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
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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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Ratings: 1,054 |  Reviews: 480
Photo of TeddyBrew
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I've tried this one twice. The first time my reaction was, "Is this beer a delicious, but overwhelming work of art, or kind of just overwhelming?" The second time, my reaction was the same.

This beer is as advertised. It is truly "hop juice" and is "extreme" and for "hopheads only". So big props to these guys, they've created one of the strongest tasting beers I've had. Not super bitter "high" notes, but rather strong, deep hoppy and piney mid-notes. But it strikes me as syrupy, and hence a low drinkability rating.

I will buy this one again, when I want to show some friends a BIG hop DIPA, or I crave something like this. But the lack of balance in flavor makes me say this is not a beer I can drink very often.

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

A: Translucent and amber in color with a half-fingers worth of head.

S: Interesting smell, more-so than the taste actually. Maltier than expected with pine hops on top.

T: Fairly malty for an DIPA, back of the tongue bitterness. Not as hop-forward as expected with the 100+ posted IBUs. Kind of disappointed really.

M: Thick, heavy and smooth without being too syrupy.

D: Fairly high for a DIPA

not worth the money. at ~$10 a bottle, I'd invest in something different.

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Photo of wenkalman
3.08/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a standard pint glass.

Appearance - Golden amber color with a slightly off white head. Was able to get about 2 fingers width of head that had a good lasting time. When it settled, there was some sticky lacing.

Smell - Just a slight citrus note with mostly earthy pine.

Taste - A lot of maltiness in the taste. Just a slight hoppy back end. Not well balanced, compared to some of the better DIPA's I have had.

Mouthfeel - Thick like a lot of DIPA's. Little to no carbonation, which I missed because of the thickness.

Drinkability - DIPA's are never high on my list of drinkability, and this one is no different. It wasn't bad, but I wouldn't drink a lot of it.

I would only recommend this to friends of mine that are looking to try new IPA's. This wouldn't be on the top of my list.

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Photo of shadow1961
3.82/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Two Brothers Hop Juice Double IPA pours a steady finger of foam over a clear deep amber brew. Carbonation is steady, the nose is floral and pine hop aromas. Flavor is hops forward, again with the West coast hops, with resinous notes of pine and grapefruit rind, malt adding biscuit and shredded wheat and a bit of sweetness in the background keeping it all in check. Mouthfeel is pretty round even with the strong hop presence. Alcohol by volume comes in at 9.9%, though it's only really felt as a warming sensation- just the same treat this one with respect. The hops do start to mellow out quite a bit as the brew warms though there is a long hop aftertaste. It might be interesting to cellar this one and see how the flavor evolves as the hops mellow down a bit. All in all, a pretty decent DIPA- hopheads will be satisfied.

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Photo of ckeegan04
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark caramel brown with hints of dark earthy orange. Big khaki colored head, about two finger thick. Quickly fades to a 1/2" cap and leave spiderwebs of lace behind on the glass.

S - Big caramel maltiness matced with a citrus fruitiness. Play together very well. As the beer warms the hops really take over with a big punch of west coast hop citrus aromas. Lost of grapefruit and a little lemon mixed in.

T - Very sweet with alot of caramel and sugar. Big balance of citrus hops but definitely more sweet than hoppy. Hints of pine come through as the beer warms.

M/D - Medium bodied and sticky sweet. Bitterness is strong but not overwhelming. Alcohol is very well masked but definitely comes through as 22oz is being enjoyed.

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Photo of Seanibus
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a tasty beer - a little out of balance, perhaps, with a bit too much alcohol burn and maybe a bit sweet.

Pours reddish with a slight fluffy head. Aroma is sweet and grapefuity. Flavor is grapefruity and slightly sweet. Plummy malt, a little alcohol burn. Deep slow developing bitterness. Mouthfeel is a little thin.

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Photo of brow1901
4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a tulip glass.

A- This beer looks outstanding. It pours a nice clear medium amber color that reminds me its autum. The head is a fluffy bright white the nests above the beer perfectly. It has some of the best lacing I've ever seen in a beer, makes me wonder if there is a touch of something besides like rye, wheat or oats in it. And the retention is to die for, every sip contains a pillow of the head that coats the mouth.

