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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

306 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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Photo of sbricker
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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 oreo
5/5  rDev +24.1%
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.

Photo of MillRat
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Photo of Vdubb86
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass

This beer was on cask from The Firkin for Two Brothers Tap Takeover

This beer is presented to me an orange amber with a 3/4 finger of ecru foam. The smell is really like sugary hops. It's hard to describe the spice notes that I know to exist, but it's a good smell. The taste is lots of wet hops that don't come across with an intense bitterness. It's was described by one of my friends like drinking a hop candy. There is a caramel sweetness and perhaps some cinnamon sugar. There is a bit of dryness on the palate, but it's so nice and smooth and easier to drink than most beers that it's well worth the effort. It was definitely the star of this tasting.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of wedgie9
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted from bottle. Pours clear, dark, amber with a thick beige head that recedes to heavy lace. Nose is nice caramel malt with some grapefruit hops and fresh red apple. The flavors are very well balanced with hops, malt, and fruitiness coming through equally. The apple flavor is rather strong and very unique to and IPA for me. The body is medium plus with average carbonation and a long apple and bitter finish.

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 SuperNova777
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A:First Pour is a see-thru copper color; second pour is a little cloudier with a nice aggressive head to it with scattered lacing down the glass

S:At first smell I get a lot of earthy grass tones and then after that hits a nice fresh piney scent to it.

T:Quite interesting, not too much up front until it hits the back of the tongue. Then those hops start to kick in with a slight malt backbone to smooth it out. Fresh tasting hops stick to the palate, leaving a sticky pine resin and all most slight smoky finish behind. Alcohol presence is fairly well hidden.

M:Had a fairly thinner body but I don't think what such a bad thing for what it seems like they were going for, good carbonation throughout.

D:All in all a very enjoyable threat for my Sunday night, a nicely put together fresh hop IPA. Interesting taste to the brew that leaves you very intrigued and wanting a little more, easy to drink and a well hidden ABV. If you could get a bottle of this limited release I would suggest it.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Heavy Handed IPA has been one-upped in this robust Double IPA. As if that's not enough, Two Brothers decides to age and dry-hop the beer in their exclusive oak foudre.

The pour delivers a hazy deep amber color, releasing a dense creamy off-white head that retains and laces extremely well. A grainy appearance is due to suspended dustiness seen through the glass.

Pine, citrus, and soft woods play at the olfactories and give impressions of caramel, toffee, and English-like fruitiness. Piney hops remind me of juniper and gin.

Lightly syrup sweetness soon gives way to intense piney and grassy (hay-like) hops and tannic/tawny wood flavors. Agressively hopped, the wood aging refines the beer with a smooth marshmallowy creamy malt flavor; somewhat cask-like.

Weighted and syrupy-oily early, the beer's alcohols and woody textures lighten the beer slightly to allow for ease of drinking.

A very nice Oak Aged Double IPA but the sweetness and weight of the beer hurt its introduction. The finish does little to promote the beer further.

Thanks again Cheezdawg!

Photo of deereless
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The head on the beer exhibits some serious staying power, significant sticky spots dot the interior of the glass, the fact that it is unfiltered explains the signs of sediment, light to medium amber in color - 4.25, S: Heavy on the malts, mild oak perceived, perhaps some slight hops but my guess is that the aging really diminished the aromatics of the hops, there is a subdued sweetness that is faintly tropical - reminds me of the mountain papaya and a little like grape, soft fig aromas as well - 4.00, T: The palate has more hops than the nose and provides a mild bitterness, the oak smoothes out the flavor and provides a nice shot of vanilla and earthiness, very malty and caramelly, quite sweet while also having a dry aftertaste - 4.25, M: Syrupy-like body, quite velvety - 4.50, D: A very pleasant union of oak and IPA, much of the hops seem to get lost with the aging but still a very satisfying beer - 4.50

Photo of Murchmac
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared at a tasting with some other BA's and turned out to be an excellent brew.

White head, orange hues.

very balanced taste, hoppy fruity citrus, right amount of bitterness, caramel smells.

I've had a few beers from this brewery and none of them disappoint.

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 zdk9
3.45/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark orange in my Duvel glass. Shreds of head and lacing.

S- Suprisingly hoppy for an oak-aged beer. Some floralness and touches of sweet grapefruit.

T- Also way bitter. Caramel, bitter bitter pithy grapefruit.

M- Clingingly bitter.

D- If you like bitter beers this one is super bitter and for you.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.15/5  rDev +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.

Photo of Ineedabeerhere
3.38/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 4/1 with my buddy Jeff. From notes.

Pours dark amberish orange, creamy head with nice lace. Pretty good appearance.

Wow the aroma is REALLY oaky. I mean, wood all over. Not really a distinct hoppiness, but you can still somewhat tell that there's an IPA under there... somewhere. A little more hop flavor in the taste than the aroma, but wood is still really the main component. Firm bitterness, but big caramel malt, oaky presence with piney hops. Full mouthfeel... medium bodied but somewhat exacerbated by the oaky presence. The ABV is well integrated... you can tell this is an IPA at heart, but the wood presence is just a little too potent. I would possibly be interested in trying the base beer down the line.

