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Heavier Handed IPA - Two Brothers Brewing Company

Heavier Handed IPAHeavier Handed IPA

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

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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AJacob81

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-13-2012 04:24:14 | More by AJacob81
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oreo

Illinois

5/5  rDev +23.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-08-2011 20:28:30 | More by oreo
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MillRat

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served at the Tap House in Oswego. Nice tangerine orange color with an persistent off-white head. Aroma of bicuity malts topped by a bouquet of American hops, I figure Amarillo, Simcoe, and Cascade. A malt-forward body typical of 2Bros, with a nicely layered hop presentation from bittering through to a final flame-out addition. Keeps the malt-hops balance better than some other DIPAs. Even with a heavier body, the complexity of the flavors and the palate-clearing of the hop bitterness keeps inviting you back for more. Recommended to hop-heads and to those who want more from a beer than just a hop-puckered grin.

Serving type: on-tap

12-25-2010 19:35:31 | More by MillRat
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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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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice moderate amber color with a tiny bit of haze. White head and some lacing. The nose is pine and citrus. Good amounts of those without much malt in the background. What is there counts toward the caramel tally board as well as some slight bread dough. The mouthfeel is good and bitter, while still a bit sweet. Drinks quite well and is a nice brew from the folks in Warrenville.

Serving type: on-tap

10-24-2010 01:34:53 | More by Thorpe429
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clouded golden/orange appearance. slim white head. lace leaving.

Gorgeously herbaceous aromatics, bristling pine, vibrant citrus. lemon and grapefruit. Mmm.

Tasting: Big bite of bitterness up front, followed by a flash of sweet, flush with flavor, filling the mouth, then slowly fading in intensity, but not without leaving hoppy trails in it's wake. Oak-aged leaves traces of woody texture, a definite difference detected. Good mouthfeel, nice play on the palate.

And every subsequent sip leaves me wanting another.
Fruit and wood join forces in every taste, hop delivery remains undeterred. Nice complexity, continues through the drinking.
Persistent puckering from never-ending hop attack.

Batch 3109, not sure what the hop was used, ..but I'm a fan of this one. I believe I'll have another.

Serving type: on-tap

04-28-2010 00:09:59 | More by feloniousmonk
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at stubs.

Served with 1 finger of white head that fades to a ring. Leaves slight splattered lace. Color is a clear golden orange.

Aroma: Vanilla, oak, floral hops, caramel malt. Reminds me a lot of ST OA Unearthly.

Taste: A lot of vanilla and oak here. Nice kick of floral hops and tons of caramel again. Just like the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, smooth , and a touch of heat. A very warm ipa. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends very dry with oak flavors.

Overall, this simply reminded me a lot of ST OA Unearthly, however it was very warm and I didn't enjoy it as much. Just not my thing, but it was decent.

Serving type: on-tap

01-26-2010 19:49:45 | More by mothman
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plaid75

New York

4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at The Blind Tiger, NYC.

Poured a medium amber hue with a one and a half finger foamy white head. There was good retention and very good lacing.

The smell featured a resimous hop and a moderate caramel.

The taste was very well balanced with an upfront balmy hop oil that quietly leveled out and melted into te moderately sweet malt.

The mouthfeel was toward the lighter side of the style.

Overall a a DIPA with very good drinkability.

Serving type: on-tap

12-22-2009 22:45:09 | More by plaid75
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PrinceDarren

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Brixies. Pours orange/amber. Smells very soapy.

Tastes decent, but still a little soapy. I don't detect any wood notes which is probably because it was actually aged in foudres as opposed to oak barrels (in other words, they did not use bourbon barrels or similar). I think the term "oak aged" is a bit misleading since the foudres are not meant to be reflected in the taste profile.

Mouthfeel is a touch on the syrupy side but still reasonably drinkable.

It think the following description from their website describes it accurately: "It is sort of a bigger IPA or smaller double IPA whichever way you want to look at it."

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2009 19:57:56 | More by PrinceDarren
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barnzy78

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

11-23-2009 05:20:41 | More by barnzy78
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2014 06:51:40 | More by DrDemento456
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 19:19:17 | More by brentk56
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BlurryVisi0n

New York

4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2013 06:51:34 | More by BlurryVisi0n
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FanofHefe

Illinois

3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 22:19:35 | More by FanofHefe
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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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Fcolle2

Illinois

4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 01:34:46 | More by Fcolle2
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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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matttttYCE

Arizona

4.05/5  rDev 0%
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!

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 05:09:06 | More by matttttYCE
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mfnmbvp

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2012 00:24:46 | More by mfnmbvp
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Detlef90

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
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!).

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2012 20:12:35 | More by Detlef90
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TTAmod

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2012 07:04:20 | More by TTAmod
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WesM63

Ohio

3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2012 01:10:20 | More by WesM63
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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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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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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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Heavier Handed IPA from Two Brothers Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 240 ratings.