I have a little time now between long, long calendar articles about ICBW and Dark Lord Day to slip in a beer. It's a special edition that I picked up in March, so I'd best write it up while it's still available.
Two Brothers Artisan Brewing celebrates their 22nd anniversary this year. Starting out as a small beer supply store in Warrenville, they expanded to a brewpub, which itself has grown into a large production brewery. Along they way they acquired the old Walter Payton's America's Brewpub in the Aurora Roundhouse, opened a restaurant in downtown Naperville, Arizona and Oak Lawn (well, the Oak Lawn site had to go, but that was due to state limits on how many places a brewer can own). They've gotten into their own brand of spirits and coffees, which can be found in grocers around the area.
So, of course they made a big beer for their anniversary. And as their website put it: "Two Brothers 22nd Anniversary is a celebration of 2’s! So, it only made sense to take an IPA and double it up. Hops are aplenty in this Double IPA, using liberal amounts of Amarillo, Citra and Chinook to really establish an assertive hop flavor and aroma." It checks in at 9% abv.
There is, of course, a big piney American hop nose right as I popped the tab. It pours a rich orangey kind of IPA body, under a big spongy head.
The taste is also big on hop flavor, with a lot more citrus going on beyond the basic pine. I'd say there's a hint of orange juice working at the back of a pretty bitter hop palate.
The high alcohol is noticed at first, but kind of settles down after the first few sips. There is plenty of hoppiness to go around.
This stakes its own territory apart from other high octane hop bombs like say, Bell's Hopslam. Perhaps it's from using fewer hop varietals, and foregoing a dry hopping stage, this one seems to have a bit fresher, even more… approachable assault on the palate.