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Heavier Handed IPA - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Heavier Handed IPAHeavier Handed IPA

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108 Reviews
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Reviews: 108
Hads: 338
Avg: 4
pDev: 15.5%
Wants: 35
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
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:
Beer added by: emerge077 on 11-14-2009

Wet hopped IPA aged in new French oak tanks.
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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours brilliant copper tinted gold under a 2.5” cauliflower gold tinted cream colored foam cap that takes 4 minutes to reduse to 1/3 its original size. S: Earthy and woodsy with a little graininess in the background bolstered by some light biscuit. Hop aromas are moderate to moderately low and malt aromas are moderately low. T: Light hop derived fruit flavors blended with some herbal notes. A moderately high, herbal hop bitterness is soft with rounded edges. The bitterness lingers supported by pleasant malt flavors and an herbal melony spiciness with light citrus notes. Hop flavors are moderately high, malt flavors moderate. Balance slightly to the hops. F: Very creamy with soft mouth filling carbonation, medium body and average to above average carbonation. O: A very tasty, well balanced beer with unique herbal, spicy, fresh flavors.

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Photo of ARoman
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

transferred from notes 1/5/2014
22 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. Floral, grapefruit-citrus aromas kick off this one, and, once it mellows, some caramel malt and earthy aromas take over. There might also be some nuttiness buried in there as well - specifically walnut - but it seemed to come and go. A crystal clear amber-orange color is topped by a creamy white head leaving behind a light lacing as the drink progresses. A sharp hop bitterness greets the tongue on initial sipping, but this mellows to a more smooth bitterness complemented by a caramel malt sweetness with some citrus notes. This mellowing occurs both in the swallow and as the drink warms up. It’s a medium bodied beer with a light-low carbonation level. It’s not as sticky as I was expecting an Imperial, wet-hopped IPA to be, and in fact, is pretty dry and crisp. A not offensive, floral, spicy, citrus bittering is left behind in the aftertaste which sticks around for awhile

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Photo of JNForsyth
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle in to a snifter glass.

L - Gold/orange and slightly hazy. Short white head after a vigorous pour that was gone quickly, little to no lacing on the glass.

S - Sharp aroma of hops hits you right away....citrus, grass, and pine notes.

T - Hop bite at first, then a strong malt backbone on the finish, very balanced.

F - Hop oils coat the tongue and gives this one a nice body.

O - No bottle on or best by date to be found so I'm not sure of the freshness. Other than that it's a pretty solid brew.

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Photo of Jimmys
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. I believe this is their wet hop brew, so with what I know about wet hops this might not be the freshest sample. however, being a consumer without any idea of that and no packaging date, what am I to do.

pours a slightly hazy amber hue. a slight oxidation, but pretty juicy too. besides the minor oxidation, the flavor is still great. bitterness is low, citrus flavor is high. really resinous. decent sized body. good shit overall.

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Photo of biegaman
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Incredibly appropriate for a wet-hopped autumn seasonal, Heavier Handed! has a crisp orange complexion, chilly haze, as well as gossamer-like head and lacing. It blends right in with the fall foliage currently seen outside my window - heck, this would make a great Bob Ross painting!

The strong aromas of wet leaves and dewy grass are no surprise given this beer was made with locally sourced hops added the same day they were picked. The more concentrated and pungent bouquet, as well as the emphasis on herbalness (as opposed to, say, citrus), is likely a direct result of this technique. Good to know the effort wasn't wasted... this smells great!

And that duo of earthy and floral qualities continue on the palate with notes of strongly-steeped jasmine green tea. Far from astringent, however, the hops also provide ripe pineapple and subtle pine flavours too. It's a spell-binding blend of the Pacific North-West and the Tropics.

And while I know this is meant to be all about the hops, I'd be remiss not to mention the malts which, for their part, provide tastes of toffee biscuits, butterscotch, slivered almonds, and nougat. This humbled backdrop provides a nice cradle between bitter and sweet and soaks up much of the overly astringent leafiness left in the finish.

