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.

Added by orbitalr0x on 03-12-2005

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Photo of djhowell
3.37/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. Has a dark amber body and a thin white head that dissipates quickly but leaves lots of lacing all the way down.
S: Lots of hops (grapefruit, some pine), caramel.
T: Kind of boozy; Sweet caramel, floral and citrus hops, bitter only in the finish. Sweeter than I thought it would be.
M: Medium in body and carbonation, finishes clean.
D: Goes down easy enough for such a high ABV beer but the hops aren't as prominent in the taste as they are in the scent, kind of a misleading beer.

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Photo of wedgie9
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted from 22oz bottle at Lush Roscoe. Pours a clear deep amber with a thin white head that leaves some lace on the side of the glass. Nose is "dank" hops with some nice caramel malt and a hint of sweetness. On the front of the palate the sweet malt comes through nicely, giving way to some resin notes and a bitter/citrus hops blast on the back of the palate. The body is medium plus with fairly light carbonation and a long bitter hops finish. The alcohol and flavors are all very well integrated.

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Photo of bheilman
4.55/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark rich amber color. Much darker than most IIPAs. Has a strong hop/fruit scent but not off-putting. Enough to capture interest but not enough to make you expect an overly bitter bite. The taste is great. I mostly taste orange, but it is a rich orange with a strong malt influence. It reminds my of Alpha King but richer sweeter and smoother. It has the caramel-like sweetness of Alpha King combined with some raisin and a nice citrus aftertaste. The flavor lingers in a good way, very refreshing. The beer is really easy going down and doesn't exhibit a strong alcohol flavor. I feel like I could drink this all night, but with the high ABV it's definitely a beer to be shared.

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Photo of cvaypai
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to chicagobeerriot for this. An extra no less. Thanks Tim.

Poured from bottle to new belgium globe.

Appearance - Pours an deep amber orange, more amber than orange. The red hue comes out nice when held to light. Totally translucent with a very thin white bubbly head that dissipates rather quick and leaves a spotty lacing down the glass.

Smell - Smells very earthy with grassy hops and earthy spicy hops. Maybe a hint of grapefruit and other citrus but the main smell is earthy hops. The sweetness comes through a lot, lots of caramel sweetness picked up in the nose.

Taste - Sweet caramel malts come right out in the front, followed by the spicy earthy hops picked up in the nose. The grassy hops also come through but I'm mostly getting a candy like sweetness. Alcohol can be found in the end.

Mouthfeel - This has a good mouthfeel, the weight is good on it, not too heavy or light, the bitterness bites just like I would like and the beer is rather smooth and creamy. The carbonation is not lacking, it's good despite the small head.

Drinkability - I could easily drink the bomber of this in a sitting. I could attempt another. It's 77 degrees and this is pairing well with the day.

My first from 2 brothers. Very solid midwest DIPA.

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Photo of beerhan
3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle.

Pours a very thick amber color with a thin head. Definetly not what I was expecting

I don't even know what this smells like, but it is not bad, just a little boozy.

This beer really tastes weird to me. Never have I had a DIPA confuse me like this. It feels great and goes down great and I could probably take a lot out but it is too smooth. It is almost as if it lacks in taste but makes up for it in being very drinkable and the alcohol is hidden.

Final thoughts; try this beer but be careful. Its not the most flavorful DIPA but its one of the most interesting I have had.

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

Acquired in a trade with wnoble.
Poured a dark cloudy amber with a smallish head that dissolved into a coating. Lacing was pretty intense and remained throughout. Nose was pineapple, grapefruit and some resin and sweet malts. Taste was surprisingly malt forward and some breadiness, although citrus and pine from the hops was there. Pretty well balanced beer but on the sweet side of the DIPA spectrum. Finish was nice and dry but not overly bitter. Mouthfeel was medium, creamy and somewhat oily. Carbonation was moderate. I did not tire of this and would drink as much as the 9.9% would allow. I was pleasantly surprised at this beer and would abosolutely try it again if it were available.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
2.61/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured into a snifter.

4.5 A: Clear orange amber color. Two fingers of thick creamy off-white head with good retention and lots of lacing.

3.5 S: Dank, pungent hops. Grapefruit, herbal, woody, and some pine. Simple, but very nice.

2.0 T: Unholy union of booze, too sweet caramel, and citrusy hops make an undesirable peachy flavor. I'm not a fan of DIPAs that go this route. Even worse, the bitterness is just about fully covered up my the other aspects. Higher bitterness would have made this more palatable.

3.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Needs to be a lot more creamier, especially for what it tastes like.

