Twice As Nice has a pretty heavy feel and biscuit flavour, I'm going to say it again, none of this feels like an IPA or a DIPA, it feels much more like an old English bitter. None of this is a problem for me though as I'd take a good bitter over an IPA most days of the week. It's an interesting one. There's certainly plenty of malts, lots of biscuit, and some caramel in the taste, all of which has taken me by surprise. It's quite a nice tasting beer in all honesty. I'm going to give Twice as Nice from ALDI/The Hop Foundry 7 out of 10. If you're looking for a crisp refreshing DIPA this isn't for you, but if you want a nice malty bitter you could do much worse.
Gear Shifter has a night light texture, making it pretty refreshing, and I actually like the taste. Because this is a single hop IPA it's not too sharply citrus, it's not mixing a bunch of flavours, and it's not over complicating things, it's just a nice solid beer. My usual distaste for citrus beers mainly comes from them feeling too zesty, too lively and too sharp, but this is actually nice, mild, and generally pleasant with grapefruit and mango coming through nicely. I'm going to give Gear Shifter from 71 Brewing Co 7 out of 10. It's not an exciting beer, but it's a surprisingly pleasant one.
The texture is nice and light with a good, sharp, crisp, refreshing feel, like a lager, but obviously better as everything is better than lager. The taste is nice and hoppy with some citrus and grapefruit flavours coming through nicely, and mildly, which is good as I hate overly citrus driven beers. This just has a nice twang to it though, it's a beer that will wake you up a bit, and that's no bad thing. I'm going to give Up State from Hatherwood a very good 7.5 out of 10, it's a decent step up from your usual generic pale ales.