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

A- A very dark and deep amber. Head quickly turns into a film, that leaves fairly substantial amounts of lace.

S- Floral and pine hops. A nice aroma, but a little understated.

T- This tastes a lot like a barleywine. There's a ton of malt to it. Hop bitterness isn't compromised though, and it is true to it's name. After trying to find a date on the bottle, and seeing that the label has 2005 on it, I'm not sure whether I got the fresher batch from the summer, or some 6 year old bottle. Regardless, it doesn't disappoint.

A ton of pine and a ton of caramel has almost left a dirty taste from my experience in DIPAs, but Hop Juice does it just fine. The combination is quite seamless. It really strikes me as something that's either great with age, or fresh.

M- Medium body. Fair amount of carbonation, but it isn't all to aggressive. Quite dry in the finish and slightly sticky.

O- Drinkability is better and worse than average. There's nothing that will stop a hop-head here, and at the same time the alcohol will provide some heat if consumed fast enough.

I found this beer to be quite different than expected. I expected a powerful, clean DIPA from the name. What I got was more of a barleywine that wasn't so much a hop showcase, but rather a standard, although not disappointing, example of the style.

I'd recommend giving this one a try.

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Photo of mulder1010
3.15/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

had on tap at Goose Island and at Two Brothers while in US.

A-- Poured a dark, hazy orange grapefruit color. Half finger of bright white head. Went quickly to film. No visible carbonation, good rings of lacing while drinking.

S-- Orange, grapefruit and pine with a Carmel backbone. Very alcohol forward nose. Not very well hidden at all.

T-- Ethanol, fresh but soft grapefruit, orange and pine. Lots of alcohol in the taste and very little malt backbone.

M-- Dry and crisp. Slightly creamy. Hoppy pine and grapefruit in the mid palate. Lots of alcohol in the mouth. Pine and grapefruit finish.

O-- Could be reallly good except for the amount of booze in this. Finished dry and clean but to me the problem was the amount of alcohol in this. Not very well hidden. Was better at Two Brothers I thought on hand pump.

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

Another goodie from my Mid-West connect.
Cheers Bro!

Notes from 08/07/11
*Bomber to pint

A: 2 Brothers Hop Juice pours a hazy burnt copper orange color with a choppy 2 finger khaki tan head and some droopy lace.

S: A nice pine and spicy orange rind nose to it.

T: Tastes of tangy citrus and orange fruit hop flavors. Juicy. Pine resin. Caramel malt throughout but the sweet doesn't completely weigh this one down. Nice light pick up on the finish. Dry and peppery.

M: Light creamy texture with a tad sweet stickiness on the tongue.

D: I wrote down that "it's pretty good" which sums things up here. Some definite juicy hop character and profound caramel malts that are relatively harmonious. ABV's really well masked at 9.9%.

Definitely glad to have tried and much better than the local "Hop Juice" if you ask me! Yikes.

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Photo of Treebs
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap, served in a tulip.

A: Pours a dark amber, almost like a cherry wood, with a big frothy white head with some very sticky lace. Great rings follow me down the glass, looks great.

S: I'm picking up a very piney, resiny note that seems to fit right with my expectations. Also there is some very oaky/tree-like notes as well.

T: Same as the nose but much more pronounced and balanced. Big resiny notes with a big oak backbone. It's not overpowering though and balances nicely with the slight dry malt. Also a little bite of bitterness at the end that really brought it together.

M: Sticky and slightly syrupy with a medium carbonation. Coats the palate with a nice piney bitterness, but very smooth.

O: This was thicker and more oaky than I was expecting with my line of other DIPA's, but I enjoyed it. It was well balanced as well.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.31/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From cask at The Pony Bar in New York.

Pours an deep amber colour. Head is crackly and frothy, forming languidly from the hand-pump pour. Body is firm and fine, with no carbonation at all except the perturbation from the pump. Fine, however. Looks pretty good.

Nose is disappointing, I'll not deny it. Slow, soft marshmallowy malt character, with a hint of pine (the only mention of hops at all) and a touch of carbonic acidity. Very weak and very disappointing from and IPA, let alone a double.

Taste is similar. Although the cask conditioning makes it very smooth, this almost muffles the already underplayed and substandard hop characters. It's still clear and clean, with soft malts, a dried apricot sweetness and a tingle of bitterness, but not a huge amount. Feel is great, though, of course.

Eh, a very disappointing brew all up. I expected a lot more, I'm afraid.

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

22oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass.

