Heavier Handed IPA - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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89
very good

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Reviews: 107
Hads: 322
rAvg: 4
pDev: 4.5%
Wants: 35
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
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Illinois, United States

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

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: emerge077 on 11-14-2009

Wet hopped IPA aged in new French oak tanks.
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Photo of oreo
5/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a snifter at the Two Brothers Tap House.

This is my first reviewed 5/5 beer. (pliny is next)

Pours a nice orange/tangerine color with a small long lasting head.

Smells of grapefruit and pineapples. Best smelling IPA I have had.

Having had this in years past, I was not impressed. Something changed this year as this was outstanding. TONS of citrus fruits, grapefruit, orange, lemon. Not overly bitter. A thick malty backbone gives this beer an awesome mouthfeel. Highly drinkable. High five to two brothers. Do me a favor and put it in bombers next year. (570 characters)

Photo of beerme52
4.87/5  rDev +21.8%
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! (304 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.72/5  rDev +18%
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. (1,906 characters)

Photo of bruachan
4.51/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bought this bad boy from the brewery. quite excited am i

poured a cold-hazy red-amber with a head low on quantity but insistent. quality lacing. and ooooeeee does what emerges from the foam smell damn nice: metric tonnes of wet hop dry hopping: sweeet tangerine citrus, sticky pine. honestly, this might be the finest hop aroma i've experienced in a beer. i can't prove that but i'll claim it now and do the research later. NOTE: i am not, in this analysis, advocating proponence in the more-is-better school of domestic craft beers; this one just has incredible nuance

a fine malt springboard is in place, i should mention, off of which the hops do their aerial magic. bitterness can't wait until the finish, its typical spot in the tasting chronology, to assert itself (though it cannot be appreciated in its fullness until the end). next up is fantastic bright fruit elements. the malts come next with a brief butterscotchy appearance, but gives way to more hop imperialism that imposes its will upon the cosmos of my glass. sweet juicy citrus

that's the best hop performance i've witnessed in quite some time. if only they'd let me fill a growler with it! (1,162 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.49/5  rDev +12.3%
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. (2,222 characters)

Photo of bonk0076
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy reddish/mahogany color with a sticky white head. Aroma is dominated by pine and grapefruit notes with of caramel underneath it. Taste is dominated by hop bitternesss but balanced nicely but not completely by caramel malt. Finishes very short but sweet, literally. (285 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.39/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A continuation of the IPA and DIPA project, this is the first beer I've had from Two Brothers and am looking forward to this review.

Beer poured from a bottle into a Stone Arrogant bastard glass. There appears to be a blank box on the side of the beer label where a freshness date COULD go but there is nothing printed there.

Beer is brown / copper and slightly hazy. Carbonation is moderate there is a single fingered head made up of medium to small sized bubbles. Leaves lacing as the beer is drank. Looks good.

Smells awesome. There isn't a lot of malt up there but there is a lot of nice hops, a mixture between the pine and citrus variety. Amazing wonderful smell.

Medium body (approaching full), sweetness and nice hop flavors in the midpalate and bitterness up back. There is a slight aftertaste but overall really smooth and good connectivity. Second taste, its a little thin in the front mouth but it carries well. Mouthfeel is good and drinkability is high. (971 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
4.37/5  rDev +9.3%
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 (463 characters)

Photo of lightindarkness
4.37/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber into a tall unibroue tulip.

Pours a foggy burnt orange, some gleaming amber highlights, and frothy off-white head. Tons of gorgeous sticky lace layers all over the glass from this one.

Aroma is resinous and sweet. Tons of hops in piny resin, with ample grapefruit, apricot, and cotton candy. A touch syrupy in the smell, with some hinting grains behind.

Taste is a hop-lovers delight. Smooth and rich up front, with lots of bright citrus and a little caramelly depth mellowing to the middle. Bitterness rises from the beginning, and swells to a coarser resiny flavor at the end. Some hanging light sweetness mixes in very pleasantly in the middle, where the beer seems to hollow out a bit. That coarse bitterness coats the mouth and lingers in the finish though. Rather well balanced and tasty, hops are strong, maybe even a mild assault, but not too much. Background flavors are somewhat mellow and balanced. Oak is difficult to perceive from the fresh hop, with plenty of green brightness to it, maybe a little mellow oak hanging around conversing with the bitterness in the finish.

Feel is pretty classic for style. Nice hardy body with enough carbonation to show through. Sticky and thickening in the mouth on swallow, with a rather dry and resiny feel, leaving a rather strong bitter coating on the palate.

