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Heavier Handed IPA - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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89
very good

107 Reviews
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Reviews: 107
Hads: 322
rAvg: 4
pDev: 4.5%
Wants: 35
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
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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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Reviews: 107 | Hads: 322
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (800 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.6/5  rDev -10%
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. (636 characters)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo of mothman
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (640 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to zdk9 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the orange and pine hops. The flavor is more of the same with orange and resiny hops with some oaked notes. The hop profile is heavier on the citrus hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. This was my first Two Brothers beer and I hope to try more from them in the future. (392 characters)

Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bomber, pours hazed darker almond amber, with a dark orangy hue. Respectable, daker khaki head, stays around forever, thick collar, sheeting and plenty of bits of lace left behind. The old sniffer picks up a healthy dose of resiny and pine soaked hops, and a base layer of sweet malt. Dangerously easy drinking DIPA. A little less then full bodied, but flavorful and quite enjoyable. Crunching, citric hops abound, balanced out just a bit by whole wheat crust infused malts. Love the style, this one is smooth and easily approachable, well worth a try. Served as a fine night capper after a day of Thanksgiving eating and imbibing (639 characters)

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! (1,675 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a snifter)
A- This beer has a dense deep orange body wit a thick foam of light tan on top. There are strands of microbubbles glidng to the surface.
S- This beer has a perfume green hop aroma with a soft oak hint burred in the background and finishes with a pine green hop note that grows a bit when warm.
T- This beer has a rich creamy caramel sweet malt flavor with a soft hop finish that is green and pin with a slight grassy note. There is a pungent green flavor that lingers a bit and grows more as the beer warms.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no alcohol heat noted.
D- There is a nice full green hop flavor with a mild bitterness making it a good IPA, but nothing special. Especially for the price and hype on the bottle. I didn't really notice much wood either. (795 characters)

Photo of plaid75
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (448 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear yet rich copper amber. The head is only one finger in thickness,but this thin foam lasts through all 22 ounces. The yeast adds some depth to the oak aroma as it offsets some of the heavy orange peel hops scents. I'm starting to like oak aged IPAS more and more. The taste is caramel sweet then quickly orange and mint bitter hop cones. That same caramel malt turns into a more oaken flavor while giving the hop flavor a more even keeled bitterness. The abv. is only noticed in the smell just a little, but not really in the taste. Resiny bitter palate with a touch of caramel and honey syrup sweetness. A DIPA that isn't just a slap to the palate, but more of a warm and smooth intro to what hops and oak have to offer. Just a lovely local sipper. For me anyway. (776 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Heavy Handed IPA which has been "Oak Foudre Aged", oak cellaring barrels. The beer is hazy dark copper colored with a large creamy head. Hoppy aromas dominate, citrusy and floral, with a strong malty background. As expected from the color there was a lot of caramel malt in this beer, giving strong counterpoint to the hops which I'd prefer take a stronger lead. I guess I couldn't find any oak flavors, I haven't had much luck tasting the wood in anything but stouts so far. Thick body and sticky in the mouth, this beer was very satisfying overall. My personal preference would be to cut down on the caramel malts and concentrate on pales to let the hops make a more aggressive statement. But that's just me. (710 characters)

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

Last bottle in the store from my new favorite place New Beer Distributors in the Bowery of Manhattan.
Aromas of thick caramel malts, toffee, butterscotch, with some earthy/herbal and light citrus/grapefruit hoppiness. Lesser notes of woody/cider smells.
The tastes follow the nose with sweet caramel and brown sugar maltiness which quickly lends itself to a substantial but not overwhelming earthy and grapefruit hops bitterness. The finish is dry from the oak aging. Slight hints of vanilla and apple throughout. The mouthfeel is quite full and sticky; hops and oak linger ever-so-slightly on the palate. Overall this is a great offering from Two Brothers. I am glad that I have an older bottle as a fresh one I feel would have been too hoppy and the wood characteristics may have been overlooked/overshadowed. (812 characters)

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. (535 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank this from a 22oz bottle into my Rochefort glass.

The beer pours a dark orangy brown with a very light tan head that disappointly rises only half a finger and is gone immediately. The lacing is light.

The aroma is light for a dipa, there is a light sweet citrus to start then you get some hops, alcohol, and soap.

The taste is spot on with the aroma a little sweetness on the front, in the middle you get a lot of alcohol mixed with some hops and it finishes with a light hoppiness.

The mouthfeel is real viscous and lasting.
This beer is drinkable but you probably wouldn't drink more than a bottle yourself. (622 characters)

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

22oz bomber, nominal fiscal fee, jenny st market

appearance: served in hopleaf tulip, glowing orange-amber body, frothy white cap with minimal retention

smell: lush tropical fruit, green hops, oak and cherry, bright citrus

taste: very very good - wet hopping done extremely well. The oak presence is secondary to the hops...tropical, waves of citrus sweetness, green and fresh. glad i bought 2 of these

mouthfeel: nice bitterness, slick

drinkability: lovely (463 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.49/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. 19.2 degrees plato, 84.3 IBUs, 8.1% ABV, "unfiltered", "oak foudre aged", and "fresh hop harvest". Space for a date but none printed there.

A - The beautiful beer is an orange amber accented by golden highlights and slightly hazed by tiny floating particles. The head rose up to just under two-fingers fairly quickly. It went down with moderately slow speed and left two stages of off-white lacing in the glass.

