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Heavier Handed IPA - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Heavier Handed IPAHeavier Handed IPA

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

275 Ratings
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Ratings: 275
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 8.64%
Wants: 33
Gots: 11 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.10% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
Wet hopped IPA aged in new French oak tanks.

(Beer added by: emerge077 on 11-14-2009)
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Reviews by chanokokoro:
Photo of chanokokoro
3.28/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a nonic half pint glass

Pours deep golden with amber and orange hues. One finger head which slowly reduces to a thin foam ring. No lacing. Tropical fruit dominates by pineapple on the nose. Opens with pineapple and hint of mango and papaya, joined by sweet caramel malt. Finishes with some grapefruit rind bitterness, a very mild accent of oak, and some phenol alcohol. Medium bodied, mild carbonation, oily and sticky. Heavier Handed is a decent enough brew, but it seems the heavy malt bill overwhelms the contributions of the wet hops leading to a brew that is a bit unbalanced and overly sweet. Heavy Handed never seems to disappoint, but this double version aged in french oak isn't as impressive.

chanokokoro, Oct 28, 2012
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Photo of aszatk01
4/5  rDev -1.2%

aszatk01, Oct 30, 2013
Photo of weatherdog
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a tulip glass

It pours a hazy burnt amber with a beige pillowy head. A huge coat of lingering lace lines the glass

The nose is pretty muted to me. Some orange and pine type hops with a large dose of malt in there.

The taste once again didn't attack me with the hops. I've had this beer on tap about 2 months ago and i remember it being much hoppier. Maybe the 2 months of aging in the bottle really killed it. The pine and orange hop is there but once again pretty muted. There is a large amount of bitterness up front but the sweet malt at the end is too much for my liking and tips the scales into almost too sweet an IPA for me. The oak is noticeable though and lends a redeeming quality to the brew and is more prevalent than in the draft version

weatherdog, Feb 20, 2010
Photo of ajkiser12
4/5  rDev -1.2%

ajkiser12, Nov 27, 2012
Photo of danthehopslamman
4/5  rDev -1.2%

danthehopslamman, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of 77apm
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

77apm, Apr 06, 2014
Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bomber, pours hazed darker almond amber, with a dark orangy hue. Respectable, daker khaki head, stays around forever, thick collar, sheeting and plenty of bits of lace left behind. The old sniffer picks up a healthy dose of resiny and pine soaked hops, and a base layer of sweet malt. Dangerously easy drinking DIPA. A little less then full bodied, but flavorful and quite enjoyable. Crunching, citric hops abound, balanced out just a bit by whole wheat crust infused malts. Love the style, this one is smooth and easily approachable, well worth a try. Served as a fine night capper after a day of Thanksgiving eating and imbibing

Billolick, Nov 27, 2009
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to zdk9 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the orange and pine hops. The flavor is more of the same with orange and resiny hops with some oaked notes. The hop profile is heavier on the citrus hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. This was my first Two Brothers beer and I hope to try more from them in the future.

Mora2000, May 19, 2010
Photo of virinow
4/5  rDev -1.2%

virinow, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of danman83
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an 8oz mug

Appearance- Bronze, fantastic head and retention.

Smell - Very dank resiny wet hops.

Taste - Very smooth upfront then the wet hops overtake the palate with a dry finish requiring another drink.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and wet upfront with a very dry finish.

Drinkability - It's easily a session beer if you can handle more than a bomber bottle of it.

danman83, Dec 22, 2009
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.72/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pretty much a hazed beefier version of the Heavy Handed IPA aged on their new French Oak cellaring vessels. Appears a slightly clouded caramel amber glowing hue with a large frothing head that is the same color as a frothy whipped egg. Big chunks of glorious sporadic lacing presents itself extremely well from the glass, this one was poured into my Gulden Draak chalice.