S- There really is not much to complain about in the smell, obviously the hops dominate. It would be nice to catch a wiff of something different, something that would seperate this beer from other Imp IPAs.

T- Again nothing to whine about, a good smack to the mouth with hops. Yet the beer is well balanced, a nice grain backbone smoothes the taste out to make it more drinkable.

M- Good carbonation with a somewhat slick mouth coating feel to it. However now overly syrup like, it washes down very nicely.

D- Highly drinkable, this bomber will be gone in minutes. Refreshing yet full bodied enough to be enjoyed in the cold of winter.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.65/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass. No bottled date. Many thank yous to BeerFMAndy for the trade on this one!

(A)- Pours a slightly hazy amber with red highlights. Produced a very respectable white head that is definitely staying around for awhile. Some good lacing present.

(S)- A very creamy smell that has citrus of lemon, pine, pineapple, and grapefruit with a honey/vanilla presence. It smells alot like mead, only mead that has tons upon tons of hop addition! Almost floral at the end.

(T)- A very full-bodied DIPA that has citrus of lime, lemon, grapefruit, and pineapple with a rather massive woody pine bitterness that is almost nutty. An ample to equally massive malt backbone that provides a really nice caramel, but more like neutral brown sugar sweetness. The northwest hops added gives it a rustic feel to the beer overall.

(M)- Great carbonation level combined with a great balance of massive dry hops and maltiness. This has a high abv, but the alcohol is well integrated, yet still present.

(D)- A very fun and well made DIPA that has a really great balance that actually increases its drinkability significantly. The only thing standing in its way is the high abv, that wont hit you immediately, but 3/4 of the way through the sizeable bottle. A superb beer that should be sought out for any hardcore IPA lover.

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

Straight pour into my 25 oz. snifter yields two full fingers of head and a nice spiderweb of lacing (not common in this glass).

Smell is a potent blend of floral hops and caramel malts, this one invades the senses from two feet away.

The hops are toned way down in the flavor, negating themselves to background status. Luckily, the malt profile holds its own and provides a nice caramel/biscuit flavor to counteract the remaining bitterness.

Mouthfeel medium to full bodied with nice soft carbonation.

This drinks very smoothly, but at nearly 10% ABV if I am drinking a DIPA I would prefer a little more hop flavor. This is till OK, but its not much better than your average brewpub's attempt at the style.

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Photo of GJ40
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 22oz bottle picked up for me in Chicago by OnTheRoad.

This beer starts well with a perfect copper color, an incredible clarity and a sturdy beige head. The aroma is all hops with lots pine and hints of peat and freshly cut grass. The flavor is quite intense with some strong hop oils, a mild bitterness and just enough supporting malts. The hop flavor, like the aroma, is dominated by pine but there's also some citrus and fruit as well (especially as it warms). The flavor is pretty intense but each aspect seems to have a role and they work well together. The 9.9% alcohol sneaks in way under the radar. The creamy consistency and low carbonation make the perfect vehicle to deliver the flavors. As the glass empties, a nice lacing remains.

This is an interesting beer that flows down easily yet refuses to be rushed. The complex flavors demand that you explore each sip. I thought it would be tough to live up to a name like Hop Juice but it certainly did.

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Photo of mtstatebeer
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber. Pours a clear reddish-orange color with two fingers worth of an off-white head, pretty good lacing. Aroma is caramel malts, alcohol, raisins, and a good amount of sweet citrus and piney hops. Flavor is pretty well balanced with caramel and pale malts, and a good amount of piney hops. Medium body with kind of a creamy mouthfeel, nice bitter finish. Pine hops stays on your tongue for a while. Pretty good beer, obviously slightly unbalanced towards the hop side but very enjoyable.

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Photo of u2carew
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber
A) Transparent. Active head with tight, sticky lacing. Copper in color.
S) Floral. Citrus notes. Peach. Apricot.
T) Big blast of caramel malts then moves to a citrus and fruity hop blend. Linger floral in the aftertaste.
M) Smooth. Creamy. Medium bodied. Light fizziness.
D) A great hop bomb. I would definitely drink another.

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Photo of brushtachio
4.54/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review reconstructed by very sparse yet glowing notes:

A - deep yet glowing burnished gold. Great billowing head that develops a complex systems of canyons within it as the bubbles begin to collapse upon each other reluctantly.