Pours a nice orange with a creamy white head that leaves some spotty lacing. Crisp, pungent aromas of piney hops and some sweet caramel malt. Smells nice. Taste is also very pungent, lots of pine resin and grapefruit with a touch of pineapple. Caramel malt provides a solidly sweet backbone, and the finish has a nice lingering mild bitterness. Mouth-feel is slightly sticky, with a touch-over-medium body and good carbonation. Really an impressive DIPA, the high alcohol level is masked nicely.

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Photo of kawilliams81
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a 16 oz. snifter.

A- Copper/orange in color with a 2 finger white head. Lots of lacing on the glass.

S- Citrus aromas, with some pine/grass and alcohol.

T- Sweet caramel malts upfront with lots of citrus flavors in the middle. Finishes with a good amount grassy hop bitterness.

M- Medium bodied. Higher carbonation for the style. Carbonation and alcohol tingle your mouth and tongue.

O- I am a big fan of Hop Juice and this year's version did not disappoint. Always look forward to June when this releases (not to mention Hop Juice Fest!).

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Photo of Jammies
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- yellowish and orange with two inches of foam. Incredible retention and great lacing.

S- sweet and citrusy with a floral smell

T- not what I was expecting at all. Sweet with some grassy notes. Not as hoppy as I imaginied.

M- great body, thicker feel than most IPAs

O- very interesting taste, well balanced for a double.

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Photo of warbird07
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my favorite all around glass, the New Belgium globe...

This looks good as I pour, deeeep amber color, great carbonation and lacing...looks the part of a malty DIPA..

My nose is greeted a fruity,sweet caramel-like smell,minute pine...hops, but not as much as I expected for a 100ibu beer..the hoppy aroma is straddled by malty sweetness..before it hits my mouth I can tell what I am in for..

and boy is this beer sweet from the get-go, you are hit with some nice citrus hops, big malt, sort of rough around the edges, in the middle there is a emerging bitterness that follows to the finish..9.9% apv is hidden well...

mouthfeel is substantial for the style, a bit sticky, coats the tongue a bit..if you like malty DIPAs you will not hate this...pretty drinkable....I am not sure this is worth the 8.99 I paid for it, but good enough....

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: Out of the bottle, Hop juice pours a dark, murky orange amber color. A thick, creamy white head with multi-sized bubbles give this a regal appearance.

Smell: A good amount of citrus and pine hop aroma to go along with a medium malt sweetness. Caramelized grapefruit and sticky pine are the primary

Taste: This is fairly sweet up at the beginning, with a lot of caramel flavors. Fairly quickly the flavor turns to grapefruit and assorted citrus, with some pine and spruce toward the end. A lingering general bitterness extends from the end of the sip into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: The body is light to medium, with a soft residual hop residue. The sensation of hops cutting through the other flavors to create a strong hop bite simply was not there. Above average creamy carbonation.

Overall: This was a little disappointing. The intense malt sweetness could be confused for balance, but it really seemed overly simple and lacking in the hop department.

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Photo of
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Beautiful bright orange-gold with a large, frothy head that has good retention and lacing.

Smell - Deep and rich caramel and honey malt flavours layered with resinous hops. While there are hoppy pine and grapefruit aromas, they are well-integrated with the sweet malt. This is not nearly the hop assault I expected, but is still very hoppy.

Taste - Starts with honey and caramel leading in to a nice, intensely bitter middle, followed by resinous, piney finish.

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Photo of koopa
3.41/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by a generous patron at the Copper Mine Pub in North Arlington NJ thanks!

Appearance: Pours a "dirty goldfish orange" with a 1 finger white crown that displays minimum retention and lace.

Smell: Fusel alcohols and a mildy herbal hop note.

Taste: Same as nose with some added citrus hop notes.

Mouthfeel: Thin side of medium bodied with minimal carbonation.

Drinkability: Bleh.

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Photo of JackieTH
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gorgeous pour hazy honey-apricot with two fingers of chunky persistent tawny head that left rings and rings of lace.

Smells of hops resins and grapefruit astringency yet with a hint of bready malt.

Piney and citrus hop resins assault the palate, bitterness coats and persists. Where's that hint of malt hinted at in the nose? Not here. But no matter, this one is pleasantly bitter, just a bit fruity. Finishes bitter and acerbic, but certainly not jarring like some experimentally over-hopped brews.

Mouthfeel is creamy and coating.

Overall it's missing that luscious tropical fruitiness that I think the greatest of the great DIPA's have, but this is an observation, not a complaint. Excellent brew.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of AmericanGothic
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a Sam Adams pint.

A: Pours a clear amber color with one finger of pale yellow head. Good retention and lace.

