Heavy Handed IPA - Two Brothers Brewing Company
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3.9/5 rDev +1.8%
Presentation: Extracted from a cardboard box from the back of xlperros Caddy (and we werent even playing Golf) in San Clemente before we hit the Pizza Port for a beer or three.
Appearance: A hazy-cum-murky orange amber color, IPA-ish in its dress code. A massive off white beige head that forms readily but stays around. Interestingly it has one of those ice cream floatie heads that completely moves in its entirety when you tip the glass to your mouth. The beer oozes out from below quite weird. Super carbonation when swirled always replenishes the head to a smooth ½ covering.
Nose: Kentish hop-fields heavily laden with dew from the nights rain mixed with the stench of well engrained grass stains from your Cricket Whites as you slid to prevent at Boundary at deep square leg.
Taste: Fresh hops, very fresh grassy hops fill the mouth and lend a grass stained lick to the inner cheeks. I like a cheeky lick every now and again oooeeer. Bitterness in the middle but this is never overpowering, the power of the flower, the hop in this case, is what the beer is all about.
Mouthfeel: Solid, quenching for thirst yet wholesome enough to retain attention for the quaffers amongst you.
Drinkability: Sadly I only had one bottle, highly enjoyable and very put-down-the-neckable. I like a good fresh hoppy beer and this really hits the spot. It would go well with a spicy Chicken Madras or ring-burning Vindalooo.
Overall: A very enjoyable IPA. My West Coast mates may find this one a bit tame, but I quite enjoyed it to be honest, in fact I was really taken with it.
A Big Barking Thanks to mi old mucker xlperro for this one. It makes up for the Sam Adams Cranberry Lambic ya Wanker (and no, please dont tell me the SA CL was a freebie extra in our recent trade, I pay for my trash to be taken away!!!) LMOA. Serious Cheers Mate, I enjoyed this one more than you did it seems Irony? or Self Righteous Infliction for the Cranberry Lambic?!?! You Decide!
11-07-2003 08:10:44 | More by TheLongBeachBum
3.68/5 rDev -3.9%
Light bronze color with a thick, frothy cream-colored head. The attractive appearance leads to a fairly dissapointing nose. Knowing this beer is brewed with freshly harvested hops, the nose is fairly subdued, featuring only a hint of the expected hoppiness. Earthy, spiciness is all that I detected. Taste is more subdued than expected, too, featuring more earthiness and caramel malt than a big hop flavor profile. Minor notes of citrus and pine needles. Mouthfeel is a nice mixture of beady carbonation and smoothness imparted by the malt. Very drinkable, but not quite as dialed in as that which I've noticed in the bottled version.
10-27-2003 03:43:13 | More by Jon
3.78/5 rDev -1.3%
A nice, more lightly hopped IPA than the American norm. This brew is hazy honey amber with a smallish eggshell head and light lacing. The floral and citrus hop nose is followed by a flavor that imparts citrus hops but also gives big doses of malt taste. The feel is very nice and the finish is crisply dry. A bit too much citrus bitter for big drinkability.
10-26-2003 16:57:41 | More by AtLagerHeads
3.93/5 rDev +2.6%
A somewhat murky orange to amber color as it sets in the glass with a portly head that is frothy in texture and a light tan color, the lace forms a fine sheet to cover the glass. The nose has a mild floral tone, citrus like, and sweet malt also noticed, start is nicely malted, pleasingly sweet and the top middling in feel. Finish has a mild acidity with a perky hop spicy bite and desert dry aftertaste, good but more middle of the road, which is not bad.
10-25-2003 16:30:27 | More by Gusler
3.25/5 rDev -15.1%
Rusty amber in color with an eg-shell colored, creamy head. It fades to a thin solid layer and leaves a intricate lace.
Slight graininess on the aroma with floral hops greeting the nose.
A sharp bitterness hits the back of my throat first off, but then becomes more fully rounded & juicy. There is a biscuity malt there to try to balance things out, but the hops never relent. The flavor is a bit too grainy for my tastes though. The hops linger long after the beer is gone.
Slick mouthfeel with good carbonation.
Overall, I was hoping for a little more here. Not bad, but there are so many better offerings out there to choose from.
09-17-2003 02:34:56 | More by cretemixer
3.55/5 rDev -7.3%
Lot No. 2752
Nice blush to the otherwise brassy color. Tight 1/2 inch head pretty quickly settles to a fine, complete cap.
Nose is all hops. Nice citric/piney notes, but its not horribly complex.
The malt makes its first appearance on the palate, but its quickly overwhelmed by the hops. The mouthfeel is full, but its more of a sensation than a component of the palate. The finish is decent in length and decidedly bitter, but this one needs a bigger malt note to provide better balance for me.
05-12-2003 14:50:04 | More by Realale
4.03/5 rDev +5.2%
A golden-peach color with thick white head. The head is full of citrus and earthy hop aromas, this is a dry-hopped IPA, very nice. It has a medium texture with a creamy,malty start, a green hop flavor and dry hop bitterness in the finish.Fresh hops off the vine were added to this brew and it's apparent in a green hop flavor, which is a nice change here. A solid IPA.
04-29-2003 18:44:49 | More by jeffboo
3.5/5 rDev -8.6%
Appearance: Pours a light copper color with decent clarity. A tan head starts small and stays that way.
Smell: Pretty much the typical Cascade aroma: grapefruit, pine, citrus, and a touch of a floral scent.
Taste: Lots of hops... There's a decent malt backbone here, but it's overpowered by the hops. It's a bit out of balance. All the normal Cascade flavors are here, just like in the smell. Finishes with a strong, almost burnt, bitter note.
Mouthfeel: Fairly thin-bodied with a crisp mouthfeel. Finishes dry.
Drinkability: It's not a bad IPA, but there are so many others out there that put this brew to shame. I'd drink this if it's what's available, but if given a choice, I can pick several off the top of my head that are far better.
01-07-2003 23:43:34 | More by MJR
3.85/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
12-28-2002 12:18:51 | More by BeerBuilder
4.43/5 rDev +15.7%
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)
11-12-2002 20:38:05 | More by Bighuge
4.13/5 rDev +7.8%
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.
11-08-2002 20:42:02 | More by jackndan
4.03/5 rDev +5.2%
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.
10-07-2002 16:18:28 | More by Wildman
4/5 rDev +4.4%
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.
10-04-2002 08:06:50 | More by ADR
3.73/5 rDev -2.6%
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.
10-03-2002 20:47:27 | More by cokes
Heavy Handed IPA from Two Brothers Brewing Company
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