Heavier Handed IPA - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Ratings: 319
Reviews: 107
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 8.68%
Wants: 37
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
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Illinois, United States

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

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: emerge077 on 11-14-2009

Wet hopped IPA aged in new French oak tanks.
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Ratings: 319 | Reviews: 107
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Photo of weatherdog
3.56/5  rDev -11.7%
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

Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
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

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of danman83
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.72/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

Photo of brow1901
4.23/5  rDev +5%
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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of pwoods
4/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of beerme52
4.87/5  rDev +20.8%
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!

Photo of nkersten
4.23/5  rDev +5%
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.

Photo of dirtylou
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
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

Photo of prototypic
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

Photo of Vonerichs
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The body is a deep rusty orange with an absolutely huge head. The lacing is heavy and stays packed on the sides of the glass all the way through the last drop.

The smell starts with a pleasant vanilla sweetness, then the hops bust through. There's a pointed earthy spice, pine needles, and a floral aroma.

The taste does not carry as much oak as I anticipated, and in a good way. The oak lends just a light vanilla sweetness that cuts down on the bitterness of the hops. The hops were mostly of the pine and floral variety, giving a perfume aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is crisp with a dry finish.

I would have never guessed this is 8.10 abv. The oak seems to smooth this out quite a bit.

Photo of larryarms847
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Pours a rather bland slightly cloudy and rusty amber orange.

The aromatics are outstanding, resinous, piney, lemon, and orange zest smell fresh and well balanced. No harsh notes.

Much less sticky resin than I was expecting, but juicy and citrusy hop profile, met by a warm and soft caramel malts.

Smooth as water, the wet hopping definitely takes a lot of the hop bitterness away.

Overall, another fantastic beverage from Two Brothers, I just wish I had two!

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

22oz bomber picked up at the brewpub.

A: Pours a slightly hazy burnt orange with reddish pink highlights, honey yellow with a heavy dose of orange. Head is thick, dense and incredibly stick, leaves behind a ring of lacing after each sip.

S: Ripe melons and pine, there seems to be less of an oaky sweetness evident in the bottle than the on tap version.

T/MF: The oakiness comes through more in the flavor than in the aroma, it adds an underlying creamy smoothness to the rougher edges of pine and sweet, ripe melons. It acts as a kind of butter that slides over the dank hops and waves of gooey malt sweetness. The feel of this thing reminds me more of an American barleywine than an IPA, feels dense, sticky and chewy with only an inkling of dryness near the finish.

D: Each sip is a pleasure and brings forth wave after wave of fresh, sticky hoppiness. But in terms of rating to style this beer is a bit of a tweener, it drinks and tastes heavier than the majority of IPAs but not as over the top as a DIPA. Whatever this beer wants to call itself is fine by me. Also I think I like this beer better out of the bottle, but I'd like to give it another try just to be sure. Great beer regardless, can't wait to see what else they have planned with these fouders.

Photo of jhoban19
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into my favorite tulip glass (Maudite)... poured in 2 servings.

A: deep amber/ruby color with a foamy off-white head. A rush of carbonation quickly races up the glass and then disappears into the foam. When held to the light, a glow permeates through and around the glass. The head settles into thick ring with full surface coverage. Lacing is strong and retains its place on the glass throughout the entire pour.

S: Initial aroma is all hops- wonderful pine-scented hops. As it warms, rich toasty malts and honey start to emerge, along with a hint of vanilla bean.

T: Hops dominate the flavor with each and every sip, though there are enough sweet and toasty malts to provide a well balanced backbone. A hint of vanilla bean is also detected. As it warms the malts (particularly the honey) become more prevalent, but the piney hop flavors (and corresponding bitterness) still dominate. The second pour (bottle left out rather than back in the fridge) is a bit warmer and has more malt flavor- I preferred the slightly colder version with more hops. I'm knocking the Taste score down just a tad for this.