Heavier Handed! is not - contrary to its name and style - the kind of beer to smack you across the face with booze and bitterness. It's a very approachable offering for something of its specs (84 IBU and 8.1%) and is as drinkable as something half its size. Powerful and full-bodied, this nonetheless has the exquisite integration between malt and hop no one can say 'no' to. Great stuff!

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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!

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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!

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Not much head to this just a 1/4 inch that settles to a mild lace ring. It's ok.
S - Smell is good for a DIPA not too hoppy mostly malts so it might be old. Smells actually nice.
T - Taste is great balanced taste of citrus and herbal hops, crystal malts and crackers about. Super easy to drink but not great.
M - Light to medium is this 8%

Overall it is good but I found it too lacking. It was 8.99 for the bottle its for sure not worth another purchase but it is one of the smoothest DIPA's I drank. Would love to try this fresh.

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Photo of brentk56
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color capped by a couple of inches of foam; very nice retention and a pretty god job in the lacing department, too

Smell: Powerful wet hop aromatics; rather piney with both melon and fusel alcohol underneath

Taste: A dose of caramel on the front end is massacred by the piney hops with the 84.3 IBUs blasting the taste buds at mid-palate; the bitterness remains intense, after the swallow, though there is a melon tone that sneaks in underneath; the sweetness from the malts builds somewhat into the finish; rather boozy aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; warmth in the gullet

Overall: Not sure whether this is still oak-aged - neither the bottle nor the website mentions it and if it is, the treatment is very subtle; the website description of the beer seems out of date, too, as it doesn't mention the use of local hops grown on an Illinois farm and harvested by the brewery; all that aside, the beer is a bit too boozy and lacks some balance to be among the best in the style

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter.

Appearance: A slight haze to a beautiful amber body. Sees a little darker on the surface with a slight off-white head rising thick at first to maybe 1/3" off the body.

Smell: Citrus scent with a hit of light flowers.

Taste: Has a slight sweet feel that makes you think oranges were infused with the brew process when this brew was created. It's a smooth bitter feel, tangy if you ask me and very addicting.

Mouth: Medium bodied, sticky but not overwhelming.

Overall: Good brew but i would search the end of the world for it. It's a solid brew but being a hardcore DIPA I can think of better options out there. I don't think I paid too much for it so maybe I would consider it again but for the meantime I hope you all enjoy. Salud!

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Photo of FanofHefe
3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a Duvel tulip. Clear, amber to orange colored body with a three-finger eggshell white head. Excellent retention on the head with nice scattered lacing along the glass.

I had to do a double take on the aroma, until I realized it was oak aged. Only a little oak, but sweet, citrus hops blending with caramel malt are the dominant themes here. The double take is that I expected a very hoppy DIPA aroma, but not disappointed.

The flavor is little better than I would have expected from the aroma. The hops give enough citrus punch with light bitterness to balance the sweet caramel malt. The oak hangs in the background enough not to be over bearing and lets a light piney hop flavor finish off the flavor mix.

Medium texture in the mouthfeel with a light hop oiliness. Overall, I really like this as a nice variant on the typical hop or malt-bomb DIPA.

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Photo of stewart124
3.62/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful copper color with just a touch of lacing that is developing into a nice spiderweb.

Some caramel and citrus in the nose that leans towards orange. Toffee and some vanilla that I suspect is from the oak.

I don't get as much oak as I would have thought. There is some drier notes in the mouthfeel but I get a pleasing amount of light caramel, citrus and a touch of fruity esters. Just a tad bigger then the heavy handed and this one dries out in the finish. Big enough on the hops without being too overpowering. I would guess the super galena if I was pressed to choose.

This bomber does pack a punch. A very nice tweener here. Great for the price.