S: Light citrus aromas with sweet, slightly earthy malt underneath.

T: Leads with the sweet malt, then turns quickly to mango. Ends with a bit of piney bitterness as well. Really good flavors.

M: Medium body, good creaminess and a bit of oil.

O: This is a really tasty beer, and I will be very happy to buy it again. Yum!

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Photo of Wadsey
3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hop Juice

Served in a New Belgium globe glass

A: Pours clear amber with rocky, Belgian-looking head that has very good retention. When it eventually subsides, a dollop of foam remains atop the beer, and great lacing is stuck to glass. Medium effervescence. 

S: Perfume-like and pungent hops abound, smelling mainly like tropical fruits. There is also some resin. Beneath the "hop juice" biscuity and caramel malts can be found. I will add that I expect this beer to be sweet. 

T:  Yes, malty sweetness starts things off. Next, caramel, vague tropical fruits, resin and heavy-handed alcohol pile on top of one another. Medium-high bitterness steps in and sets tone for long, bitter finish. Honestly, sweet, bitter and alcoholic are the main ingredients in this beer's taste. 

M: Medium-heavy body and medium-light carbonation. Smooth and warming. 

O: Taste is the Achilles' heel of Hop Juice, and rare is the beer that can overcome that fault. Everything else about this beer, however, redeems it. Still, I think Hop Juice is only a good DIPA. 

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

Pours a deep orange with a bit of white foam. decent lacing, not much retention.

The nose is a little light on the hops. Smell is good - some floral hops and sweet honey malts. Just subtle for a DIPA. A bit of booze as it warms.

Taste is good. Initially lots of bitter hops that fade into the floral/piney variety before a decent sweet honey malt backbone shows up. Finish is bitter.

Mouthfeel is a bit heavy and prickly, also somewhat sticky.

Solid DIPA, but there are better options.

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Photo of Yagman3000
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 22 ounce bomber into a large Duvel goblet.

Appears an orange apricot just short of hitting a brown tone. A half inch of foamy creamy head. Creamy foam laces the side of the glass.

Smells excellent. Screams of hops. Fruity and citrusy with definite grapefruit coming through. A touch of bready malt peaks out suggesting a possible balance. Excited to taste!!!

Taste is heavy duty! This is a double IPA if I ever tasted one. Gives a complete hop wallop with a sour bitterness. Nose is fruitlet than the taste but I enjoy the shear power offered here.

Mouthfeel is smooth and thick. It fills the mouth and leaves an interesting coat to the roof of the mouth.

Overall one ofcthe better double IPAs I've cone across in a bit. My only gripe and what held it back from a 4.5 is that I wished the taste backed up the nose. I'm seeking a super fruity hop wallop - this came close.

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Photo of beagle75
4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

A: Clear, medium amber color with one finger of diminishing parchment-tinted foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass and a few bubbles trickle to surface in a single stream.

S: Deep caramel and powerful hops combine to yield a classic DIPA nose. Grain is slightly husky while fruit ranges from mixed tropical fruit to grapefruit citrus peel. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins off-dry, with slightly roasty crystal malt that develops a toffee presence and candied mixed citrus hop aromatics with a slightly minty accent. Acidity is mild, and flavors sweeten toward the middle. Hop flavors also morph after the first act, turning first to ginger then to earth and savory herbs. The finish is moderately bitter with a short but intense peak, and some deep malt-based umami complements the late hop presence well. No alcohol is detected.

M: Medium viscosity, quite sticky and moderately acidic on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This remarkable DIPA walks a narrow path in which it marries refinement, cultivated by its handling of the malt, and attention-grabbing excess with some success. Hop-centric dynamics take the palate on a twisty ride that touch some far-ranging bases. It retains its appeal well for a beer of almost 10% abv, yet is comfortable in the role of slow and contemplative sipper. Two Brothers is flirting with greatness in the execution of its IPAs.

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Photo of jcurtis55
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was a newcomer to craft beer when I tried this and this is my first experience with heavy hops. Maybe I should have tried a regular IPA before jumping right to a double IPA. I wanted to check out what hops were all about.

From the first sniff, there’s no longer any doubt about what hops smell like. I really had to sip this one and take my time, but it grew on me as I drank it. I would suggest you have someone to share this with since it only comes in a 22oz bottle. Lot's of pine flavors.

It’s a nice clear orange-copper color. I didn’t get a lot of head, but got long-lasting lacing as the level dropped. The alcohol level was hidden well. I enjoyed the taste as the beer warmed a bit, or maybe my taste buds adjusted after a few swallows. I didn’t really get the bitterness I was expecting but that may be my inexperience with hoppy bear.

