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Heavy Handed IPA - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Ratings: 733
Reviews: 383
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 33
Gots: 15 | 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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3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy, amber/orangish in color, with an off-white head that leaves a nice lacing when sipped down. The aromas are hoppy, very citric. On the first sip the flavor is of grapefruit, with other fruity flavors following. It definately has a good deal of hop bitterness, but it is not overpowering. The malt flavor is evident as well, balancing out the hop bitterness. It is overall a medium-bodied brew, which leaves a lingering bitterness with you. It is a very tasty IPA, I would definately drink this one again.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2002 12:18:51 | More by BeerBuilder
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3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted at the Barrelhouse Brewing Company Microbrew Fest on November 9. This had a better bite than The Bitter End. Better-than-average IPA with a crisp dry finish. I liked this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2002 08:48:21 | More by Dogbrick
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3.15/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy amber color, citrus nose, highly hopped, decent grapefruit and piney resin flavors, some what thin with a watery mouthfeel and a bit unbalanced. Much better IPAs out there.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2002 05:39:01 | More by maxpower
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4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew is damn near orange. A sticky thin ivory white head leaves some nice lacing down the glass. This has a very nice fresh hop aroma. Great dry hopping (or hopback) utilization. Pungent, oily, piney and citric nose. The hops are the main player on the palate as well. Piney, citric, pungent, bitter, floral, rind. Very nice hop flavors. I'd be surprised if those flowers utilized in this beverage were not from the Pac10 region. This is not out of balance though. Malt profile is primarily caramel, but maybe a little bready as well. Nice lingering bitterness on the tongue. Body is about medium-full. Nice tasting 62 IBU IPA.

Two Brothers is a solid Illinois brewery. I actually prefer them over Goose Island.

2010: Lot 2660 (Cascade single hop)

Murky looking dark copper body. Thin and bubbly beige head. Lacing is sufficient. Aroma is citrusy, piney and a little sugary....like grapefruit sprinkled with sugar. Firm enough malt base of crystal malts with a definite citrusy hop flavor and lingering bitterness. A little acidic in a citric acid kind of a way. Good balance. Medium-full body and appropriately carbonated. Enjoyable. (4.0,4.5,4.0,4.0,4.0 = 4.1 OVERALL)

2010: Lot 2500 (Tettnauger single hop)

Murky orange body with particulates in suspension all over the place. Off white head recedes quickly and leaves some droopy lace. Aroma is really light. Some light herbalness and underlying caramel malts. On the buds, there's a definite leathery hop presence. Unique. Kind of an earthiness and herbalness to the hop flavor. Biscuity malt underneath. Decent beer. (3.5,3.0,3.5,4.0,4.0 = 3.5 OVERALL)

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2002 20:38:05 | More by Bighuge
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4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wake the hell up! Heavy Handed IPA from Two Brothers Brewing Co. Assertive hop flavor, aged wonderfully well, a kick in the pants for any one who likes hops, and if you don’t, why NOT (editors note: the flavors have gone to your author’s head). Subtle, nope, spicy hops and very nice hops flavor in a great looking (reddish/amber with some lace hugging the side) beer Yeeee—up!. Get off your duff and get one.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2002 20:42:02 | More by jackndan
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4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer promoted it's hops. Well time to test that out. This beer poured a light copper gold color and formed a nice bubbly very light tan head that left some nice lace. The aroma was defininately of hops, though not as heavy as Stone's and some small amount of citrus was present. The flavor was of hops and slightly of caramel. It finish was slightly bitter and the body a bit lighter than some of my favorite IPAs. A good and hoppy IPA, but Stone's still beats it out.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2002 16:18:28 | More by Wildman
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4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber, small 1/8 inch head with bigger bubbles toward the glass margins. Hoppy, citrusy aroma. Definitely hoppy early, grapefruit rind balanced by a good malt. Stops short of high acidity or overly bitter with a refreshing twang toward the finish. Definitely American in profile but stops short of over-the-top hop power. Good caramel counterpunch. Very good to my tastes, my only quibble is that Two Brothers Bitter End Ale is very similar in character.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2002 08:06:50 | More by ADR
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3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

New review, 11/25/08.
Produces a moderately-hazed, auburn copper glass. Milky, pock-marked head is on the small side, but stays around.
Nose full of toasted caramel, apple must, and a robust hoppiness that is both floral and citric, exuding lilacs, clovers, pineapple, and red grapefruit.
Seems to split the difference between an american and english style pale ale. Toasted grains and caramel up front. A big apple must middle...and this is a lovely flavor, but this is so assertive both here and on the nose, that is ventures toward suffocating. Hops come forth from the apple mist and bring big florals, pollen, rose petals, and touch of reefer resin and pine pitch, and larger, lingering, traits of grapefruit and orange juice.
Body is medium. Seems full at first, but thins considerably towards the finish.
Kind of weird, really. The apple traits are big, but in the musty, quality cider sense. The hops don't take the spotlight that wethopping would indicate. There is a definite rustic charm here and it is absolutely hard to rate. It also seems quite different than the stuff I had 5-6 years ago.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2002 20:47:27 | More by cokes
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Heavy Handed IPA from Two Brothers Brewing Company
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