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 jaasen64
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle thanks to EdwardFortyHands! Poured into CCB snifter.

A- Pours a translucent golden brownish color with a thin layer of head that disappears fast and leaves almost no traces of a head. Leaves spotty lacing around the sides of the glass. Not too many carbonation bubbles, definitely below average carbonation.

S- Hops- slightly sweet, piney, and a little bit citrusy. A tiny bit of a bready yeasty smell. Not overly aromatic, but the smell is pleasant. Definitely not as sweet as some DIPAs.

T- Strong bite of hops, nice light fruity flavor- pineapple, oranges, mangoes, etc., a tiny bit bitter but not that noticeable. Not bursting with flavor or very citrusy like some DIPAs, but definitely enjoyable. A tiny bit bitter finish with a light sweet fruity aftertaste. Nice fruity taste, but could have been a little bit more pronounced.

M- Medium bodied, goes down very smooth, abv hard detect, kind of drinks like juice with it's smoothness + hidden abv + fairly low carbonation. In my opinion this is my favorite part of this beer.

O- Not a bad DIPA offering, I liked how it went down especially for it's abv and the fruity flavors. The only reason why it's a little bit lacking as a world class DIPA is due to its lack of strength in both taste and aroma. Hop Juice Fest was at the beginning of this month so this should still be fairly fresh (still seems like it has most of it's freshness). I would drink this again given the chance, however I wouldn't go out of my way to acquire some.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Two Brothers Roundhouse - Aurora, IL

Pours a deep amber-copper color into a snifter glass. Tall beige head holds great retention and leaves sticky lacing all over the glass. Aromas are a bit muted when served, but do blossom as the ale warms. Toasted grain, caramel, citric grapefruit are all present, along with some booze as it warms. Tastes are complex and excellently balanced with notes of fresh hops up-front bursting with citrus and pine. Grapefruit, caramel, and faint toasted grain are notable as well. Pungent and bitter, yet well balanced with a nice sweetness. Medium bodied and pleasantly carbonated. Alcohol is well concealed but as it warms the booze does become more apparent. Overall, each time I have this one I seem to enjoy it more and more. Excellent representation of the style.

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Photo of Etan
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark orange with a soft off-white head. Nice lacing.

S: Big bitterish rind and juicy citrus - orange, mint, grapefruit. A bit of dank oniony goodness comes out as it warms.

T: Hits all the good parts: starts off with some nice rindish fruit - grapefruit pith, mango, orange - then into a bit of raw pine and grass, black pepper and onion, and finally the bitterness comes up in a nice wave. Sweet fruit, honey, and a good grainy, bready maltiness in the finish, with a nice breath of warm alcohol.

M: Small carbonation, creamy, sort of thick body.

O: This is quite balanced and tasty.

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Photo of TTAmod
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fresh 22 oz. bomber poured into pint glass.

A: Pours a slightly hazy medium-amber with a two finger off-white head. Retention is good. Bit of sediment is present.

S: Smell is heavy orange and grapefruit with caramel and pine undertones.

T: The heavy tropical fruits carry on with the taste. Starts off with heavy orange, grapefruit, pineapple, and cream. This is supported by a nice caramel malt base. Finishes with a bit of piney hops. Doesn't taste anywhere near 101 IBU.

M: Slightly heavier than medium. Oily on the palate.

O: This is a good DIPA. Unfortunately, it's a seasonal/limited beer. It's reminiscent of Hopslam, but not as assertive. I have a feeling that it's Resistance IPA, but stronger and not oak-aged. A good, reasonably priced bomber to have on hand during the summer months.

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Photo of t420o
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Two bros hop juice

A- pour produces a 1 finger slightly off white head that recedes rather quick leaving decent lacing. Body is a slightly hazy golden- orange color 4 

S- grapefruit, orange, pine, slightly tropical. Caramel malt 4

T- balanced very well with citrus fruits upfront, pine, and a bitterness that is perfectly balanced by caramel malt. 4

M- slightly thick for an ipa but good cabonation 3.5 
O- very drinkable, and drinks more like a ipa than a dipa. Wouldn't have guessed over 100 iBus either. Top notch beer.  4


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Photo of buschbeer
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

1 pint 6oz bottle
Served in a tulip glass

A - It pours an orange, amber, almost copper color. I got an inch of off white head.

S - The smell is malty and sweet. I get some hints of alcohol and pine.

T - The taste is sweet with an understated hop presence. I get a molasses and honey taste.

M - Nice and syrupy

O - I kind of hesitated to buy this thinking it was an old bottle. Turns out it was. I will have to try a fresh bottle this year. This old bottle reminded me of a barley wine, and it's still 9.9% so it wasn't a total waste.

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Photo of vic21234
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a snifter. I definitely forgot about this one in the back of my fridge. I love it fresh, hopefully 6 months hasn't hurt it too bad.