Overall, it drinks really well. Definitely strong on the bitter end, and would require a drinker already inclined to hops, but well balanced and extremely pleasant overall. Great flavor notes, very attractive, and feel rounds out the overall experience. Very nicely done. Would love to have this one around and readily available for whenever I needed a good hop fix from a well crafted intense IPA not overly done. (1,744 characters)

Photo of TaddyPorter
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

We went on a random pre-birthday drive yesterday, and ended up amidst the strip malls of Blacklick, home to Blacklick Wine & Spirits. Their beer guy drew my attention to this, and since oak-aged IPAs and Two Brothers have done me so well in the past, I figured I couldn't go wrong. I was right! Great birthday present to myself. From the bottle: "This Artisan Beer is in celebration of our new French oak tanks, called 'Foudres'." I can't wait to enjoy some more brews out of those delicious foudres in the future. This one was foudrin' awesome!

Appearance:
A tawny golden brew with plenty of head retention. Maybe I expected less head retention because of the oak, but I should've reminded myself it wasn't whiskey-barrel-aged, just oaked. All around inviting to the eye.

Smell:
Powerful piney hops dominate the nose of this beer, with a bit of sweetness from the malt that is quickly washed over by more hoppy tang. Rebecca described the smell as green, dank, and earthy. Cannabis-like, hop-oil scents float all over this one, provided by the "wet hops from Washington state" described on the bottle.

Taste:
The taste is not as dominated by the hops as the scent would suggest, and the drying pucker of the oak comes through quickly to make its presence known. The tannins of the oak and dry woodiness come clearly through, making this a beautiful and successful example of oak aging for me. Truly a luscious wood-aged beer, and I'm happy to see more things getting aged on oak than just imperial stouts.

Mouthfeel:
Smooth, fairly light on the carbonation, and again dominated by the dry pucker of oak.

Drinkability:
I could drink this one all the time, absolutely delicious from start to finish, and the oakiness and hops continue to release nuances as it warms up. It would go great with stinky cheese or something sweet like chocolate and raisins. It has plenty of flavor to stand up to a pungent dish, but is certainly delicate and enjoyable enough to savor on its own. (1,980 characters)

Photo of fropones
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into my La Fin du Monde tulip.

A - Pours a nice copper color one loves to see with a (D)IPA. A finger of creme head with good retention and nice lacing.

S - Very floral and hoppy. Smell very inviting. Some candied grapefruit and a bit of pine as well as some cantaloupe. Just the faintest hint of oak. I wish the oak was more pronounced, which is why this didn't get a higher score.

T - Thankfully the oak is more pronounced in the flavor. Up front a bit of malt sweetness and oaky tones, with the hop bitterness in back. The oak is noticeable throughout and quite nice.

M - Nice and creamy. Could use a bit more carbonation.

D - Very good drinkability. Goes down nice without the alcohol very detectable. This one could be trouble... (762 characters)

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - clear, dark orange brew. Light, light tan head, thin but sticky lacing with good coverage.

Aroma - caramelly, dark fruit, figgy, juicy orange, mango.

Taste - lots of malty, biscuity depth, not often found in a DIPA. The sweetness is there, but usually for me it tends to downplay the malt character as the sugar transitions to the hops. Not so here. A lighter sweet allows good grain presence, and I dig it. The hops are citrusy, sweeter at first and growing more bitter on the swallow. Some nice oranginess stays around, pushing into that syrupy, dark fruit, barleywine-like flavor. Finishes with a light alcohol breath and some good palate drying. Is there supposed to be oak in here? Not sure if I'm tasting any of that or not. There's enough yummy beer flavor, I'm not sure if the oak is masked or just blended in to where i can't pick it out.

Mouthfeel - smooth, heavy but could be a little more sturdy. Well carbonated but comes across lighter, enhancing the smoothness.

Drinkability - a more sessionable DIPA than most, delicious stuff. (1,060 characters)

Photo of GbVDave
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into two generic goblets. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Pours a hazed, honey-brown color with a full two-fingers of light-orange colored foam on top. Head retention is excellent and it painted a bunch of lacey ropes and spatters all over the inside of the glass.

S: Delicious aromas of piney hops, blended with some vanilla, caramel, and a touch of alcohol. Gains a touch of brown sugar and tropical fruit as it warms.

T: See above. The only reason it doesn't score higher, to us, was that little boozy zing that got a tad too noticable the warmer it got.

M: Very sticky and juicy. I think we detected a bit of spicy oakiness. Hops are very fresh and pungeant.

D: We loved this beer! We also like how it seems like Two Brothers is throwing everything in their new Foudres! (813 characters)

Photo of AJacob81
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a snifter on-tap at the Roundhouse on 11.11.12

A - deep orange w creamy white 1 finger head. decent legs no lacing.

S - citrusy, floral hops dominate. oak and carmel in support. very inviting.

T - right on the nose. hops open, grapefruit, lemongrass, and a hint of candied orange peel leading into oak notes and caramel malt. earthy bitterness in finish. barrel presence smooths and blends disparate flavors into enticing whole. 4.5

M - medium to full body, creamy and smooth w semi dry finish.