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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.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.24/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From: Binny's, Glen Ellyn, IL
Date: None, released November, 2012. Stamp "28012A1P0912" on bottom of bottle
Glass: Tulip

Two Brothers' Heavier Handed continues the fairly malt-forward nature of their Heavy Handed beer and essentially amplifies the ethanol present in it, while allowing the malt characters and European hop varieties chosen to remain the same intensity or increase slightly. The result is a double IPA with strong caramel malt flavors, noticeable ethanol taste and warmth, and modest European hop bitterness and herbal qualities. This is a beer I'd pick up one of, once a year, just to see if anything has changed. Otherwise, I find it to be a fairly average and forgettable variety of the style.

Pours a 1.5cm head of off-white foam, composed of medium to large-size bubbles with slightly above average retention. Copious amounts of lacing are left as the head descends, the glass just coated in spiderwebs of the stuff. Head eventually settles to a thick cap around the perimeter of the glass and a thin, wispy film of tiny bubbles capping the body of the beer. Body is a fairly dark brown with orange tint when in the shadows; light turns the body a bright copper orange, while revealing that it is transparent, with plenty of fairly active carbonation.

Aroma is of tempered hop contributions: mild grapefruit, faint apricot, slight black pepper, mild pale to caramel malt sweetness, and a bit of ethanol. Not the most intense-smelling DIPA: the oak aging mellows this substantially. Very different from the west-coast interpretation of the style, closer to an imperial English IPA. Somewhat disappointing in this regard, I would expect "louder" announcements of ingredients in an imperial style of any beer.

In general, this is a fairly malt-influenced DIPA: don't expect intense bitterness, tropical fruits, or even much classic American hopping: the brewery definitely chose European hops for this brew. Opens with slightly wood-influenced caramel-like malt sweetness, leading into a mid-palate rush of medium-intensity generic hop bitterness with very modest grapefruit influences that competes against continued caramel-like malt characters. Back of palate can detect ethanol, more modest malt sweetness, and some bitter and herbal hop characters. Lingering aftertaste of caramel-like malt sweetness and residual ethanol.

Beer is medium to medium-heavy in body, with moderately intense carbonation, creating a slightly fizzy, then foamy and smooth mouthfeel. Closes dry, with some residual stickiness around the lips. Ethanol is felt on the back of the palate, throat, and in the nostrils. Lingering heat in the nostrils. That the ethanol isn't better hidden is a fairly substantial disappointment, considering the aged nature of the beer and the fairly substantial malt body in the overall beer.

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Photo of matttttYCE
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a nice, clear golden orange color, head is is off white, creamy, and one finger high. Pretty good lacing and retention. Nose is nice and full of juicy 'wet hop', tropical fruits, blood orange, floral, some pine, and hints of mint. Decent malt bill, some sweet caramel and bread qualities. Oakiness comes out a little as it warms, compliments the hop profile. Medium bitterness and sweetness. Getting some of the tropical fruits, citrus, and pine. Again hints of mint. Oily, resinous type hops akin to what I expect of a wet hop IPA. Oak aging comes out lightly but adds a pleasant twist to this. Creamy consistency, medium carbonation, light medium body, and a smooth finish make this one quite drinkable (especially for 8.1% abv).

For a DIPA, not the best I've had but very good. For an oak aged DIPA, one of the better ones I've had. I could easily see this making it's way into my regular rotation of DIPAs, if it were available to me. Thanks Ryan/tut2528 for this as an extra in our most recent trade!

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.87/5  rDev -3.3%
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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Photo of Detlef90
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Yummy. Two brothers can make really really good beer and this is one perfect example. A nice blend of creamy, sweet and bitter. I highly recommend snatching a bottle of this as soon as you can. It will be well worth the money (which is not very much!).

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Photo of TTAmod
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two Brothers Heavier Handed IPA - This is their fresh, wet hop double version of Heavy Handed, a single fresh, wet hop IPA. This beer is also aged in the Two Brothers oak foudres for an unspecified length of time. The foudres are also used for Resistance IPA and their oktoberfestbier, Atom Smasher, among others.