A- Pours a cloudy orange with a finger's worth of head that sticks around for awhile.

S- Smells sweet, with some citrus aromas. Hints of pine as well.

T- Nice malty beginning leads way toward a blast of hops. Hop bitterness differs some from the smell, as I get more piney resin than anything.

M- Medium bodied, nicely carbonated. Heavily bitter, but an easy drinker.

When it's available in the summer, Hop Juice is one of my go-to bombers. It's fairly priced, and widely available in my area. A good one to try for hopheads.

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Photo of isaiahcutright
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden amber with good head, about one and a half fingers. Smells of intense hop aroma but there is also a nice malt aroma very interesting, I was looking for some cirtus aroma not there. I'm a little confused I'm getting a lot of malt, but some hops are prevalent could be an old bottle not too sure, not very familiar with this brewery, no bottle date. Besides that it still has a nice mouthfeel and I like the overall flavor, would try this one again.

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Photo of rmcnealy
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served chilled in a traditional pint glass.

Poured a light amber gold that was rather translucent, very slight, slight sediment. Poured an energetic small bright white head that fleeted to a miniscule layer and a consistent lace ring around the glass. Smells are of slight hop, roast, caramel and little malt. The tastes are not extremely robust. The hoppiness is there, but we need more hops! (in a Christopher Walken voice) Very potent tastes of caramel and roast. Leaves a slight bitterness which is appreciated. Overall a decent beer. The almost 10% abv is not too obvious. Two Brothers is one of my favorite Chicagoland brews and they create some wonders with hops. I'd suggest trying Heavy Hand which is a great regular production IPA.


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Photo of PerHops
3.29/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Very beautiful golden orange. Looks like a fantastic IPA

S- Not a whole lot of hops evident here. I smell a lot of caramel and alcohol

T- Follows the nose. A little disappointing, but not shocking considering the nearly 10 percent ABV. I would say it is a pretty average tasting double IPA

M- Nice carbonation and a good malty well rounded mouthfeel

O- I would like to try this again when it is a little fresher in hopes that the hops would be more evident. For me, the jury is still out on this one

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Photo of match1112
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poures out a slightly cloudy orange color. half inch of off white head sits atop, leaves little to no lacing. smell and taste go together fairly well. big on citrus and tropical fruit, very sweet smelling and a little too sweet tasting. has a full mouthfeel with good carbonation. not as bitter as the 100 ibu's would suggest, but this did get lost in my cellar for the past couple of months. my major problem with this beer is that it is way too sweet, it was like drinking a glass of sugar water with citrus added.

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

Had a fresh bottle and thought that I had uploaded my review...oh well...

Poured from a 22oz bomber; split into two tulips.

A: Pours honey-colored with an off-white head.

S: Sweet citrus hops are jumping out of the glass when its still sitting on the table. Pineapple, guava, honeydew. There is a bit of sweetness perceptible in the aroma.

T: Again with the tropical fruit hops. This sure doesn't taste like the 100 IBUs it claims. The hops are there, but its more aromatic late-additions than bittering bombs. Maltiness is brown sugar and honey, nice balance. It finishes spicy and rich.

D: There is the slightest bit of heat, but it isn't overwhelming. Complexity makes this fun to drink and its gone far too soon.

Overall: This is a great No-coast DIPA full of tropical and fruity notes, its a DIPA in the vein of Apocalypse Cow or Lagunitas Sucks. Tasty, rich, refreshing and strong...what more could you want?

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.45/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased from Friar Tuck's in Savoy, IL.
No best by or bottled on date.
Poured into a standard US pint glass.

From the bottle, this pours a 1cm head of off-white foam, smallish bubbles. Head fades gradually to a thin ring around the glass, leaving some modest lacing that is refreshed with each sip. Body is a hazy copper-gold color with orange highlights.

Aroma is fairly balanced, though leaning towards malt. Caramel malt sweetness mixed with some grapefruit rind bitterness. Somewhat vague pine and herbal scents.

Taste is heavily tilted towards maltiness, somewhat surprisingly, given the name. Rather a heavy, mildly dark sweetness in the front of the palate with a bit of citrus hop zing. Back of the tongue picks up grapefruit rind, lemon zest, some pine. Ethanol noticeable. Aftertaste of sweetness tempered by bitterness and ethanol.

Medium to medium-heavy bodied with carbonation just strong enough to make this pleasantly palatable. Finishes dry, with slight burn and warmth from the alcohol.

With a name like hop juice, this was overly malty and laid waste to my expectations. I will attempt to find a bottle that is very fresh next year and compare it to this ~4 month old bottle. Still, an acceptable DIPA, just not one that I'm particularly excited about.

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Photo of nitro0292
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour into a snifter produced a cloudy bronze color with a full inch of white head consisting tight bubbles. Left lovely strings of lace. Excellent retention, almost Belgian-like, particularly on the refills.