S - Standout. Truly exceptional. First word that comes to mind is fresh...

Freshly cut pine
Freshly squeezed grapefruit
A freshly picked earthy organic mint/basil
Sweet background - maybe honey

T- Excellent - not as good as the nose but close

M/D - also great...I'd have to check but I bet I haven't given many ten percenters this high of a drinkability rating... actually had no idea it was this high until I went to document this.

Conclusion - I really dig this beer and rate it right up there with my favorites in the style.

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Photo of OldSchoolGamer
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I have had this IPA a few times before, and this will probably be the last time until its next release. Here is my review:

A: Pours a real deep amber. Head is nice and creamy. Lacing is present.

S/T: I get a lot of hops on the nose with a pretty heafty malt backbone. The taste is very resiny with a very oily and slick feel. There is a lot of pine with a touch of citrus fruit. There are other fruits in there as well like apples and pears. Malt is very toasty and rich. Nice lingering bitterness.

M/D: I would call this a full-bodied IPA. Very slick and oily in the mouth. Bitter finish. Not as easy drinking as a lot of IPAs due to the heavier body and oilyness.

Easily the best Two Brothers beer I have had yet. Nice hoppy character with a rich and full body. Not the best of the best IPAs I have had, but an excellent choice when you want something a little different in the IPA category. Very good and worth checking out.

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Photo of GeezLynn
3.67/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark reddish copper with a medium white head, decent retention

S: Strong, but lighter hop scent, with sweet medium malt. Combination gives sort of a raw brown sugar smell. Piney and spicy characteristics become more apparent as beer warms.

T: Heavy pine and burnt caramel . Plenty of bitterness and a spicy finish. Definitely more roasted flavors than a typical example of this style, which takes away from the finer hop qualities. A little harsh early on but flavors blend better as the beer approaches room temperature.

M: Creamy mouthfeel with a very noticeable alcohol burn.

Overall, a good beer, and I had to raise some of the ratings as it warmed. Still, there are much better IIPA's out there.

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

22oz bomber into nonic.

Hazy burnt orange hue with a one finger khaki head that slowly settles to a broken thin cap, leaving behind a solid wall of lacing.

Sharp citrus along with some spicy bitterness. A little bit of pineapple is in the background. Toasty malts in the background.

The hops are very similar to mint tea, a little bit of citrus, and maybe a little honey. The malts add a very crisp and clean toasted biscuit flavor. Full bodied.

I've never had a beer that tasted like mint tea before. It's rather enjoyable, a nice change from the citrus bomb. Recommended.

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Photo of jsh420
4.62/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours amber orange with a big 2+ finger head that coated the glass with lacing

smells like a west coast ipa - lots of pine & grapefruit but mostly pine (which i like)

taste is even better then the smell - big pine flavor then a great malt backbone and finishes with some bitter grapefruit citrus

mouthfeel is a medium body beer that is somewhat sick and smooth with just the right amount of carbonation

drinkability is very scary - with the taste this beer brings i wish they made this in 6packs

overall this beer ranks up with the best DIPA's i have had - Hopslam - Double Crooked - Pure Hoppiness

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Photo of ibbjamin
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paid $7.49 for a bomber from Discount Liquor in Milwaukee, WI. Poured into a snifter to review.

A nice, dense, white head of about an inch. Nice glowing DIPA orange color. Little retention. Great lacing.

On the well balanced side for certain. Not surprising as this is a Midwestern DIPA. Quite hoppy nonetheless with with a combination of resinous floral and citrus.

Taste is also well balanced and full of flavor. Caramel malts back up this hoppy ale. Citrus and floral hops dominate. Pretty well hidden high ABV.

Nice mouthfeel here. Very thick with damn near a full body. Medium to long finish. Mild creaminess. Proper drinkability.

A good offering. The best I've had from the brewery so far. Still, it falls into the average category for it's style in my opinion.

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Photo of JayQue
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good solid DIPA. Pours a clear orange/amber color. White head is nothing special. Head retention less than average, some light lacing.

Smell is a good robust IPA smell. I got fresh, piney hops as the main aroma.

Tastes good as well. Fresh piney hops, a little rye flavor some sweet malts for balance somewhere in the middle.

Mouthfeel is oily, a bit rough and rich. Good for someone that doesn't like to have the edge go off their IPA.

