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 GRG1313
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Remove the name "Hop Juice," call it something else to change expectations and you may get "straight A's!"

Pours a dark copper with a nice white head. This is a double IPA but the nose is pure sweet chocolate! Actually smells like a melted chocolate bar and nothing else. (Bottle old??)

Mouthfeel is big, creamy and well balanced.

Flavors are big malt, carmel, toffee and sweet chocolate with the bitterness anticipated coming only in the finish.

Finish is bitter grapefruit/bitter espresso bean and with an "end finish," for lack of a better word, of grapefruit oil. Very appealing and drinkable. A big beer with huge flavors and character.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a GameWorks shaker pint glass.

Thanks to taiyed for sharing this bottle!

Funny, when I squeezed my hops with pliers, no such juice came out. Maybe I did it wrong... Anyway, this brew pours a clear amber topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises light pine, light fusels, and buttery toffee. Hmm, not quite the hop-bomb I expected to go off in my 'strils... The taste holds the same components, but ups the pine and butter antes, while relegating the fusel into the far background. Still, the hops are barely there, more demure than explosive. The body is a rather light medium, with a light carbonation and a dry-ish finish. Overall, this was pretty disappointing. Our first thought was that it was an old bottle, but many other reviews suggest otherwise. I was promised hops, hops, and more hops, but only received the first installment. The result may not live up to the advertising, but it's not really all that bad, either.

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Photo of Vdubb86
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Sam Adam's Perfect Pint Glass

Thanks to taiyed for providing this beer

This beer pours a deep orange-amber with a nice ecru froth. The smell is lightly of pine and mostly of malt with hints of orange. The name Hop Juice is starting to become a lie. I wonder how old that this particular bomber actually was. The tastes is malty with a touch of hop flavor and bitterness and a smidge of brown sugar. Overall this was disappointing due to the fact that what was expected wasn't delivered, on the brightside it didn't turn out to be that bad of a beer.

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Photo of cnally
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Just squeeze a hop into my mouth, per the illustration on the bottle. Looking forward to this, since I just brewed a massive hop brown ale, so hops are on my mind!

The appearance in the body is a glowing amber red, with a sticky fizzy head, more dusty than frothy. Well clarified.

Aroma is mild as hell, with mostly light toasted malt, a little citrusy, not much else. Where's the hops??

Again, where's the damn hops in the flavor? Yeah, there is a bitterness, piney yet stiff. And barely detectable compared to expectations. However, the maltiness is very nice, a big caramel bomb with a bitter finish. Slightly vanilla, a little almond.

Slick, sticky, low carbonation, the feel leaves a little to be desired.

Hides the 9.9% abv well. Very well. Which ups the drinkability factor. I believe it would be truer to its name if it focused more on aromatic hops. Low hop pallate = a little disappointing.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.38/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up on a trip to Chicago in August. Pours a bright orange color topped by an inch of creamy, off-white head. Aroma of pale and caramel malts, piny floral hops, a hint of grapefruit, and a good dose of astringency.
Palate is a bit noisy - balanced between the fairly assertive, floral hops and the sweet malt profile up front, but yielding a bit to the grapefruit notes in the hops on the swallow. Some notes of pine come through as well.
Body is full, a touch creamy, and not syrupy or sticky. I think some stickiness would lend itself to this beer, though, but the amount of hops just doesn't create it. For a beer that calls itself hop juice, it's actually not particularly bitter or hoppy. Maybe it's the variety, maybe this bottle hasn't held up well, but I'm a little disappointed.

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

22oz bottle, served in a Duvel tulip - thanks to a74gent for the trade!

A - pours with almost an inch of rich, creamy and frothy light tan colored foam - slight reddish hue. the beer is a bit hazy (chill?), amber in color.

S - rich and resinous citrus hops, bringing some grapefruit along with wet pine. strong and assertive malt layer, toffee and caramel..smells balanced and "east" like.

T - begins with bright citrus hops, oranges and grapefruit. immediately cut into by strong caramel, molasses, and lightly spiced malts. finishes with some wet pine, and a twinge of boozy alcohol.

M - rich, creamy full body with subtle but prickly carbonation. a bit chewy, finishes slick and oily. lingering citrus hops and bold caramel.

D - big and bold one here, bordering that line of east coast DIPA and barleywine. solid overall, and has enough bitterness to cure a hop craving, yet lacks a bit of true hop flavor. split this with a buddy.

