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Heavy Handed IPA - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Heavy Handed IPAHeavy Handed IPA

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BA SCORE
86
very good

815 Ratings
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Ratings: 815
Reviews: 394
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 34
Gots: 42 | 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 BeerCheese
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Removed from the fridge about an hour before pouring into a glass. Poured a nice clear copper color with a smallish off white head. Smell of citrus. Nice balance for an IPA with a nice hoppy finish. The hop taste wasn't overbearing like some IPAs which was nice. Light carbonation with medium/full body.

Photo of JDK
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

-Pours a dark amber with little to no head
-Mild fruity taste with a pleasent piney aftertaste that lingers for quite a while
-Light, piney smell, very mild
-Good mouthfeel
-Overall a very good beer and one that you could drink several of in one sitting.

Photo of TheSarge
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This IPA pours with a moderate amount of CO2 and creates a light tan head with a orangish hazy body. Lacing sticks pretty good and lasts all the way through.

Heavy-Handed IPA gives off very floral hops and toasty malt aromas. I'd say this is dominated by a grapefruit fragrance.

This tastes pretty decent. It starts off pretty fruity but finishes kind of sweet. This is pretty balanced.

Photo of Ricochet
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Darker amber, mildly cloudy, no head and no lace

S: There was none. That's the best way to describe this. Other than maybe a little yogurt smell, there was very slight fruitiness.

M: It pinned the meter for bitter, it went down and kept being bitter for a few moments afterwards. Otherwise an average beer.

T: For such a dead beer in the other categories, it packs a hop punch. There was a mild grapefruit flavor, but this was all hops, bitter hops. I don't know, the longer I sipped this it got better so maybe serve it warmer. Yep. Now the flavor is coming out. I was going to rate this as not very good, but here's more than hops flavor and there is a better mix. The malt now shows, the hops less of a bite, grapefruity flavor still a minimum .

Okay, here's a beer that needs to come out of the fridge 15 minutes before enjoying it. I'll stick by the smell, mouth and appearence because those didn't change, but the taste did and yes, it would be a very good choice if you let it warm a bit.

Photo of Imstillthegman
3.15/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

BeerBeing is due all the credit for me getting to sample this beer. Thanks.

This bottle is from lot # 2704.

Pours a rather murky amber with dark particulates floating around. Good two inch head that lasts and lasts, leaves chunky rings of lacing. There are a number of streams of bubbles racing to surface...kind of reminds me of steam vents on the ocean floor.

The smell is kinda odd. I don't get any hops coming through, but I do get this blend of anise, wet cardboard, and sour candy. Not sure what's going on here.

The flavor is definitely more malts then hops. Maybe this has aged for a while? Sour black licorice is the dominant factor.

The mouth is good with very active carbonation. I will get through this bottle, but I have to do another tasting sometime to compare with this one. Maybe I just need a fresher bottle.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.53/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a hotel room glass. Crystal clear orange with a thick and sticky head. Nice looking, but oh my god the aroma and flavor were way above average. I think I imagined I could smell the malt underneath the hoppy aroma, but I definitely tasted both. Complex and sweet and thicker than hell. So much more than I expected, I highly recommend it.

Photo of nlmartin
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was part of lot 2806. The beer was served in my Imperial Pint glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a deep amber coloration. The head is approximately 1/2 inch and remains during the session. Thick sheets of lacing remain behind on my glass.

Smell: The beer has a dominate pine and grass scent. The beer has some very weak citrus undertones.

Taste: The beer delivers on subdued citrus hops. The citrus is totally dominated by grassy pine. A very brief caramel maltyness attempts to stagger from under the hops. The beer finishes with a heavy handed bitter hoppyness. The finish last a long time.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is slightly bigger than light bodied. I generally like long lasting bitter hoppy aftertaste on a beer. This one doesnt work for me. This isnt a bad beer; however, in a market where I can get so many other good/ great IPA's this one will not repeat in my beer glass.