Drinkability is good considering the octane. My first beer from this brewer, very nice!!

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Photo of atremains
4.6/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden color with a 1.5 finger head that receeds quickly to a ring. Very little lacing throughout. The smell is sweet with a sharp citrusy hop tone. Taste is citrus hops with some Grapefruity notes and a grainy finish. Mouthfeel is what I've been looking for lately. Creamy and longlasting with just the right amount of carbonation and bitterness. At almost 10% it's dangerous how drinkable this one is but I would session it with caution because of it deliciousity.

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Photo of mikey711
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Received a bottle via trade from Beersis81.

A: A glowing reddish orange, nice white head with good lacing.

S: Grapefruit citrus hoppiness dominated. I would have like a bit more of the sweetness to come through. Also not the most powerfully smelling DIPA I have had.

T: Nicely balanced with the bitter grapefruit coming up front and the malt sweetness smoothing out in the end.

M: The mouthfeel is slightly harsh and acidic, but there is some creaminess, although a little more would have been nice.

D: Nice and easy to drink as I shared it with a friend who finished his in about 5 minutes.

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Photo of botham
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

on tap at the Local Option in Chicago. pours a deep maber color with one and a half fingers of tight light brown head that has great rentetion and leaves pillowy lacings.

aroma is a thick and malty hop mixture of piney and spicy hops, along with a lightly bready base. very rich in the nose.

taste is malty up front with a hoppy finish of spiced and piney notes that takes over the palate. any malt character of lost in the finish. very fresh and full of hop qualities.

mouthfeel is full bodied and chewy with a fresh hop bouquet and a dry finish of piney hops. very fresh and full of hop character without getting overly bitter.

drinkability is good. very hoppy and not too bitter with a fresh and pleasant aura. one round might be enough, but for a double IPA this is a great example. cheers!

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

Pours a bit viscous and dark amber in color with a bit of a reddish hue when held to the light. The head is slow to build but then takes shape and a good inch of foam is produced by a beer that looks pretty low in carbonation.

The smell is at first sweet caramel and lots and lots of malt along with a lot of tropical fruit like mango and pineapple. The blast of hop aroma isn't quite at the level I was expecting but at the same time you need quite a bit of malt to get a beer to this alcohol percentage.

First sip and it certainly meets the piney and resiny expectations. Its coating my teeth with a sticky goodness. Swishing this around in my mouth creatives an astringent sort of reaction that tickles my tongue and clears my sinuses. Ahh, the glory of hops and alcohol. Hop Juice has a boatload of malt and therefore this beer has quite a bit of sweet caramel and honey flavor along with that mango and pineapple fruit flavor. Very nice. Very, very nice.

I am quite enjoying this beer, its a nice sipper on a summer evening. Plenty of hoppiness to be refreshing and a nice high ABV to serve as a night cap!

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

This beer pours a nice deep, clear copper coloring with a two finger of tight bubbly head. Head receded was decent considering the ABV and left ample rings of lacing on the glass. Nose is of sweet malts at first before the hops take over - grapefruit and piney hops dominate with a hint of grassiness. Taste is begins with some caramel malt and then comes the piney hops, finishing with a nice bitter grapefruit hops. The taste between malt and hop is very separate and distinct, not really blended from one taste to the next. That being said, I really quite enjoyed the flavoring and the sort of smack you get from one flavor to the next. Medium body, medium carbonation, thick and sticky mouthfeel to it. I enjoyed this beer thoroughly.

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Photo of bwd110
2.86/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bomber poured in SA perfect pint.

A: Pours a near perfect double ipa. Bright golden sunshine with some cloudiness, a crisp white head with some stickiness.

S: Doesn't really do it for me... Quite a bit toned down for a dipa. Not a huge hope burst some sweet malt notes are detected.

T: Meh... Not the truly artistic blend of floral, citrus and piney hops I'm used to from the West Coast big guys. Had a few different fresh samplings of this to compare, and all the same for me. Bitter hops tend to dominate, but it isn't event that crazy for a dipa. In short, not the hop bomb I had hoped...

M: Thinnish, not sticky or really stand out in any way. Little low on the carbonation front.

D: Went down easy, but would move on pretty quickly.

This one is just middle of the road for me...

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Hop Centric Double India Pale Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 1,054 ratings