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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: 748
Reviews: 385
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 32
Gots: 19 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-03-2002)
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Photo of Gmann
3.66/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty honey amber color with an average egg-shell colored head that settles into a sparse cap. The aroma is of a sweet orangy hop, a bit grassy. The taste is of a bready honey malt and some grassy hops, very balanced, some bitter hops in the end. Probably too much malt. Quite a chewy feel for an AIPA, smooth, balanced, quite nice. Good flavors but not very hoppy. Very drinkable, nice balance, a really good pale ale but its labeled an AIPA so I need to review as such.

Gmann, Mar 01, 2009
Photo of rwdkosak
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured chilled slighly into tulip producing a half centimeter head that was short-lived and all but gone halfway through the session. An almost amber color that was quite nice and clear.

The smell is quite sweet, malt and only the faintest hop scent. Taste was somewhat complex, hop-on-malt/malt-on-hop and throughout the drink I tried to ascertain which was more prevalent (though to be fully honest I burned my tongue a few days ago on wicked hot coffee and I don't know if it's me or the beer?? I really think my palate is back though so still wondering).

Overall quite drinkable and a full taste that is worth revisiting at some point.

rwdkosak, Feb 28, 2009
Photo of Monkeypaws
3.08/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark amber, with a minimal head and no lacing. The smell had a peculiar malty quality, while the hops were MIA. The taste was funky and muted, with little hop presence except at the very end; alcohol and malt were more dominant, which for an IPA isn't good. The body was a tad heavy, not quite syrupy, but close. One of these was definitely enough for me.

Monkeypaws, Feb 04, 2009
Photo of sonicdescent
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to stfun37 who included this great one as an extra in a trade!

Pours a murky and dark red hue with frothy white head.

Nose is mostly citrus/grapefruit.

Tastes grapefruit and maybe simcoe hops? Not a beat you over the head hop bomb by any means, very good.

Mouth is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Good.

This is a very drinkable and a brewery I was not familiar with but will now look for more.

sonicdescent, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of Gehrig
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear amber with a thin finger of off-white to slightly tan foam atop; modest lacing. Nice hops aroma, plenty of citrus with some caramel malt--a moderate, restrained IPA. This characterizes the taste quite well--restrained; good, but restrained. I detect Cascade hops, but the malt plays a more important role in the taste that I would like. It's good, but the taste is a little too balanced and does not lean heavily enough toward the hops. This manifests itself particularly in the mouthfeel, which is much maltier than hopped, rather disappointing.

In all, a pretty good IPA but not one that hops lovers should flock to grab. If you like balance in your IPAs, this should be right up your alley. If you crave hops, this might disappoint. It's no nag, and it's flavorful, but it's far from a big, hopped-up IPA.

Gehrig, Jan 24, 2009
Photo of CaptainIPA
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

P: Served on-tap at Comet Cafe. Pairs well with a spinach, mushroom (and ketchup) omelet, hash browns and toast. Mmm.
Reviewed from notes.

A: Very attractive: Pours an orangish amber with an off-white head that lingers for a while. Nice lacing throughout.

S: FRESH! Caramel malts, citrus hops, honey, and a trace of vanilla.

T: YUM! An unbelievably well-balanced taste profile that's been dialed into the optimum hoppy/sweet ratio. Heavy-handedly wet hopped, yet exquisitely held in check by sweet notes of caramel and flashes of honey. The balance carries through to the end, thanks to a malty backbone that finishes with suggestions of brown sugar and cinnamon. Outstanding flavor and, again, remarkably fresh.

M: Medium-bodied with a rich and creamy mouthfeel that literally glides over the palate.

D: Awesome drinkability. Find it on-tap.

CaptainIPA, Jan 12, 2009
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of grassy hops, citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste is nicely balanced and starts with a strong burst of hops that is quickly followed by the sweetness of citrus and caramel. There's a hearty malt character that provides good substance to the beer. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is pretty clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, although there might be some better ones out there, this is a very nice IPA to drink for a whole evening.

TheManiacalOne, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of morimech
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

Something is wrong here. I am on bottle number four with this six-pack and everyone has had explosive like foam when poured into the glass. After about a hour after I finally got the entire contents of the bottle into the glass, it looks good. Slightly cloudy copper color with a white head. The aroma is thick with citrus hops. The taste consists of a nice citrus flavors but the malt lacks much subsistance. Bitterness is moderat with a citrus aftertaste. Solvent like alcohol as well in the finish. Something is off with the body and carbonation which is not surprising considering the trouble with the pour. Feels a little thin. I will rank drinkability as low as I can for quality control issues and the pain it was to get a full glass of beer. On the expensive side of American IPAs as well.

morimech, Jan 10, 2009
Photo of rmmm16
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears dark amber-orange, with a finger of head that leaves a some lacing throughout the glass. Smells of citrus, fresh bread, and caramel. Taste is nice and sweet at first and leads to a nice hoppiness. dry finish. The initial mouthfeel is heavy, slightly creamy, and leads to a dry finish. This is a very drinkable beer, easy abv and a great balanced flavor. Went to look up my batch # on the 2bros website but the hop chart was blank, this was disappointing.

rmmm16, Jan 06, 2009
Photo of zeff80
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with ruby highlights. It had a tan, foamy, one-finger head that left some thick rings of lace.

