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Heavier Handed IPA - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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292 Ratings
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Ratings: 292
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 8.66%
Wants: 34
Gots: 15 | 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 brentk56
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color capped by a couple of inches of foam; very nice retention and a pretty god job in the lacing department, too

Smell: Powerful wet hop aromatics; rather piney with both melon and fusel alcohol underneath

Taste: A dose of caramel on the front end is massacred by the piney hops with the 84.3 IBUs blasting the taste buds at mid-palate; the bitterness remains intense, after the swallow, though there is a melon tone that sneaks in underneath; the sweetness from the malts builds somewhat into the finish; rather boozy aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; warmth in the gullet

Overall: Not sure whether this is still oak-aged - neither the bottle nor the website mentions it and if it is, the treatment is very subtle; the website description of the beer seems out of date, too, as it doesn't mention the use of local hops grown on an Illinois farm and harvested by the brewery; all that aside, the beer is a bit too boozy and lacks some balance to be among the best in the style

brentk56, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of mds1101
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

mds1101, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of BKBassist
4/5  rDev -1%

BKBassist, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of mpayne5
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

mpayne5, Nov 22, 2013
Photo of Kevin_Young
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Kevin_Young, Nov 19, 2013
Photo of dcisco44
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

dcisco44, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of YogiBeer
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

YogiBeer, Nov 11, 2013
Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter.

Appearance: A slight haze to a beautiful amber body. Sees a little darker on the surface with a slight off-white head rising thick at first to maybe 1/3" off the body.

Smell: Citrus scent with a hit of light flowers.

Taste: Has a slight sweet feel that makes you think oranges were infused with the brew process when this brew was created. It's a smooth bitter feel, tangy if you ask me and very addicting.

Mouth: Medium bodied, sticky but not overwhelming.

Overall: Good brew but i would search the end of the world for it. It's a solid brew but being a hardcore DIPA I can think of better options out there. I don't think I paid too much for it so maybe I would consider it again but for the meantime I hope you all enjoy. Salud!

BlurryVisi0n, Nov 11, 2013
Photo of Troville1990
4/5  rDev -1%

Troville1990, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of freewill35
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

freewill35, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of bcm75
4/5  rDev -1%

bcm75, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of jimmygord
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

jimmygord, Nov 04, 2013
Photo of FanofHefe
3.96/5  rDev -2%
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.

FanofHefe, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of sunofneurot
4/5  rDev -1%

sunofneurot, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev -1%

WoodBrew, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of Damian74Shensky
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Damian74Shensky, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of bcerv-ca
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

bcerv-ca, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of aszatk01
4/5  rDev -1%

aszatk01, Oct 30, 2013
Photo of server222
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

server222, Oct 28, 2013
Photo of stewart124
3.64/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

stewart124, Oct 25, 2013
Photo of NateMac13
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

NateMac13, Oct 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

tstigz, Oct 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1%

JimmyFlatRock, Oct 16, 2013
Photo of waddellc2
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

waddellc2, Oct 13, 2013
Heavier Handed IPA from Two Brothers Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 292 ratings.