and northern lights.
The hops in this are bombastic, with pine tar running ahead by at least 3 lengths. A bakery and a basement dankness try to catch up, but this one is not even close, and the betters have a nice day for themselves.
This is thick and slick in the mouth. CO2 is backes off, but the ale never becomes droopy. It's definitely a good thing. If this had a jagged sandy carbonation, the ink in my notebook would be streaked by my tears of pain. Instead, I can't hide a grin.
Just when I thought I was over this sort, I find this. I guess DIPAs never leave your blood. This is probably the closest resemblance to Rogue's I2PA, back in the days before they fucked it up royally. That's fine, because this has eclipsed. Too bad for the limited offering...

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Photo of carln26
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a hazy copper into the glass. It was topped by a thick cream colored head that left a light lace on the side of the glass. The only visual problem with this beer was the clumpy residue in the bottom. I don’t normally complain about floaters in my beer, but this was like drinking oatmeal. The aroma has a nice hop flower character with mown hay, grass, grapefruit rind and the hop flower. The taste has all of this, subtler than I expected, but very none the less. Pleasant bitterness on the finish, slick mouth feel. Good drinakbility. If it wasn’t for the serious residue in the beer, this would be a 4.5+.

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Photo of maxpower
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber pours a hazy glowing orange color with a thick creamy off-white head that leaves a nice lace in my glass. Nice hoppy aroma of grapefruit and pine, resinous sticky pine and grapefruit flavors , full bodied with a soft and creamy mouthfeel, not syrupy like most double IPAs, finishes with a lingering bitterness, alcohol very well hidden for almost 10%.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.16/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" light beige head over the clear coppery amber brew. Head fades but still with us, and lacing is pretty heavy and sticky. Aroma is lightly of piney hops, but slacking here. Taste is sweet maltiness, which switches to hops bitterness, but without the artistry of hops, just brute bitterness. Not even really all that bitter for a DIPA. Mouthfeel is okay, and drinkability is a bit better, but this one let me down. Your milage may vary.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I dont know what it is about tonight but as I sit sipping on this beer I finally feel like I am ready to start reviewing. So here goes nothing I guess...

serving type: 22oz bottle, purchased at City-Wide Liquors in Mishawaka, IN. $5.89

appearance: Very cloudy, off amber in color. Tons of sediment present. Hardly any head present.

smell: Not as hoppy as I suspected it would be. Slight citrus smell. Nothing too impressive here.

taste: Fairly bitter. Not as overpowering as others of the style. Somewhat dissapointing. Taste is a bit smoother as it warms.

mouthfeel: Somewhat thin for a double IPA

drinkability: Shopkeep advised that I split this with someone and I now understand what he was getting at. The alcohol is not overpowering but this is somewhat of a tough drink. I don't think I will be purchasing this again.

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Photo of bashiba
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poures a cloudy amber color with lots of hop resin drifting about, tons of carbonation running through it, but very little head, however what is there has great retention and good lacing.

Smell is dominated by fresh green hop odor, very floral and citrusy. Great!

Taste is a big blast of grassy and citrusy hops with a touch of toasted malts. But this one is basically all about the hops, very junipery and grapefruity and very bitter. A hopheads delight.

Mouthfeel is crisp and dry with a touch of carbonation.

Drinkablility if very good on this one if in need of a hop fix, this fits the bill.

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Photo of longarm
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy and apricot colored, one would expect that this beer would have poor head retention since it has a high content of alcohol, but the head holds-up surprisingly well. Loads of tiny bubbles demonstrate good carbonation. Chunks of something (hops, perhaps yeast) float in the brew (not disturbingly).

Very little aroma. Some citrus hops, but I'm expecting more given the name. Still, I'm enticed because there's something subtle that's egging me to start drinking.

Flavor is incredibly well balanced. Some sweet malt, but it's all hops and nothing but hops. If you love the hop flavor, this is a fine beer.

A little out of balance, but it finishes extremely well.

This is easily one of the best IPA's I've had. If you want a ramped-up hop flavor that mixes well and is easily quaffed then try it. Careful since the alcohol content is high.

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

From cask at The Blind Pig Co., Champaign, Illinois.

I guess hops are the grand equalizer. With my expectations about as low as can be--this brewery has often dissapointed me--I was amazed to find a richness and purity here rarely seen in such potent IPAs. The hops aren't dramatic because they aren't fruity, but this greener profile works just as well as that of the famous West coast hop bombs.

The flavors aren't muted, but they also aren't pronounced. The silkiness of the cask is an awesome backdrop for the edgy notes of green mango and bitter orange. It smells much the same, but a little smokier.

For its alcohol--considering that it's not incredibly malty--this beer has surprising balance and consistency. The final bits of the pint taste like vodka, but really good vodka.

Unfortunately, I can't get that damn Nelly song out of my head now.

Relax, relax.