S - It smelled very citrusy, like orange zest. There were also distinct floral notes and subtle caramel aromas.

T - It tasted of orange peel, roasted malt, and sweet caramel malt. Very well-balanced and fairly fruity.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a smooth mouthfeel. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very nice IPA. Yet another strong offering from Two Brothers.

zeff80, Jan 05, 2009
Photo of alexgash
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. 6.7% abv.

Deep orange-ruby body. Gauzy, light beige head paints the sides of the glass with lace as it gradually recedes to a film. Fresh hop nose; sticky, herbal, resinous hop aromas. Sugary cookie dough and toffee malt backing. Hint of fruit (strawberries?).

Juicy, resinous, bitter hop attack up front (nice). Toasted bread with fruit (kiwi-strawberry) spread adds some sweetness and malt balance. Hop bitterness gets pinier. Lingering fruit and cookie dough sweetness. This beer gets fruitier as it warms up, and is one of the fruitiest IPAs I have had. Medium-bodied with a slightly sticky feel. Not bad.

alexgash, Jan 04, 2009
Photo of dakid618
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into tulip glass. Pours a light mahogany with very little head but good retention on the head that is there. Smells like rich caramel with citrus hop undertones. Taste is very good. Smooth and very hoppy. A quality example of this style. Very drinkable and will probably drink it again.

Side note: had this beer once before on tap and remember being very impressed with it, hence me buying the bottle. That was a month or two ago but I think it was more impressive on tap. That being said as soon as I find it on tap again I plan to edit this review.

dakid618, Jan 02, 2009
Photo of indiapaleale
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours that oh so familiar orangish-rustish color that tends to be par for the course with American IPAs. Head is nice and foamy.

The strong citrusy, c-hop aroma is mighty appealing with this beer. Nothing beats a fresh beer on tap from a beer that knows how to pour and present.

Taste is bitter citrus tang, strong PNW hoppiness, some powder sugar sweetness follows each swallow.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer on tap. To be honest, it was a whole new experience compared to the bottles of this that I've had.

Great IPA from the Land of Lincoln.

indiapaleale, Dec 31, 2008
Photo of GatorBeerNerd
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle purchased for me by a friend of mine at Jungle Jim's in Cincinnati, OH. Review transposed from notes when I had it at my friend's house.

A: Pours a dark copper with a finger thick head that reduces to a cover of bubbles. The bubbles leave decent lacing.

S: Malty sweet aroma with a nice mix of hops.

T: Sweet malty taste that is balanced with a bitter after taste and clean finish. The hops are not quite what I would expect from an IPA, but its a pretty good beer.

M: Creamy smooth with excellent in mouth carbonation. Medium body thickness.

D: Very drinkable do to its smooth taste and relatively low ABV.

GatorBeerNerd, Dec 24, 2008
Photo of waldoiverson
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into nonic

A: caramel amber with solid slightly off white head that laces well

s: citrus but strong yeast and malt smell that lingers

t: bitterness of orange rind and not overly alcoholic

m: smooth and failry heavy

d: great and reasonable abv for the style and heavy body makes it really a wonderful winter drink.

waldoiverson, Dec 20, 2008
Photo of orangemoustache
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber with a creamy tan head that is hanging strong,lots of circular lace sheets drape my glass. The nose is sweet and has lots of fresh banana,caramel malt and dark leafy hops. Very fresh green profile with a good amount of balancing malt. Banana bread sweetness and some bitter/ leafy /sappy hops are winning over my taste buds and my approval,this is a damn good IPA. A nice medium body combines with creamy carbonation and a prickly dry feeling give this a nice well rounded IPA finish that is true to the style.

orangemoustache, Dec 10, 2008
Photo of russpowell
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this from joe1510, cheers Joe!

