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Heavier Handed IPA - Two Brothers Brewing Company

Heavier Handed IPAHeavier Handed IPA

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BA SCORE
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240 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 240
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 8.89%


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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chanokokoro

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2012 02:19:44 | More by chanokokoro
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falloutsnow

Illinois

3.28/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2012 05:58:45 | More by falloutsnow
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chugalug06

Colorado

3.33/5  rDev -17.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2012 04:24:56 | More by chugalug06
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Ineedabeerhere

Rhode Island

3.38/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2010 04:32:52 | More by Ineedabeerhere
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Parrotbeak

Minnesota

3.43/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2010 01:39:27 | More by Parrotbeak
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jeffthecheff

Connecticut

3.43/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2010 22:07:12 | More by jeffthecheff
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zdk9

Texas

3.45/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2010 00:46:55 | More by zdk9
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prototypic

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2010 04:14:26 | More by prototypic
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vic21234

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2012 01:58:23 | More by vic21234
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jsulko

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2012 04:19:04 | More by jsulko
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paco1029384756

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2009 00:44:24 | More by paco1029384756
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sidetracked

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber with a cream colored head. The second pour is cloudy, but the same color.

Smells of bitter citrus, but not as prevalent as expect. A bit piney too.

The upfront taste is mellow of bitter-grapefruit hops. The bitterness gives way to a maltiness that's hard to place with a bit of oak. In some sips the aftertaste seems almost off. The finish is dry.

Mouthfeel is good--somewhere between the thin and medium body one would expect.

I'm glad I tried Heavier Handed, but there are a lot better double IPAs out there.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2009 02:51:20 | More by sidetracked
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours copper with a thin tan head that holds up pretty nicely. Trailing lace follows the body down the glass.

The smell is minty/spicy with woody notes, vanilla and some citrus. Some caramel backing comes through.

This is a barley-wine-ish DIPA. Caramel, pine, vanilla/oak and fruity alcohol mingle. Sweet-ish, but with a bitterish bite that shows more in the first few sips. Oak and booze dominate as it progresses.

It hits full bodied - not too thick. Has a rawish kick, but pretty smooth despite that.

The booze and oak aftertaste. It has a strong malt, hop, oak and booze character. An interesting sipper - a pretty intense one.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2010 14:02:51 | More by jwc215
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weatherdog

Illinois

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

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2010 23:17:39 | More by weatherdog
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yeahnatenelson

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Imbibed at Finnegan's in Plainfied, IL on 12/03/2010

Appearance -- Pours a deep amber hue with gold highligts, moderate haze, and a finger of stiff beige head. Wide bands of thin lace. Lookin' good!

Smell -- Juicy citrus, tropical fruit, grapefruit pith, melon, caramel malt, faint woody oak, and a little vanilla-like oak sugar. Overall, juicy and a little sweet; lots of good stuff going on, but not a great deal of hop bitterness.

Taste -- Hop notes of bright and juicy citrus, tropical fruit, watermelon jelly beans, and mild pine resin. Malt base is on the sweet side for the style: well-caramelized but also with cracker and husky grain. Oak presence lends some gentle woodiness and vanilla-like oak sugar sweetness.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-bodied with milder carbonation. Mild wood tannin astringency in the finish. Just okay.

Drinkability -- It tastes good overall, but it is a bit of a malt bomb by IPA/DIPA standards. Lots of juicy fruits and caramel malt paired with moderate hop bitterness makes for a muddled compositon (Good Will Hunting? No?). The oak character is nice: really heavy on the vanilla-like notes, but unfortunately it tends to accentuate the caramel malt that was already a bit out of hand. A tasty beer, but not a great DIPA.

Verdict: try it on tap if you can, but don't bother saving your pennies for a double-magnum.

Serving type: on-tap

12-04-2010 18:21:58 | More by yeahnatenelson
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Etan

Wisconsin

3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2012 22:46:52 | More by Etan
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optiontwo

Minnesota

3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Two Brothers Heavier Handed

First review I've done in a while, excited for this one.

Appearance: Glowing yet hazy orange/amber with a ¼ off white head that dissipated fairly quickly but left sticky lacing all around the tulip I poured it into.

Smell: Pungent fruity hops are definitely there, giving it an orangey/pineapple like aroma. The hop fragrance is very juicy smelling, makes my mouth water. There is also a subtle scent of vanilla that goes along nicely with the fruit.

Taste: The hop flavor is a little spicier than I expected seeing as they smelled sweet and fruity, but that's not a bad thing. The oak aging is way less detectable than I would prefer. Maybe they could have aged it longer, or maybe I could have held on to the bottle for a while. Now that I think about it, it does seem a bit contradictory to age a fresh hop beer. But I'm no beerologist, maybe they know something I don't. There's lots of bitterness to this one, which is very enjoyable. Finish is long and lingering.

Mouthfeel: If anything I think the oak aging added more to the mouthfeel than it did the flavor. I don't know if that's even possible but it feels creamier than the normal heavy handed. So that's nice.

Drinkability: Wouldn't guess that it sits at 8.1% ABV so that earns it some points. That being said I could probably force myself to drink two, but no more after that.