Photo of beerphan
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle -> imperial pint
lot# 2806

Pours a dark orange with a small orange hued head. Leaves sliding sheets of oily lace. Although the retention is minimal the initial oily slide down the glass is impressive. Carbonation appears light.

Nose is piney hops, a little alcohol, caramelized malts and some grassy goodness.

Well balanced between bittering hops and a huge malt kick. A nice warm finish that sticks to the palate.

Classic ipa body that feels thin and taste thick.

A real sessionable ipa that delivers the hops and the malt. Glad i got to try some.

Photo of Osiris9588
3.1/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, lot # 3006. Pours a clear copper with a faint orange hue. The white head is creamy, but dissipates quickly,leaving trails of small bubbled lacing.

The aroma is rather weak, some slight hoppy characteristics and toasty malt. It's pretty much a one-trick pony in the flavor department--all those wet hops ending in a bitter surge, yet not much compelxity or depth to go along with it.

The mouth is rather light, until the dry and bitter finish. The citrus and other hoppy notes are pretty distant, with the exception of an orangey birghtness. The light body makes it quite drinkable, but it lacks the depth of many in the style. This is an IPA that just gets lost among the pack, though it is certaintly quaffable and I could see it pairing nicely with certain food selections.

Photo of laintringulis
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Handpulled from the Clark Street Ale House.

Pours a dark angry amber with a slight burnt orange color and large off white head that lasts throughout drinking. Moderate lacing.

Smells: Primarily pine smell with vauge citrus undertones. Caramel malts and a substantial grassiness.

Taste: Brief caramel toasted malts, then a nice refined pine hop flavor and a very lightly grassy citrus finish. A little sweeter than I usually like, but not bad. Fairly simple in complexity, but done well.

Medium plus bodied. It was almost too smooth and creamy for an IPA. I would have preferred a drier finish. Finishes slightly filmy, not oily.

Easy to drink. Sessionable. Nice solid beer.

Photo of merlin48
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Came home with two bottles of this one as part of a mixed six-pack from Englebrecht's Orchards store in Newburgh, Indiana. Odd that an orchard has such a nice craft beer selection. Heavy-Handed pours a cloudy dark orange, almost copper body. Small offwhite head quickly disappears and lacing consists only of some wisps.

Aroma is dominated by toffee and caramel.The hop bouquet is almost up to the task with notes of eathy pine, cut grass, and grapefruit pulp.

Medium body has some lively carbonation that adds a slight creaminess with a subtle hops bite. Nice feel!.

Taste is more of an APA than an IPA, and a subdued one at that. Toffee and caramel malt backbone is very sturdy, but struggles to fend off an interesting hop profile. Hops are earthy, with some pine and a hint of citrus rind. Tasty balance, overall.

This one strays from style, certainly, but is quite tasty and quaffable. A very endearing APA.

Photo of jamie2dope
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first Two Brother's beer. Poured a dark orange/bordering on red coloration with a big rocky head, which clung to the glass all the way through. In the smell there was a nice bouquet of juicy citric smells....tangerine, and nectarine as far as i can tell. Taste was equally as sweet, with the juicy fruit flavors coming through at first, followed by a light piney taste at the end. Mouthfeel was slightly lighter then I was expecting, but in a good way. A very drinkable ipa, but I would have liked a bit more on the hops. Apparently these bottles were from 05, so maybe some of that initial hop bitterness has cooled down a bit. Either way it's a nice ipa worth picking up if you see it around.

Photo of marcobrau
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a light amber hue, with a fairly dense white head. Nice hop nose with a short of grassy, catty character. Tasty, with a spicy, peppery hop flavor supported by some sweet caramel malts. Mouthfeel is fairly good. The same caramel malts that balance the hops contribute a bit too much body and contributes a full feeling in my belly. The finish is long and has a powerful coarse hop bitterness.