Smell is citrus and piney hops, with sweet malt thrown in. Hops dominate but not by much.

Was more hop forward when cold, which is to be expected. As it warmed the malts showed up to balance and eventually overwhelm the hops, especially in the mid palate and on the finish. Would prefer finish a little dryer. Less residual sugars will show off the hops.

Mouthfeel is appropriate for strength.

Overall this is a nice balanced DIPA. Needs another 20 IBUs.

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Photo of 3nlightenedfool
5/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Let me start this review off on the wrong foot. I drank this straight out of the bomber it came it.

Appearance: Who cares.

Smell: It smells strongly of piney hops.

Taste: Now, to the part worth reviewing...Although it smells predominantly of piney hops, the taste is perfectly balanced with the rich malt flavor. This beer is smooth as silk. It goes down like water. As a lover of IPA's and rich malty ales, this is a grand slam beer. It is intensely hoppy but not really bitter due to the rich malty backbone that is just perfect for the hop flavor present here.

Mouthfeel: Rich and smooth. It coats the mouth and doesn't leave an unpleasant taste behind. It is still piney and sweet. Just top notch.

Overall: Need I say more. For a beer with 9.9% alcohol, it goes down soooo easy. It's for hop lovers, no doubt, but this one is so well balanced that I think it will make hop lovers out of many people who try it. The hops aren't overly complex and they are not very bitter compared to the explosion of flavor that they provide in this beer. In many IPA's the hops are just a bitter component, but in this beer they are almost purely herbal/earthy in the nose and mouth.

The sum it up briefly: This beer is full of flavor, easy to drink, and very strong. Every beer lover should try this beer. It is one of my top 5. Highly recommended!

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Photo of tobelerone
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a dark gold beer with a slowly settling off white head; very slightly cloudy.

Aroma is nicely hoppy; vague suggestion of caramel malt; booze underneath. Subtle citrus and pine.

Really delicious. Maltier and sweeter than I often prefer a DIPA but the balance was just right here. Everything worked harmoniously; the caramel malt helped to soften the big booze hit, although it's definitely there. The piney/grapefruit hops pack substantial bitterness but are reigned in just enough to not overwhelm the end result.

This DIPA has lively carbonation, pleasantly sticky in the mouth, long, lingering bitter finish. Not too much though...remains a happy memory not an irritation to the palette like some hop bombs.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a orange-golden. Head is a one finger of foam. Pretty solid sheets of lacing.
S- The smell is pretty top notch. Hoppy with a citrus, herbal, and slightly floral aroma. There is a sweet malt presence to.
T- Initially it's hoppy. Very herbal. Wow yeah it's herbal and slightly floral. There is a sweetness to it. But there is also a booziness that pervades the finish. Not as good at hiding the alcohol as I wish it were.
M- Light and quite dry. ut
O- I had high hopes because it smelled great. There was ample hoppiness. But it just didn't strike me as a great IIPA. The booziness was too strong.

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Photo of iadler
2.95/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Twisted Spoke. Served in a pint glass.

A- Cloudy dark orange with no head and no retention. A few rising bubbles here and there but nothing special.

S- Very sweet with toffee and caramel malt and some citrus hop bitterness of pink grapefruit, orange some lemon zest and pine.

T- Sweetness is again very prominent in the taste followed by some grapefruit, orange, lemon zest faint tropical notes with perhaps some pineapple. Pine is present as well.

M- Low to medium carbonation and medium body. Oily mouthfeel that finishes dry, bitter and a bit warm from the fairly noticeable 9.9%.

O- Wasn't really impressed by this beer. Way too sweet for my liking in DIPA's and the boozy finish really hurt the drinkability. Maybe it was better fresh and out of a bottle.

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Photo of mryuk
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours an unfiltered orange with a finger of head.

smell is sweet orange and citrus that finishes with strong hops.

taste is fresh. starts out sweet and smooth with a very nice hop bitter finish.

mouth is medium thick with good carbonation.

overall very enjoyable. unique sweetness and flavors.

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Photo of antlerwrestler19
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours amber orange with a big bubbled two finger head that leaves peaks of froth as it dissipates - nice streaks of lacing as I slowly sip 'er down. The smell doesn't boast a whole lot of hop complexity I was hoping for but it is very sweet and clean. The taste is much more satisfying - fruity and sweet featuring mango, citrusy pineapple and a little bitter resin hops, also good amount of sweet malt backing up the hops. The mouthfeel is quite sticky and syrupy - the alcohol is pretty well hidden though. This beer was a quick grab at a store while in Brainerd, MN - snagged it up because of the name and label and, well, I love hops!!! Wasn't let down by this purchase at all it was delicious and pleased my palate for quite awhile as I sipped. Only knock would be the necessity for a little more hop complexity - but what was in it was just fine.


