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Heavy Handed IPA - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Heavy Handed IPAHeavy Handed IPA

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Ratings: 817
Reviews: 394
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 34
Gots: 45 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-03-2002

Heavy Handed IPA is brewed to celebrate the harvesting of the hops every year. Within moments of harvest we add freshly picked "Wet Hops" to this IPA. Since the hops have not been dried before use, they add a wonderful character found in no other beer. A hop lovers dream. (Available September through December) Each batch is "single hopped" with a different hop variety.
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Photo of B967ierhunter177
1.23/5  rDev -67.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

This beer pours a slightly hazy caramel color with half inch head and lasting lace. The appearance is the highlight of this beer. It's aroma is of sweet malt and grapefruit. The flavor is strictly hop bitterness. No fruitiness or balance. There is an overwhelming, lasting bitter and medicinal aftertaste. The mouthfeel is light-medium. Two Brothers Heavy Handed IPA is a nasty beer, a total hop bomb. NOT recommended!

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1.5/5  rDev -60.8%

Photo of BGsWo22
2/5  rDev -47.8%

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2/5  rDev -47.8%

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2/5  rDev -47.8%

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2.25/5  rDev -41.3%

Photo of scott
2.36/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2


Clear dark copper, actively carbonated, but without any accumulation. Nose is pleasant, but too subdued to do it any justice. I hate to bee "that guy" but I remember this tasting much better. Bitter and thick. If anything, they were heavy handed with the malt. A bit too much caramel for me Creamy, and not very refreshing. It is a real mess in the mouthfeel department.

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2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

Photo of strengthdoc
2.55/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

When I poured this beer the foam was overwhelming. It took 10 minutes for the head to diminish enough to rate it. It was hazy amber in color and a mild citrus hoppiness in the aroma. The taste was also mild and had an orange hop flavor. Mostly I tasted the carbonation. I don't know if this is typical. I only bought one bottle and don't know if I just got a bad one.

Photo of GimpyCane
2.56/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tried Two Brothers Heavy Hand IPA after having a Titan IPA and noticed a significant different. Although not as flavorful, the brew was crisp and clean. Started off with a light sweet bitter and watery, ended lightly bitter and semi-dry. The brew pours was unattractive, very small white head that fully diminished and had a medium amber hue. I also had a hard time smelling anything dominate, such as that citrus or piney hop aroma in other IPAs. I realize alot of folks likes this brew but I was not feeling it. I will recommend it but I won't be buying again.

Photo of scruffwhor
2.57/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A lack luster start for this brew. The good caramel, copper makes for a good start. But the lack of bubbles or a sturdy head or long lasting foam bring this beers look down a couple of notches. The aroma is a sublte syrup of hop juice and chef's caramel bread. The taste is a biscuit start with an immediate musty hop bitterness that slwoly sweetens out a little , but still leaves the bad kind of bitter in your mouth. This beer failed to meet my expectations.

Photo of CuriousMonk
2.63/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to hurfer for the extra. Poured from 12oz bottle (no date) into snifter glass. Pours deep, slightly coppery amber with a 1 finger rocky yellowish head that has good retention. Aroma is very sweet, doughy, syrupy, pine, caramel, floral, biscuit, toasted grain, light orange peel citrus and a bit of black tea. Flavor is caramel, biscuit, toasted bread, a little butter, extreme syrup, burnt sugar, light mineral notes and floral notes near the end. Finishes with herbal hoppy bitterness and pine, just a little dough, and syrupy taste. As it warms the tea and syrup comes out a little more and the bitterness seems to increase in strength and length of aftertaste. Palate is light to medium body, slightly slick on entry, drying out a bit, but still slightly slick on the finish and has a pleasant, moderate strength carbonation. A bit too slicky and syrupy/doughy for my taste in regard to an IPA. It was a very interesting beer from a small brewery nonetheless.

Photo of dfillius
2.66/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured in a pint glass.
I purchased this in February, long after the hop harvest I imagine. Is this beer too old? We shall see.

A: Aggressive pour yields 1/2 finger of tannish head which recedes to a thin layer. Hazy red-gold. Beautiful and would be perfect with more head.
S: Malty with a pine edge. Almost Belgiany sweet. Banana, yeast fruitiness. More hop aroma please. Age degraded the hops?
T: Tastes stale unfortunately. Cooked veggie, bitter, alcohol, not much fresh hop flavor. Disappointing.
M: Bitter, macro lager bad breathy, vegetally starchy, syrupy.
D: Low to moderate. I hope this is a poorly aged beer rather than an example of bad brewing.