This sample comes from a 22 oz . bottle that was purchased for $8.99. Two Brothers generally date their bottles, but I can't find one on this beer. This beer just came out, though, so freshness shouldn't be an issue.

A: Completely clear dark gold/amber color. Head is khaki in color and about two fingers tall. The head retention is good.

S: Smell is largely tropical, blood oranges, mango, and grapefruit being the primary fruits. Raw, leafy hops are present, too. About as you would expect for a wet hopped beer.

T: Taste is actually quite complex. The fruits in the smell are present, but there is also the taste of just pure hops. Nice pine undertone. Caramel malt is just barely there...just enough to take a slight edge off the hops. There is a slight hint of alcohol at the end. The bitterness is practically non-existent. Great hop taste with no bitterness. The bottle says 84.3 IBU, but it tastes nowhere near that.

M: Great mouthfeel. Medium body, slightly creamy, very easy to drink. Doesn't taste like 8% at all.

O: Overall, this is one of the better DIPAs I've had in awhile. I typically love the wet hopped IPAs. This one has a nice, complex hop profile without the harsh bitterness. You can tell it has been aged in the oak foudres, too....it gives the beers a distinctive taste. I think this probably helped take the edge off of the hops, as well.

This one is only available after the hop harvest, so get this one while you can.

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Photo of WesM63
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a orangish amber with a 1finger off white head. Minimal retention and lacing.

S: Smells of very fresh wet hops with a hint of sweetness.

T: Some bitterness and sweetness on the tongue. A mixture of wet hops earthy hops and oak.

M: Medium body and medium to high carbonation.

O: Overall is surprised me. Just a hint of oak that doesn't overpower the delicious wet hops.

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Photo of chugalug06
3.36/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Perfect clarity in red/orange brew. Head is proud and yellow-white with lots of small bubbles.

Very calm hop. Definitely a fresh hop brew, far from a west coast IPA. Mild apricot aroma.

Bitterness is very mild, carbonation is a bit too high, heat is mild and rather sweet. Flavor is smooth and well balanced, but there's a tricky (overly) sweetness that detracts. Smooth, but lacking well blended depth in flavors. a bit too watery, but still drinkable and enjoyable.

Recommended as a drinkable cold weather IPA. A nice trade with Vande, Thank you!

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Photo of jsulko
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a tulip glass

Pours a golden orange color with a decent white head.

Smell is sweet at slightly malty with little or no hops nose. Heavy alcohol smell as well.

Taste is sweet and malty with a oily hops bite on the finish. Strong alcohol presence on the finish.

Don't really see the "IPA" part of this very much. Oak aged malty IPA that doesn't deliver for me. I see it labeld as a DIPA and it just does not measure up.

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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.

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Photo of vic21234
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a snifter. Good to see Two Brothers releasing these in bombers again and not those ridiculous jeroboam bottles. No bottled on date on the bottle but shouldn't be more than 3-4 weeks old.

A- Pours a clear amber color with a finger's worth of a white colored head that quickly fades. Some lacing can be seen along the sides of the glass.

S- Floral and citrus hop notes on the smell, but not overwhelming. I thought the smell would pop a lot more on this one.

T- Starts sweet with some caramel malts before leading into the hops. The hops in the taste are mostly piney in nature. Maybe some oak in the back of the taste but not much.

M- Medium bodied, well carbonated, bitter, dry.

A good beer, but lacks the hop forwardness of other wet hopped beers I've had.

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Photo of yamar68
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of Etan
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, just released.

A: Pours a clear golden orange with a nice white head.

S: Very clean, sweet aroma. Maple, citrus, cakey, mild green character underneath.

T: Mild herbal and slightly citric hop flavor, plenty of bitterness, lots of bready and caramelish malt, palpable alcohol. The oak gives the beer a dry edge.

M: Light-bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: This tasted more like a hopped up amber ale than a DIPA. It tastes fine, but it's sort of disappointing going into it expecting a DIPA.

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Heavier Handed IPA from Two Brothers Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.