Aroma is chalk full of hops including pine needles, floral accents, and citrus peels. A whopping blend of hops with a bit of malt and booze. The dominant tones come off as an oak aged dry gin with citrus squeezed into it. The brilliant oak tones come off very much like fresh cut wood giving an earthy outdoorsy experience to pair with the fresh hops.

This one is dangerous weighing in in the 8th percentile with the alcohol this brew throws huge complex hop and malt combinations at the imbiber. I'm loving the caramel booze with the citrus and earthy notes that could remind someone of some weed. Dry yet slightly tart and boozed hop candy in a glass, my mustache is coated in hops and I can honestly say this isn't an issue.

Mouthfeel is oily with hops dry with a slight oak finish boozed with a slight tone of burning sensation in both the nares and palate. Warming alcohol fuller bodied DIPA, this beer needs to be enjoyed slowly so it doesn't wreck your palate or your car. Hop oils surge with citrus peel and herbal floral hop accents.

Drinkability is killer one of the most enjoyable well represented oak aged beers I've come across this one is focused on the wood rather than iself, the hops, or it's alcohol content. Okay children sit down and surround us while we take on a thrilling twisted and turned navigation. Well represented oak brew in front of me way better than other run ins with Oak barreled DIPAs namingly both the New Holland, Southern Tier, and other Bell's offering Founds did something well original.

WVbeergeek, Dec 26, 2009
Photo of brow1901
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Clear medium amber copper color with a bone white one finger head. Good retention with some very pretty lacing.

S- Primarily earthy hops in the nose. It's a rather spicy hop smell kinda tingles the nostrils, I attribute this to the fresh hops used. The normal lemongrass citrus smell of fresh hops isn't around in this beer, perhaps its a bit too old.

T- Very light and smooth, not nearly as much of a hop bite as one would expect from the smell. Not picking up the oak really but the aging I'm sure accounts for the smoothness and toned down bitterness. The beer finishes with just a hint of sweetness left on the tongue.

M- Nothing really exciting to report, medium thickness I would classify as standard for double IPA's. I do like how it leaves the mouth mostly dry but just slightly slick, its a nice touch.

D- good drinkability, you would never guess this beer was 8% and it ends up sneaking up on you. Good smooth flavor that won't wreak your paleate, and I like the 22oz serving.

brow1901, Dec 14, 2009
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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

JuniperJesus, Jan 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

JIMTRK16, Feb 26, 2014
Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a snifter)
A- This beer has a dense deep orange body wit a thick foam of light tan on top. There are strands of microbubbles glidng to the surface.
S- This beer has a perfume green hop aroma with a soft oak hint burred in the background and finishes with a pine green hop note that grows a bit when warm.
T- This beer has a rich creamy caramel sweet malt flavor with a soft hop finish that is green and pin with a slight grassy note. There is a pungent green flavor that lingers a bit and grows more as the beer warms.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no alcohol heat noted.
D- There is a nice full green hop flavor with a mild bitterness making it a good IPA, but nothing special. Especially for the price and hype on the bottle. I didn't really notice much wood either.

rhoadsrage, Dec 07, 2009
Photo of pwoods
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Wilwfu for the nice extra.

22oz. brown bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a glowing, plumish rusty amber. A nice, lightly tinted, head forms and holds nicely. Good lacing.

S: Loads of nicely mixed American hopping. All the citrus and pine that you'd expect. Hops blend well into the oak that creates lots of complexity. Malts are well presented but are respectful of the hops.

T/M: Bitterness isn't as big as I hoped it would be. I understand the oak aging will lower it a big but it's almost disappointingly low. Still a respectable zing of hop flavor that is nicely complex from the oak aging. Alcohol comes out a decent amount, adding to the complexity. Malts are again big with some caramel and a pleasant sweetness. Malts are overbalanced at all. Body is medium full with mellow carbonation.