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Photo of SuperNova777
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from 08/27/10

A:Pours a deep hazy orange/amber color with a small head that leaves minimal

S:The nose is hit with a dose of citrus, piney, and grapefruit hops. A little less subtle
than you would expect to have from a brew called Hop Juice

T:Has smoother malts up front followed by a punch of hops on the back burner with
a slight alcohol tingle at the end. Nice hop film on the palate leaving you wanting
more. Way better than the nose suggest.

M:A very nice body with good carbonation throughout the drink

D:A very enjoyable beer from Two Bros. Nice hop flavor with killer bitternessto boot, Easy to drink for the ABV and very tasty if you are a hop lover. Cheers to Two Bros. for this specialty brew

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Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 09/15/10 notes. Had at a small DC tasting, thanks Jonathan.

a - Pours an amber color with one inch of white head.

s - Smells of citrus hops, fruity malts, sugar,
and alcohol.

t - Tastes of fruity malts, sugar, caramel malts, citrus, alcohol.

m - Light to medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - I thought this beer was ok, but very sweet and not very hoppy. Not my favorite DIPA but not bad; I would give it another shot for sure.

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Photo of hopsbreath
2.34/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Reviewed blind as part of the Blind Beer #2: Bombers BIF.

Poured into a tulip, this one has a blood orange tinged amber body with a light beige finger of head sitting on top. Lacing is all over this thing. This looks great.

Smell is very sweet and sugary. Looks like some tropical hops are laced into this thing as well.

Taste is bitter grapefruit, malty sweet, fusel alcohol, and metallic. This is a big one and its definitely an East Coast interpretation.

Mouthfeel is heavy, sticky, and gummy. I'm not digging it.

Drinkability is kind of low. Its big, its easy side, and hard to drink.

This is exactly what I expect when I think of a mid-west or east coast interpretation of a big IPA. Personally I think beers like this could show a little restraint on the hops and get thrown into a barrel and called a barrel aged barleywine. That or scale back on the fermentables and let the hops shine thru to become the stars of the show. Either way, its not my favorite interpretation of the style.

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Photo of btorsdog
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Must say after reading some of the reviews I was kind of figuring this one to be just another average DIPA(if there is such a thing,Ilove em all!) To me this bad boy hangs in there with all the other big boys,very nice!
Poured a medium golden color with minimal head, very average looking.
Smelled more malty/carmely than hoppy not to bad.
Taste was pretty decent though,kind of like the smell,agree it could of used more hops here but does a nice job of blended smoothness,sweet-literly!
medium smooth balanced mouth as well,pleasant.
this dude goes down dangerously good, no alcohol burn and tastes great, 10%ABV I Like!

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Photo of cbak999
2.81/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - deep, dark orange; borderline brown. No head and no lacing.

S - caramel. I don't smell any hops, which appears strange on a 100+ IBU beer.

T - very malty at first, but then a hop aftertaste. The bitterness sticks with you after each sip...but definitely not hop forward. This beer has a very strange, not good aftertaste.

D - I wouldn't pick this as my go to beer but any means. It's nice for a 10%er and doesn't come off boozie at all. But there is something with the aftertaste...hmm...can't pin it. Either way, it's a beer I can't get. So it was nice to try.

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Photo of adamette
2.59/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review from notes taken while I enjoyed this beer on tap at The Bavarian Lodge in Lisle, IL with (among others) my two brothers-in-law Steven and Mat August 21st, 2010. Mat lives within minutes of this place and we enjoy visiting there when I am in town. Poured into standard pint glass.

A Amber colored translucent body with minimal head that leaves good lacing on the inside of the glass. 3.5

S I don't know why but I got the distinct smell of dishwater with distant hops. Repeated sniffs revealed the same thing. I was not very impressed with that. 2.0

T Intense hops as I thought that I would taste up front but unfortunately not much else is going on with this beer. I found the malt presence to be thin. 2.5

M Full, big tasting beer with the hops intensity. 3.0

D Fair drinkability because of the intense hops but lack of other interest for me. Also the drinkability is driven down by the high ABV. 3.0

Notes: I am a little disappointed in this one which was brewed near Lisle where I had it from tap (into the pint glass).

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Photo of billab914
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Russian River tulip. It poured a dark amber, almost copper color with a thin white spotty head floating on top of the beer. The head didn't last long but it left some nice lacing on the glass as I drank it.

The aroma has a juicy hop presence to it with a lot of citrus and fruity flavors with grapefruit and orange leading the way. Just as bold is the sweet, malty, caramel flavors that come through. Pretty nice mix of flavors in the nose, but I also typically enjoy sweet and hoppy beers.

The taste shows off the caramel and malty sweetness probably even more then the hops. The hops do come through with a juicy and citrusy flavor with a lot of orange and grapefruit and just a hint of pine. It finishes with a a moderate pine bitterness trying to compete with all the malt sweetness.

