Heavy Handed IPA
Two Brothers Brewing Company

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IPA - American
Ranked #3,994
Ranked #20,890
3.84 | pDev: 11.72%
Two Brothers Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
Very Good
Heavy Handed IPAHeavy Handed IPA
Notes: Heavy Handed IPA is brewed to celebrate the harvesting of the hops every year. Within moments of harvest we add freshly picked "Wet Hops" to this IPA. Since the hops have not been dried before use, they add a wonderful character found in no other beer. A hop lovers dream. (Available September through December) Each batch is "single hopped" with a different hop variety.
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Weisenbeer from Ohio

3.51/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Maybe it's the style (wet hopped) that doesn't particularly Tickle My Fancy, but this is heavy on the malt and light on the hops to my somewhat unsophisticated palate. A bit flat on feel as well. Worth a try and I reckon I will finish the six.

Oct 24, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

She pours a nice cloudy burnt orange color and leaves the same colored body with a nice one finger white foamy head that leaves super nice spotty spider web lacing. The way the head dies is enthralling as it lingers a bit, turns lumpy, picks up the pace and then slows down, not sure how else to describe this, but what a show! The body is clear yet there is no carbonation seen rising. The smell has a magical earthy, bitter hoppy and malty, aroma that wants to pierce my olfactory senses but maintains a super nice balance between all. Its practically almost perfect. The taste brings back the earthy, hoppy, maltiness and gives a good citrus back-up that I really like. On the palate, she sits about a medium, with a superb creaminess, nothing harsh on the tongue. Though the ABV is fairly high, this is a fairly drinkable IPA. Overall, for a long time I didn’t like IPA’s and then I learned to distinguish between English and American and thought I liked the English more, this one really changed my mind.

Jun 07, 2017
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StoutSnob40 from California

3.14/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours amber color with minimal head. Smell is of wet plants.. Like, a freshly watered garden. Some citrus hop presence, but there is a dominant rawness. Taste is very malty. It was had at the brewery, and it tasted like a 3 month-old IPA. Slight hop presence, with equally subtle bitterness in the aftertaste. Really lacks the brightness.

Jan 28, 2017
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A darker appearance than your average ipa, hopefully not a ton of crystal malt. Good c hop notes in the aroma, not necessarily the best aroma choice hops, but still enjoyable.

Taste was nice, one of the older yet substantial ipas in the midwest at the time. Plenty of grapefruit bitterness and darker, caramel malt impressions. Thankfully finished drier than I would have thought. Good price, good format, I dig this beer for sure.

Mar 02, 2016
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drtth from Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Since this beer is on tap I've no idea of which version this is. The beer is served in a shaker pint glass and is a dark, hazy, reddish brown color with a thin off white head and ring of foam. Sipping leaves a few small patches of lacing here and there. By the end of the glass there's little to no foam left.

The aroma includes some very light pine and citrus character along with some faint malt.

The flavors follow pretty much from the nose except that it becomes clear the citrus also has a bit of orange sweetness to it as well. Little or no bitterness showing here.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth since the carbonation is quite light. The finish is on the short side of medium as the orange sweetness just slowly fades from the scene but there is little or no dryness in the end to invite another sip.

This was an interesting beer to try but I'll not be seeking out a second one as I tend to prefer my IPAs with a bit more hop bitterness in the finish. Also, since this is intended to be a wet hop IPA I was expecting a bit more hop resin character to the beer.

Dec 02, 2015
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KTCamm from New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11/21....pours dark blackened copper, thin bubbles white foam with a thicker ring. Spring meadow nose, floral. Juicy fruity oily bitter, sweeps the base of the beer. Crisp with a toffee tipped bitter. Clever.

Nov 29, 2015
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Back_in_the_Saddle from Vermont

3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle received from ex-cousin-in-law.
This was poured into a nonic pint glass.
The appearance was a copper color with a finger's worth of white foamy head. Once it died off, there was some light clingy lacing here and there.
The smell had some light pine and citrus with a nice resinous orange flavoring running into a nice maltiness.
The taste was basically the same with a light malty sweet aftertaste and finish.
The mouthfeel was about medium on the body with a great sessionability about it. Carbonation runs nice for the beer.
Overall, years ago when he was my cousin-in-law and he traded this to me, I thought it was the bees knees of AIPA's, now I look at it and think hmmm....what changed me or the beer? Hmmmm...I'm not sure, I used to like this more but now just think its okay.

Nov 22, 2015
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loubrew from Wisconsin

2.69/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Chinook variety 2015. Not much nose, bitter and leaves a chalky aftertaste. Not impressive for a wet hop, or ipa for that matter. Was hoping for more hop flavor & aroma.

Nov 13, 2015
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LAp from Ohio

3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Centennial Version. 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).

