Hop Centric Black | Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Hop Centric BlackHop Centric Black

Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.90%

Availability: Summer

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Added by WoodBrew on 06-19-2011

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Reviews: 21 | Ratings: 100
Photo of dlello2
3.39/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bomber purchased at the Hop Juice Fest and enjoyed later that day.

A - Like hop juice but black.

S - Hoppy and citrusy. Smells sweet.

T - Malts and bittersweet chocolate hit first. Tastes is smooth and clean. No alcohol bitterness. Middle of the tongue is mildly hoppy, ending with another hint of chocolate malts. The taste isn't huge, but definitely pleasant.

M - Good carbonation, smooth with a medium body.

O - A pretty average black ipa. I may have been spoiled recently with the likes of Wookey Jack... This is clearly steps below.

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Photo of CHickman
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
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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Photo of sixthglass
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a deep deep deep brown color with a fantastic head that fades into a one finger head. Wonderful lacing.

S- Malts, Hops, Citrus, Pine, Burnt/Char.

T- Malt, Citrus/pine hoppy flavor, with some burnt sugar.

M- Good mouthfeel, coats and sticks, leaving a good after taste.

O- Grreat brew, lucky to have tried it. Would buy bulk amounts if I could find it in my area. Two brothers Hop Juice taken to a fantastic new level ! Would highly recommend to anyone !

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Photo of Scrumtralecent
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a tear drop glass.

A - Well the name says it all...black. A nice off-white, almost mocha but not quite head. The head is pretty thick and leaves lacing as it disappears.

S - Rye, hops, and a hint of coffee almost though I'm pretty sure that's not in here. Those piney hops really come through as it warms.

T - A smooth rye taste rounded with some hops. A dark almost mocha feel to this beer. But at times has that hint of the citrus flavors from the Hop Juice creeping in. The hops along with that dark mocha feel linger giving this beer a lasting finish. Very enjoyable taste that accentuates the black flavors and leaves the hops of the Hop Juice to compliment those and make those flavors pop.

M - Medium bodied and borders on the heavy at times. Carbonation is good, and still quite drinkable.

O - Probably one of Two Brothers best offerings since Red Eye Porter (bring it back!). They really nailed the dark flavors in this beer and made it quite delicious overall. Hoping they have this again next year because I would get this again.

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Photo of vande
4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
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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Photo of kawilliams81
4.7/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a 16 oz snifter.

A- Pours pitch black, no light shows through at all. Nice tan head with good lacing on the glass.

S- Roasted malts, some vanilla, and pine hops.

T- Chocolate malt with, hint of coffee and vanilla. Nice blend of citrus and pine flavors from the hops.

M- Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Beer trickles down your throat after the finish.

O- Great beer! Combines the quality of a good stout with a magnificent blend of citrus and pine hop flavors. Abv is hidden well. The 2 bottles I have left will not tide me over until next Hop Juice Fest!

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Photo of weatherdog
3.91/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz snifter served on tap at Two Brothers Roundhouse

Pours pitch black with an off white head that sticks around for a whole. Sticky lacing covers a good amount of the glass.

The nose is assertive in its hoppiness but not pungent. Grassy hops dominate, with just a hint of orange. Not much roastiness at all

The roast comes out in the

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
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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Photo of ChugginOil
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Hop Juice Fest 2011 a couple hours before they sold out!!

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a tulip

This pours a dark burnt molasses color and settles pitch black, allowing barely any light to enter the edges. Two fingers worth of greyish tan head sits for a while. Spotty lacing clings the glass. The nose is clean and hoppy. Fresh floral and citrus hops blast my nostrils. Nice scent. The taste holds a pretty decent balance. The floral and citrus hops noticed in the nose are playing well at first and subside to a smooth, roasted malt taste contributing a bread like taste. Quite enjoyable. The mouthfeel is very smooth, more so than regular Hop Juice. Creamy in texture and pretty viscous, Hop Juice black is a treat on the palate. Overall, drinkable, tasty and smooth, this brew is great.

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Photo of vespahulb
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Hop Juice Fest.

Upon first whiff, a blast of dank, piny hops. Actually more raucous hop aroma than regular hop juice. No roasty aromas, which was surprising.

In the mouth, this was a fun beer. It really drank like a regular IPA, which is nice to see BIPA that holds to the style. Lot's of piney and pithy citrus bitterness, followed by a nice dark roasted malt background.

A really nice and straightforward BIPA. It's massive and delicious, but not overwhelming. I actually liked it more than regular Hop juice!

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Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev -2.9%
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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Hop Centric Black from Two Brothers Brewing Company
4.12 out of 5 based on 100 ratings.
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