Heavy Handed Wet Hopped IPA - Centennial
Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Style:
American IPA
Ranked #5,523
ABV:
6.7%
Score:
85
Ranked #32,451
Avg:
3.73 | pDev: 10.99%
Reviews:
13
Ratings:
60
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Two Brothers Brewing Company
 
Illinois, United States
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Fall
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SCORE
85
Very Good
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Photo of TX-Badger
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear coppery color with white head. Citrus, lots of citrus and pine on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with the same citrus and pine. Very nice single hop.

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Photo of arizcards
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a single from the Craft Beer Hop Stop on Veteran's Day for $1.89. No freshness date.

Beer poured amber with a smallish head that dissipated quickly.

Nose is fresh squeezed citrus.

Taste is dominated by floral hops with some light orange juice.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty refreshing.

Overall this is a pretty nice fresh hop beer that i would have again.

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Photo of Czequershuus
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Second review in the heavy handed series. This beer pours rust colored mwith an average head. The aroma leads with grapefruit, lemon, and bright pine. The flavor leads with the pine, though less bright than the aroma, with hints of grapefruit and toasted caramel. The mouthfeel is somewhat oily. Overall this is a very nice, slightly juicey IPA.

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Photo of jwc215
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Three Cellars, Franklin, WI:

Pours amber with a thin lasting head that leaves scattered lacing.

The smell is of floral/pine notes with mild citrus and some caramel.

The taste is of some pine and light citrus. Firm caramelized malt backing balances it. Rather abrupt finish.

It hits medium-bodied. Smooth.

If they were "heavy handed" with the hops, they were "heavy handed" with the malt too. It's a more balanced IPA, which is fine. It shows Centennial hop character with a sweet malt character mixed in. Easy enough to drink.

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Photo of OhioLimoncello
3.66/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Based from a review by LAp on 10/21/2015, my experience is nearly parallel (edited LAp review below to reflect my notes):
Pours a honey-rust color with a robust head, that dissipated quickly. Taste has classic Centennial hopped citrus tones, including orange, pineapple, and unripened mango. The backbone supports a solid malty core. The taste is not overbearing, and should be enjoyed by hop-heads, and session IPA lovers alike. Personally, I prefer Founder's Centennial Ale as my favorite Michigan-brewed Centennial wet-hopped APA.

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Photo of JLaw55
3/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Smooth, slightly fruity, earthy, no hop bitterness at all. Almost tasted like a pale ale instead of an IPA because of how smooth it was.

This was my second favorite version of the 3 different Heavy Handed Wet Hopped IPA's. My biggest problem with them was that it did not taste like a wet hopped beer in any way. It tasted like a regular dry hopped off the shelf IPA. For this reason, I just could not rate them any higher. It was decent enough, but just did not stand out or hold true to what it claimed to be.

Would not revisit. Interesting as a one and done, but that is all.

Would Drink Again: No
Would Purchase Again: No

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Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I preferred this version over the Chinook....it wasn't as bitter. The centennial seemed better balanced and easier to drink. I like these deconstructed series...its interesting to see how hops affect the beer.

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Photo of LAp
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a honey-rust color with a thin, quickly dissipating head and minimal lacing. Nose is light pine and hints of citrus, with a palate that opens with a lightly resinous orange and dry fruit taste supported by a malty core. Hops are present, but nondescript. Mouthfeel is medium, neither too thick or thin. Overall this beer doesn't blow me away. Good, but not great. Doesn't have the wet, juicy hop flavor of something like a Founder's Harvet Ale (which has become my go-to wet-hopped beer).

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Floral citrus nose. Pours brilliant amber under a 1" finely bubbled snow white foam cap that produces thick lace. Good balance between hop and nutty, light malt flavors with an herbalness from the fresh hops on the finish that provides drying and a slight astringency and a light pepper taste. Very creamy body with fine soft carbonation.

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Photo of zeff80
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled of pine, citrus and toasted caramel. Sweet caramel malt with a sharp piney bite.

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Photo of rynegne
4.19/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I had Centennial Wet Hopped at Roundhouse during the release poured on-tap. Delicious stuff, very dank and resinous use of hops on a solid malt layer.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.42/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

i thought this was stunning. i always associate centennial hops with wet woody flavors and rigid bitterness, so to have a beer as flagrantly fruity as this one, with an almost liquid smarties candy complexion to it, is a great testament to the brewers and the the versatility of the hop, i learned something from this one, and that rarely happens anymore. i love it. looks like a regular ipa, frothy white head on a mostly clear brassy base, nice bubbles evident. the nose and taste floor me, such a fruity complexion to these wet hops, i did not know centennial could do this. shock tarts or sweet tarts or smarties, thats what i taste. not fake fruit, but bright fruit, and that candy thing that isnt sugary but has that charisma. amazing this is so dynamic with just the one hop, carbonation is very nice, and the finish is clean despite the highly oily makeup of the beer on the whole. i am stoked to have had this, its the best two brothers beer i have had to date, brilliant use of the wet hop, and i cant wait to get my hands on some more of their beer. this series is probably amazing across the board...

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Photo of zeledonia
2.25/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 1.5

Tasted 5 November 2014.

Pours a medium rust orange, clear. One finger of whitish head, good retention and nice lacing.

Smell is crisp toasty malts with herbal hops and a big splash of onion juice. Not bad, but not my favorite.

Taste is foul. There is no way I'm going to finish this. It's unpleasantly bitter, onions and raw garlic all the way, with a side of aspirin and chalk. If you took every hop flavor I don't like and put them into one beer, you'd get something like this. Nasty.

Feel is fine. Medium bodied, with medium-light carbonation. It lasts, which I suppose is positive, except that I just want it to go away.

Undrinkable. Reminds me of Founders Devil Dancer, which I hated even more, but only because it was this same badness turned up a level. All the bitter is nasty, and there's nothing that comes close to balancing it out.

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Heavy Handed Wet Hopped IPA - Centennial from Two Brothers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 60 ratings