Oct 22, 2015
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beergoot from Colorado

2.74/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Hazy, rustic orange color; thin, wispy head with some lacing on the glass. Little aroma, mostly very faint, hard-to-describe malt remoteness. Bland malt character with a sharp but uninspiring hop bitterness. Medium body; coarse on palate; dry finish.

Had this on tap at the Mansfield Ohio "Bag of Nails" pub. This is a most mediocre, and rather uninspired IPA. Flavor and aroma, what there is, is so subtle and nearly non-existant that you just can't get worked up about this beer. It ain't macro swill, but it would be close to being craft swill...

Oct 13, 2015
SPLITGRIN from Kentucky

3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A beautiful bronze body almost shines golden amber when held to light. Head is a rocky tan that has nice retention and leaves behind jagged trails of lace. Nose is a perfect marriage of marmalade citrus based hops and soft sweet and rustic malts. The oak subdues the hops a bit on first sip but they remain prickly and piney. Between the malt profile and the oak the hops bite a bit at first, but do not stay big through the palate. Hops hang on the the tongue and produce a bitter thick glaze that leads to a slightly thick but pleasant mouthfeel. This is a pleasantly drinkable beer but it screams to be more hop driven.

Sep 27, 2015
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Tone from Missouri

3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy, copper color. One inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, hint of rye, slight pine, hint of citrus, hint of alcohol, hint of wheat, hint of floral, and hops. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. The bitterness level is high. Tastes of sweet malt, hint of rye, slight pine, hint of citrus, hint of alcohol, and a hint of floral. Overall, a little sharp, too bitter, but otherwise a decent IPA.

Jan 13, 2015
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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amber in color. Somewhat clear in appearance. Classic wet hopped ipa. Really nice tropical fruit bitterness. Medium bodied. Medium, bitter finish.

Jan 05, 2015
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57md from Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Copper in color with less than a finger of head. Nice hoppy nose. Malt forward with a hearty body for the style. The bitterness on the finish is meager to say the least.

Dec 22, 2014
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sonicbloom from Illinois

5/5  rDev +30.2%

Im having this one for the first time, and I'm a little surprised Heavy Handed isn't rating in the 90's. Great beer.
Pours well, tastes excellent and finishes very nicely. This is a very good IPA. Unsurprising coming from Two Brothers.

Nov 12, 2014
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours brilliant copper under a 3” cream colored foam collar that persists and provides good lace. S: Not a big nose, some citrus. T: Well layered spice and floral hop flavors, biscuit and a bitter, drying finish and aftertaste. F: Medium body, very creamy soft carbonation. O: a well made and very drinkable IPA

Nov 10, 2014
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sourd from Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

2014 chinook

16oz jar glass...be burley

gorgeous ruby red...crystal clear

very sweet on the nose with a slightly herbal, resinous finish

caramel malt with a dank, pine finish

lightly sticky on my tongue and gums with a dry, resinous mouthfeel

as with most chinook beers (chinookie, hopeater), it is built on a sweet, red grain bill, which really brings out the lovely pine character of the hop. though a good beer, its not exactly what i was expecting...mild aroma and not enough of the "green" hop flavor i crave. this drinks like a big, dank, west coast double ipa, in the vein of mad river steelhead dipa, and hop stoopid, just slightly lower abv. a great beer for hop nerds/chinook lovers

note: as the beer warmed while i drank it, the oily hop flavor really began to pop. it sat out for about an hour before i opened it. i guess it just needed a lil more. rating changed to reflect

Oct 23, 2014
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ilikebeer03 from Texas

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%


S: lots of mango / tropical fruits of front. cirtus. orange

A: pours a nice burnt orange with about a finger of head. very good retention and lacing.

T: Less tropical fruits than the nose would lead you to believe. Citrus, grapefruit, oranges, slightly mango. malty backbone. dry finish with a lingering hop bitterness

M: good mouth feel. appropriately carbonated for the style.

O: a good beer!

Sep 01, 2014
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BMMillsy from Florida

3.56/5  rDev -7.3%

Bottle from Tipples with no date, just says "Cascade" where the date goes. Poured 8/17/14. Pours murky bronze with a big off white head. Aroma of straight malt juice, not a hop to be found here. Seriously straight bready malts, toffee, and some caramel. Flavor follows that closely making this a decent barleywine, but nothing close to resembling an IPA. Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Honestly this is good the way it is, just wasn't looking for a barleywine, which is exactly what this is really. One of the better non-BA American style barleywines I have had though. I guess ill rate it as it tastes but it's lower because it was supposed to be an IPA.

Aug 18, 2014
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tjsdomer2 from Illinois

3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Little to no foam (but I think this bottle has been around a while). Nice copper red in color with decent light carbonation.