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Photo of cokes
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Matte and opague mustard-hued peach crowned with a tight beige froth.
Nose, initially, is flagrant with rust, bitter orange rind, and pine tar. But as it settles, malt vapors of grilled peaches and brown sugar grab a foothold.
Begins with a toasted caramel maltiness that quickly migrates to assorted fruit preserves. Apricot, blood orange, kiwi, papaya, fleshy mango, and plantain, all caramelized, mashed, and slightly burned. The middle is distinct in that it suggests some sort of (non-existent to my knowledge) wood-aging, as whispers of dried coconut, oak tannins, and cedar add hallucinatory depth.
The hops are large, but not mouth-rendingly so...at least right away. Full of pine pitch, grapefruit, and citrus distillate. The only ding here is that it never gains the earthy, resinous dankness that it seems to crave, and thus alot of the bitterness seems freefloating and arbitrary. The closure is modest, but several seconds after the sip, the mouth echoes with rusted tin, green stems, and burning pinecones. Its afterimage is far more bitter than the beer ever was. The carnage is far more than the storm would indicate. But as it warms, some gerneralized congruency is acheived, as the overall in-sip bitterness grows and grows throughout the bottle.
The mouthfeel give it a decided cask-like feel with its low carbonation and particle-rich, with slightly thinned sense of girth.
As close as any 10% brew comes to a true drinker. This can be toppled with a quickness for the unwary or the gluttons or the thirsty.
Despite a nitpicky complaint or two, this is a solid DIPA, and the more I drink of it, the more I enjoy it.

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Photo of bnuttz
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a ruby orange color. Very miniscule white head. Quite undercarbonated. Smells of pine and grapefruit, slightly sweet malt. Not too much aroma though. Taste is sugary sweet at first, brown sugar, definitely. Some bitterness is present, piney and orangish flavor. The hops are kind of subdued, not very bold for a double IPA. The mouthfeel on this one is shot due to lack of carbonation. All in all, kind of a subpar DIPA. I've tasted more reckoning IPAs.

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Photo of Sephiroth
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip, this beer is a somewhat hazy orange color. The smell is of piney, citrusy hops.

I am impressed by the taste. It seems to have that wet hop characteristic that I so love in their Heavy Handed IPA. I detect piney, resiney, citrus flavors. There is a considerable caramel malt backbone to this stuff. The mouthfeel is the lightest I have encountered in this style. I actually really enjoy the light body. The drinkability is high. As a registered hophead, I feel a binge coming on. I wish I could have had this fresh. I'm not sure when my bottle was brewed, but the early reviews go back to March, and the bottle says its a limited release brew. Get it before its gone.

2/12/06 Edit: Just bought a case of this year's edition, and it just reinforces what most already know. IIPAs are better fresh. The lacing is better, the bitterness is more intense, the hops are more piney, citrusy, and resiny. Love those wet hop IPA/IIPAs.

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Photo of mattcrill
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Label states that it's limited edition with 100 IBU's and 9.9% ABV.

Appearance: Cloudy iced tea like in color fading to yellow edges. Eggshell foam head that clings to the glass like glue. Small islands of carbonation settle as the head disappates.

Smell: Carmel malts, citrus hops, orange, and grapefruit. Smells refreshing and inviting.

Taste: Tea-like hop bitterness first, carmel malts definitely in the background. They do a nice job of balancing. The hops are like sucking on the skin of a grapefruit. Lip puckering goodness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, very oily, and resinous. Leaves a bittering finish on the palate.

Drinkability: I can't imagine drinking more than one of these as my palate would be destroyed. Not that I mind. A very refreshing summer beer. One to savor. A bevvy of bountiful hops and malts for the palate.

Strongly recommended.

Edit: After it warmed a bit it started tasting like a combination of Bigfoot and Celebration. A mouthfeel more like Bigfoot and a hop profile similar to fresh Celebration. Anyway, if you like the SN line-up and you like your hops, you should dig this beer.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review # 750
Pours a light caramel and yellow color with a very thin white head that still manages to impart some lace to the glass.
Aroma of mulitple layers of resins, almost a glue-like epoxy hit, on top of some simple sugar and caramel notes.
Flavor is a strong caramel and sugary base with a secondary citrus tone behind the full hop resins as advertised.
Mouthfeel is sweet with a spicy resinous note. Little bit too thin for the style but pleasant enough. Citrus sweetness really takes over as it warms a bit.
Drinkability is solid. A lighter version of a DIPA but a very pleasatn rendition of the style. Not too aggressive but enough hops to let you its a serious beer.

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Photo of Redrover
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz brown bomber. As usual with this brewery, you get a very cool and informative label.

The beer pours a hazy bronze with a decent off-white head.

Nice nose of citrus (Grapefruit) and fresh pine. I don’t pick-up any real trace of the malts in this one.

Taste is best described as bracing (in a good way). The beer has a wonderful hop bite, Lots of slightly sour grapefruit taste. The malts are pushed into the background. The beer is out of balance , but maybe by virtue of being a double IPA, it has to be?

Excelent oily mouthfeel that coats your tongue and the inside of your mouth. Great low carbonation. Drinkability is a slightly tougher call. The 9.9% makes this one not a session beer, but I would have no problem picking it up on occasion.

$5.99 a bomber at Sam’s Wine & Liquors in Downers Grove.

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Hop Centric Double India Pale Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
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