Beer Review: Two Straws Milkshake IPA from Twin Sails

15590720_607852499415709_450148926781211511_oA mango and pineapple IPA with lactose ? Oh, Twin Sails, you so crazy!

From the label:

This beer was brewed with the addition of lactose and huge amounts of mango and pineapple. It’s a big-bodied beer with tons of juiciness and loads of fruit

Stats: ABV: 6.5%; IBU: 15

Tasting notes:

This beer pours out a cloudy golden-straw color with two fingers of foamy head that dissipates slowly and leaves tons of striated lacing.

The nose is wonderfully citrussy with huge notes of pineapple, mango, and other undefined tropical fruits, as well as a touch of herbal hop bitterness. The palate is the aforementioned tropical fruit, lactose, crisp biscuit malt, and a touch of piney resinous hop bitterness on the finish. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and very smooth from the lactose, with perfect carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.


I’m not normally a fruity beer person and if I have to taste another grapefruit IPA, I will probably scream. However, this milkshake IPA was on another level. The addition of lactose, mango, and pineapple made it beautifully smooth and fruity—a little more like a fruit smoothly than an actual milkshake. The flavour of the fruit and the citrus aspects of the hops really shone through. The typical hop bitterness is much subdued by the lactose and it’s like no beer you have ever tasted!

After they passed their first anniversary, Twin Sails just started taking huge risks and pushing the limits of beer, but all of their experimentation has been immensely successful. This beer is no exception and I am loathe to open my last can and end the experience.

Of course, this is the first milkshake IPA I’ve ever tried and tons of breweries are now following suit, so we will be overrun with them in six months; however, they will have to go a long way to beat this one!

Rating: 4.5/5