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Hop Centric (formerly Hop Juice) by Two Brothers Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial IPA
9.90 % ABV


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Review by joe1510 on 11/17/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 9 18 4 9 2009
22oz. Bomber
$5.99
Binny's Willowbrook

100.1 IBUs
Hop Juice poured a beautiful clear dark ruby red. The body absolutely glows when held up toward the light. There was a 1 finger creamy white head upon the pour that faded to a swirling but left lacing on the drop. For the head dying down like it did every sip leaves sheet upon sheet of lacing.

The smell is jam packed full of resiny hops. Smells to me like tar made from hops. Maybe that's though to comprehend but it is what it is. There is a hint of dark fruits that give the malt backbone. Cherries and overripe plum interesting scents to say the least for a IIPA. There's even a leather and tobacco aroma in there if you keep searching. Unique and interesting.

The taste goes right along with the scent in uniqueness. It's dominated by big resiny hops that coat the entire mouth. A mild sweetness keeps the hops in check. There is tobacco and an earthiness in the flavor that go perfectly with the resiny hops. There are definately rough edges in the taste but it somehow fits the flavors perfectly. I have never had a IIPA that was so resiny before and I'm liking it.

Mouthfeel is almost perfect. It's medium bodied and in no way viscous like some IIPAs tend to be. Mild carbonation lets the brew ease along on it's own. The strong dose of hops leave a moderate bitterness on the swallow that multiplies with each drink. This one will punish your tongue. I can even feel my bottom lip going numb.

Drinkability for a beer of this weight is good. I can find myself getting lost in the earthy flavors and big hops with each sip. I probably wouldn't drink more than one bomber at a time because of the palate destroying but it is easy to enjoy.

I have sampled some of Two Bothers offerings, and to be totally honest, wasn't expecting a whole lot from this. I've never been happier to have been wrong. This is a really unique and interesting beer. There isn't much like this out there right now. I don't think it's something everyone would enjoy but it's definately worth a try if you see it.

Reviewed: 12/16/06

Price: $5.99 Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Lum on 11/04/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 10 17 4 9 0
Thanks go to Sproser for this one... in a round-about way (not his fault).

Pours a clean, glowing amber color. One finger of glorious almond colored head takes residence... and decides it wants to hang with me for a bit. Cool. As is subsides, foamy sheets drape the sides of the glass with amazing clinging power... slowly giving way to the power of gravity, leaving a gorgeous webbing of lace. Strong, lively carbonation adds to the clumpy cap at the surface.

Aroma is nicely balanced. Good amount of concolor firs here, oozing precious sap. Just as ample is the sweet caramel malt spine, complimenting the sweet citrus aroma - tangelo and a healthy squeeze of grapefruit. Some floral hints as well. Everything ties together very nicely.

This is one bitter DIPA.... whoa. Grassy hops lead the charge, quickly giving way to a resounding resin packed tongue beating that just won't quit... more fir sap here - coats the tongue and teeth, etching away at the enamel like an acid bath... I like it rough, so this fits my style completely. Citrus (grapefruit), but mostly mouth drying, throat assaulting, tongue wire-brushing pine resins. Hell yeah.

The heavy side of moderate here for body. Approaching syrupy, tongue aggressive and dry in mouthfeel... this will strip your teeth, and leave your gums tingling - very turpentine like in feel (which I like). A touch boozy - adds to the whole experience, lending its warmth. Carbonation is a bit too subtle for my liking - but not bad.

This is good stuff - aggressive yet completely enjoyable. A good sipper.... but if your like me, the glass will be tipped more than it will be standing on it's own...
Shawn - thanks man. I owe 'ya.
Highly recommended.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by tavernjef on 01/12/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 9 16 4 9 2008
Rusty golden orange color, smeared hazy body, and a small tuft of foam dallops the top. Small bits of lacing graze across the glass.

Aroma is loftily set in a soft pungencey that has a rounded juicy tone of the tropical stuff of orange, melon, pineapple, and some grapefruit. Zesty and smothered with peels and gritty greasy hopitude. A slight toasty caramel aspect looms within each wiff.

Taste has a bold toasty caramel backing that keeps a smooth, soft, supple body under the juicy hops of orangey and white grapefruit peels. Mango and pineapple along with a twist of tangerine lifts under a slight dulled lemon. Its all well placed and dullishly juiced up in milding lofty texture and tasty tone that at length keeps adding more caramel as it goes. Slight bitterings of the zesty hops lull late as it finishes.

All in all this has a creamy zest and fairly mild tone throughout. Its semi chewy with quite a bit of heft in its caramel base. Finishes firm and hoppy in bitterness that's faintly greasy and buttered in orange marmalade.

As solid as this stuff is, it somehow seemed more like a flattened out IPA. As it just didn't quite have the jump, girth, and hoppy weight and tone of most other Dbl. IPA's that I favor. Still wouldn't turn it down if offered but won't go out of my way to reach for it when seen on any shelves.

Price: $9.00 Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Organized Chaos on 03/01/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
90 3 11 17 5 9 2008
Thanks to urbanhack for this one!

Nice orange pour with plenty of bubbles rising in the glass, nice 1/4" head

Great smell of citris hops.

Taste matches the smell, very good juicy wet hops, matches malts well.

Good mouthfeel, smooth, good carbonation.

Overall, this is a solid beer, glad I could try it, will look for it on my next trip through Chicago!




Served In: Pint Glass

Review by urbanhack on 12/02/07  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
92 3 11 18 5 9 0
I rank this just below GI IIPA and Dreadnaught. It is one of my favorite beers.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by James Kitchens on 12/01/07  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 2 9 17 4 9 2008
This one is a staple bottle here. And now that it's year-round, all the better. Smell is bitter hops, with a touch of citrus and maybe some wet grass.

Taste doesn't disappoint after the smell. It does have a very notable hop bitterness bite, though. But with a name like Hop Juice (one of two beers with that name I found out), you expect that bite. Not an example of a balanced DIPA. But that's OK, because this one is something that hop-heads will enjoy.

Served In: Pint Glass

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