Heavy Handed IPA | Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Heavy Handed IPAHeavy Handed IPA

Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-03-2002

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of sgoodship
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Every since trying Cane & Ebel on tap at Mrs. Murphy and Sons Irish Bistro, I've been rocking the Cane & Ebel in the bottle too. I enjoyed that so much, I wanted to try more two brothers.

The appearance was slightly redish with a bit of a haze - made me feel it was a relative of C&E. A cream colored, soft head contained bigger bubbles and left incredible lacing like age lines on a tree.

The nose came across as floral to me. There was definite pine and citrus fruit there too. You can detect a good malt back bone. It's hop forward but not screaming - I'd have enjoyed a little more aggressiveness.

The taste was very much like the smell - no surprises. The progression is nice. There is a big backbone - plenty of bread and caramel. You get the malt and think it is going to be subtle but through the fruit, floral, the piney hop kicks in during the finish and delivers a good bite in the back of the palate. It's that good, biting resiny dryness - I'm really addicted to that.

Can I say it is Cane and Ebel lite? Nah - it's not the same beast at all but definitely feels related. It's an exceptionally enjoyable IPA and maybe just a touch underrated. With some adjustments to the hop profile, this could be a killer brew. It just left me a bit lacking.

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3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 edition. Lot 2806 which means this was brewed using Baby Cascade hops. Pours a dark reddish orange with a 1/2 inch of head on top. Quite dark for an IPA. Aromas start off with caramel malts along with a biscuity tone as well. Floral, green citric hops abound. A bit of a candied aroma as well. Pretty good stuff.

First sip brings a rush of biscuit infused caramel malt sweetness. A touch of grain quickly follows. Earthy, floral hops with some citric grapefruit accents. The hops seem fresh and vibrant here. Flows down smooth with a good bitter bite on the end. Tasty.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and easy to drink. This would make a nice everyday IPA that I wouldn't mind having stocked in the fridge more often. Overall, a solid brew and I look forward to this year's batch and to seeing what kind of hops they will be using. Remember to check their website as they list the Lot numbers with the corresponding hops that were used!

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of merlin48
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Came home with two bottles of this one as part of a mixed six-pack from Englebrecht's Orchards store in Newburgh, Indiana. Odd that an orchard has such a nice craft beer selection. Heavy-Handed pours a cloudy dark orange, almost copper body. Small offwhite head quickly disappears and lacing consists only of some wisps.

Aroma is dominated by toffee and caramel.The hop bouquet is almost up to the task with notes of eathy pine, cut grass, and grapefruit pulp.

Medium body has some lively carbonation that adds a slight creaminess with a subtle hops bite. Nice feel!.

Taste is more of an APA than an IPA, and a subdued one at that. Toffee and caramel malt backbone is very sturdy, but struggles to fend off an interesting hop profile. Hops are earthy, with some pine and a hint of citrus rind. Tasty balance, overall.

This one strays from style, certainly, but is quite tasty and quaffable. A very endearing APA.

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of SkinnyElvis
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheers to sman262 for this brew. Pours with little head. Not much nose but some pine hops. Fairly dark amber in color. Taste is mostly pine hops in nature. Carbonation is smooth & it is drinkable. ABV is low & I don't detect any alcohol. True to style but not very noteworthy.


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Photo of bsp77
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Rich amber with a foamy off-white head and some very nice lacing.

Smell: Very mild citrus over some toasted malts. Very mild - too mild.

Taste: Taste is mild as well, with orange-flavored hops over a bed of caramel and toasted malts. Finish is somewhat bitter, but otherwise this is more subtle and balanced than hoppy.

Feel: Very creamy and smooth body, with moderate carbonation and a nice dry finish. Great mouthfeel.

Overall: This was a tough one, as it is not at all what I expected out of a Wet Hop IPA. A Wet Hop IPA? Really?!? (Seth Meyers voice) It barely even qualifies as an IPA. That said, this is a smooth, creamy, balanced and, yes tasty, ale. So I guess I decided to go with what this beer is rather than what it is not. Still, could use more aroma.

Wet Hop American ESB would be a more accurate description.

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4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells of bright, citrusy grapefruit hops, with a noticeable undercurrent of sugary malts and caramel.

On the tongue, there's an immediate shock of bitter hops, which are set at medium to medium-heavy bitterness (65 IBU), bringing about that lovely grapefruit buzz that is the domain of hoppy beers and IPAs. This subsides slightly after a couple of seconds to reveal a nice malty backbone, full of sugary caramel flavors and brown sugar notes, as well as piney swirls. The aftertaste is mostly hops again, but a thin vein of toasted grains runs through it.

Overall, I thought this was a lovely IPA, with good, strong bitter notes, as well as nice malty counterpoints. Many IPAs seem to focus only on the bitter shock of hops, and this one nicely provided the countering sugars to remind your tongue of the other side of the equation. Much time and effort were obviously put into this, and the result is a finely-crafted, very drinkable beer.

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3.27/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- A lighter colored IPA with a good size head which retained throughout the 30 minutes I drank this one.

S- Not much here a little hops but not much more

T- More of a pale ale than an IPA, just doesn't have that extra kick of hops that I like from an IPA

M and D- smooth and easily drinkable beer, this could easily be a session beer for someone who likes this one.

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
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

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3.1/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, lot # 3006. Pours a clear copper with a faint orange hue. The white head is creamy, but dissipates quickly,leaving trails of small bubbled lacing.

The aroma is rather weak, some slight hoppy characteristics and toasty malt. It's pretty much a one-trick pony in the flavor department--all those wet hops ending in a bitter surge, yet not much compelxity or depth to go along with it.

The mouth is rather light, until the dry and bitter finish. The citrus and other hoppy notes are pretty distant, with the exception of an orangey birghtness. The light body makes it quite drinkable, but it lacks the depth of many in the style. This is an IPA that just gets lost among the pack, though it is certaintly quaffable and I could see it pairing nicely with certain food selections.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of ehammond1
3.44/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2011)

Acquired via trade
Thanks dannyfrost!

Amber and orange with a thick, persistent, off-white head. Spots of lace left down the glass.

Simple aroma of mild grapefruit and orange along with a sweet, malty, caramel presence.

This is a moderate to highly bitter IPA, with some nice grapefruit character, and a lot of malty, caramel, toffee sweetness. Solid, but nothing particularly special.

Medium mouthfeel with a bit too much carbonation.

A decent and drinkable, above average, IPA.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of rwilde
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HoppySeb
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A little bit darker appearance, brown really, cream colored head is ample with good retention for something so heavy, but the color isn't the most attractive for an ipa. Aroma was hoppy, good job. Centennials?

Taste, hey this really hit the spot during my time in the Midwest, there really wasn't much of a hoppy beer culture at the time, and just coming out from the west coast, this was a savior to my almost exclusive hoppy palate back in those days. Taste leaned to the grapefruit side of the hop descriptor. Delivered both hop mouthfeel and bitterness. Good dry finish to it, despite that the brewer was heavy handed with the malt here too. Given what I suspect the brewing cost of this to be, the decent $7-8 for a 6pack is a good deal.

A solid ipa, at a good price. When it comes to hoppy ipas, the only ones I can think of that are better, are solid top tier excellent ones. This one is very good.

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