Overall: This is certainly not a bad beer, and it's definitely a good one for hopheads, but I find myself slightly let down by the lack of flavors the oak should have imparted. All in all it's no oak-aged Unearthly, but then again, what is?

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2009 19:34:18 | More by optiontwo
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stewart124

Ohio

3.64/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2013 21:39:35 | More by stewart124
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EJNibs

Minnesota

3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2009 03:53:03 | More by EJNibs
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wedgie9

Tennessee

3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted from bottle. Pours clear, dark, amber with a thick beige head that recedes to heavy lace. Nose is nice caramel malt with some grapefruit hops and fresh red apple. The flavors are very well balanced with hops, malt, and fruitiness coming through equally. The apple flavor is rather strong and very unique to and IPA for me. The body is medium plus with average carbonation and a long apple and bitter finish.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2010 19:22:05 | More by wedgie9
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a shaker pint glass at The Firkin.

Glad I got to try this one on-tap before my only option was a $50+ 3L beast. It pours a clear amber topped by a thick finger of cream-colored foam. The nose comprises mandarin oranges, lemongrass, light onion, and mild toffee. The taste holds notes of miscellaneous greens, flowers, pine, and light toffee. The body is a solid medium, with a smooth carbonation and an unsurprisingly smooth feel. Overall, a fairly solid DIPA, but it seems a bit weak, as though they tried too hard to make a hop-bomb but instead came away with a strangely mild and one-dimensional brew. It's not altogether bad, though, and is definitely drinkable, but it falls short of greatness.

Serving type: cask

11-19-2010 08:16:58 | More by TMoney2591
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 12/20/2009. Bottle. Pours a clear orange with a small white head. Aroma of piney hops, sweet citrus, tropical fruits, and caramel malt. Flavor of caramel malt initially with light citrus hops in the finish. Pretty good IIPA with strong malt overtones.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 16:30:24 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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kawilliams81

Yukon (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 vintage. Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Half Acre tulip.

A- pours a dark caramel with a 2" off-white head. Trails and big blotches of lacing remain on the glass.

S- caramel, toast, pine and slight spice.

T- big malt forward dipa, with lots of sweet toasted malts, caramel, slight grassy bitterness as well as pine bitterness.

M- medium body and carbonation. Slick, syrupy feel and drinks very easily at 8.1%.

O- good dipa not great. Not a lot of wet hop floral characteristics like other wet hop beers, but nice sweet and bitter balance.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2012 22:12:24 | More by kawilliams81
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Gorgeously glowing topaz with a faint yeasty haze and polished brass trim. The milkshake creamy crown is equal parts pale orange, eggshell and ecru. It melts in appealing fashion and is beginning to decorate the glass with scads of sea foam lace.

The nose is modestly caramel malty, doesn't have a ton of oakiness, and has quite a bit of orange peel hoppiness. Two Brothers used three different hops (Willamette, Cascade, Super Galena), but only one per batch. Trouble is, they didn't put any sort of identifier on the bottle or label.

Heavier Handed IPA is the latest version of the oaked (D)IPA style to remind me that I'm not thrilled with most oaked (D)IPAs. The wood takes too much of the flavor focus away from the hops, which should have almost all of it as far as I'm concerned. That said, let's see how things shake out with time and warming.

Two Brothers says this brew is bigger than an IPA and smaller than a DIPA. To my eyes, nose and tongue, it looks, smells, tastes and feels like a DIPA. Caramel malt sweetness is at least as prominent as hop bitterness, although the alpha acids are beginning to rough up my tongue now that the middle of the bomber has arrived. For comparison's sake, this bottle is now about four months of age (early November release).

Flavors include caramel-toffee, orange peel soaked in Stolichnaya, ripe apricots and more oakiness than is optimal. Less time in the foudre (a large French oak cask used for aging wine) would have garnered the next highest score for taste and drinkability. As is, they almost got there.

The mouthfeel is solid in all respects. It's closer to DIPA than IPA, is velvety smooth and has the soft sort of carbonation that makes drinking quickly or slowly equally enjoyable. The latter is definitely the way to go.

This beer's little brother, Heavy Handed IPA, is good stuff. How one feels about Heavier Handed IPA depends on how one feels about oak-aged DIPAs in general. While it isn't a trend that I fully support, there's enough hop flavor and bitterness that I don't regret a penny of the $7.99 purchase price.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2010 15:42:33 | More by BuckeyeNation
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brewdoc75

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Orange-amber. Mild to moderate carbonation. Awesome, fluffy, off-white head.

S: Orange, citrus, and a hint of pine. Slight caramel sweetness. A bit light in aroma.

T: Nice flavors in here. Light hoppy flavors with citrus and orange. The caramel malts are prominent and lovely. The hops trend to a faint bitterness. The oak flavors are very light and lend a faint vanilla flavor and some woody character. Would have expected more french oak character, but the subtlety worked out nicely.

M: Medium to heavy bodied. Smooth with light carbonation.

D: A nice drinkable, in-between IPA-DIPA. The oak adds some uniqueness. I wish the hop flavors and aromas were a bit more prominent. Otherwise, it was rock solid.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2009 00:29:26 | More by brewdoc75
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Heavier Handed IPA from Two Brothers Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 240 ratings.