Pours a semi-hazed caramel with 3+ fingers of sand colored head. Insane head retention & lacing

S: Resiny pine & tangerine, doughyness

T: Leafy hops, apricot, piney hops & orchard fruit up front. Brown sugar, tangerine & leafy dryness as this warms. Finishes with herbal & resiny hops, plus toffee dryness

MF: Chewy, low carbonation, good balance, skews hoppy, duh

Drinks pretty, good, kind of heavy, but this would be good for 3 or 4 before moving on, nice AIPA

russpowell, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a clear dark red/amber with a small ring of white head. Aroma of light fruits and caramel malt. Flavor is predominantly malty, with some apple skins, berry, and bitter hops in the finish. Decent, but much maltier than I'd expect for an IPA.
7/4/7/4/14 (3.6/5)

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 05, 2008
Photo of RonfromJersey
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An exceptionally attracive shiny copper body, good clarity, topped by two fingers of lumpy off-white foam. Good stretchy lacing.

Enticing citrusy aroma. Could be a little more assertive, but nice.

Malt backbone is solid if not wide. Juicy fresh hops quickly take over. Wet and fresh indeed. Nice bitter bite at the swallow, which lingers on.

Light/medium mouthfeel rolls around the mouth. Good drinkability if you like bitter.

An enjoyable fresh hop ipa, one I'd revisit, but not necessarily rush out for a second case of immediately. Worth a sixer easily.

RonfromJersey, Nov 26, 2008
Photo of mjryan
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is kind of a hard one to review. I had two differnet versions of this and I guess there were several others. Each version featured a differnet hop variety. The first one I had used baby Cascades which I guess are immature Cascade hops. The second one I had featured Cenntenials, which is the one Im reviewing here. Pours a murky orange with a good sized head. Excellent retention and decent lace. Aroma is very floral and citrusy, smells of orange juice, which is not unusuall with Cenntenial hops. The flavour has a strong orange juice character, with a firm bitterness and medium sweet malt profile. Lingering sweetness and an orange juice like tang on the finnish. Medium bodied with a medium low carbonation level. Has a slick mouthfeel. Good beer, with a much larger hop profile than the Cascade version. Reminds me of Two Hearted sans the bug spray flavour.

mjryan, Nov 24, 2008
Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Heavy bitterness. On-tap at Town Hall in Minny, and appropriately carbonated by them. Medium orange body with bubbly head and noticeable lace. This is wet-hopped and I feel the high IBU. Hop heads rejoice. Full-mouthfeel, and you can detect hops in the aroma.

Sammy, Nov 21, 2008
Photo of beckje01
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark honey color with a thick quarter inch of white head. It has great lacing.

S- Fresh hops in the nose but not really profound, not like you would expect from the name.

T- Big hop kick in the teeth. Aggressive hops then back off. It's a fruity bitterness while very nice, it is somewhat one note.

M- Great activity goes well with the hops.

D- Not something you slam back but hard to stop drinking are hops addictive?

beckje01, Nov 20, 2008
Photo of wkcyr4
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Nonic. Bottle says 6.7%.

A: Amber colored body with almost a brownish head which disappears quickly. Fair amount of lacing stays behind.

S: Not much aroma. Faint dry, woodsy smell if anything at all. This one will not overwhelm your nose by any means.

T: Overall, okay tasting. No stickiness or mouth retention to draw upon. Taste goes away rather quickly.

M: Not full yet not thin. Somewhere in between. This has me a little confused. Should I be tasting something more?

D: I could have a couple of these out of the bottle for sure. After that, I may start to change some of my opinions on this one.

I had this from a growler upon release this year and liked it a whole lot more. For some reason it just isn't the same. Would buy again to support Illinois brewery, though.

wkcyr4, Nov 19, 2008
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this brew in a trade with josephhaugen, Thanks Joe!

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - copper color with a beige head that left lots of sticky lacing.

S - a bit 'hop-subdued' for an IPA, sweet malty aroma.

T - whoa, the smell can fool ya. this is a nice blast of malty sweetness followed up with a kick in the teeth hop bitterness on the back end.

F - medium bodied with good carbonation.

D - goes down smooth and easy.

JoeyBeerBelly, Nov 15, 2008
Photo of schellsbeer
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice looking IPA. Beautiful copper/orange color with an light orange head. Impressed.

Smell - Ok. Nothing to write home about but nothing to complain about either. Not the strongest hop smell and not the weakest hop smell.

Taste - Very nice. BITTER!!! I like this. It bites and doesn't let go. This is what I look for in an IPA. Very little malt and extensive hops. YEAH. What do you expect....a stout? The brothers have impressed!

Mouthfeel - Tongue and tastebuds like this one. Not a Surly but still very good. I will be searching for other beers from these guys. At $1.69, who can complain.

Drinkability - Did I hear someone say session beer? At roughly 5.5%, not that overpowering that a few will knock you 3 sheets to the wind.

Really like this one. Thanks guys. Another strong showing by a small operation.

schellsbeer, Nov 15, 2008
Heavy Handed IPA from Two Brothers Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 748 ratings.