Photo of socon67
2.68/5  rDev -30%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours amber with some foam. Somewhat clear and mild carbonation.

S - Scents of malt and hops. The sweetness is a bit overdone for me.

T - Just not a fan of this. There are flavors of vanilla, caramel, and citrus. It just doesn't come together. Thought it was me, but none of the other tasters in my group at the time found it enjoyable. The finish was a harsh sweetness that I found unsettling.

M - It is a smooth medium bodied beer. Makes for a solid drinker, even though I didn't enjoy it.

O - I'm curious to try other offerings from Two Brothrs. Won't let this get me down on them.

2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

Photo of kzoobrew
2.79/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to Oreo for the bottle. Cheers Mike!

Lot 2521

A moderate pour into my Stone IPA glass leaves a frothy three finger egg shell colored head. The retention is outstanding, leaving heavy lacing blanketing the walls of the glass. The body is a slight hazed burnt orange color. A bit darker than I expect for the style, overall a nice looking beer.

The aroma rather malt forward for an IPA. Warm bready malt with a touch of caramel is far too prominent up front. The hop aroma is present but not all that assertive. Slight citrus but leaning towards a very green floral aroma.

The flavor does a much better job of showcasing the hop flavor. Sweet citrus flavor rolls onto the tongue before transitioning into a strong pithy bitterness. The hops flavor leaves the tongue with a substantial piney flavor. This would be great for most IPAs, the problem with Heavy Handed once again is the malt. Rather sweet, caramelly flavor does the beer no favors. The malt is simply too prominent.

Medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. The finish is rather long due to the malty nature of the beer. The sweetness lingers long after the beer. IPAs do not have to be bone dry, but there should not be this much residual flavor lingering on the tongue.

Heavy Handed is a decent beer, unfortunately a poor representation of an IPA. This is not one I would seek out but I really have no objection to drinking. The beer is certainly better than the score. Easy to drink and moderately enjoyable.

Photo of harrymel
2.84/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Lot 2521, vintage 2011

Pours a dark reddish brown with a solid finger of soapy, peanut foam leaving behind pretty cobwebs. Smell is piny, earthy, tea like and has a solid malty backbone; some notes of toffee.

Flavor is quite malty, with a Smacks cereal flavor. The malts definitely own this one, the hops come through as a cameo but are subdued to simple earthy, sweet notes, nothing particularly notable. Medium bodied with moderate carb.

This is a lesser fresh hop IPA. If they marketed the beer as a fresh hop ale, versus IPA, then maybe a little more like my tastes. As it is, it's a decent enough brew, but know it is not your typical IPA at all. That being said, I don't know the freshness of this either.

Photo of DIM
2.86/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

note: According to the website, lot #2748 means this had fresh columbus/west field hops added.

a: This was a clear, golden coppery color. It poured with a smallish. sticky white head.

s: This was surprisingly malt-forward with aromas of caramel and maple syrup. Subdued, piny, and slightly metallic hops round things out. Not bad, but not what I'm looking for in a fresh hopped brew.

t: Sweet caramel and brown sugar start things off. The hops at the end are a little piny and have an astringent, spicy quality.

m: The body and carbonation are both fine. The lingering astringency lowers the score though.

d: I defy anyone to identify this as a fresh-hopped IPA in a blind tasting. As the disappoinment wore off, I did come to like this beer. Just not as an IPA.

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2.92/5  rDev -23.8%

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2.92/5  rDev -23.8%

Photo of kajerm
2.95/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Cask pull at Clark St. Ale House-- these guys sure do love their Two Brothers.

Pours muddy orange with golden highlights, little or no head (which is expected for a handpull), and not much lacing either. The beer is completely opaque from the huge amount of yeast in suspension. This is just fine with me.

The aroma is light and citric, one of those hops that starts with a C that the kids are so crazy about these days. I could make up more fruit, flowers, or herbs that I smell here, but I'll save it-- this pretty much just smells like an American IPA.

The flavor opens up very light, maybe a shred of caramel malts, then hop flavors start to take over, finishing with bitterness. The citric character is seems duller than average; it's possible that the flatness of the cask is blunting it a bit, although I've never had the same problem with any number of other hoppy beers on cask. The bitterness is very restrained, lacking that lip-smacking, palate-searing finish that masochistic hopheads (like me) tend to look for.

The mouthfeel is very light, bordering on watery.

An easy drinker, I suppose, but this is basically a bog-standard American IPA.

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Heavy Handed IPA from Two Brothers Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 817 ratings.