2.0 D: Not a big fan of this one. This type of DIPA definitely has a niche following, but unfortunately I'm not a part of it.

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Photo of HosP
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up a fresh bottle last week!

A: Caramel color with medium white head. A small amount of retention.

S: Sweeter smell. Floral, piney hop aroma. Hints of caramel malt to it.

T: Stronger pine hop taste with good amount of bitterness to it. More roasted caramel malt to it than I would expect. As the beer warms the flavors do seem to blend very well with the hops coming to the forefront.

M: Medium body. Small amount of carbonation. Creamy taste with good bitterness.

D: Overall a good solid DIPA. Didn't stand out to much compared to others, but still a very drinkable beer. This beer did get better the longer it sat. First two brothers beer I've had and it was a good one!

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

A: A nice medium amber. Crystal clean with a nice and thick off white head. Good lacing.

S: Huge hops with caramel. I am picking up mostly citrus, especially grapefruit. Some grassy notes, and a bit of floral. Very nice, I like the grapefruit punch with a sweet caramel back.

T: There is some good bitterness, but it is in the finish. The hops really linger in the finish, but up front there is not much of the hop flavor coming out. Bit of a booze flavor in the end.

M: Medium bodied, carbonation feels about right.

D: From the bottle: "Don't come crying to us if it's too much for you: this one's for hopheads only." I am certainly no hop head, but this beer leaves me wanting more. More hop flavor, better balance, and MORE HOP FLAVOR. I think the bitterness is alright, but definitely lacking the hops flavor up front. Possibly I am just drinking this late, since I cannot find a bottle date I don't know. But with a warning like that, you better bring your "A Game" and I don't think this beer holds up to it's talk.

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Photo of mwa423
3.38/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a perfectly clear amber with a finger and a half of nice solid white head.

S - Smells slightly unfermented, hoppy but doesn't knock you off your feet with the IBU's.

T - Very hoppy (obviously), with a floral and citrusy base. The malt tastes slightly like wort and could be hoppier.

M/D - Mouthfeel is decent but a bit watery. This is reasonably drinkable especially considering the abv and the absence of alcoholic burn is pleasant.

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Photo of Brez07
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured in to a DFH snifter. Thanks oach!

A: Crimson red hue with 1 finger cream colored head. Very nice lined lacing throughout the glass

S: Hop juice indeed. A sweet, pine mix with highlights of grapefruit, melon and earthy notes. Hint of spice as well

T: Pine has a much larger presence here, leaving a nice bitter taste that lingers on the tongue essentially until the next sip. Sweetness from the fruit balances this nicely

M: Medium, creamy with a good amount of tingle from the hops

D: Very good and balanced DIPA. Alcohol is hidden very well. I was surprised to see this at 100 IBU - the bitterness didn't seem to be out of control. Very glad to try

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

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into an oversized snifter. Pours a deep amber, with little head clinging to the rim.

Has a fresh, citrusy aroma, with a sweet floral smell followed by a light caramel malt.

Has a bitter hop taste to it, with resin, tobacco and slight evergreen notes. The bitterness lasts through the sip, evaporating off the tongue and leaving the tongue dry. Has a slight lemony aftertaste that is quite pleasant.

This is a medium-bodied beer that is quite drinkable. Watch out for your tongue, though, if you're not a fan of hop-filled brews! For those that are, like me, you'll find yourself wanting another.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a clean amber/ copper color with an off white head. In the aroma, a caramel malt and a mellow hop. In the taste, piney hops and backed nicely with a sweet, caramel maltiness. A hoppy bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry caramel and pine like hop in the aftertaste. Nice balance and hides the ABV, very nice.

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

On-tap at vintage wine and estates in OH.

A-Body is characteristic for a double IPA- nearly transparent rich jewely amber hue. Served with a thin off-white soapy collar that retains the entire way down the glass with no lacing.

S- Nose is bright and hoppy. Lots of pine comes through as well as some herbal tones and faint grapefruit. A sweet caramel malt backbone is of equal strength in the background.

T- Taste is very similar to the smell. The pine hop aspect comes through the most and is slightly prickly but the caramel malt offsets it. Very little bitterness lingers just a hint of refreshing pine and sweet caramel malt.

M-Wonderful-very smooth and oily with a medium weight body and medium carbonation.