The mouthfeel is a little above medium bodied with carbonation being a little below average. Drinkability is good, it had a nice mix of flavors to it. The malt plays a much bigger role in it then I expected, but I enjoyed the sweetness it gave it. Is it worthy of the name hop juice? Maybe not compared to some other DIPA's, but personally I really liked the malty and hoppy mix it had.

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

On draft at The Pony Bar in NYC.

Hop Juice is a clear, light orange color. The head is white and rather small, but leaves a fair amount of lacing behind. The aroma is of candied fruits, hops, citrus and alcohol. The beer is quite sweet, with a bold and intense hop presence. The feel is sweet and sticky, with a lasting aftertaste of hops and subtle alcohol. Recommended.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.44/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Got this at Binny's Downtown on our recent baseball trip to Chicago.

From a bomber into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a 2 finger, medium looking, off-white head with good retention. A deep maroon red color, perfectly clear with zero carbonation evident. Looks pretty nice really; almost shiny in the glass. Head slowly fades to a good thick foam cap. A wisp and ring remain until the end and leave a few bits of lacing down the glass. Good looking for sure.

SMELL: A huge nose jumps right out of the bottle. Lots of citrus hops all over the place. Some sweet pale malts, pineapple, and heaps of citrus grapefruit. A slight floral touch comes through as well, but this is just chalk full of bold citrus notes and some sweet melon to offer a token attempt at balance. Wonderful, bold nose.

TASTE: Pale malts, sweet pineapple and melons first, then a blast of bitter grapefruit and citrus hops. Big bold aftertaste is full of citrus and bitter hops. A bit of alcohol underlines the whole thing, perhaps flavors of vodka notes in there too, but the flavors here blend really well and put on a show.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Only semi-creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly oily and mouth-coating. A small scratch at the back from the alcohol. Fine, but could be slightly creamier.

OVERALL: This was just great. I couldn't put it down. A good looking brew, with a lovely color, and lots of flavor and aromas all over the place. A big tasty hop bomb with a nose to die for. A thicker and creamier body might just help this one a bit, but we're getting nitpicky here. I'm really surprised this one doesn't get at least the customary A- on this site. Oh well. Give it a fair chance if you see it. Recommended.

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

22oz into a pint, not dated

A - Pours a very opaque, deep dark brown color. A small amount of amber highlights. Quick head formation, but just as quickly breaks down to a film. Little lacing.

S - Very strong hop nose. Orange, grapefruit, a little piney, orange like. Some nutty malt notes come through in the background.

T - Starts off very malty, sweet, but then seamlessly breaks into a orange hop sweetness. Very smooth, grapefruit. Balanced bitterness. Finishes with some more malty notes, caramel and toffee. Nothing overly piney or grassy about this DIPA. Very smooth.

M - Thick and creamy. Carbonation is light, probably a little below adding the right body to this beer. Finishes with a cling of sugar and hop resin.

D - Very deceivingly drinkable for a DIPA. ABV is well hidden. Flavors are so smooth and sweet that you wouldn't see it coming. Lightly filling.

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Photo of jampics2
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 22oz bottle from a generous trader who included this as an extra. Thanks and cheers!

Looks nice in the snifter I poured it into. Autumnal brown with red and orange highlights. The color reminds me of the forest floor in Ohio in late October. Small head and decent lace. Just not the ideal color for a DIPA for me, but still a respectable looking brew.

Smell is interesting. This is not a citrus bomb, but has some notes of orange and pineapple. There's a lot of sweet caramel from the malt here too, and the hops have more of an earthy, tea-leaf scent than anything else. Finally, I'm able to identify a nice cotton candy smell wafting from the glass. This is pleasant, but I like a bit more boldness, especially if the beer touts some sort of crazy number of IBU's on the label - I expected more hoppiness to shine through.

After being slightly underwhelmed by the nose, the taste is really quite nice. Bready, biscuity malt is the leading element. On top of that base, we have some hoppiness that manifests itself as lush, tropical notes reminiscent of freshly cut citrus and some rind and peel. There's a bitterness that appreciated, but it's just not the body-slam my taste buds were anticipating. Some minor lingering bitterness finishes things up with just a touch of perceived alcohol. Nicely done, especially for a DIPA that's not normally my favorite take on the style.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and carb is low enough to make this feel substantial. Not sticky or ruinous, and a sweet caramel aftertaste is joined by just a touch of bitterness. This is a nice beer, again, not my ideal as I gravitate towards West Coast influenced beers that really rock the hops in brash but really flavorful ways. To me, this was almost more of a barleywine as it was flavorful and full but driven more by the malt than the hops. That being said, this was really pleasant and well-done and I would drink again, probably with more appropriate expectations.

