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Heavier Handed IPA - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Heavier Handed IPAHeavier Handed IPA

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very good

108 Reviews
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Reviews: 108
Hads: 341
Avg: 4
pDev: 15.5%
Wants: 35
Gots: 23 | 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: 108 | Hads: 341
Photo of FanofHefe
3.96/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of stewart124
3.62/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.29/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.24/5  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.

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Photo of matttttYCE
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
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!

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.87/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of Detlef90
4.08/5  rDev +2%
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!).

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Photo of TTAmod
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of WesM63
3.8/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of chugalug06
3.36/5  rDev -16%
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!

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Photo of jsulko
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

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Photo of AJacob81
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of vic21234
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

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Photo of yamar68
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful beer. Caramel gold body topped with a dense eggshell cap, thick blankets of lacing retain as long as the head does. Constant beading from start to finish.

Juicy tropical hop notes, earthy woods, faint vanilla, soft citrus, very well constructed beer.

Hops don't pop quite the way they do in the nose, distinctly tropical flavors are very apparent though, the bitterness plays nicely against the vanilla/wood bits.

Not the best wood aged IPA I've had, but nice and drinkable, goes great with a slice of pizza.

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Photo of Etan
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

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Photo of kawilliams81
3.68/5  rDev -8%
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.

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Photo of chanokokoro
3.3/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

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Photo of phichifiji00
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: Golden amber, somewhat hazy, pours 1 finger of thick white head that fades quickly. Minimal lacing.

Smell: Citrus, hops, a bit piney, a bit boozy.

Taste: lemon, pine resin, hoppy, a bit malty towards the finish.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, moderate carbonation, crisp.

Overall: A very tasty IPA. Good hop level. Drinkability is very high.

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

dark orange amber color and a huge head of white coming up and over the top. Majestic looking would be the right word here. Thick lacing up and down the sides of the glass throughout. Most pungent aroma I have come across in as long as I can remember. Thick dose of grapefruit and orange right up front. Huge sticky hops just dripping off of this one. Rich and sweet as I take the first sip. Grapefruit and sugar dipped orange just coating the tongue. Soo fresh it almost hurts. Even warming it brings no relief as the hops are soo thick and omnipresent that you are just taken a back and completely blown away. Long dry finish is coated with soo many flavors, again I am blown away.

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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.

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Photo of oreo
5/5  rDev +25%
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.

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Photo of MillRat
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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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.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.6/5  rDev -10%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.68/5  rDev -8%
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.

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Heavier Handed IPA from Two Brothers Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.