D- Not the hoppiest of IPAs by a longshot-but this is a nice bright, hoppy, somewhat balanced IPA. Actually-it vaguely reminds me of Nugget Nectar. The balance is great and the mouthfeel is exceptional here. Clearly an undedrrated brew.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.36/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is everything I love about mid-Western IPA/DIPAs. Pours a beautiful deep copper cear deep hue with a thick full on three fngered head of light beige head with fine even speckled lacing evenly strung with each sip. Aromatics bring out deep pine/citrus tones that really bring out the malt profile and mild alcohl nose going on. The onslaught of grapefruit peels and srpuce tips coming from the hops is unrelenting in the best possible way. It doesn't hit with abrasive bitterness just a delightful hop opus that plays like a fuckin' symphony on the palate. Very balanced between earthy notes subtle alcohol and sweet caramel hop candy notes. I've tasted hop candy made with cascades and this is similar to that experience along with the pine and grapefruit additions. This is a great DIPA I can definitely drink this on the regular I'm glad it's available at my local store. Mouthfeel is medium bodied sticky with hop resins and some residual sugars this brew is excellent even easy going carbonation I'm in love with this stuff. Drinkability is great, a beer that I will track down very soon, maybe even bring to my next Pittsburgh tasting at Fathead's.

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Photo of ChadQuest
2.53/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I've had this beer a handfull of times in previous years, and thought it was pretty good, but never outstanding. I haven't taken a sip yet, so well see how either it or myself has changed. BTW i work 4 miles from Two Brothers, and frequent there quite often, it's my local.

Pours a dark amber color with a really big head. the head is good but the color doesn't do it for me. It is semi-clear otherwise.

nose is piney, not much citrus, and a slight tropical note. there is a malt sweetness coming through too.

Man this is way too balanced, and it is only 3 weeks old. actually alot of what is bugging me right now is the mouth feel is as creamy as it could possibly be, like steamed whipping cream creamy, with a low carbination. i need my ipas to be bitting and dry, with high carb preferably. but the caramel flavor from the malt comes through, and there is a Piney hop profile that has some resin qualities inside, with a light light citrus-esqe hint.

Dang, i was hoping they changed the recipe. let me say this, Hop Juice's smaller brother, Heavy Handed, is alot better beer then Hop Juice.

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

Got a text from jrallen34 that this was a good easy drinker so popped it open after playing some basketball.

A - Pours a dark amber color, much darker than I was expecting from a IIPA. The literal reaction was "Whoa, that is a dark IPA." 1/2 finger of head on an aggressive pour that dissipated to a small ring. Small chunks during the drink, but not much lacin.

S - Fruity, some grapefruit, but it doesn't get sour/citrus like a grapefruit does. Get a little bit of pineapple and mango sweetness that fades to a slight resiny and bitter smell although with not much pine. A little muted, I think this will get better as it warms up.

T - Definite malt presence, there is some nice sweet fruit, pineapple in particular, that adds a nice sweetness to it and is not overbearing. There is a nice resiny bitterness on the end that kills the sweetness right before it goes on too long and makes this an easy drinker in all aspects. The alcohol is so well hidden, fantastic.

M - Lighter side of medium bodied, moderate carbonation, a little syrupy.

D - So drinkable at 9.9, finished off the bomber easily and was looking for another, although I had a nice buzz going. Great beer I would like to have again.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.37/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle into my Rochefort glass... A supe dark dipa here, super dark copper, hints of orange. Not see through but clear fro something so dark. Off white head rises only about a finger and gone right away. Medium lacing. Its weird looking but I like it, a lot...Holy grapefruit, this is super citrus and sweet for a dipa, only a slight bit of hops on the back. I'm hoping the taste can mask this as well as the aroma...The taste is actually really nice, it still has the sweetness but does bring out the hops on the finish. Light pine. I'm not a huge piney dipa fan so to me this is a really nice slightly hoppy high alcohol dipa.

Worth seeking out for dipa fans, not hop heads though.

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

650ml bottle. I am told this one came out only 2 weeks ago. It was sold in a fridge too.

Pours a deep orange/reddish amber with a frothy white head. It is darker, that usually means it is gonna be maltier than a typical IPA.

The smell is rich and bursting with hops. There is a distinct pineapple, citrus, and some pine in the scent. It is backed by a nice sweetness, making it smell like, well, hop juice. There is a subtle breadiness as well.

The flavor is pretty good. There is definitely some tropical fruit in the hops, though not too much pineapple which can ruin it. It has a nice hop flavor that runs from the sweetness in the beginning with the big malt backbone to the resinous bitter hop finish. It isn't over the top hopped but it is certainly potent. It is a bit sweet for the style but smooth and drinkable nonetheless.

This doesn't quite live up to its name but it is a very solid DIPA that is wonderful when fresh.

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

Poured from bomber into standard pint glass.

a vigorous pour yields three fingers of thick creamy looking head that is a shade lighter than "light brown sugar." The frothy, sticky head is leaving huge colonies of lace as it ever-so-slowly creeps its way down to the brilliantly clear copper colored body. This and Domaine Dupage are probably the best looking beers from Two Brothers. (Red Eye is a close runner up!)