Wonderful DIPA from the Brothers Ebel, much better than Hop Juice. (579 characters)

Photo of wapcap
4.29/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A very smooth IPA. Love the use of fresh hops. It really adds to the flavor of the beer. Definitely a step above heavy handed. Taste is very smooth and good. Not even abhint that it is over 8 percent. Another great Two Brothers brew! Color is bout perfect! Great beer! (268 characters)

Photo of Fcolle2
4.29/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours amber to brown in color with a thin half finger head that has decent retention.

Smell has some awesome fresh hop aromas. Fresh herbal, floral notes with a little bit of spicy hop notes as well. Malt is lightly toasted and gives this brew a really nice sweet grainy aroma.

Taste is awesome. Tons of fresh hops are forward. Mainly herbal and floral with hints of spicy hops. Hop are awesome in this, all flavor and aroma, very mild bitterness. Malt give some more grainy flavors that help balance this double ipa nicely.

Mouthfeel is great tons of sticky hop oils and resin, yet still crisp and refreshing. Bitterness is mild and keeps this beer very drinkable.

Overall this is a really nice change from the typical citrus and piney ipa. Love the wet hop, it leave some great aromas flavors and resin. I just burped and it's 100% hop oil. (846 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
4.26/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz served in a snifter at The Bavarian Lodge - Lisle, IL

Poured a deep, rusty, orange-amber color with a foamy off-white head. Retention was good, and the lacing was fantastic! With each sip, a new ring of lacing was left around the glass - definitely nice to look at. Aromas of citrus, caramel, and toasty malt filled the nose. Flavors were full and complex with notes of caramel and some citrus with hints of mild oaky vanilla and slight toasted grain. A large dose of pine is present from the start and was carried through to the finish providing some astringency and bitterness. Nice balance here. Mouth-feel was somewhat on the thin-to-medium side when chilled, but as it warmed it became fuller. Overall, very impressed with the fresh hop - oak aged offering. I wasn't sure what to expect, but this was very well done! (827 characters)

Photo of larryarms847
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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! (462 characters)

Photo of brow1901
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (995 characters)

Photo of nkersten
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (873 characters)

Photo of Dotcubed
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A big bottle of IPA can be a potent thing.
Too much of a good thing? Can't wait to find out.

Opened without much gas. Could be flatter than I'd like.
No date on the bottle so I assume it's a fairly recent release.
Fluff of foam came down to a nice ring of lace.
Amber color.

Resin scent. Reminds me of the bow rosin for string instruments.

Fresh flavor, Medium-heavy body. Not something that you find often, long mild hop flavor that isn't overwhelming. Piney.
Clearly more of a show piece. And it has the taste to back it.
The oak mellowed it, probably gave it a nice dark amber color.

Good low carbonation. Not a problem drinking this one, not like some IPAs. Just be prepared to pay for it in $$$$ (712 characters)

Photo of aerozeppl
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Just about picture perfect deep copper color with nice looking tight lacing. On the glass I can see each sip I have taken. Really cannot ask for much more out of an IPA.

S: Big hop bomb right up front. You do get the oak a little behind that. Quite subtle but I think it works well for the beer overall.

T: The taste is just really nice. Big hops with quite a bit of citrus. Little bit of orange in there as well. The oak and the hope are in perfect balance.

M: The best part of the beer. Very creamy while still having a touch of that hop thickness you want.

D: I really enjoyed this beer. I have enjoyed everything I have had from them and this is no exception. (670 characters)

Photo of danman83
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (373 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a super-fresh bomber at Armanetti's today. Shared with d0b and served in my Kuhnhenn tulip glass.

A - This is one dark brew - transparent mahogany/amber body with a big conical stream of tiny bubbles rising up the top of the glass. Two fingers of orange-tan foam that laves nice concentric rings of lacing and dissipates slowly to a thick cap.

S - Tropical hoppiness, sharp oak spice, a hint of pine, some light vanilla, and a nice toasted bread malt and caramel backbone. The nose isn't super big and the hops smell faded, which isn't surprising considering this was oak-aged.

T - The taste starts with a nice mix of vanilla and melon sweetness, but then quickly morphs into some sharp wood flavor. There is fairly strong residual hop bitterness mixed with some tannic notes, but it's under control and dissipates fairly quickly. The malt backbone is even further in the backdrop, with a bit of bread and not much else. I'm not getting a ton of dry hop character.

M - Slick, oily, hop resins. Smooth, medium body. A bit of warming, but not too hot. Lower carbonation.

D - My 11oz went down pretty fast. It's an interesting and pretty unique DIPA compared to the other local selections. I'm not generally a huge lover of oak-aged/barrel-aged hoppy beers (other than Exponential Hoppiness), but this is a pretty successful one. (1,341 characters)

Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.2/5  rDev +5%
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. (1,267 characters)

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Heavier Handed IPA from Two Brothers Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.