S - The aroma is so fresh it's reminiscent of picking my Cascade and Chinook hops; resins coating my fingers. Fresh and moist, the American-smelling hops are bursting at the seams like the way they are portrayed in the label art. Lots of resiny pine, a mellow grapefruit citrus, and a perfumy floral aroma. A slight herbal spice is hinted at too. The malts are buff too, giving the hop nose a solid backbone to rely on. A strong malty sweetness of caramel and honey with a flaky, biscuity nose. A small earthy wood hint is there from the oak foudres (I would assume). Very well balanced and aromatic without a slap to the face like most other DIPAs.

T - As the aroma suggests, this is both a more mellow but complex beer as well as being very nicely balanced. A sweet malty beginning of biscuits drizzled with honey is slowly overtaken by the oaky hop flavor. A lot of earthy notes pull out of it like the oak foudres, resiny pine-needle flavor, and floral and herbal hints. The citrusy grapefruit flavor is last to come across and is met with a bit of pineapple. Both leave a dryness in their stead that combats the sweet malts.

M - This full-bodied DIPA has a lot going on in the mouth. The sweetness rounds it out and balances it well as well as making it fairly smooth. The hops give the finish a nice dry feel and lingering moderate bitterness that seems to get more intense moments after the swallow. Nicely carbonated for a lively feel.

D - Another superb beer from Two Brothers, it's extremely well-crafted and delicious. One I was surprised to see and happy that I grabbed. A great sipper and a good beer to coax less hop-inclined drinkers into the world of DIPAs (as if they would start there anyway). I'll need to collect a few more on my next run south. (2,222 characters)

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

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

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

Photo of sweemzander
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle poured into a tulip. No bottled date.

(A)- Pours a cloudy amber color with red & orange highlights. Produced a large off-white head that stuck around for awhile. Left an intricate web of lacing behind.

(S)- Big burst of citrus: lime, pineapple, grapefruit, mango, lemon, & orange. Bits of wet pine and a big bitterness coming through in the finish. This is just dripping with fruity citrus.

(T)- Big & huge bittering dry hops up front. Very piney. Not as much citrus from the smell, but still present in some lime & pineapple. Some good honey/caramel-like maltiness that shows up in the middle.

(M)- A good carbonation level & balance. Has huge face melting hops with a good maltiness to even it out.

(D)- A solid DIPA with some good things going for it. Definitely has the shops to kick you in the face with a big malt backbone to even things out. Ive been very pleased with 2 Bros. offerings thus far & this does not dissapoint. (953 characters)

Photo of AgentZero
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer buyer at a store recommended this to me as something new. Was in the mood for an IPA so thought I'd give it a go.

A - Much darker than I was expecting, reddish brown, dark amber. Nice soapy two finger head that left some very solid lacing down the sides as it dissipated.

S - For an extreme IPA the hops in these are definately present, but nicely mellowed, maybe it's the oak influence? Nice light fruity hints, can't tell what it is, pine notes are there, but not overpowering, great balance.

T - Alright, you definately get the hops, but I actually taste malts in this, it's so nicely impressive for such an "extreme" beer. I think the oak really takes the edge off the pine and hops notes. Even get a little vanilla in there, very pleasantly balanced although very hoppy as well. Does have the nice bitter twist at the end.

M - Very resiny, it almost coats itself and then breaks into a somewhat oily feeling liquid. Not unpleasant, works well for this brew. Heavier end of medium bodied.

D - Pretty drinkable for something that is this hoppy, could do another bomber, which says a lot for this brew. Surprisingly complex for this type of beer. (1,158 characters)

Photo of blackie
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

passes this one up in a store in ohio, but the dirtman insists...

a: snifter serving, an attractive off-white head rests on a gorgeously deep orange-amber beer, retention is good

s: hefty caramel body dressed with a big tropical hop aroma, fresh young pine, juicy mango and red grapefruit, a little booze, really enjoy the oak presence here

m: carbonation is delicate and smooth - on the lighter end of medium, body on the medium-full side but not too heavy or slick

t: big oily hop flavors applied to a formidable caramel malt base, blend of tropical citrus and young pine, mild spicy oak pulls through in the finish with a strong bitterness

d: just fine (660 characters)

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.68/5  rDev -8%
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. (263 characters)

Photo of Florida9
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler fill from 2Bros Tap Room.

A: Poured this into a tulip - first pour was half beer/half head. The wife was drinking it out of a standard shakers pint glass and the head on her glass was maybe 3/4" or so. Dark copper, approaching brown. Slight haze. A large, thick, light-orange tinted tannish colored head that left reticulated lacing around the entire glass.

S: Huge hop bomb on the nose. Pungent spicy hops predominate along with some moderate floral and grapefruit accents. Wife described it as "very floral" though I perceived it more as aggressively perfumed.

T: Starts with a sweet, light malt on the front end. Becomes spicier with notes of black pepper and pine. Maybe a slight woodiness. Develops a moderate bitterness on the tongue.

M: The heavier side of medium with appropriate carbonation. Moderately bitter, less so than expected.

D: A very good IPA, one which I can (and did) drink all night. I think the less aggressive bitterness added to the drinkability a bit. Definitely a step up from the regular HH, though I would agree this is still an IPA and not quite a DIPA just yet. (1,107 characters)

Photo of prototypic
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
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. (2,081 characters)

Photo of jsh420
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a very dark copper orange with a 2 + finger head that leaves rings all down the glass - its a very clear beer for being unfiltered

smell is not very strong but a good presence of pine and grapefruit

taste - i dont taste the difference between this and the regular heavy handed - where is the oak? still good but

mouthfeel is very creamy and smooth bu t not flat

drinkability is good - but i would rather save some cash and drink heavy handed (451 characters)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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