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Photo of AndrewNations
3.56/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Lots of nice hop aroma on the noise. I immediately notice how I dont taste the normal aggressiveness in this double ipa. The hops or abv does not have a huge bite which makes this nice and session-able for this style of beer.

The mouthfeel is also quite nice as its not a thick as most other DIPAs. Nice but not thin.

Overall, I like this. Its a nice change of pace for this style. Love the bottle artwork as well.

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Photo of bigjoebrews
4.62/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful flavors and aromas! My favorite!! Its jammed full of hop flavor and aroma, yet doesn't have that "twangy" flavor I get from many other double/triple IPAs. "twangy" flavor- can't describe it, kinda makes you pucker a little- It gives many IPAs a taste like it's enhanced or processed to the point the oils are harsh, hop juice is very smooth yet chock full of hop flavor and extreme IBUs...

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Photo of drabmuh
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer poured into a Duvel tulip. beer is amber and slightly hazy. Forms a thin head of off white bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate.

Aroma is sweet, slightly alcohol, lots of hops. Smells good.

Beer is medium bodied and has a nice hop bitterness to it. It leads off mildly sweet and the midpalate is little dry, it finishes a little dry too. Its almost creamy in the mouthfeel and the drinkability is really high, especially for a 10% beer. Wow, what a great beer!

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow-amber color with an off-white head. The aroma is resiny hops and is pretty straightforward. The flavor is a mix of piney and resiny hops with some orange citrus mixed in as well as a nice caramel malt backbone. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of metter98
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy amber in color and has a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of citrus and pine resin hops and sweetness from the caramel malts in the nose.
T: The taste is fairly similar to the smell and has a moderate amount of bitterness. There are also some notes of brown sugar and fruits in the flavors.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate.
D: The beer is very drinkable and goes down easily; the alcohol content is very well masked.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
2.98/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I havent been too satisfied with Two Brothers as of late. The girlfriend picked up this bottle and shared a glass with me.

A- Standard looking clear amber with a moderately sized white cap. Decent lacing builds.

S- I dont know how fresh this bottle is but it cant be more than a month or so old. Already I feel like it might be starting to fade. The nose is really malty. Lots of caramel with alcohol and a faint touch of pine and citrus.

T- Again, for something named Hop Juice I expected more hoppiness. This beer could be fading but if that is the case Im surprised at how fast it went. Caramel and biscuity malts are the dominant flavors. The finish has some nice bitterness from citrus hops but its not a hop bomb. Its getting close to an English barleywine.

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

Poured from a 650ml bomber into a tulip glass. No dating info but I believe this just came out a few months ago. It was a hazy reddish amber color with good carb streams. It had an average sized head that settled into a thick collar and and central foam cap. Good slow sliding lace with good amount sticking.

The aroma was good but under powered. Mix of pine and citrus balanced with caramel malt. Good but just not that strong. The taste was also good but lacking punch. The hop flavor was good with a bit of bitterness but it seemed weak and overpowered at the finish by the malt. Makes it very drinkable but miss the hops. Mouthfeel was full with good carbonation and slightly sweet aftertaste.

Overall, a good but not great DIPA for me. Tasted and smelled good but needed more hops to stand out in a crowded field. Wouldn't turn one down if offered but wouldn't go out of my way to get one either. Mild recommend. Not avail here in TX so shipped back from my Indy trip. Rotation - per above, one is probably good enough unless I find a really fresh one or am at a bar that has it on tap. Not bad just didn't excite. [N/O;O;TLH]

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Photo of jjanega08
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A= A strong pour reveils a nice burnt amber colored beer with a good looking finger of head on it that holds some average retention and lacing. Not a bad looking DIPA by any means.

S= Really quite piney but also there is a ton of caramel malt in it comparatively. It isn't a malt bomb at all but there is an unusual amount of caramel malt in it for a DIPA. I would call this a balanced DIPA if that makes sense.

T= Again there is a lot of really nice delicious piney hops but there is also a good amount of caramel malt in it. The mix sort of brings a clemenetine orange taste to it in a slight way. Interesting.

M= Tons of nice little bubbles and I would even say almost perfect. Maybe touch the bubbles back just a tiny bit.

D= An interesting brew but not nearly as hoppy as I'm looking for in a a DIPA. WOrth trying but not buying again.

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Hop Centric Double India Pale Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
3.93 out of 5 based on 1,043 ratings.
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