M: Heavier Handed is medium bodied and smooth- very smooth. Much like the pour, a rush of carbonation makes it way to the back of the throat and simply disappears, giving way to a smooth, sweet finish and a bitterness that lingers throughout. A sticky hop film remains on the lips, though the sweet malts and smooth finish keep the saliva glands working to provide a bit of moisture to balance out the sticky hops.

D: This is an incredibly drinkable beer. Too bad it was a limited release, would love to get my hands on a bit more of this. I'm glad I bought 2 bottles when I had the chance. I didn't quite get any aromas or flavors resulting from the barrel-aging, but maybe I just wasn't sure what to expect from that. About the only other negative I see is that the hops fade too quickly as the beer warms. Heavier Handed has such a wonderful hop flavor- I wish it would have lasted throughout the entire bottle.

Photo of ChuggyMcBeer
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

A: Deep copper with two fingers of sticky head.

S: Hop forward with a lot of sweetness in the back.

T: A little less hoppy than anticipated. I get a bit of piney hops, but the hop flavor is pretty mellow, with a sweet honey and malty flavor asserting itself.

M: Slick and a bit oily.

D: Goes down easy, which is mostly a byproduct of its unaggressive hop flavor.

Photo of emerge077
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"Oak Foudre Aged"

First release of this beer, aged in the brewer's new oak foudres...

Pours a deep orange-red copper color, plenty of lace sheeting and coverage across the surface. Admirable amount of head retention, no matter how distracted I get, there's a generous head when I return to the beer.

Some fresh PacNW hops in the nose, just resiny and sticky sweet. Oak is there too in a fruity sense. A swirl renders it dank and skunky. Somewhat dry and malty too in the residual aroma. Uniquely fruity cantaloupe taste, some pale malt in the middle, with a drying finish and moderate bitterness. Fairly hefty body, yet still very drinkable. Apparently quite a jump in ABV from regular heavy handed. Overall I like this quite a bit, and hope that the foudres turn out some good oak-aged beers in the future...

Photo of jsh420
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a very dark copper orange with a 2 + finger head that leaves rings all down the glass - its a very clear beer for being unfiltered

smell is not very strong but a good presence of pine and grapefruit

taste - i dont taste the difference between this and the regular heavy handed - where is the oak? still good but

mouthfeel is very creamy and smooth bu t not flat

drinkability is good - but i would rather save some cash and drink heavy handed

Photo of EJNibs
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Warm amber color. Holds its head fairly well, with nice lacing.

S: Nice, floral hop aroma. Not terribly intense--nor complex--but a nice nose nonetheless.

T: Honestly, somewhat disappointing. One-dimensional hop bitterness. This is an example of the intense bitterness and sometimes heavy feeling of hops that I tolerate without the citrus or floral notes that I love. The hops are dark and heavy on the palate; a tongue bruiser in less than an ideal sense. I know some folks love that, but not me. I think that a DIPA/IIPA should, indeed, be intensely hoppy, but these hops lack complexity; it's just bitter.

M & D: Full and frothy mouthfeel that isn't too heavy. The hops TASTE heavy in the full bitterness without floral or citrus balance sense, but the mouthfeel doesn't sit too deep, keeping it decently drinkable.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.49/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. 19.2 degrees plato, 84.3 IBUs, 8.1% ABV, "unfiltered", "oak foudre aged", and "fresh hop harvest". Space for a date but none printed there.

A - The beautiful beer is an orange amber accented by golden highlights and slightly hazed by tiny floating particles. The head rose up to just under two-fingers fairly quickly. It went down with moderately slow speed and left two stages of off-white lacing in the glass.

S - The aroma is so fresh it's reminiscent of picking my Cascade and Chinook hops; resins coating my fingers. Fresh and moist, the American-smelling hops are bursting at the seams like the way they are portrayed in the label art. Lots of resiny pine, a mellow grapefruit citrus, and a perfumy floral aroma. A slight herbal spice is hinted at too. The malts are buff too, giving the hop nose a solid backbone to rely on. A strong malty sweetness of caramel and honey with a flaky, biscuity nose. A small earthy wood hint is there from the oak foudres (I would assume). Very well balanced and aromatic without a slap to the face like most other DIPAs.

