Hop Centric Black | Two Brothers Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
twobrothersbrewing.com

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.90%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by WoodBrew on 06-19-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,011
Reviews:
21
Ratings:
100
pDev:
12.74%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
13
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3
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle pour for New Brew Thursday's 3rd Anniversary event held at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy off-white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with an herbal hop flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty and hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but has a better smell in my opinion.

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

I was at the Hop Juice Festival yesterday when the release of the Black version of the Hop Juice occured. A significant sized crowd was present prior to the opening in anticipation of the release. I am guessing at this time that this is a limited release, but it may be popular enough to make the rotation as the original HOP JUICE did. The appearance is quite nice....dark and opaque, cannot see through it. The nose is dominated by hop, pine, and some citrus. Not a lot of roast present in the aroma that I could pick up. There was a slight breeze that made smelling a bit difficult. The taste was very similar to the original HOP JUICE at the start, full bodied, pine and citrus undertones that mask the abv. As the beer clinges to the pallate a nice roastiness comes forth as hangs giving the beer a nice complexity. The mouthfeel is good, it would be tough to session a beer of this magnitude, but boy is it a good one!

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

2015 version aged 10 months in fresh cabernet sauvignon barrels. 10.2% abv and 106 IBU. Look is black with a light tan head and lingering lacing. Smell is citrus, cocoa, pine and vanilla notes. Taste is hop froward with vanilla, chocolate, pine resin and citrus fruit flavors. Feel is full in body with a creamy finish.

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Photo of imperialking
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Duff27
3.56/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Inch tall ligh mocha head in a black body. Good head retention and lacing.

Sweet cocoa.

Tastes like a dipa :p Hardly much roastiness at all. Some cocoa.

Medium thin mouthfeel, good carbonation.

Average ABA. No flaws just no wow flavors. Thanks egrace84/kawilliams81.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of scruffwhor
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my buddy Nate for picking this bottle up for me at the festival.

Color is black with a brown head. You would not know this was a DIPA until you taste it.
The aroma is toasted bitter grain. Charred malt aromas with spicy citrus and pine notes as well. Very inviting, bitter smelling aroma.

Full on roastedto burnt malt mix. Blend that with a strong earthy, spicy, and citric hops bitterness really balances everything out. This is a unique and enjoyable DIPA. The zest but smooth palate made this 22 ounce bomber a great sipper worth savoring.

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of CHickman
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Rattle-N-Hum in NYC on 9/30/2011: pours pitch black with a small creamy tan head that left very good lacing as it went down.

Aroma was sweet and hoppy with floral hops, piney hops, sweet malt, caramel, citrus hops, light grains and light grapefruit; smells real sweet and juicy, on par for an IPA or black ale.

Tastes like it smells with floral hops, piney hops, sweet malt, caramel, citrus hops, light grains or biscuit, grapefruit, orange peel, a hint of toffee and light spices; this was smooth and balanced, with a medium body, creamy mouthfeel and enough citrus and piney hop flavor to hide the ABV.

Too bad I had several beers before this that night, as I would have liked to given it a better and more thorough review, but I did really enjoy it and thought that it was highly drinkable and very enjoyable.

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4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of user785335
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Can_if_you_can
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of thewimperoo
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of vande
4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This has got to be one of the darkest IPAs I've ever seen. Pours crayola black, with a dirty, gritty, thin lacing along the circumference of my pint glass

S: Hops immediately with dark, roasted malts...this nose does not let the soon to be drinker understand near as much about what they're going to be experiencing...

T: Woah... Was kind of expecting Hop Juice with "black flavoring" and was pleasantly surprised. Definite hops..but there's a quick blend of dark, rich chocolate and roastiness that causes the hops to not be so upfront.. along with a little splash of vanilla intertwined.. Kinda unique. I like.

M: This one feels viscous as you drink. Sounds weird, but it has a nice texture to it.

O: Pretty good. Funny, there were rumors that it would show up eventually on the retail market...which were apparently NOT true.. I'm glad I swung by and picked up a few bottles. Think I have 2 left. Yum!

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Hop Centric Black from Two Brothers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 100 ratings
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