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Heavy Handed IPA - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Ratings: 791
Reviews: 389
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 33
Gots: 34 | 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:
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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Ratings: 791 | Reviews: 389 | Display Reviews Only:
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

Beezee, Feb 19, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

tdmccarthy, Feb 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Spamsammich, Feb 12, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Tyrawlings, Feb 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

FreshmanPour77, Feb 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

mpdrago, Feb 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

chrisbues, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of JWRitchie76
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

JWRitchie76, Jan 22, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

eorwar, Jan 21, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

hilgart1, Jan 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

nmeiborg, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of russwbeck
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Lot 2711 = Cascade hops from Marcell Field

A: Clear orange brown pour with a big off white head. Retention is great, as is the lacing. 4

S: Not much of a big aroma here. Some malts, sweet, but not much else. 2.5

T: Thankfully the hops come out a bit more in the taste. Still pretty malty, sweet with some caramel, the hops lend a fruity character, grapefruit and slight citrus. The finish has a nice bitterness to balance out the fruits. 3.5

MF: Medium body with a high carbonation. Pretty damn drinkable. 4

O: Was expecting a bit more here, perhaps I've had it a bit too long. The hops seemed to be too muted. 3

Lot 2591 = Columbus

A: The pour here is a bit cloudy, still orange with the same massive off white head. Retention is good, a ton of sticky lacing paints the edges of my pint glass. 4

S: The smell of this seems to present a bit more bitterness than the last. Piney, with similar caramel malts. Still a bit on the sweet side. 3

T: I enjoy the taste of this one more as well. Much more bitter, with the sweet malts providing balance. The pine and perhaps some herbs play nicely with the sweetness, and leave a bitter finish. 4

MF: Medium body, similarly high carbonation. Again, this one is really drinkable. 4

O: A nice improvement. I have one more of these to sample, hope it continues the upward trend! 3.5

Lot 2521 = Centennial

A: Haziest pour of them all, but the smallest head. Lacing and retention are both on the same level. 3.5

S: The aroma is quite floral with slight hop bitterness, but the same sweet maltiness shows up. This one does seem to be more balanced, but still sweet. 3

T: The taste on this is better than the first one as well. The bitter and floral hops actually provide a decent balance to what has been a pretty malty group of IPAs. 4

MF: The body on this one is a bit heavier and has a lower carbonation. Chalk this one up to another really drinkable beer! 4

O: Probably the one I enjoyed the most honestly. Nothing really puts it over the edge, but certainly I would recommend this one if given the chance. 3.5

russwbeck, Jan 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

whartontallboy, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of StJamesGate
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Stiff crème-colored foam that goes rock over cloudy dark amber body. Caramel and orange flowers on the nose.
Seville orange jam and lemon, pine and resin hops.
Apricot honey end and dry zesty linger. Light to medium, sticky, a bit of chew.

Good hop structure, but maybe a bit lightweight. Solid but unspectacular. Definitely not heavy-handed at anything.

Didn't know about the single hopping thing, so dumbly didn't take note of the batch # - without big grapefruit, I'd guess Columbus over Centennial for this one.

StJamesGate, Jan 09, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

GardenWaters, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of DrDemento456
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ordered from Halftime beverages.com first one reviewed.
Lot 2561

A - Pours a hazy amber brown with a solid inch of opaque colored head.

S - From the moment I popped the top I could smell a bright grapefruit hop from a foot away. In the glass it seems a bit muddled with only a slight bit of hop twang and sweet malts. Earthy but not very hop forward.

T - Ow yeah it does have a nice bit of hop bitterness and even some lingering on the finish. The middle is pretty sweet as someone mentioned kind of like a caramel coated cereal. I really enjoy the bitterness lingering in the finish.

M - Light to medium it's a pretty balanced IPA.

Overall its a very nice fresh hop beer that hasn't lost much luster even though it was brewed months ago. Bitter, aggressive, sweet, and bitter again. These are some good IPA traits.

DrDemento456, Jan 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

BMart, Jan 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Pwnzilla, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of Jwale73
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to 2BDChicago for the opportunity to try this one. Lot 2831 #5B indicated on the back label. Served in a standard pint at 51 degrees. Pours a burnt orange hue with a hazy clarity and a loose, half inch, off-white head. Head eventually dissipates into a consistent, sudsy slick; thin delicate strands of lacing are revealed during the tasting. Nose expresses citrus rind and a light, toasted malt character. Caramel flavors present initially, followed by a faint, earthy bitterness that lingers between quaffs. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a trace of oiliness. Carbonation is crisp and there's also a bit of acidity that stimulates the tastebuds across the tongue. Overall, this is a fairly malt forward IPA with a somewhat minimal hops presence. Not a bad IPA by any means, but just a little dull and muddled.

Jwale73, Jan 05, 2012
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2.83/5  rDev -26.1%
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.

harrymel, Jan 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Skye1024, Dec 27, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

stevegoz, Dec 21, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

kenm2118, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of drabmuh
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer is amber, hazy, off white tan head of small bubbles. Lacing is a plus.

Aroma is sweet, mildly piny hop presence. Some malt.

Beer is medium in body, sweet, mild earthiness from the hops, sulfur, dirt, grass, mild to moderate bitterness, nice finish, decent but not a special IPA.

drabmuh, Dec 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

davidthebruce, Dec 16, 2011
Heavy Handed IPA from Two Brothers Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 791 ratings.