D: ABV is surprisingly low and this brew drinks fairly well. I would really have liked to see much more bitterness... it really could have been a phenomenal beer.

pwoods, Jan 16, 2010
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3.64/5  rDev -10.1%

Iparedman, Saturday at 01:17 AM
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

joeseppy, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of beerme52
4.88/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This the third or fourth time I have had an IPA with the 'wet hops'. The fresh hops adds a little something that really works for me. Good stuff. Got a nice little kick to it. Looked good in the glass. Got a nice bitter grapefruit peel bite. Working my second bomber now. Am going back for more tomorrow!

beerme52, Jan 09, 2010
Photo of nkersten
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured from bottle into NB tulip. Dark golden, almost amber color with a moderate head that fades just enough to cover the top of the beer for the remainder of the glass. Great lacing.
S- Lots of piney hops, a little bit of alcohol and minimal oak.
T- Excellent hop flavor, lots of pine and some tropical fruit. The oak is very understated and adds a hint of vanilla sweetness. These two flavors somewhat overpower the malt, but it is exactly what I would expect from an oaked IPA. I am very happy to taste the oak after the hops, more of a compliment then a showcase.
M- Medium body with just the right amount of carbonation. A little alcohol heat.
D- This an excellent IPA that doesnt overpower in any way like some do. Could easily finish the bomber on my own. If you get a chance to try this one I recommend it. Can't even imagine how good this would be from a cask.

nkersten, Nov 21, 2009
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3/5  rDev -25.9%

Beezee, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of dirtylou
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, nominal fiscal fee, jenny st market

appearance: served in hopleaf tulip, glowing orange-amber body, frothy white cap with minimal retention

smell: lush tropical fruit, green hops, oak and cherry, bright citrus

taste: very very good - wet hopping done extremely well. The oak presence is secondary to the hops...tropical, waves of citrus sweetness, green and fresh. glad i bought 2 of these

mouthfeel: nice bitterness, slick

drinkability: lovely

dirtylou, Jan 17, 2010
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

WoodBrew, Nov 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Damian74Shensky, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of prototypic
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Heavier handed pours a bronzish-brown color. It's slightly hazy and features some nice scarlet highlights with backlighting. It's topped off with a cream colored head that rises to about a finger. It dissipated quickly, leaving a moderate amount of lace clinging to the glass.

The nose alright, but isn't a stunner. Caramel and toffee notes are apparent from the first whiff. *sighs* There is a distinct oak smell that's not at all bad. Hints of vanilla follow. Hops are noted, but are way too tame. They have slight citrus grapefruit and orange scents, and are complemented with floral and piney notes. Honestly, it smells pretty well balanced. Not my favorite thing for a DIPA. Alcohol is noted, but isn't screaming. Above average sounds right.

The nose is an accurate indicator of what's to come. Heavier Handed has a somewhat sweet caramel malt base. That flavor's okay, but it really diminishes the hops' effect. The hops feature some citrus and orange flavors primarily, with a touch of pine and earthy flavors. At first it seemed bitter, but that seems to diminish quickly. Kind of weird. The oak flavor is decent enough, but it really doesn't improve it. It's just there. Not bad, but not much help either. Alcohol is stronger in flavor than the nose suggested. It's not masked very well. It's definitely warm, bordering on hot.

Heavier Handed is a misnomer in terms of body. It's on the light side of medium and feels too thin. Carbonation is mid-range. It's not bad, but it's not quite smooth. Drinkability is above average...barely. The flavor's okay, not great. I guess it goes down relatively easy. A bomber is more than enough. I wouldn't reach for another.

Two Brothers has an okay beer with Heavier Handed, but it's a little mediocre. The biggest problems are that it has too much of a sweet caramel malt flavor, a diminishing bitter kick, and a little too much alcohol flavor/warmth. Meh. It's not bad. Despite all that, it's still above average. But, I probably wouldn't pick up another bomber. Disappointing effort after the excellent Red Eye Coffee Porter.

prototypic, Feb 13, 2010
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Heavier Handed IPA from Two Brothers Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 275 ratings.