Heavy Handed IPA | Two Brothers Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
twobrothersbrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
871
Reviews:
402
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
11.81%
 
 
Wants:
40
Gots:
68
For Trade:
0
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Photo of lemmy187
3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jstarr2517
4.14/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of drtth
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of UBrew1984
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of user785335
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CityofWind_brew
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
3.62/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of Josholson666
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of loubrew
2.69/5  rDev -29.4%
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.

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

Photo of bufleraj
4.19/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dexterk1
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hoosier222002
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DucksFan16
3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of EuellGophar
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 773-F-I-B
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LAp
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
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).

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Photo of beergoot
2.74/5  rDev -28.1%
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...

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Photo of hopheaddeluxe
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of scottspencer
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of SPLITGRIN
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of Ssippisam
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Heavy Handed IPA from Two Brothers Brewing Company
3.81 out of 5 based on 871 ratings.
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