T - As the aroma suggests, this is both a more mellow but complex beer as well as being very nicely balanced. A sweet malty beginning of biscuits drizzled with honey is slowly overtaken by the oaky hop flavor. A lot of earthy notes pull out of it like the oak foudres, resiny pine-needle flavor, and floral and herbal hints. The citrusy grapefruit flavor is last to come across and is met with a bit of pineapple. Both leave a dryness in their stead that combats the sweet malts.

M - This full-bodied DIPA has a lot going on in the mouth. The sweetness rounds it out and balances it well as well as making it fairly smooth. The hops give the finish a nice dry feel and lingering moderate bitterness that seems to get more intense moments after the swallow. Nicely carbonated for a lively feel.

D - Another superb beer from Two Brothers, it's extremely well-crafted and delicious. One I was surprised to see and happy that I grabbed. A great sipper and a good beer to coax less hop-inclined drinkers into the world of DIPAs (as if they would start there anyway). I'll need to collect a few more on my next run south.

Photo of yamar68
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful beer. Caramel gold body topped with a dense eggshell cap, thick blankets of lacing retain as long as the head does. Constant beading from start to finish.

Juicy tropical hop notes, earthy woods, faint vanilla, soft citrus, very well constructed beer.

Hops don't pop quite the way they do in the nose, distinctly tropical flavors are very apparent though, the bitterness plays nicely against the vanilla/wood bits.

Not the best wood aged IPA I've had, but nice and drinkable, goes great with a slice of pizza.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark orange amber color and a huge head of white coming up and over the top. Majestic looking would be the right word here. Thick lacing up and down the sides of the glass throughout. Most pungent aroma I have come across in as long as I can remember. Thick dose of grapefruit and orange right up front. Huge sticky hops just dripping off of this one. Rich and sweet as I take the first sip. Grapefruit and sugar dipped orange just coating the tongue. Soo fresh it almost hurts. Even warming it brings no relief as the hops are soo thick and omnipresent that you are just taken a back and completely blown away. Long dry finish is coated with soo many flavors, again I am blown away.

Photo of blackie
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

passes this one up in a store in ohio, but the dirtman insists...

a: snifter serving, an attractive off-white head rests on a gorgeously deep orange-amber beer, retention is good

s: hefty caramel body dressed with a big tropical hop aroma, fresh young pine, juicy mango and red grapefruit, a little booze, really enjoy the oak presence here

m: carbonation is delicate and smooth - on the lighter end of medium, body on the medium-full side but not too heavy or slick

t: big oily hop flavors applied to a formidable caramel malt base, blend of tropical citrus and young pine, mild spicy oak pulls through in the finish with a strong bitterness

d: just fine

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.87/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, no bottled on date so I don't know how fresh it is. The brewery is less than 20 minutes from where I live though, so I'm assuming it's pretty on the fresh side.

A - Pours a very nice burnt orange color with about a half finger of head that goes down quickly. Scattered lacing.

S - Nice wet juicy hops for sure. A little bit of a hot booze smell coming through a bit.

T - Mmmmm tastes just how it smells, nice hop presence in the beginning and it finishes with a little bit of a warm alcohol taste. Not as bitter as I was hoping, and not as citrusy or piney either, but it is still a nice beer. The oak isn't really present for me, I guess it just comes out in the warmth of the beer.

M - The warm boozey finish lingers for a while, demanding you take another sip of this intense beer. This is good, I only wish I had the Two Brothers Heavy Handed IPA so I could make a comparison of sorts.

Overall, a nice beer. I'm not the biggest Two Brothers fan, but I did enjoy their Hop Juice quite a lot, and the Heavy Handed IPA, and this beer is definitely a step upward, although I don't know how many more times I will want to have it.

Two Brothers Heavier Handed IPA ---4/5.

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Heavier Handed IPA from Two Brothers Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 319 ratings.