Note: According to the brewery, the bottle reviewed is from lot no. 3006 and was made entirely with fresh (not kilned) Cluster hops.

Photo of JohnnyM2002
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass at 50 degrees. Picked up in a trade from DavidEddie - thanks a lot!!

A - Pours a clear amber color with a quickly-developing head that melts away to a half-inch lacing. Decent amount of carbonation.

S - Very piney and grassy hops.

T - Hoppy bitterness comes screaming out of the gates right away, eventually leading to a floral/citrus lacing on the tongue. Powerful flavors, but not overly bitter as it finishes with a bubbly citrus taste.

M - Medium body with matching carbonation. Finishes a little heavier than I expected, but very well-balanced.

D - Overall, very enjoyable. I had a sudden hop urge last night and it really hit the spot.

Photo of danielocean03
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle marked "Lot 2806" into a pint glass. Appearance is a caramel-hued coppery orange with the thinnest off white cap of foam that quickly turned to a light ring of whitish sticky lacing. Aroma is sweet and malty, grapefruit hoppiness and citrusy notes present as well. Taste is also sweet and malty before then making a smooth transition to a very pleasant hoppiness without the typical bitterness associated with the style. A very quaffable brew, medium bodied, light on the carbonation, very smooth all around. Exceptionally drinkable, easily the least bitter IPA I've sampled to date. Overall a solid beer, will purchase again, highly recommend.

Photo of bigdeuce
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very thick brew at a reasonable price. Not much lacing, but maybe cause the beer was too cold. Real piny and grapefruit scents on the nose. Tastes identical as well. Rich fruity malt on the front with a great hoppy kickback. Pours a strawberry blonde color. A crowd pleaser. I really enjoyed this one.

Photo of msubulldog25
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle received in trade, thank you DavidEddie. Green and yellow label shows a cartoonish hand overflowing with hop cones ("Heavy-Handed"! I get it!). Lot #2556. Bottle lists 5.7% ABV instead of 6.2% shown on BA profile...

A: Extremely clear auburn-color with a 1-finger ivory head. Lots of carbonation. Head fades to a thin creamy film. Attractive & ample lace.

S: Hop smell is floral & slightly spicy but also a little dry and musty - like damp cardboard.

T: Nice spicy/bitter flavor and good malt/hop balance. Hops are juicy citrus and very green/fresh.

M: Medium to full mouthfeel. Goes down smoothly but with a faint alcohol burn down the throat. Bitterness lingers and clings to the tongue. Carbonation is very mild.

D: A better than average IPA. Bold flavors, good balance, enjoyable. I'd recommend this one.

Photo of Cresant
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this 12 oz., undated brown bottle (lot #2806) into an IPA glass. Very minimal head. Clear copper colored body.

Smell was Fresh leafy hops. Faint tobacco leaves.

Taste was nice, oily bitterness. This beer is wet hopped and achieves 62 IBUs. The "heavy-handed" citrusy hops are complimented by the less than overpowering sweetness of the caramel malts. Dry finish. The taste was the strong point of this beer.

Mouthfeel was medium to full bodied. Smooth. Mild carbonation. This one lightly coated the mouth and lips with fresh tasting hop oils. The smell and carbonation were less than expectd but I would buy this one again.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

AP: Totally clear and very active with a deep red-hued amber color. Small 1" tall thin and scattered head leaves some long and sticky legs behind.

Nose: A hearty, earthy hop dominated scent with some mild malted undertones.

Taste: A very hearty semi-bitter hop. Mildly sweet malt keeps the balance a bit, then finishes with a fresh "wet" and leafy style hop.

MF: Medium body, crisp and clean.

DA: This is a quality IPA that is easy to drink and to session.

Photo of BeerBelcher
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been impressed with every beer I've yet tried from Two Brothers, and greatly appreciate the OG, ABV, and IBU numbers on each of their offerings.