Smell: Sweet caramel and raisins. A hint of pine in the background. Nice balance.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Strong notes of bourbon without the oak. A hint of boozy fruit as well. Clean flavors overall, but the mouthfeel is a bit thin for this style and does not always hold up to the nice flavors. Decent spritz in the finish.

Overall Drinkability: An easy drinking heavier IPA.

Feb 16, 2014
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is a beer that is destined to give this site fits. When "Each batch is 'single hopped' with a different hop variety", that means that each one should be reviewed and treated as a separate entry. I will be delineating each of my reviews accordingly until this mess can be unscrewed.

From the bottle: "Within moments of harvest, we add fresh-picked American hops to this India Pale Ale. These 'wet hops' play nicely against a crisp, complex malt character. This hop lover's dream lives up to its name in a thoroughly enjoyable manner."; "Two Brothers is a craft brewery on the outskirts of Chicago that specializes in rare and seldom-brewed beer styles. The two of us - Jason and Jim Ebel - strive to produce the very best beers available anywhere."; "We hope that you enjoy them as much as we do!"

Centennial #1 (2013): I am using a VERY light hand in pouring this as these is some obvious sediment in the bottom of the bottle and I see no reason to disturb the lees. The result is no head with the exception of a light skim of wisps, but I will take that as a trade-off. Color was a slightly-hazy deep coppery-amber. I am sure that it could have been murky if I were less caring. Nose had that earthy, leafy smell of Centennial hops and my mouth was watering. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste had a fall-like earthiness: dried, decaying leaves awaiting raking. The finish evinces a pleasant, underlying caramel maltiness which works really well with this hop varietal. The last pour was murky, justifying my earlier stance WRT the pour. The nose was much more pronounced now and I wish that there were some way to get more of the same.

Willamette (2013): Once again, I do not trust my storage and aging process to attempt anything more than a gentle pour. No head to speak of, not even wisps. Oh well. It paid off as the color was a deep-copper (SRM = 7) with NE-quality clarity. The nose was soft, minty, underlain by caramel, much like a Brach's Peppermint Caramel when I was younger. Drool. The way I have been ripping through AIPAs in the last couple of days, I may lapse into a hops coma. There are MUCH worse ways to go. Mouthfeel was on the thin side, but the hops were immediately present on the tongue. Very minty, almost like a York Peppermint Patty or snowfall in a pine forest. Man, I was really digging this action! The finish was super dry and I was gasping for breath. I wonder if hops can trigger an asthma attack? Again, many worse ways to die. I want more, more, more! No wonder that I am a hops junkie and not simply a self-avowed hophead. The last pour from the bottle had a slight muddiness and the caramel malt was more pronounced.

Feb 09, 2014
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Chiefy770 from Illinois

3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into an IPA glass from a 12 ounce bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Hazy dark golden-amber body. Glows in the light but not fully transparent. Fluffy white head sits on top and leaves moderate lacing throughout.

Smell: Citrus notes dominate the nose. Grapefruit is the most identifiable fruit. There is a somewhat pronounced note of grains... a bit of a surprise for an IPA.

Taste: Bitter notes of grapefruit up front. There are minor earthy notes of herbs and pine... very minor and blends well with the citrus notes. A somewhat surprising hit of bready malts in the finish. Finishes dry but sweet notes develop in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Moderate carbonation.

Overall: Great IPA. Certainly not a world-beater but definitely an enjoyable brew. My biggest complaint would be the lack of power from the hops. The malts seem to mask what could be an incredibly hoppy IPA.

Jan 27, 2014
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Big-Frog from Pennsylvania

3.12/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was hoping to be blown away by the wet hops, but I wasn't. I paired the bottle with a mushroom and swiss burger. It left me thirstier than before the food. There was nothing particularly bad about this beer, but nothing extraordinary either. The aftertaste was subdued by the feeling of needing something else to quench my thirst.

Jan 11, 2014
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jimmah120 from Minnesota

3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle with no date. A fresh hop IPA from these guys.

Look is a dark IPA color, clear, no chunkies (boo!). Smell is a whole cast of hop aromas: dank, wet, sweet. Taste is juicy and fruity, with a solid backbone of sweet savory malt.

Interesting wet hop beer. I wonder what hops were used.

Dec 15, 2013
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Omnium from Pennsylvania

3.42/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Clear amber color, one finger of off white head, medium lacing.
S - Honey, bread and biscuit malt, some light citrus zest, candied orange.
T - Malt forward for sure, tons of biscuit and sweet caramel, some grapefruit, light pine, big sweet orange.
M - Sticky sweet and clingy.
O - Too malt focused, dominates the usage of the "wet hops", which is a real shame.

Nov 28, 2013
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