All in all, I enjoyed my first experience with a double IPA. This definitely qualifies as a hop bomb.

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Photo of robwestcott
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

cold from the tap at Fridays terre haute a semi translucent dark gold to copper to a standard pint glass that may have been chilled a bit (?) - but I'm not gonna sweat that today - with a full finger off white head leaving sticky lace to the rim.

aroma of subtle dank hops and a nice caramel malt in the wayback.

fairly big fruity hops forward and bitter to the back of the tongue. caramel malt balance quickly evident and plenty sweet.

medium bodied, bitter bite, big carbonation.

overall, nice almost balanced DIPA. very tasty with a hop bite that wasn't overwhelming the beer.

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

A: I got the bottom of the bottle so the pour ended up being a hazy dark orange color. Finger of white head with lots of texture. Thin film and good lacing.

S: Strong hop smell. Mostly citrus with some pine. Good amount of caramel malt in the background. For me, not terribly complex, but I really enjoyed the smell of this.

T: Hop Juice is a pretty well balanced beer in terms of hop bitterness and malt sweetness. More citrus and pine from the nose. Caramel malts rounds things out and along with the pine, leaves a very nice aftertaste.

M: Fairly full mouthfeel with a semi-dry finish.

O: This is dangerously drinkable. At no point in smell or taste was I aware of the 9.90% ABV. Hop Juice didn't blow me away, but it left enough of an impression that I would buy this again without hesitation.

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Photo of liamt07
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle brought back from Chicago thanks to my mother. 22oz bomber into my brand spanking new Spearhead tulip.

Poured a hazy copper, with a healthy two fingers of offwhite head. Great lace and retention. Nose is full of resiny hop goodness, some orange, grapefruit and pine are prominent. Some sweeter malts are there, but less so. Taste has a bit of the opposite effect, with the malt being more of a showcase, sugary with quite a bit of caramel in it. Good sweetness which is balanced by a substantial bitterness that comes through in the midmouth and lingers long into the finish. Still some orange and citrus, yet less pine than the nose suggested. A mild alcoholic bite, but not unwarranted at the ABV. Bitterness is right on for my tastes, and isn't by any means inhibiting. Full feel, medium carbonation and easy drinkability. Nice to try, and something I'd revisit.

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Photo of ssimpson89
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orange/tan, creamy head has bubbles of various sizes. Head dissipates slowly, leaving plenty on the glass The beer looks great, think and rich.

Really nice hop aroma. Smells like candied pineapple, with a sweet element. The smell heightens the anticipation.

Very flavorful, with a hint of sweetness and very bitter ending. Tastes great. Full bodied, velvety, can chew on it.

This is a very good DIPA. This may be my favorite Two Bros beer. Drinks easy for a big beer, but a bomber is enough for one sitting.

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Photo of bamadog
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I don't feel that I've given enough of Two Brothers offerings a chance. Review is from notes taken on 7/13/2011 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour is a deep golden, coppery color with a solid core of ruby; starts with the standard two finger, slightly off-white rocky head; body is mostly clear and only has a touch of haze; moderately strong carbonation bubbling up; thick webs of lacing left behind; head eventually fades to a thin, full and uneven cap.

Smell: Smell is solid, and of course, hop forward; hops smell fresh, raw and spicy with definite notes of pine, slight touch of skunk (not in the bad way); slight citrus (orange peel) in the back; really no malt backing to speak of in the nose...

Taste: Not as good as I had hoped based upon the nose; plenty of bitter, but the hop presence isn't as varied as I had hoped, and it's actually a little reminiscent of cabbage; fair presence of warming alcohol in there as well, and it tends to dominate the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Body is medium in weight, yet still has a very slight watery feel to it; ample carbonation keeps it lively enough; a very thick and sticky coating is left all over the mouth; belly is left a little warm from the alcohol.

Overall: Starts out great, but the taste, while still decent, isn't as good as many other DIPAs; glad to have tried it, but I doubt I'll be going back to it.

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

A: a hearty golden yellow in color, nearly orange, with a light, half-finger layer waiting on top...which, quickly disappears...

S:Smells like there's a sweeter side...present are some citrus-pine type hops with a bit of malty goodness mixed in there.

T: Much like what the nose receives, so does the palate.... It is a bit of a sweeter DIPA...yet ends nicely with its better side... Pine, Citrus, malty, biscuity treat here...

M: Somewhat typical for a DIPA I think.

O: Pretty good. AT $3 a pint, even better!

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Hop Centric Double India Pale Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
3.93 out of 5 based on 1,044 ratings.
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