Copper red with abundant white head. Aroma is a sweet-hop smell. Taste is sweet at first with a hop bitterness at the finish. Very pleasant. This beer is not an over-the-top hop-soda (which I also enjoy), but is an extremely good, more middle-of-the-road, IPA.

Bottle bought at Breeze-Thru Liquor in Milwaukee.

Photo of Bierguy5
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, 62 IBU, 5.7 ABV%, Lot 2706. Pours a very nice dark amber color, very clear, with a thick off-white foamy head. Nice floral and citrusy aroma. The head disappears rather quickly for a beer hopped this well, and there are a few patches of lace left on the glass. A fair amount of crisp caramel malt goes well with some hop bitterness that lingers on the palate. You would expect that the hop flavor and bitterness would be very intense as in the aroma, however it falls short of that. A bit thin, with a low amount of carbonation. I expected more, however it was tasty and very easy to drink.

Photo of terrabyte
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear golden brown, with an offwhite/yellow head.

Smells like sweet pine hops. Very strong smell.

Nice mellow flavor. Not as much sweetness as I would have expected from the smell. Bready malts seem to mute it nicely (I'm not a fan of too much sweets) Finishes with that telltale sign of piney hops with lots of enjoyable bitterness.

This has a strong bold flavor but is very drinkable. A good introduction to this style if you don't want to go overboard.

Photo of biegaman
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A nice dark pour, some very modest head formation. A shiny ruby in colour, obviously filtered. Crystal clear. Pretty agressive aroma, grassy, fruity hops. Bitter even on the nostrils. Doesn't have the thoroughness that of the American IPA's have, but hops present. Those same hops continue through to the mouthfeel, with some light bitterness and lingering. Flavour is dominated by such a hop blend, a lovely melange of a few different hops. Not sure though, overly acidid, these hops don't mix for the best receipe. Not much of a finish, nor 'flavour profile', this one leans heavily on the hops and this makes for a bit rough of a drinkability. Could use a little more malt, overly agressive and bitter resiny finish. No mistakes, I liked it but that said ... it tries a little hard to be more like some of the Big American IPA's and comes across uneven, rough around the edges, and overall in need of some polish. Thanks for sharing Harry!

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer is a amber brown color with a crystal clear body and a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles slowly floating to the surface. There is a thin film of white foam that hangs on for a good while.

S- This beer has a fresh green earthy hops smell that has a spicy ginger quality to it. Buried underneath the hops is a nice fresh slightly grain note.

T- The green juicy hops flavor has a dry spice note of ginger that taste more of pine as it warms. There is a dry toasted malt flavor that offers good support to the big hops. The finish has a grapefruit bitterness to it that hangs on the tongue for a bit.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a slight chewy texture. The carbonation is not really fizzy but gives more mouthfeel.

D- This beer has good depth of hops with wonderful freshness and a nice background malt flavor to support them. Delicious.

Photo of kmpitz2
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. Lot 2806 - brewed with baby cascade, as per Jason Ebel and the website. It pours a deep copper color, with a very small head that fades quickly to a slight ring aroundthe top. The brew is moderately cloudy, and it has a few stray bubbles working up to the top of hte beer. The aroma is nice and lively, with a light orangey citrus and a deep earthy and almost a bit woody hop with a chunky caramel undertone that really accentuates the sweet note in the hop and provides a really nice backdrop for the earthy notes in the hop. Smells nice. Flavor is right with th e aroma. It hits first with a nice woodsyness from the hop, folowed by a caramel burst that moves to a light citrusy hop, finishing with a full moderate bitterness that lingers just long enough. I like the balance in this, as the hop is nice and flavorful, but not too aggressive. The mouthfeel is moderate with a light to moderate carbonation. It could use a hint more carbonation, but it doesn't really detract from the experience. This is a lot that I am going to keep my eyes out for and be sure to buy again if I see it in the stores. This is a winner.

Heavy Handed IPA from Two Brothers Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 815 ratings.