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Photo of BearsOnAcid
1.86/5  rDev -52.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Dense off-white head with a reddish-amber body. Plenty of head retention and sticky lacing.

Aroma is heavy on malt, caramel, and toffee. Reminds me of those old Sugar Daddy candies. Some dank, piney and citrusy hops in the background. Really hard to tell though.

More caramel and light toffee flavors. Intense alcohol and bitter astringency creates one of the worst finishes I've ever had on a beer. Between the fiercely present alcohol and sweet malt I can't even taste any hop flavor. Maybe some nutty, piney simcoe but I'm just grabbing at anything here. The flavor gets a little more dank and nutty as it warms. Hop Juice, this is not. Bordering on fail territory.

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Photo of Humulus85
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first brew from Two Brothers. Bought it on impulse yesterday; I liked the graphic of the wrench and hop cone. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter.

A: Nice, slightly off-white head at 1 1/2 fingers dissipated rather quickly but left a bit of lacing. Color is interesting. In room light it has a deep auburn color like good apple cider, but back lit some nice ruby tones come through.

S: Smell is fruity hops, there is malt (just not as much as expected), and a bit of alcohol.

T: Good, but not exceptional. Hop aggressive in the front, and a nice boozy malt finish; what you would expect from a good Double IPA, right? It just doesn't have that extra something. The hop profile isn't complex, and the malt flavors could be deeper.

M: Light and carbonated, could be a bit thicker, but very drinkable for the style

To me this was more of a good looking, high ABV IPA. Could have gone farther in terms of hop/malt complexity to be a true Double. Cheers!

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Photo of mwill7287
4.58/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz. bomber into 11oz. snifter.

Appearance: Hop Juice has a rich, resonant copper or almost amber color. The beer is fairly clear, with just a faint bit of haze in the body. About a finger's worth of a frothy off-white head sits atop the body after a fairly gentle pour. Lively carbonation runs up the side of the glass. Excellent head retention keeps almost perfectly throughout the whole beer, leaving behind a nice lace on the glass. A very pretty beer! 5/5

Smell: Super hoppy aroma with citrusy grapefruit tones and piney aromas shooting off the beer into my nostrils. Sweet malts attempt to balance the hop attack. The booze of the 9.9% ABV is present but mostly masked by the hops. Lovely. 4.5/5

Taste: Tropical right off the bat. Tons of grapefruit, orange, and other tropical fruits along with some sappy pine flood the taste buds. The bitterness in this beer is strong and delicious. A sweet caramel malt backbone is tucked in to take a bite off the hops attack. Nicely balanced. The bitter aftertaste sneaks up on you a little after the sip. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Quite dry, felt instantly upon sipping. Pretty remarkable. Fairly high in carbonation. Medium mouthfeel with a little bit of creamy texture. 5/5

Overall: This is a classic hop monster from Two Brothers. Bitter, citrusy, and dry. I did not have any trouble at all finishing this bomber, though I don't know if I could have too much more after. 4.5/5

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Photo of blackcompg
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into my 12oz beer glass, this came highly recommended by another BA...

Appearance - Poured a quick thick finger of light tan/prange head. Color of the ale is a hazy copper orange-red color, really a gorgeous beer! Fantastic lacing after i finished the glass, big sudsy soap lines.

Smell - Sweet piney grapefruit, some citrus and grassy hops.

Taste - Wow...starts out sweet pineapple up front with some bitter citrus, then ruby red grapefruit, all riding along a strong malt backbone. Then crisp carb tingles the sides and back of the tongue - then yellow grapefruit peel and slight pine assert themselves at the finish and remain long after. The alcohol (9.9% ABV) is extremely well hidden. This is definitely a sweeter DIPA, which is my preference. The hops are absolutely there, but are definitely kept in check with a noticeable malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Very smooth and almost creamy, medium mouthfeel, just enough carb to make this very drinkable. There is a citrusy/hoppy juiciness for sure, the name of this ale is spot on, and the dry and pine/citrus peel bitterness are long in the finish.

Overall - I Really Like this ale! This appears to be one of TB's artisan releases. If you come across this and you like a big, hoppy, juicy DIPA on the sweeter side, then this is a must!

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Photo of glid02
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from France 44 via mail order.

Pours a hazy copper color with a one-finger off-white head that leaves decent lacing.

Smells of muted pale malts with hints of heavier caramel malts along with earthy and deep citrus hops. Also present are mild amounts of herbal hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though not quite as crisp. Equal amounts of pale and caramel malts up front are joined quickly by soft citrus hops. Midway through herbal and heavier earthy hops come into play, carrying through to a moderately bitter ending. Mouthfeel is good, with solid carbonation.

Overall this beer just didn’t have enough hop character to make me want to visit it again, and the malts weren’t rich enough to make up for the hop shortcomings.

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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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