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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: 819
Reviews: 394
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 34
Gots: 45 | 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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Ratings: 819 | Reviews: 394
Photo of orbitalr0x
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 edition. Lot 2806 which means this was brewed using Baby Cascade hops. Pours a dark reddish orange with a 1/2 inch of head on top. Quite dark for an IPA. Aromas start off with caramel malts along with a biscuity tone as well. Floral, green citric hops abound. A bit of a candied aroma as well. Pretty good stuff.

First sip brings a rush of biscuit infused caramel malt sweetness. A touch of grain quickly follows. Earthy, floral hops with some citric grapefruit accents. The hops seem fresh and vibrant here. Flows down smooth with a good bitter bite on the end. Tasty.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and easy to drink. This would make a nice everyday IPA that I wouldn't mind having stocked in the fridge more often. Overall, a solid brew and I look forward to this year's batch and to seeing what kind of hops they will be using. Remember to check their website as they list the Lot numbers with the corresponding hops that were used!

Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured a hazy amber with a thin creamy head, intense piney/resiny notes in the bouquet intermingled with toffee and some bready, doughy, caramely, buttery, and citrus notes. taste was a light/moderate sweetness at the front end followed by a medium/heavy hit of hop bitterness, pretty long finish. medium/full bodied on the palate. this beer was a pretty well-balanced american ipa and big for it's body/abv. another decent beer from two brothers.

Photo of CFbeermaker
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was given this beer last night and I figured today It would be my first review. Pulled it out of the fridge it temped 35F so I waited until it hit 40F to pour. When poured it had a nice clear light copper color. Not much head, and what there was disapated pretty quickly with little lacing. It has a slight citrus smell to it. It had a crisp mouthfeel with a decent amout of carbination. I thought it tasted pretty good. A quick burst of hops that mellows out pretty quick. I think I could drink this type of beer all night long.

Photo of hammer09
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This was the last bottle from a sixer I bought back in December.

Beer pours a reddish amber with definite signs of chill haze. Head development is minor, approximately half an inch, and dissipates rather quickly leaving very little lacing. Smells spicy with an underlying malt sweetness and a hint of caramel. Hop bouquet is both floral and spicy. When I first tried this in December, the hop presence was very bold making this beer worthy of its name. However, after a few months of aging, the beer's hoppiness has mellowed somewhat. Therefore, if you like really hoppy beers, drink this right away, otherwise let it age for awhile. Despite its muted hop character, this brew still tastes good for an American IPA. Mouthfeel is crisp and dry at the finish, but leaves a syrupy after taste on the palate. Carbonation is fairly flat. Overall, this is a fairly good beer, however, I find it more enjoyable if it is consumed sooner rather than later. The chill haze does detract from its appearance and it could use a little more carbonation.

Photo of BeerCheese
3.56/5  rDev -7%
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
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
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
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
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
3.36/5  rDev -12.3%
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
3.16/5  rDev -17.5%
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
4.52/5  rDev +18%
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
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
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
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
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
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
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
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
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
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
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
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
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
3.37/5  rDev -12%
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
3.87/5  rDev +1%
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.

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