Photo of jeffthecheff
3.43/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cracked this bottle with Joe as my first winnings of my March Madness BIF.

Heavier Handed pours an opaque, hazy amber color with a good cap of white foam on top. Lacing and retention have good staying power.

The aroma is mostly oak. Not that it was out of this world strong, but it had enough to it to overpower the rest of the aroma. Behind the oaky wood, there is an IPA there, but it isn't impressive or balanced with the oak enough for me to tell you any hop attributes.

The taste is suprisingly oaky at first, but towards the end my tastebuds were numb to it. I would need a serious palate cleanser after this if I wanted more beer. It's got a woody flavor (of coarse), some slight pine sap, and a really bitter finish. Don't think the pine and wood flavors mend well together...it seemed more like a coincidence than a planned match. Overall, it's a little unpleasant.

The mouthfeel is smooth with a medium body. Carbonation is good. There is a little bit of a lingering flavor that didn't sit right with me. This beer isn't really my style, but it didn't impress me too much anywhere. It carried a good buzz factor, but I would pass on it.

Photo of portia99
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle received from AleWatcher in the "I'm never going to win one, so I'll just start one LIF". Thanks! Poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

A - Pours a slightly dark orange amber color, hazy with yeast, with a finger of cream colored head that dissipates quickly leaving a thin layer of bubbles with a couple of thicker islands, a thick collar and some nice lacing on the glass.

S - Nice citrusy hop aroma up front - oranges, tangerines, grapefruit...some pinapple as well. Some caramel malt, and yeasty breadlike aroma fills in behind the hops.

T - Well balanced double IPA. Citrusy hops are definitely in the forefront of things. Grapefruit taking the lead and pineapple adds a strong presence and also some apricots. Bitterness is medium high, but not overpowering. A sweet, sugary and caramelly malt backbone is solid behind the hops. Some woody oak flavor kicks in for good measure...it is subtle, but definitely there, and puts a finishing touch on this fine DIPA.

M - Medium bodied with a soft carbonation that gives this a very smooth and velvety feel in the mouth. Hop resins fill the mouth with every sip and are covered immediately by the sweet, sugary malt.

D - Very well balanced DIPA and quite drinkable. The sweet malt cuts the hops quite a bit which makes this a very smooth beer. Lots of hop flavor in this compenates for the slightly lower than typical bitterness for this style. A good one to have with a meal, will hold up to lots of different foods and complement them nicely.

Photo of koopa
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle offered at a recent tasting by beerloco and shared with mrsbeerloco, mikey711 and myself.

Appearance: Pours a fairly attractive glowing amber with a small white crown that shows moderate carbonation and lace.

Smell: Slightly bitter hoops over loads of tea and wet grass.

Taste: Same as the nose.

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated and on the lighter side of medium bodied.

Drinkability: Sessionable for a DIPA

Photo of Parrotbeak
3.43/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy amber, with a thin white head that quickly becomes patchy. Decent lacing as this one goes down.
Malts dominate the smell, followed by some hops, as well as pineapple and very faint citrus.
Hops flash up front, with a strong malt backbone that dominates the taste. Overripe pineapple and citrus, with a little pine and oak on the finish.
Mouthfeel is somewhat flat and sticky. Little bit of crispness on the finish.
Okay on drinkability, but this one just seemed a bit too muddled for me.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Gorgeously glowing topaz with a faint yeasty haze and polished brass trim. The milkshake creamy crown is equal parts pale orange, eggshell and ecru. It melts in appealing fashion and is beginning to decorate the glass with scads of sea foam lace.

The nose is modestly caramel malty, doesn't have a ton of oakiness, and has quite a bit of orange peel hoppiness. Two Brothers used three different hops (Willamette, Cascade, Super Galena), but only one per batch. Trouble is, they didn't put any sort of identifier on the bottle or label.

Heavier Handed IPA is the latest version of the oaked (D)IPA style to remind me that I'm not thrilled with most oaked (D)IPAs. The wood takes too much of the flavor focus away from the hops, which should have almost all of it as far as I'm concerned. That said, let's see how things shake out with time and warming.

Two Brothers says this brew is bigger than an IPA and smaller than a DIPA. To my eyes, nose and tongue, it looks, smells, tastes and feels like a DIPA. Caramel malt sweetness is at least as prominent as hop bitterness, although the alpha acids are beginning to rough up my tongue now that the middle of the bomber has arrived. For comparison's sake, this bottle is now about four months of age (early November release).

Flavors include caramel-toffee, orange peel soaked in Stolichnaya, ripe apricots and more oakiness than is optimal. Less time in the foudre (a large French oak cask used for aging wine) would have garnered the next highest score for taste and drinkability. As is, they almost got there.

The mouthfeel is solid in all respects. It's closer to DIPA than IPA, is velvety smooth and has the soft sort of carbonation that makes drinking quickly or slowly equally enjoyable. The latter is definitely the way to go.

This beer's little brother, Heavy Handed IPA, is good stuff. How one feels about Heavier Handed IPA depends on how one feels about oak-aged DIPAs in general. While it isn't a trend that I fully support, there's enough hop flavor and bitterness that I don't regret a penny of the $7.99 purchase price.

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