Heavier Handed IPA - Two Brothers Brewing Company
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3.28/5 rDev -19%
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.
10-28-2012 02:19:44 | More by chanokokoro
3.28/5 rDev -19%
From: Binny's, Glen Ellyn, IL
Date: None, released November, 2012. Stamp "28012A1P0912" on bottom of bottle
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.
12-03-2012 05:58:45 | More by falloutsnow
3.33/5 rDev -17.8%
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!
11-17-2012 04:24:56 | More by chugalug06
3.38/5 rDev -16.5%
Had this on 4/1 with my buddy Jeff. From notes.
Pours dark amberish orange, creamy head with nice lace. Pretty good appearance.
Wow the aroma is REALLY oaky. I mean, wood all over. Not really a distinct hoppiness, but you can still somewhat tell that there's an IPA under there... somewhere. A little more hop flavor in the taste than the aroma, but wood is still really the main component. Firm bitterness, but big caramel malt, oaky presence with piney hops. Full mouthfeel... medium bodied but somewhat exacerbated by the oaky presence. The ABV is well integrated... you can tell this is an IPA at heart, but the wood presence is just a little too potent. I would possibly be interested in trying the base beer down the line.
04-04-2010 04:32:52 | More by Ineedabeerhere
3.43/5 rDev -15.3%
Cracked this bottle with Joe as my first winnings of my March Madness BIF.
Heavier Handed pours an opaque, hazy amber color with a good cap of white foam on top. Lacing and retention have good staying power.
The aroma is mostly oak. Not that it was out of this world strong, but it had enough to it to overpower the rest of the aroma. Behind the oaky wood, there is an IPA there, but it isn't impressive or balanced with the oak enough for me to tell you any hop attributes.
The taste is suprisingly oaky at first, but towards the end my tastebuds were numb to it. I would need a serious palate cleanser after this if I wanted more beer. It's got a woody flavor (of coarse), some slight pine sap, and a really bitter finish. Don't think the pine and wood flavors mend well together...it seemed more like a coincidence than a planned match. Overall, it's a little unpleasant.
The mouthfeel is smooth with a medium body. Carbonation is good. There is a little bit of a lingering flavor that didn't sit right with me. This beer isn't really my style, but it didn't impress me too much anywhere. It carried a good buzz factor, but I would pass on it.
04-03-2010 22:07:12 | More by jeffthecheff
3.43/5 rDev -15.3%
Cloudy amber, with a thin white head that quickly becomes patchy. Decent lacing as this one goes down.
Malts dominate the smell, followed by some hops, as well as pineapple and very faint citrus.
Hops flash up front, with a strong malt backbone that dominates the taste. Overripe pineapple and citrus, with a little pine and oak on the finish.
Mouthfeel is somewhat flat and sticky. Little bit of crispness on the finish.
Okay on drinkability, but this one just seemed a bit too muddled for me.
03-10-2010 01:39:27 | More by Parrotbeak
3.45/5 rDev -14.8%
A- Dark orange in my Duvel glass. Shreds of head and lacing.
S- Suprisingly hoppy for an oak-aged beer. Some floralness and touches of sweet grapefruit.
T- Also way bitter. Caramel, bitter bitter pithy grapefruit.
M- Clingingly bitter.
D- If you like bitter beers this one is super bitter and for you.
05-04-2010 00:46:55 | More by zdk9
3.53/5 rDev -12.8%
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.
02-13-2010 04:14:26 | More by prototypic
3.53/5 rDev -12.8%
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.
11-05-2012 01:58:23 | More by vic21234
3.53/5 rDev -12.8%
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.
11-16-2012 04:19:04 | More by jsulko
3.55/5 rDev -12.3%
Pours a nice copper orange color with one finger of fluffy, sticky white head.
Scent of bitter, grassy hops, caramel, sugars, and a hint of oak. Nice and hoppy with well hidden alcohol, but the sugar is too strong.
Taste of caramel, some spicy hops, and a hint of earth. It should not taste like this for being so fresh. It tastes as if it is already a few months old.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and clean with a good bite from teh carbonation.
12-12-2009 00:44:24 | More by paco1029384756
3.58/5 rDev -11.6%
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
02-20-2010 23:17:39 | More by weatherdog
Heavier Handed IPA from Two Brothers Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 252 ratings.