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Heavier Handed IPA - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Ratings: 306
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 8.68%
Wants: 35
Gots: 19 | 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:
Wet hopped IPA aged in new French oak tanks.

(Beer added by: emerge077 on 11-14-2009)
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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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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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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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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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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.

Heavier Handed IPA from Two Brothers Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 306 ratings.