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Heavier Handed IPA - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Heavier Handed IPAHeavier Handed IPA

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

316 Ratings
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Ratings: 316
Reviews: 106
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 8.68%
Wants: 35
Gots: 18 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.10% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: emerge077 on 11-14-2009

Wet hopped IPA aged in new French oak tanks.
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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired from pochman, courtesy of BA Secret Santa 2009 so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color, with a large dense off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, piney hops and citrus.

T: The taste starts out very sweet with strong flavors of caramel, brown sugar and citrus. Then a hearty malt character comes in. The hops presence takes some time to take effect and it seems rather subdued, but it's certainly there and brings a good balance. There's also a little bit of an alcohol sting which is kind of strong for a beer that is just over 8:00% ABV. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, it's a solid 2IPA to drink for a while but there are others in the style that I would choose first.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.72/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pretty much a hazed beefier version of the Heavy Handed IPA aged on their new French Oak cellaring vessels. Appears a slightly clouded caramel amber glowing hue with a large frothing head that is the same color as a frothy whipped egg. Big chunks of glorious sporadic lacing presents itself extremely well from the glass, this one was poured into my Gulden Draak chalice.

Aroma is chalk full of hops including pine needles, floral accents, and citrus peels. A whopping blend of hops with a bit of malt and booze. The dominant tones come off as an oak aged dry gin with citrus squeezed into it. The brilliant oak tones come off very much like fresh cut wood giving an earthy outdoorsy experience to pair with the fresh hops.

This one is dangerous weighing in in the 8th percentile with the alcohol this brew throws huge complex hop and malt combinations at the imbiber. I'm loving the caramel booze with the citrus and earthy notes that could remind someone of some weed. Dry yet slightly tart and boozed hop candy in a glass, my mustache is coated in hops and I can honestly say this isn't an issue.

Mouthfeel is oily with hops dry with a slight oak finish boozed with a slight tone of burning sensation in both the nares and palate. Warming alcohol fuller bodied DIPA, this beer needs to be enjoyed slowly so it doesn't wreck your palate or your car. Hop oils surge with citrus peel and herbal floral hop accents.

Drinkability is killer one of the most enjoyable well represented oak aged beers I've come across this one is focused on the wood rather than iself, the hops, or it's alcohol content. Okay children sit down and surround us while we take on a thrilling twisted and turned navigation. Well represented oak brew in front of me way better than other run ins with Oak barreled DIPAs namingly both the New Holland, Southern Tier, and other Bell's offering Founds did something well original.

Photo of MasterSki
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a super-fresh bomber at Armanetti's today. Shared with d0b and served in my Kuhnhenn tulip glass.

A - This is one dark brew - transparent mahogany/amber body with a big conical stream of tiny bubbles rising up the top of the glass. Two fingers of orange-tan foam that laves nice concentric rings of lacing and dissipates slowly to a thick cap.

S - Tropical hoppiness, sharp oak spice, a hint of pine, some light vanilla, and a nice toasted bread malt and caramel backbone. The nose isn't super big and the hops smell faded, which isn't surprising considering this was oak-aged.

T - The taste starts with a nice mix of vanilla and melon sweetness, but then quickly morphs into some sharp wood flavor. There is fairly strong residual hop bitterness mixed with some tannic notes, but it's under control and dissipates fairly quickly. The malt backbone is even further in the backdrop, with a bit of bread and not much else. I'm not getting a ton of dry hop character.

M - Slick, oily, hop resins. Smooth, medium body. A bit of warming, but not too hot. Lower carbonation.

D - My 11oz went down pretty fast. It's an interesting and pretty unique DIPA compared to the other local selections. I'm not generally a huge lover of oak-aged/barrel-aged hoppy beers (other than Exponential Hoppiness), but this is a pretty successful one.

Photo of drabmuh
4.39/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Photo of jwc215
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
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

Photo of mothman
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of brandoman63
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of biegaman
4.07/5  rDev +1%
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!

Photo of plaid75
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.03/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of scruffwhor
4.15/5  rDev +3%
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.

Photo of dirtylou
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
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

Photo of ZEB89
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of jrallen34
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Photo of claspada
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.91/5  rDev -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.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.49/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Heavier Handed IPA from Two Brothers Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 316 ratings.