The beer has a nice prickly mouthfeel as it rumbles across your tongue. This oily feeling lingers after you swallow--- giving a place for a bitterness to hang out and loiter. Big piney and floral nose seems to be masking a huge malt bill. Digging deeper we find a sweet bready malt with hints of candied sugar-- must be from the malts? The flavor starts out sweet before turning citrusy, piney, and floral hops. That candied sugar is there towards the finish-- an definite sweetness hiding behind all these big flavors... The sweetness mingles with a lingering bitterness- like the last two wallflowers at a high school dance.

The lace is still there from the original pour and first sip. Huge staying power. The head has settled now to half a finger-- and I'm 2/3 of the way through the beer.

This is a good, solid, midwest DIPA. It isn't going to blow any SoCal Ba's minds... I wouldn't put this up against Pliny, but it has its place and its own target market. I could easily drink another bomber of this one-- if they weren't already all marked for trades! The nearly 10% abv isn't even a factor. The hops and overall sweetness hide it nicely- although I'd like to say that this reminds me of a cross between an American Barleywine and some sort of Belgian Ale (due to the sweetness that reminds me of brewers sugar in some Quads).

Overall comments-- probably not worth posting an ISO to get-- but definitely worth asking some one you know to send you one-- perhaps as an extra or part of an ongoing trade!

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Photo of Aguirre
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed this one. It was served in a goblet at the Fountainhead in Chicago. Nice tight head, and sticky lacing down the sides as I drank it.

Smell was outstanding, resinous, fruity, a little marijuana in there too. Taste couldn't live up the aroma but was full flavored and interesting. Really not extraordinarily bitter considering the name, you can certainly find hoppier DIPAs.

I couldn't believe it was 10% ABV...went down so easy and the booze was never very prominent in the taste.

This hasn't been my favorite brewery in Chicagoland, but I was really impressed with this beer and would definitely drink it again.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance -- Pours a deep amber with two fingers of creamy beige head.

Smell -- Pine resin, tropical fruits, caramel. Overall, sweet and a little musky.

Taste -- Tropical fruit sweetness and a little bit of grapefruit rind up front followed by a rush of bitter pine resin tempered with caramel malts. Finish is a bit dry with plenty of resin and a faint echo of tropical fruit.

Mouthfeel -- A little thin for the style, moderate prickly carbonation. Some boozy warmth as time goes on.

Drinkability -- This is a smooth, easy-drinking DIPA if there ever was. Not earth-shattering, but if this were a regular offering I'd see myself keeping this in my fridge often. Absolutely worth a shot.

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Photo of thetomG
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sipping on this out of the cask @ the Bluebird event...

Pours nice clear amber color with just another of bubbly foam. Aroma is slightly fruit and taste is similar but with just hint of bitterness and some boozy warmth to go along with the fruit mango, pineapple, and citrus.

Very smooth and easy to drink, especially considering the higher abv... this is definitely something I would drink again.

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

I've had this a few times from bottles but this is a review from a tap keg at the HopJuice Release Festival 2010 at the brewery. I recommend trying a 2010 bottle as I was also underwhelmed by the 2009 bottling. I sought out Hop Juice after being mighty impressed by a six pack of Heavy Handed I tried a few years earlier.

A: Wonderful green-golden brown color of heavily hopped DIPA. Poured with a half inch of fluffy head that will be difficult to reproduce from a bottle. Dissipated quickly in the humid sunny blacktop of the brewery parking lot.
S: Hops, hops, and hops. Piney, resinous, and citrus. The pineapple is only a suggestion here until ...
T: Now the pineapple stings the tongue and the other hop flavors pour in. There are hoppier DIPAs, but this flavor is complex and layered and the pineapple gives way to pine that fades to citrus. There is substantial malt that balances the astringent end, but the hops linger and remind you they are there for a while if you can resist taking the next sip.
M: Medium-bodied, mouth-filling, and substantial: the malt balances the hops and alcohol.
D: At 10%, I need to make more friends to share the bomber.

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Photo of kylehayworth
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Good amber color, with a pretty good head on it.

S: Smells of moderate pine.

T: I get a subtle hop presence, more sweet malts then anything.

M/D: It has a fairly smooth feel, the finish is pretty clean, not an oily mess or anything.

I was dissappointed with this one. A label like this should deliver some serious hop flavor, and it didn't. I'm sure I won't be the only one to say this was overpriced, and fell kind of flat.

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Hop Centric Double India Pale Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
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